Why is US Lacrosse providing online abuse prevention training for adult coach members?

US Lacrosse believes that all youth athletes deserve a safe and fun lacrosse experience, and that education and awareness are important tools for helping to prevent abuse and misconduct against youth. Federal legislation also requires that we provide training to our adult members who regularly interact with youth. 

What does it cost?

US Lacrosse is providing the online training for free to all adult coach members who take the training through their US Lacrosse membership, a savings of $20 for an individual member.

As a coach member, am I required to take this training?

Effective August 1, 2019, the training became a requirement of the join/renew process for all US Lacrosse adult coach memberships. Understanding the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, US Lacrosse has currently relaxed this requirement, however, we remain committed to the value of abuse prevention training and strongly encourage active adult coaches to complete this training.

How do I access the online abuse prevention training?

The online training can be accessed by logging into your US Lacrosse E-Learning account (https://www.uslacrosse.org/learning). Upon login, follow these steps:

  1. Select the search feature icon in the upper right side of the screen and search "Abuse Prevention Systems"
  2. Scroll to the course thumbnail and choose "Enroll" then "Start."

What can I expect from the online abuse prevention training?

The abuse prevention training consists of nine (9) separate videos that cover various topics, including facts and misconceptions, methods to reduce risk, peer-to-peer training, and reporting procedures for suspected abuse. The total time needed is about 90 minutes.

What if I need to exit the training? Can I go back at a later time?

Yes. If you are not able to complete the training in one sitting, you can save your place and return at a later time. Choose the "X" within the course to save your work and resume later.

I'm experiencing technical difficulties while trying to complete the course. Who can I contact?

Please email [email protected] with any technical issues or questions.

Will completion of the online abuse prevention training be reflected on my USL membership account?

Yes. Completion of the course will be reflected on your USL membership account, usually within 24-48 hours. If your current club or league affiliation has a Program Leader (PL) portal, completion status will also be reflected there for your Program Leader to see.

Does US Lacrosse accept other abuse prevention training courses?

Yes. If you have completed the online SafeSport Trained course or one of the Refresher Courses through the U.S. Center for SafeSport for a different sports organization or with US Lacrosse, that will be accepted. US Lacrosse will also accept a completion certificate for Abuse Prevention Systems, the current training provider, if it was completed under another organization.

Please note that completion certificates must be from within the last 6 months in order to be accepted. Completion certificates can be e-mailed to the Membership Experience team at [email protected]. Please allow up to 3-5 business days for your completion to be reflected on your US Lacrosse membership account.

Will I be required to complete this training on an annual basis?

Yes. You will be required to complete Abuse Prevention Systems or provide proof of completion for the other abuse prevention trainings that US Lacrosse accepts (mentioned above) on an annual basis.