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    OWFL May Update!


Greetings OWFL Members,

With the arrival of May you may already be out on the fields with your home club whether in the numerous house league programs around our centres or practicing with your centre's rep teams in preparation for the OWFL 2016 Season launch!  Your OWFL Executive is ready to welcome you to the fields for OWFL league play and all signs point to a great season of competition!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A record - 78 team declarations- an increase of 7 teams over 2015
  • Club registration levels (players, managers and coaches) tracking towards a 15% increase over last year
  • Three clubs launching new u11 programs in 2016 – We welcome Six Nations, Orangeville and Halton Hills – Congratulations!
  • New programs in Kawartha (u13), Halton Hills (u15), St Catharines (u19),  Newmarket (u19) and Owen Sound (senior) – Good luck!
  • Fantastic response to the new Early Bird tourneys in Halton Hills – Saturday May 21 (u15 and u19) and Orillia – Sunday May 29(u11 and u13) – the tourneys are full – good luck to the 52 teams who are all ready to go
  • The OWFL Festival wraps up in Oshawa the long weekend in August – all of our teams (except Seniors) will play for Provincial Championships that weekend 
  • This is a Summer Games year – we look forward to assembling the top 108 u17 players in the province.  The Summer Games take place August 11 to 14th in Mississauga  (see below for further details and the OWFL website for registration) 

I would like to extend my thanks to the Scheduling Convenors for all their efforts and work on the 2016 Season schedule.  The new approach to scheduling allows for more weekend flexibility, an increase in the number of games played and an opportunity to play more midweek games in your home center.  Both the warmup tournament schedules and the 2016 regular season schedules are now available on the OWFL website under Game Centre.

Thank you to all the volunteers across the 15 clubs for all your hard to work to get your players ready to play field lacrosse.    We look forward to seeing you on the fields!

John Mayo 

OWFL Commissioner

 U17 Summer Games - Register Now!
Calling all players grades 7-10 to tryout for OWFL U17 Summer Games teams! Tryouts are scheduled for Sunday June 19th at Oshawa Civic Fields.  Chosen players will participate on one of six U17 OWFL Summer Games teams competing at Summer Games being held in Mississauga August 11-14th.

This opportunity provides a great entry point for players into the OWFL development stream to work toward U19 Team Ontario and the Canadian National team programs.  Click link below for full details and registration.

2016 U17 Summer Games
OWFL U9 Development Program
The age at which girls are starting to play field lacrosse is getting younger every year!

We are extremely pleased with the growth throughout all of the centres particularly in our youngest official OWFL age category of U11 which has 13 teams entered for the 2016 season. 

Many clubs however are starting players out much younger than U11 age within their own house league programs!

In order to  continue and assist with that growth the OWFL have developed a U9 Development Camp program.  This program will afford clubs the  opportunity to have their JK-Grade 2 aged house league players experience what the OWFL has to offer by participating in several OWFL play day camps scheduled during OWFL weekend play!  We are very excited for the growth in this age group and look forward to seeing the U9s out on the field at various OWFL events this summer. 

Parents you can do your part by assisting your local club in organizing a group of U9s from you home centre to attend these events - for more information on how you can help please contact your local club head.

Clubs interested in the opportunity for your U9 age house league players please contact promotions@owfl.org
What was that Call?
Ever watch your daughter play and think to yourself "What Was That Call?"

Girls field lacrosse has many rules that are designed around player safety and unless you are versed in the game it can sometimes be difficult to understand why a call was made - in this section of our newsletters we will attempt simply the rules for you!     

"Three Seconds" Rule
This one is called much more frequently at the younger ages and can result in much parental sideline confusion  resulting in "what was that call" echoing from the sideline!

While inside the 11 meter fan area (which is the smaller pie shaped defined area off of the goalie's crease), a defender must be within a stick length of a player on the attacking team.  If not within a stick length of an opponent, the defender can only be in the 11 meter fan area for 3 seconds. 

There is an exception for defenders marking the attackers playing behind the goal.  These defenders can shadow the attacking player playing behind the goal in front of the goal cage which may result in her being in the 11 meter fan area for more than 3 seconds.  

If a defender is called in violation of the three second rule a free position will be awarded to the attacking team.  The positioning of the free position will be based upon where the ball was when the foul was called.

If the ball is outside of the fan area, it stays where it is and the player in 3 seconds violation goes 4m behind the ball carrier.

If the ball is inside the fan area, the ball goes to the closest hash mark and the player in 3 seconds violation goes behind the ball carrier.  The fan area is cleared of all players and an 11m free position shot on the goal is taken.
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