US Lacrosse has collected and developed best practices from some of the country’s most successful and thriving leagues. Implementing these standards helps to provide your players with the best and safest playing environment.
Train Your Coaches
US Lacrosse offers a multi-level development and certification program for coaches. Our experience has been that educated coaches provide players with a better experience, thus keeping them involved in lacrosse longer. Nearly 40,000 coaches have completed at least one component of the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program since its 2004 inception.
Train Your Officials
Likewise, US Lacrosse offers a multi-level development and certification program for officials. Work with your assigner to encourage enrollment in the US Lacrosse Officials Education Program. With US Lacrosse-certified officials working your games, players will enjoy a higher-quality, safer experience.
Help Your Parents Learn
Depending on where you're located, there's a decent chance some of your parents may be new to lacrosse. Engage your parents, and help them learn the sport and ways they can support their child's participation. The US Lacrosse Parents Blog, presented by Nationwide, offers helpful tips for parents on various topics associated with their child's lacrosse experience.
Player safety encompasses everything from head injuries to hydration. Organizational leaders play a significant role in creating a physical and philosophical environment that minimizes the risk of player injuries as much as is realistic. Concussions have garnered many of the sports medicine-related headlines in recent years, but they represent just one type of injury a player can incur while participating.
All lacrosse players, coaches, officials, parents and fans have a responsibility to exhibit good sportsmanship. Our Sportsmanship Card program represents one of the resources most-requested by leagues and organizations. We've had a longstanding partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance, through which many materials and programs conducive to fostering a positive environment can be accessed.
Clearly defined and publicly communicated organizational policies and plans represent key ingredients for minimizing your organization's exposure to liability. An emergency can happen at any venue at any time. Protect your constituents and your organization with an emergency action plan and, for maximum liability protection, make sure your players and coaches are members of US Lacrosse. Consider requiring criminal background checks for coaches and adult volunteers.
Whether you are running a non-profit or for-profit organization, employing standardized financial and accounting best practices remains a key component of operating an organization. Our resources can help you identify your revenue and expense categories and build a profit and loss model that meets your organization's objectives and goals.