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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



JOCAP is an acronym that was selected so it would be easily remembered — Joint Officials
Coaches Abuse Panel (JOCAP).

This panel was created to put an end to the copious amount of verbal abuse that coaches,
players, parents and fans inflict on the officials in our game. This panel has a dozen people on it
– six from the BC Lacrosse Officials Group and six from the BC Lacrosse Coaches Group.

JOCAP’s mandate, as directed by both the BC Lacrosse Officials and Coaches Technical
Support Groups during the 2015 Special Sessions Joint Session, is for both the officials and
coaches sectors to work together to identity why there is so much abuse and to find solutions to
this ongoing issue. Strong recommendations have been made to the Directorates for suspensions
to help eliminate the abuse.

The system is broken and this ongoing cycle of abuse must now end. Times have changed. No
longer can coaches use the excuse "Back in the day, my coach yelled and screamed at the
referees so now it my turn”. It is no longer acceptable behaviour to use profanity, use rude
gestures, or threaten or intimidate a referee. Respect is a vital part of the game and it must be
displayed by everyone or the game will simply not grow.

We are losing officials at an alarming rate and what really hurts all of us is that we are losing the
high level referees who have said they have had enough of the abuse. They don’t like the way
they are being treated in the game so who can any one blame them for leaving? Why would
anyone place themselves in an environment where they are not having fun?

Last year there were death threats, RCMP having to escort referees to the parking lot and
players going the referees’ homes to physically assault them. On top of that, there was constant
bullying and the most horrific things said on social media about officials.

We have hit an all time low. We are destroying our game. We are in a crisis situation for referee
availability. We struggled to get referees to officiate regular season games, begged referees to
do double duty for play off games and had bare bones for referees to do provincials. We were
forced to place referees in games over their heads which made the situation uncomfortable for
everyone. This is not fair to the players, the coaches or the officials.

After many meetings, to sum it all up, the common denominators are coaches showing the bad
behaviour and the players emulate their coaches with bad behaviour. The parents see this
display so they think it is acceptable. On the flip side, the referees do not call penalties because
they are too young and inexperienced or the seasoned veteran is told to have thicker skin.

For 2016, coaches will coach, players will play and referees will officiate the game. Everyone
has their role in the game. No longer can a coach embarrass, humiliate, swear or be aggressive
toward any official. This type of behaviour distracts the officials from doing their job on the
floor and it is a safety concern for the players.

The referees have been instructed to call it early and often. Consider this a warning…

2016 Instructions to Officials

At the 2016 Officials Clinics, the referees have been instructed to call unsportsmanlike and
abuse of officials early and often.

The Head Coach of each team in totally responsible for his/her bench. Bench is defined as
players, door personnel, assistant coaches and trainers. This Head Coach must take the time to
talk to the parents/fans before the very first game of the season about respect for the game.
These parents/fans must keep their negative comments to themselves. If any parent or fan is
abusive to any official they will be asked to immediately leave the arena. The game will be
suspended until the abusive individual(s) leave(s) the arena.

Door Personnel (Novice and below). Their job is to open and close the door. That is it. They
count their players onto and off the floor and they may cheer on their players. The door people
may never say a negative comment to the referee.

2 minute Unsportsmanlike Bench Minor + Game Misconduct + Game Report.
Any player except a designated goal keeper shall serve the penalty.

Door Personnel (Pee Wee and above). All Door Personnel are all trained or certified
coaches. Their job is to open and close the door. That is it. They count their players onto and
off the floor and they may cheer on their players. The door people may never say a negative
comment to the referee.

2 minute Unsportsmanlike Bench Minor.
Any player except a designated goal keeper shall serve the penalty.

For a second Unsportsmanlike Penalty from the bench.
2 minute Unsportsmanlike Bench Minor + Head Coach Game Misconduct + Game
Any player except a designated goal keeper shall serve the penalty.

A bench penalty will also be called if a trainer, door person or coach, while attending an injured
player on the floor makes a negative comment or attempts to intimidate the official.
2 minute Unsportsmanlike Bench Minor.
Any player except a designated goal keeper shall serve the penalty.

In Pee Wee and below, the coach may talk directly to the official about an interpretation of rule
without going through the captains. Of course, this is only in effect as long as the coach is polite
and not aggressive in behaviour.

In Bantam and above, the referees have been instructed to use open communication with the
coaches as long as it is polite and quick dialogue. This is not intended for repeated questioning
of calls and must not unnecessarily slow the game down.

As the Head Coach is responsible for the bench, he/she must make sure of the following.
1. Must not enter in argument with the officials.
2. Must not say any negative comments to anyone in the game.
2. Must not attempt to influence any calls (running commentary) or any decision of an official.
3. Intimidate any official. (Aggressive behaviour)

In cases where the coach has a complaint against the performance of the official – no good can
come from that coach talking to that referee. The mechanism in place at this time, is for the
coach to report that referee to his own Head Referee. If need be, that Head Referee will report
that referee to the referee zone co-ordinator.

In all cases, only the Head Referee, referee zone co-ordinators, referee clinicians, Chair and
Vice Chair of the BC Lacrosse Officials Group will be permitted to talk to any referee about
his/her performance.

Head Coaches are encouraged to speak to everyone associated with their teams about abuse.
This abuse must stop now. All games are going to heavily monitored.

For this 2016 season, information about this paper will be disseminated in the following
1. On-Line BCLA Community of Practice to all Topic Areas
2. BC Lacrosse Coaches Group Information Sheet
3. On the BCLA Website
4. At Coaches and Officials Meetings and Clinics
5. Tournament Packages and RIC
6. Pre-game talk by the officials of the games
Let’s all work together so everyone can enjoy the games.

Joint Officials Coaches Abuse Panel (JOCAP) Representatives