The JGLA is doing our best to assure that all our Jersey Girls get the best lacrosse playing and team experience possible. Since lacrosse is relatively new and fast growing, managing that across all the different towns and programs in our State is quite a challenge. Keeping the players safe is of paramount importance, yet we also want to develop highly skilled lacrosse players amongst the ranks who can go on and enjoy the game for many years to come. US Lacrosse offers education and training, including coach and program support through the Coaching Education Program (CEP), and developed the Level 1 and Level 2 Certification curricula to help Associations like ours with uniform standards of coaching education, and some consistency of training provided to the girls. From our perspective, requiring USL Level 1 Certification for many of our coaches was a good and necessary step towards making sure all our players receive good, consistent lacrosse training as well as help us keep the game safe. In the fall of 2009, the JGLA Board of Trustees voted to mandate USL Level 1 Certification and phase in this requirement over a three (3) year period of time beginning with the 2010 season and ending in 2012. Click here for a detailed chart.
To realize our goal, the JGLA will endeavor to provide as many USL Level 1 Instructional Clinic opportunities throughout the State of New Jersey at reduced cost to minimize the impact of the Level 1 certification requirement on individual coaches and our Member Programs, particularly during the three (3) year phase-in period.
- Each year we will subsidize some of the CEP Clinics through an arrangement with US Lacrosse.
- Programs who can afford to cover the costs of their coaches’ CEP components are encouraged to do so, waiving the need for financial assistance from the JGLA.
- We will offer full reimbursement for the cost of the Instructional Clinic to coaches/towns who can prove a financial hardship.
- We will be placing more emphasis on USL clinics moving forward but will continue to offer JGLA sponsored clinics (i.e. Drew University) for other coaches.
- We will pick up limited expenses (not-to-exceed $500) related to running USL clinics for host sites. (Water, facilities, host and equipment).
- The annual requirement for attending a Rules interpretation will be made available ONLINE through our website, as we did for the past two (2) seasons.
- Advanced coaches (for those that have already become Level 1 certified) may attend the NJSIAA High School clinic and/or attend a USL Level 2 Clinic.
- We estimate that we will need to train 700-1000 coaches by the beginning of the 2012 season and are committed to making CEP Level 1 certification work
Each year at the Annual Association Meeting in the fall, a tentative schedule of Educational Clinics and dates will be presented so that Member Programs can plan accordingly, offering their coaches multiple opportunities to become USL Certified, and to satisfy the annual requirements of coaches outlined in the JGLA Rules/Guidelines section of the website.