Announcement

We need your opinion!

Posted by Peninsula Warriors Lacrosse Association on Jul 18 2018 at 07:57PM PDT
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Hello Peninsula Lacrosse Families

Thanks for another great season,.

Below is a Survey that has 1 question and a comment box. It is in regards to a discussion I have been having with the Presidents from the other South Island Lacrosse associations and your executive has had during the last couple of meetings. The Topic is about amalgamation/ merging lacrosse associations with Saanich and Victoria/ Esquimalt. Please forgive the lengthy email but I want to make sure everyone has some details.

Before I go into the details please know that we have not committed to anything and there are no firm plans in place to move forward with this idea. At this point it is just an idea.

Please read the rationale and some of the conversation we have been having and then if you could fill out the short survey that would help us gauge what our community thinks of the idea and whether there is support for us to proceed., or otherwise.

Discussion/ Rationale

Every season our association (along with every other association) has to declare how many teams we have for each division and what tier they will play in by the first week in February. The challenge with this is that registration is still open and we haven’t held a “back to the box” night or run any assessments. So what this means is your executive has to keep track of players, (who has grown, who hasn’t, what their skill level is, what team they played on previously and how many years they have played and come up with our best guess as to how many teams we will have in each division e.g. Peewee and whether they are going to play A1, A2, B or C. This is obviously difficult for us to do in early February.

Every season small associations like ours struggle with whether we will have two teams in a division and if we do, what the skill level is like to help us determine what tiers we will play in. This becomes harder if we don’t have enough registered players to confirm we have 2 teams by early February.

For this season, we only had enough players to put one team in Midget, Bantam and Peewee (we were short 2 players in peewee and bantam for 2 teams). This complicated the problem even more because we had players from all skill levels now playing together on one team.

We want all players to play regardless of skill level. Our policy is that “first to register” is “first to play” regardless of previous teams or tiers played in.

In years where there are two teams in a division at Penlax you would see our A1/A2 players grouped together to make a A2 team and our B and C players grouped together to make a B or C team. This has worked well for us as we are able to keep kids of similar skill playing together against other teams of similar skill.

This means that we have our B/C players playing against other B/C players on the island making the games more equal and competitive meaning the kids have more FUN!!!

Years like 2018, when we only had one team in our competitive divisions (Peewee Bantam and Midget) we had kids from A1, A2, B, and C all on the same team. This causes a few challenges for the association and the team, in any tier, as we are either not challenging some kids enough, or putting too many kids in a tier that they wouldn’t be able to compete in. Either way if our kids don’t have FUN they won’t want to continue to play this amazing sport.

In speaking with the other area presidents they are also been experiencing the same challenges as they try to place players on teams.

Our goal is for the Kids to have fun, learn some lacrosse skills and want to come back next season. If we have accomplished those then we have succeeded.

What we have been talking about is the idea of amalgamating Saanich, Victoria and Peninsula into one association.

The idea being that we would be then able to have an A1, A2, B and C team in each division (likely more that one team in A2, B and C) and all of our players would be able to play and compete at their skill level.

Logistics

Obviously there would be a lot of logistical things to figure out for this to happen. Some of the discussions have been that if we proceeded with something like this that we would divide our non competitive teams (Novice, Tyke and Mini Tyke) up by geography so that the practices would all be near where you live (Peninsula Kids to stay out in peninsula)

Team Selections

For our competitive divisions (Peewee, Bantam, Midget) all of our players would have the opportunity to be assessed to play on the A1 or A2 teams which would be more like a regional team and the kids playing B and C would still be placed by skill but also geography to keep things easier for families.

Coaching

A lot of the coaches from most associations are parent coaches but each association does have non parent coaches in the competitive divisions. Selecting of coaches would become a more formalized process to ensure the process is fair, transparent and that we are getting the best coaches possible for each team.

The survey is only one question and a comment box, IF I could ask everyone to complete the survey so that we know what you think, because your opinion matters.

Thanks again

Phil
Penlax President

Survey Link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WN6VRKK