As the calendar hits September, it was officially announced by Arena Lacrosse League President Paul St. John that the 2020 season re-start in now in jeopardy of happening.
“We have the luxury to try and wait this virus out, but we’ve hit September and the Canadian Government have not had the confidence to allow indoor contact sports therefore keeping us on the sideline looking in.” St. John also went on to add,
“We understand and agree with their reasoning as the health of every individual is priority. We will further delay our remaining schedule with the hope to get it finished by mid- November, but eventually we will have to shut it down completely and move forward towards the 2021 year, if we continue to see no change.”
Due to COVID-19, the Arena Lacrosse League was shut down on March 14th, with original plans to re-start in September, which has now been changed to a possible mid- November start.
“We’re all disappointed by the new way of life given by COVID but public safety is most important,” Arena Lacrosse League commissioner for the Women’s Division, Wade Thompson said.
When the stoppage came about, a big story in the Arena Lacrosse League Men’s Division was about the Six Nations Snipers who had caught fire by winning five straight while outscoring their opponents by a 78-53 count, as they found themselves fourth in the overall standings.
Meanwhile, over in the women’s circuit, it was the Six Nations Lady Snipers who occupied first place with a 6-2 record when things were put on hold.
“There is not a date set as to when we have to decide. Well I guess December 31st. lol,” Thompson said about deciding to not re-start the season. “We look forward to the return of lacrosse when it is safe to do so.”
While everyone wants to see the return, naturally the top priority is safety to the players, management and fans alike.