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.

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.

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. Take the free CDC or NFHS course (link above), then email your completion certificate and member ID to [email protected]. A US Lacrosse staff member will add the course completion added to your training history.

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.

Completion

  • Once all components are reflected in your training history, you will receive an email confirming your status as a certified coach within 24 hours. 
  • To monitor your training history, please log into your account (https://myaccount.uslacrosse.org/login) and, once logged in, click on “certification and training” from the toolbar on the left-hand side.

Recertification

  1. Keep your certification current by renewing the following:
    • Your US Lacrosse membership (annually)
    • Your Safesport Training (annually)
    • Your NCSI background screen (every two years after the first screen)
    • You can find your expiration date and renewal for all of the above in your US Lacrosse account
  2. 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

Quick links: (requires log in to USL account)