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OLA Announces the Cancellation of Traditional Box Lacrosse Season

The OLA has announced the cancellation of regularly-scheduled box lacrosse programming in 2020.

"We have held out hope until now because that's what we believe our members would expect of us," said OLA President Marion Ladouceur. "In prioritizing the health and safety of our members, we recognize that it is unlikely that box lacrosse can be played in what we have traditionally known as our regular season. We regret that the players, coaches, officials, parents and fans won’t get to enjoy what was certain to be an exciting season of action, but it is important for us to be realistic. We agree that it is appropriate to shift our focus towards outdoor opportunities and alternative program formats with recommendations from our Return to Activity / Return to Play Committee. We look forward to sharing the results of these discussions with everyone when it is appropriate to do so. Keep those sticks in your hands."

COVID-19 UPDATE and CANCELLATION NOTICE

COVID-19 Update and Cancellation Notice for 2020 Lacrosse

All members of the community are dealing with the evolving situation of COVID-19, and as a lacrosse family it presents us with many uncertainties for our association and membership here in St. Catharines.

The SCMLA exists as an organization to provide an opportunity for young boys and girls in St. Catharines to experience the game of lacrosse. Most importantly, we aim to provide those opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment, with the health of all of our members as our ultimate priority. Current events have led the SCMLA Board to make the difficult decision to cancel a number of our minor programs in 2020, and in some cases, that decision was made by a governing body at an even earlier date. Below is our update on the summer season for each and every one of our minor programs.

BOYS FIELD

For the summer of 2020, the OMFLL has made the decision to cancel the spring season. The information on this cancellation can be found here. The OMFLL is currently investigating the possibility of late summer/early fall field season if possible. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. Refunds for those currently registered for the spring season will be provided by May 31, 2020, as outlined on our refund page, found https://www.scmla.ca/page/show/3224333-documents 

HOUSE LEAGUE

Given the closure of community facilities over the next few months, there will be no house league offered for the 2020 summer season. The season was to have begun this weekend, and the limited opportunities and dates would simply not allow any offering to be equivalent to what families signed up for originally. This includes our soft lacrosse program that was being offered free of charge in 2020. We will be looking to provide all of the same programming in the summer of 2021, and hope to see all of you return. Refunds for those currently registered for our house league program will be provided by May 31, 2020, as outlined on our refund page, found https://www.scmla.ca/page/show/3224333-documents

BOYS & GIRLS REP

Currently the OLA has yet to make a decision on the 2020 season. The SCMLA has no access to city-owned and operated facilities until July 1, 2020 (at the earliest). This date is subject to change based on the current situation. We will be in communication with all of our membership via email, our website, and social media when information has been provided to us by the OLA. Information on our policies for refunds can be found https://www.scmla.ca/page/show/3224333-documents . Our annual Legends of Lacrosse tournament, held in late May/early June each year, has been cancelled by the OLA, with no ‘makeup’ date for 2020.

GIRLS FIELD

Currently the OWFL has yet to make a decision on the 2020 season. Access by the SCMLA to the necessary facilities to play and practice is currently in question. We will be in communication with all of our membership via email, our website, and social media when information has been provided to us by the OWFL. Information on our policies for refunds can be found https://www.scmla.ca/page/show/3224333-documents 

OLA COVID-19 UPDATE APRIL 9th.

OLA Update Regarding COVID-19 (April 9th)

Written Apr 9

As a further follow up to the Ontario Lacrosse Association announcement on March 13, 2020 regarding an immediate pause on sanctioned events and activities, and in light of ongoing developments and legislation, the OLA is prepared to continue the postponement of in-person lacrosse activities until May 15th, as announced in today's directive:

COVID-19 Directive, March 30th

The Ontario Lacrosse Association, in consultation with its Board of Directors, have been monitoring the most recent developments with COVID-19 and the ongoing public health emergency, and are currently assessing next steps for the 2020 season. We remain optimistic as we continue to model multiple Return-To-Play action plans based on a number of scenarios, although we recognize that there is not a uniform direction available as it relates to municipal sports at this point.

