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OLA in mid-May ?


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


Last week the Ontario Lacrosse Association extended its suspension of sanctioned activities to May 15th.

Originally the ban on try-outs, training sessions, scrimmages, practices and games was to conclude this past Sunday, April 5th

The new term puts a number of local lacrosse activities on the shelf or puts them in jeopardy for 2020.

To begin with all Field Lacrosse activities have been pushed to the Fall, and let's hope there's normalcy and routine in our lives by then.

Owen Sound Minor Lacrosse has operated a very successful tournament consecutively since the late 1980's, so big at one point 5 venues in the region were required to conduct the weekend event,.

This year's tournament is slotted for June 12th-14th, and while not trying to be negative but rather realistic, I wonder if the sequence of operational years will be ended in 2020.

Again, trying to avoid doom & gloom, I wonder too about the Junior NorthStars program.

By May 15th, 7 Junior NorthStar games in a season of 20 will have been postponed or conceivably cancelled.

The end of the regular season for the Junior NorthStars is June 14th when they're scheduled to host Hamilton.

Under optimal circumstances, can you run Junior B Lacrosse season within a month.

Yes, extending the regular season and/or altering the playoff format would have to be considerations

And finally, the Owen Sound Bug Juice Senior NorthStars have a little more wiggle room.

If, and it's a very big IF, if the OLA declares activities can resume May 15th, the Bug Juice Stars would have missed just 2 games and would have an additional 8 days before they are scheduled to play again.

The key words these days are " monitoring the situation " and that applies to the OLA and Lacrosse in Owen Sound at every level.


I'm Fred Wallace

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