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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)
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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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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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 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 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