The Vermont Chapter of US Lacrosse supports its 2,500 members through the direction of President Michael Dee, and an executive board of nine. Each constituency is very well represented by their passionate chapter board.
The chapter hosts an annual Recognition Dinner, which the Chapter Relations staff at US Lacrosse had the pleasure of attending this past year. Erin Sturgis, former Director of Chapter Relations at USL, was the keynote speaker for the banquet. The Vermont Chapter supports boys' and girls' youth teams that participate in USL's Youth Festivals each year. The chapter also supports, by way of sponsorship, a college fall-ball tournament called The Catamount Classic. This event raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Clinic and is hosted by the University of Vermont men's lacrosse team. This event has raised almost $100,000 since its inception three years ago. They hosted three pre-season officiating clinics for youth lacrosse officials in the northern, central and southern parts of the state.
Vermont also hosts Level 1 Coaches Clinics throughout the year drawing members from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. These have been held in conjunction with the PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) which is having an encouraging effect in Vermont. The chapter will host another Level 1 clinic in the spring of 2012.
The girl's youth league within the VT Chapter, the Northern VT Girls Youth Lacrosse League (N.V.G.Y.L.L.), offers and hosts an annual youth umpire training weekend. The weekend is comprised of a pre-season tournament in conjunction with the VT US Women's Umpire Association, for the purpose of first time training and recertifying girl's US Lacrosse Youth Umpires. It encompasses one day of classroom training and a one-day on field (tournament) at the Shelburne Fieldhouse. The VT US Women Umpires donate their training time and the N.V.G.Y.L.L. pays for all US Lacrosse youth umpire first time memberships. The event has allowed the league to bring in new youth umpires each year while recertifying the current umpires in the area.
To assist introductory teams, the chapter awards a set of goals to a new program. These are distributed at no cost to the program. The chapter accepts goals through donations and refinishes them to provide "nearly-new" goals to a start-up team looking to get off the ground.
Executive board members of the Vermont chapter remain active in the development of the game throughout the year via:
- Youth clinics
- Statewide high school lacrosse administration
- Inner city lacrosse development at a local Boys and Girls club
- Implementation of Vermont's first high school and youth lacrosse club: "VTribe"
- Ownership and management of the only US-based team participating in a Canadian men's indoor lacrosse league: The Vermont Voyageurs of the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League; and
- Ongoing participation in a men's senior lacrosse league.
Lastly, the chapter annually supports Vermont girls and boys youth teams that attend the National Youth Festival. They have also sponsored all-star teams at various levels that attend regional tournaments, a U-16 World Games Boys Team, and the Vermont Voyageurs Senior and Junior Box Lacrosse Teams. The Vermont-New Hampshire Senior All-Star games, the Vermont Senior Showcase and Rising Stars All-Star Games have received support from the Chapter. Most recently, Braintree and Monkton towns' garnered financial support to help foster early skills programs to elementary aged players.
For more information on the Vermont Chapter of US Lacrosse, please contact Michael Dee at firstname.lastname@example.org.