BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance have agreed to expand on their long-time partnership by evolving US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) clinic content with streamlined integration of PCA’s Double-Goal Coach 1 workshop platform. US Lacrosse will utilize the revised curriculum in 11 of its CEP Level 1 coaching clinics this month, and plans to offer the revised curriculum as part of all CEP Level 1 clinics starting in October.
US Lacrosse CEP Level 1 instructional clinics are one-day, on-site, hands-on training sessions, with US Lacrosse-certified trainers leading the clinics and combining classroom lessons with on-field applications. US Lacrosse has been working with its trainers since January to incorporate the PCA content into the sessions.
“Our trainers have wholeheartedly embraced this concept,” said Erin Smith, director of education and training at US Lacrosse. “Fortunately, our trainers were already teaching some of the same content that the PCA workshops feature, so they were familiar with many of the concepts. We just had to make sure that it was comprehensive enough to meet the PCA’s course requirements.”
US Lacrosse has always required that coaches complete the PCA’s "Double Goal Coach 1: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons" course in order to satisfy the requirements for CEP Level 1 certification. Traditionally, this has been done via an online workshop or by attending an independent in-person training session. The streamlined PCA integration should assist coaches in completing the certification requirements more expediently.
“US Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance have a rich history of working together with a shared vision to educate and train coaches in creating a positive youth sports culture,” said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development at US Lacrosse. “Given that shared commitment, this curriculum integration feels like the next logical step as we seek to increase the value of our CEP training for our members.”
“US Lacrosse is our longest-standing national partner, and we are tremendously excited to further integrate our programs,” said PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson. “Preparing US Lacrosse trainers to deliver PCA’s Double-Goal Coach training means that the Coach Education Program will produce coaches committed to winning and to the even more important goal of using lacrosse to teach life lessons to youth.”
The US Lacrosse CEP Level 1 certification is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching beginner-level players and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. The in-person instructional clinic and the PCA workshop are two of the requirements for certification, along with US Lacrosse membership, an NCSI background check, and completion of an online course. Men’s game coaches must also complete a second online course, ‘How to Make Proper Contact.’
US Lacrosse offered 66 CEP Level 1 clinics nationwide during its 2013-2014 cycle. The full 2014-2015 CEP clinic schedule will be announced later this year.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national nonprofit organization committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Founded in 1998 at Stanford University, PCA reaches youth and high school sport leaders, coaches, athletes, parents, and officials through live workshops, online courses, published books and articles, and a series of alliances with nationally-recognized coaches, athletes, academicians, businesses and national youth sports organizations. Learn more at www.positivecoach.org.
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