Frequently Asked Questions

(Last Updated: April 9th, 2020)

To our valued players, parents, coaches and volunteers:

Please review the frequently asked questions and responses below addressing the 2020 West Durham Lacrosse season during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency. This section will continue to be updated with additional questions and answers as they becomes available. As a guiding principle: it is time is to plan, not to panic. Planning together throughout this situation will ensure the best possible outcome. It is important to remember that we are all in this together.

Will there be a lacrosse season in 2020?

No one wants a lacrosse season more than us! As soon as it is safe and appropriate to proceed, OLA leagues will be granted approval to begin operating with modifications that ensure lacrosse is played in 2020. Currently, the Province of Ontario is under an Emergency Order and has closed all recreational facilities, including arenas and sports fields until at least May 4th. This closure may be extended if necessary; some municipalities have extended their facility closures past May 4th. We continue to monitor this situation through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the Ontario Ministry of Health in order to plan for the eventual lifting of restrictions.

How can I access the most up-to-date information from the OLA related to the 2020 season?

The OLA’s established communication practice is to publish information related to all programming on our website while simultaneously directing league commissioners and representatives to disseminate information within their sectors. Up-to-date information will always be included on this website as it becomes available.

House league lacrosse typically operates between April and June. Will West Durham cancel their house league season or modify their schedules based on the fluidity of the current situation?

The OLA has asked clubs to make this decision based on their local circumstances. The OLA and West Durham believes in the value of house league programs in providing local, recreational opportunities for players to develop a love of the game, and we have been strongly encouraged to accommodate house league schedules later into the summer when it is safe and appropriate to return to play. West Durham will be reaching out to its membership to determine viability of those programs when more details are available.

If the minor box season is modified and some tournaments are cancelled, will the OLA consider expanding remaining tournaments to help teams get the necessary number of games for the purposes of meeting their ratings requirement?

At this point, it is too early for this question to be answered. The first weekend of tournaments (May 24th; Innisfil, Newmarket and Peterborough) are currently cancelled. The OLA is committed to being flexible to both host associations and registered teams when determining the next steps related to the scheduling of invitational tournaments once additional information becomes available.

For tournaments that are cancelled, will the approved tournament hosts be automatically granted hosting privileges in 2021? Could these tournaments maintain their list of accepted teams for the next season?

Based on the variability of team registrations and schedules from year-to-year, the usual procedures related to tournaments will apply. A new application process will be opened in the fall, and associations may request hosting privileges for the 2021 season in the usual manner. Hosting tournaments are not permitted to hold spots for teams for the following season.

What will happen to minor team ratings?

Once the OLA has determined the starting date for the 2020 season, revised timelines and deadlines will be announced that correspond with ensuring that accurate ratings are calculated in advance of the provincial championships, as determined by the OLA’s Board of Directors.

What will happen to the Ontario Summer Games?

The Ontario Summer Games committee is currently planning to host this event as previously announced. At this point, the OLA intends to enter teams into competition in both male and female categories under our existing agreement with the Ontario Summer Games, subject to change as the event approaches and more information becomes available.

My question hasn’t been answered here. How can I ask it?

There are a number of questions that have been raised by multiple stakeholders which won’t have immediate or clear answers at this point but we will try our best. Please reach out directly to West Durham President, Ben McAlister with any additional questions you may have.

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