BC Lacrosse Association Update
March 26, 2020
March 25, 2020
LETTER FROM THE BCLA PRESIDENT RE: COVID‐19
Dear BCLA Members:
As we continue to navigate through the implications of COVID-19, we hope that you are coping
with the ever-changing environment that is the world right now.
It is too early for anyone to make a call on whether or not the box lacrosse season, or some
format of the season, will take place. So, because we have no idea of what is going to happen
over the next several weeks, we are taking a wait-and-see approach at this time
We urge all of our members to take this same approach. It is too early for any
association/club/league to make any firm decisions about their seasons at this time. We need to
protect the future of the not only the BC Lacrosse Association, but all of our member
associations/teams/leagues. We believe cancelling the box lacrosse season is premature. It is a
drastic step that would be detrimental to the sport of lacrosse in BC as we hope to facilitate some
form of box lacrosse competition this summer.
The BCLA insurance is still in place, and the BCLA office is still fully operational, albeit mostly
remotely. Most minor box athletes have stepped on the floor which put the insurance into play.
So, I would assume that if refunds are necessary (if there is absolutely no box season), the
refunds will be a portion of, to cover both portions of the BCLA’s fees and the minor association
We are in communication with the BCLA Minor and Senior Directorates, and they are
discussing contingency plans that include looking at new alternatives for lacrosse activities in
You will continue to hear about major events being cancelled, many that were supposed to occur
in the summer of 2020. Most recently, the BC Games Society just announced that they have
cancelled the BC Summer Games that were going to happen in Maple Ridge in July 2020; and
the 2020 North American Indigenous Games event has also been cancelled. This does not mean
that sport will not happen this summer.
For now, in the same way that we are asking for patience and calmness from our member
association/club/leagues, we ask that you reach out to your community members to do the same.
Yours in Lacrosse,
Gerry Van Beek