We have received many questions as to what the PMLA has planned for the 2021 Season, so we thought we would share some details with you.
While the current COVID 19 pandemic has created many obstacles for the sport of lacrosse, we haven’t lost our focus and have been actively planning for the upcoming season. As you would expect, the season is going to look a lot different than what many of us would consider to be a “normal” season. Limited by the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) Return to Activity (RTA) guidelines and the guidelines imposed by the Province and local Health Units, we have developed a plan that will focus on skill development and growing the love of the game for our local players.
Registration numbers will be limited due to COVID protocols that dictate how many players we are allowed to have on the floor for any floor time. At this point we will be giving those who completed the pre-registration the first opportunity to fill the available spots, and then will fill available spots based on our waiting lists. If you did not complete the pre-registration, but wish to be added to our waiting list please e-mail either John Pacey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amy Addison (email@example.com) with your child’s name and birth year.
We will be running a 2-tier program similar to the PHA hockey program. However, things may look different at every age group based on the number of players registered. We are committed to developing the skill level of all players through a combination of instruction and game play in a safe manner that meets all safety protocols for a return to play.
Tier 1- will operate for players (U9Tyke-U17Midget) wanting to play Rep lacrosse.
This program will run from May 1 until the end of July.
We are currently in Phase 1 of the OLA Return To Play and can not play other centers (i.e. Whitby).
Practice teams will be selected after the first two weeks of lacrosse in May.
Each team will practice 1-2 times a week and play 1 game.
Practice teams will be combined for GAMES and divided into 3-4 teams (Game teams will be different then the practice teams).
There is “No body contact” as per OLA return to play protocols.
The number of players in our rep program will be capped in order to meet safety protocols. Players previously part of the rep program in 2019 will be given priority. Additional players interested will be added to a waiting list and added to the rep program based on availability and at the discretion of the PMLA board.
Tier 2- will be very similar to House League in the past.
The season will run from May 1-June 29
There will be a focus on skill development and game play with “no contact” game play in order to meet Provincial return to play protocols.
-U5-Soft Lax and U7-Paperweight will only play Tier 2 on Saturday mornings.
-Evaluations for Rep U7 lacrosse will not take place until June, and a development program for U7 may run during the month of July.
Girls will run one tier. All players play in the house league program which is one night per week. House league will run from May 1- June 29.
Games played will be “No body contact” as per OLA return to play protocols.
Any girls U-9 and under will be involved in our U-9 Tier2 as we do not have enough girls to run an all girl division for them.
REP teams will be formed after approximately 2 weeks after house league play begins. One additional practice per week will be added for rep teams.
The rep program will run from May 1 until the end of July.
More information will soon follow as Registration is anticipated to open by April 1.
Thank you for your interest in our program and hopefully we will soon see everyone with lacrosse sticks in hand!!!!
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