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Saanich Lacrosse April Update

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at Apr 12, 2021 8:49PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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As the pandemic continues into 2021, the Saanich Lacrosse Association is grateful that players continue to have the opportunity to play lacrosse. Over the last month, players and parents should thank themselves for the outstanding work following COVID safety protocols.

In early March, the prospect of Phase 3, which would allow game play, was expected to be introduced after Spring Break. The rapid rise in BC COVID cases has reduced the prospects of game play in the immediate future, however, the association continues to plan for some form of game play.

2021 PROPOSED GREATER VICTORIA LACROSSEGAME PLAY MODEL

The Greater Victoria Lacrosse Associations thank everyone who provided feedback on the proposed Game Play Model. The four associations were well represented in the feedback. The feedback was generally split between strong support and strong dissent. The lack of clear direction left the four associations unable to pursue this model.

2021 REGISTRATION FEES

The Executive recognizes that full registration fees were collected for the 2021 season. This was done in anticipation of a full season, following on the heels of the successful Phase 3 Field Lacrosse season. The Executive has set aside funds to provide a pro-rated refund at the end of the season, should lacrosse remain in the phases which do not require the usual season costs, such as arena floor time, referees, etc.

50th ANNIVERSARY HOODIES

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Saanich Lacrosse Association, each player will receive a hoodie. The Executive is excited to present the anniversary logo and a traditional crest connecting the 50 years of the association.

LACROSSE CANADA

The Canadian Lacrosse Association has rebranded as Lacrosse Canada. If you are interested in seeing the updated organization name, logo and website go to the following link:
https://lacrossecanada2021.ca

The Saanich Lacrosse Association continues the 2021 season guided by the principles of: keeping players healthy and active, building players’ love for having a lax stick in their hand and finding the silver lining in the current situation.

Saanich Lacrosse Executive

Move to Outdoor Boxes + COVID Update

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at Apr 4, 2021 9:20AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Hello Saanich Lacrosse Families,

APRIL SCHEDULE:

The lacrosse sessions have transitioned to the Braefoot and Lambrick outdoor boxes. The full April schedule has been loaded into TeamPages. There is a master schedule for the association, which can be found on the front page of the association website. Each cohort has a schedule and once the parent / guardian is set up in TeamPages you can see the cohort schedule, as well as set reminder notifications via email or text message.

If you are having trouble with TeamPages, there is a Manager associated with each cohort, or you can send a message to our Head Manager Kalyn Sarkany (https://teampages.com/forms/22438-Head-Manager-Contact-Page).

COVID REQUIREMENTS:

The COVID restrictions placed on this season continue to be challenging. The District of Saanich has issued a permit for use of the lacrosse boxes. This permit has strict requirements on the COVID protocols. Currently this permit allows for all players to enjoy the sport. Overwhelmingly there has been great compliance with the COVID protocols and this should allow continued use of the lacrosse boxes. There have been a few instances where parents or players have not followed the COVID protocols and argued with the volunteers responsible for ensuring COVID compliance. The executive will be contacting these parents directly and should they not be able to follow the COVID protocols they and the player will be removed from the cohort. Given the situation the association is in with COVID and the District of Saanich permit, we can not risk the loss of sport for the vast majority of those who follow the COVID protocols due to those who question why certain COVID protocols are in place.

COVID Info is located on the Key Info and Dates Page on the website.

The 2021 season is being guided by the principles of: keeping players healthy active, building players’ love for having a lax stick in their hand and finding the silver lining in the current situation.

Saanich Lacrosse Executive

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The Greater Victoria Lacrosse Associations are proposing a model for game play that is specific to the 2021 season and the impact of Covid. The request for feedback is your opportunity as parents, players, coaches and volunteers associated with lacrosse in the Greater Victoria area to inform the next steps in lacrosse.

Feedback Link: https://forms.gle/L3uUKFa1ko7meuq18

2021 Season Update - March 2021

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at Mar 6, 2021 10:12PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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The season has commenced and the indoor sessions for all divisions have been a success. Thank you to the players and parents for following the COVID protocols. These are in place for your safety and our continued participation in lacrosse activities.

Each division has been broken down into cohorts. These cohorts are based upon the allowed number of people in a facility for the COVID facility plan. At this point in the season, teams are not being created as we are still under Phase 2 Return to Sport, which is skills and drills.

Phase 2 is anticipated to last at least until after Spring Break. In April the sessions will transition to the outdoor lacrosse boxes. Should Phase 3 be introduced, the Greater Victoria associations are communicating and are prepared to transition to game play.

IMPORTANT:
1. The cohorts are being loaded into TeamPages this weekend; please ensure you accept the TeamPages invite as all information on March lacrosse sessions will be communicated via TeamPages.
2. The Master Schedule will be posted on TeamPages. Detailed practice times will be communicated via your cohort on TeamPages.
3. Players need to arrive on time. They also need to use the appropriate doors. The facility doors are locked once the session starts and the people running the sessions may not be standing by the door for the duration of the session.
4. Players must bring the Covid Screening form to each session. Link: https://bit.ly/3qsnn5w
5. Players must have full gear to start the sessions. Link: to gear requirements https://www.teampages.com/clubs/1651/pages/45815.

The SLA Return to Sport plan is on TeamPages. Please make yourself familiar with the plan. Link: https://bit.ly/3rsDaCH

The 2021 season is being guided by the principles of: keeping players healthy active, building players’ love for having a lax stick in their hand and finding the silver lining in the current situation.

The document SLA_Covid_Return_to_Play__February_2021___1_.pdf was attached to this post.

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Eagle Ridge Arena Update

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at Feb 17, 2021 3:13PM PST ( 0 Comments )

The Saanich Lacrosse Executive was notified today that the Eagle Ridge Arena dry floor will be closed to the public. The City of Langford and Island Health have decided to use the Eagle Ridge dry floor for the main COVID-19 vaccination clinic to serve the West Shore communities. The dry floor will be closed until approximately the end of August 2021. This impacts all four Greater Victoria lacrosse associations, as each uses the Eagle Ridge dry floor for assessments.

The arrival of COVID-19 in British Columbia abruptly ended our 2020 season, and strikingly this feels like COVID-19 is stealing the start of our 2021 season. The executive is committed to delivering lacrosse programming and will be exploring alternative options for our back to the box / evaluations.