We Need Them..., News (Centre Wellington Mohawks Lacrosse)

PrintNews Article
We Need Them...
Submitted By Nathan Joyes on Monday, June 17, 2019
The sport of lacrosse is steeped in history, and it can be regarded as one of the oldest team sports in North American history. Jean de Brébeuf first wrote about the game he observed in the Hurons, or present day Ontario back in 1637. Although it has been played for many, many different reasons like: settling inter-tribal disputes, toughening young warriors for combat, recreation, part of festivals and religious reasons, it has always been a physical sport.


In Centre Wellington, we have quite a history as well. If you take a walk down the hallway under Fergus pad A you will see quite a number of citizens who helped play and promote this great game. One picture in the archive dates back to 1903, and we even have current players that are related to those players in our organization this season!

Needless to say, the sport has evolved quite a bit since it was first observed back in 1637. We have shifted from using wooden sticks to metal/composite shafts with plastic heads, most have dropped the leather strings for specialized mesh treated with wax or other special chemicals. We have gone from no equipment to heavy leather pads to sophisticated plastic composite materials that wick sweat away from our bodies so that we can play and push ourselves to peak performance.

However, as parents in the stands, when things don’t go our way we resort to barbaric tendencies. After just coming out of silent week, many of you will have heard about the referee in Innisfil that was accosted in the parking lot after a game. Talk about taking things too far!

The Centre Wellington Minor Lacrosse Association works diligently to be a mediator between our players, coaches and referees. With our coaching application policies and procedures we have been quite fortunate to be able to select highly qualified applicants, who select appropriate bench staff who conduct themselves in a professional manner, and leave their issues with officiating on the floor. Or, they follow up on officiating issues through appropriate board or zone channels.

Our members of the tournament committee have also been fortunate in the representation at our annual Scott Gerrie Memorial Tournament. Again, following our policies and procedures, arisen issues have been handled and diffused quickly over the past 9 years since we amalgamated.

As Queen Victoria stated about our game when she observed it back in 1876, “The game is very pretty to watch.” Without a doubt, it can be one of the most beautiful games to watch, and it is an honour to play.

However, we can’t play without referees!

We need to grow the game, and we can’t do that with bad publicity. Instead of ruining our game for future generations, let’s come together as a lacrosse community that grows the game through positive media coverage. Let’s set powerful positive examples of exemplary player-coach-officiating relationships based on respect! Whether they made the right call or not, have the respect for the people on the floor letting us play.
This article has been viewed 1038 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 14
    Oct
    Organization
    The 2022 lacrosse season has already started! Are you ready to help the association prepare to win in 2022? This October 27th at 7 pm the CWMLA AGM will take place in the Fergus Mezzanine. Four two year elected positions will be available for the ...
  • 09
    Oct
    Organization
    With the AGM coming up on October 27th, there are a number of voting positions open for election. Click the link below for more details.
  • 25
    Sep
    Organization
    Wednesday, October 27, at 7 pm will be the 2021 CWMLA AGM. All members of the CWMLA lacrosse family are welcome to attend. It is an exciting time for lacrosse as we look to bounce back from two years off from traditional lacrosse ...
  • 27
    Aug
    Organization
    It must have been fate, as the dark clouds looming over Fergus last night held off one more time as our U15 & U17 teams closed out the 2021 season. Your CWMLA executive can attest to the fact that it wasn't easy, but it was worth every scrap of ...
  • 22
    Aug
    Organization
    After a great weekend of lacrosse our U17 players hold their heads high. Making top 6 wasn't an easy task, and playing through injuries and the heat, is no easy feat in such a short season. Centre Wellington packed the barn for you, and you ...
  • 21
    Aug
    Organization
    For those attending the Rising Stars Tournament this weekend in Centre Wellington. Please ensure that you fill out the contact tracing form found on the OJLL website: https://qr.groundlevelinsights.com/qrForm/template/2999
  • 18
    Aug
    Organization
    This weekend, the best of Ontario U17 lacrosse converge to Centre Wellington for some of the best lacrosse we've seen in close to two years! The top 6 teams that qualified from last weekend include Mimico, Guelph, Nepean, Centre Wellington, ...
  • 11
    Aug
    Organization
    COVID has been hard, but we're slowly getting back to normal. Some teams have had an opportunity to go inside, and our Peanut & Paperweight groups are no different. This and next Thursday, August 12th and August 19th, our littlest laxers will be ...
Printed from cwmla.com on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:45 PM