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Jr Shamrocks Game Today

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at Jul 26, 2022 1:13PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Come cheer on the Junior A shamrocks in game 5 against the Coquitlam Adanacs! Winner goes to the Minto Cup!

5pm at the Q Centre

https://shamrocks.bcjall.com/stats#/23/game/560347

2022 Season Highlights

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at Jul 24, 2022 11:05AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Saanich Lacrosse Association
2022 Season Highlights

It’s been a great return to Lacrosse after two years away – the executive would like to thank all the coaches, managers and team personnel for making this season a success. A few highlights from the season:

Sportsmanship

We received a nice note from an opposition Novice team participating in the JDF Tournament:

“I wanted to reach out and thank your coaches for everything they do.
There was a tense few moments where the game was getting a little rough. At the first stop in play, one of your coaches (Pat) stepped out on the floor and asked our bench if he could stop the game for a moment so he could address his players all at once, without distractions. This showed me that he was not only looking out for his players, but ours as well. That is the kind of coaching that this division needs and I would like to personally thank him and the Saanich Tigers for it.”

The Chair of the Tim White (Nanaimo) Bantam Tournament and the VIMLC BCLA Zone Rep also sent emails commending the sportsmanship of both the Saanich teams in the tournaments. Thank you to team managers Cyrstal Fulber and Jen Majorki for encouraging our players to personally thank the Chair and for the gifts provided to the tournament hosts.

Provincials

The Pee Wee A2 team went 5 – 0 in the round robin and was in the gold medal game.
We had the lead in the 3rd, but a heart-breaking goal with 38 seconds left tied the game
and threw the momentum to Kamloops. They scored in OT and we ended up with
Silver. A disappointing ending, however, it was a great experience and the
boys should be proud of how they played and carried themselves throughout the
tournament.

The Bantam A2 team won gold in the Provincials. After losing to PoCo a few times
during the season, they played with determination when it counted and won 6 – 3 in the
gold medal game.

Our Novice Select team played in the Jack Crosby tournament. This team had great
skill and 8-9-year-olds played with grit. This age division is well set for playing
competitive lacrosse in the seasons to come. They won the gold over Nanaimo in the
finals. The team also won the most sportsmanlike team in the tournament.

BCLA – Vancouver Island Player of the Year Award – James Hall

The BCLA selected James Hall as the 2022 Vancouver Island Box Lacrosse Player of the Year.
The SLA nominated James, a member of the U16 A2 team, for this award. James has been coached by Fred Jenner since Pee Wee and Fred had the following to say:
“I have been coaching James since Pee Wee lacrosse and I can’t think of a player more deserving of this award. James has earned either the Captain or Assistant Captain honour each year I’ve coached him. And that honour comes from his willingness to do whatever it takes to make himself, his teammates or his team better. If I asked him to play on the power play or short man or sit in the penalty box for too many men call… he’d do it. And wouldn’t hesitate.
James always helps out his teammates during practice to understand plays or drills, as he knows that if they get better, the team will get better.
Throughout every practice or game, James has a smile on his face. No matter what. He truly loves to play this game and has the utmost amount of respect for the game, his teammates and his opponents. He truly is a kid that just loves to play, and I love watching him play.”

James has also been a referee in past years. Head Referee Ryan White had the following to say:
“James demonstrated great composure and confidence when he ejected a parent in one of the first games back in the shortened 2021 COVID season. For a new referee to hand a difficult situation was impressive.”

Congratulations James!

End of Season Survey

The Saanich Lacrosse Association Executive is committed to providing the best possible lacrosse experience for your player. This survey is designed to gather feedback from parents and players on the 2022 Season. The survey is anonymous and your responses will only be shared in general terms with the coach or manager if applicable. Your time to complete this survey is appreciated and is important to the Executive.
SURVEY: https://forms.gle/GKusZtFGijYENAXEA

Saanich Lacrosse Executive

The document 2022_Success.docx__1_.pdf was attached to this post.

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Bottle Drive next Saturday

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at Jun 19, 2022 11:06AM PDT

Help support the Saanich Tigers Novice Jack Crosby Tournament Team. Bring your refundable empties to the Bottle Depot on Glanford Ave, Saturday, June 25th, 9-4. Go Tigers!

