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2021 VPA Lacrosse Guides and JV Modifications

VPA Boys Lacrosse JV Modifications

2021 VPA Lacrosse Guide

VPA Boys Lacrosse JV Modifications

JV modifications for small sided games

These are only for teams that do not have a full JV team and are looking to play games

Rule Modifications

2 attack
2 defense
3 midfielders
1 goalie

Goal line will be placed halfway between top of restraining box and official goal line. The modified goal line will be/ could be painted. The crease could be painted/ dotted or cones or a portable crease could be used. Field width will remain the same.

The time will be 25 minute running halves. lf an adjustment needs to be made coaches could work this out before the game. The last 2 minutes of each half should be stop time on the refs whistle.


  • Up to three defensive poles on the field at any one time.
  • Must have two offensive players and three defensive players (including goalie) on each half at all times.
  • Three midfielders


  • No 10 and 20 second counts on clears. Officials are able to tell teams to “advance the ball” and/or “attack the goal” if they feel that the team is stalling.
  • Goalie will still need to exit crease in four seconds
  • Penalties: time served won’t start until the player is in the box, kneeling and the official starts the new possession.
  • Officials will not “eject” a player from a game for an egregious penalty. The player will be removed from the game for remainder and allowed to sit on the bench to learn. The reason for this is that the players at this level are still learning and to eject them and make them sit a couple games is detrimental to their development. I am confident that our coaches will make the correct call and discipline their players as needed.
  • Each team gets 1 Time Out a half


  • Game is played with faceoffs per the NHFS rules.
  • Game starts with a regular faceoff.
  • After each goal the goalie will put the ball in play. The official will use a double whistle to start play. First whistle to signify the goal, second whistle to start the clear.
  • At the beginning of the game, if coaches want to determine a goal differential for a free clear after a goal they may. Then the team that was scored on gets the ball at half field to start the next possession.

It will be important that the coaches and ADs that are hoping to use these rules communicate with the schools on their schedules.

It is also imperative that the officials know that a modified JV game will be played so that they are not surprised when they get to a school.

2021 VPA Lacrosse Guide

 The VPA recognizes lacrosse as a sanctioned sport for both Boys and Girls.  The Boys follow the rules of the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS).

**Spring practice starts on April 5, 2021**

 Note: Due to the COVID situation all players, coaches and officials must wear masks at all times.

General Rules  (Boys and Girls)

  1. No school shall schedule more than sixteen games, exclusive of play-offs, with schools sanctioned by the VPA.


  1. There will be an open tournament for lacrosse this year. Note – in 2020/21 Boy’s Lacrosse will be divided into 3 divisions.


  1. In order to be considered for the tournament play, it is necessary that a team complete a minimum of ten games with at least three different schools at the time of the pairings. The first three games with the same school shall count towards index purposes.


  1. Although a field may be satisfactory for seasonal game use, it may be judged unsuitable for tournament play. The Lacrosse Committee will determine unsuitable fields and will notify schools.  Appeals may be made to the VPA office. The VPA requires that a restraining ropes/tape be used during tournament season play. This is also recommended during the regular season.


  1. The officials are required to check the book at half time, and at the end of the game with the scorers and timers, who will be at mid-field. The officials must sign the book at the end of the game.


  1. Teams that receive three or more ejections of players or coaches will be required to meet with the Activity Standards Committee before entering, or continuing in the State Tournament.


  1. Legal Game
  2. a) An official game for boys shall be when three-quarters have been completed. By mutual agreement, by opposing schools, the 4th quarter may be continued at a future date.
  1. b) An official game for girls shall be when 80% of the game has been completed.
  1. c) A suspended game may be terminated and considered complete by mutual agreement of opposing coaches.
  1. d) Final decision to suspending game lies with the head referee and site administrator.


  1. Mouthguards-required and must be properly fitted (not cut down).


  1. All coaches and officials must complete a concussion education course before the beginning of the 2021 season. Certification must be completed every two years.


  1. Any athlete exhibiting symptoms of a concussion is to be removed from  play and may not return to play unless they have been cleared by an appropriate licensed medical professional as identified by the home team.


  1. All schools are required to have appropriate medical personnel at all home games this season (This is a Vermont State Law).
  1. There is no overtime for any Junior Varsity game.


  1. A coach ejected from a game may not return to that game or any other game that day and must leave the site.


  1. Eye shade may be worn by players but must follow NFHS Boys (rule 1-10-1-h) and NFHS Girls (rule 2-7-b) rules in terms of what is allowable. A single line only is allowed.


