JG Sports Media spoke with Northumberland Minor Lacrosse president Cathy Williams to get an update on the organization.
With the house league season running from April until June each year, any offering will be of the modified variety this summer. Currently, the Ontario Lacrosse Association has continued to postpone any in-person activities, including tryouts, practices and games and that’s been extended until at least June 15.
Williams said the association is still hopeful” to run some form of house league lacrosse this summer.
“I’m not sure if the season will look the same as it normally has, but we are hoping that if we are given the go-ahead after the June 15 deadline we could run a modified house league program,” she said. “We could even take it outdoors and do it as a box field program and just get kids out there passing the ball, running around, socially distance still, but at least being able to interact and be out there doing some type of sport physical activity.”
Northumberland Nemesis rep teams were already formed earlier this year with tryouts held in January and February.
“We do have teams established, they’ve still be in communication, we’ve had coaches sending out workout plans, wall ball drills,” Williams said. “The OLA still hasn’t cancelled our rep season as well so they’re hopeful that they may be able to also run a modified season, maybe in July-August. I don’t know if the championships will be the same or provincials, but they’ll be out there having some competition and staying out on the floor.”
Northumberland Minor Lacrosse did have to cancel its annual Clash rep tournament, which would have include tyke, novice, peewee and bantam levels, June 3-5. Tournament players would normally receive tickets to a Major Series Lacrosse game involving the host Cobourg Kodiaks on the Friday night.
“It would have been a huge event for the community,” Williams said. “We would’ve had all these people come in, they would’ve been watching the Kodiaks game, they would’ve been using four different arenas in the area so it’s really disappointing that we won’t be able to do that this year.”
Community support has been great, Williams acknowledged. She hears of people from other sports associations talking about how they have been inundated with requests for refunds. She’s received very few of those requests. It is an option, of course, to get a refund, but parents do have the option to use their 2020 payment towards next year.
“I even received an e-mail yesterday from a gentleman stating that if the season wasn’t going to run he would like to donate his fees towards the association,” Williams said.
Williams also acknowledged Dan Brobbin of S&D Property Maintenance, who is also a midget rep coach. The association hands out free lacrosse sticks with each new registration and Brobbin wanted to make sure if people were cancelling and being refunded they didn’t have to give sticks back.
“He offered to pay for all the sticks that had been handed out,” Williams said.
One league sponsor, Quality Canadian Home Improvements, has told Northumberland Minor Lacrosse to keep the sponsorship money for the year whether there is a season or not, Williams also said.
Click the play button above to listen to the full interview, which also includes Cathy speaking about the popularity of minor lacrosse and the opportunities the association provides for children to learn the sport for free.
Another way to learn more about the association is to visit www.northumberlandlacrosse.com or follow its page on Facebook.
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