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The importance of US Lacrosse Certification

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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

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

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

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,


Coach Lou

This one is for you Dad

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Last night I had the honor and pleasure of watching my father, Lou Corsetti, be inducted into the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Aristotle once said that “dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” I always felt my dad deserved every award he received because he never concerned himself with collecting them but in earning them. I often joke with players and parents that Coach Corsetti is a great man on the lacrosse field, but that I live with him twenty-four seven. That puts me in an interesting position that will hopefully illuminate some of my father’s character to those who only get to see it an hour or two at a time.

As with many memories the difficult and challenging ones stand out the most often. My first challenging lacrosse memory came in the sixth grade at Murphy Candler Park at the original Atlanta Youth Lacrosse. I made a mistake and my coach pulled me off the field. Needless to say I did not find that fair at all. I stomped to the end of the bench, threw my stick onto the ground and parked my rear end on the ground and sulked. For the rest of the game I held my head in my hands until the final horn blew. After the game I stuffed my gear into my bag tossed it into the back seat of the car and sulked once again in the front seat. Then my coach sat down in the driver’s seat and quietly told me, “Gordon, when I pulled you off the field I was going to put you back in again but because you sulked and did not support your team on the bench I decided that you did not deserve the right to step back onto the field. You have to remember that if you play hard you have to support your team hard even if you are pissed off and angry. Do not ever let me see you sulk on the bench again. You can sulk at home but when you are on that field you have a duty to your teammates and this game. Remember that.” Then my coach drove me to get ice cream.

Dancing Coach Lou

Dancing Coach Lou

If you have not caught on my coach in sixth grade was my dad. I call him coach in that story because at that time he was not my father. He was my coach. Even when I was very young my dad created a clear line between dad and coach. A coach will be mean and uncompromising, but a father can also be mean and uncompromising – but he loves you. All jesting aside, when my dad coached me I thought of him as a coach who happened to be my father not the other way around. Still, when he rightfully chastised my behavior I got a double whammy because both my coach and my father were disappointed in me.

After his little talk my dad never mentioned it again. He waited to see what I would do and did not remind me about how to behave for my next game. I was going to either learn the lesson or not. I am pleased to say that I learned how to be a good teammate in trying times. In fact, I focused on becoming the best teammate all of the time. Ever since that verbal dress down in his truck I never once sulked on the sideline no matter how angry I got. I yelled and screamed from the sidelines but I was always positive, always moving, and always urging my team on.

I recount that story because it highlights the best qualities in my father as coach and a dad. He never lost his temper. He thought carefully about how to teach a player and son a necessary lesson. He did not pressure me to change immediately but probably hoped I would. He put the focus on the team and away from my individual problems. Finally, he taught me that a player must act in a manner that reflects the integrity of the game and behave with excellent sportsmanship at all times.

Dad, I know you are proud of me as your son and I hope you will always be proud of the way I respect the game you taught me. Every good thing that lacrosse gave to me came as a result of that lesson you taught me so many years ago. I became a better player, a better teammate, and a better man because of you.

With Pride and Love.

Your Son,
Gordon James Corsetti

Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame

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— Class of 2011 —

The Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame was started in 2005 and has inducted new members to the elite club every two years.  It is a high honor that takes nothing less than “the absolute best of the best, within the context of an individual’s era of participation” hall of fame. Those accepted into the Hall of Fame exemplify character beyond reproach, ultimate sportsmanship, positive relations, service and honor to the community and lacrosse development.  It’s safe to say that we know someone who epitomizes all of these qualities and more.

We at Atlanta Youth Lacrosse are proud to announce that our very own Lou Corsetti will be inducted into the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame on January 30, 2011!  This honor is well deserved through all of Lou’s hard work and dedication to the game of lacrosse and the community.  He has sacrificed more time and effort than you all know to make the sport what it is today.  He has connected the state of Georgia through lacrosse and made it a family.  It is with great pride that we congratulate Coach Corsetti on this tremendous achievement, which was possible through the love and support that he has received through the community over the years.

We would also like to congratulate the rest of the 2011 class: Mike Flanagan, Curt Gary, and Jim Westbrook.

The induction ceremony will be
Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 5-8 PM
Atlanta Marriott Northwest
200 Interstate North Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

If you would like to purchase tickets to the awards dinner, you can visit  Georgia Lacrosse, we would love to see you there!

Additional Chapter Honorees include:
Lacrosse Man of the Year – Don Rigger
Lacrosse Woman of the Year – Veronica Hewgley
Youth Coach of the Year – Billy Smart
Outstanding Contributor – Bruce Oswald and Dave Feroleto
Program Administrator of the Year – Scott Hall
Outstanding Official – Sonny Pieper
Outstanding Umpire – Bill McGregor
Excellence in Growing the Game – Ken Lovic
Presidential Award – John Taylor