Level 1 Coaching Development certification is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. The Level 1 curriculum provides the tools to teach lacrosse effectively to players of all ages. This baseline training is relevant for all lacrosse coaches, regardless of experience.

Level 1 Certification Requirements
 Current US Lacrosse membership
 Current "Green Light" NCSI background check
 Level 1 Fundamentals of Coaching Online Course
 Level 1 Instructional Clinic (Developing the Individual Athlete)
 PCA "Double Goal Coach 1: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons"
 Men's Game Coaches Only: How to Make Proper Contact Online Course

Due to the background check requirement, certified coaches must be at least 18 years of age. Coaches under the age of 18 who wish to become certified may complete a junior certification.

Steps to Certification

Purchase a US Lacrosse membership

For coaches 18 and older, membership includes complimentary enrollment into the Level 1 Coach Development Certification Program. Members will see this listed in their account online as “pending” until all requirements below are completed.

You may complete these components in any order. The recommended path is below.

Pass an NCSI background screening

The criminal background check is based on guidelines from the National Council for Youth Sports, the FBI PROTECT Act and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. FAQ

Note to program administrators: In order for US Lacrosse to see the background check results for your coaches, you will need to first set up a club share. Please contact John Miller at NCSI so your coaches can share their background check with us. If you already have a share account set up, when your coaches go through their background checks in your account, make sure you give them these directions.

Complete a Level 1 online course

Tour guides navigate through coaching fundamentals and methods of teaching the sport. Current US Lacrosse members have free, unlimited access to the men’s and women’s game courses. This access does not expire as long as your membership is current.

Complete a Level 1 instructional clinic

Clinics are hands-on training sessions, available annually nationwide from October through March and at the US Lacrosse National Convention in January. Click here to locate a clinic near you. This website is updated continuously as clinics are scheduled. Don’t see a clinic near you? Contact your local chapter for their clinic plans, or request hosting information here.

Complete a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach (DGC) 1 Workshop: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons

US Lacrosse certified coaches are expected to be Double-Goal Coaches, striving to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.


When US Lacrosse has all of your requirements on record, you will receive a confirmation email stating that your Level 1 certification is complete within 24 hours. If you reside in an area where certification is required, you may print out this email for your local program administrators. If you do not receive your certification completion within 24 hours, please review your training history in your account online to make sure all training components above are current and listed. Please also check your spam filters and add [email protected] to your address book.


To maintain your certification, you simply need to:

  1. Keep your membership current by renewing each year. You can find your expiration date in your US Lacrosse account .
  2. Renew your NCSI background screening every two years after the first screening. Not sure when to do this? Check your expiration date .