Level 2 certification is tactically and practically focused. Coaches will receive detailed instruction on building the tactical elements of their team based on overarching principles for offense, defense and transition. The Level 2 curriculum is geared toward coaching players who have an understanding of the basic skills and objectives of the game. Coaches will also learn how practice planning fits into overall tactical objectives for their season.

Coaches who hold a current Level 1 certification are eligible to progress to Level 2 certification, an exclusive credential that shows your dedication to being the best coach you can be.

Level 2 Certification Requirements: Level 1 certification requirements plus
 Current US Lacrosse Membership
 Current "Green Light" NCSI background check
 Level 2 Online Course
 Level 2 Instructional Clinic

Steps to Certification

Maintain a current US Lacrosse membership and NCSI background screening
A current membership and background screening maintains your Level 1 certification and qualifies you to enroll in the Level 2 certification program. 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.

Complete a Level 2 online course 
The course is designed as a progression from the material presented in the Level 1 certification program and, for coaches working with players who have mastered the basics of lacrosse. US Lacrosse members receive this course for $30.

Complete a Level 2 instructional clinic 
Clinics are four-hour, on-site, hands-on training sessions, available annually nationwide from October through March and at the US Lacrosse National Convention in January. Although Level 2 clinics can be requested locally, they are generally scheduled directly by US Lacrosse in areas who have a high concentration of coaches who have taken Level 1. Coaches who are eligible will be sent an email when a clinic is in their region, or click here to locate a clinic near you. Eligible, but don’t see a clinic near you? Plan to attend next year’s US Lacrosse National Convention to complete this requirement. 


When US Lacrosse has all of your requirements on record, you will receive a confirmation email stating that your Level 2 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.