News and Announcements

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Dear BCLA Members:

This message is a follow up to BC Lacrosse Association’s (BCLA) November 24, 2020 President’s Message regarding Lacrosse activity updates and the latest BC Health Authority and Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement on December 2, 2020. The BCLA will continue to update our members as we receive new information.

The BCLA has further updates to report and how it relates to BCLA Lacrosse activities. We attended a viaSport conference call today (Dec. 3) and received further clarification regarding the latest restrictions announced December 2, 2020.

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), restrictions are in place for adult and youth indoor and outdoor sports. These temporary restrictions are in place to limit the amount of physical interactions and travel to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The official written Order from the PHO was released today, December 3, 2020.

Read the Provincial Health Officer new Order:
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

Read the province-wide restrictions by order and direction of the PHO (updated December 3):
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions#athletics

The December 3, 2020 PHO new Order and its application to BCLA Lacrosse activities in the Province of BC, with the following restrictions, are as follows:

NEW – As per the PHO restrictions-
All organized indoor and outdoor sports for people under 19 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/SPORTACTIVITYCHART.pdf
Participants must maintain a 3 meter physical distance at all times.
Games, tournaments and competitions are temporarily suspended for teams.
Individual drills and modified training activities can continue.
Amateur sports organizations and leagues may implement additional guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants.
Lacrosse activities (practices) CAN occur as per the BCLA Return to Lacrosse Phase 1 Guidelines reverting back to Skills & Drills training ONLY, while maintaining a 3 meter physical distance.
Still in effect -
The new Order is in effect immediately and applies province-wide.
No spectators are allowed at any sport activities. The only people allowed to attend sport activities are those that provide care to a participant or player. (For example: coaches, team manager, and safety persons CAN attend).
Individual athletes, coaches, trainers, and managers who live in one city/community, CAN attend lacrosse activities in other cities/communities.
Team travel is prohibited and must be limited to stay within each city/community. Team travel to, from, and between cities/communities CANNOT occur. Team location is based on the team’s association/club location in which the team is registered.

This is how sport, and the BCLA must proceed under the new restrictions in the foreseeable future until sport is directed otherwise.

The BC Government and PHO continue updating information as it relates to COVID-19. The BCLA will provide updates and information as we learn more.

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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To All Pacific Rim Members and Visiting Participants

As you now know, the Provincial Health Order is now Province wide. We all must read and abide by the following. We are back again following Phase 3 Guidelines as they were originally established.

Athletic activities

Group indoor fitness activities
Businesses, recreation centres or other organizations that organize or operate high risk indoor group physical activities must suspend the following activities:

Spin classes
Hot yoga
High intensity interval training (HIIT)

Businesses who close due to COVID-19 restrictions could be eligible to receive rent support of up to 90 percent.

Guidance on other fitness activities done with a group indoors will need to follow updated guidance that is being developed. These include:

Dance studios
Martial arts
Cheerleading

Gyms and recreation facilities
Gyms and recreation facilities that offer individual workouts and personal training sessions can remain open as long as they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that is strictly followed.

Sports games, competitions and practices
Games, competitions and practices can continue with no spectators and no travel.

We are in viaSport’s Return to Sport Phase 3 with the exception of no spectators and no travel

Spectators
No spectators are allowed at any sport activities under the order. The only people allowed to attend sport activities are those that provide care to a participant or player. For example, providing first aid.

Travel for athletic activities
Travel to, from and between communities for athletic activities like games, competitions, training and practice is prohibited under this order. For example:

A team from Abbotsford cannot attend a training session in Chilliwack
A team from Victoria cannot attend a practice in Richmond

Exemptions
High performance athletes, professional athletes and professional performers like dancers are not included in the order. To qualify as a high performance athlete, you must be:

Identified by the Canadian Sports Institute Pacific as a high performance athlete affiliated with an accredited provincial or national sports organization Already training in B.C. Continuing to follow the safety guidelines of your provincial sports organization.

PLEASE ADHERE TO ALL COVID-19 SAFETY PLANS FOR CONTRACTED FIELDS (Topaz, City Centre Park, UVIC, Alexander and Bullen Fields)
If you have any questions, please contact your team manager.

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2020 Annual General Meeting – Saturday December 12th, 2020
Zoom Meeting – Due to COVID Restrictions
Topic: Pac Rim AGM
Time: Dec 12, 2020 11:00 AM Vancouver Time

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3994868585?pwd=czhDUkx2RHBWYzRtbFJjYlhXRGJyQT09
Meeting ID: 399 486 8585
Passcode: Lax4you!

To Participate…
1. You must be a member in good standing with Pacific Rim & the BCLA
2. Email (pacrimsecretary2018@gmail.com) with your name, child’s name and division prior to Dec. 12, 2020
3. Click on the “Join Zoom Meeting” link above after 10:00am
4. As you are verified, the secretary (Tara Shortt) will invite you into the meeting
5. The meeting will commence at 11:00am

Elections (Positions Available):

Vice President: Incumbant: Andrea Churchill (acting)
The Vice-President shall fulfill the duties of the President in his/her absence. In the event the President resigns, he/she shall fill that office for the remainder of the unexpired term of office. He/she shall be Chairperson of such committee as the President shall appoint him/her to.

Secretary: Incumbent: Tara Amell-Short
The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of the minutes of all meetings of the Association, conduct and record all correspondence of the Association, and notify all members of the Association and the executive members of each Executive Register of the members of the Association. The Secretary shall turn all files, correspondence and documents pertaining to the Association to his/her successor.

Registrar: Incumbent: Naomi Marcolini
The Registrar shall be responsible for obtaining all registration forms and fees, maintain an accurate player file and file all team registrations with the British Columbia Lacrosse Association and Insurance.

Treasurer: Incumbent: Christa Wood
The Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining an accurate and proper set of accounting records of the financial affairs of the Association, complete with the supporting documents. He/she shall receive all monies and ensure that they are properly deposited with the Association bank. He/she shall be responsible for payment of all accounts of the Association approved by the Executive, and make a financial report at each Executive meeting, and present the Annual Financial report to the Annual Meetings of the Association. He/she shall turn over all books of accounts, vouchers and other supporting records to his/her successor.

Director at Large: Incumbent: Jorden Tytgat
Directors At-Large may be appointed by majority vote of the General Executive and shall be assigned duties, responsibilities and authorities as required.

Appointed Positions: (Set Annually)
Equipment Manager: Incumbent (Chris Shortt)
Head Manager: Incumbent (Andrea Churchill)
Coaching Co-ordinator: Incumbent (Andy Stuart)
Evaluation Co-ordinator: Incumbent (vacant)
Swag Co-ordinator: Incumbent (Andrea Churchill)
Community Liaison: Incumbent (James Scott)
Webmaster: Incumbent (Tyson Leies)

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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