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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.
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