News and Announcements

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Hello Pacific Rim Players, Parents, Volunteers and Community Use Facilities.

First, let us start by saying that Pacific Rim is happy to have registrations open and anxiously await new and returning players to field lacrosse. If you have not registered yet, visit our “Registration”: http://www.pacrimlacrosse.com/clubs/2499/pages/71711 to sign up your daughter or son. We will bring you up to speed regarding association and VIFLL (league info) below.

Registrations
We opened last week (three months later than normal) due to the pandemic. The late opening was due to not having any fields to rent due to COVID. Now that we are open, we would recommend that everyone share this information and we make our push to rebuild field lacrosse and get our children excited about lacrosse play again.
*If you have registered online but have not e-transferred payment to (pacrimtreasurer@gmail.com), you are not considered registered. Those whom have not send payment or still have to provide a copy of their childs’ birth certificate and proof of address are encouraged to do so quickly.

Fields
Due to the pandemic, we were not able to access and get permits to use any community use fields through school districts, private entities or cities/municipalities as they have strict rules or are not willing to take a risk and expose their staff or facility renters to any potential risks.
Other facilities outside of our catchment and on Vancouver Island have either opened fully, partially or have put strict guidelines on return to play usage; such as only the association booking can use the field and no one from other cities can use their fields, etc.
We have managed to secure some field time at Bullen Park field in Esquimalt (field between the Archie Browning Arena and the Esquimalt Recreation Centre – full field) and are just securing Alexander Field in Central Saanich. The times available on each field will provide everyone with 2.5-3 hours per age group/division.
*If anyone has any information on further fields to use (with or without lights), please go to our executive page and contact our field allocator.

Player Numbers
The numbers below reflect the players registered within Pacific Rim as of (Wed. Sept. 9th, 2020) and the brackets will show how many down from last season.
Womens
U8 – 0 (even), U12 – 2 (down 6), U15 – 0 (down 17), U19 – 2 (down 6)
Boys
U7 – 1 (+1), U9 – 4 (down 21), U11 – 9 (down 14), U13 – 23 (down 5), U15 – 14 (down 28), U18 – 8 (down 7)
*The association hopes to spread the word through social media and through parents to increase our numbers in hopes that returning to as close to normal play will encourage our youth to return to field lacrosse.

Coaches
We have coaches wishing to return to teach skills, drills and the modified “return to play” rules to your children in hopes of getting modified games started within the VIFLL beginning in mid to late October. All players will be on the field with coaches at a (10:1) ratio. It is imperative that we have a (10:1) ratio of coaches to players, so if you would like to coach or to start off the season as an “on field volunteer”, please email Andy Stuart (andypstuart@gmail.com) with your interest.

Womens: U8 (no coach or players), U12 (Sylvi Jenner & Aubrey Alexander), U15 (Alyssa Husband), U19 (no coach)
Mens: U7/U9 (no coach), U11 (Chris McKay), U13 (tentative coach), U15 (Fred Jenner and Bill Waddell), U18 (Connor Leies)

“Modified Game Rules (strictly enforced)”: http://www.bclacrosse.com/BCLA%20Return%20to%20Lacrosse/Return%20to%20Lacrosse%20-%20Phase%203/Phase%203%20Games/2020Sept03%20-%20BCLA%20RTL%20Adaptive%20Game%20(cohort)%20-%20Men's%20Field%20-%20FINAL.pdf

“Return to Play Guidelines (BCLA)”: http://www.bclacrosse.com/BCLA%20Return%20to%20Lacrosse/Return%20to%20Lacrosse%20-%20Phase%203/Phase%203%20Guidelines/BCLA%20Return%20to%20Lacrosse%20Phase%203%20Guidelines%20FINAL%20COPY-%20NO%20APPENDIX.pdf

Releases
No releases will be given at this time. They may be considered on a case by case basis for the purposes of attending a school outside of your district. Releases for low numbers will not be considered until the VIFLL meets again at months end and it determines where players should go.

Game Play
No schedules will be developed until associations report on numbers at the end of September. Modified games will look to occur mid to late October.

Please read the rules for game play to assist your son/daughter with understanding the rules as they return to the field. The BCLA Guidelines will help volunteers tremendously when players and parents arrive at the fields.

