The Wheelchair Lacrosse team from San Diego was able to win their game against the inexperienced but determined NLL Stars by a score of 10 to 5.
The NLL team was comprised of Dan Dawson, Sandy Chapman, Dan Teat, Shawn Williams, Zack Greer and Paul Edwards. Their line-up was bolstered by Chris Nolan and Ty Cordingly, Midget players from Brampton and Orangeville respectfully. The game was officiated by Brent McCauley, Canadian Lacrosse Association Referee in Chief, and NHL Referee and Lacrosse Coach, Don Koharski. Mr. Koharski appeared in 1,882 regular season games, 262 playoff games, 11 Stanley Cup finals, two All-Star Games, two Canada Cups, the 2004 World Cup and now one Wheelchair Lacrosse game.
The Wheelchair Lacrosse team from San Diego had the following athletes playing for them; Dave Douglas, Rocky Cimerusti, Jim Sigfeid, Ken Straiton, Ryan Baker, Bill Lunstrom, Dan Meehan and Bob Lundstrom.
Dan Dawson said it best when he was talking about the skills of the Wheelchair Lacrosse team from San Diego..."You have to totally admire them for the effort they bring but they earned allot of respect by the game they play...great conditioned athletes". Sandy Chapman piped in that he "was blown away by the skill they had and the physical part of the game"...Zack Greer admitted "I was not prepared for how hard this was going to be".
On hand for the game was Stan Cockerton, the President of the Federation of International Lacrosse and the Executive Director of the Ontario Lacrosse Association, to participate in a ceremonial face-off and to present the Wheelchair Lacrosse team a souvenir sculpture. Mr. Cockerton was very impressed with the level of play and thought there may be an opportunity, after further study, to expand this game not only in Ontario but worldwide.
Every one of these athletes was grateful of the opportunity to play against the Wheelchair team from San Diego. There was even talk of making plans to visit them in San Diego for a rematch in the future.
Thanks to everyone that helped make this happen.
The Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association is proud to celebrate Lacrosse Day in Canada with this milestone event.
Posted on Jun 13, 2011, 4:21 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
The Reebok Top 100 is a lacrosse camp focused on exposing elite Canadian high school lacrosse players to top NCAA Division I, II, and III lacrosse programs. Reebok Top 100 camp will provide a complete camp experience by combining recruitment opportunities & exposure, skill development & instruction from some of the NCAA's best coaches. Recruiting camps in the US tend to be over priced and over attended, which makes it very difficult for players to standout. Reebok Top 100 offers a competitive solution, providing an exclusive camp experience where you will have the opportunity showcase your skills in front of some of the top US college programs. Former Reebok Top 100 attendees are now attending schools such as Georgetown, North Carolina, Yale, Denver, U of Albany, U of Delaware, Towson University, Bryant University, Stony Brook, Cornell, Johns Hopkins and many more.
The camp is quickly approaching and takes place at The Hershey Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario on July 6th and July 7th from 9am-5pm both days. You can register online at www.top100lax.com or contact camp director Brodie Merrill directly with any questions at email@example.com
The following coaches will be on the Reebok Top 100 staff and we expect 30-40 NCAA coaches to be in attendance:
Georgetown (Scott Urick)
Denver (Matt Brown)
Hartford (Peter Lawrence)
Lehigh (Taylor Wray)
High Point (Jon Torpey)
Marquette (John Orsen)
Vermont (Ryan Curtis)
Robert Morris (Bear Davis)
Jacksonville (Matt Kerwick)
Please contact Brodie Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. You can find more information about the camp and register online at www.top100lax.com.
Posted on Jun 13, 2011, 12:23 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
The Orillia Paperweight Kings have floor time on Saturday June 18th, 2011 at the new Rotary Place Arena in Orillia at 1:30p.m. during the Boyd Balkwill Memorial Tournament and are wondering if there is a team interested in playing us?
Thanks for your time.
Orillia Kings Paperweight Coach
Posted on Jun 13, 2011, 11:45 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
What is an F1 for fighting? Do you mean the penalty code FI ?
What zone are you in? It makes a difference. And yes it makes a difference it was in tournament play.
In my zone ( Zone 6 ) - during ZONE player there is a cumulative suspension for fighting.
1st fight- 1 game + fine
2nd fight - 2 games + fine
3rd fight- Zone discipline hearing + fine
Yet in a tournament - my zone takes the following stance
-follow OLA tournament rules which is a tournament ejection + fine
Therefore, you could fight in a tournament game on a Sunday or Saturday when you are going home and there is no carry over into zone play (for fighting). A fight in a tournament does not count as a fight in zone play in terms of the cumulative suspension
The Toronto Stars made the 2 and half hour trip down the 401 to participate in the Kingston Tournament, 5 Stars Rep teams went Novice Peewee 1, Peewee 2 , Bantam and Midget.
