As the government plans to lift further restrictions on Feb. 21 following the alterations approved for Monday, January 31, Ford noted in a public statement that if public health trends have not improved the government “won’t hesitate” to pause between steps “for a few extra days.”
This has made predictions for sports difficult to navigate — however, the Six Nations Minor Lacrosse League (SNMLA) has announced that a competitive season will be planned for.
“The SNMLA is excited and preparing for a competitive season this coming spring and summer for both field and box lacrosse. With that being said all players must be fully vaccinated to participate. That is a guideline from the province. Age 5 to 11 is still unsure as of yet. If that changes we will be sure to keep you posted,” wrote an administrator to the SNMLA Facebook page.
“As for registration we will open that as soon as we hear more from our Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) reps as to when that portal will be opened. We will be putting out coaching applications very soon. With that note all bench staff will also need to be fully vaccinated.
“Please be patient as we will get all details out as soon as they are available. And we hope to see everyone very soon.”
For field lacrosse, a Jammer Tournament is in the works for April 9 and 10, but the SNMLA wanted that the dates are subject to change with provincial regulations.
The SNMLA noted that a regular season will run April 16 and 17, April 23 and 24, April 30 and May 1, May 6 and 7, May 14 and 15, with a championship weekend on May 21 to 23.
It was noted to parents that the province and the OLA also requires players of 12 years old and up to be fully vaccinated to play organized sports.