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Membership Update May 28th 2020

By Chris Lowe 05/28/2020, 12:00pm EDT

...Continuing to work with the OLA

On behalf of everyone in the Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association, I would like to first hope and wish you and your family is safe and practicing social distancing during this pandemic. We are working closely with our governing body, the OLA and City of Brampton officials to determine some criteria and what that may or may not look like before a final decision is made regarding the box season. Our plan is to have a decision the week of June 8th if not sooner and then communicated to our membership. As has been our practice to date once a cancellation is confirmed we will be issuing 100% refunds as we as an Executive believe in this and will continue on the path. The overall impact at the end if all seasons are cancelled will be well over $10,000 for cost associated with registration, software, credit card fees and other administration fees we have no control over although some have been reduced through the OLA. This pandemic is unchartered territory for everyone from the governments, the governing body, the clubs, parent s and players and with no history each step has taken time to evaluate, discuss, re-evaluate and then administer and your patience and understanding that all is being done in the best interest of our membership is appreciated/ We can only hope we will back to a normal way of life in the coming weeks and we hope to have everyone back playing this great game when it is safe to do! Stay safe and hoping to see everyone soon!

Yours sincerely,

Chris Lowe President

Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association

FINAL DAY OF THE 15 DAY FITNESS CHALLENGE

By Brampton Executive 05/07/2020, 11:30pm EDT

....GIVE IT ALL YOU'VE GOT!

Hi Everyone, 

Our 15th and final workout focuses on conditioning, with the 1000 yard sprinting challenge. Based on how hard you have been working, we have no doubt that this will be a piece of cake for everyone. Follow the instructions attached, and push through this last workout. This is how you get in game shape!!!

We are looking forward to seeing all off your hard work on social media. Lets show the other centers in the OLA how hard we are working!  Don't forget to tag both the BMLA @bramptonminorlacrosse and The Dynamic Athlete @dynamic_athlete on your social media stories. 

Great work everyone!!!

Have fun, get fit! 

2020 McCauley Fantasy Tournament

By Chris Lowe 05/03/2020, 12:45am EDT

...This tourney is going to be a banger!

2020 MCCAULEY FANTASY TOURNAMENT

To All Teams, 

The past 2 months has been a very unprecedented time for all of us and we truly hope everyone is safe and keeping well as that is paramount. 

The John “Gus” McCauley Memorial Tournament is part of the foundation in minor lacrosse tournaments and a large piece in history to many of the lacrosse world. We have coaches who once played in the event and have made this one of the high points of their season to compete in what we believe is the best tournament in the province. To us in Brampton and also the McCauley family we look forward to honoring John and his contributions to this great support with this event each and every year and sharing that legacy with everyone that is part of the event. 

This was to be our 28th year hosting this great event and as many of you know one of if not the hardest tournaments to gain entry. We had much of the work in hosting completed including the schedule which was going to be released this week. In the spirit of the event, to honor John and to have some fun and we plan to have this year’s event to be a “fantasy” tournament. We will be reporting scores throughout the weekend as we would through our Twitter @BMLA1943 so players, coaches and families can follow along as they would if we were having the event live and at least make this a lacrosse weekend during our social isolation. We, both as a Tournament committee and the McCauley family, feel that having this fantasy weekend we can have some fun, have something to follow along with over the weekend that makes us happy and also continue to host the event. We encourage you to share the schedule, our details on the “fantasy” weekend and have your players and families follow us for the May 29 – 31 weekend on Twitter. 

We will begin the refund process this week and ask that you confirm the address to which your organization cheque is to be mailed so we have current information. 

See you in 2021! 

Chris Lowe 

President 

Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association

A message from our President

By Chris Lowe 03/24/2020, 7:00pm EDT

Presidential message...

To our Membership, 

On behalf of everyone in the Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association, I would like to first hope and wish you and your family is safe and practicing social distancing during this pandemic. 