The Peewee 1 was undefeated, beating Napean for the A Championship. They beat Nepean in the first game of the tournament first game 7 - 0. In the second game they beat a good Brockville 5-4. This was an excellant game they were very competative for sure. Kingston was a struggling team who worked hard but have alot of work to do, we beat them 13 - 1. Then because of a tie between Innisfil and Brockville they ended up playing Nepean in the A Championship and won 3 - 0. The Nepean goalie goalie a young lady, played amazing, without her the score surely would have been much higher, she was just amazing and we wish her the best for the rest of the season.
The Novice team also went to the finals, they had an amazing tournament , three wins, one loss and loss to Kawartha in the finals. They had given their all trying to avenge their only loss to Nepean in the semis. In the previous Nepean game it was a really bad game, bad refing, bad parent you know who you are , so they just didn't have much left for Kawartha.But they made it into the finals that is a great achievement.
Our Pee Wee 2 team, Midget and Bantam teams didn't fair as well they never won a game, but they were there, playing, learning, laughing. It was an amazing time had by all.
A great bonding weekend for the Toronto Stars Players , Parents , Coaches and fans a great way to start the rep season and should help in their development and success at the provincials later on this summer.
Posted on Jun 13, 2011, 10:26 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Phat Guys Lacrosse is a travelling field team in Ontario for highschool aged players.
We are currently looking for players for this years Summer Sizzle Field Laccrosse Tournament in Baltimore. Tournament Dates are July 15 to the 17th all interested parties please email
Posted on Jun 13, 2011, 9:34 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
Who was the tourney scheduler who has zone teams in midget and intermediate playing each other in the first game of a tournament? Also, farthest teams away play the earliest games in many cases. What is that??? I hope someone from the Owen Sound minor board of directors steps up and gets this changed right away.
Posted on Jun 12, 2011, 4:17 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Come and celebrate LACROSSE DAY with the Kingston Kings Junior Lacrosse Club tonight when they meet the Gloucester Griffins at 8pm at Centre 70. In honour of LACROSSE DAY, the Kings are hosting all the participants of the Limestone City Classic minor lacrosse tournament as their guests. Come early! Should be a huge crowd. Should also be a heck of a game! Gloucester are coming off 2 wins and the Kings are hungry for a win after losing the last 2.
GO KINGS GO!
Posted on Jun 11, 2011, 11:22 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
As we prepare for the fourth annual DOVE 2011 campaign to support the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness and the Spirit of the Stick with our 19 marathon lacrosse game, we would like to invite everyone to drop by the Aurora Community Centre to support the players and bid on some rather interesting silent auction items. Here is small selection of items to get your attention:
Pair of Toronto Rock Season Tickets
Pat OTooles Rochester Goalie Stick (Autographed)
HP Colour Laser Printer
Classic Wooden Lacrosse Stick
and much, much more!
Life would be much simpler if events like these werent necessary, but were determined to continue until this actually becomes a reality! The great thing about wearing your heart on your shelve is that everyone knows where you stand.
Posted on Jun 9, 2011, 10:54 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
You can ap from a rep team at a lower level as many players as you want at anytime . Your provincial roster will consist of up to 25 players. No need to list the AP players from a lower rep team as they can be called up at anytime . List the ap players that you MAY call up from houseleague to fill out your 25. Thats it.
Posted on Jun 10, 2011, 11:21 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
It is not often that this reporter gets to report on a major event since I was not able to get to Boston last night for the NHL game I did get the opportunity to get to a lacrosse game at Ted Reeve Main and Gerrad.
The Toronto inter city competition between the Toronto Beaches and the Toronto Stars heated up last night with a game at Ted Reeve between the Beaches Peewee One team and the Toronto Stars Peewee One Team. The Stars' players need very little motivation to get up for a game against the Beach. The high light of the night came when Matt Duncan the stars captain scored a real beauty it gave the spectators chills right out of an NLL game. The stars won 7 - 3, to bad the game was not video taped it could be used for instructional purposes to reflect a well played game. After the game the Beaches coach left with no comments not like him and a frown on his face.
Posted on Jun 9, 2011, 1:03 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
For the first time in the Toronto Stars History they will be travelling as an organization to play in Kingston this weekend, Novice, Pee Wee 1, Pee Wee 2, Bantam, and Midget all staying together in Kingston. Toronto Stars Executive see this as a real bonding exercise for the Stars Rep teams
Posted on Jun 8, 2011, 3:00 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
In minor lacrosse, is it still a possession call when the ball bounces off the floor and then hits the goalie in the helmet? I was told it wasn't a possession call if it hits the floor first (bounce shot) by an official at a houseleague game. I can't seem to find it in CLA situational handbook.
Posted on Jun 6, 2011, 9:53 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
The correct call is goalies ball.
Any time a goalie gets hit in the head with the ball play is blown dead and ball is awarded to the goalie.
The only exception is the ball hits the goalies helmet and go's directly into the net, then it is deemed a goal
Posted on Jun 6, 2011, 11:15 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Just to add, here is the wording from the rule book.
RULE 54 - INURED PLAYERS
(d) When a goalkeeper gets hit flush on the facemask and it is obvious that he/she is injured, play shall be stopped immediately.
