Level 3 certification provides coaches with an opportunity to choose their curriculum from a variety of carefully developed and selected resources, collaborate with peers in professional environments, and experience a higher level of coaching content than previously provided in Level 1 and 2 certification, in alignment with the natural development of athletes.

US Lacrosse believes that the end result of Level 3 certification will be coaches who can not only teach previously developed concepts, but are also empowered to create many of their own strategies and teaching methods, ultimately raising the level of play of their athletes.

Level 3 Application

US Lacrosse highly recommends at least three years coaching experience with players ages 15-and-over before beginning the Level 3 certification process.

Coaches with a current Level 2 certification are eligible to progress to Level 3 certification, an exclusive credential that shows dedication to being the best coach possible.

Level 3 Certification Requirements
Level 2 certification plus
 Current US Lacrosse Membership
 Current "Green Light" NCSI background check
 Level 3 Instructional Clinic
 PCA "Double Goal Coach 2: Culture, Practice and Games"
 6 Continuing Education Credits, 3- Tactics (Game-Specific) and 3- Theory
 Concussion course (NFHS or CDC)

Steps to Certification

Maintain a current US Lacrosse membership and NCSI background screening
A current membership and background screening maintains a Level 1 or Level 2 Coach Development Certification and qualifies you to enroll in the Level 3 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. FAQ

Note: If you currently have a background screening on record with NCSI, please view our instructions on sharing it with US Lacrosse.

Complete a Level 3 instructional clinic

Clinics are seven-hour, on-site, hands-on training sessions, available annually nationwide from October through March and at the US Lacrosse National Convention in January. Level 3 clinics are scheduled directly by US Lacrosse in areas who have a high concentration of coaches who have taken Level 2. 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.  

Complete a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach II: Culture, Practices, and Games 

Different from the Level 1 requirement, the Double-Goal Coach II workshop dives deeper into teaching life lessons through sports and striving to win.

Complete an online concussion course through the CDC or NFHS

The Center for Disease Control and National Federation of State High School Associations courses provide important information about preventing, recognizing and responding to a concussion.

Complete six credits of continuing education

Continuing education credits must be earned in theory (3 credits) and tactics (3 credits). All credits must be completed in either the men’s or women’s game.

Recertification

To maintain your certification, you simply need to:

  1. Complete the four Lacrosse Athlete Development webinars.  These can be access through your account on learning.uslacrosse.org
    • LADM Technical Overview
    • Windows of Trainability in Men's or Women's Lacrosse (based on the game in which you are seeking recertification)
    • Talent Identification and Development
    • Practicing for Performance
  2. Keep your membership current by renewing each year. You can find your expiration date in your US Lacrosse account.
  3. Renew your NCSI background screening every two years after the first screening. Not sure when to do this? Check your expiration date.