Membership - Lacrosse Canada

Our Role

Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada (formerly the Canadian Lacrosse Association) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 11 Member Associations (MA's) representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities.
Lacrosse Canada works together with its MA’s to develop programs and offer services that can be delivered locally through to clubs and teams across the country. Lacrosse Canada establishes standardized programs and resources in areas such as athlete development, coach training and development, official training and development, and event organization. We also oversee the planning and execution of our historic national championships and work behind the scenes to help raise the profile of the sport through marketing and communications initiatives. 
When athletes, coaches, and officials are selected to represent Canada, Lacrosse Canada is responsible for supporting them, both administratively and financially, as they participate in a variety of events sanctioned by World Lacrosse, the international governing body for our sport. Over the years, Canada has experienced tremendous success on the international stage, consistently reaching the podium in all disciplines of the sport. 
Because of our status as an NSO, we regularly interact with external partners (Coaching Association of Canada, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, True Sport, etc.) to ensure that people across Canada playing lacrosse can do so in a safe and inclusive environment. We are also able to leverage our position as the national governing body to solicite corporate sponsorship that in turn benefits all of our participants, from grass roots to high performance.


Become a registered participant of Lacrosse Canada by joining a club or team that is registered with your Member Association. Registered participant fees vary depending on your category of participation (e.g.: athlete, coach, official, volunteer). Overall, your participant fees help Lacrosse Canada administer the sport of lacrosse in Canada, which includes:

  • Grow the sport (Did you know that  the # of registered participants is a big factor in the amount of federal funding that Lacrosse Canada receives from Sport Canada?  If you are not a registered participant, you are not considered an active participant and therefore less money is directed to the sport of lacrosse)
  • Contribute to defraying insurance costs for operations and participants
  • Contribute to administering coaching certification programs (NCCP) and developing tools and resources for coaches 
  • Contribute to administering officials certification programs (NOCP) and developing tools and resources for officials 
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of standardized lacrosse rules across the country (Rule and Situation Handbooks)
  • Contribute to the creation and upholding of equipment safety standards and the review process
  • Contribute to the coordination and administration of Lacrosse Canada's National Championships
  • Contribute to funding lacrosse development programs (LacrosseFITS, Drill and Skill Cards, Aboriginal Development, Wheelchair Lacrosse, etc.) 
  • Contribute to the communication of nation-wide lacrosse news and events through Lacrosse Canada's website, social media, and mailing list


As a Registered Participant of Lacrosse Canada, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Lacrosse Canada's Liability Insurance Coverage
  • Access to the Lacrosse Canada's administrative staff for inquiries and support 
  • Access to the Lacrosse Canada’s Sticks & Stones Newsletter
  • Access to ongoing Lacrosse Canada communications and announcements
  • Access to the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and other coaching tools and resources
  • Access to the National Officials Certification Program (NOCP) and other officials tools and resources
  • Access to athlete development programs and resources (LTAD, AWAD, LacrosseFITS)
  • Access to participate in Lacrosse Canada's National Championships
  • Access to news and information on our National Team Programs (Team Canada)
  • Access to Lacrosse Canada promotions, merchandise, and contests
  • Access to incentives from Lacrosse Canada partners and sponsors

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