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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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2019 News News and Announcements

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)
Cafeteria
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)
Classrooms
11:30 am New Rules, Points of Emphasis – Eric Evans
Adjourn by noon (12:00 pm)
Cafeteria
12:00 pm Social at Big Fatty’s BBQ
186 South Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
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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.

Best,

Brett DiVenere
VLOA President

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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 News News and Announcements

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 paul.trono@gmail.com 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.

Agenda:

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

Thanks,

Brett DiVenere
VLOA President

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2019 VLOA Meeting Agenda

2019 VLOA Meeting

Location: Hartford High School
March 10th, 2019

Time Topic Room
8:15 am Doors Open – Coffee and sign-in/register Cafeteria
8:45 am Welcome and Introductions:
Brett DiVenere, VLOA President
Craig Benson, Vice President
Paul Trono, Secretary/Treasurer
Rules Interpreter (Eric Evans)
Training Coordinator: Jeff Snyder
Assignor (Terry Harlow)
Officers reports (Powell, Trono)
Cafeteria
9:00 am VLOA Values Discussion 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
Taking the annual dues out of our mileage checks as (was approved last year.)
10:00 am Break out groups: 30 minutes each:
New Officials: Jeff Snyder (9:30-11:30)
Steve Salotti: Game Management
Brett DiVenere: Working with Coaches
Ben Marlow: Test Review
Arbiter: Jeff Dobbin
Classrooms – TBA
11:30 am New Rules, Points of Emphasis – Eric Evans
Adjourn by noon (12:00 pm)
Cafeteria
12:00 pm Social at Big Fatty’s BBQ
186 South Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
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2019 NFHS Rules Changes Correction Memo 1/23/19

To: Boys Lacrosse Administrators
From: James Weaver
Subject: 2019 Rule Corrections
Date: 1-23-2019
The purpose of this memo is to transmit corrections to the 2019 NFHS Boys Lacrosse rule book. These corrections should be applied to the interpretations of the 2019 rules. The following corrections can also be found on the NFHS Boys Lacrosse webpage.
Penalty in 5-3, page 59
Remove penalty in 5-3, editorial error.
Situations 5.4.1a, page 60
Remove situation due to duplication.
Situations 5.4.1b, page 60
Remove situation due to duplication.
Situation 5.5b, page 61
Change situation to 6 inches; editorial error with the old 6 ½ inch measurement
Situation 5.9.3a-d, page 64 and 65
Clarification: Shall be a three-minute non-releasable if targeting a defenseless player.
Situation 6.2.1e, page 68
A second flag should create an immediate whistle; correction due to rule change
Situation 6.5.2a, page 73
Clarification: Upon a second foul the penalty shall be a personal foul
Rule Interpretation 6-10, Page 77
During the last two minutes a shot that hits the goalie or pipes does not remove the stall warning.
Situation 7.2j and k, page 83
Play shall end after the second flag
Situation 7.6.4d, page 87
Play shall end after the second flag
Situation 7.3b, page 84
Ruling change: The second penalty on team B results in the slow whistle being stopped by the official
POE Warding P. 95 – Should read: A player may not use his crosse or any part of his body to push or control the direction of an opponent’s crosse or body. (Note “strikethrough”)
Plus we received this:
Please note that Rule 7-8 ART 1 and ART 2 remain as written (Incorrectly) in the rule book. Thus, the following statement in the rulebook is incorrect. Please see Note that follows.
“If a defending player commits a foul against an attacking player and an attacking player has possession of the ball and if the act of fouling does not cause the player in possession to lose possession, the official shall drop a signal flag ,make the verbal signal “flag down”
Note: Possession can be lost during the flag down with the play continuing as described in ART 2.

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2019 News News and Announcements

2019 Training Materials

US Lacrosse has shared several materials for the 2018 season. This includes the 2-man and 3-man manual along with a new manual for game management. You may view all the materials below:

2019 2-Person Manual

2019 3-Person Manual

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2018 News News and Announcements

2018 Vermont / New Hampshire Game

The Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association Executive Board has chosen Ken Bourneuf to represent our association and Vermont as an official in the Vermont/New Hampshire All-Star game later this month.  We identify an “up and coming” official each year who we believe has put the work in to improve their craft in areas of rules knowledge, mechanics, communication and game management.  Congratulations Ken Bourneuf!

Respectfully,
Brett DiVenere, President
Craig Benson, Vice President
Paul Trono, Secretary, Treasurer

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2018 News News and Announcements

2018 VLOA business meeting memo and Agenda

2018 VLOA BUSINESS MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT:

The VLOA 2018 business meeting and training will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2017, at the SHAPE facility (click for Google map) on the campus of VTech in Randolph.
Meeting will begin with registration/coffee at 8:30, and convene @ 9 am.

Below are:

  1. Draft agenda for the March 11, 2018 business meeting at SHAPE facility on campus of Vermont Tech in Randolph, VT. Click here to view the Agenda.
  2. General memo and requirements to participate in high school officiating in 2018. Click here to view the Memo.

If you have not received a rule book before the meeting, please let Paul Trono know ASAP. (paul.trono@gmail.com).

If you do not plan to take assignments in 2018, please let Paul know.

Please contact me if there are questions.

Best wishes in the year ahead.

Bill Powell – VLOA President