By Shane Monaghan
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added two new sports-specific courses to its Coach Education program – Fundamentals of Coaching Boys Lacrosse and Fundamentals of Coaching Girls Lacrosse.
The latest of the online courses offered by the NFHS, the lacrosse courses were developed in association with US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse in the United States.
“By partnering with US Lacrosse, the NFHS Coach Education program is looking to continue its high quality of courses by giving coaches nationwide access to the best that’s out there,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Coach Education Program specialist.
The courses are designed to assist new coaches as well as highlight lacrosse-specific coaching fundamentals. The courses offer a brief history of the sport, talk about the fundamentals of the sport and share the skills necessary to succeed. In addition to explaining the skills of the sport and how to teach them, the courses share how to get athletes to understand the skills and how to properly and safely execute them – from the practice field to the playing field.
“Like most of our courses, not only do they give coaches the tools to approach coaching the sport, but also how to implement them in practices,” Schuster said.
Designed to take two hours to complete, the Fundamentals of Coaching Lacrosse courses are $65 each. For US Lacrosse members, the courses cost $15 with the recognition of a US Lacrosse membership number.
With the addition of the two lacrosse courses, the NFHS Coach Education program has expanded to 23 courses in all, including the two NFHS core courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches – 12 sport-specific courses, six elective courses and three free courses. The Coach Education program has delivered more than 700,000 courses to its users in five years.
All NFHS Coach Education courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shane Monaghan, an intern in the NFHS Publications/Communications and Events Departments. Monaghan is a graduate of Ball State (Indiana) University, where he specialized in sports administration.