  1. Note – a pointed mid-line does not have to go through a schools insignia.


  1. For boys’ JV teams with minimal numbers, modified JV rules may be used. These rules are listed on the VPA Lacrosse page.

Boys Rules (NFHS)

  1. Overtime during regular season and the tournament, will follow NFHS rules, four minute, sudden victory periods until a winner is determined.


  1. Game Times:
    1. Varsity-12 minute quarters
    2. Junior Varsity– 10 minute quarters
    3. Middle School– 8 minute quarters


  1. Goals- requirement for in-ground installation shall be waived. Color of goal requirement shall also be waived. No spectators shall be located behind the end lines.


  1. Uniforms and Equipment –As of 2012, NFHS jersey and shorts requirements are in effect. Officials, however, should use their best judgment in determining if team uniforms meet the spirit of the new rule.  As a minimum, varsity team jerseys must match in color and design and shorts shall be of the same dominant color.  Jersey color (s) may be different from shorts color.  These team uniform colors should be listed on the application.  A varsity team not in compliance with uniform color requirements will be penalized as per the current rules and may be required to wear pinnies.  Under-jerseys, compression shorts or sweatpants may be worn, but if visible, must be a solid color that is limited to white, gray, black, or one of that team’s official colors.  If some players on a team choose to wear under-jerseys, all of the players who choose to wear under-jerseys for that team must wear the same color.  Under-jerseys also must be tucked in if they extend below the waistband of the game shorts.  If some players on a team choose to wear compression shorts, all of those players on that team must wear the same color compression shorts.  Also, if some players on the team choose to wear sweat pants those players on the team must team must wear the same color sweatpants.  For Example:  a team’s official colors are orange and black.  All of its players, who are wearing compression shorts, are wearing orange compression shorts that extend below the black game shorts.  All of its players who are wearing under-jerseys that are visible are wearing black under-jerseys.  Some of its’ players are wearing gray sweatpants.  Ruling: Legal.  Teammates’ under-jerseys must match.  Teammates’ compression shorts must match, and teammates’ sweatpants must match.  However, all three need not be the same color, but are limited to white, gray, or one on the team’s official colors. Helmets should be the same color.  It is the expectation then when schools order new uniforms, the NFHS guidelines will be followed.NFHS Lacrosse Rulebook 1-9-1D-Shoulder pads designed for lacrosse are required in boys’ lacrosse.


NFHS 2021 Rule Changes (Boys)

Please refer to the 2020 NFHS & U.S. Lacrosse Rules Book for a listing of rule revisions.


Tournament Season: Boys and Girls

Note: there will be a $125 tournament entry fee for this year only.

1.Teams will be selected on the point index shown in the tournament section.  The points will be totaled and the total divided by the number of games played to find the    point index.  If, during the season, teams decide to play both games at one field, it will remain a home and away series alternately.  IF THE GAME IS PLAYED ON A NEUTRAL FIELD, THE HOST TEAM WILL BE CONSIDERED THE HOME TEAM.  Out of state schools will be classified by the student enrollment.


  1.  The team with the best record against the other team(s), i.e.. head

to head competition.

  1. The team with the best record against common opponents.
  2. Strength of schedule as determined by the judgment of the


  1. The team with the best won-lost record.
  2. Coin flip.


  1. To be paired in the tournament a school must apply. The application may be withdrawn up to 10 A. M. the day of the pairings.        
  2. Schools shall schedule last game no later than May 29, 2021.

Electronically file completed application no later than 9 AM, May 29, 2021.

  1. The following dates for both girls and boys have been selected for state play:

Last game to count – May 29 2021.

Electronically file completed application no later than 9 AM, May 30, 2021

Pairings Posted- May 31, 2021

Playoffs – June 1/2, 2021

Quarter-finals – June 4/5, 2021

Semi-finals – June 8/9, 2021

Finals – June 10, 11 and 12, 2021 – TBA

All tournament games must be fully completed.  Any game stopped before its completion shall be resumed where it was stopped at a later date. Play downs, quarterfinals, and semi-finals will be played on the field of the higher seeded team if the field is suitable.  If the higher seeded team’s field is unsuitable; the game will be played at the site of the lower seeded team if that field is suitable.  If both the fields are unsuitable, the VPA will assign the field.  On a neutral field schools will share expenses.


