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Welcome to the start of the 2021/22 Season.

Here’s the link to register:

https://www.sportregistration.com/register.cfm?id=5&key=21E1E19B-9A3E-4F1F-B073-A977891A4F02&fbclid=IwAR2KX0tnYuACxqFzFJQEDTBshFo18qTjjoa95_2BBNUwfeAmBwRssG7F9Z0

Need additional information – visit our website

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Truth and Reconciliation Day is Canada’s newest holiday, and will be held annually on September 30 starting in 2021. That September 30 date is also Orange Shirt Day, so named in honour of Indian Residential School survivor Phyllis Webstad, whose traumatic first day at school was marked when her “shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year-old girl.” For September 30, the federal government is encouraging “all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.”

As we prepare for the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we would like to share some ideas for family activities.

In Victoria, the public is invited to wear orange and attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony on Sept. 30 in Centennial Square from 12-2:30 p.m. Xe xe Smun eem (pronounced shat shat smun am) means sacred children in the Cowichan or Quw utsun language.

There is also a National Reconciliation Day Ride from 10 a.m. to noon. Starting and ending at Centennial Square. Capital Bike and Victoria Orange Shirt Day are hosting a bike ride in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, with stops at locations of significance to the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people where organizers will share stories about each stop’s history.

Peninsula Lacrosse Association acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we learn, work and play. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.

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Rochelle Winterton posted the following to the Message Board “BCLA ALL Member Contacts (COVID-19 Information)”

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Hi:

The purpose of this communication is to provide information and guidance regarding the concerns associated with COVID-19.

The health and safety for all participants in the BC Lacrosse community is of the utmost importance for the BC Lacrosse Association and this is central to any decision-making process. In the first instance, all involved in our sport should take direction from the appropriate health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health.

BC Lacrosse Board and Staff are monitoring the COVID-19 situation. At this time, the Canadian Lacrosse Association has not provided notification or directive on the cancellation of lacrosse activity within Canada, nor has there been any limitations set.

Teams should be aware of the travel advisories prepared by the Government of Canada and make their decision to travel on the most recent information before they depart. For upcoming travel, consult the Travel Advice and Advisories site for destination-specific travel information that provides important advice to help you make informed decisions regarding travel. https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

BC Demographic. British Columbia is a large and diverse province and, therefore, so too is the lacrosse community that we support. As of March 9, 2020, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada is 77. BC has a small number of cases (32) having been reported in certain communities. Not all regions and communities have been impacted; therefore, at this time, BC Lacrosse states there is no need to restrict lacrosse related activities for players and team officials, or to cancel games, practices and tournaments.

However, considering the current and evolving situation, concerned BCLA members and affiliated clubs may institute no pre/post-match handshakes during this time and/or amend their programming activity if they wish to mitigate concerns within their regions/locations.

When travelling to sporting events, BC Lacrosse recommends that you check for up-to-date travel advisories from the Government of Canada at Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel Advice – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Concerned Participants. BC Lacrosse understands that participants (and parents/guardians of participants) may have concerns with participating in lacrosse during this time. We strongly recommend that a common sense approach be taken and if you have individual concerns, please speak to your local team and club staff and remove yourself and/or your child from lacrosse activity until you are comfortable to return to play.
We know that the teams, associations and leagues will understand the concerns raised and will work with their members to ensure their concerns are handled appropriately.

As a reminder, BC Lacrosse would like to share the BC Centre for Disease Control recommendations for reducing the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus:

- Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
- Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
- Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

Further information about novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

Addition Resources:
Memo from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee comprised of Chief Medical Officers from the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN). It is meant to guide National Sporting Organizations (NSOs) in decision-making with respect to travel to competitions within and outside Canada. Information has been obtained from the World Health Organization, Government of Canada and Australian Institute of Sports websites. This advisory will be updated regularly and distributed to NSOs and other high-performance sport partners.

http://www.bclacrosse.com/Risk%20Management/SMAC_Advisory_on_COVID_19_2020_03_02_EN.pdf

http://www.bclacrosse.com/Risk%20Management/Information%20regarding%20the%20Coronavirus%20from%20Canadian%20Sport%20Institute%20Pacific.pdf

The latest WHO statements on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak can be found at WHO website – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/news.

Regards,
Rochelle

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With so many sports activities available these days, there are so many choices. So why choose lacrosse?

Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in our country – originated by our First Nations. Lacrosse is an action-packed, fast-paced sport. The players use sticks with nets on the end to throw a ball to each other, moving up the field to score on a goal at the end of the field.

They call it the fastest sport on two feet!

In an earlier form it was known as stickball (as it used to be played using a stick and a ball), based on its later adaptations, the sport came to be known as lacrosse (the words ‘la crosse’ meaning ‘the stick’ in French).Originally, lacrosse was only played by men, and there was no equipment used. In its modern version, lacrosse is played by both girls and boys, men and women. Today there is protective gear such as helmets, gloves, and padding.

Lacrosse is Canada’s official summer sport. In 2019, the Canada Games Council (CGC) welcomed news that the Government of Canada will provide up to $1.7 million in funding to include the sport of Men’s and Women’s Box Lacrosse on a pilot project basis at the 2021 Canada Summer Games, marking the sport’s first appearance since 1985. In addition Lacrosse, in a different form than we know today, appears very likely to be in the 2028 Olympics (or before??).

Playing lacrosse will have the following benefits for your kids:

- It offers an excellent way of keeping fit and healthy.
- It will instil a sense of discipline in your kid that will spill over to everyday routine too. In order to be good at lacrosse, your kid will have to always be alert and observant. As a result, it will help to improve mental agility and concentration levels in your kid.
- Lacrosse will teach the importance of patience to your kid, as it involves a lot of practice and patience to get a scoring mark on the field.
- Playing lacrosse also involves an immense amount of physical exercise. It will help to improve your kid’s overall mental and physical development.
- As lacrosse is a team sport, your kid will learn how to interact with different people and reach a common goal. It will improve your kid’s social skills as well as help your kid open up to others. Your kid will also learn to read body language and understand people better.

What’s Next…Register for an Awesome Sport… Spread the Word & Bring a Friend!

https://www.sportregistration.com/register.cfm?id=5&key=911731D1-CC37-41FF-86D1-37B63AF9BC58