NOTE: In Minor Lacrosse, when a goalkeeper gets hit on the facemask, helmet or throat guard, playy shall be stopped immediately and restarted with possession to the goalkeeper in his/her crease. If the ball enters the goal directly off the goalkeeper's facemask, helmet or throat guard, the goal shall count.
Posted on Jun 6, 2011, 11:48 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Passing along an excellent ticket offer from The Hamilton Nationals, Canadas only professional field lacrosse team. Fans can catch 3 Major League Lacrosse games for only $30!! The Hamilton Nationals are loaded with Canadian lacrosse stars such as, John Grant Jr, Brodie Merrill, Jordan Hall, Dan Dawson, and emerging stars like Scott Rodgers, Cody Jamieson, and Kevin Crowley.
Nationals games are played out of Ron Joyce Stadium, at McMaster campus. For full details, schedules and news, please visit www.nationalslacrosse.com To order tickets directly you can contact Audrey Arseneau by phone, 905-546-2391 or email Audrey.Arseneau@hamilton.ca
The 3 games offered in this package are:
Saturday June 18th vs. Denver Outlaws 7pm
Saturday June 25th vs. Rochester Rattlers 7pm
Friday July 1st vs. Long Island Lizards 7pm
It's a nice affordable option for any lacrosse fans this summer!
Posted on Jun 6, 2011, 1:13 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
June 12th is 1st Oshawa Minor night at the Merchants Game in Brooklin at the Luther Vipond Arena,TEAMS WILL RECEIVE TICKETS FOR ALL OSHAWA MINOR PLAYERS. Adults cost $8 Seniors $6 Students $6 (including university/college) Wear your jersey to the game and receive an extra draw ticket.Game time is 4pm vs Ohsweken Warriors. All oshawa minor and minors under 18 will be given a ticket at the door for a chance to will various prizes. Prizes include 2 lacrosse sticks and a pair of gloves (3 separate Prizes) . You need to attend to get a chance to win. Come out and meet others that play for Oshawa and watch great lacrosse played by great players.
Posted on Jun 6, 2011, 12:16 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
On behave of the DOVE executive, I would like to thank all the individuals who have demonstrated that lacrosse players across the country are truly passionate about promoting Canada's first national sport and more importantly, reaching out to those in need! The response from associations across the province participating in the Lacrosse Day in Canada celebration on June 11th is staggering. Please drop by the LacrosseDayInCanada.ca website for all the information and resources to set-up your event. It's not too late to support a worthy local organization in your community!
We still have room on our bench for a few more players or volunteers! For more information check out www.laxdove.ca.
You guys & gals rock!
Posted on Jun 3, 2011, 3:34 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
The Newmarket Saints will be travelling to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex tomorrow evening, Thursday June 2nd, to take on the Green Gaels. For the Saints, this will be their second straight matchup against the boys in green. In the last matchup, the Green Gaels defeated the Saints by a score of 14 - 8 in a closely contested game.
The Green Gaels have won three straight matchups, including a 20 - 2 victory this past Sunday over the Nepean Knights. The Green Gaels welcomed Jordan Saunderson back to the lineup on Sunday afternoon. Saunderson added to the veteran Green Gaels defense and added one goal on the afternoon, and added some strong leadership in his return.
Dylan Goddard and Brendan Muise led the way for the Green Gaels on Sunday with 11 and 9 points respectively. Goddard leads the OLA Jr B loop with 92 points, with Muise right behind him with 88 points.
For Newmarket, Ryan Lee leads the way offensively for the club with 51 points. He was held to only 1 goal and 2 assists for the Saints in their previous game against the Green Gaels. He and the entire Saints roster will be striving for a stronger performance this week which will hopefully help them leave Rickard with a "W".
Make sure you get out to this one. This is one of the top rivalries in the OLA Jr B Eastern Conference, and always provides a great show for the fans. Some of the best lacrosse witnessed for the Gaels this year was in the middle of the second period in Newmarket when the play went back and forth non-stop, reminding us all of the great run n' gun lacrosse we've seen in the past.
Tickets for this one are $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, while kids under 12 get in for free under the supervision of an adult.
Kids, don't forget to bring your helmets with you so you can go on the floor in between periods. During the first period of play, we may have some entertainment for the fans which will keep the kids off the floor, but during the second intermission, the floor will be all yours.
Look forward to seeing you all there!
Posted on Jun 1, 2011, 1:42 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
The Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association is hosting a Wheelchair Athlete event at the 19th Annual John McCauley Lacrosse Tournament.
Wheelchair Lacrosse from San Jose, California will be in Brampton on June 11th to give a clinic to everyone that is interested in this new take on our sport and immediately after will play a game of wheelchair lacrosse against NLL stars of both the present and past.
Saturday, June 11th
1 PM Drills and Skills by the Wheelchair Lacrosse Team
- You will be invited to come on the floor and try it
2 PM Game On! Watch these wheelchair lacrosse pioneers play against NLL pros
3 PM Meet and Greet after the game on the floor for everyone interested
Century Gardens Arena, Brampton
340 Vodden Street East
Right in the middle of our John McCauley Tournament
Donations and raffles on site will generate money to help start a wheelchair lacrosse league in Ontario.
The Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association is proud to celebrate Lacrosse Day in Canada with this milestone event.
For more information, please contact Albert Rehanek at email@example.com
Posted on May 30, 2011, 3:44 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
I believe gold ,silver, and bronze medals should be given to the top 3 teams in "A" only. They are the 3 best teams. There is no need to reward the 13th , 26th and 39th place finishers with gold medals.
Posted on May 29, 2011, 8:13 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
I have a kid that played on my team last year, a few years ago he won the B provincials and last year he won the E final. He was just as happy, if not happier with that last one and receiving his Gold medal put a huge smile on his face.
Why don't we send the top 4 teams into a tournament and tell the other teams to just stay home cause it doesn't matter
Posted on May 29, 2011, 2:35 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Why does Whitby always get all the jobs (lol)...Get a soup Nazi from the west please...quit trying to control everything...jeesh.........You guys control the OLA now you want the soup Nazi too...now you have gone too far...No medals for Whitby
Posted on Jun 6, 2011, 3:04 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
The Nepean Knights are heading to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex today for a 2PM game versus the Green Gaels.
This game marks the third game in four nights for the Gaels, that included wins over Mississauga and Newmarket.
Make sure you get out to the arena to catch this one, and bring the family for our last regular season home game on a Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, while children 12 and under are admitted free under the supervision of an adult.
Kids, don't forget your helmets! Bring them and hop the floor in between periods to kill the time in between some great lacrosse!
Posted on May 29, 2011, 12:46 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199
The Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club will be hosting Lacrosse Camps again this year in Water, Orangeville, and Oakville. For more information please check out the Toronto Rock websithttp://www.torontorock.com/page/summercamp
Head Instructor: Colin Doyle
Cost: $235.00 (includes taxes)
3 Day Camp
Age: 6-14 years old
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-596-3075
Admin & Events Coordinator
Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club
Posted on May 27, 2011, 4:12 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Coming off their first loss of the season, the Green Gaels will welcome the Mississauga Tomahawks to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex tomorrow evening, May 26th, for an 8PM start.
The Gaels previously beat the Tomahawks in Mississauga earlier this season, however, as stated above, are coming off their first loss of the season with a 10-1. The Tomahawks, 4-6, are coming off an 11 - 4 victory over the Orillia Kings on Tuesday evening.
This will be the first visit back to the Garnet B. Recreation Complex for both Brett and Taylor Meraw, Bowmanville residents who are both playing their first full season of Junior B Lacrosse with the Tomahawks. They will certainly be looking to put on a strong performance in efforts to put a "W" on the board in front of their family and friends.
For the Gaels, Dylan Goddard is a scoring machine of late, posting 23 points in his previous 3 games, while Brodie Tutton should be making his return to the lineup as well, after scoring 19 points in his previous 4 games.
Make sure you get out to this one. It will be the best lacrosse action in town tomorrow evening! Once you get there, don't forget to grab your 50/50 tickets!
Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, while children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.
Kids, don't forget to bring your helmets to go on the floor between periods!
Posted on May 25, 2011, 4:40 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Tyke Division Added to Barrie Tornado Classic Tournament
by Tornado Classic Tyke Tournament! (Login 007lax007)
The Barrie Tornado Classic is now in its 5th year and has opened a TYKE division this year. Novice and Peewee divisions are also available. Teams are guaranteed 4 games in the brand new Holly Community Centre. The tournament will be held from July 15-17.
Anyone interested should contact Mike Kloepfer at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please forward this message to the tyke coach in your organization.
Posted on May 25, 2011, 3:26 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
The decision to only give out gold medals this year elicited quite a bit of discussion, both here, on the OMFLL site, and at the fields themselves. I made a brief comment in the thread below, but basically reserved judgement until after everything played out.
After seeing the medals, I don't think that this was matter of the OLA/OMFLL being cheap. The Gold Medals (and ribbons) this year were FANTASTIC. They were really impressive and first rate, and they no doubt cost significantly more than last year's medals. My son has various medals from lacrosse and other sports, and commented that this one was the coolest medal that he had ever won. It would not surprise me in the least if these new medals cost as much as the old gold/silver/bronze medals combined. Given the choice between the two, I'd say that first rate gold medals are probably a better way to spend prize money than greater quantities of cheaper medals.
That said, I do feel that the finalists/silver medalists/losers (pick your term) should be recognized. I don't know that the OLA/OMFLL needs to go to the expense of silver and bronze medals, but even a finalist patch or something inexpensive like that would be a nice touch. One of the things I've liked about past championships (field or box) was bringing the two finalists together to receive their awards after the game. It made the win (or the loss) seem more important/special.
I can think of a perfect example from field last year. My son had an absolute war with a rival player in the championship game. I honestly thought that they were going to kill each other. Both teams were called together for the medal ceremony and, once everything was handed out, he immediately went with extended hand to congratulate his rival. It was a great moment between two boys who had played exceptionally hard and well. I think that, from a character perspective, there is great value in seeing your opponent, win or lose, acknowledged at the end of a provincial championship tournament.
