News and Announcements
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.
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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). All Aboard!
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: