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Hello lacrosse families and fans.
Please see information below for our NDLA AGM. We invite all our membership to join us.
Brande Terris is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: NDLA AGM
Time: Oct 25, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 846 5220 7436
Dear NDLA Members,
As British Columbia public health authorities develop guidelines to lift some restrictions on gathering in a responsible way, the BC Lacrosse Association has been working with viaSport and the Province of British Columbia to understand the recommendations our Chief Provincial Health Officer and how they best apply within sport.
The attached BC Lacrosse Association’s Return to Sport Guidelines document has been developed for our sport in order to ensure:
• health and safety of all individuals is a priority
• activities are in alignment with provincial health recommendations
• modifications to activities are in place in order to reduce the risks to each sport organization and its participants
• our sport is united and aligned on a plan to reopen throughout the province
While we do hope things will return to normal in the not too distant future, currently this Return to Sport Guidelines document will be the new normal until we are advised otherwise by public health authorities.
If you choose to participate, you must follow these rules:
• If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home. • If you have traveled outside of Canada, you are not permitted at the facility until you have self-isolated for a minimum of 14 days. • If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
• Wash your hands before participating
• Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer
• Comply with physical distancing measures at all time
• Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc.
• Leave the field of play as quickly as possible after you finish
Our Return to Sport Guidelines are based on current public health guidance. While we are all doing our best to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, while the virus circulates in our communities it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk.
Each participant must make their own decision as to whether it is in their best interest to resume participation at this time.
You must take into account your own circumstances and make the decision that is right for you. Should you choose to join us, we require your full cooperation with our Return to Sport Plan.
The document Covid-19__NDLA_Lacrosse_Guidelines_June_23_2020.docx was attached to this post.
Hello NDLA members,
The following statement is from the Vancouver Island Minor Lacrosse Commission Chair, Tim Frost
“In our meeting last night, we discussed the BCLA’s approach to return to sport for 2020 and the restrictions that will be in place for sanctioned sport activities in BC. We concluded as a commission – that there will be no scheduled league play in 2020. We have agreed to dramatically reduce our operating costs for 2020 in order to refund all Association fees paid to the commission. We have encouraged all associations to maintain their list of registered players while considerations are made for player refunds according to association policies. The BCLA will come out with guidelines for modified return to sport (following government and PHO guidelines) and the commission is committed to coordinate these sessions and has the intent to offer these to all registered players with no additional fees. At this time – we have not received guidelines from the BCLA so cannot begin to plan any details on these events until we understand the constraints and regulations we must follow.” Tim Frost VIMLC Chair
Due to the above information, NDLA has cancelled the box lacrosse season for minor players in Nanaimo. The City of Nanaimo also has closed the facilities until June 30, 2020 with that date to be reviewed and possibly extended depending on the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer.
We appreciate your patience during this difficult time while we awaited more information from BCLA and the VIMLC. When and if the VIMLC can offer some events, all players that are currently registered with NDLA for 2020 (as of May 21,2020) will be able to attend. Currently there are to be no NDLA sanctioned practices or lacrosse activities.
The NDLA will process refunds as quickly as possible and all of the board volunteers thank you for your patience while we work through this process.
If anyone has any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe, stay healthy and keep playing lacrosse.
Hello Lacrosse Families,
I hope you are doing well during this unprecedented time. I know you are all waiting patiently to know what is happening regarding box lacrosse this season. NDLA is also waiting for news. As many of you know we are part of the Vancouver Island Lacrosse League and the BC Lacrosse Association. All information and direction for our association comes from these 2 bodies who also must follow the Canadian Lacrosse Associations policies.
What I can tell you at this time is that all in-person lacrosse activities in BC are postponed until at least May 1. The City facilities are also closed through at least April 30. As such, we are unable to get together, have any practices or more season planning until at least the end of April. BCLA is exploring a variety of possibilities for lacrosse this spring/summer while following the health authorities’ policies and recommendations. Currently, there is still a possibility of a shortened season.
NDLA is currently looking at maximizing refund amounts for all if there is not a season. Certain costs, unfortunately, cannot be recouped such as insurance, facility rentals, and equipment. We are hoping you can bear with us while we find out about the outcome of a box season this year and if you can we would appreciate it. However, we understand that this is a critical time for everyone, and we can refund your registration and withdraw your player from registration minus the $50 BCLA fee and $25 administration fee if requested. Once we have more information about the season and costs, we will refund more if possible. If this is something you would like NDLA to do, please email our registrar and copy myself and our treasurer. (email address’ below) Please ensure we receive your child’s name as well as their division and your name in the email.
All information we receive will be posted in the NDLA Facebook group, and on the Nanaimo Lacrosse website as we receive it. I will also send an email to everyone once a week (on the weekends sometime) with any updates we have.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
If anyone has any questions, do not hesitate to email me. I will get back to you with the best answers I can as soon as possible.
Keep well, stay safe and go play pass with your family.
Dear BCLA Members:
As we continue to navigate through the implications of COVID-19, we hope that you are coping with the ever-changing environment that is the world right now.
It is too early for anyone to make a call on whether or not the box lacrosse season, or some format of the season, will take place. So, because we have no idea of what is going to happen over the next several weeks, we are taking a wait-and-see approach at this time
We urge all of our members to take this same approach. It is too early for any association/club/league to make any firm decisions about their seasons at this time. We need to protect the future of the not only the BC Lacrosse Association, but all of our member associations/teams/leagues. We believe cancelling the box lacrosse season is premature. It is a drastic step that would be detrimental to the sport of lacrosse in BC as we hope to facilitate some form of box lacrosse competition this summer.
The BCLA insurance is still in place, and the BCLA office is still fully operational, albeit mostly remotely. Most minor box athletes have stepped on the floor which put the insurance into play. So, I would assume that if refunds are necessary (if there is absolutely no box season), the refunds will be a portion of, to cover both portions of the BCLA’s fees and the minor association expenses incurred.
We are in communication with the BCLA Minor and Senior Directorates, and they are discussing contingency plans that include looking at new alternatives for lacrosse activities in 2020.
You will continue to hear about major events being cancelled, many that were supposed to occur in the summer of 2020. Most recently, the BC Games Society just announced that they have cancelled the BC Summer Games that were going to happen in Maple Ridge in July 2020; and the 2020 North American Indigenous Games event has also been cancelled. This does not mean that sport will not happen this summer.
For now, in the same way that we are asking for patience and calmness from our member association/club/leagues, we ask that you reach out to your community members to do the same.
Yours in Lacrosse,
Gerry Van Beek