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The BCJALL held its annual midget draft last evening and the Saanich Express would like to congratulate all of the Island players selected.

Here is the list of Island players selected; by round, team, pick and association they played midget for.

Round 1
4th Pick: (Delta Islanders) Jordan Vincent – Comox Valley Wild
6th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Ty Pilkington – Saanich Tigers
7th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Sam Strother – Saanich Tigers

Round 2
10th Pick: (Coquitlam Adanacs) Jaxon Dillon – Saanich Tigers
13th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Josh MacDonald – Cowichan Valley Thunder
15th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Josh Verhagen – Saanich Tigers

Round 3
20th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Morgan Trites – Peninsula Warriors
21st Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) David Roberts – Saanich Tigers
23rd Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Tyler Iocchelli – Saanich Tigers

Round 4
26th Pick: (Nanaimo Timbermen) Diego Hopkins – Saanich Tigers / Alberni Valley Tyees
31st Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Brett Herle – Peninsula Warriors
32nd Pick: (Delta Islanders) Kaden Ward – Peninsula Warriors / Saanich Tigers

Round 5
39th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Luke Tomer – Peninsula Warriors
40th Pick: (Coquitlam Adanacs) Dylan Martin – Peninsula Warriors

Round 6
47th Pick: (Victoria Shamrocks) Cohen Heavenor – Peninsula Warriors

Congratulations to all whom were drafted.

BCLA & Province-Wide Restrictions

Posted by Saanich Express at Jan 5, 2021 6:39PM PST
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Dear BCLA Members:

Happy New Year! We look confidently towards a better 2021 with a positive outlook for a new lacrosse season. We encourage our members to be creative and to find ways to encourage lacrosse participation within present PHO restrictions.

This message is a follow up to BC Lacrosse Association’s (BCLA) December 3, 2020 President’s Message. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, sport will adapt to the restrictions set forth by the BC Health Authority with direction from viaSport BC.

On December 24, 2020, sport-specific updates were added to the Provincial Health Officer Order on Gatherings and Events including:
A refined definition for “adult team sport” with respect to “group sport”;
Clarity around travel to home club;
Further guidance on exemptions, including intercollegiate varsity sport;
Youth sport may now include participants under 22 years old.

Read the Provincial Health Officer Order on Gatherings and Events:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf

Sports and extracurricular activities-

By order of the PHO, restrictions are in place for adult and youth indoor and outdoor team sports. These temporary restrictions are in place to limit the amount of physical and social interactions and travel to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please stay up to date on the province-wide restrictions for sport (updated January 4):
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions#sports

Read the full details around what these updates to the Order mean for sport:
https://www.viasport.ca/news/december-28-2020-updates-province-wide-restrictions-sport?utm_source=viaSport+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5cb4a41597-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_14_05_04_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e001f69b1e-5cb4a41597-206433609

All indoor and outdoor adult group sport activities for people 22 years of age and older are limited to the following:
Indoor activities – maximum of two people unless the participants are in the same immediate household;
Outdoor activities – maximum of four people unless participants are in the same immediate household;
Physical distance of 3 metres is always maintained on the field of play.

Youth indoor and outdoor team sports-
All organized indoor and outdoor sports for people under 21 years of age must follow viaSport’s Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance with respect to maintaining physical distance for participants.
https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/SPORT_ACTIVITY_CHART_12-03.pdf
Participants must maintain a physical distance of 3 metres from one another while on the field of play;
Individual drills and modified training activities can continue;
Activities should be low risk of transmitting the virus (i.e., – individual activities, group training that maintains physical distance);
Games, tournaments and competitions are temporarily suspended for teams;
Amateur sports organizations and leagues may implement additional guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants;
Travel restrictions are in place for sport; individuals can only travel to their home club at which they train regularly;
No spectators are allowed at any sport activities unless to provide care for the participant.
Lacrosse activities (practices) CAN occur as per the BCLA Return to Lacrosse Phase 1 Guidelines reverting back to Skills & Drills training ONLY.

Read viaSport’s Return to Sport FAQ’s that reflects updated information on provincial restrictions on events and gatherings:
https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/FAQ_Provincial_Order_12-24_0.pdf

This is how sport, and the BCLA must proceed under the latest province-wide restrictions in the foreseeable future until sport is directed otherwise.

On January 8th, the PHO will address the status of the current PHO restrictions that are in effect to January 8, 2021 at midnight. Sport expects to learn more about sport activities within these new restrictions this month from additional viaSport BC guidelines. The BCLA will continue to update our members as we learn more from the BC Government, PHO and viaSport BC on information as it relates to COVID-19.

Thank you for your hard work and patience through our ever-changing situation. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail me at gerry@bclacrosse.com

Yours in Lacrosse,

Gerry Van Beek
BCLA President

Saddened by the Passing of Bob Hamilton

Posted by Saanich Express at Jul 7, 2020 10:52PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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It is with great sadness that we inform our players, parents, staff, sponsors and extended lacrosse families of the passing of our beloved Bob Hamilton.

“Hammy” as he was nicknamed, loved his family and the sport of lacrosse tremendously. He attended any and all games his grandson Robbie Walker participated in and would do absolutely anything and everything for the teams he was part of. Bob worked quietly and diligently behind the scenes over the past 3 seasons for the Express obtaining sponsorships and promoting our team to all he crossed paths with.

The Express awarded Bob and Pat with the “Saanich Express Outstanding Contribution Award” last season for their efforts and support of our lacrosse team. We are proud to announce that we will be renaming the award from this point forward; it will be named the “Bob Hamilton Outstanding Contribution Award”.

Our Express family is extremely saddened by Bob’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Pat and all of their children and grandchildren and extended family.

Bob will forever be our conductor and a driving force behind our Express train. All Aboard, Bob… All Aboard.

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.