Update on 2021 Season Transition
We are concluding the Rust Removal sessions this weekend and will be transitioning to a phased approach to the season. There is lots of information below so please review so you are up to date on how we will be approaching the next couple of weeks.
For MiniTyke, Tyke and our 1 Female Novice team, you will continue to practice in your existing teams moving forward into Phase 1 starting April 19th.
For all other Divisions, at the end of this weekend, we will be taking a 1 week pause to allow for the Division Coordinators and Executive to compile teams as described below. These teams will then start Phase 1 on April 26th.
Box Lacrosse Season Dates
Our season would normally run from mid April to end of June with some teams then continuing on into Playdowns and possibly Provincials lasting into July. We don't know at this point how our season will progress but the BCLA is planning to run this current season into the end of July, either with or without Provincials. Local championships could be planned but will always depend on current Health Restrictions.
CMLA Phase 1 Season
Effective April 26th, CMLA will move to a Pool-based program in each division except for Boys Midget, Mini-Tyke, Tyke and Female Divisions (Tyke through Junior). In Boys Novice, Peewee and Bantam we will be splitting into "A" Pool and "B" Pool teams. Teams within each Pool will be balanced to the absolute best we can make it but we need parents to realize that this isn't a perfect science, especially considering we could only do "skill-based" evaluations at this time. Please be patient with this process as we get these Pool teams compiled.
In Boys Midget, Mini-Tyke, Tyke and all Female Divisions we will have equal, balanced teams.
These Pool and balanced teams will each practice as a Team and should the Provincial Health Officer allow for intra-Club competition, they will play against the other team(s) in their own Pool or Division. As of now, each Team will still only practice skills and drills until we move out of our current BCLA Return-to-Play protocol which limits us to just skills and drills.
* Novice, we will have 2 balanced "A" Pool teams and 3 balanced "B" Pool teams
* Peewee will have 2 balanced "A" Pool teams and 2 balanced "B" Pool teams
* Bantam will have 2 balanced "A" Pool teams and 2 balanced "B" Pool teams
Division Balanced Teams
* MiniTyke and Tyke will have balanced teams
* Female Peewee will have 2 balanced teams
*Female Bantam will have 2 balanced teams
* Female Midget will have 3 balanced teams
* Female Junior will have 2 or 3 balanced teams
* Boys Midget will have 3 balanced teams
***POTENTIAL*** CMLA Phase 2 Season (Only if the PHO Allows)
This is 100% out of our control and we are hopeful we will get here but we have to remember that this is completely at the discretion of the Provincial Health Officer. We have no say on this phase but wanted to provide a potential view of what our next phase would look like.
Should the Provincial Health Officer and BCLA move to Phase 3 of the BCLA Return-to-Play protocol and "Cohort" Games be introduced or permitted, CMLA will then potentially move to "Tiered" Divisions like our traditional seasons (A1, A2, B and C for Boys and A/B for Female). This will allow for equal competition against rival Clubs within the Lower Mainland or possibly end of season playoff competition.
Coaches, along with the assigned CMLA Executive per Division will then utilize the evaluation data we have completed and move players into tiered teams in Novice, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and possibly also Female. Players may be assigned to tiered teams regardless of what Pool they were playing in during our Phase 1 as evaluations were done only to the best of our capabilities at the time. A player playing in the "A" Pool is not guaranteed a spot on an A1 or A2 team and players in the "B" Pool could be placed on a A1 or A2 team.
Your Executive is constantly working to provide a meaningful Lacrosse season for all of our kids and we unfortunately don't have all the answers as to where the season may take us but our end goal for this season is to get kids into a team environment and participating in sport. We also are trying our hardest to minimize the amount of changes we make to teams. We are predicting a staggered approach to starting the season from the BCLA and we don't want to move to tiered teams right away as this would prevent us from holding scrimmages or games internally, which is why we are approaching the season in phases.
As always, we ask for your patience as we work on getting teams started for April 26th.