The VLOA Board is carefully monitoring the situation in regard to the 2020 Spring lacrosse season. We all very much appreciate the time and effort all of our members have invested in growing the game of lacrosse in Vermont. These are extremely difficult times, where everyone involved needs to support each other in any manner possible.
Governor Scott has made the decision to close schools until April 6th. The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) will mirror the Governor’s state of emergency timeline for school closures. The 2020 Spring Sports season will be postponed until April 6th.
Any changes in guidance from the Governor’s Office and/or the Vermont Department of Health will be reviewed ahead of April 6th to determine if the season can get underway, or we need to further postpone, or if cancelation becomes necessary.
We will continue to keep you informed as more information related to the season or to VLOA comes in.
All games and training dates prior to April 6 are postponed or cancelled until further notice. Craig Benson will be updating Arbiter with cancelation notices.
Youth leagues are unknown at this time.
As for COVID-19 and its medical implications, we strongly suggest that your primary reference point should be the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the Vermont Department of Health(VDH).
All officials are encouraged to be diligent and follow these steps:
- Wash your hand often for 20 seconds using soap and water (use your timers!).
- If soap and water are not readily available use hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with any person who is sick.
- Avoid large groups; practice social isolation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Board.
Thank you for your shared understanding and patience as we all work to support one another in these special circumstances and prioritize the health and wellbeing of our shared community.
2020 VLOA Preseason Training - SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME
Jeff Dobbins will be leading 3-man training at the SB turf field 9 am-12 noon Saturday April 4 involving CVU, Essex, and a third team TBA that day.
Small compensation available for attendees as per the other 2 training clinics: $60 per game for all refs divided by the refs on the game.
Craig Benson will be assigning slots so make sure your availability on Arbiter is current.
So...it looks like we have three on-field training clinics this pre-season:
March 28 in Rutland 2-person training -
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. led by George Cook
April 4 in Burlington 2-person training -
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. led by Paul Trono
April 4 in South Burlington 3-person training -
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. led by Jeff Dobbin
Yes, you may and are encouraged to do more than one.
George Cook Honored For Service
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Ken Bourneuf Selected for VT/NH Game
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Eric Evans Awarded the USILA “French Julien Service Award”
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