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Coach Certification Requirements And How To Fulfill Them

Requirements Overview

The NCJLA reviews the following seven requirements for every coach and assistant coach
and issues laminated “NCJLA Certified Coach” cards that coaches are required to wear
while on the field for games.

1.     Start your background check here* (5-10 minutes)
2.     US Lacrosse Coaches Education: Level 1 (2-3 hours)
3.     PCA online course or workshop (1 hour, included in USL Level 1 course)
4.     US Lacrosse Membership (3-5 minutes using this form)
5.     Sign the Coaches Code of Conduct (3-5 minutes)
6.     Age Level Rules Test (30-45 minutes)
7.     Concussion Certification (30-45 minutes)

The process is self-paced and can be done in pieces.  In total it will take around 5 hours, or longer for in person workshops.

Further Information

Requirements are fully described in the NCJLA Operations Guide, excerpts are below.

1.     Cleared background check
Must be renewed every 2 years.  Visit http://www.ncsisafe.com/ to initiate the background check.  Contact the Tomahawks Club Manager for the Tomahawks NCSI Code to include with your entry.  *This step is not required if you are under 18 years of age, as there is no record of your adult life to search yet.

2.     US Lacrosse Coaches Education: Developing Individual Athletes or Level 1
One Time Requirement.  8U coaches may attend the US Lacrosse Developing Individual Athletes Coaches Education Clinic offered annually at the NCJLA U8 Coaches Clinic and Play Day in addition to the sessions offered by the NorCal Chapter of USL.
Everyone else should complete the US Lacrosse Level 1 Online Course, focused on the game as a whole to provide a general knowledge base to coaches. This will require an active US Lacrosse Membership.

3.     PCA Online Course Or In-Person Workshop
One Time Requirement.  It's the “Double Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons.”  If you complete the USL Level 1 course in Item 2 above you will complete this (for free.)  If you are currently coaching High School you are exempt from the USL Level 1 requirement and should complete the PCA standalone course separately.  The Club will reimburse you.  You are also welcome and encouraged to complete the USL Level 1 course.

4.     US Lacrosse Membership
Must be renewed every year. The Club will get or renew your USL Membership for you with the information from Tomahawks Coach Registration.

5.     Signed Coaches Code of Conduct
One Time Requirement.  Sign, scan or photograph, and send the signature page to the Tomahawks Club Manager.

6.     Age Level Rules Test
Must be renewed every year.  Choose the rules test for the age and gender you will coach.  All tests, NFHS or USL Youth (U8 through HS) can be accessed through the US Lacrosse member portal.  Click here for instructions on how to find and take the tests.

Please note that the NCJLA makes modifications to the NFHS and USL rules annually. The test answers are based on the official rules for USL and NFHS and may not match the rules used in NCJLA games.  Please refer to the Boys Girls Rules Sheets for the most up to date rules that will be used in games.

7.     Concussion Certification
Must be renewed every year.  Successfully complete the online concussion and head injury education offered by the Center of Disease Control.


Forward certificates of completion to the Club Manager.

We reimburse for PCA and US Lacrosse Coaching certifications and we get your US Lacrosse membership for you.  The background check takes a few weeks, and doing the courses will take 3-5 hours.  PCA and the Level 1 take the longest but are one time requirements.

NCJLA Certified Coach Program

Visit the NCJLA Site to read all the specifics in the NCJLA Operations Guide.