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.
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.
- Online: Via your account online
- In-Person: Contact your local program administrator to find out if a live session will be available, or attend the free PCA workshop at the US Lacrosse National Convention.
- If not taken online or at national convention, please send proof of PCA completion to [email protected] to have it added to your account.
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: