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12. NCJLA Certified Coach Program

 

NCJLA Certified Coach Rules and Enforcement
Only an NCJLA Certified coach with a valid and visible coach's card may stand with the team and coach during an NCJLA game. Up to 3 coaches per team are allowed on the sideline.
 
If a coach does not have the card, but has a legible photocopy or picture of it on their mobile phone accompanied with a valid photo ID, that person may participate as a coach.  In this case the team is penalized a one-time technical foul/green card and possession is awarded to the opposing team in lieu of the opening faceoff (boys) or in lieu of the opening draw, a free position is given to the opponent at the center line (girls).

Any coach who does not have their NCJLA coach’s certification card or a legible copy or picture of it on their phone along with a photo ID must leave the team’s side of the field and move to the spectator’s side.  He/she may not coach from the spectator’s side of the field.
 
Any argument with an official can result in a penalty or foul up to and including an ejection/red card.
  
A team may enlist an NCJLA certified coach from the same club or another club to serve as head coach for that game; however, the temporary coach is responsible for certifying that all of the team’s players are equipped to play per the rules.
 
If a team does not have an NCJLA certified coach, the game will end in a forfeit 1-0 in favor of the opposing team.  No scrimmage will be allowed.  
 
If a team has only one NCJLA certified coach and that coach is ejected from the game that has already started, the game ends in a forfeit 1-0 in favor of the opposing team.

Requirements Overview
The NCJLA reviews the following requirements for every coach and assistant coach. The NCJLA issues laminated “NCJLA Certified Coach” cards that coaches are required to wear on a lanyard around their necks while on the field for games.

1.     Cleared background check*
2.     PCA online course or workshop
3.     US Lacrosse Coaches Education: Developing Individual Athletes or Level 1
4.     US Lacrosse Membership
5.     Signed Coaches Code of Conduct
6.     Age Level Rules Test (NFHS or USL)*
7.     Concussion Certification

Officials verify that every coach on the sidelines has their NCJLA Certified Coach card at the beginning of each game during the pre-game officials meeting. No “NCJLA Certified Coach” card means no standing on sidelines during games. 

The NCJLA recommends all head coaches be US Lacrosse Certified.  In order to be US Lacrosse Certified, NCJLA coaches need to meet all NCJLA Certification requirements PLUS attend an in-person US Lacrosse Level 1 Clinic and be processed by US Lacrosse.  Learn more: US Lacrosse Certification.


NCJLA Requirements Detail
1. Cleared Background Check*  (Annual requirement)
NCSI is valid for one or two years, depending on contract, other services vary. US Lacrosse and the NCJLA recommend the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI).  Other equivalent services are acceptable for NCJLA Certification.  To be US Lacrosse certified, coaches will need the NCSI clearance. US Lacrosse has negotiated reduced fees with NCSI for local lacrosse programs. When reporting an NCSI background check clubs are to list the expiration date rather than the completion date.  


*Coaches under the age of 18 are not required to undergo a background check.

2. PCA online course or workshop
One-time requirement
Coaches may take the PCA online course or in-person workshop, “Double Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons.”

3. US Lacrosse Coaches Education Course
One-time requirement
All coaches must complete at least one of the following USL coaches education courses. The DIA or Developing Individual Athletes Course focuses on the athlete development model implemented for youth age levels. Curriculum is focused towards teaching the small sided games and introductory skills. The US Lacrosse Level 1 online course focused on the game as a whole and provides a general knowledge base to coaches. The US Lacrosse Developing Individual Athletes Coaches Education Clinic will be offered annually at the NCJLA U8 Coaches Clinic and Play Day in addition to the sessions offered by the NorCal Chapter of USL.

4. US Lacrosse Membership
Renew annually, and valid through the end of the season
Go to http://www.uslacrosse.org to establish or renew membership.

5. Signed Coaches Code of Conduct
One-time requirement
Coaches must sign and submit this Coaches Code of Conduct form to their club administrator for their records.

6. Age Level Rules Test - (Annual Requirement)

Coaches must take and pass a US Lacrosse or NFHS rules test for the age and gender they coach every year. Please note that the NCJLA makes modifications to the NFHS and USL rules annually. The test answers are based on the official rules for USL and NFHS and may not match the rules used in NCJLA games. Please refer to the Boys Girls Rules Sheets for the most up to date rules that will be used in games. Rules tests should be taken for the up coming spring season. Tests are typically released after December 1st.  Please check the cooresponding test websites for the release dates.

Girls Coaches:

U8-U14B coaches should take the USL Youth test

U14A and HS coaches should take the NFHS test

Boys Coaches:

U8-HS Varsity coaches should take the NFHS test

Click here for instructions on how to find and take the tests.

* All tests, NFHS or USL Youth (U8 through HS) can be accessed through the USL member portal.

Helpful hints before taking the Rules test:

a) You will need your US Lacrosse Member ID to sign on for the test.

a) Please listen carefully to the directions for completing the test. The audio portion is very helpful.

b) The test has multiple modules designated "Rule 1", "Rule 2", and so on.  Each module has 1 or more multiple choice questions.  You must pass each module to earn your certificate.

c) The "Back to Menu" button will allow you to access the modules you have not yet completed.

d) Read each question carefully, remember that the answers are NOT based on NCJLA modifications.

e) Read all choices before selecting your answer.

7. Concussion Certification (Annual Requirement)

Renew annually, and valid through the end of the season

Each coach and club administrator (who would be an authority on a playing field) shall be required to successfully complete the online concussion and head injury education offered by the Center of Disease Control before supervising an athlete in an activity sponsored by the NCJLA. The online course can be found HERE. Individual clubs must document the certificate of completion (including issue and expiration dates) for their personnel. The completion dates should be included on the coaches' certification rosters that are submitted to the NCJLA webmaster.

*CIF coaches may submit their NFHS concussion training certificate in lieu of the HeadsUp CDC training.

For all certification requirements:

Send the certificate of completion to your club administrator for their records. The NCJLA may require proof of completion of the above requirements at any time.

How to Submit Coaches for Certification
It is up to each club to process their coaches and have one club administrator provide a spreadsheet to the NCJLA with all the club’s coaches and requirements met.  Use the Coaches Registration Template spreadsheet. Keep in mind that coaches are to be submitted twice to the NCJLA, once via this Certification Template, and then again with team roster submissions.  Coaches spreadsheets are due by the second Saturday of February and should be sent to webmaster@ncjla.org. Any spreadsheets submitted after that date will incur a cost of late processing fee of $20 per coach. Coaches cards with lanyards will be mailed to the address in the NCJLA Club Profile on our website.  Please be sure that the club’s mailing address is accurate. Club profiles can be updated by contacting webmaster@ncjla.org.

Verification
Clubs are responsible for confirming the accuracy of any non-NCSI background checks reported as well as maintaining documentation that their coaches have successfully completed all NCJLA Certification requirements. The NCJLA will, on occasion, request physical proof of coaching requirement records.  If the requirements have not been met, and were falsified on the roster, the coach may be suspended for the remainder of the season, and the club may be put on probation. (See NCJLA Bylaws.) 

Coaches Clinics
While not “required” for NCJLA-Certification, US Lacrosse Level 2 and Level 3 in-person clinics are highly recommended. Click on US Lacrosse instructional clinics for more information.


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