At this time, the OLA is also asking teams and associations at all divisions of play to actively communicate with their association members by posting this directive to their website, sharing it to their registered members via email, and using social media. We have received a variety of inquiries from participants and parents requesting information contained within our directives and the FAQs listed below. It is critical for all leagues and zones to keep their members informed during these challenging times using links to the information provided by the OLA.

Wishing you good health and safety while we work together to get through this difficult time. Further information will be communicated when it is available.
 


Frequently Asked Questions

(Last Updated: April 9th, 2020)

To our valued players, parents, club representatives and leagues:

Please review the frequently asked questions and responses below addressing the 2020 OLA season during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. This section will continue to be updated with additional questions and answers as they becomes available. As a guiding principle: it is time is to plan, not to panic. Planning together throughout this situation will ensure the best possible outcome. It is important to remember that we are all in this together.

Will there be a lacrosse season in 2020?

No one wants a lacrosse season more than us! As soon as it is safe and appropriate to proceed, OLA leagues will be granted approval to begin operating with modifications that ensure lacrosse is played in 2020. Currently, the Province of Ontario is under an Emergency Order and has closed all recreational facilities, including arenas and sports fields until at least May 4th. This closure may be extended if necessary; some municipalities have extended their facility closures past May 4th. We continue to monitor this situation through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the Ontario Ministry of Health in order to plan for the eventual lifting of restrictions.

How can I access the most up-to-date information from the OLA related to the 2020 season?

The OLA’s established communication practice is to publish information related to all programming on our website while simultaneously directing league commissioners and representatives to disseminate information within their sectors. Up-to-date information will always be included in this section of our website as it becomes available.

House league lacrosse typically operates between April and June. Should clubs cancel their house league seasons or modify their schedules based on the fluidity of the current situation?

Clubs will need to make this decision based on their local circumstances. The OLA believes in the value of house league programs in providing local, recreational opportunities for players to develop a love of the game, and we strongly encourage clubs to accommodate house league schedules later into the summer when it is safe and appropriate to return to play.

If the minor box season is modified and some tournaments are cancelled, will the OLA consider expanding remaining tournaments to help teams get the necessary number of games for the purposes of meeting their ratings requirement?

At this point, it is too early for this question to be answered. The first weekend of tournaments (May 24th; Innisfil, Newmarket and Peterborough) are currently cancelled. The OLA is committed to being flexible to both host associations and registered teams when determining the next steps related to the scheduling of invitational tournaments once additional information becomes available.

For tournaments that are cancelled, will the approved tournament hosts be automatically granted hosting privileges in 2021? Could these tournaments maintain their list of accepted teams for the next season?

Based on the variability of team registrations and schedules from year-to-year, the usual procedures related to tournaments will apply. A new application process will be opened in the fall, and associations may request hosting privileges for the 2021 season in the usual manner. Hosting tournaments are not permitted to hold spots for teams for the following season.

What will happen to minor team ratings?

Once the OLA has determined the starting date for the 2020 season, revised timelines and deadlines will be announced that correspond with ensuring that accurate ratings are calculated in advance of the provincial championships, as determined by the OLA’s Board of Directors.

What will happen to levies due as part of OLA fee schedule?

Adjustments to the OLA fee schedule (both deadline dates and amounts) will be determined in conjunction with revisions made to the OLA operating budget. Specific details will be circulated as more information becomes available.

What will happen to the Ontario Summer Games?

The Ontario Summer Games committee is currently planning to host this event as previously announced. At this point, the OLA intends to enter teams into competition in both male and female categories under our existing agreement with the Ontario Summer Games, subject to change as the event approaches and more information becomes available.

My question hasn’t been answered here. How can I ask it?

There are a number of questions that have been raised by multiple stakeholders which won’t have immediate or clear answers at this point. The OLA Board of Directors is engaged in ongoing consideration each week based on a number of factors and provided guidance. Clubs should address any questions to their league commissioner or zone director to be filtered through the OLA Board of Directors for discussion. As answers become available or the situation changes, updates will be made to this section of the website.

*COVID-19 UPDATE*

The OLA COVID-19 Directive is officially in effect. 