  1. The VPA office will assign the officials for all state level games. The home team will pay the officials (fee, plus mileage), unless a neutral site is used. If a neutral site is used, the two teams share expenses (officials’ fees and mileage).
  2. In any games through the semi-finals assigned by the VPA, it will be absolutely essential that an experienced, reliable, non-student adult statistician will act as scorer and be at the table at the mid stripe, and an experienced, reliable non-student adult timer will be at the table at mid field. The home team will provide the timer, clock, stop watch and game balls. The visiting team will provide the official scorer.
  3. At games at the state level from the playoffs on, there must be a restraining rope down both sidelines (six yards), and spectators stay behind the rope, and players and coaches are to stay in the designated bench area (10 yards). It will be the responsibility of the school administrators to see that this is used. There are to be no spectators or photographers in the end line area while the game is going on.  The officials will have the right, and must stop the game, until school authorities clear the end line area.
  4. The maximum size of the squad in tournament play will include 30 eligible players, plus manager, plus coach and an assistant coach for a total of 35.
  5. The host schools must provide medical technician coverage, and a table with two chairs at mid- field.
  6. Weather/Field Conditions-Prior to the officials arriving at a game, the home administrator is responsible for decisions regarding the weather and field conditions. Upon arriving, officials (in consultation with the home administrator) will be responsible for making weather and field condition decisions.  Their decisions are final.



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2021 NFHS Rules Exam

The 2021 NFHS Rules Exam is currently open

Take the test here by clicking on the link (if you are a new member, you will need to create a new account)

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NFHS Concussion Training Program

Game officials shall complete the NFHS concussion training programs every two years.

  • The bi-yearly certification requirement is only valid between July 1st and June 30th of a given academic year.

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) training module, “Concussions in Sports: What You Need to Know”, is the approved training programs and may accessed using the link:

Concussions in Sports: What You Need to Know (click link to get to training)

News and Announcements

2021 Boys High School Lacrosse Rules Interpretation

The NFHS has released the 2021 boys high school rules lacrosse interpretation. While the rule book will remain for the use of the 2020 edition, some rules were emphasized for importance. A major rule change for the 2021 season is the goalie equipment, specifically the chest protectors.

Watch the video below:

News and Announcements

Fall/Winter 2020 Updates

Dear VLOA Members, I hope this note finds you all well and staying safe. We just completed  the fall sport seasons this past weekend and we can now start thinking about the upcoming spring sports in 2021. Again the VPA and the State of Vermont will determine how the season will be handled.

A few things to note from several soccer and football officials during the fall season:
1. Players, coaches, and spectators (if any) masked at all times.
2. Officials to wear mask during pre-game and halftime, but not during play on field (football – if near sideline, wear mask)
3. Most officials wore masks during play and used electornic whistles. Eric Evans recommend the Fox 40 electronic whistle as others are not loud enough to hear outdoors. 
4. Football – some officials used whistle on a lanyard that fit under mask/neck gaiter. Some had issues with electronic whistles at first and reverted back to hand whistles. 
5. Football and soccer did not have coin toss. No hand shakes or contact of any kind during pre or post game. 

That being said, it is up to you if you want to purchase electronic whistles and if wish to do so, order ahead of time as some vendors have reported some items being on backorder. 

Hopefully the winter season will progress with few issues so that we can go into the spring on a positive note.

At time time we may be doing a virtual annual meeting sometime in early January. We will keep you posted.

We do have a few new names that have expressed an interest in officiating for Spring 2021.

If you know that you will not be officiating please let me know ASAP. I will get another note out before the end of the year.

As always if you have any questions please get back to me.

Paul Trono

2020 News

US Lacrosse Men’s Officials Webinar Schedule

The Education and Training Department of US Lacrosse conducts webinars throughout the year to help  officials. Registration for all of these webinars is free of charge thanks to the generous support of our nearly 450,000 US Lacrosse members nationwide and its donors.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming webinars (note you may view recordings of webinars that have already taken place).

