All MLA-Sanctioned Activities Postponed Until Further Notice Due To Concern Over COVID-19

Following the decision of other Provincial and National Sport Organizations, the Manitoba Lacrosse Association has made the difficult decision to postpone all MLA-sanctioned activities until further notice due to concerns over COVID-19. The health and safety of our lacrosse family is our top priority and it is with your protection in mind that the Manitoba Lacrosse Association Board of Directors has decided on taking these measures. All games, practices, programs, camps, and clinics are to be postponed until further notice, effective March 14, 2020.

The MLA recognizes the amount of work that has been put forth by our volunteers and athletes in preparation for the start of the 2020 Box and Field Lacrosse seasons, but at this time, we feel this is the necessary precaution to take in order to do our part in keeping our community safe. Though we cannot provide a timeline on when activities will resume, we assure you that any developments will be communicated with our membership.

Announcing Toba Elite 16U

We are very proud to announce a new High-Performance travel program within the MLA.

Toba elite was put together to unite all parties within the Manitoba Lacrosse Association with the common goal of a strong 16U program for our athletes. This program in 2020 is for athletes born in 2004/2005.

Toba Elite will participate in two travel tournaments:

  • CDP 16U “A” Tournament – Saskatoon, SK April 24-26
  • Canada Day Tournament – Calgary, AB June 26-29

This program will be led by Manitoba’s 2021 Canada Games Boys team/TMADP staff:

  • Cory Henkewich (Head Coach)
  • Brett Morrison (Assistant Coach)
  • Blaze Bezecki (Assistant Coach)

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Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame Seeks Nominees For Class of 2020

Help to recognize the lacrosse achievements by individuals for outstanding contributions to Manitoba Lacrosse by nominating a player, builder, coach, administrator, team or veteran to the 2020 Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame. 

You can access the online nomination form or download and submit the PDF form via email to nominations @ http://mblacrossehof.ca/.

Nominations will be accepted until January 15,2020. The Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony will be held on October 4, 2020 @ the Canad Inns Garden City. 

If you require any additional information contact Glen Henkewich at ghenkewich@gmail.com or Doug Krochak at dkrochak@shaw.ca.

MLA To Host Lacrosse Summit December 1st

The Manitoba Lacrosse Association wants to hear from its members. On Sunday, December 1st, 12:00 noon at Sport Manitoba there will be a lacrosse summit open to all MLA members.

A variety of topics will be discussed such as grassroots initiatives, female lacrosse, high-performance opportunities, etc. Agenda items are being accepted and an agenda will be released leading up to the summit.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to lacrosse@sportmanitoba.ca.

More details to follow.

Manitoba Lacrosse Association Announces Staff For 2021 Canada Games Girls Lacrosse Team

The Manitoba Lacrosse Association is pleased to announce Kim Winzoski as Head Coach of Manitoba’s 2021 Canada Games girls lacrosse team. Joining Kim on the staff will be John Harding, Don Jacks, and Daina Ojala.

Kim, who was recently named Volunteer of The Year by the MLA for 2019, has been a longtime coach, manager, and administrator with the North Winnipeg Falcons as well as the Secretary and Registrar for the Red River Lacrosse Association. We look forward to working with Kim as she grows into her new role as Head Coach and builder of the girls program.

Ojala, with her experience as a coach and administrator in the Wizards organization, will be working closely with Kim on the managerial side but also brings experience as a coach in both lacrosse and ringette.

Harding has been coaching box lacrosse in Manitoba for over twenty years since his playing days and will offer a wealth of technical experience to the budding program.

Jacks will play a similar role as Harding, bringing his many years of playing experience at some of the highest levels both nationally and internationally, as well as his years of coaching experience with both Team Manitoba and local club teams.

With lacrosse’s inclusion in the 2021 Canada Games, Manitoba has been gifted an avenue to start sustainable girls-specific lacrosse programs, something that has been missing for too long in the province.

The 2021 Canada Games will take place August 6th-21st, 2021 in Niagara, Ontario. The box lacrosse tournament will consist of players in the U17 age group which will be players born in 2005 or later. 2021 will be the first year that lacrosse will be included in the Canada Games since 1985.

If you are interested in trying girls-only lacrosse or have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Manitoba Lacrosse Association at lacrosse@sportmanitoba.ca and visit https://www.mbgirlslacrosse.ca/ to stay up-to-date.