November 19, 2010

USL Convention Speaker Snapshots

by Megan Rhoads | US Lacrosse | "Countdown to Convention" Home

More than 150 speakers will descend on Baltimore, Md. for the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention presented by Champion , and this year's event boasts one of the best speaker line-ups US Lacrosse has ever seen. Here's a quick snapshot at four speakers and their sessions. If you haven't had a chance already, you can now check out the full schedule of sessions for coaches and officials online.


Bio: In 10 seasons as head coach of the Providence College men's lacrosse team, Chris Burdick once led the Friars to eight consecutive MAAC Tournament appearances (2001-2008). Before the Friars joined the new Big East in 2010, they captured four MAAC regular season titles (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008). The Friars also claimed the MAAC tournament championship in 2004, 2006 and 2007, advancing to the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament during each of those campaigns.

Session Title: "Ways to Create Defensive Pressure," Saturday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.

Preview from Burdick: "We will discuss the various situations in the game of men's lacrosse that we can use to apply pressure to the opponent. From live rides to 6 v 6 to MDD, we will look at a number of opportunities to give your team a chance to come from behind to win."


Bio: Walt Munze has an extraordinary 46 years of experience in officiating and serves on the NCAA Rules Committee. Munze has led numerous COC rules presentations over the years. He also served as vice Chairman of the International Officials Committee (IOC) .

Session Title: "NCAA Rules Interp for High School Games," Friday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.

Preview from Munze: "The focus will be on an in-depth analysis of the rule changes for the 2011 season. The opportunity for officials to question and interact will be provided."


Bio: Kelly Berger enters her second season as head women's lacrosse coach at UMBC. Berger has been a member of the U.S. women's national team since 2005 (U.S. senior team 2006-2008, 2009-2011; U.S. Development team 2005-2006, 2008-2009). At James Madison University, Berger led the Dukes in scoring in each of her last three seasons and finished her career in 2007 ranking second all-time in career goals (184) and points (262) and third in assists (78).

Session Title: "The Complete Attacker," Friday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m.

Preview from Berger: "This presentation will focus on different drills that you will be able to use with both your attackers and midfielders. These drills are designed to help develop a shooter to become more dynamic anywhere on the attacking end. We will include many different types and styles of shooting that you will be able to use to get the most out of your attackers."


Bio: Pat Dillon has been instrumental in the growth of lacrosse for more than 25 years through her service at both the national and local levels. A top-rated national women's umpire and former player at Towson ('72), she was inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008 as a truly great contributor. Dillon most recently stepped down as chair of US Lacrosse's women's lacrosse rules committee after more than 19 years of service.

Session Title: "NCAA Rules Interpretation," with Kim Basner, Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m.

Preview: The rule changes and points of emphasis for the 2011 NCAA season will be presented and discussed. Video examples using actual game footage will be used. Read up on the 2011 NCAA rules here.

Session Title: "80/20," with Laura Hebert, Friday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.

Preview: Umpires have to make lightning-fast decisions during games. Should umpires rely on their gut instinct or their knowledge of the rules to make a decision regarding play? This session will walk umpires through the mental steps needed to make the best call for the situation.

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