News and Announcements

Good afternoon Tyke aged athletes,

Nanaimo Minor Lacrosse has a very important announcement regarding tyke lacrosse on Vancouver Island. Effective immediately, Tyke lacrosse will now be played cross-floor, 3 vs 3. This decision was made at the Vancouver Island Lacrosse Commission meeting. We realize that this is a change in a mind set or how this age group has “traditionally” played lacrosse. We hope you understand that this decision is to grow the game and fits into the long-term athlete development model.

We have provided the statistics that will help you better understand the rationale of making this change. Please keep an open mind. Hockey Canada has moved to this model for this age group and they have found many positive benefits.

• 6 times – more shots on goal/player
• 5 times more passes received/player
• 2 times more ball battles/player
• 2 times more ball touches/player
• 2 times more pass attempts/player
• 2 times more change of direction
• 1.75 times shots/minute vs 0.45 playing full floor

Playing on a smaller rink results in increased ball touches/possession time for each player:

• Individual technical skills develop more quickly.
• Line changes are made quickly since the players are directly beside the playing surface.
• Each player’s activity increases greatly.
• Scoring skills are enhanced since the players have more shooting opportunities.
• The goalkeeper’s reading of the game and reaction to changing game situations become more effective.
• More repetition for goalkeepers.
• The game is full of continuously changing situations.
• The speed in playing situations increase, which will require quicker mental and physical reactions by the players.
• Due to increased tempo, all of the team members take part in solving the playing situations, which leads to a sharing of responsibilities between players.
• The feeling of being an important part of the action increases because of the small size of the playing surface.
• Lacrosse sense, or understanding the principles of the game, is being developed at a young age.

We know that there will be questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Andy or myself about these changes.
Andy “Gump” Reynolds:
Lonny Sullivan:

Walk in registrations will be happening on Saturday, January 12th and Sunday January 20th.
Both will be from 10:00 – 12:00 at the Beban Social Center.
Please feel free to come in and register your young athletes!

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Posted by Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association at Jan 9, 2019 12:59PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Drop in sessions are beginning for registered players!

Saturday January 12th and Saturday January 19th (so far) for registered PEEWEE, NOVICE and TYKE age players!
7:00 @ The Outdoor Covered Box
Suggested Drop In $5.00

You MUST be registered with NDLA to attend as that is how your player is insured!
A full schedule for all age groups will be posted asap!

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Calling all Coaches

Posted by Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association at Jan 6, 2019 8:32PM PST ( 0 Comments )

If you are interested in coaching a team for the 2019 season, please get your applications in to Steve Bishop.

Applications can be found on the website under the “2019 Coaching Staff” tab or under forms and documents.

If you are interested in taking a coaching course please email Steve with your contact information so he can add you to the list. ALL BENCH STAFF REQUIRE LEVEL ONE certification. Bantam and above require level 2.

Applications are currently being collected!

The Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association is excited to introduce adaptive lacrosse to our association this year!

The program will be open to all athletes from mini tyke (2014) to midget (2003)

Registration is available online as of the 15th of December. There is open registration at Beban Park on Jan 12th and Jan 20th if you have any questions.
To register – sign your player up for the division (mini tyke through midget) specific to their year of birth. E transfer the fee ($100.00) to with a note stating that your player is entering the adaptive program. Our registrar will move them internally and send you a confirmation email.

Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association has worked very hard to become an inclusive association – we strive to include all aspiring athletes to our association.

We look forward to meeting players/families/caregivers or anyone who wants to give lacrosse a try.

The session will begin in April and run until the middle of June, these sessions will take place on Friday evenings at the outdoor covered box located at John Barsby School.

Your child’s registration will include a team photo and a jersey. We are offering weekly practices and depending on registration small inter squad type games.

We want to make sure that we meet the needs of each athlete and will include an intake process post registration. A member of the program will contact you to arrange a mutually agreeable time to meet, fill out a profile of the registered athlete and learn a little about how we can make lacrosse inclusive and exciting for each player! All lacrosse players will need gear – a stick, gloves, helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads and good footwear. We have four certified coaches for this season and a group of amazing peer coaches to assist your child. Registration will cover floor costs and all athletes will be insured by British Columbia Lacrosse Association. The British Columbia Lacrosse Association is very excited that Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association is the first lacrosse association in British Columbia to run this type of program for adaptive athletes. The Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association is looking forward to meeting adapted players in Nanaimo and to teach the game while making new friendships. For more information please feel free to contact one of the following executives in regard to this new amazing program:

Cathy Coulson –

Lonny Sullivan –