News and Announcements

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Owen Sound Girls Field Lacrosse would like to thank our families for a great season 2.0.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our four U19 graduating players for a great career with our organization. Congratulations to Kariya Beach, MacKenzie Radbourne, Reese Wilkins and Grace Woods.

I would also like to congratulate Kariya, Reese and Grace for being OG’s (Original Girls) from 2011 when we started our first U11 team which won U11B Provincials that year.

OSML wishes you all the best.

Kelly Wilkins

Girls Field Chair

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Due to the current restrictions in the province brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic the upcoming boys field season will unfortunately not be able to move forward. Please see the attached statement from the OMFLL for more information.

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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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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