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Coaching Certification

MHSLA - Coaches Certification Program

Purpose: The purpose of the MHSLA Coaching Certification program is to enhance the training of student-athletes by assuring that their coaches maintain a certain level of professional development and safety training throughout their careers. It is also the goal of the MHSLA to advance the level of play by providing lacrosse coaches the structure and training necessary to strive for the highest level of coaching and sportsmanship.


ALL COACHES: Any coach (volunteer or paid) is required to

  1. Maintain a current CPR/First Aid card (only one coach per team is required)
  2. Undergo a criminal background check of a NATIONAL SCOPE (every two years)
  3. Complete NFHS course: Concussion in Sports  (every three years)
  4. Complete NFHS course: Sudden Cardiac Arrest (every three years)
  5. USL Safesport certification
  6. MHSLA league code of conduct signed.

*We suggest using NCSI as it is partnered with and linked through US Lacrosse

**Note - you will need a US Lacrosse account to login and use link above.

HEAD COACHES: The Head Coach of each team must also be at least 21 years of age and attend the Coach’s Meeting each February to include an NFHS/MLOA Rules Clinic.

In addition to meeting the above requirements, if having coached in the MHSLA for less than 10 years, the Head Coach must provide documentation/proof of the following:

Completion of:

A) US Lacrosse Level 1 ONLINE Course: Fundamentals of Coaching Boys Lacrosse or Fundamentals of Coaching Girls’ Lacrosse depending on what game you are coaching


NFHS Course: Coaching Boy’s Lacrosse or Coaching Girl’s Lacrosse


B) PCA Double Goal Coach 1 ONLINE course: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons

Documentation: Each year, every MHSLA member program is required to submit to the MHSLA Board a compliance file providing proof of the above, for each coach, paid and volunteer, for that program.