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!!!!
THE PMLA EXECUTIVE
The PMLA Executive has been closely monitoring local and provincial COVID-19 updates and how they pertain to our 2020 Rep lacrosse season, as well as following the direction of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.
On Thursday June 11th, 2020 the Ontario Lacrosse Association made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Competitive season out of concern for the health and well-being of our lacrosse families and the greater lacrosse community. We understand some families may be disappointed by this decision, but given the uncertainty about Covid-19 we feel it is our duty to act responsibly and help safeguard the health of our players, families, officials and volunteers.
The PMLA Executive has directed a full refund of fees for our Rep players who registered for the 2020 season, however, we are also offering families the opportunity to roll their registration fees to the 2021 season as a credit on their account while at the same time locking in their fees at the 2020 rate.
The PMLA has a number of expenses each year including insurance, website hosting, bank/credit card fees, equipment purchases, maintenance and storage costs that must still be covered for 2020. Without a 2020 season, it will be exceedingly difficult for our Association to meet those financial obligations. In saying this, the PMLA wonders (if you are not rolling your fees to 2021) if you would consider taking only a partial refund to help offset our 2020 expenses. Please let us know if you can donate $20. Your donation will help ensure a season next year and help to reduce or eliminate the need for higher fees in 2021.
We ask that you please complete and submit the REFUND REQUEST FORM at the link below and we will then process your refund. Your refund will be credited back to the credit card used for the original registration payment. Please submit this form before July 3rd, 2020. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the administrative process of issuing over 250 refunds, which may take up to 4 weeks.
We know that this is disappointing news for many children in our community who were looking forward to playing the game they love. As an executive we share that same disappointment. At this time all we can do is look forward with optimism to seeing everyone on the floor again in 2021 for a season which is sure to be full of fun and excitement.
Peterborough Minor Lacrosse Association
REFUND REQUEST FORM: Please click on this link, or copy and paste the link into your internet browser to fill out the PMLA Refund Request Form.
With the ongoing developments related to COVID-19 and the concerns that people are sharing over its transmission, it’s important that we all work together to prevent and eradicate it as quickly as possible.
Therefor, as per a release issued today by the Ontario Lacrosse Association, the Peterborough Minor Lacrosse Association will pause all sanctioned in-person lacrosse activities (tryouts, training sessions, scrimmages, practices, games, etc.) effective immediately and until April 5th, 2020. Online activities, including promotion, registration and planning will continue during this period as we prepare for the upcoming season while monitoring the situation.
In the meantime, our hearts go out to those affected. We want everyone to know that they are part of the Ontario lacrosse community, and that we care about your health and safety above all else. We are closely following news reports and monitoring the impact that this situation is having across the province. Because we live and work in the amateur sports community, we understand the concerns raised by our members, especially considering the rising number of postponed events, programs and educational opportunities throughout the province.
Although the Public Health Agency of Canada maintains that the risk associated with contracting COVID-19 is low for Canadian citizens, the situation remains fluid and could change day-to-day. We encourage our members to visit ontariolacrosse.com for the latest updates and return-to-program information as we approach the 2020 season. Up-to-date risk assessment information and other resources published by the Canadian government related to COVID-19 can be found there. The PMLA and OLA remind everyone to consider good hygienic practices and safe contact in order to maintain a healthy environment. We are grateful for your understanding and your desire to begin the 2020 season as soon as it is safe to do so. Keep your sticks in your hands; we’ll be back soon!