CWMLA State of Lacrosse - COVID-19 Member Update, News (Centre Wellington Mohawks Lacrosse)

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CWMLA State of Lacrosse - COVID-19 Member Update
Submitted By Nathan Joyes on Saturday, April 18, 2020
Back before our October AGM, when I started thinking about the possibility of taking on the role of president, I had many grand ideas of what we could do. I dreamt of connecting members of our community in a way that would make our community better. I dreamt of ways that we could grow this game in our community and the surrounding area. I dreamt of creating opportunities for everyone to fall in love with the game as much as the CWMLA executive has. I did not dream about COVID-19.

COVID-19 is not what I signed up for.

The Six Nations reserve has shut down their border. Unless you are essential, you are not getting on or off of the reserve, they have cancelled their lacrosse season. The Alberta Lacrosse Association (ALA) has made the tough decision to keep their members safe and shut down their season as well.
 
Within our Zone, North Perth has just rebranded. They moved to be more inclusive of the girls in their program, and have replaced their miner logo with a barbed wire symbol similar to the Dever Outlaws of the MLL. They have made massive moves to improve their program. Wilmot a brand new club to the Zone has also invested in purchasing new gear. Without a season it will be tough for these clubs who have invested in lacrosse to recover financially.
 
Not what these clubs have signed up for.
 
For our field lacrosse members, the OMFLL has decided to delay the spring field lacrosse season until late summer or the fall (memo attached). They have also decided that they will retain $200 for each team registered to cover league costs. We anticipate this to be about $27,000. From their 2020 budget, only $15,500 is properly accounted for, the remainder is to go towards undisclosed costs.
 
From the latest OLA board of directors meeting, they have not stated that they will be reducing their levies for the season, the magazine will continue to run, tournaments will simply be rescheduled, we will be submitting a team to the Summer Games, and the Ontario Lacrosse Festival will run as normal. All costs and risks involved with executing activities will be absorbed by the individual clubs and/or passed on to the players.
 
Not what my CWMLA executive has signed up for.
 
Playing a shortened season. Playing on a different timeline. Being around people that are asymptomatic of a potentially deadly virus.
 
Not what YOU signed up for.
 
The CWMLA executive is unanimously in favour of taking care of your well being. In our last meeting, we had some exceptional discussions surrounding engagement, safety, and fees. Zone 8 has also had similar meetings and discussions, including applying the pressure supported by your CWMLA executive to the OLA to cancel the season, and look for future modified programming if able.
 
But, we have some tough hills yet to climb. We have scrutinized our finances to ensure that we do what is right for our members regardless of what is happening in the world, or what decisions are made by our governing bodies. The result of that scrutiny will allow us to remain in good standing, and at the same time forego our normal refund policy, guaranteeing all members 100% refund on all registration fees paid in 2020.
 
In doing that we'd like to share with you some of our costs.
 
For each player registered there is:
  • 2.75% credit card transaction fee charged in or out
    • refunds will only be charged 2% this year.
  • $1.00 paid to the OLA for registering
  • $2.10 paid to SportzSoft
For our association, if we just register and refund all members, it will cost us $7,605.24.
 
On top of that we also pay the OLA/OMFLL:
  • a league fee per team
    • OLA $276
    • Box Provincial fees $650 ($850 for A teams)
    • OMFLL $2000
  • player expenses
    • Online Registration Fees $35
    • Insurance $11
    • OLA Magazine $7
Of which, we are not sure what fees the OLA will be returning if they are unable to put forward a season in 2020. This concerns us, as other clubs may not be able to support a loss of this magnitude, and the OLA is not yet willing to provide financial assistance to these clubs.
 
We do not yet know what the season if any will look like, we are still waiting for the OLA to provide us with that information. However, we do know that we will continue to keep your health and well being at the forefront of each of our decisions as we wade through this crisis together.
 
Yours in Lacrosse,
Nathan Joyes
President
CWMLA
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