This year, once the game was over, the "Silver Medalists" just kind of drifted off while the champs got the gold. I think that took away from the experience for both sides.
This is NOT about giving everyone a prize for just showing up or rewarding "losers". A team that advances all the way to the provincial championship game, regardless of level, has accomplished something. A formal acknowledgement of such, however minor, is worthwhile.
I get the need to cut costs and think that the nicer medals for the champs are the better choice, but there is an opportunity to improve things for box provincials with some sort of "finalist" acknowledgement and proper ceremony involving both teams.
Just my two cents worth!
Posted on May 24, 2011, 3:05 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Wow, it's really too bad the OLA couldn't afford a wonderful little second rate piece of %$&* to make sure the losers hung around long enough to check out your little Johnny's bling. I guess the price of Gold was too high. Even with all the money they saved not having crossovers and qualifiers. We all feel really bad that Johnny didn't have a chance to "congratulate" his worthy opponent on his loss.
Posted on May 24, 2011, 7:05 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Sad that you don't see the role/value of minor sports in terms of building character, winning with class, and losing with honour.
I don't understand the need for your personal vitriol, but it only demonstrates how clueless you are. My son has twice been on the losing side of a provincial championship game, and my comments were based as much on those experiences as on those times that he's played for the winning side. It sure doesn't have anything to do with "showing off bling" and I'll just write off your ignorant sneer about the example of sportsmanship that I cited to you being a typical anonymous Internet troll.
I simply provided some thoughts/opinions about an issue that a lot of people were discussing this weekend. I'm sure that there are many who disagree, and I don't claim to speak with authority or expertise - just a perspective as a parent and (to a lesser degree) coach. There was no need for you to be such a douche about it.
Posted on May 24, 2011, 10:46 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
If I don't get it, then why not enlighten me by actually making a point instead of hiding behind weak sarcasm? I disagree with those who feel that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, however when deployed so ineffectively, well, res ipsa loquitur.
Anyway, how about stating your own opinion instead of trying to mis-characterize mine? Are you capable of actually having a constructive discussion about this topic (any topic?), or is the thin gruel you've provided thus far as good as it gets?
Do you think that the finalists should receive medals or not? Why?
Do you believe that, after advancing all the way to a provincial championship game, the losing team should just kind of dissipate from the field/rink without any sort of acknowledgement of their accomplishment by the league? Why?
If you're not interested in discussing the matter, why reply at all?
Anyway, I'm on pins and needles (no, really!) waiting to learn what was so jaw-dropping about my first post. Was it that I (gasp) liked the medals and didn't jump on the "everything the OLA does is stupid and sucks entirely" bandwagon that is such a popular ride around here? Or maybe that I dared provide a personal example of a nice moment that couldn't really happen with the new approach? Perhaps it was my opinion that building character is as important as developing physical skills in minor sports. Do help me understand that which you feel I so obviously don't get.
I anxiously await your reply.
PS - It is inaccurate to suggest that I called you a bitter internet troll douche. I believe that I also accused you of being ignorant. If not, then I certainly meant to and apologize for the oversight. Consider the record corrected.
Posted on May 25, 2011, 2:48 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
very well said but I think you are a little off the mark as to the cost of medals...I haven't seen these shiney new gold medals but can't imagine they would cost as much as gold/silver/bronze combined, there isn't any "gold" "silver" or "bronze" in them....medals, with ribbons, generally cost under five bucks, significantly less if bought in numbers which the OLA could do by combining the purchase of all the various medals they would hand out, the savings would be significant and the set up fees for the various changes in "artwork" on each medal would be nominal....if this is an attempt at cost savings and cost savings only by the OLA, I think they have failed miserably....they could have reduced their costs by purchasing more intelligently without alienating parents and players....beyond cost savings and hurt feelings this new system of giving out only gold medals has created something that could be more serious....if only Champions get recongnized where is the incentive to compete for those teams that won't be champions?....early in any season everyone has a chance but at some point it becomes clear some won't make it to the end, why would they bother to play? why would their parents continue to fund their activity in this sport as opposed to having them do something else?.....I don't condone that attitude but it will happen....this isn't about giving every one a prize, it's about recognising achievement and making it to the final four, in any sport that has good involvement shown by numbers, is an achievement....and then there is the sportsmanship and comradery that has already shown to be missing at the end of it all....in the end, what was really saved?
Posted on May 25, 2011, 8:04 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206
John - You are probably right about the costs. I've never been involved in the purchase of customized medals or even had to approve a budget for such, so I'll certainly defer to your experience in that regard.
FWIW, the new medals are significantly larger and heavier than the old ones, and full colour. The ribbons holding the medals are also larger, include custom wording (i.e. specifically saying field champions whereas the old ones just said lacrosse) and have the OLA logo. They really are nice medals (although evidently I was boasting or something for pointing that out in my original post) and they just seem like they would cost significantly more to produce than the old ones.
