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Coach Development Clinics

USA Lacrosse will host in-person coaching clinics again starting in Fall 2021. To inquire about the current hosting process, please contact your USA Lacrosse regional manager (USA Lacrosse Regional Manager).

About Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is founded on USA Lacrosse’s core values of athlete development. Each core value weaves through the fabric of the coach development program.

What makes USA Lacrosse coach development unique? At our live clinics and workshops, coaches will learn and also apply our teaching tools in real-life scenarios. Often, coaches learn something in a live training and then use it the very next practice or game.

Our hands on clinics and virtual workshops are also designed to align with best practices for:

  • Teaching Coaches How to Teach
  • Developmentally Appropriate Coaching
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Designing for Development
  • Physical Literacy
  • Positive Coaching

USA Lacrosse offers two types of live training, in person and virtual. Either option currently satisfies the live training requirement for coach certification. In person workshops are hosted by USA Lacrosse member leagues and are scheduled upon request. Virtual coaching workshops are scheduled monthly.

 

In Person Clinics

In Person Clinics provide coaches an opportunity for hands-on training. Perfect for those tactile learners, in person clinics focus on teaching coaches how to teach, regardless of their prior level of participation within the sport. Coaches will learn how to teach both individual and team techniques, tactics, and strategies as they move through each level of coach certification.

In person clinics teach content through active participation in games and activities. Coaches who attend should be prepared for a hands-on training experience.

Coaches must attend and participate in the full session in order to receive credit for attending. To optimize the learning experience, we recommend taking the workshops in order (Level 1, 2, then 3) whenever possible.

All times listed for in person clinics are local to the time zone of the specific geographic location of the training site.

Virtual Coaching Workshops

Virtual Workshops provide coaches with tools useful in planning for their season. Virtual workshops focus on the theory behind optimal coach development. Content is taught through a series of short lectures, discussion questions, and time for reflection.

USA Lacrosse Virtual Coaching Workshops meet the live training requirement for coach certification. Participants register for the workshop and attend live, virtually, at the time of the event. Coaches must attend the full session, with video on, at the specific time in order to receive credit for attending. These events are not “pre-recorded” and credit is not available for watching a recording. When registering, please keep in mind that workshops are currently scheduled in Eastern Time (please adjust the timing of the event for your specific time zone).

About Level 1:

USA Lacrosse Coach Development’s Level 1 curriculum is targeted at introducing coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching. In doing so, coaches learn how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. Our Level 1 curriculum provides the tools needed to teach basic individual lacrosse skills.

Level 1 training is relevant for ALL lacrosse coaches regardless of experience level of the coach or player. Coaches at all levels of will benefit from this training as they look at strengthening their coaching foundation and knowledge base.

To fulfill your live training requirement, please choose from one of the following options:

 

In person clinic: Developing the Individual Athlete

3 hours, hosted by local leagues or at our annual USA Lacrosse National Convention. Fee: $55. There are no prerequisites.

Developing the Individual Athlete Clinic teaches coaches tools necessary to teach foundational lacrosse skills. Centered on Athlete Development, this clinic will teach coaches how to teach basic individual lacrosse skills such as ground balls, cradling, catching, passing, defense positioning, and more!

This clinic is taught using gamification. Coaches will be actively participating in games and drills. All skill levels are welcome; previous lacrosse playing experience is not required. Please bring a stick for the game you coach. Coaches will also learn how to apply techniques such as error detection and correction, non-linear pedagogy, guided instruction, and constraints.

This workshop is designed for coaches of all levels of players. This workshop currently meets the instructional clinic (hands-on) requirement to US Lacrosse's Level 1 Coach Certification. 

Virtual Workshop: Athlete Centered Coaching

2 hours, held on zoom. Fee: $35

This workshop focuses on building and implementing and athlete-centered coaching philosophy. We also cover best practices for teaching lacrosse skills in a manner that optimizes athlete development. This discussion-based course focuses on theory of athlete development and is open coaches of all genders, all player levels.

About Level 2:

Our Level 2 curriculum is designed to help coaches develop players into the “complete player.” This is done by linking the skills learned in Level 1 with the building blocks of team development. Level 2 will teach specific tactics and strategies of team concepts, such as motion offense and team defense, allowing your teams to play lacrosse at a higher level. We also cover topics such as transition strategies and practice planning.

 

In person clinic: Developing the Team Player

3 hours, hosted by local leagues or at our annual USA Lacrosse National Convention. Fee: $95. Prerequisite: Developing the Individual Athlete in person workshop.

Developing the Team Player teaches coaches tools necessary to teach team-based lacrosse skills. Centered on Athlete Development, this clinic will teach coaches how to teach team skills such as motion offense, crashing, sliding, transition play, effective communication, and related skills.

This clinic is taught using gamification. Coaches will be actively participating in games and drills. All skill levels are welcome; previous lacrosse playing experience is not required.

This workshop is designed for coaches of all levels of players.

Virtual Workshop: Team Centered Coaching

2 hours, held on zoom. Fee: $50

This workshop focuses on creating a positive team culture by using an athlete-centered approach. Coaches will discover best practices for structuring a team that optimizes both player and team development.

Prerequisite for this workshop is a current Level 1 certification or prior completion of the athlete centered coaching workshop.

COMING SOON:
Level 3: “Team Performance” – 4 hours across 2 sessions 
  • This workshop focuses on enhancing team performance through implementation of advanced tactics and strategies.
  • Per Coach Registration Fee is $75.
  • Prerequisite for this workshop is a current Level 2 certification or prior completion of the team centered coaching workshop. 
  • Team Development Workshops are Level and Game-Specific. Please enroll in the session for both the game and level you currently coach.
Helpful information:
  • Completion of the following satisfies the live training requirement for coach certification at these levels:
    • Athlete Centered Coaching Virtual Workshop or Developing the Individual Athlete Instructional Clinic – Level 1
    • Team Centered Coaching Virtual Workshop or Developing the Team Player Instructional Clinic – Level 2
    • Team Development Virtual Workshop – Level 3
  • When registering for a Level 3 workshop, please ensure you enroll in a session specific to the game you coach. These sessions are game-specific to allow for in-depth instruction and reflection. Level 1 and 2 is not game-specific at this time.
  • In Person Clinics:
    • All in person clinics are hands on. Coaches will be actively participating in games and activities. No prior lacrosse experience is required.
    • Please dress in layers. Wear athletic, comfortable clothing.
    • Please bring a stick for the game you coach and a filled water bottle. You may also wish to bring a note taking device.
    • Please check in with the onsite host in order to receive credit for attending.
    • Post clinic, you will receive an email with a survey link. Please fill that out to receive credit. Credit will be posted to your member account within 3-5 business days post event.
  • Virtual Workshops:
    • Workshops will be held on zoom. Registered participants will receive a zoom link via email approximately 48 hours prior to the session.
    • We recommend ensuring your device meets the system requirements for Zoom meetings prior to the start of the session.
    • Please plan to take the clinic on a device with a working camera.
    • Virtual workshops are interactive and theory-based. Participants do not need a stick to participate.
    • Post clinic, you will receive an email with a survey link. Please fill that out to receive credit. Credit will be posted to your member account within 3-5 business days post event.

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