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2020 VLOA Meeting Agenda

2020 VLOA Meeting

Location: Hartford High School
January 19, 2020

Time Topic Room
8:30 am Doors Open – Coffee and sign-in/register Cafeteria
8:45 am Welcome and Introductions:
Brett DiVenere, VLOA President
George Cook, Vice President
Paul Trono, Secretary/Treasurer
Eric Evans, Training Coordinator and Rules Interpreter
Craig Benson, Assignor
Officers reports (Powell, Trono)
9:00 am VLOA Mission Statement Cafeteria
9:30 am Discuss business of VLOA:
Proposed by-law amendments
Walk through and open floor to comments
Assignor’s Report
Secretary’s report on financials/budget
New/old business
10:00 am Break out groups: 30 minutes each:
New Officials Training – (Shannon Sweet and Rob Mullin)
ArbiterSports Training – (Jeff Dobbin and Craig Benson)
Face-Offs Training – (Shawn Reilly)
Game Management Training – (Steve Salotti)
11:30 am New Rules, Points of Emphasis – Eric Evans
Adjourn by noon (12:00 pm)
12:00 pm Social at Big Fatty’s BBQ
186 South Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
2019 News News and Announcements

Open Letter to VLOA Members

Good Afternoon VLOA Members,

I hope that you’ve had a restful and eventful summer as the weather has been a steady mix of showers, storms and sun. Lacrosse weekends in Stowe were hot and filled with spirited contests.

For those of you who have not heard, our Assignor, Terry Harlow has stepped down after years of service to Vermont High School Lacrosse. His passion and participation as a member of VLOA and then as our assignor has contributed greatly to our continued work to be consistent, fair and knowledgeable officials. It is the goal of the executive board to have representation and voice in the selection of our next assignor.

The Board of Directors met in June to discuss, if the need arose, our participation in the Assignor selection process. Our Bylaws, referenced here state: Article 5 (g). The Board of Directors shall appoint the Rules Interpreter and shall make recommendations to the leagues and the VPA as to the appointment of the Assignor(s). We identified the need to contact both the Lacrosse Committee and Melba Masse, of the NVAC to promote our desire to be involved. The most current information gathered was distributed in an email and posted to our website.

It is my opinion that a candidate for Assignor be:

  • A Member of VLOA with 3 or more years as an official
  • A positive and constructive communicator
  • Knowledgeable of Official’s skills
  • Willing to provide transparent feedback from coaches and AD’s as necessary
  • Support the training/recruitment process
  • Organized and able to use the appropriate assigning software

The VLOA Board of Directors has not made any recommendations to the VPA or the Lacrosse Committee who ultimately will make the decision. In the interest of transparency and continuity among our membership, interested individuals may strongly consider communicating their intentions to the Board. We have an association in need of cohesiveness and unity. The opportunity to identify a new assignor is an important endeavor.

Training and Recruitment of Officials:

It is always the right time to recruit new officials. A reflection and discussion we’ve had for years is the need for training and recruitment earlier than our first business meeting. In June, the Board of Directors discussed potential training, class time and field time in the fall.

  • Game On VT may be organizing a Fall/Winter HS league at the Fairgrounds in Essex which would provide a great opportunity to train officials. Watch for details. I am hoping this league takes shape.
  • Norwich University conducts a fall scrimmage on the second or third weekend in October that has served as a one day training opportunity in the past. We’d like to do this again. Watch for announcements. Just recently, I talked to the coach and he may have additional intrasquad scrimmages that we can utilize. He will be in touch with Jeff Snyder and myself to organize this.

Additional Notes:

  • Dues August 1st
  • Board of Director discussed moving the first business meeting to January.


Brett DiVenere
VLOA President

2019 News

George Cook Honored For Service

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, The Rutland Lacrosse Community took a moment to recognize referee George Cook for over 30 years of service. Cook received a signed helmet from the Rutland players and was honored at halftime of the Colchester/Rutland matchup at Rutland high school.

George Cook honored at halftime with fellow referee Gunther Sihler along with Bob Abrahamson and the Rutland coaches.
George Cook’s partners for the Rutland/Colchester game were Eric Evans and Gunther Sihler (L-R: Evans, Cook, Sihler).
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2019 VLOA Meeting Agenda

2019 End of Year VLOA Meeting

Location: Montpelier VFW
May 30th, 2019

Time: 5:00 p.m.

PLEASE RSVP to Paul Trono at or via phone at 802-373-4342.

If you are unable to attend, please see the bylaws that outlines requirements for missing a noticed required meeting.

The meeting is a “Required” Business Meeting as a vote is needed to accept or refuse language changes to Bylaws.

The Board Of Directors has recommended the proposed changes to clarify the intention and purpose of “Life Members”.  The proposed changes are in the attached PDF.


Welcome and Announcements:
Agenda Review (10 minutes)
Assignor discussion points (10 minutes)
New/other business
Dinner and Cup Stories


Brett DiVenere
VLOA President