Community-based boys youth lacrosse league in Massachusetts

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Coaching Education & Certification

Annual Coaching Registration Requirements


Coaches currently certified through 2018

1. Register as a certified coach on

  • Cost is $50 which covers MBYLL Coaching insurance, online resources, and game administration / league operations


Coaches requiring certification (good for 2018 & 2019)

1. Register as a coach on

  • Cost is $50 which covers MBYLL Coaching insurance, online resources, game administration, and coaching education materials

2. For 1st time Certification Candidates: Complete three (one-time) online courses:

  • USL's online course: Men’s Level 1 (good-for-life)
  • USL's online course "How to Make Proper Contact" (good-for-life)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance's online course: "Double-Goal Coach" (good-for-life)
  • NOTE: During Coach registration, 1st time Certification Candidates will be required to indicate a need for the online courses and a USL Coaching Membership will be provided

3. Attend an MBYLL Clinic

  • You must register at and complete all pre-requisites up to 36 hours in advance
  • $50 clinic participation fee (due during registration) up to 36 hours in advance
  • $75 clinic participation fee if registering less than 36 hours prior to clinic
  • You have multiple options:
    • MBYLL Introductory Clinic
    • MBYLL Prepatory Clinic
    • MBYLL Advanced Clinic (for renewing coaches only)
    • Cannons Symposium (for renewing coaches only)
  • Every MBYLL region is expected to have at least one Introductory / Preparatory Clinic and one Advanced clinic
  • Clinics run from early May to early April and will be available for selection on


Coaching Education & Certification

Clinic Hosting Requirements and Specifications


Every MBYLL region is expected to host at least one MBYLL Introductory Clinic and encouraged to host one MBYLL / Trilogy Advanced Clinic.

The region's CESD (Coaching Education & Sport Development) Committee is charged with helping the regional director and Director of Coaching Education to find and secure site locations, dates, and times for the coaching clinics in that region


Requirements for Hosting Clinics

  • An auditorium/large room

    • MBYLL Introductory / Preparatory Clinics need capacity of 200 participants

    • Advanced Clinics need capacity of 100 participants

  • A gymnasium with bleachers

    • MBYLL will provide goals, cones, and balls

    • For larger groups at the Introductory Clinics, a gymnasium divider will allow for the group to be divided into "older level" coaches (5/6 & 7/8) and "younger level" coaches (1/2 & 3/4) for age & ability-specific demonstrations

  • (2 or 3) Tables for registration & material distribution

  • AV Setup for projector and a large screen visible to all

  • Volunteers to assist

    • 5-6 volunteers for Introductory / Prepartory Clinics

    • 3-4 volunteers for Advanced Clinics

  • WiFi access


Other Considerations

  • Ideal locations include Middle Schools & High Schools with auditoriums and gymnasiums

  • The clinic will last 4 hours (1st hour in auditorium, 2 hours in the gymnasium, 4th hour back in auditorium)

  • MBYLL would also require 1 hour in advance for set-up and 30 minutes after completion

  • MBYLL is asking towns willing to host a clinic to cover any expenses associated (rental, custodial, etc.)


A Multi-Clinic at Gillette Stadium

MBYLL will be planning a special coaching education clinic / event with multiple options for coaches (such an Introductory session and an Advanced clinic to be followed by a social event and/or guest speaker.


Hosting a Town/Private MBYLL Introductory / Preparatory Clinic

  • The same requirements for hosting an Advanced Clinic apply (capacity of 50 will suffice)

  • There will be a $500 town fee to host a private clinic

  • Each certified coach will also be required to pay the $50 to cover materials

    • Coach info and fees will be collected directly from the town (not through online registration)


Interested host candidates for Introductory, Preparatory, & Advanced Clinics and/or members of the CESD committee should contact Director of Coaching Education Dave Johns with site suggestions, information, and questions. Dave's email is:


Important Tips and Reminders

  • After taking any of the online courses (USL 1, USL "Proper Contact", PCA), be sure to save your electronic certificate to your computer for reference and proof of completion

  • Completing all pre-requisites 36 hours prior to attending a clinic will expedite your receiving of coaching card (you will receive your card at the conclusion of the clinic)

  • Experienced renewal candidates are encouraged to take Advanced clinics for accelerated education and to take advantage of additionally provided tools (such as the Trilogy coaching portal)

  • Towns should encourage all Classic coaches (Head and Assistant) to become MBYLL certified

  • At least one coach on the sideline is required to possess and visibly wear his/her valid MBYLL Coaching card at all times during Classic games (Sundays)

  • Every adult on the sideline is required to possess and visibly wear his/her valid MBYLL Coaching card at all times during Select games

  • The MBYLL requirements are the baseline for coaching education and all MBYLL coaches are encouraged (and expected) to enhance their coaching education through supplementary training and enrichment (online and in-person courses and clinics).

All Coaches must submit to a CORI background check administered by their town program

The following documents are additional resources:

MBYLL Coaches Practice Plan Template (now editable as a form)

Sportsmanship and Coaches Roles

Mobile Coach, brought to you by US Lacrosse

Lightning, what you need to know.

Tips to avoid Heat Illness in Lacrosse

Concussions: A safety sticker