2021 INFORMATION - BOX LACROSSE
St Albert Rams Lacrosse Club and Local Lacrosse
St Albert Rams Lacrosse Club is a minor sport association that is part of the Greater Edmonton Lacrosse Council (GELC) and normally operates from March to July each year. Other minor box lacrosse clubs within the GELC include: South Edmonton Warriors, West Edmonton Blues, North Edmonton Wizards, Sherwood Park Titans, Fort Saskatchewan Rebels, Leduc Crush, Westlock Rock, Parkland Posse, and Beaumont Raiders. The Rams have teams in all divisions, 6U (3 to 5 yrs old) through 16U (15/16 yrs old).
St Albert also has six major lacrosse teams. the Junior A, Senior B and Senior C Miners; the Junior B Tier I and Junior B Tier II Crude; and the Junior Ladies Drillers. They all play in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL).
The Club is always looking for new people. There are opportunities to participate as an Official, Coach, Manger, Trainer or as one of the many other valuable volunteers required to make our Club and sport a great success. There are series of coach and referee clinics conducted each year within the Edmonton area. These will be modified in 2021 and conducted in accordance with the Government of Albert COVID 19 requirements.
The Rams’ operate out of Servus Credit Union Place and Iginla/Kinex Arenas in St Albert. There are occasions where the Rams may use facilities in Morinville. Due to COVID 19 situation, the 2021 season will be significantly modified in comparison to previous seasons. At this time, based on current restrictions on youth sports, sessions will be conduced consisting of 10 persons: one or two coaches and nine or eight players. There will be no evaluations for 2021 and these sessions will initially be focused on skill development and ensuring our young athletes have an opportunity to enjoy our great sport again.
The exact details of the schedule cannot be confirmed at this time and depending on the further decreasing of restrictions, may change over the course of the season. However, the plan for potential game play at this time is as follows:
4 on 4 Game Play
Based on AHS benchmark to ease restrictions according to number of hospitalizations and may commence as early as April 20.
Teams consisting of a total of ten participants including players and coaches; most cases this will be nine players and one coach or eight players and two coaches, under current restrictions.
Games will be no more than one hour in duration.
Floors will be split into two with a physical barrier in order to maximize participation and provided no co-mingling of groups takes place.
Season end date will be no later than July 11.
There may be potential to move to a 5 on 5 normal play if restrictions continue to be lifted. At such time, teams will be formed based on the existing groups and in accordance with all Government of Alberta requirements.
Important Dates for 2021
15 February Registration opens
8 March On floor activities commence
20 April 4 on 4 play commences, if possible based Government of Alberta restrictions
11 July Season concludes
The GELC is a member of the Alberta Lacrosse Association (ALA) which is governed by the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA). The recommended equipment consists of the following: helmet (NOCSAE or CSA approved), cage/mask (CLA approved), protective gloves, shoulder and arm (elbow) pads, back/kidney pad, mouth guard, and a jock or jill strap. Running shoes and a stick are also required and kneepads are optional. Hockey equipment can be used except for the kidney protector which is unique to lacrosse. However, lacrosse specific equipment provides better fit, protection, and flexibility. This is particularly true of items such gloves and arm guards. There are also lacrosse specific cages (masks). There are youth lacrosse sticks that have a thinner handle and a slightly smaller head and at 6U and 8U divisions the sticks can be as short as 26 inches (66.0 cm). At 10U and 12U sticks cannot be any shorter than 34 inches (86.4 cm) and at 14U and above sticks cannot be shorter than 40 inches (101.6 cm) nor longer than 46 inches (116.8 cm).
NOTE: Based on Government of Alberta COVID 19 requirements:
Here is a list of some of the local retailers who carry various selections of lacrosse equipment and sticks.
Source for Sports St Albert. http://www.stalbertsourceforsports.ca/generalsports/lacrosse.aspx Both the store on St Albert Trail and the one at the Servus Place carry lacrosse equipment; the one on St Albert Trail carries a larger selection and variety of equipment and sticks. This store is located at 580 St Albert Trail, phone number is 780 458 0000.
Sportchek St Albert. http://www.sportchek.ca/ A small lacrosse section with a selection of sticks and some equipment. The store is located at 375 St. Albert Trail #160, St. Albert, AB T8N 3K8, phone number is 780 460-0220.
United Cycle. http://www.unitedcycle.com/vpl/LACROSSE/54/products.do They have a large selection and variety of lacrosse equipment and carry everything required to completely outfit a player. In most cases if not in stock they are willing to order it. They are located at 7620 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton, phone number 780 433 1181.
Canadian Tire. http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/sports-rec/lacrosse.html Basic gear and typical Canadian Tire level of equipment; limited selection and variety. The St Albert store is located at 40 Bellerose Drive, St Albert, phone numbers is 780 459 5545.
Totem Outfitters. http://www.totemoutfitters.ca/totem-sports-exchange/ Carry both new and used sports gear and have a good selection of lacrosse equipment and sticks. If unsure about spending money on new gear this is a great option to purchase used equipment; availably varies. They are located at 7430 99 St, Edmonton, phone number is 780 432 1223.
Slash Lacrosse: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SlashLacrosse/about/?ref=page_internal. Is the closest lacrosse specialty store and carry a wide range of both player and goalie equipment. They are fully stocked on site year around. They are located at 6200 67A St # 11, Red Deer, phone number is 403 347-5274.
Key fundraiser for the St Albert Rams is the annual Baggataway Tournament however, for the 2021 season this tournament is currently not planned, and it is unlikely to occur. The other critical aspect to the Rams’ program is the volunteer shifts which occur throughout the year and could include bingos, casinos, representing the Rams at Canada Day or Sports Day as well as Rams’ events.
St Albert Rams - http://www.ramslacrosse.ca
Greater Edmonton Lacrosse Council - http://gelc.ab.ca
Alberta Lacrosse Association - http://www.albertalacrosse.com/
Canadian Lacrosse Association - http://cla.pointstreaksites.com/view/cla
Federation of International Lacrosse - http://www.filacrosse.com/
Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League - http://www.rockymountainlax.com
National Lacrosse League - http://www.nll.com/view/nll