Rock Elite League and Camp Offering
Tyke, Novice & Peewee:
Since the end of June, we have been running socially distanced Summer Lacrosse Classes during the day at the TRAC. Each division is here Monday-Thursday for an hour and a half each day and have been getting coached through skill sessions by Toronto Rock players Dan Dawson, Challen Rogers and Adam Jay. As well as future NLL star and Brampton Minor Lacrosse Alumni Jeff Teat. With the Stage 3 announcement for Halton Region, we have changed this program to offer game-play. It is now the Rock Elite Summer Development League and it will follow the model of our Fall and Winter program in which the kids get 45 minutes of practice time and 45 minutes of game-play each day they are here. There are new times for the RESDL from the Summer Classes to help parents that have gone back to work and can’t bring their child to the TRAC early in the day. Tyke is 2:45pm-4:15pm, Novice is 4:30pm-6pm, and Peewee is 6:15pm-7:45pm. This is still a weekly program which means parents can register for any one or multiple weeks remaining and the kids are here Monday-Thursday.
Bantam, Midget & Junior:
We have formed the Summer edition of our Rock Elite League that we have ran in the Fall/Winter since opening the TRAC. This will be a four team per division league and each team will play TWO games per week at the TRAC. The league will run from August 4th-September 3rd and there will be 8 regular season games plus one Championship Night. The schedule for the Bantam division is Tuesdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1pm or 2:15pm. The Midget division will play Tuesdays at 9:15pm and Sundays at 3:30pm or 4:45pm. The Juniors will play Thursdays at 8pm or 9pm and Sundays at 6pm or 7:15pm. Playing in this league for the rest of the Summer will qualify kids for our Jr. Rock teams which will compete at the Jr. NLL tournament Summer of 2021.
We are hoping to give as many kids as possible an opportunity to play lacrosse this Summer and feel these programs are a great way to accomplish our goal.
To register click on the link
June 15, 2020
To our Membership,
On behalf of everyone in the Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association, I would like to thank you for your patience as we navigated through some unusual times and for taking the steps to stay safe during this pandemic.
On June 12, 2020 we received official notice from our governing body, The Ontario Lacrosse Association that the box season was in fact cancelled due to COVID-19 and the inability to offer a program. The OLA work on various options with the hope we may be able to offer a modified program for the membership to participate in this great game but as the time continued with little to no improvement in our communities the decision was made to end the 2020 season.
We will now begin the task of issuing full refunds to our membership via the credit card the payment was processed on for each registration. This task will take some time and we ask that you allow us 2 weeks for the refund to be processed and in turn your credit card company to post the credit back to your account. If you do not have the refund by June 30th please reach out to me directly to follow up on it.
This costs associated with preparing for the season, administrative costs and registration costs are going to be absorbed by the Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association in the range of $10,000 plus but as an Executive we believe that in an uncertain financial time that it was paramount to not share the burden with our families.
We hope to see everyone for the 2021 season and we have begun planning and a return to play module so we can come back safe and stronger than before
Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association
Despite our best efforts, the OLA’s Board of Directors has determined that it is unrealistic for our leagues and clubs to operate their regularly-scheduled minor box programming in Ontario, including league, tournament and provincial competition, for this summer. Reaching the decision to abandon plans for the traditional minor box lacrosse season was not easy; as a group, we have discussed in detail the impact that this situation will have over the last several weeks. As we met again late last night, it was ultimately determined that the best course of action will be to transfer our efforts to focusing on the potential for alternative lacrosse formats and outdoor lacrosse opportunities throughout the summer, which we unanimously agree have a better chance of taking place as the Province of Ontario continues its phased reopening.
After weighing all of the factors, the ultimate decision was reduced to our guiding principle: to prioritize the health of all participants and personnel involved in leading and participating in our box lacrosse programs. Without the ability of the medical community to ensure the safety of everyone involved, we were left with no choice but to accept that our traditional and full schedule of box lacrosse events will not be possible this summer. We understand that this is a difficult conclusion for our players, team personnel, officials, parents and fans.
Lacrosse has been played throughout the regions of Ontario for generations, and indoor (box) lacrosse competition has taken place each year throughout the province since 1931. This is a sport that is played for many social and cultural reasons, but it originated as the Creator’s Game and we would be remiss not to acknowledge the first nations and indigenous peoples throughout Ontario for their stewardship of the game over the many centuries in which it has been played and enjoyed each summer. Historical records attest to the fact that there has not been a single summer in Ontario since the founding of the OLA in 1897 where competition was not held at some level until this year. The bottom line is that this sport is a fundamental part of our heritage as residents of Ontario, and we look forward to the day when we can all join together again to play and watch lacrosse.
In the meantime, our Return to Activity (RTA) / Return to Play (RTP) Committee has begun to prepare for the next lacrosse opportunity in which we can all safely participate. This RTA/RTP committee, comprised of medical experts, technical partners, staff representatives and respected OLA members, has been tasked with preparing recommendations for the safe participation in fundamental skills, drills and local outdoor lacrosse opportunities (including alternative program schedules and formats when municipal restrictions are further eased) for communities throughout Ontario this summer, as well as our minor field lacrosse and women’s field lacrosse fall programs, which we remain hopeful may become available sooner than they normally have in the past. This type of planning takes a tremendous amount of time and energy, and we look forward to sharing the results of our efforts with you once they have been finalized and approved. In all of our planning, we continue to closely follow the direction of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Culture and Tourism Industries, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
We are highly appreciative of the dedication that everyone has demonstrated in preparing for this year, and we are determined to carry your energy for Canada’s National Summer Sport forward in coming weeks and months.
For the latest updates on where we stand and how we’re preparing, please visit www.ontariolacrosse.com.
Until we can gather together again, the Ontario Lacrosse Association reminds everyone to consider good hygienic practices and safe contact in order to maintain a healthy environment. We are thankful for yourunderstanding and for your shared love of lacrosse.
On behalf of the OLA’s Board of Directors, wishing everyone continued health and safety,
June 11, 2020
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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!
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!
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.”