May 20, 2020
Hi Bellies Family,
As always, we hope you are all staying healthy and safe. We are encouraged by the progress our province has made in flattening the Covid-19 curve, and thank all of our front-line health care workers, first responders and those working in essential roles, for their heroics on our behalf.
While the Province’s plans to carefully, gradually ease Covid-19 restrictions continue, it has become apparent that a return to the sport of box lacrosse will not happen this summer. Though at this time there has been no official decision from the CLA, our executive has voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 box lacrosse season in conjunction with other Lower Mainland lacrosse associations.
Our lacrosse families will receive a 100% refund of 2020 Box Lacrosse registration fees. The only funds that will not be returned are the try-out fees for A Team Evaluations, as these sessions did take place and the floor time was paid for. All refunds will be issued by cheque, regardless of original means of payment, to avoid the high cost of credit card processing fees.
While our executive is united in this decision, it does not come without careful deliberation. Our Association is a non-profit organization that operates on a very tight budget. Though the box season will not proceed, our Association has nonetheless incurred costs and expenses that we remain responsible for. We’ll have some tough choices to make as we manage our budget going forward, but feel this is the right thing to do for our member families.
The CLA, BCLA and other bodies governing the sport continue to work on ideas to get our athletes back on the field in a safe, physically distanced manner. However, any return to play this summer will not resemble the sport of box lacrosse for which you registered your child. We know these times are difficult for everyone, and you are as eager to see a return to normalcy as we are. We sincerely hope that when a return to play is possible, we’ll see you and your children back at the field, arena, or box alongside us. Moving forward we’ll keep you updated with any news or information from our governing bodies.
April 17, 2020
Hi Bellies Family,
We hope you’re all staying healthy and safe, as we all do our part to help flatten the COVID-19 curve.
As announced previously, all formal lacrosse activities remain on hold until at least May 15th. While we remain hopeful that we’ll be able to hit the floor in some format, that remains far from certain. The CLA, BCLA and Lower Mainland Minor Lacrosse Commission continue to monitor the situation and discuss plans for the possible resumption of lacrosse, should it be deemed appropriate by the relevant government authorities. We, as your Executive, are doing the same.
Recently, we've received a few inquiries regarding the refund of registration fees. As resumption of lacrosse activity remains a possibility, the Club may yet be responsible for floor times, BCLA and league fees etc. As a result, we are unable to make a plan for potential refunds until final decisions on the season are made by our governing bodies.
We appreciate your patience in these uncertain times, and will continue to provide updates as they come available.
President - NWMLA