Step 1:  NFHS Required Courses

  1. Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  2. Concussion in Sports
  3. Heat Illness and Prevention

All of these classes are free and can be completed at  You will be asked to Join the NFHS Coaches Association for $35.  You are NOT required to do this.  After completing each course, you will need to save the certificate proving you have completed the courses.

Step 2:  US Lacrosse Membership

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

Step 3:  Coach Certification

All coaches must be a minimum of level 1, including all the online prerequisites and a green light on your background check.

Online Certification available this year for levels 1 and 2. Online Level 3 is coming soon.
Register here:

US Lacrosse background check – must receive a Green Light

Step 4:  Fill Out Coach Information Form

After completing the above items, fill out the Coach Information Form on the Policies & Forms page.

Coaches will be issued a Heartland badge.  This badge is required to be with the team on the sideline.  This badge will also get you into all games free.

We are trying to minimize the number of people on the sidelines this year due to COVID concerns.

Teams managers and administrators that want to be on the sidelines must meet the above requirements for safety reasons and will be issued a badge.

Volunteers working the table as a score keeper, clock keeper or statistician are not required to have a badge but must not interact with the teams.