We are an organization dedicated to growing the sport of lacrosse for our youth of the greater Annandale area. We participate in the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) in the girls and boys divisions in the spring league. The sport of l
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2019 Coaches Spring Pre-season Checklist

Welcome AYL Coaches!

We are preparing for another great season of lacrosse and YOU are at the heart it.  Following is a rundown of the certification, training and rules requirements to be a coach for an NVYLL-sanctioned club.  The 2019 season also includes newly added concussion training.

Don’t let the list throw you – the vast majority of these items can be done online.  The only MANDATORY pre-season meeting for AYL coaches is the pre-season NVYLL/US Lacrosse meeting. 

(1) Coach's Registration. 

  • ALL AYL coaches need to REGISTER HERE.  This will walk you through the Mandatory Background Check Process and US Lacrosse registration.
  • If you are NOT a head coach and require a NON-US Lacrosse member background check.  REGISTER HERE

(2) Background Check - NCSI (National Center for Safety Initiatives)

  • Who: MANDATORY for All Coaches (Head and Assistant) over 18 years old
  • When: Before first game and every 2 years thereafter.
  • NCSI Link:  Included in AYL Coaches Registration

(3) Complete NVYLL Coaches Code of Conduct and Coach Certification Survey

  • Who: MANDATORY for All Coaches (Head and Assistant)
  • When: Before first game, then every season thereafter
  • Link: NVYLL Coaches Code of Conduct and Survey
    • Step 1: Establish an Account
    • Step 2: Enter Your Information as Requested



(1) US Lacrosse Level 1 Training – Online Course or In-person Clinic

  • Who: MANDATORY for Head Coaches. OPTIONAL but highly recommended for all other coaches.
  • When: Before first game; You also need to be a US Lacrosse Member. Join US Lacrosse  HERE.
  • US Lacrosse Level 1 Coaches Training is available both ONLINE and at IN PERSON Clinics.   Coaches may complete either.

NOTE: Per NVYLL rules, failure to take US Lacrosse Level 1 course (either online or clinic) will result in the parent Club being fined $50.00 per team.

(2) NVYLL - US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Coaches Clinic - Season Kickoff

  • Who: All Coaches (Head and Assistant) - One coach per team required. Youth coaches from NVYLL and other youth leagues gather for a rules interpretation and coaches clinic.
  • When: Sunday, February 24th - 9:00am to 12:30pm (checkin starts at 8am)
  • Where: Marymount University, Arlington, VA
  • Registration Link: NVYLL Coaches Clinic Registration


(3) Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) - Double Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons (also included in the US Lacrosse Level 1 training)

  • Who: All Coaches (Head and Assistant)
  • When/Where: Online Class or Local Clinic
  • Link to online classes - PCA Double-Goal Coach Courses
  • Cost: FREE 



  • Who: MANDATORY for Head Coaches
  • OPTIONAL, but highly recommended for all other coaches
  • Link: NVYLL Rules

US Lacrosse Rules

  • Who: MANDATORY for Head Coaches
  • OPTIONAL, but highly recommended for all other coaches
  • Link: US Lacrosse Rules



  • Boys Commissioner – Chris Laughlin

  • Girls Co-Commissioners -- Erik Viilu & Kathryn Mathias