News and Announcements

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Owen Sound Girls Lacrosse is very excited to announce that the OWFL and OLA are currently working on Return to Play (RTP) – Phase 2. In this phase, we will be allowed to hold in-person training sessions with 2-8 coach/trainer to athlete ratios. The OWFL/OLA is hopeful that phase 2 of RTP will start the beginning of July.
As a club, we have many things to accomplish in the next week and a half to make this summer program happen. Please watch your email and social media in the days to come for information on registration for this summers’ girls field lacrosse program. We estimate the program to cost $100 and be twice a week for six weeks at Victoria Park.
We understand that you will have lots of questions. At this time please hold your questions until more information is made available to you in future correspondence from us

Yours in Lacrosse,

Kelly Wilkins and the Girls Field Lacrosse Executive

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June 18th, 2020

Good afternoon everyone,

We wanted to briefly touch base about what we’ve been up to since our announcement of the cancellation of the traditional box lacrosse season for this year. As most of the province prepares to enter Phase 2 of re-opening tomorrow, we’ve established a committee of dedicated OLA volunteers and health services experts from all across the province to prepare our Return to Activity guide. This committee is hard at work to get us safely back together for fundamental skills, drills, and modified sessions in an outdoor environment for clubs across the province. It is our hope that this guide will be finalized and published for everyone soon. When it’s ready, you’ll be the first to know. Until then, we hope you’re staying safe and getting ready to get back to the action!

- Ontario Lacrosse

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Ottawa, ON— The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) has announced that it has cancelled all 2020 National Championships, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2020 National Championship hosts will have the opportunity to host in 2021.

This difficult decision was made with the support of the box lacrosse and field lacrosse sectors and in consultation with the CLA’s Member Associations. Health and safety, travel concerns, venue closures, and many other factors were taken into consideration. Return-to-play or return-to-activity is in different phases across the country, which provides unique challenges based on geography to our Canadian lacrosse community.

“The health and safety of our players and everyone in the lacrosse community are our top priorities,” said Shawn Williams, CLA President. “We recognize that national championships are important to lacrosse players of all ages. The CLA will be preparing for the 2021 national championship season and we look forward to having our lacrosse family back together once again.”

The 2020 National Championship cancellations include the Mann Cup, the Minto Cup, the Presidents’ Cup, the Founders’ Cup, the Alumni Cup, the First Nations Cup, the Ross Cup/Victory Trophy, 16U Box Lacrosse Championship, 16U Girls Box Lacrosse Championships, 14U Box Lacrosse Championship, 14U Girls Box Lacrosse Championships, 12U Box Lacrosse Championship, and the U19 Women’s Field Lacrosse Championship. For the most part the 2020 host organizations will be hosting in 2021. Please click on this link for the full list of 2021 National Championships and hosts.

The CLA would like to clearly state that this decision is not a cancellation of the lacrosse season in Canada. Individual member associations will decide the course of 2020 lacrosse opportunities on their own timelines under provincial and health authority guidance.

The CLA encourages everyone to follow the health and safety of guidelines in their provinces or territories. When it is safe for lacrosse to resume in Canada, the CLA will be ready to bring our community back together.

For more information, please contact:

Jane Clapham

Executive Director
Canadian Lacrosse Association
Phone: 613-260-2028 ext. 304
Email: jane@lacrosse.ca

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May 25, 2020

Dear Owen Sound Girls Field Lacrosse Families,

I hope this message finds you and your family happy and healthy. Last week, the OWFL announced that the official 2020 lacrosse season this summer is cancelled. The OWFL is hopeful that in July and August they will be able to run festival style week-ends. We don’t know what these week-ends will look like or if they will become a reality, but if they do, we would like to enter teams to play in them.

The OSML girls’ field lacrosse executive met Monday night to discuss plans for our athletes to practice and play lacrosse this summer. We are closely following Provincial regulations and are developing a training plan to implement when phase two, allowing outdoor small group training to occur, is announced. We are aiming for June 15th and will be in touch when we know more about what this will look like. We thank you for your patience.

We are in the process of fully refunding all registration money for this season back to families. Our registrars should have this completed soon with the money credited back to your account. When we are able to start to train together, we will send out registration links for our new small group training program and urge you to register. We are hopeful you will stay with us and keep your daughter playing lacrosse this summer when we are able to do so safely.

If you have paid out of area fees to the City of Owen Sound to play lacrosse this season, the City of Owen Sound is in the process of refunding these fees back to you and they hope to complete this process by the end of the week.

Rest assured, our coaches are making plans to train together this summer and we are all looking forward to seeing our lacrosse family in person again very soon. Keep your stick in your hands – we will be ready when all of this passes.

Sincerely,

Kelly Wilkins
Owen Sound Girls Field Lacrosse Chair
girlsfield@osml.ca

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Centre Wellington, On- Zone 8 Lacrosse is home to 10 Minor Associations boasting 90
teams per season, ranging from Paperweight to Intermediate for boys and girls. Zone 8
Executive, along with all club Presidents, have made the difficult decision that the 2020
Minor Box Regular Season has been cancelled for all Zone 8 Associations, including
tournaments.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many people in uncharted waters. Many are now
working from home to reduce exposure, or not working at all as businesses are closed
and many people have been laid off. Many of our clubs will not have access to any floor
time until July at the earliest, and we also have arenas that have been transformed into
hospitals or testing centres. From what we understand, they may not be available at all
for summer use.
This was a very tough decision for us. As volunteers we put in countless hours for the
love of the game and the look of joy on every child’s face that hits the floor for the
season. We want what’s best for our players, their families and our communities! As a
Zone we are not comfortable having the kids back in the dressing rooms or on the
floor, nor do we want the parents, siblings and grandparents to possibly be exposed
while watching the game. It would be irresponsible of us to think we could have a
season with all the risks at hand.
The sports community has been deeply impacted by this pandemic from coast to coast
– not just by the effect on sports but it has affected family dynamics by the loss of
loved ones, family finances by the loss of one or two jobs, and the list goes on.
Unfortunately, a 2020 season is just not realistic. We need to put the health of our
players, coaches, officials and fans first. At the end of the day Zone 8 cannot offer what
parents and players have registered and paid for. And that is a normal lacrosse season
and a safe lacrosse season.
Zone 8 will continue to work closely with the Ontario Lacrosse Association regarding
the 2021 season. Please keep your sticks in your hands, as we continue to work with all
clubs on alternative programming for box lacrosse in 2020 once it is safe to do so, also
follow Zone 8 on Facebook and Twitter for updates or go to our website

www.zone8lacrosse.ca
Yours in Lacrosse,
Steve Kelly
Zone 8 Director