Thank you for visiting the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Return to Play website. On this page you will find current information on the OLA's Return to Play process. This information will continue to be updated as necessary. Can't find what you're looking for? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question.
Ontario Reopening by Steps (July 2021)
Note: this information is complete for Step 3, but certain communities may layer in additional restrictions in accordance with their regional public health needs. Leagues and clubs at each level are working hard to prepare for plans throughout the summer. Your continued patience is appreciated. We looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Previous Return to Activity Information:
The information below pertains to our previous Return to Activity plans, which have since been replaced with the PDF linked above. These plans were prepared to align with the Provincial Government's colour-coded regional framework, and have been replaced by the information above. We will maintain the availability of this previous guide as a reference for the best practices that clubs and leagues can take to keep participants safe.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Looking to submit a question about Return to Activity? Email Ron MacSpadyen (email@example.com)
5. What are the requirements for coaches for the 2021 season? (Submitted March 23, 2021)
Coaches must be properly registered with the OLA through Sportzsoft, including an acknowledgement that competition occurs under RTA Guidelines. The Making Headways concussion training module is mandatory, and the Making Ethical Decisions training module is highly recommended. Bench personnel over the age of 18 must complete their screening requirements according to the OLA's Screening Policy. Teams must also have a prepared emergency action plan that is accessible at any event that they are participating in.
4. Can players and teams travel outside of their public health unit to participate in games or sessions when both public health units are in green, yellow and/or orange zones? (Submitted March 11, 2021)
The Ontario Government has recommended that residents limit travel where possible. Section 8, Team Sports, of Ontario Regulation 364/20 indicates that travel and play are not permitted in red zones or grey zones, however, it is not explicitly prohibited in green, yellow or orange zones. This graphic clarifies how movement of players and coaches, teams, and officials may occur.
3. Is there a good template available for our Emergency Action Plan (EAP)? (Submitted March 23, 2021)
2. Why is no-contact lacrosse necessary? (Submitted February 23, 2021)
The Ontario Government has permitted competition with the express understanding that our rules have been modified to eliminate instances of body-to-body and stick-to-body contact (Section 8, Team Sports, of Ontario Regulation 364/20). No-contact lacrosse is a temporary but necessary measure in response to the pandemic for Ontario Lacrosse to transition back to standard play. If provincial restrictions are further relaxed, there may be options for minimal contact to be reintroduced in a safe, measured manner. If this becomes the case, these changes will be communicated to each sector.
1. What is Bill 218? (Submitted February 22, 2021)
The Government of Ontario has established legislation entitled "Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act 2020", also referred to as Bill 218. This legislation extends protections to associations and individuals who have been operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The objective of the legislation is to protect individuals from any civil lawsuits as they relate to COVID 19, provided the individual is following the rules and regulations of the Government of Ontario and acting in good faith. The full details can be accessed here.
In addition to a number of great individual contributors from within the Ontario Lacrosse community, resources were reviewed from a number of areas, including the Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women, Baseball Canada, Field Hockey Ontario, Hockey Canada, Ontario Hockey Federation, Oshawa Blue Knights Lacrosse, US Lacrosse and World Lacrosse. Appreciation and gratitude are extended to these organizations for sharing their documentation.