3 on 3 Fun this Weekend

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at May 15, 2022 10:14PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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It rained, the sun shone, then it poured – it is Victoria after all! But a great time was had by everyone at the 3 on 3 Tournament this weekend! Thanks to all the parents who came out to cheer and to the players who obviously worked hard on some very creative outfits. Maybe the Saanich Tigers should be the Saanich Sharks, as that was a very popular theme for a number of teams!

Many thanks to Andrea Churchill who organized the weekend, Tyson Leies for being the MC, and the Saanich Express lacrosse team for running the events and providing the concession. It was so good to see this fun tradition back again this year! We hope you all had a great time.

Saanich Lacrosse Executive

Saanich Lacrosse May Update

Posted by Saanich Lacrosse at May 7, 2022 7:41AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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The 2022 season is off to a great start so far. It’s been fantastic to see all the kids out in the boxes, sticks in hand and grins on their faces, especially those minis and tykes! We hope everyone is enjoying reconnecting with friends, lacrosse families and teammates.

Here are some updates from your Saanich Lacrosse Executive. But before we get to them, you should know that the Saainch Lacrosse Executive consists of a bunch of parents of lacrosse kids – just like you – who volunteer their time to run the association and make everything wonderful happen. A number of executive members have kids in their final year of minor lacrosse and will not be coming back next season. Therefore, we need new parents to step up and join the executive to take their places and carry on the work of the association. Think about giving back to this amazing sport and watch for more information on the roles that will need to be filled, and where you might be able to contribute.

3 on 3 Tournament
This fun tournament for all ages will be happening May 14-15. Hopefully your kids have made their teams, their managers have entered them, and they are now busy planning their incredible lacrosse costumes! There will be games, skills competitions, and a concession (by donation) put on by the Saanich Express junior lacrosse team. The Saanich merch tent will be there so you can pick up Tiger wear – t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, socks and more. We look forward to seeing everyone out at Braefoot Box.

Team Photos
Team and individual photos are being coordinated with the 3 on 3 tournament, on Saturday May 14 at Braefoot Park. Watch for details on your assigned photo time to come from your team manager soon.

Tournaments
We recognize that sport travel is expensive, but tournaments are some of the most enriching and rewarding experiences our young players will have in their lacrosse journey. Therefore, the Executive has approved funding to support Saanich Teams’ participation in tournaments this season. Tournament fees will be covered for one tournament per team, to help reduce costs to families.

Novice Rules
The Novice rules changed in 2019 and there have been a number of questions and concerns raised this season. The VIMLC has put out guidance for coaches, officials, players and parents. The document is available on Team Pages at: https://www.teampages.com/clubs/1651/documents/549949

Thank-you Sponsors
The association would like to thank Galey’s Morning Fresh Eggs at 4400 Blenkinsop Rd., who sponsor our 16U boys team and provide us with secure storage for our equipment. Be sure to shop Morning Fresh Eggs and thank them for their support.

We would also like to thank the Victoria Optimists Club, who have consistently sponsored three teams every year for the last decade. Thanks so much to the Optimists!! https://www.optimist.org/member/clubdirectory/clubdetail.cfm?club=32070

And a shout out to all of our other sponsors, who are listed on the Team Page.

Saanich Recreation Arena/Dry Floor Facilities Survey
The District of Saanich has initiated a review and analysis of community demand for ice and dry floor arena space across the region’s facilities to help inform Saanich’s rink demand analysis and future facility planning.

The Saanich Lacrosse Association strongly supports the establishment of more dry floor arena space for box lacrosse. Of the 11 arenas in the greater Victoria area, only Pearkes Arena is available to Saanich sports organizations.
Pearkes Arena has ice on the floors of its two rinks until early May, which means we do not have any access to indoor facilities for the first month of the lacrosse season. That requires us to try and book limited space at Panorama or Archie Browning Arenas to host home games, or to schedule all away games at the beginning of the season, which is less than ideal.

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing youth sports in North America and the BC Lacrosse Association and member clubs are actively growing the sport. However, Saanich does not have adequate facilities to meet the current demand. We encourage SLA members to complete the survey and ask Saanich to provide more arena and dry floor facilities for organized sports in Saanich.

Take the Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J5GVCL8

That’s it for now – see you at the box!

Saanich Lacrosse Executive