US Lacrosse is excited to announce the release of five new online courses devoted to helping coaches and parents better understand “coaching” kids.

The main How to Coach Kids course is a free, 20-minute program specifically designed to help understand how to coach kids ages 12 and under. In addition to the full How to Coach Kids course, we have specific micro-modules focused on three specific areas of child development (ages 2-6, 7-11, 12-14) and a special course on the unique opportunities in coaching young girls. 

These courses were developed in conjunction with Nike and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, as part of our collective commitment to Project Play’s multi-year effort to increase the quality and quantity of volunteer youth coaches in the U.S. in order to keep kids engaged in play while promoting active, safe and healthy lifestyles.  

“We are excited to partner with Nike and US Lacrosse to launch this important initiative, which we hope will positively shift the paradigm of volunteer youth coaching for current and future generations of kids across the United States,” said Chris Snyder, USOC director of coaching education. “The How to Coach Kids training course supports the key principles of the USOPC’s American Development Model and Quality Coaching Framework to ensure coaches are giving American youth the best opportunity to explore and reach their full potential.” 

There are seven modules within the How to Coach Kids course:

  • Coach kids: An overview of age-appropriate approaches to coaching 
  • Plan a great practice: Strategies for creating effective practices  
  • Keep kids safe: Essential learnings for keeping kids physically and emotionally safe 
  • Make it fun: Tips and tricks for keeping kids engaged and active 
  • Teach kids: Methods for helping children grow and learn 
  • Engage with parents: How to build successful partnerships to keep caring adults involved 
  • Get the most out of the game: Lessons to share with kids and teams 

The training course is hosted on the US Lacrosse e-learning platform and offers downloadable resources and links to other useful websites and information. The course is free to US Lacrosse members.

​Kevin Greene is the director of coach and athlete development for US Lacrosse.

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