CLA Anti-Doping Education Program Announcement (June 15, 2015)
The Canadian Lacrosse Association is affiliated with the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP). The CADP consists of several components, including in- and out-of-competition testing, education, medical exemptions and the consequences of doping violations. The CADP is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all international standards. By adopting the CADP, the Canadian Lacrosse Association has joined a world-class anti-doping program that is designed to protect athletes’ rights and ensure a level playing field. The Canadian Lacrosse Association’s anti-doping policy reflects and supports the CADP. As part of the Canadian Lacrosse Association, all members of Ontario Lacrosse Association are subject to Canada’s anti-doping rules.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) had previously offered a compliance program for athletes, but as of June 15th, 2015, the educational portion of this program will be administered directly by the CLA. The CLA Board of Directors has voted to implement a compulsory online education program (based on the information, resources and content developed by the CCES) to ensure that its athletes are compliant with anti-doping measures. Section 10 of the CLA Operations Manual was updated to include:
- 10.1.11. To ensure Canadian athletes receive education on anti-doping and are equipped with knowledge about the CCES anti-doping and testing procedures, all Senior A, Senior B, Junior A, Junior B players and Junior Women in Box lacrosse and all Senior and U19 Men’s and Women’s Field lacrosse players must complete the CLA online anti-doping education course, found on the CLA website, including submitting the electronic declaration form by August 1st of the playing year. The course need only be done once. Players who previously completed the CCES online course and who appear on the CLA confirmation list have complied with this policy.
- 10.1.11.1. Athletes must complete the course by 11:59pm EST on August 1st (or in advance of their respective National Championship if it falls prior to August 1st) of the playing year free of charge. Players who do not complete the course are not eligible to compete at a CLA National Championship. After the deadline an athlete can pay the $50 administration fee (to be charged to the MA which the athlete competes for) to take the course in order to be eligible to compete at a CLA National Championship.
- 10.1.11.2. Athletes who take the course between August 2 and October 31 are subject to the $50 administration fee.
- 10.1.11.3. Upon completion of the course, athletes must fill out and send the electronic declaration form through the CLA website to the CLA head office for record keeping. This will be used as their proof of completion in order to determine eligibility.
Once this education has been completed and the athlete has signed off on the "Athlete Acknowledgment Form", the player will receive an email that confirms that the CLA office has received this form and that the player's education has been completed.
The CCES recommends that athletes take the following actions to ensure they don’t commit an inadvertent anti-doping rule violation:
- Check the Global DRO (www.globaldro.com) to determine if any prescription or over-the-counter medications or treatments that you use are banned by the WADA Prohibited List.
- Review Medical Exemptions requirements click here if you require the use of a banned medication for a legitimate medical reason.
- Do not use supplements, or take precautions prior to doing so. Supplement products cannot be verified by the CCES or in the Global DRO. A lack of industry and government regulation makes it impossible to confirm their ingredients. Read more: www.cces.ca/supplements
- Review the steps of the doping control sample collection procedures: www.cces.ca/en/samplecollection
For additional resources and more about anti-doping, please contact the CCES