We are receiving many inquiries as to the upcoming season for both field and box and when a decision will be confirmed. The answer is we are taking our direction from The City of Brampton and our governing body, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, They are funneling down directives from both the Federal and Provincial governments and updating us the club as things evolve. 

We will be updating our website and social media platforms as updates occur and then will take the necessary steps as things change. Our hope is that we will be able to get on the field and box and play this great sport but only once we are sure everyone will be safe to do so. In the meantime we ask that you follow the direction of our elected governments and follow safe practices, proper social distancing and stay home and help us overcome this together. 

If you or your child is interested in our 21 day challenge we encourage you to share video with us on Instagram or twitter to add some fun in this time of isolation and try and find a silver lining in this time of overcoming this crisis. 

We can only hope we will back to a normal way of life in the coming weeks and we will have learned to appreciate many things we may have taken for granted and enjoy a more fulfilling life as we move forward into the future. 

Stay safe and hoping to see everyone soon! 

Yours sincerely, 

Chris Lowe 

President 

Brampton

Jeff Teat... Not to be underestimated

By US Lacrosse Magazine 03/21/2020, 12:00pm EDT

Jeff Teat is continuing to turn heads while remaining to be the unselfish player that Cornell needs.  In this great article from US Lacrosse Magazine you will get a taste of how much of an asset he is to his squad.

Jeff Teat can’t get a break.

On his first drive to the goal, the Cornell senior attackman gets slammed to the turf at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. He endures more slashes, pushes and double teams in one quarter than most players could bear in a season. Even when he does find a sliver of space, his shot clangs off the left pipe. 

You wouldn’t notice the struggles based on Teat’s expression. Of all his skills — his vision, his passing — his patience might be the most valuable. 

“That’s his personality coming through in his game,” says Brodie Merrill, the director of lacrosse at The Hill Academy in Ontario, where the box lacrosse-bred Teat fine-tuned his field game. “He’s very steady and even keeled. He reminds you a little of Tom Schreiber because he’s not above making the right play and is really surgical in many ways.” 

Teat shows off that precision by not showing off. He doesn’t force the offense or press for points. Instead, on this cold Friday afternoon in February, he motions the Big Red to slow down like a quarterback quiets a raucous crowd.

He lets his gravitational pull create room for his teammates.

He occupies all of All-American Koby Smith’s attention, which opens a lane for senior faceoff specialist Paul Rasimowicz’s first goal of the season.

Teat sets a pick for freshman attackman Michael Long, who runs off it to score his first collegiate goal. 

“It starts with Jeff,” junior midfielder Jonathan Donville says about a Cornell offense that averaged 18.5 goals through the first four games of the season. “When your best player is so unselfish, it leads to everybody doing it. Guys don’t care where the points come from.”

“WHEN YOUR BEST PLAYER IS SO UNSELFISH, IT LEADS TO EVERYBODY DOING IT. GUYS DON’T CARE WHERE THE POINTS COME FROM.”

Teat’s impact can’t be quantified by the fact he reached 100 career points faster than any other four-year player in NCAA history. He possesses a quality that only the greats have. He makes the players around him better. He led the Hill Academy to an undefeated season and No. 1 ranking in North America his senior year in 2016, when the Pride were featured in Sports Illustrated.

“I just try to play off my teammates,” Teat said back then. 

While Teat has since garnered no shortage of accolades, Inside Lacrosse’s No. 1 ranked recruit in his class and the three-time All-American somehow now seems underrated. When IL compiled a list of the best 50 players in the college game before this season, Teat was 29th. It follows a trend of pundits souring on Teat.

“Hahahahahahahahahaha teat at 29th,” Joel Tinney bellowed on Instagram.

Tinney wasn’t laughing at his Canadian national team teammate. He was disagreeing with whoever put together the list for the magazine.

“I was pretty disappointed in that ranking,” Tinney says. “I don’t think Jeff is getting any credit right now, which is ridiculous.”

According to Tinney, the disrespect stems from appearances.

