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Field Lacrosse DROP INs Begin TODAY

Posted by Mary Marchand at Aug 16, 2016 8:40AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

As a way to encourage field development and participation, NOMLA is holding field drop ins starting every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm to 7:30pm up at the DND grounds (right off of the highway). Drop ins will go until the official start of the season which is mid-September. We will have certified coaches ready to assist your child.

For those players wishing to give Field Lacrosse a try, this is a great opportunity to do so in an informal setting. For more information on drop ins or Field lacrosse, please email us at or check out our website at We are hoping to have the official schedule out this week once final registration numbers are confirmed in the Zone. Let’s encourage our friends to come out!

Don’t delay…register today and experience the “fastest game on two feet”!


Congratulations to the Thompson-Okanagan (zone 2) Box Lacrosse team who came away from the BC Summer Games in Abbottsford this weekend with a silver medal WIN. We especially want to recognize the achievements of 2 of our very own, Thomas Mackiewich and Jordie Scherck of the A2 Midget Legends who were a part of this team. You did your Community Proud!

+ Special Note for our very own Tigers:+
Game one saw the guys play the Kootenay’s winning 9-2, then against Cariboo-Northeast winning 9-5. The 3rd game was against Fraser Valley winning that one 6-1 and in the final gold medal game , they played a tough Fraser River squad in a very close game narrowly missing top prize in a score of 8-6.

Thomas and Jordie were not the only LEGENDS players participating at this year’s Summer Games. Caden Colmorgen, Kaden Doughty and Liam Cyr all made Team Interior for Field Lacrosse. The talent was expansive but they all made the cut! They played a good game ending 5th overall.

We had GREAT representation from our Association showing all of BC that we have a significant amount of talent coming from our Area! Congratulations boys on all of your accomplishments. We know we haven’t seen the last of you. We all look forward to seeing you all in this upcoming Field Season.

Amended Coach Application Form – please discard previous one***

NOMLA is now accepting coach applications for this upcoming field lacrosse season. All applicants will be required to complete a coach application form along with the Fair Play Code Form prior to the official start of the season. We are looking for coaches from U7 to the U18 Division. All coach applications will be reviewed and will be chosen by a selected coach committee. If you are interested, please print off this form and send back as soon as possible.

If you require further info, please feel free to contact the Association at

Kari Gares
NOMLA President

The document NOMLA Coach Application Form was attached to this post.

Need help in deciding if playing field lacrosse is right for your child?

The document Field Lacrosse Flyer was attached to this post.


For many of our members, Box Lacrosse is the perfect sport that can fill the gap between fall and summer sport’s programs. It provides a basis for continued core strengthening and endurance while hockey tends to take a back seat at this time. When we think of Lacrosse, we tend to gravitate to Box Lacrosse. It’s speed and grit make for a very exciting game at all ages. But did you know that Box Lacrosse does not offer Post-Secondary opportunities or Scholarships? If your son or daughter is remotely interested in playing at the Collegiate level then they MUST consider signing up for Field Lacrosse. Their Box days will help to cultivate the necessary skills needed for Field. It is in the Arena that you learn quickly that stick skills are a necessity. Speed and tenacity are crucial. You take these valuable skills and deliver them onto the Field you have the perfect combo of skills that many Collegiate coaches are vying for. If you have never tried Field, here’s your chance. SIGN UP TODAY and see what Field Lacrosse is all about!



As the vast majority of the participants in our sport are children, youth and their parents, the CLA feels that we need to understand the reasons for their involvement and why we as a sport organization should encourage that participation. The following philosophical statement is intended as the underpinning of a program which will build on this platform to promote fair play, drug free sport, and standards of competition.

The Fundamental Question
When all the complex questions had been reduced to their basics, we found that the fundamental question remains:

Why do we want children to play sports, and more specifically, to play Lacrosse? What is the intrinsic value of sport that makes it a desirable commodity in our culture? Is there merit apart from the opportunity to succeed in professional sport, which is a long shot for most people who are involved in sport, or the Olympic platform, which is even further beyond the reach of most athletes or children and their parents? What motivation is there for every parent to encourage the participation of their child in sport?

The Essence of Humanity
Among the aboriginal peoples of North America there is a philosophy of human nature which holds that humanity is defined by three facets: mind, body, and spirit. Success in the life experience is achieved through the proper conditioning of physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the individual. The mind must be developed to be active and flexible. The body must be developed to be strong and agile. The spirit must be developed through a strong moral code that guides our actions throughout our lives. It is our responsibility to ensure that our children develop as humans by giving them the opportunity and the encouragement to develop each of these facets in themselves. As humans ourselves, we must continue to visit and develop these aspects throughout our lives.

From this philosophy we can extract the intrinsic value of sport to our culture. Surely it is desirable that we strive to help our children grow to be healthy, alert, and strong persons. We try to achieve this in many ways; health plans for our families, education for all our children, and our religions and our laws that strive to create moral codes by which we live and interact with each other. Sport has the distinctive character of being able to address all three of these facets, mind body and spirit, through one activity.

The Body
By the very nature of most sports, children who participate are physically active. They build physical fitness and develop their coordination, balance and judgment about their bodies. Through their involvement in these physical activities they develop body awareness and learn to push and extend their capabilities to new heights.

Physical development does not always have to be measured against an absolute standard but may be measured against personal standards. In this way success, achievement and development are attainable for all.

The Mind
As the participants develop and progress through the learning stages of sport, their abilities to understand, evaluate and make judgments on skills, techniques and strategies also develop. We help the athletes to develop their cognitive abilities from stages of rote understanding (execution by
the numbers) through comprehension, instinctive execution, and into innovation. Sport helps to develop judgment and analytical skills in its participants. Through sport athletes develop confidence in their capabilities and sport can help to build positive self images.

The Spirit
Sport is inherently well suited to teaching children values, morals, and rules of behaviour. We must not make the mistake of believing that these items are inherent to sport. Sport is a tremendous tool by which we can transmit on many levels the guidance to develop a strong moral code. This teaching must occur on a conscious level and not be assumed to be a fundamental part of participation. We must clearly define the moral parameters that we wish to establish as a foundation, communicating and reinforcing these through words and actions. Through sport we can transmit the values of fair and honest competition, and respect for rules and authority. We can also help participants develop a guideline for social interaction that they will carry into all other aspects of their lives.

The Value of Sport
Throughout history the presence and prevalence of sport as part of civilization is striking. The consistency of sport as an inherent part of culture lends credence to the belief that there are fundamental principles at play. Quite apart from the overwhelming dominance of professional sport, sport as entertainment, highly specialized sport or an international platform of elite performance, sport is a pervasive part of every Canadian’s life. It is a tool by which we can help to develop a society of healthy, active citizens and transmit to our children and youth fundamental principles, social skills and moral values