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YOUTH ONLY CHANGES - Rules Distinct from High School HS:

New Rule (5-4-2) - USAL Youth Rules will not follow the change to a one-minute penalty option at the High School level. The youth committee felt that the stronger two-minute penalty remained a better option to control play.

USAL Youth Rules passed an allowance of one-handed stick checks for 12U and 14U youth play. The committee felt that the penalties around slashes were in place to ensure safe play and that the allowance of one-handed checks at this 14U and 12U level was an important part of the safe progression of skills for the player.


Coach Eligibility:

  • An adult (18 years or older) must be present on the sideline for liability purposes. 
  • All coaches on the sideline in-season (Spring & Summer) must have a valid USA Lacrosse Bronze membership. Each team must have a head coach who is a Silver Level Coach. All previous Level 1 Certified Coaches have been transferred over to Silver Level. 
    • Click HERE for USA Lacrosse Coach Certification Information and to log into your account to complete courses. 
    • Coach's certifications must be fulfilled at least ONE WEEK PRIOR to the start of your games.

Coaches who have completed their USA Lacrosse Level 1 in the past (online only, or full certification), Safesport Training (through another platform such as USA Hockey) and Concussion Certification, will be credited completion upon validation by sending screenshots to . 

HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training for Coaches

Minnesota State mandated concussion training

USA Lacrosse Coach Certification

\USA Lacrosse encourages all coaches to participate in some or all components of the Coach Development Program, and encourages leagues and clubs to utilize the Coach Development Program for their needs.

USA Lacrosse Coach Resources

The USA Lacrosse Coach Development Program provides comprehensive guidance to both beginning and experienced coaches through online courses, in-person instructional clinics and additional resources.

GNLL Coaches Clinic


This on-field coaching clinic is geared towards new to intermediate youth coaches for boys' and girls' lacrosse. Homegrown Senior Staff will lead the participants through a 2-hour clinic.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Concordia University, St. Paul - Seafoam Dome 

If interested, email Ted at for group discount code prior to registering


USA Lacrosse Mobile Coach

Per USA Lacrosse: Mobile Coach | USA Lacrosse

USA Lacrosse Mobile Coach gives you access to over 500 men's and women's Lacrosse drills, with diagrams and videos on your iOS or Android device. Users can sort by skill level, gender, and even the skill they want to teach their players.

In addition, the app provides pre-built athlete development aligned practice plans, practice planning functionality, whiteboarding (iPad users only), and a host of other great resources.

Coaches of all levels will benefit from USA Lacrosse Mobile Coach, but it may be most assuring to part-time youth or high school coaches who balance the demands of full-time employment and parenthood.

Athlete Development Model

Per USA Lacrosse: Athlete development is a framework using six core values which bring out the full athletic potential in every player. When these values are embraced, players learn the sport better, love it more, and play it longer. Following the core values of athlete development keeps more players engaged in the sport longer and allows the best player to emerge as they reach physical maturity.

Athlete Development | USA Lacrosse

Resources for Youth Coaches

Homegrown Academy Boys Drill and Coaching Resource

Practice planning, Team Goal Setting, Stretching, Strength and Ability, Drills, Strategies

Homegrown Academy Girls Drill and Coaching Resource

Exercise Routines, Ground balls, Stick Work/Passing, Shooting, Draw drills, Competition, Fun Games

USA Lacrosse Sample Games

USA Lacrosse games (drills) for athlete development

Fun Drills for Youth

Catching and Throwing, Ground Balls, Cradling, Shooting, Dodging, Offense and Defense, Agility

Sample Girls Coaching Handbook

Provides coaches in every age group a comprehensive guide of skills development, practice plans, and drills to use throughout the season, as shared by MSLAX

Recommended Reading List

GNLL has compiled a list of books and readings that may help you grow as a coach and mentor. The list varies in content, spanning coaching philosophies, autobiographies, or lacrosse skills and schemes:


  • “The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players,” by Pat Riley
  • “Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization” by John Wooden
  • “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observation and Reflections On and Off the Court” by John Wooden
  • “How Good Do You Want to Be?: A Champion's Tips on How to Lead and Succeed at Work and in Life” by Nick Saban
  • “The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership,” James C. Hunter
  • “Season of Life: A Football Star, A Boy, A Journey to Manhood” by Joe Ehrmann
  • “InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives” by Joe Ehrmann
  • “Win Forever: Live, Work and Play Like a Champion” by Pete Carroll
  • “Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, The Second Edition of the Bob Scott Classic”   by Dave Pietramala
  • "The Coaches Guide to Teaching" by Doug Lemov