Lacrosse on hold during lockdown – no word on start date yet

May 6, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Like every other sport in the province, lacrosse is dead in the water right now.

Normally some Junior teams would have already started playing while other leagues would be in the pre-season phase and still putting squads together.

The stay-at-home order has halted everything in its tracks.

Earlier in the year, the Orangeville Northmen released a statement that although it would not be a regular year, they were planning on a modified season.

The Ontario Lacrosse Association released a “Return to Activity” series of guidelines for the 2021 season, and the Northmen responded by saying they are “working hard on a plan to offer the best possible lacrosse programs in Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Field Lacrosse, and Box Lacrosse for 2021, while following all Health and Safety protocols to keep you, our members safe.”

At the time the Northmen said they did not have a definite date for when programs will start.

The stay-at-home order put a halt to any plans the organization had in place.

Other clubs across the province are in the same situation.

Most clubs were eyeing the situation carefully and making cautious plans for the start of the season but reminding players, coaches, and parents that everything they do is tentative.

Even if games did get underway there would be a lot of restrictions in place including which teams can meet during any kind of competition.

Since travel between health districts is still a no-go, teams would only be able to play other teams within their own district.

The OLA has not released any new information on the situation – most likely because they don’t have any new information as everyone waits to see how it all plays out.

The OJALL did announce that they have a new League commissioner.

Mark Grimes has taken the post.

Grimes has served on many sports related boards including the Hockey Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the FIFA World Cup United Bid Task Force.

For now, sports leagues across the province have no choice but to wait and see how the current situation plays out.

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