By TRT Staff with notes from ALL.ca
ALL President Paul St. John announced at the start of August that the Arena Lacrosse League will look to open its 2022 season the weekend of December 18-19 pending arena availability.
“It’s extremely exciting to announce that plans for the 2022 season are in full force as we get ready to return to playing in what has quickly become the top league outside of the NLL during the winter months,” said St. John. “If everything continues to open up, the ALL will finally get back to doing what we do best, and that is sending players to the NLL.”
Arena Lacrosse League has quickly become the number one provider of players to the National Lacrosse League in-season, with almost 15% of NLL rosters including players that have played in the ALL. With NLL free agency upon us as well as draft choices, the number of current and former ALL players that will attend upcoming NLL training camps is now over 20%.
“We are so proud of what we have put together as an organization from the GM’s/Head Coaches down to our ticket takers and in game staff. They have all bought in to providing a professional ran league to provide our players, game officials and our coaches the opportunity to develop under NLL style play and showcase themselves for possible advancement to the Pro level,” St. John continued.
When asked about the upcoming 2022 season St. John added, “we have a schedule ready to go and are just waiting on the venues to approve our dates and our return-to-play plans. With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on our traditional Saturday game days we will aim to get a weekend in before the holiday season and reopen January 3. Teams will again play a 14-game schedule and the final will take place in mid-April.”
ALL Combine and Draft information will be announced soon. Target dates fall into late November.
“NLL camps will be winding down as they head towards their December 3 opening day and we will ensure that all players that are sent back to us will be ready to jump right into an ALL team training camp to get ready for our season”.