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CT Chapter Meeting Minutes

Thursday December 10, 2015

6:30-8:30 pm

Cheshire High School ~ 525 South Main Street Cheshire

Present: Phil Schneider, Rich Heritage, Dick Naramore, Will Mraz, Tina Crispens, Gary Bauer, Al DiVincentis

Meeting called to order at 6:55pm

·         Youth Leadership Conference

o   Discussion of meeting decisions and action items

§  Learn to Play – find trainers and promote program

§  Umpire Training – provide support to promote training and locate on-field training sites

·         LOAs need to report back to Chapter about funding

·         CT Chapter can post umpire training opportunities and email high school coaches with information

§  Grant Exposure – increase awareness through emails and website. Ensure LLO know about grant opportunities

§  Corporate Partnership – continue to investigate and develop partnerships to help to grow the game of lacrosse in CT

·         Hall of Fame

o   Ideas for fundraising for Silent Auction – gift baskets from youth organizations

o   Send pictures of HoF ceremony to US Lacrosse National

o   Hall of Fame Procedures to be updated on CT Lacrosse website

§  Deadline for nominations is February 15th

·         Coaches Education Programs

o   North Branford Level 1 – 46 coaches (25 men and 21 women)

o   Cheshire Level 2 – Saturday – numbers are low at this point. Email reminder has been sent

o   Stamford Level 2 – hosting agreement has been submitted

o   Waterford Level 1 and Vernon Level 1 – possible sites

o   Learn to Play Clinics

§  Trainers will be trained at USL Convention in Baltimore

§  5 Trainers have been identified

§  Scheduling Learn to Play clinics after convention

·         Middletown and Bridgeport have expressed interest

·         Positive Coaching Alliance – no discussion or action on this item

·         CT Chapter Youth Coaches Clinic

o   Check on availability of Albertus Magnus College again this year

o   Check calendar for Spring Break dates – either March 12 or 13

o   Ideas for speakers

§  Asked group to generate ideas and email to Phil

§  Try to find coaches who have a regional connection to draw more coaches from an area.

·         CT Chapter Grant Applications

o   Two grant applications being considered – Cromwell Youth Lacrosse & Chapter 126

o   Next grant applications are due by January 31, 2016

·         CT Chapter Meetings

o   January Meeting – Call to Action for Board Members and Volunteers (Board Elections)

o   February – Chapter 126 in Bristol has expressed an interest

·         Other

o   Will Mraz will get in touch with Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport to see if Univ. of Bridgeport and/or Fairfield University women’s players can work with Soft Stick Program

o   Gary Bauer reports that Stratford Youth Lacrosse is in need of field space. Some fields have been taken away from them.

·         Meeting Decisions and Points of Action

o   Post umpire training dates on CT Chapter website

o   Find locations for Learn to Play clinics

o   Schedule Youth Lacrosse Coaches Clinic at Albertus Magnus

o   Confirm dates and locations for future Chapter meetings


Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm