US Lacrosse Coaching Education Level 3 Clinics/Certification
from Press Release
BALTIMORE, Oct. 10, 2013 – US Lacrosse today announced the addition of Level 3 certification to its Coaching Education Program (CEP), which serves both boys' and girls' lacrosse coaches across the country.
To be eligible for CEP Level 3 certification, a coach must be a current Level 2 CEP-certified coach, which includes an active membership and a non-expired, green light National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) background check.
The Level 3 certification is designed for coaches that have completed the CEP Level 1 and 2 certification, as the progressions in skills, tactics, and methodology are referenced heavily. US Lacrosse recommends this audience also be coaching a level of player skill equivalent to high school junior varsity through high school varsity for a minimum of three years. The Level 3 objective is to provide coaches with an opportunity to choose their curriculum from a variety of carefully developed and selected resources, collaborate with peers, and experience a higher level of lacrosse coaching.
"We are excited to offer this new level of CEP certification for coaches looking to expand their coaching knowledge in a systematic but personalized way," said Erin Smith, US Lacrosse director of education and training. "By providing this programming, US Lacrosse believes that the end result of Level 3 certification will be coaches who not only can teach previously developed concepts, but also are empowered to create many of their own strategies and teaching methods, ultimately raising the level of play of their athletes. We would like to thank the trainers who helped develop this course because without their time, knowledge and effort this would not have been possible."
With the idea that the Level 3 certification is the most challenging level of CEP certification, the requirements are the completion of: a PCA Double Goal Coach II course; a CEP Level 3 in-person instructional clinic; either the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) concussion online course; three US Lacrosse-credited coaching theory sessions totaling three coaching education opportunities (CEO's); and three US Lacrosse-credited coaching tactics sessions totaling three CEO's.
All coaches seeking CEP Level 3 certification are required to track their own progress with the US Lacrosse tracking sheet.
"It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to help US Lacrosse advance its coaching education curriculum," said Andrew Stanley, associate athletic director and head boys' lacrosse coach for Collegiate (Va.) School, a CEP Level 1, 2 and 3 trainer, and co-creator of the Level 3 instructional clinic curriculum. "While this program will help improve the quality of coaching across the country, the real value of this program is that for every coach we train, there is a team of children, players, athletes being better served. The greatest mistake a coach can make is believing they have it all figured out. This program challenges us all to grow, adapt, change and prepare with and for the children, players, and athletes of today and tomorrow."
US Lacrosse sets the Level 3 clinic schedule based on several determining factors, including the Level 2-certified coaches population, interest from US Lacrosse chapter presidents and area leaders, and other qualifiers. US Lacrosse has planned four Level 3 in-person instructional clinic dates available for the fall 2013 and winter 2014 clinic seasons. The completion of a CEP Level 2 instructional clinic is a prerequisite for the Level 3 clinic.
Locations and dates of the 2013-2014 CEP Level 3 instructional clinics:
- Assumption College, Worcester, Mass. – Oct. 27, 2013
- Olgethorpe University, Atlanta, Ga. – Nov. 24, 2013
- US Lacrosse National Convention, Philadelphia, Pa. – Jan. 10, 2014*
- US Lacrosse National Convention, Philadelphia, Pa. – Jan. 12, 2014*
*Must be registered for 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, in order to sign up and register.
The US Lacrosse CEP began in 2004 with the release of the first set of online courses for men's and women's lacrosse coaches. In-person clinics followed shortly thereafter, and by 2007 the US Lacrosse Board of Directors approved the requirements for Level 1 certification, the first national standardized coaching certification in the history of the sport. US Lacrosse followed with Level 2 programming and certification. The release of Level 3 certification marks the completion of the multi-leveled curriculum for high school and youth coaches that was originally envisioned by the organization's inaugural strategic plan. Since its inception, the CEP has had nearly 30,000 participants in one or more of the program's educational components.
For more information about the CEP Level 3 certification, information on how to look up a background check status, CEO's, and more, visit uslacrosse.org/CEPcertification. For more information about the upcoming CEP Level 3 clinics, visit uslacrosse.org/CEPclinics.
For more information about the US Lacrosse CEP and its three levels, visit uslacrosse.org/CEP.