As Bloomington Youth Lacrosse Association navigates the return to play initiative for the summer of 2020, this page will serve as a communication portal.
Last update: 4:30 PM on Friday, July 10, 2020
We have some updates regarding the season and there are some things still up in the air. Please take a moment to complete the following:
YLM anticipates holding a season that would have games starting on July 1st. We also anticipate returning to the field after June 15th. We will have quite a few restrictions at the beginning, but we anticipate some of the restrictions to change throughout the season. Please see our "return to play" document, so you are aware of the changes and make sure your player is aware as well. That document is located above.
As we communicated earlier, U8 will be 5v5 and U10/U12/U14 will be 7v7 (8v8 including goalie). We do not enter our U8s into YLM, so we will set up scrimmages with other associations (for those that are ready), as we always do. We are hoping to have 12-15 on each of our U10/U12/U14 teams. We will have a one-day tryout as soon as we can, so we can quickly form teams and begin team practices.
There is a possibility YLM will make the decision to cancel the season. Should this happen, BYLA will continue to hold practice sessions twice a week to give players the opportunity to continue building skills. We would also look to schedule scrimmages with other associations (similar to U8). We anticipate the cost of the season to be less than what it was originally. At this time, we do not know what the cost will be because YLM has not finalized their fees yet. We will be refunding families once we know what we will be charged by YLM.
Because of all that has changed, we want to give families the opportunity to opt out of the season all together and get a full refund. If you want to opt out of the season, please email BloomingtonLacrosseWeb@outlook.com with your player(s) name(s) and level(s) and let us know you would like to opt out. We need to quickly figure out how many teams we will have at each level, so please respond by Friday. No reply is required if you are not opting out. This is a brief email, considering all the changes, so we have created a FAQ page. We have loaded it with some of the questions and answers we anticipate and we will continue to add to it. Please check the FAQs above before asking a question.
We hope to see you all soon.
The following has been excerpted from the home page for Youth Lacrosse of Minnesota:
Taking into consideration the events of this season and the fact that many opportunities for our youth athletes have been cancelled, YLM is still committed to pursuing all avenues for a summer season.
Tentative plan for 2020 Season:
Basic summary is: A shortened season for all age groups, 7v7 style/rules, and observing social-distancing guidelines.
No State Tournament will be held due to large amounts of people in a confined area. This is for the safety of everyone.
6/15 Go / No Go*
7/1 Season Start
8/14 Season End
6/15 - Go/No Go Date. Based on the environment at the time, the YLM will make a determination if the 2020 Season will proceed or be cancelled.
The season start of 7/1 will allow us to get started prior to the 4th of July, break for a few days and get started back up on the 6th.
Teams would be encouraged to practice/get outside, if they choose, between 6/15-7/1 while observing guidelines set forth at that time.
7/1 – 8/14 Season, previously we asked if there would be support to extend past the normal season end date. There was a lot of support for this and it makes sense if we can have a season. We realize other (Fall) sports get started and have decided not to extend through August, but extend through 8/14.
In summary, our attempt to hold a season is to give the kids an opportunity to play, get outside and see their friends. We can only do this with your support and understanding that this situation is fluid and may change rapidly based on the Mn State direction and the environment at the time.
Minnesota Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (MSLAX) has canceled the 2020 Summer season. MSLAX is the governing body for girls community lacrosse in Minnesota and surrounding areas. While we are extremely disappointed, we completely understand the action they have taken.
There may be an opportunity for regional play days for interested teams should this become allowable this summer or fall. We will stay in close contact and determine if that is something of interest for our lacrosse community.
It is our expectation that we will return to the field in 2021 and continue to provide the opportunity to for our community to have a great lacrosse experience.
Refunds have been processed. If you did not receive a credit to your credit card, your check entered the US Mail on Monday, June 1.