Finally…
All players/parents must submit this signed “BCLA Under Age Waiver”: http://www.bclacrosse.com/Forms/2020/BCLA%20Waiver%20Agreement%20-%20UNDER%20the%20Age%20of%20Majority%202020June10%20-%20FINAL.pdf form to the Field Coordinator prior to stepping on the field to participate. No form, no play!

Coaches and volunteers must submit this signed “BCLA Over Age Waiver”: http://www.bclacrosse.com/Forms/2020/BCLA%20Waiver%20Agreement%20-%20OVER%20the%20Age%20of%20Majority%202020June10%20-%20FINAL.pdf form to the Field Coordinator prior to stepping on the field.

REGISTRATIONS NOW "LIVE"

Posted by Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse at Sep 2, 2020 4:29PM PDT
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The long awaited day is now here! Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse has now opened their registrations for the 2021 VIFLL Field Lacrosse season. We have added the “e-transfer” feature to the registration process and will only accept e-transfers and sponsorships with proof of application. Please read below for some changes to the upcoming season.

All field lacrosse will be skills and drills until Phase 3 Guidelines are finalized by the BCLA as per ViaSports’ recommendations. Modified games will take place once Phase 3 is implemented but only within VIFLL cohorts. More information to be provided once approved.

Coaching Applications
If you are wishing to make a difference in a young child’s life and sporting development, then apply today to become a Head Coach or Assistant. We are accepting applications for all levels of boys and girls field lacrosse. Please contact Andy Stuart (andypstuart@gmail.com) if you wish to coach, assist or volunteer on the field. Without these volunteers, we will not be conducting sessions for that age group without coaches. Deadline is September 30th, 2020.

Officials & Umpires Needed
Pacific Rim will require at least 12 positions to be filled (no prior experience required). Please consider giving back if you are over the age of 13. Pacific Rim will pay for the clinic costs. Once clinics are scheduled, the association will be notified.

Tiering
No divisions will be tiered until guidance is provided to do so. The VIFLL will provide that information once game play is implemented (if at all).

U18 Men’s Lacrosse
We are looking to GROW THE GAME!
If no players register, the VIFLL may decide to drop the U18 program. It’s really a commitment that is up to the player and parent. If you register, you MUST attend.

More information will follow as it becomes available.

Pacific Rim Executive

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Dear Members:

The BCLA Box Provincial Championships, BC Summer Games, Team BC and other Box Nationals would have been memorable lacrosse experiences this summer. COVID-19 prevented many sporting events for amateur athletes, families, volunteers and fans everywhere.

The BCLA Return to Lacrosse Phase 1 Guidelines were released June 11th. Thank you to the many volunteers for the time and effort you are putting forth in getting our youth back on the floors and fields where possible.

The health and safety for all participants in the BC Lacrosse community is paramount and is central to our decisions around COVID-19 and Return to Lacrosse. 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 and your local health authority. We strongly remind all, as we return to some levels of lacrosse activities, we cannot relax our health and safety practices (I.e., 2-meter physical distancing; increased hand hygiene; outdoor activities with small groups; drills and skill development; non-contact, no competitions, etc.).

On June 30, the BCLA Board of Directors approved the reduction of BCLA Field Registration Fees. Field Lacrosse association/club registration planning is moving forward. Be sure to promote your Field registrations and get the athletes registered for the upcoming season.

In July, we learned viaSport BC has been working with the BC Health Authority and Sport Branch toward the Progressively Loosen phase of the Return to Sport process (next phase of BCLA Return to Lacrosse). viaSport’s proposal included revised guidance for activities involving contact, cohorts, competition, competition hosting, high performance camps and travel. We expect viaSport’s new guidelines soon. We anticipate the BCLA Return to Lacrosse Phase 2 plans will include guidelines for activities and game play that are as close to normal lacrosse activities. All activities will follow the direction from viaSport BC and the appropriate health authorities.

Once viaSport releases their guidelines, the BCLA Return to Lacrosse Committee will swiftly clarify any issues, update, and publish the plans accordingly.

The BCLA Board, Directorates, and Technical Support Groups continue planning normal fall meetings of which all are being conducted virtually. We hear that the lacrosse community wants more and better communication from your sport leaders. Your message is received.

To all administrators and volunteers, thank you for remaining strong through this trying time.

Thank you for your patience.

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail me at gerry@bclacrosse.com

Yours in Lacrosse,
Gerry Van Beek, BCLA President

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Dear Pacific Rim Members.

