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Lacrosse planning 2021 season with restrictions

March 26, 2021   ·   0 Comments

It looks like there will be a lacrosse season this year, however expect restrictions.

The TNT Renegades have said they are following the direction of the Ontario Lacrosse Association, and this will not be a typical season.

Due to the fact the teams can’t cross health districts, there will be limited play.

The Renegades tentatively plan to run ten-week clinics once Simcoe County is in the Orange Zone, and will issuing updates on a weekly basis via their website, e-mail, and social media.

The OLA issued a statement saying, “The return to lacrosse will not be linear, and it will require flexibility from everyone involved. This will be a slow and careful process of individual strength training and skill development, physical distancing and adaptive efforts on the part of everyone involved. It is imperative that the resumption of lacrosse training activities and modified games must not compromise the health of individuals participating or the communities in which we operate.”

The Associating said there is hope for OLA clubs and leagues throughout the province to have a return to play in a modified environment in 2021, with the recent introduction of COVID-19 inoculations.

They are planning a slow and careful process of individual strength training and skill development, and modified games that eliminate body contact, with physical distancing and adaptive efforts of everyone in involved in the game.

The Association’s website has a full list of things like maximum number of players and spectators, league sizes, travel, and protocols that should be followed depending on what level of alert a Health District is flagged as.

The site also has a full detailed list of facility protocols that must be followed for pre-game, game play, and post-game activities.

Game play will have a number of restrictions this year including a ban on body contact – only stick to stick contact will be allowed.

For local league play, teams will be grouped in cohorts to minimize any kind of risk.

The Lacrosse Association is planning their return to play guidelines in keeping with provincial and Health District rules to make sure all players, coaches, and spectators are kept safe during lacrosse activities.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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