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Men's Certified Trainer Program

Men's Certified Trainer Program

Friday, August 07, 2015
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USL Certified Trainer Program

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The purpose of this program is to standardize requirements for men's lacrosse officials trainers.

The goal of this program is to develop trainers, by utilizing online resources emphasizing proper mechanics, correct rule interpretation, and showcasing different methods of engaging learners; while providing trainers with resources to enhance their training classes. As such, Certified Trainers will be trained to communicate and work with officials at all levels of play, and will be tasked with reporting training data to their Sub-District Coordinator.


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Application Timeline

July 20th: Application Opens

November 30th: Deadline for submitting completed applications

Please contact the US Lacrosse Officials Education Department at with any questions.

Who can apply for the Certified Trainer Program?

Interested applicants should be:

  • An official with at least three years of officiating experience at the high school level in their area.
  • Well-respected in the area.
  • Past experience assisting in training classes is a plus, but not required.

How will US Lacrosse evaluate the applications?

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the application:
    • All fields are complete.
    • Questions are clearly answered.
    • Includes a recommendation from the Sub-District Coordinator for the applicant's area. Applications without a recommendation from a Sub-District Coordinator will not be accepted.

What are the requirements for certification?

There are eight requirements for new certified trainers. Requirements 1-4 must be completed in order. Requirements 5-8 may be completed in any order.

  1. Apply using the links on this page and contact your Sub-District Coordinator for a letter of recommendation.
  2. Have a current US Lacrosse Membership with Official Participation.
  3. Register into the Certified Trainer program and pay the $50 one-time registration fee.
  4. Initiate a background check through US Lacrosse's background check provider NCSI.*
  5. Complete the US Lacrosse Men's Game Officiating Online course at
  6. Complete the US Lacrosse Certified Trainer Online Course (link provided after registering).
  7. Participate in the annual Certified Trainer Webinar (link provided after registering).
  8. Pass the upcoming season's rules tests (NFHS + USL Youth) with a 90% or better on the USL Central Hub.**

*NOTE - US Lacrosse only accepts the NCSI background check for all programs in officials education. State or other federal background checks cannot be substituted for this requirement. There is a cost associated with the background check that varies from $25 (low-end) to $85 (high-end); this variation depends on your state of residence. Background checks are good for two years.

**NOTE - The NCAA rules test on the USL Central Hub may be substituted for the NFHS test if your state plays by NCAA rules for high school games. The USL Youth rules test must be completed regardless of whether or not your state plays by NCAA or NHFS rules.

What are the recertification requirements?

Trainers completing all of the requirements are automatically enrolled in the CT ReCert program for the following season at no cost to the trainer. Recertification requirements are:

  1. Maintain a US Lacrosse Membership with Official Participation.
  2. Participate in the annual Certified Trainer Webinar (live or recorded).
  3. Pass the upcoming season's rules tests (NFHS + USL Youth) with a 90% or better on the USL Central Hub.

When will the recertification requirements be updated and available to take/participate in for 2016?

If your application is approved and you are invited to register into the Certified Trainer program this is when you can expect the online courses, webinars, and rules tests to be ready:

  • Certified Trainer Online Course - early October
  • Webinar (approximately 45 minutes) - end of October
  • Rules Tests - early December

What do Certified Trainers receive?

Upon completion of all requirements trainers are granted access to the CTO Resource Library. A one-stop shop where you can download:

  • Training PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Electronic versions of the 2- and 3-Person Mechanics Manuals.
  • Penalty videos (personal and technical fouls).
  • Mechanics videos (2- and 3-person).

The CTO Resource Library also has an online store where you can buy hard copies of training materials, US Lacrosse patches, evaluation form packets, and more all at a bigger discount than the average US Lacrosse Official Member.

Certified Trainers also receive a US Lacrosse Officials Education Program Polo once all of the requirements are complete. The $50 one-time registration fee helps offset the cost of developing and updating training materials each year as well as apparel orders.




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