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Coach Requirements

Coaches must demonstrate and apply leadership, integrity, responsibility, self-control, knowledge of lacrosse rules and regulations, honesty and sportsmanship at all times on and off the playing field.

GCLC is required to have a background check and a concussion certificate on file for all assigned volunteers and /or coaches. At least one approved volunteer and/or coach assigned to the team must be in attendance at all games/practices. If a substitute is needed, another parent must register and complete the screening process.

Volunteers and/or coaches must authorize a background screening from our contracted vendor at the expense of GCLC and submit a valid completion certificate from an approved concussion safety course. Program directors/commissioners must enforce these requirements and will delay the release of rosters, schedules, uniforms and/or equipment until all coaches in their program have complied.


  1. All Head Coaches must be at least 18 years old and have graduated HS
  2. All Coaches Must Have Valid US Lacrosse Membership
  3. US Lacrosse Level 1 Online Certification
  4. Background Check
  5. Concussion Training Certification
  6. Signed Coaches Code of Conduct
  7. Playing Experience (Head Coach Only)
  8. Coaching candidates with violations of the (GCLC, COYLL “League” or US Lacrosse) Code of Conduct must complete the GCLC Grievance process prior to coaching consideration and are subject to approval from the GCLC Board


  1. US Lacrosse Full Level 1 Certification or Higher (online and classroom portion)
  2. PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) Full Certification
  3. First Aid/CPR/AED Certification

Background Screening

Once selected as a coach, the coach will be contacted by Youth Commissioner to initiate the background check process. The costs associated with this screening program will be provided by GCLC. Please note that background checks previously completed for another organization will not be accepted for this purpose. Results will be provided to the GCLC, and will remain confidential.

Concussion Certification

All head or assistant coaches must take one of the free online training courses listed below and submit a paper or electronic copy of the completion certificate to GCLC. We ask our coaches to take the NFHS course but will accept the CDC certification. Your certificate is good for three years from the date of completion.

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