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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. While working with our senior staff L.D.P. counselors gain confidence in their coaching ability and develop a better understanding of lacrosse from a new perspective. This translates to on-field ability and expands to life skills off the field as well. 

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 can be responsible for groups of 6-10 athletes 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


Application Deadline is July 1st, 2021.

JJ Jacobson

JJ Jacobson

Program Director

Phone: 763-276-3048

"Taught me the best way to motivate others" learned the "Knowledge of leadership" - Thijs Larson

"working with players from all different backgrounds" he felt like "a part of something bigger"  - Kyle Fuller 

"I was given more authority which allowed me to adjust to being more of an active leader" - Sam Hauser 

Responsibilities & Program Requirements

  • Participate in Homegrown Staff training.
  • Work as an assistant coach in Homegrown programs and/ or events.
  • Take part in curriculum planning.
  • Provide individualized instruction and support to athletes under their supervision.
  • Run progressive skill clinics, warm-ups, and post-game sessions within the expectations and guidance of Homegrown Senior Staff.
  • Complete Final Review/ Leadership Essay.
  • Commit to one week of Homegrown Lacrosse Summer Camp. 

Candidate Qualifications

To qualify for the program, applicants must: 

  • be age 15 or older (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

Summer Camp Dates 2021

Location: University of St. Thomas