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Canadian Lacrosse Association unsure of 2021 season

February 4, 2021   ·   0 Comments

As far as sports go, lacrosse has a rather short season.

Junior A level box lacrosse teams in Ontario have a 20-game schedule that starts in mid-May and runs for two months, wrapping up in mid-July before going into the playoffs.

Junior B teams also have a 20-game line-up but typically start their season in April.

In the smaller centres, Junior C teams play a 13-game season before they start the playoffs.

Outdoor field lacrosse has an even shorter season.

Players, coaches, and fans were disappointed last year when the season was cancelled.

It was all bad timing. Initially, everything was put on hold when the pandemic hit.

Leagues were watching the situation with hopes of getting games started when things cooled down.

However, it all came to a screeching halt when all lacrosse was cancelled and the entire season was lost.

Lacrosse players continued to do solo training throughout the summer.

After being disappointed last year, the leagues were hoping to re-group this year and get things rolling.

The recent lock-down has officials taking a wait and see attitude for the time being.

They don’t really have much choice in the matter. Due to the uncertain times, executives have little choice to see what happens over the next few months before moving forward.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association released a statement that said, “The Canadian Lacrosse Association appreciates that the lacrosse community is eager to know what the future holds for our 2021 National Championships. This was discussed at the CLA’s board of directors meeting on January 20. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to sports and return-to-play across Canada at this time. As such, the CLA Board of Directors has decided to re-evaluate the 2021 National Championship events at their next scheduled meeting on March 17, 2021. The CLA will continue to seek input from our Member Associations and Sector Committees on this matter.”

The start to the season is still four months away. It’s possible that the current situation may resolve itself enough that they can start planning a schedule.

For players, fans, and coaches, all they can do now is wait.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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