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Leadership Development Program

Leadership skills are pivotal for success on and off the field - whether it is the ability to lead a team through adversity, setting a positive example, or motivating and rallying individuals around a cause. At Homegrown Lacrosse, we believe in the principle that leadership is more than giving directions; leadership is about one life influencing another.

The Leadership Development Program (L.D.P.) provides high school and college volunteers an opportunity to coach alongside Homegrown senior staff at a variety of programs and events throughout the year. L.D.P. counselors gain confidence in their coaching ability and develop a better understanding of lacrosse from a new perspective. This translates to greater on-field skills and expands to life skills off the field. 

In addition to facilitating the development of the next generation of coaches, the program allows counselors the opportunity to create lasting relationships with other L.D.P. counselors as well as the youth lacrosse players they coach. During summer camp, counselors will lead groups of 6-10 players at a time. 


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead


The 2023 LDP Counselor Application Is LIVE

Deadline is June 2, 2023

Kyle Fuller

Kyle Fuller

Program Director

Phone: 651-955-1704

Testimonials From Past L.D.P. Counselors

"I was given more responsibility which allowed me to grow into the role of a more active leader." - Sam Hauser (2016 - 2019 L.D.P.)

"Being an L.D.P taught me different ways to motivate others. Throughout the summer I was able to learn about different types of leadership and practice these skills with the help of the Homegrown Senior Staff." - Thijs Larson (2017 - 2019 L.D.P.)

"Being a part of the L.D.P. program has helped me not only with my social and leadership skills, but also my problem solving skills on and off the field. And of course it was lots of fun." - Christopher Tornell (2021 - 2022  L.D.P.)

Potential Outcomes

  • Greater confidence coaching and mentoring youth 
  • Enhanced creative leadership
  • Improved communication with players, coaches, and peers
  • Refined critical thinking
  • More efficient time-management
  • Increased lacrosse I.Q. 

Candidate Qualifications

To qualify for the program, applicants must: 

  • Age 15+ (during Summer Camp in July)
  • Have experience playing lacrosse
  • Have a passion for working with youth athletes
  • Posses a desire to coach youth sports
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
  • Commit to at least one week of Summer Camp (see dates below)

Responsibilities & Program Requirements

  • Stay on campus throughout the duration of camp (overnight only)
  • Provide individualized instruction and support to athletes under their supervision
  • Run progressive warm-ups, skill clinics, and post-game sessions within the expectations and guidance of Homegrown Senior Staff
  • Communicate effectively with Homegrown Senior Staff
  • Complete Final Review/Leadership Essay

Training Sessions

Training sessions attendance is required for all LDP Counselors. If counselors are not able to attend, they are responsible for learning the covered material on their own time.

Center for Healing and Justice through Sport (CHJS) training: 

On-campus logistics training sessions (choose 1): 

2023 Stipends

We offer volunteer counselors a stipend for their service at camp. To receive the stipend, the counselor must meet the following requirements:

  • graduated high school in 2023 or earlier
  • attend both the CHJS and logistics training sessions before camp
  • be on campus the entire week of camp

Training Chart - Per Week

Years of LDP Service 0-2 years 3-4 years 5+ years
Rising College Senior $350.00 Senior Staff* Senior Staff*
Rising College Junior $350.00 Senior Staff* Senior Staff*
Rising College Sophomore $300.00 $350.00 Senior Staff*
Rising College Freshman $250.00 $300.00 N/A
HS Volunteer Volunteer N/A

*Pending Homegrown Staff member approval

Summer Camp Dates 2023

Location: University of St. Thomas