I certainly agree that making it to the championship game is a notable achievement and that the finalists should have something to recognize their accomplishment.
Posted on May 25, 2011, 1:48 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
A Big THANK YOU to the volunteers that put together the Provincial Championships in Brampton. It really was something to see so many teams in one spot. I appreciate the countless hours it took to make it happen.
Tom Bileski, KW United
Posted on May 24, 2011, 10:26 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Following in Jim Zacher's footsteps, our Minor Lacrosse organization has joined in to help celebrate Lacrosse Day in Canada on June 11, 2011.
We are hosting an 8 hour Marathon Lacrosse game with players from peanut to masters and beyond. With the theme to bring a friend to help a friend, even those who may have never played lax are encouraged to come out and give the sport a try.
Huntsville & District Minor Lacrosse has teamed up with the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation (a local, not for profit organization) to help raise both funds and awareness of their foundation and our national sport, LACROSSE!
For all the details, how to register to play, to donate a raffle or silent auction item, or to just see what we are up to, please check out our website www.hawkslacrosse.ca and look for the PLAY FOR PINK tab on the left hand side.
Jeff & Leslie Secord
Posted on May 18, 2011, 1:57 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Tomorrow night the Oakville Buzz (6-2) travel to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex for their first meeting with the Green Gaels (9-0) since 2008.
The Buzz are currently tied atop the South-West division standings with the Halton Hills Bulldogs and are touted as one of the strongest defensive teams in the Eastern Conference. Their defense is backed Ian Duffy in goal, who leads the Eastern Conference with a 3.52 Goals Against Average. Scoring for the Buzz is spread out throughout their lineup, and provides a strong challenge to the Gaels defense.
Connor Latimer should be in the line-up tomorrow night for the Green Gaels. Last seasons 2010 Eastern Conference MVP and Leading Scorer, will be returning from Genesee C.C. NCAA Division III. He will add to a potent offense that represents the top two leading scorers in the OLA Jr. B Lacrosse League this season.
This game will be a true test for both teams. The patient Buzz team will show a more controlled pace to their game, while the Gaels will bring one of the toughest and aggressive defenses to the arena to meet the Buzz.
This one should be a good one. Two tough defenses. Two different but capable offenses. It will be a real lacrosse clinic from the pipes on out. Make sure you are there for this one.
Live Lax Blog will be covering the game tomorrow night live from Rickard. Make sure all you fans out of town follow along on Pointstreak and the Live Lax Blog.
Tickets for everyone attending the game are $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, while children 12 and under are admitted free under the supervision of an adult.
Don't forget kids, bring your helmet and stick so you can go on the floor between intermissions and have some fun!
Posted on May 18, 2011, 1:14 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
I've searched the OLA website in vain and can't determine what level of Red Cross certification is required for a bench trainer. Is the one-day Emergency course sufficient, or is the two-day Standard course required.
Please help! We need to get a certified trainer and do not want to pick the wrong course.
Posted on May 18, 2011, 11:50 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52
I have searched for the list in the past too and agree it's hard to find. It does exist, I just can't put my hands on it right now. Your club or Zone Registrar should be able to advise you. The good news is that a lot of people qualify due to their professions or other interests. I have seen the following registered as trainers by the OLA and I'm sure there are more - doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers, firemen, chiroprctors, dentists, military personnel, hockey (and other sports) trainers, ski patrollers, scout leaders, etc. Some of the above are obvious and some others qualify by virtue of specific courses they have taken. It's always good to canvas the team parents and register a few "spares".
Posted on May 18, 2011, 12:16 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
I'm a Manager, and I agree, that document is not easily found.
Back in 2009, I did find such a document. As a result, my trainer-candidate went and obtained the "Emergency First Aid with Level A CPR" 8-hour course available through St. John's Ambulance. This trainer is again carded in 2011, with the same credentials.
Posted on May 19, 2011, 10:39 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
While not "every team" should get a medal, to not award even a smaller trophy for the second place finisher diminishes their great accomplishment. It's not easy to make the final and while only 1 team wins, the Runner-Up should also receive something to commemorate their great season too.
Since it is Youth Sports and not Professional sports, let's reward the team who doesn't win the final as well. It's the right thing to do.
Posted on May 18, 2011, 9:41 AM from IP address 18.104.22.168
"The custom of awarding the sequence of gold, silver, and bronze medals for the first three highest achievers dates from at least the 19th century, with the National Association of Amateur Athletes in the United States awarding such medals as early as 1884."
"This standard was adopted for Olympic competition at the 1904 Summer Olympics. At the 1896 event, silver was awarded to winners and bronze to runners-up, while at 1900 other prizes were given, not medals."
Posted on May 18, 2011, 11:34 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Medals not made from "green products", I could go on forever.
Why must we adapt another sports awards format?
You say it's been around forever in the Olympics, that does not warrant @#@# in my books and no reason it should be in lacrosse.
