2015 will Mark my 42nd year playing or coaching the great game of lacrosse. Lacrosse has given me so many wonderful things over the course of my life, from bonding with my family to helping young people achieve their goals. I have had the pleasure to play the game at a high level and sharing championships with my teammates. I have been honored to speak at the US Lacrosse Convention (15 times) as well as coach the US Lacrosse All-American Classic with some of the best players in the country. I have given clinics, run camps as well performed many speaking engagements around the country. I am a member of the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
All of these things are awesome and they make you feel good inside however the most important thing for me is teaching the game and teaching it the right way.
I derive great pleasure in teaching young people our great game and I love watching other sports and coaches so I can become a better coach. I sometimes watch basketball or hockey games and practices. I see drills and skills being taught and I have the ability to take someones drill or technique and turn it into a teaching moment for me.
Today I would like to introduce you to the US Lacrosse Certification program. US Lacrosse is the governing body of the sport but in my humble view the apex of lacrosse training on both the women’s, mens and officials side of the game. US Lacrosse is partnered with The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) which is the top group of spreading a message of positive reinforcement and sportsmanship. Components of PCA are part of the US Lacrosse Certification process.
Last Spring I completed the US Lacrosse Level Three Certification which is the highest lacrosse certification you can obtain.
The program is made up of three levels of instruction and at each level you receive expert advice on coaching philosophies, team building, skill development, tactical and positive coaching techniques. Much of the instruction is taken online and there are a few in person classes you will have to complete. Trust me it is all very worth it. You will not only become a better coach you will also become a better person for completing this training.
If you are new to the game or are teaching at a younger age group Level 1 is all you may need.
I have the pleasure of coaching from Pre-K to High School so it was important to me to reach young people at the correct age and skill set.
Listed below are the various levels of certification and a link to get started. Don’t delay become a better coach today!
Level 1 is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. The Level 1 curriculum provides the tools to teach rules, basic individual skills, and basic team concepts to beginning players of all ages. This baseline training is relevant for all lacrosse coaches, regardless of experience.
Level 2 certification is tactically and practically focused. Coaches will receive detailed instruction on building the tactical elements of their team based on overarching principles for offense, defense and transition. The Level 2 curriculum is geared toward coaching players who have an understanding of the basic skills and objectives of the game. Coaches will also learn how practice planning fits into overall tactical objectives for their season.
Level 3 certification focuses on high-level tactical and practical skills. Coaches will receive detailed instruction on pregame preparation and tactics of the game. Coaches will also engage in critical thinking activities to build a higher lacrosse IQ for themselves and their team. The Level 3 curriculum is geared toward coaching players that have a deep understanding of the objectives of the game.
See ya on the field,