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    OWFL June Update!

Greetings OWFL Members

With our OWFL House League and Rep Team seasons now in full flight we give pause to congratulate all the players and clubs to great starts to their seasons.   Some highlights include:

  • Great hosting efforts to date by Orillia, Brampton, Oakville, Oshawa and Orangeville to launch regular season play for our 5 rep divisions.
  • Clubs embracing the midweek scheduling option with 40 games now booked at the U15 and U19 Divisions. 
  • Summer Games U17 tryouts completed with over 150 athletes taking the field in Oshawa to contend for the 108 spots to play in Mississauga this August.
  • The launching of MyLaxRanking  - this system is being used to record all game results for all our rep teams and rank the teams for purposes of determining Provincial rankings and schedules 
  • U9 play days kicked off in Oshawa and will continue into the summer with follow-up Sundays in Newmarket (July 10) and Owen Sound (July 24)

Our first Crossover weekend hosted by Orangeville this past weekend allowed teams to play outside their pools and for fine tuning of rankings as teams play toward Provincials.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 20 Team Ontario Womens Field Lacrosse athletes chosen from a series of try-out camps in the spring of 2016.   This team will represent OWFL proudly and the Province of Ontario at the U19 Women’s Field Invitational National, and the International U19 Women’s Field Lacrosse Tournament in Coquitlam, British Columbia July 8-11, 2016.

Safe travels to all this summer!!

John Mayo
OWFL Commissioner

 U17 Summer Games - Coaching Staff and Player Selections
On a hot and steamy Sunday in Oshawa over 150 U17 aged athletes hit the field in hopes of securing a spot on one of the 2016 Ontario Summer Games teams!  

The OWFL would like to extend a huge thank you to all on field coaches and volunteers that helped run the tryouts, as well as the hard work and dedication of the head and assistant coaches of each of the six Summer Games teams and the Summer Games coaching mentor Tami Rayner.  We are very pleased to have the following OWFL coaches heading up our six teams at summer games:

Patrick Morris - Orillia
Tory Merrill - Toronto
Matt Pagano - Toronto
Lindsey Palmer - Oshawa
Kelly Wilkins - Owen Sound
Kelsi Pritchard - Orillia
Ted Sawicki - Orangeville
 Ian Scott - St. Catharines
Tawnie Johnson - Six Nations
Sarah Jamieson - Mimico
Bailey Collins - Orangeville

Congratulations to all players that attended tryouts.   Each and every athlete is to be commended for a great effort in showcasing your skills, work ethic, and character throughout the day.

Congratulations to the 108 athletes that were named to one of the 2016 U17 Summer Games teams - the full list of athletes can be found at the following link:

2016 Ontario Summer Games Athlete List

Full details of the 2016 U17 Summer Games events can be found at the Ontario Summer Games website at this link -  click here for Ontario Summer Games full schedule and details

Best of luck to all all!
U19 Team Ontario 
U19 Team Ontario team is currently preparing to head to British Columbia in early July to compete in the National Championships.  Congratulations to all players that were selected to the team.  The full team roster can be found at this link.

Team Ontario will compete against Alberta and two teams from British Columbia in the revival of the U19 National Championship.  The full schedule of the  U19 Women’s Field Invitational National,  and the International U19 Women’s Field Lacrosse Tournament in Coquitlam, British Columbia July 8-11, 2016 can be found at this link.

Good luck Team Ontario - we will be cheering you on - make Ontario proud!
MyLax Rankings

When the new OWFL Executive held its inaugural board meeting last December there was a commitment to make changes to the scheduling process for the 2016 Season.   Feedback from the clubs had clearly indicated that teams were looking for more flexibility to determine weekend byes, host midweek games and add additional games to their schedules.   To accommodate this new flexible schedule there would need to be a new method to determine standing and ranking teams for Provincial seating. 

The solution – MyLaxRanking!!!!  The MyLax Platform is a spinoff of the Flagship Myhockey ranking system - the preeminent North American Leader in Ice Hockey team rankings.   This ranking system has been successfully adapted by the Ontario Lacrosse Association on the box lacrosse side.    

The MYLax rankings are computed mathematically, with no subjective weighting or human determined values.  MYLax rates teams based upon how well they play against other teams and how good those teams are. These two factors are "AGD" or "average goal differential" and "SCHED" or "strength of schedule". AGD is currently calculated by accumulating the goal differential of each game, to a maximum of 10, and divides it by the number of games played. The strength of schedule is computed by averaging the rating of each game opponent. AGD and SCHED are added together to compute a team's rating.

OWFL game results are inputted each Sunday night by OWFL Game Day Director Jillian Dixon onto the MyLaxRanking website.   Upon entry the game results immediately show up on the website under the column called Details”.   Each Tuesday night the website is updated and team results are updated for – showing Records and Ratings”.  

How is the system working so far?  Well the system will begin to fully reflect accurate rankings as of Wednesday June 29th with the completion of the Crossover Weekend in Orangeville – check things out at to see how things are progressing! 

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!     


“Obstructing the Free Space to Goal” rule typically referred to as “Shooting Space” is a common foul in the women’s lacrosse game and one that leaves most parents scratching their heads!  

It is a difficult rule to understand and interpret, especially at game speed. “Shooting Space” involves a defined (yet moving) boundary that belongs to the shooter - imagine when the shooter enters the 15 metre fan area she is the point of a cone and the 45 degree points on either side of the goalie’s crease area are the top of the cone – this cone area is the shooter's “Shooting Space” and this cone shape area moves with the shooter as she moves around the 15 metre fan area.  

In short, “Shooting Space” is the right of way of the shooter to take a safe shot through their cone area within the 15 meter fan area.  There are however multiple conditions that affect whether the rule “is” or “is not” applicable at any given time.

Any defensive player that is more than a stick length away from the shooter and that attempts to disrupt the shot by entering her body into the shooter’s “Shooting Space” will be called for “Obstructing the Free Space to Goal”.  The shooter must have had a realistic opportunity for a safe shot before the defender’s body entered the “Shooting Space” for the call to be made.  This results in an immediate whistle since the defensive player has created an unsafe condition for herself of potentially being hit with a shot.   The shooter will be given a free shot to goal.

As noted above “Obstructing the Free Space to Goal” will be called when the defender is more than a stick length away from the shooter when the shooter enters the 15 metre fan area and has a realistic opportunity for a safe shot.  Conversely when a defender is within a stick length of the shooter when the shooter enters the 15 meter fan area. the defender is seen to have good safe defensive positioning on the shooter and can defend the shooter with her body in the shooter's  “Shooting Space”. 

Similarly a defender may lead with her stick into a shooter’s “Shooting Space” to attempt to get within a stick length of the shooter and therefore out of danger of being called for “Obstructing the Free Space to Goal”.  

This rule is at its core designed for safety and to avoid out of position defenders from jumping in front of the path of a shot. 

A final note to add, a defender being drawn into a shooter’s “Shooting Space” by another attacker (defender chasing her off ball check within a sticks length through a shooter's “Shooting Space”) is not in violation of the “Shooting Space” if the defender stays with her check and does not keep her body in “Shooting Space” to adjust to the shooter.

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