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Coaching Required Duties/Responsibilities:

PCA Training: is required for all coaches and assistant coaches. Click on the PCA link for details. NOTE: if you are unsure about your status, check the date on your certificate of completion. Certificates expire after 2 years.


Every coach and assistant coach is required to have a background check. If you have a clinic, every helper must be registered as a volunteer and background checked. The check is good for two years and is also good between sports as long as it falls within that timeline. 

The background check is now part of the volunteer registration process.  This means that when a person registers to volunteer for coach, assistant coach, and in some cases board member, they will register for their background check as well. The system will be able to detect who needs a background check and who does not.  If a person does not need a background check, the background check portion of the registration process will be bypassed automatically. If a person registers without volunteering and are then asked to volunteer, they will need to log back into their account to perform a background check.

Medical Release Form: (form is located on lacrosse website under documents tab). Have your player's parents fill out and sign the form. In addition, it is always a good idea to carry ice and a first aid kit to all practices and games, as well as having the completed medical release forms with you.

Coach/Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Town & Country Lacrosse Parent Volunteer Job Descriptions

The T&C Optimist Lacrosse Association is a volunteer operated organization that strives to provide an opportunity for all youth who wish to play the game of Lacrosse in a family oriented environment of learning and sportsmanship. From the T&C Lacrosse Board members, to Coaches, to Parent Volunteers supporting functions during practices and games, the T&C Lacrosse club needs your help to ensure we create a successful, positive and fulfilling experience for our youth. Stay involved with your kids!

Volunteer Positions and Duties:

Head Coach/Assistant Coaches:

Head Coaches and the 1st Assistant coach are required to complete T&C Coach’s training, KSN coaching certification and back ground checks.
Head Coaches run practices, communicate practice and game schedules to the team.

Assistant Coaches make take several roles as desired by the head coach, many of these are more organizational so don’t be afraid to volunteer if you are not that familiar with the game of Lacrosse…you will catch on quickly.

Team Mom:

  • Organizes half-time snack and after-game refreshment sign-ups for all games
  • Organize Game Day volunteer sign-ups (Game Day Administrator, Timer, Scorer, Spotters)
  • Assist the Head Coach with other team related communication as requested (Game reminders, cancelled practices, etc.)
  • Facilitates the ordering , payment collection and distribution of other team related items (example: Girls team socks/skorts)
  • Organizes end of year party

NOTE: Game day volunteers on the team bench side of the field may not cheer on the game nor address the officials other than duties related to their specific function.

Game Day Administrator: (For Home Games only)

  • Arrives no later than 45 minutes prior to game time
  • Ensures that goals, cones, Scorer’s Table and Game Clock are in place for the game
  • Ensures extra balls are placed behind each end line – Refresh at half time. (Boy’s Lacrosse only)
  • Introduce yourself to both Head Coaches and Officials (you are a resource for them)
  • Ensures Timer/Scorekeeper/Spotters are in-place (Finds replacements if needed)
  • Ensures all parents are on the far side of the field from the team benches
  • Assist with Crowd control if needed (a T&C Lacrosse Board member is on site during games as “Commissioner on Duty” or COD)
  • Attend to Injuries/Emergencies (so coaches can focus on the game)
  • Lighting warning (communicate with COD, officials and coaches if lightning is seen)
  • Assisting in Field shut-down and equipment/Game Clock storage if an additional game is not scheduled on that field.

Timer: (For Home Games only)

  • Prints out timer instructions from the T&C Lacrosse Web site for your particular age group/gender (in Volunteer Corner Section)
  • Helps with Scoreboard/Clock Set-up prior to game
  • Operates the official Scoreboard/Clock during the entire game
  • Operates Horn to indicate end of periods, and end of time-outs/half time.
  • Operates penalty/card stop watch and communicates with players/coaches when the penalty time has expired. (Verbally counts down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, “Release”).
  • Assist with field shut-down by storing the Game Clock or Controller if an additional game is not scheduled on that field.

Score Keeper: (Not required for Elementary Girls games)

  • Required to keep official score book (including penalties and cards) for all home games. Score Keepers are usually requested by the team coach for away games as well.
  • Obtains Team’s Scorebook from coach or prints out Game Score sheet prior to game
  • Reviews Scorer’s instructions prior to game (Volunteer’s section of T&C Lacrosse Web page)
  • Records all game data as specified by the Scores Instructions or the team’s Head Coach. This includes at a minimum: Goals, Time Outs, and Penalties/Cards. (Most coaches will also require Shots-on-goal, ground balls, saves, clears, etc.)
  • Returns completed Scorebook/Game Score sheet to the Head Coach after the game.

Spotter: (Needed when a Score Keeper is required)

  • Usually 2 Spotters are required at each game
  • The Spotters are the eyes of the Score Keeper and verbally calls out the events on the field. (Examples: Ground Ball #13, Shot-score #23, Shot-Save, etc.)
  • Spotters may wish to assist the timer with penalty stop watches, etc.