US Lacrosse Hosts a “Super Weekend” in Arizona with 15 Free Events

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US Lacrosse and the Arizona Chapter of US Lacrosse will host a Fast Break Initiative “Super Weekend” at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 5-7. Headliners at the event include: UMBC Head Coach Don ZImmerman, the U.S. men's national team and the Arizona State University women's lacrosse team.

This 'Super Weekend' is the first of its kind

US Lacrosse and the Arizona Chapter of US Lacrosse will host a Fast Break Initiative “Super Weekend” at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 5-7. The 15 events are free and will cover everything a fledgling lacrosse area will need to flourish into a self-sustaining organization, including youth lacrosse clinics for boys grades 3-12 and girls grades K-12, a coaching education clinic, a men’s and women’s officials clinic and a parents’ education clinic.

Coach Don Zimmerman, head men’s lacrosse coach at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will start off the weekend with the keynote address from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday’s free events include a US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 1 coaching clinic, U.S. men’s national team clinic, Arizona Lacrosse Officials Association (ALOA) training, Arizona Women’s Lacrosse Umpires Association (AWLUA) training, Arizona State University (ASU) team clinic and nine educational breakout sessions throughout the day.

“This ‘Super Weekend’ is the first of its kind,” said Joshua Christian, US Lacrosse managing director of sport development. “To provide this prosperous lacrosse area with comprehensive resources to help grow the games successfully and responsibly is something we hope to continue and build upon for future Fast Break Initiative sites. It is a great opportunity for all levels of players, coaches, officials and parents.”

“The Arizona Chapter of US Lacrosse is very excited to host a Fast Break Initiative event and we are looking forward to a large number of participants to make this weekend successful,” said Arizona Chapter President Marie Baca. “Arizona displays a strong enthusiasm for the sport and the chapter is eager to learn and work with US Lacrosse will help us grow the game at the correct pace for our area. The Fast Break Initiative is a fantastic resource to assist the chapter in reaching our goals. We are pleased to have been chosen and are looking forward to providing education and support to all members of the lacrosse programs in our community and beyond. We thank US Lacrosse for this fantastic opportunity.”

Lax World is the sponsor of the US Lacrosse Fast Break Initiative.

To sign up for any of the events taking place during the “Super Weekend”, please visit

Friday, Nov. 5
Keynote Speaker – Coach Don Zimmerman (UMBC)
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6
US Lacrosse CEP Level 1 coaching clinic:
Open to current lacrosse coaches and those interested in learning more about coaching or completing the clinic component of US Lacrosse Level 1 Coaches Certification.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                    

U.S. men’s national team clinic (boys):
Open to new and beginning players.
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Sign in and field clinic for players grades 3-8                            
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Sign in and field clinic for players grades 9-12            

ASU women’s lacrosse team clinic (girls):
Open to new and beginning players.
Coaches: Maren Henley, head coach of the ASU women’s lacrosse team and the ASU players
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Sign in and field clinic for players grades K-12            

ALOA Official Training (men’s game):
Open to current lacrosse officials and those interested in learning more and officiating.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                                                

AWLUA Umpire Training (women’s game):                                                                            
Open to current lacrosse umpires and those interested in learning more about umpiring.
Susie Ganzenmuller, Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s Rules Committee Chair
New Officials:
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Advanced Officials:
Part I: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:                                                                        
Open to parents, coaches, officials, umpires and team administrators.

Rules/Sportsmanship (boys)
Charlie Obermayer
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Rules/Sportsmanship (girls)
Warner Orr, Laura Rogal
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Concussion Awareness/AED Information                                        
Mickey Cummings (IMPACT Testing), Carol Gibbs (Desert AED)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How to Acquire Nonprofit/Tax Exempt Status 501(c)(3)                                        
Emmett Mitchell
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

General Q&A session
Don Zimmerman (UMBC)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Arizona Youth Lacrosse League (AYLL) Coaches                                
Advanced Coaching Strategies
Don Zimmerman (UMBC)
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association (AGLA) Coaches                                                            
Advanced Coaching Strategies
Maren Henley (ASU)
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Post High School Play (boys)                                                                        
Panel – Don Zimmerman (UMBC), Rich McAbee, Julie Dionne
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Post High School Play (girls)                                                                        
Panel – Heather Eakins, Maren Henley (ASU)
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7
AWLUA Umpire Training:                                                                            
Part II: Field Presentations (Advanced Officials)
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

About US Lacrosse
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Emily Gibson
Public Relations Associate, US Lacrosse
(410) 235-6882 ext. 130


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