SLA Coach Program for the 2020-2021 Lacrosse Year (September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021)
SLA is a 100% volunteer organization and requires a constant stream of new coaches and volunteers to maintain a quality youth lacrosse program for the boys and girls of Stafford County. Below are the requirements to be completed before the start of any season or program in which you plan to coach. Please check the renewal period of each requirement, they vary by program.
Please contact the Boys or Girls Program Commissioner with questions at:
SLA now requires ALL coaches to establish and maintain membership with US Lacrosse, the governing body for the sport. Your membership brings with it significant benefits, including access to training courses, insurance as well as helps SLA reduce some costs associated with required coach training.
SLA Coaching Requirements
Establish an Adult, Coach Membership with US Lacrosse
Required annually, good for the entire lacrosse year as defined above
Choose 2020-21 Coach Registration
Choose 2020-21 Program Coach Registration (e.g. Boys or Girls)
You will be required to enter your US Lacrosse membership number
Complete and pass a criminal background check (cannot be on the field w/o this completed)
SLA, NVYLL and US Lacrosse use the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)
You will access the background check system through your USL account
Required every two (2) years
NOTE: SLA's signed Agreement with Stafford County requires all on-field adults to pass a criminal background check, so this requirement is extremely important to complete in a timely manner. You cannot coach on-field until this is complete and verified
Complete Abuse Prevention Training
SLA and US Lacrosse use the Abuse Prevention Systems as the vendor for this training
You will access this training through your USL account
On February 2, 2021, US Lacrosse announced that they would change providers for abuse prevention training. SafeSport training will be available through the US Lacrosse member portal until March 1st. After that time, a new provider will be available. SLA coaches should access the available training from either provider through the USL portal. If you have a previously completed certificate from SafeSport, you may send that to USL () to receive credit for the training. USL will only accept previous training that is less than 6 months old.
Complete the Heads Up Concussion Training
Required annually; must be current before coaching in any season
Select Coaches Code of Conduct and Coach Certification Survey
Register after signing in or creating an account
Additional Coach Training
Many additional and valuable free courses are available to US Lacrosse Members. SLA coaches are encouraged to increase their knowledge through these courses.
The above training(s) are SLA requirements and do not constitute a US Lacrosse coach certification, although the components do put a new coach on a short path to an initial USL Level 1 certification. To read more about USL's coaching education program and certifications, please see more here.
Should you decide to pursue a full USL Level 1, Level 2 and/or Level 3 certification, those certifications can be reimbursed after successful completion AND appropriate documentation.
Each level (Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3) will be reimbursed only one time. No recertification will be reimbursed.