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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


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Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Alum and U-11 Coyote Coach Davis Brown was voted the SCAC Newcomer of the Year! Congratulations are in order for this tremendous accomplishment, and thanks for representing Georgia lacrosse all season.

The original article may be found here: www.scacsports.com/sports/mlax/2010-11/releases/all_scac_team


In exclusive voting by the league’s head men’s lacrosse coaches, Matt Ivie of Birmingham-Southern College was selected 2011 SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, while Colorado College’s Zach Hoisington repeated as SCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Colorado College head coach Guy Van Arsdale was once again named the SCAC Coach-of-the-Year.

In the same balloting, Davis Brown of Sewanee: University of the South was voted SCAC Newcomer-of-the-Year.

Ivie, a sophomore attacker from Alpharetta, Ga., finished the regular season with 73 points on 65 goals and eight assists. He ranked in the top five in the league in a number of offensive categories including goals per game (4.06 – 1st), total points (73 – 1st), points per game (4.56 – 2nd) and game winning goals (3 – 1st). Ivie is the first Birmingham-Southern player to be named the league’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year in men’s lacrosse.

In being selected the league’s Offensive POTY, Ivie received five of eight votes from the coaches. Colorado College’s Carson Christman received the other three votes.

Hoisington, a senior defender from Alexandria, Va., helped lead a Colorado College defense that ranked first in the SCAC in ground balls with 42.62 per game. He helped the Tigers to a number one ranking in the league in penalty killing (86.8 percent) and a number two ranking in caused turnovers (10.54 per game). Hoisington totaled 24 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers.

Hoisington received six of eight votes to earn the SCAC Defensive POTY honor. Chris O’Quain of Southwestern received the other two votes.

Brown, a first-year attacker from Norcross, Ga., tallied 42 points on 30 goals and 12 assists. His 42 points led the team lead while his 30 goals were second on the team. Brown also ranked in the top 10 in the SCAC in goals per game (9th – 2.00/game) and points per game (10th – 2.80/game) while also totaling 21 ground balls.

Brown received four of eight votes in the Newcomer-of-the-Year voting. Hendrix College’s Cameron Millstone received three votes while Colorado College’s Jack Kreitler picked up the remaining vote.

Coach Van Arsdale guided the Colorado College men to the program’s second consecutive SCAC title in 2011. In his second season as the head coach of the Tigers, Van Arsdale led Colorado College to a perfect 7-0 SCAC record along with a 13-0 overall mark and the school’s first-ever SCAC tournament championship. He also helped guide the Tigers to the program’s and SCAC’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Van Arsdale received five votes from his peers in the COTY voting. Curt Foxx of Hendrix (two) and Marty Waters (one) of Sewanee received the remaining votes.

To view the entire 2011 Men’s Lacrosse All-SCAC team, click here.


Well done Davis. Congrats on the recognition and a stellar season.