Winners get a medal and if others have a void to be fed why not a "crest". (cheaper and recognition is achieved)
I have a closet full of crests. Some are "A" championship tournaments were you won a crest not a trophy or medal.
I may be old fashioned but catering to "non winnners" (must be politically correct here)is not a step forward.
Just wait to these player's graduate out of midget with umpteen trophies on their shelves only to find out the
grim truth about their skills.
If they need a medal then maybe the parents can buy Johnny one instead of the OLA.
Again my 2 cents.
Posted on May 18, 2011, 7:19 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
So the presumption is that since lacrosse uses athletic performance recognition methods that are used in other sports, the game somehow loses it's "identity" and reduces its participants and organizers to the role of mere "followers." Given the nature and history of the game, your argument is patently absurd and a complete non-sequitur.
Then you cheapen the stakes by raising the spectre of "politically correct" as some sort of self-evident and necessary result of an poorly supported argument based on a false and unsubstantiated premise.
The irony here, as you explain what warrants "@#@# in your books" is that you explain that you have a closet full of momentos of events in which you are your team were recognized for your atheletic performance and furthermore, while medals shouldn't be awarded to "non winners" you think crests could be; or should be. So your whole argument, being an absurd non-sequitur is also contradicts itself.
But I like this statement the best: "If they need a medal then maybe the parents can buy Johnny one instead of the OLA."
Who do you think actually pays for the medals in the first place? The OLA?? LOFL!!! You must be completely removed from the OMFLL that charges teams fees who download the cost to the players and families. In effect, the parents of "little Johnny" are footing the bill for the OMFLL in the first place. Right? You get that right? What did you think - the OMFLL league was paying for the medals and trophies out of their profits? LOFL!
Seriously, charging the fees they do, the OMFLL is being chintzy and cheap. And if it was matter of some sort of abstract austerity measure then I am sure they could have tacked on a 2 buck surcharge per player to continue the athletic performance recognition of handing out silver and bronze medals, which is a fairly common recognition method in a tournament format.
Posted on May 18, 2011, 10:47 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
Your opinion does not change mine or make yours correct!
Keep using the thesaurus, big words from someone in the know of all that is lacrosse.
God forbid someone have a differt viewpoint than you. I must be absurd as you say.
If the medals were already accounted for in the budget, then why are only gold ones being handed out ?
Please enlighten us on this point. You get this question right?
It is possible the cost of registration was held steady because of the increased transportation costs incurred
by all. Hence having the medals cut back this year to ensure the steady profit for the omfll.
Keep up the condensending remarks I appreciate them.
Posted on May 18, 2011, 11:18 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
No gold medal for you for a second rate argument. Maybe you'll get a crest. LOFL!
The fact is, your opinion is invalidated because it is a non-sequitur, contradictory and patently absurd. That makes you wrong until you can prove otherwise. It doesn't mean I am right of course, but it certainly means your 'opinion' just got buried.
If the OMFLL only budgeted for gold medals in an effort to make a "profit" then perhaps they should open their books to their shareholders - the people that pay for it all - the parents. IF they realized - halfway through the season - they were going to run out of money, then perhaps they should have looked to the OLA for a loan to get them through until they can adjust their expenses.
But either way, it is cheap and chinzy especially for a provincial tournament.
Posted on May 19, 2011, 7:17 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11
I have known you for many years and coached against you for most of that time. Your team and my team had many great battles and wonderful games to remember.
But in the end neither of us won many provincial titles. That doesn't mean our time and efforts were worthless. Our teams and players learned more about themselves as people than they did as Lacrosse players, many of them turned out pretty good as players so that's saying something.
I would however disagree with you whole-heartedly that awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze medals is "rewarding losers". I know when you coached you goal was the same as mine, to win the gold. I also know you would have never in your life refused to accept a Silver or Bronze medal at a provincial championship. You and your players would have earned that award by through your hardwork and dedication to the team. The colour may not be what you strived for but it doesn't diminish the effort put in to reach the top.
Perhaps a rethink of your vehement stance on Medals to the winners ONLY is in order?
Posted on May 19, 2011, 1:50 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
I still believe in my opinion (not arguement). Although it was disected line by line by Todd
of whom did not raise one valid reason other than cost as to why these runners up deserve a medal I still
cannot see why a return to the past is so evil.
I have been involved over 40 years in lax so I'm not a newbie as one poster suggested.
I also know that the game evolves with rules, offense/defence and in this case awards.
You and I have had great matches over the years, I do not need a medallion to remind me of them.
I do not bad mouth your stance on medals even if different than mine. It is an opinion.
According to Todd my arguement was "buried" I guess this must be because he said so.
I'm sorry it took so long to reply to your worthy posting but we had a death in the family.
Todd's posting can rot in hell as far as I'm concerned.
For fun how long do you think it will take him to reply to this ?
Will he have a valid arguement as to why runners up deserve medals?
I think he will just attack this opinion line by line.
Above bashing opinions with drivel,
Posted on May 21, 2011, 5:21 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124
Skennenko:wa and my condolences to your family for your loss.
