We appreciate you taking time to complete the training needed to ensure our girls get the best and safest lacrosse experience possible. Please do not be intimidated by what looks like a large list of classes. The sum of all classes amounts to a few hours, but the rewards are far reaching.

Our league insurance requires several of these courses for coverage, others are needed to ensure consistent lacrosse knowledge across our teams.

If you have any questions or issues with the below requirements, please contact us at heartlandlax@gmail.com or Misty Burgess at (417) 689-3728.

Step 1: USA Lacrosse Membership

Must have a valid USA Lacrosse membership. Make sure to select the option “Coach” when registering. You may obtain or renew a membership at: https://uslacrosse.org/membership

Or you can call them at 410-235-6882 membership services extension 102

Step 2: Initiate the Background Check from your USA Lacrosse Members –> Menu –> Background Check

Step 3: Fill Out Coach Information Form

After completing the above items, fill out the Coach Form here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/HeartlandGirlsLacrosse/heartlandcoachinfo. You will be automatically emailed a link to upload additional certificates you receive later.

Step 4: Coach Certification

All coaches must hold a Silver certification at minimum, including all the online prerequisites and a green light on your background check. If you were already a Level 1 certified coach under the old USA Lacrosse system, you will automatically be moved to a Silver level when the system rolls over in January 2024.

Any other on-field personnel such as team managers or administrators will need to be Bronze certified. This certification level includes a background check, abuse prevention, cardiac care, rules tests, and other issues that were covered in the previous NFHS courses.



Once all steps are completed and validated by the Heartland Compliance Officer, you will receive a sideline pass. This sideline pass is required to be with the team on the sideline. This pass will also get you into all games free.

It is required that host sites confirm sideline passes prior to each game to ensure the safest playing environment possible for our athletes.

Volunteers working the table as a score keeper, clock keeper or statistician are not required to have a pass but must not interact with the teams and cannot leave the table area.