Updated: October 3, 2007
Chairperson - Boys Youth Lacrosse Council
A position appointed by the ULA Board of Directors for an unspecified term (typically around 3-years). The Chair is a member or member-elect of the Board of Directors.
The Chair is the senior authority in youth boys’ lacrosse, serving on both the Youth Council and ULA Board of Directors, and should have strong leadership, organizational and communications skills. Knowledge of all ULA youth divisions, rules and structures is essential. The Chair determines annual and seasonal priorities for youth boys’ leagues, in conjunction with the Council and the annual B.O.D. retreat, and works with ULA staff, Board of Directors and Youth Council members to meet goals through policies, programs and operations. The Chair consults with ULA staff on all aspects of league operations; communicates within ULA and with the lacrosse community as warranted; oversees the Council, including its policy agenda and specific operational functions; and conducts all Council meetings. Policy and program areas include league structures, growth management, new team development, education and training. Operational matters include budgeting, scheduling, rules, enforcement/compliance and dispute resolution. The Chair is the Council’s spokesperson and liaison to the B.O.D. The Chair is kept informed of all disputes or complaints within youth leagues, and if a commissioner is unable to resolve a problem, the Chair may intervene; convene all four commissioners as a hearing body; send a dispute to other mediation; or bring it to the Board of Directors.
Vice-Chair – Boys Youth Lacrosse Council
A vice-chair position is created if the Chair position is held by a coach – or if constraints on the Chair are such that he/she must delegate specific functions to another.
The position exists at the discretion of the Chair and should be filled by the Council from within the Council membership.The exact title and duties of the position are delineated by the Chair and may include any of the functions of the Chair listed above, but cannot exceed the scope of the Chair position.
Commissioner Members – Boys Youth Lacrosse Council
Four members of the Council are commissioner-members representing the four league age divisions of youth boys’ lacrosse: Juniors, Thunder, Lightning and Storm. Commissioner members serve one-year terms, commencing in November of a calendar year through the following November and have the option to extend their term a second year, subject to approval by the Selection Committee.
Commissioner-representatives have primary authority over a specific age division of youth boys’ lacrosse, managing that league within ULA guidelines and ensuring that ULA’s mission, policies and rules are upheld. Commissioners directly oversee their age division during the spring season and monitor it during the fall season, when league supervisors and ULA staff have the main logistical role. Commissioners are paid for their service during spring seasons and should have strong leadership, organizational and communications skills. Knowledge of their youth division’s rules and structure is essential. Commissioners ideally are involved with youth lacrosse at the “field level” as a team parent, coach or organizer, but must serve all participants in that age division in an equitable and fair manner. They have a participatory role in ULA league operations, consulting with the Chair and ULA staff on scheduling, training, rules, enforcement and problem-solving. Commissioners are the primary point of contact for information, questions, problems or concerns within their age division, (spring and fall), and take the lead in dispute resolution in both playing seasons. A commissioner has authority to settle a dispute in accordance with ULA grievance procedures, or may seek resolution of more serious complaints by the Chair and fellow commissioners. Commissioners report to the Youth Council Chair.
At Large Members – Youth Boys Lacrosse Council
Four members of the Council are at-large members representing the Juniors, Thunder, Lightning and Storm age divisions. At-large members serve one-year terms, commencing in November of a calendar year through the following November and have the option to extend their term a second year, subject to approval by the Selection Committee.
At-large representatives are co-equal with commissioner members, but advocate for and represent a specific age division of youth lacrosse more generally than a commissioner, and the position is unpaid. At-large members oversee their age division in a policy-and rule-making capacity more than in a league operations capacity. At-large members should have strong analytical skills and the ability to assess needs of youth lacrosse from both long and short-term vantage points. They also must be fully knowledgeable of all league policies, rules, structures and issues at the field level and should be willing to help commissioner colleagues with more logistical matters during a playing season if needed. At-large members may be selected to the Youth Council due to a particular skill set or background, and should be given the lead by the Chair on specific focus areas of the Council, such as coach recruiting and training, table crew training, enforcement and compliance, special events or new team development. At-large members report to the Youth Council Chair.
Senior Boys Youth Official
A position recruited by the Chair from among the ULA officiating corps for an unspecified term (typically around 2-years).
The Senior Official oversees all officiating issues relevant to youth boys’ lacrosse. Specifically, the Senior Official handles recruitment, communications and training of youth league officials, which may be officiated by a lacrosse players in grades 8-12, in conjunction with the overall men’s officiating program and lead trainer. The Senior Official participates in coach training and coach meetings to provide the rules/officiating/sportsmanship element of training and may send communications, rules clarifications or announcements to the youth database as warranted for educational purposes or to address a problem or incident in the league. The Senior Official is the primary point of contact for any complaints or grievances involving officials and takes the lead in resolving them, in consultation with the Chair and Commissioners. The Senior Official should be pro-active toward growing the officiating pool and in fostering better understanding and communications between the coaching/parent side of ULA and the officiating side. The Senior Official reports to the Youth Council Chair.