Your opinion is "buried" because it was based upon a false premise as the title of my original reply clearly indicates. It isn't because I "said so" it is because your reasons are unsubstantiated, contradictory and devolve into a nonsensical and absurd non-sequitur. If that offends you then perhaps you ought to provide a counterpoint to my rebuttal or revise your "opinion."
Posted on May 21, 2011, 8:36 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
If you have a closet full of medals, crests and trophies, they must have meant something to you then and still do now seeing how you have kept them and good for you that you did. My son has a a shelf full of finalist trophies and medals that he wanted no part of the day of the event, but still spreads them out now and again to do an inventory. My initial thought was 'who needs a second place award', but for the cost involved, maybe we do?
Posted on May 21, 2011, 5:46 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
I can see both points of view, but I am set in my opinion.
I have crests etc from the past. Most are gold winners or participant offerings.
You are right in the point that I still hold on to them. For the most point I do not know why ?
Thanks for your views, I see the youth awards I won have been kept, but the later awards seem less desirable.
Posted on May 26, 2011, 11:06 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
I don't see what the problem with the top 3 getting something.If the kids enjoy the medals ,it's good for the game.If its good for the game the game will grow.If the game grows it will never die again.A powerfull lesson was learned in the 80's .The powers that be should never forget this ,especially when it comes down to a few lousey bucks that is just downloaded to the parents anyways.
Posted on May 20, 2011, 5:11 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11
Great to see the Hitmen with Novice & Peewee teams this year. Despite a short bench, Stayner fought hard and played with great enthusiasm. Hats off to the coaches and volunteers for keeping lacrosse alive in the smaller centres!
Posted on May 12, 2011, 1:59 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
Last Friday evening the Gaels traveled to Mimico Arena for one of the toughest tests for both teams in this young season. Tonight, Mimico looks to redeem themselves when they travel to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville where they take on the Gaels for an 8PM start.
The Green Gaels have put up wins against the Gloucester Griffins and Mississauga Tomahawks since their Friday night victory over Mimico, while the Mountaineers have had time to relax and go over game film, they have not played since Friday.
Every time these two teams meet, both teams give 110%. In what may not be as published a rivalry as Halton Hills vs. Mimico or Green Gaels vs. Halton Hills, these two teams genuinely do not like playing each other and always expect hard word and effort out of each other, on top of boat loads of talent.
Make sure you get out to Rickard tonight and join what is expected to be a strong crowd, and take in some great Junior Lacrosse action tonight. Don't forget, tonight is Brendan Muise's first time facing the Mountaineers at home in the Green Gaels barn since his trade from Mimico.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, while children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Make sure your kids bring along their helmets and sticks to keep them occupied in between periods on the floor.
Posted on May 12, 2011, 10:45 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124
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Campers must bring their own lunch
Camp is open to players of ALL AGES
Head Camp Director Zack Greer will be coaching all of our summer camps in 2011, and he'll be bringing along a few of his friends. Current MLL/NLL/NCAA players Joe Walters, Billy Dee Smith, Jordan MacIntosh and Bill Greer will all be featured at an EDGE88 Camp this summer.
Zack Greer is a 4 X All American, and currently holds the NCAA record for most goals and points in a season. Greer currently plays for the MLL Long Island Lizards and NLL Edmonton Rush.
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Posted on May 11, 2011, 3:50 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199
No game report for this one, but here is the highlights for yesterdays action. The Green Gaels next home game is this coming Thursday at 8PM when the Mimico Mountaineers look for revenge when they travel to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex to avenge their 11 - 6 loss they suffered to the Gaels this past Friday.
MR3.03 If a club in town, village or community has a number of players whom they cannot use on their team or teams, these players may, if released by the parent club, apply to the Board of Directors for permission to play with the next closest town, village or community.
Posted on May 8, 2011, 10:28 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52
The Green Gaels will try to remain perfect at 7 - 0 tomorrow when the Gloucester Griffins (2-1) step into the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville on May 8th at 2PM.
Gloucester is making a weekend out of it as they are in Halton Hills tonight. The Griffins are currently tied for first in the Far-East division.
This is one of only two opportunities to see a Far-East team at Rickard during the regular season. When the Gaels went out east earlier in the season, they were challenged in both games, and it will be no different in this one.
Tickets for the game are $7 for adults, $4 for students, while children under 12 are admitted free under the supervision of an adult. As always, kids are encouraged to bring their sticks and helmets to throw a ball around on the floor in between periods.
Don't miss your opportunity to bring your family out to the game. The 2PM start gives you a great opportunity to get your family out to the game at an affordable price and you'll be home in plenty of time for your Mother's Day dinner.
Posted on May 7, 2011, 6:51 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206
Orillia Minor Lacrosse is still looking for a few teams in the Tyke, Novice Peewee and Bantam age groups to fill the 2011 Boyd Balkwill Memorial Tournament on June 17, 18 & 19. Registration closes on May 22th
· 8 teams per division
· Round robin format
· 3 game guarantee (5 game maximum)
· Entry fee - $475 per team