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.
USA 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.
USA 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 USA Lacrosse Membership|
|Current "Green Light" NCSI background check|
|Level 3 Live In Person Clinic Or Virtual Workshop|
|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 live training
Live training is available virtually. Click here for the calendar of currently available workshops. If you previously took our hands-on Level 3 instructional clinic, you do not also have to take the virtual workshop to certify.
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.
- Online: Via your account online
- In-Person: Contact your local program administrator to find out if a live session will be available, or attend a free workshop at the US Lacrosse National Convention.
- If not taken online or at national convention, please send proof of PCA completion to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it added to your account.
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@example.com. A USA 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.
- 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.usalacrosse.com/login) and, once logged in, click on “certification and training” from the toolbar on the left-hand side.
- 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
- 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)