News and Announcements
The Saanich Lacrosse Executive has received a Directive from the BCLA that all Lacrosse activities shall be ceased until further notice.
See the full statement here:
The statement has contingencies built in for the coach and officials clinics scheduled for March and early April.
This is a rapidly changing environment. The Saanich Lacrosse Executive is working in the background and is committed to being prepared for the season when we do begin.
On March 14, 2020 the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) issued a statement that they recommend all lacrosse activity be suspended until April 5, 2020. See the full statement here:
This recommendation falls in the middle of “you shall not” and “individual associations can make the informed decision.”
On March 15, 2020 the BCLA issued a statement reiterating the position that each individual association can make an informed decision on the suspension or continuance of lacrosse activities. See the full statement here:
Based upon the quickly changing circumstances, the Saanich Lacrosse Executive has suspended all lacrosse activities until Monday, March 16 at the end of day.
At this point in the pre season the only activities scheduled are practices for the competitive divisions and these are small groups gathering at the outdoor box. The Executive will be evaluating the information from the CLA, BCLA, and the Vancouver Island Minor Lacrosse Commission to make a decision on whether to allow practices to continue over Spring Break. This decision will come at the end of day March 16, 2020.
The regular season was anticipated to commence for the competitive divisions the weekend of April 4 & 5, 2020 and the weekend of April 18 & 19, 2020 for Mini-Tyke, Tyke and Novice. The VIMLC is in discussions on how COVID 19 could impact the season start dates and number of games scheduled.
Saanich Lacrosse Executive
The Saanich Lacrosse Executive is committed to ensuring our members are informed on the current impact of COVID-19 on lacrosse activities.
As of March 11th, the governing bodies for Lacrosse in and British Columbia and Canada have not issued any directives or set any limitations on lacrosse activities (See the attached document for the March 11 Communication from the BC Lacrosse Association).
As of March 12th, the currently scheduled practices for Midget, Bantam and Pee Wee are going ahead.
Mini-Tyke, Tyke, and Novice divisions will begin practicing after Spring break as is consistent with past seasons.
All players, coaches and lacrosse personnel are reminded and encouraged to practice preventative measures as recommended by BC Centre for Disease Control:
- Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
- Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
- Clean your personal items. In the case of lacrosse ensure your water bottle is cleaned regularly and do not share with other players
- Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.
The Saanich Lacrosse Executive will send out any further communication from Canadian Lacrosse Association and the BC Lacrosse Association as they are received.
The document BCLA_COVID_19__March_11_.pdf was attached to this post.
Thank you for your patience as the association has been working through the process of forming teams. The evaluation process to date has gone well and we appreciate your effort. We had several high level coaches and former players assessing your performance.
During the Vancouver Island Minor Lacrosse Commission meeting on Monday March 9th, Saanich Lacrosse let it be known that we were in need of players if we were to field two teams at the Midget level. We received a response from the VIMLC confirming they have approved the release of players to Saanich from their home associations. The evaluation guidelines allow for released players to have an opportunity to be evaluated and placed on a team.
With considerable discussion it has been determined that we will hold two open practices and scrimmages. We encourage ALL Saanich Midget aged players and “Released Players” to attend these sessions. During these two sessions the “released players” will be evaluated by independent evaluators.
The dates and times are:
Friday March 13, 7:30-9:00 Eagle Ridge
Saturday March 14, 2:00-3:30 Eagle Ridge
We look forward to wrapping up the evaluation process, finalizing the rosters and getting the season going.
The Saanich Lacrosse Executive is asking for your support in communicating to Saanich Council that recreation facilities are under resourced.
The 2020 District of Saanich Budget process is underway and they are seeking public input.
The purpose behind this request is the lack of dry floor time the Saanich Lacrosse Association is able to secure at Pearkes Arena. For the past number of seasons, the District of Saanich has only removed the ice from one arena. The timing of this is also later than most other arenas on Vancouver Island which results in Saanich Lacrosse being forced to play home games in other arenas. In 2019 we played home games early in the season at Archie Browning and Peninsula. Only having one dry floor also prevents the association from running a tournament or hosting the provincials. The primary reason lacrosse is not able to secure the dry floor is the revenue generated by ice use by for-profit groups.
Saanich Lacrosse is asking our members, as residents of Saanich, to send the following email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and no later than March 15th
- Dear Mayor and Council,
I am a resident of Saanich and would like to provide input during the 2020 Budget discussion. As a parent of a minor lacrosse player, and member of the Saanich Lacrosse Association I do not believe the District is committing sufficient resources to the recreation department’s budget.
Saanich needs dedicated dry floor space so that lacrosse players can have fair access to Pearkes recreation facilities. As part of this, Saanich should provide priority access to Saanich based, not-for-profit associations rather than for-profit-groups utilizing Saanich facilities.