“This guy doesn’t look like an athlete,” he says. “He looks like he might be a skateboarder. With a soaking wet t-shirt on, he’s probably 140 pounds.”

Teat’s size — he’s listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds — belies his strength. He has added 10 pounds of muscle since he arrived in Ithaca. His gait, which resembles a shuffle more than a sprint, disguises his quickness.

Merrill remembers when Teat, then a high school sophomore, beat him in a 300-yard shuttle test at The Sports Village in Vaughan, Ontario.

“If you do underestimate him, he’ll make you pay,” Merrill says. “He opened my eyes a bit that day.”

Teat’s numbers for the Brampton Excelsiors are equally eye-opening. He averaged 7.6 points a game in 2018 — his final year playing in the Junior A lacrosse league. Dan Teat, Jeff’s dad, who accrued 670 points in a 14-year National Lacrosse League career, coached him in Junior A and last summer on the Excelsiors’ Senior A team in Major Series Lacrosse.

“I feel like I’ve learned the most from watching him play,” Jeff Teat says.

He also learned from his dad to put his head down and work hard. He watched NLL legend John Tavares crack jokes in the locker room, then be the most focused player on the floor.

“We’re having a lot of fun out there, which makes things easier,” Teat says of this spring with the Big Red. “We make sure to keep it light but still keep that focus.”

Still, the skills lauded in the box game can get overlooked outdoors. 

“We really have an appreciation for dodgers, and not necessarily passers and finishers in the Americanized Division I game,” says Andy Towers, coach of the Premier Lacrosse League’s Chaos. “Because of that, Jeff Teat isn’t adequately appreciated.”

Those who have played with Teat understand what makes him such a talent. 

“His IQ of the game is Tom Brady-like in the way he thinks about the sport and how many steps he is ahead of the defense,” Tinney says.

Against Towson, for example, Teat dodges underneath from the left wing on one of the Big Red’s first possessions. He feigns the same move in the second quarter, then sprints to the middle and threads an assist through the defense to Long on the backside. 

Teat finishes with just two points, adding a goal in Cornell’s 17-10 win. Two days later, he has three goals and four assists in a 21-11 win against High Point to reach 250 points. He’s unaware of the accomplishment until Mark Wittink, Cornell’s director of player development, notifies him after the game.

“The best players don’t worry about their stats,” Towers says.  

While projected as a No. 1 overall pick in the NLL draft, Teat was ranked 10th overall on ESPN analyst Paul Carcaterra’s PLL big board. Merrill politely disagrees. He watched Teat grow from the quiet “rink rat” with incredible stick skills hanging around while his dad played at Century Gardens to one of the best players in the world.

Merrill describes playing with Teat at the 2018 world championship in Netanya, Israel, as “surreal.” Teat was Canada’s top scorer despite being the team’s youngest player.

If Andy Copelan needs any advice about Waterdogs’ draft strategy, Merrill knows whom he’d pick.

“I’m hoping I get a chance to play with him in the summer,” Merrill says of Teat, who he says feels like a younger brother. “That would be really special.”

SOURCE: https://www.uslaxmagazine.com/college/men/hiding-in-plain-sight-dont-underestimate-jeff-teat

BRAMPTON MINOR LACORSSE ASSOCIATION TO PAUSE ALL ACTIVITIES

By BRAMPTON EXECUTIVE 03/13/2020, 3:30pm EDT

BMLA HAS HALTED ALL ACTIVITIES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL APRIL 6TH 2020

In conjunction with the Ontario Lacrosse Association's request, Brampton Minor Lacrosse will be pausing all in-person lacrosse activities effective immediately until April 6th 2020; this includes tryout sessions, scrimmages, practices, games, etc.).

As a precaution we wish to remind all to practice good hygiene and maintain safe contacts in order to remain in a healthy and safe environment.

Don't put down that stick just yet... stay tuned!

Sincerely, 

The BMLA Executive