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Need Sum Edukasion?

1 - Published December 8, 2012 by in Coach, Growth, Official, US Lacrosse, Youth

Well sir (or ma’am), you are in luck!  There are a couple of great education opportunities coming up, courtesy of US Lacrosse.  Both Omaha and Kansas City will be offering instructional clinics for coaches in the early months of 2013.  Kansas City will also host an officials education clinic this winter.


Before I get into the details of the officials clinic, I would like to remind everyone that officials get paid for Nebraska High School Lacrosse League games.  Barry Von Ahsen, currently Des Moines’ only certified official, entered the ranks unaware of the compensation.  To him, giving back to the game is reward enough; the pay check is a nice bonus.

The US Lacrosse Officials Education Program men’s Lacrosse Referee Development (LAREDO) Level 1 and 2 clinics have been designed for both established and developing areas that need help in the basic recruiting, training, retaining, observing and advancing education of officials while strengthening the two-man game.

LAREDO Level 1 & 2 Classroom Trainings
Saturday, Jan. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 20

Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.
This clinic will be hosted by the Great Plains Chapter.


Let’s face it, lacrosse has plenty of room to grow in the state of Iowa.  One of the best tools we can have to facilitate growth is knowledgeable coaches.  Therein lies a major problem: we have virtually no knowledgeable coaches at our disposal.

If you are like me (a native Iowan), then you probably grew up without even knowing that lacrosse existed.  Perhaps you stumbled across the game on ESPNU in the recent past.  Or maybe your son or daughter stumbled upon lacrosse somehow and have been bugging you about getting involved.  Now you are probably scratching your head, wondering how you could possibly get involved with no experience and very little insight outside of Quint’s commentary during live games.

Luckily US Lacrosse does an outstanding job with their coaching clinics.  They recognize that lacrosse is a foreign sport in our neck of the woods and tailor their instruction to help participants learn the game and how to coach it.  The most important thing to remember is that you do not need to be an outstanding lacrosse player to be a great lacrosse coach.  Being a great coach stems from your ability to organize, communicate, and inspire.  This is true whether you are talking about lacrosse, hockey, or pickle ball.  Coaches are teachers and motivators.

The US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program has been designed by experts in the coaching field to help you become a better coach. At our clinic you’ll learn how to break down specific skills, new drills, how to detect and correct common player errors and much more.

When I attended the Level 1 clinic last January (after three seasons of coaching), I met plenty of brand new coaches.  Most had never played the sport and many were getting into the game so that their kids could participate.  These individuals realized that without coaches, the sport cannot grow and their kids would be unable to play.  Without a doubt, these individuals earn much more of my respect than the highest paid head coaches in the NCAA and pro ranks.

Live Clinics

Kansas City

Level 1 Coaching Clinic
Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.
This clinic will be hosted by the Great Plains Chapter.

Level 2 Coaching Clinic
Saturday, Jan. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 20

Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.
This clinic will be hosted by the Great Plains Chapter.


The NHSLL and Omaha Lacrosse Club have partnered with US Lacrosse to bring a Level 1 clinic to Omaha in February.  To help swell our coaching ranks, the program is being offered for half of the normal price.  This is a great opportunity for anybody that is interested in becoming a lacrosse coach – in any capacity.

We are very excited to announce that USLacrosse is coming to Omaha on 23 Feb 2013 to provide Level 1 Coaching Certification to all of our boys and girls coaches.  This one day course includes classroom/practical training, and will be held at Creighton Prep High School.  Cost for this clinic is $35. This certification is REQUIRED for all OLC and NELAX coaches as part of our acceptance of equipment grants from USLacrosse.  All OLC coaches are required to complete the online level 1 training prior to attendance on 23 Feb. If you are aware of prospective OLC/NELAX/Lincoln Lacrosse/YMCA/Des Moines coaches that are not currently in our programs please pass this information to them.  The closest this training has ever been offered before is Kansas City.  

We will definitely need more coaches this year at the youth level.  I encourage parents and players to consider this service to our community.  OLC provides all the training, equipment, and support possible.  Coaches also get their first child’s registration paid for each season they coach. (coaches without players receive the registration fee amount for that season).  

Registration closes 10 days prior to the clinic.

  1. Click here to start the registration process
  2. Click on the link labeled “Click here to purchase all clinic registrations listed below”
  3. Log in with your US Lacrosse user name and password (you must be a current US Lacrosse member)
  4. Click on “Level 1 Instructional Clinic”
  5. Select the gender you are interested in coaching (the clinic be offered to boys and girls coaches)
  6. Click on “Omaha on 23 Feb 2013”

Online Portions

The online portion of the Level 1 coaching education program is free to all US Lacrosse members.  This should be completed before attending the live clinics.

The third component is the online course “Coaching for Life Lessons” offered by the Positive Coaching Alliance.

One Response to Need Sum Edukasion?

  1. SAULAX13 December 20, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    This comment is for Coach Edginton.

    I was just hired as the head men’s lacrosse coach at St. Ambrose University. We are a brand new MCLA program  starting competition in the Spring of 2014. I do not have any connections to Iowa high school ball and I am looking for local seniors who are interested in getting a scholarship to play college ball. Please contact me with any interest. Thanks for you time.

    Coach Keel
    314) 422-4181

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