We are writing with an update for you concerning our Spring 2020 season. Over the weekend we received a message from the Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse Board (which governs the boys side of our league) indicating that currently the boy’s side has adopted a plan for a 6 week season running from May 1 to June 13. I believe that the CVGYL is evaluating how to proceed but at this point we are treating our boys and girls teams the same in terms of if and when we start in Tolland. With this in mind, and in light of the current “Stay at Home” order we expect that it is unlikely that we will begin practicing prior to the return to school on April 20. We plan to continue to evaluate this situation, taking into consideration school and business closures, and ongoing recommendations of public health agencies and will determine if, when, and how to proceed with the season in the coming weeks.
Based upon all of this there is a possibility that we will play shortened seasons and there is also a possibility that if the Covid-19 situation does not improve, we may not have a season. If either of those situations occur we are prepared to provide refunds for the season or partial season.
On a more positive note, going forward, we will be sharing videos and links to lacrosse related content. Some of these videos will be links to social media accounts of other players, coaches, and other lacrosse clubs andorganizations. Our goal in providing these is to give our players a way to get outside, play, and become better lacrosse players despite the fact that we can not get together and practice.
The first link is to a US Lacrosse publication called “60 Ways to Play”.
Ordinarily we have started practicing and playing games in late March/early April with the season running into the beginning of June. We had hoped to do the same this season, however the concern regarding the coronavirus, including the recommendations against gatherings and for social distancing, requires us to re-evaluate our original plan.
With the suspension of school in Tolland beginning Monday, March 16, we believe that it makes sense for us to follow the lead and guidance of our local administrators’ decision and to postpone the commencement of our season until at least the time that school resumes. The safety of our kids, families, and community is our highest priority and while we regret having to make this decision, we believe that this is in our collective best interest. We will continue to evaluate this ongoing situation and provide updates as more information becomes available, and we decide how to proceed.
We know that all of us have been looking forward to this lacrosse season and we hope that we are able to play in the near distant future. It appears that other youth lacrosse clubs in our area are taking the same position and we expect that our decision to postpone and evaluate will be consistent with that of other clubs in our league.
We hope that all of you stay safe and healthy.
Please direct any questions that you may have to Damien Berthiaume at