NFHS Rulebook Changes and Additions for 2016 now posted on our “Rules Updates” page


4. 3-Man System training July 23, 2016 in Stowe, VT. RSVP Eric Evans This training open only to VLOA members (see below on this page on becoming a new member)


US Lacrosse Level 1 Certification and US Lacrosse Junior Lacrosse Certification
April 10th: 9:30-1:30:   Classroom Training
April 17th: 10:30- 2:00 On Field Training and Evaluation
Both days are Mandatory. 

Participants will:

· Review Boys Youth Lacrosse Rules

· Understand Penalty Enforcement

· Practice On-field of Mechanics and Techniques

Materials Not Provided:

US Lacrosse Youth Rule book: Available through the

US Lacrosse Website:

To Register send an email to : with the following information:



phone number


US Lacrosse Member Number

Following this training, participants are required to take the Junior Official Certification (if under 18 years of age) or :Level 1 Certification (if over 18 years of age) on the US Lacrosse Website to become certified.

Shelburne Field House:
166 Athletic Drive
Shelburne, VT 05485
Brett DiVenere
US Lacrosse Vermont Sub District Coordinator
US Lacrosse Level III Certified Official

The below test needs to be completed by April 3rd, 2015. It is a requirement of VLOA that you complete this test to be certified to work as a Boys lacrosse official.

*If you have a login, use it, if you need one sign up for it.

Here is the link to the 15 min. concussion video that was mentioned at the meeting yesterday.


VLOA is looking for new members in 2016!

– get in shape while participating in a lacrosse game
– earn extra money while doing something you love
– be part of the fastest game on 2 feet!
– participate in the fastest growing sport in the US

To Join:

The process for joining VLOA is simple.  Send a check for $20, made out to VLOA, to:

c/o Paul Trono

3 Quintin Ct., St. Albans, VT 05478

Please include mailing address, e-mail address, home phone, work phone, and cell phone contact information.  The new rule book and test information will be forwarded mid January.  Future years the dues will be one varsity game fee (currently $75), but we keep the cost low for first year officials due to the expense for uniform and equipment.  We will also be providing information on discounts on officials’ equipment through national suppliers when we mail the rule books. VLOA members must be 18 years of age or older.

Once you are a member we will be in touch with dates for our annual training meeting and scrimmages to get some experience. New Officials Clinic will be Sunday March 20 9am Randolph High School

Go to the above link, create a username and take the exam.

Our own Gerry Gingras has been elected to the VPA Hall of Fame as a Lacrosse and Soccer Official.

“Gerald Gingras (referee/official): Gingras of Barre has officiated soccer in Vermont and New Hampshire for 51 years, and lacrosse for 50 years.” –Burlington Free Press

Congratulations Gerry!

Michael O’Malley of Rutland passed away in April. Mike, or MOM as he was affectionately known by fellow members of the Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association, was a long-time member of the VLOA and he refereed high-school and college football as well as high-school soccer over the years. Mike was dedicated to “getting things right” on the field and everyone who worked with him over the years came away impressed by his professionalism, attention to detail, and love of the game and its participants. Club participants in the summer even had a name for the game they played when Mike officiated: O’MalleyBall.There have been many “characters” over the years in the VLOA but none with a greater sense of humor than Mike. His stories and escapades made any drive to a game memorable as well as the many VLOA meetngs he attended. Each year for over 20 years the VLOA has awarded a Mug to the official with the best story about a fellow official during the season. No one won more mugs than Mike. Thus it is appropriate that this award will now be called the O’Malley Mug. This year’s 2011 Vermont State Boy’s Lacrosse Finals will be dedicated to MOM’s legacy.