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Renegades Lacrosse waiting from direction from OLA

June 4, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The Ontario Lacrosse Association – the governing body for the sport in the province – has mandated that all in-person activities are prohibited until after July 1; however that doesn’t mean lacrosse teams will be back on the floor any time soon.

Even if restrictions on playing the sport are lifted, they won’t have any place to play.

The Town of New Tecumseth won’t be booking any Town facilities at least until September and most other municipalities are operating on a similar timeline.

The TNT Renegades Lacrosse Club runs a series of divisions from house league paperweights up to Bantams.

The Club managed to get in their winter skills camp before all sports activities were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our most hopeful situation is to be running our winter clinic, but that’s not for sure,” said club president Becky Morrissey. “It’s frustrating to not be able to make a decision, but we must work with the OLA and take direction from them.”

Only two sports – tennis and golf – have been given the green light in Ontario to proceed. However, sports which include close contact between players, and that includes lacrosse, are a way’s off from being back in operation.

“The OLA has suspended all in-person activities,” Ms. Morrissey explained. “We take our direction from the OLA. July 1, was not the first date that we were given, it is actually the third. In our zone, Zone 4 is the area we play rep ball, and other places across the province, it’s common for municipalities

not to have access well beyond that date, so our situation is not unique. In New Tecumseth we won’t be able to book facilities until after September 7, and I won’t be surprised if that date changes as well.”

Even if restrictions are lifted, the very nature of arenas in Ontario will put any lacrosse activity on the back burner as far as sports go.

“When, and if, things are up and running again, the arenas we play in will have ice in the them,” Ms. Morrissey said. “Anybody who doesn’t play on ice will be competing for very little space. We can run some clinics and we will be very interested in that. But we also recognize that many of our players participate in other sports.”

With September being the traditional start for hockey, and many lacrosse players also play hockey, the transition to winter sports will likely see the lacrosse season have an empty record book this year. Junior level lacrosse at both the ‘C’ level and ‘A’ level have already cancelled the season and won’t resume activity until next season.

By Brian Lockhart

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