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Lacrosse Update: Regarding COVID-19

Posted by Saanich Express at May 21, 2020 10:33AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Many have seen or received an update from the BCLA’s President Gerry Van Beek regarding lacrosse in British Columbia. Here is a snippit of the press release that is prudent for this season.

“As the weather improves, people will take to the outdoors for physical activity. We must all adhere to the safety requirements as detailed by government agencies and health authorities and be aware how to safely access facilities again. With some recreational facilities being made available in different jurisdictions, we want to inform our members that although facilities may be accessible, until the BC Lacrosse Association has “Return to Activity Guidelines” in place, the BCLA is not in a position to sanction any lacrosse activities.

We must also stress that when we do return to activity, the health and safety for all participants in the BC Lacrosse community is paramount and this is central to all of our decisions around COVID-19. All involved in our sport must take direction from the appropriate health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Ministry of Health. When we return to activity, the 2-meter social distancing measure is still in place, there will be hygiene restrictions, and there will be no competition given the 2-meter distancing. Sessions will include skills and training."

Although there has been no definitive statement regarding the cancellation of the 2020 box lacrosse season; we can obviously speculate that since there are social distancing measures in place and that any sessions will be skills based only, any chance of indoor competition this summer will likely not occur. The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) and the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) have already cancelled their seasons for this summer and are making plans to resume in 2021.

There are many questions to be answered leading in to next season regarding restrictions, competition, eligibility, etc. but those cannot be answered as it is way too early to know what stage the world will be because of the COVID-19 pandemic… only time will tell.

The PNWJLL and it’s member teams will know more by months end as we are patiently awaiting decisions to be made by our governing lacrosse body; but rest assured, any decisions regarding lacrosse in British Columbia will be made with the health and safety of all participants, staff and spectators in mind.

Stay healthy and safe everyone!

CLA Suspends Lacrosse Until April 30th

Posted by Saanich Express at Apr 1, 2020 10:20AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Ottawa, ON — The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Government of Canada. At this time, it is the CLA’s recommendation that all lacrosse activities be suspended in Canada until the end of April.

“These are unprecedented times. The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving around the world and within Canada. The safety of lacrosse players, coaches, officials, volunteers, parents, fans and everyone in the lacrosse community are the CLA’s top priority. Safety is at the forefront of the CLA’s recommendation for extending the suspension of activities until the end of April,” said Shawn Williams, president of the Canadian Lacrosse Association.

The CLA’s semi-annual meeting, scheduled for May in PEI, is being moved online. Those who would be attending the semi-annual meeting will receive an updated schedule in the coming weeks.

National championships are at the heart of lacrosse in Canada and many players look forward to these competitions every year. The CLA will be making a decision by May 15 regarding national championships for the 2020 season.

The CLA encourages all MAs and those in the lacrosse community to refer to experts in their jurisdiction for updated information on COVID-19 related to their area. The CLA will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments in consultation with all public health authorities, Member Associations and relevant governing bodies to provide updates.

Life and Lacrosse: Doesn't Stand Still

Posted by Saanich Express at Mar 23, 2020 10:12AM PDT
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Good Morning Fans, Sponsors, Players and Families.

The Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse League Board of Governors have voted and named the franchise that will host the 2020 British Columbia Junior B2 Provincials.
It is with great pleasure that Andrea and I announce that the Saanich Express have been awarded these Provincial games.

Administratively we are moving forward creatively, in hopes of being able to strike agreements with community partners during these trying times.
Of course, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reinforcing Health Canada’s recommendations to all of you to safe-guard yourselves during this health crisis.
We are hopeful that if everyone takes the necessary steps and precautions, we can hopefully all see this through and have it run its course.

We are still working diligently; planning for a lacrosse season should lacrosse resume anytime after May 1st. No set details can be announced due to the circumstances, but be rest assured that Andrea and I and the rest of the Saanich Express faithfuls will continue to plan, organize and prepare to operate once lacrosse is able to be played.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly or email (saanichexpress@gmail.com). All Aboard!

Saanich Express and COVID-19 - Update

Posted by Saanich Express at Mar 14, 2020 5:20PM PDT
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The Saanich Express Junior Lacrosse Club would like to provide an update on our direction provided to us from the BCLA, our governing body.

At this time, the Express have made a decision to cancel the two (2) school gymnasium sessions next week. We will have a 3 week break then start up again April 5th with training camp. Please visit our website for training camp details.

With our regular season beginning at the end of April (5 weeks), we are keeping a close eye on the healthcare guidelines and public health and safety recommendations to ensure our athletes, coaches, spectators and families are safe.

We are asking all participants to be mindful of appropriate health guidelines, including washing of hands, not sharing water bottles, etc. Should any individual exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, please notify your team coach or manager immediately.

We do expect more information in the coming days, weeks and months; and will update our membership appropriately.

The BCLA member update can be found here:

http://www.bclacrosse.com/Risk%20Management/2020Mar11%20Website%20Posting%20%20-%20Covid-19%20Virus%20Information%20for%20BCLA%20Members.pdf

Saanich Express Training Camp

Posted by Saanich Express at Mar 5, 2020 1:39PM PST
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The Saanich Express would like to announce its training camp dates and practice sessions before the 2020 Pacific Northwest Junior Lacrosse League season begins.

The PNWJLL is is a 5 team league and all team Governors and Executive are working diligently towards filling rosters but still await the fates of some players whom are trying out for Junior A/B1 teams in Nanaimo and Victoria.

The Express Training Camp dates will be at the Panorama Recreation Center in North Saanich, Arena B. The times are as follows:

Saturday April 4th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Assessment – Roster signings being made
Sunday April 5th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Assessment – Roster signings being made
Saturday April 11th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Roster signings and releases being made
Sunday April 12th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Roster signings and releases being made
Saturday April 18th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Roster signings and releases being made
Sunday April 19th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Roster signings and releases being made
Saturday April 25th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Practices and roster signings
Sunday April 26th @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm *Practices and roster signings

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Churchill or Tyson Leies from our contact page on this website.