Effective immediately, sanctioned in-person lacrosse activities are now placed on hold until further notice.

As this is an on-going and changing situation, we will update often. 

Keep your sticks in your hands! 

For more information visit www.ontariolacrosse.com 

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St Catharines Minor Lacrosse Association Programs

The St. Catharines Athletics Minor Lacrosse Association
Offers both House League & Rep Lacrosse programs
For boys and girls, age 3-17.
 
House League Box Lacrosse programs run Early april until last week of june
With weekly practise and game.
 
Check online for Rep tryout dates and season details for
Girls Field Program and Boys Box & Field Programs.
 
REGISTRATION OPENS IN JANUARY!
Boys box & field tryouts will begin in early February.
 
For more information & to register visit:
 
www.Scmla.ca
 
Email: st.catharinesboxdirector.com

 

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for more information on Field Lacrosse programs click here.


Boys Box Rep 2020 Try-Out Dates

Team #1 Boys Box Lacrosse tryouts for the St. Catharine’s Athletics.

All team #1 tryouts will be at Haig Bowl Arena in St. Catharine’s.(17 Beech Street) Below are the dates and times.

**Please remember all players must be fully registered and paid in full 24hrs prior to their first tryout. All players are to arrive at least 45mins early to check in and be assigned their tryout jersey. All players must bring their own water bottles. Please refer to our tryout policy for any further questions or email the box director directly**

Thank you and good luck to all.

 

8U (Tyke)  -Head Coach Jay Paul (Jason.paul77@hotmail.com)

Friday, January 31st, 2020 @ 6:00pm

Friday, February 7th, 2020 @ 6:00pm

Friday, February 28th, 2020 @ 6:00pm

10U (Novice) -Head Coach Tim Luey (timluey@gmail.com)

Saturday, February 8th,2020 @ 11:00am

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 @ 6:00pm

Friday February 21st, 2020 @ 6:00pm

12U (Peewee) -Head Coach Pat Russell (patrickjamesrussell@gmail.com)

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 @ 7:30pm

Monday, February 10th,2020 @ 7:30pm

Monday, February 24th,2020 @ 7:30pm

14U (Bantam) - Head Coach Mike Lines (mikelines8@hotmail.com)

Friday, February 7th, 2020 @7:00pm

Friday, February 21st, 2020 @7:00pm

Friday, February 28th, 2020 @7:00pm

16U (Midget) -Head Coach Bob Fisher (bobfisher803@yahoo.ca)

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 @7:30pm

Sunday, March 29th, 2020 @2:00pm

Monday, March 30th,2020 @7:30pm

21U (Intermediate)-  -Head Coach Adam Arkell (arkelladam@gmail.com)

Will be held in April TBA

*Please keep an eye on the website as tryouts are subject to change.*

2 Team coaching applications due to the Box Director by Fri, Feb 14th, 2020

Click the image above to apply

Referee Clinic

The 2020 box referee clinic registration is now open for all Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 referees

Registration Process. The link to register for your clinic is here. Please note that each clinic registration is set to close one week prior to each clinic

*Please note March 28th Ref Clinic at Denis Morris High School*

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    2020 Board of Directors

    By SCMLA 12/01/2019, 9:30pm EST

     

     

    2020 Board of Directors

     

    We would like to genuinely thank all old, new and returning board members for their dedication and love towards the game of lacrosse. We are pleased to announce our new Board of Directors for the upcoming 2020 season:

      

    President - Sallah Hamdani

    Past President – Lincoln Fannell

    Vice President – Dan Pilon

    Secretary – Karolyn Belliveau

    Treasurer – Michelle Basciano

    Registrar – Terry O’Farrell

    Director of Rep Box – Bob Fisher

    Director of Boys Field – Tim Luey

    Director of Girls Lacrosse (Field/Box) – Paul Langdon

    Director of House League – Jessica Dale

    Director of Equipment – April Vanyo

    Director of Publicity and Social Media – Eden Luey

    Director of Sponsorship/Promotions – Jay Howe

    Director of Tournament and Special Events – Nathan Gatt

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