The Vancouver Island Field Lacrosse League will be holding a meeting on Monday July 6th, 2020 to discuss the BCLA’s Return to Lacrosse Guidelines. After this meeting, we will report to our membership with the outcome of this meetings discussions.

Tyson Leies
President – Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse

Reminder of the BCLA’s last message and return to play guidelines that are in the message, please review.

Dear BCLA Members,

The BCLA has been working collectively with local municipalities in planning a return to lacrosse. 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. We’re proud of the efforts of our lacrosse community which will result in lacrosse athletes back playing the sport they love.

On June 11, the BCLA has provided members and stakeholders the tools to plan a safe return to lacrosse with the BCLA Return to Lacrosse Guidelines – Phase 1, so that we can safely deliver lacrosse programming while keeping within the BC Health Authority, viaSport BC and other government regulatory agency guidelines. The Province of BC has asked each Provincial Sport Organization to develop its own Return to Sport guidelines and the BCLA Return to Lacrosse Phase 1 Guidelines are aligned with viaSport BC’s Return to Sport Guidelines –
https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/ReturntoSportGuidelines.pdf?utm_source=PSO+Connector&utm_campaign=7cb0c71525-Sportscape_2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9305c55a53-7cb0c71525-384327325.
The BCLA Board approved the BCLA Return to Lacrosse Phase 1 Guidelines –
http://www.bclacrosse.com/BCLA%20Return%20to%20Lacrosse/Return%20to%20Lacrosse%20at%202020June11/BCLA%20Return%20to%20Lacrosse%20Phase%201%20Guidelines%20-%20Final%20pdf.pdf

As previously communicated in the June 11 President’s Message –
http://bclacrosse.com/2020June11%20E-Mail%20to%20BCLA%20Membership%20-%20BCLA%20Return%20to%20Lacrosse%20Guidelines%20Phase%201%20-%20with%20logo.pdf , there was an announcement on June 10th, that a Ministerial Order has been issued, extending liability protection to not-for-profit amateur sport organizations for damages resulting from exposure to COVID-19. This liability protection applies to non-profit, amateur sport organizations and their members as long as they are complying with orders from the provincial health officer and following the BCLA’s Return to Lacrosse Guidelines. This protects the directors, officers, staff and volunteers of not-for-profit sport organizations recognized under the BC Societies Act. This Order is in effect immediately and until the state of emergency is lifted. The Ministerial Order extends liability protection to not-for-profit amateur sport organizations for damages resulting from exposure to COVID-19. To review the Province of BC’s announcement, please visit –
https://mailchi.mp/57612bdab676/return-to-sport-4372637?e=f32d571d5a

We are aware of non-BCLA programming that is being promoted during this time. We want to provide our members some clarity on information members may have received regarding these lacrosse activities.

Any programs provided by non-BCLA entities are not sanctioned by the BCLA. They manage their own lacrosse operations and do not adhere to BCLA policies and guidelines that are created by BCLA members. Nor do they fall under the Ministerial Order of liability protection from exposure to COVID-19. Athletes that participate in non-BCLA programs are not covered by BCLA insurance.
When the government announces moving into the next phases of restrictions, sports don’t necessarily move to new phases at the same time. We are still in the Phase 1 stage for lacrosse activities which includes drills and skill development. We don’t know when sport will move to the next phase to allow for game play and we are currently planning for the next phase is in this process. The concepts being considered are an adaptive box game and an adaptive version of the World Lacrosse 6 on 6 lacrosse game (outdoor) – http://bclacrosse.com/World%20Lacrosse%20-%20Men's%20and%20Women's%206v6%20Rules%20(FINAL%20Draft%20-%20May%2025%202020).pdf

All volunteers are crucial to our return to lacrosse programming. We are proud to have coaches who are educated by trained facilitators following NCCP curriculum and training recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). Our coaches teach our players to grow as individuals and as a team.

The BCLA will continue to update the BCLA Membership through e-mails, on-line Community of Practice postings and on the BCLA Website – http://www.bclacrosse.com/return-to-lacrosse.php.

Raffle

Posted by Pacific Rim Field Lacrosse at Nov 13, 2019 11:51AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Our Association Raffle will take place at 8 pm on November 23rd.

Please make the necessary arrangements to have your raffle tickets turned into your team managers by the end of this week (Friday, November 15th), so that they may have enough time to get the tickets in for the draw.

If you wish to be present for the draw, please email our Secretary, Tara Amell, for the address.