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USL, NFHS Expand Coaches Training

March 13, 2012    13114 Views

BALTIMORE, March 13, 2012 – Under the creative direction of US Lacrosse, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added two new sport-specific courses, "Fundamentals of Coaching Boys Lacrosse" and "Fundamentals of Coaching Girls Lacrosse" to its collection of online training for high school coaches.

Both courses are designed to assist scholastic coaches by highlighting lacrosse-specific coaching fundamentals, offering a brief history of the men’s and women’s games and featuring the fundamentals of teaching the sport. They also explain coaching strategies for building athletes who have a solid grasp of the skills and how to properly and safely execute them from the practice field to the playing field.

Additionally, the NFHS courses house extensive US Lacrosse-generated resources that can be accessed for one year when purchased through the NFHS for $65. US Lacrosse members can access the NFHS courses, which are equivalent to the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 1 online courses, for $15 with proof of membership. 

"These courses were designed with the best resources and information available for our sport," said Erin Smith, US Lacrosse director of education and training. "Given the unprecedented growth of both men’s and women’s lacrosse at the scholastic level for the past decade, US Lacrosse felt it important to work with the NFHS on standard courses for high school coaches to ensure the game’s responsible growth and preserve the integrity of the sport. We look forward to connecting on future projects." 

US Lacrosse members who wish to become US Lacrosse CEP Level 1 certified, and are required by their state to achieve certification through NFHS and its courses, may substitute the NFHS course for the US Lacrosse CEP Level 1 course in an effort to minimize redundancy. The US Lacrosse CEP Level 1 online courses are free to US Lacrosse members with unlimited access to course material.

For more information about the NFHS courses, please visit For information on US Lacrosse coaching certification, please visit

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has more than 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit

About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Ind., is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at


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