RMLL Response to COVID-19
June 1, 2020
This is the update from the March 15 and April 9 communications regarding covid-19.
On April 23, 2020 Dr. Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, announced that the social distancing ban on gatherings of more than 15 people will be maintained throughout the summer. This was on the same day that the Calgary Stampede and Edmonton’s K-Days (as well as other large festivals) announced that they were cancelled for 2020. On April 24, 2020, the City of Calgary announced that its facilities would be remain closed until July 31 or longer. Other municipalities across Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have been making similar decisions.
In addition, on May 28, the Canadian Lacrosse Association cancelled all national championships for 2020.
As a consequence of these decisions from government and lacrosse governing authorities, the RMLL, in consultation with, and the agreement of all the divisions, regrettably is formally cancelling its 2020 season. While there was some hope that some type of modified schedule could be maintained for July-August, that is no longer an option.
The ALA discussed the issue of refunding of fees in their April 8 communication. For RMLL players/teams, there are three different types of fees:
- ALA Intent to Play. Players directly paid this fee of $60.25 when they registered through the RAMP system (RMLL Intent-to-Play). This fee (minus an administrative fee of $10) will be refunded.
- RMLL Franchise Fee. All Franchises pay a minimum Franchise Fee of $800 to the RMLL. This fee plus any Division extra fees will be credited to 2021 season for all Franchises (minus an administrative fee set by the RMLL Executive).
- Team Player Registration Fees. A player pays this fee to the team that they are playing on. For the vast majority of teams, this fee has not been paid yet, because the team selection process had yet to occur. However, there may be some players who have already paid their team fees. In this case, you need to contact your team to determine what their refund policy is.
The reason for withholding administrative fees is that the RMLL’s fiscal year is October-September. As a result, the RMLL has already incurred costs including the 2019 AGM and 2020 planning meetings and the graduating midgets combines in Edmonton and Calgary. The ALA is in a similar position and this was outlined in their April 8 communication.
Losing an entire RMLL season is something that none of us has likely thought about. Then again, few of us would have foreseen the near total disruption of life in general. This presents us all with a number of difficult challenges to navigate over the coming months. Among those is all of us working together to keep the momentum in our game and our league so we can build a successful comeback lacrosse season in 2021.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and given the CLA May 28th announcement that all 2020 National Championships have been cancelled, the RMLL Junior A and Senior B Divisions have now made the difficult decision to cancel their formal 2020 Seasons.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Policy
Revised February 29, 2020
POLICY 12 – ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND DRUG POLICY
12.01.1 All players, team officials, referees, and volunteers must respect the laws
regarding the consumption of alcohol in the jurisdiction of the event
(either provincially/territorially or internationally). Underage drinking
will not be tolerated.
12.01.2 No team official, athlete, game official, referee, volunteer should consume alcohol or
should have consumed alcohol with parents or athletes during the time of an ALA
sanctioned event while under the care and control of athletes.
12.01.3 Team officials should not consume alcohol in the presence of underage players.
12.01.4 No team member, team officials, referee or volunteer shall consume alcohol or should
have consumed alcohol prior to an ALA sanctioned event on the same calendar day.
12.01.5 No team member, team officials, referee or volunteer shall be intoxicated at
any time between leaving home to travel to and returning home from
an ALA event.
12.01.6 All ALA sanctioned events approved to have alcohol must have a liquor licence and
adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
(AGLC). All servers must be ProServe trained and designated security personnel must
12.07.1 All ALA expects all ALA Members to act responsibly at ALA events where alcohol
consumption has been approved. Compliance with AGLC Policies as well as ALA
Bylaws, Regulations, and Policies are to be adhered to.
12.02 All forms of Tobacco and Vaping
12.02.1 All players, team officials, and referees must respect the laws surrounding
tobacco in the jurisdiction of the event (Provincial/Territorial and
International). The ALA discourages the use of tobacco/vape.
12.02.2 Team officials, players, and referees should not use tobacco/vape in the presence of
12.03.1 The Canadian Government legalized Cannabis however, athletes subject to the
Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) must be aware that this does not affect the
status of cannabis in sport. Cannabis continues to be a prohibited substance and a
positive test can still result in sanction.
12.03.2 The ALA position statement on substance abuse shall apply
to all competitions.
12.03.3 All players, team officials, and referees must respect the laws surrounding
drugs in the jurisdiction of the event (Canada and International). The
stricter standard shall apply.
12.03.4 No athlete, official, coach, referee, or volunteer shall take either illegal or
performance enhancing drugs. No team official or parent shall
recommend or condone the use of illegal or performance enhancing
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12.03.5 Any individual who has knowledge of the use of illegal or
performance enhancing drugs must report the infraction immediately
to team management or an ALA official.
12.03.6 Failure to follow the above guidelines could result in a Code of Conduct violation.
The Alberta Lacrosse Association (ALA) is excited to announce the launch of Alberta Lacrosse TV. You can find Alberta Lacrosse TV at www.albertalacrossetv.com.
Alberta Lacrosse TV is an online platform where the public can go to watch Alberta Lacrosse videos. Initially Alberta Lacrosse TV will provide drill videos for coaches.
In addition, coaches will be able to download the drill PDF from the site . The ALA will be continually uploading drill videos to the library and build the database of drills for box lacrosse, men’s field lacrosse and women’s field lacrosse.
Alberta Lacrosse TV will be the site to visit to watch the new and exciting things that are happening in the lacrosse community. Eventually Alberta Lacrosse TV will move beyond drill videos to highlight lacrosse events, player profiles and coach interviews.
For more information or to be a sponsor of Alberta Lacrosse TV please contact
Lisa Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.