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 July 26, 2020

Trio of South Surrey lacrosse players ink NCAA scholarships

The future looks extremely bright, says Semiahmoo Rock president Colin Snyder

As posted in the Peace Arch News

The Semiahmoo Rock and Surrey Warrior pipeline to the U.S. college field-lacrosse ranks has continued in recent weeks, with three more players officially inking NCAA scholarships.

Callie Foreman, an Earl Marriott Secondary graduate, will play this coming season at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an NCAA Div. 2 school in Florida; Sophie Morris, also an EMS grad, will play for Ohio’s Tiffin University in the NCAA Div. 2 ranks; while Semiahmoo Secondary graduate Mercedes Hough will join NCAA Div. 3 Grand Canyon University.

The trio of commitment brings to four the number of South Surrey residents to sign with U.S. schools this year; earlier this summer, Claire Snyder agreed to a scholarship with NCAA Div. 1 Northwestern University.

A few weeks after officially signing with Northwestern – one of the top lacrosse programs in the U.S college ranks – Snyder told PAN that the Chicago-area school “was definitely my number one choice.”

In addition to playing box lacrosse with Semiahmoo, all four are members of the Warriors field lacrosse association.

“I’m not surprised that so many of our 2002-(born) Semiahmoo girls are going away to universities on lacrosse scholarships. As a group, they are an exceptional group of young athletes,” Semiahmoo Rock president Colin Snyder told Peace Arch News.

“Women’s field lacrosse has grown tremendously over the last few years and US universities are starting to look to Canada for quality players… The future looks extremely bright. I’m sure we will be seeing more and more local female athletes going to university on lacrosse scholarships.”

Snyder added that U.S. universities have started to look closer at Canadian players in recent years in part because most grow up north of the border playing box lacrosse – experience that is valued by U.S. coaches.

“Most girls in the U.S. don’t ever play box lacrosse, where in Canada, most girls start by playing box lacrosse and transition to field lacrosse (later),” he said. “Generally speaking, our girls are used to working in tighter spaces and are not intimidated with body contact. These qualities make them attractive to U.S. coaches.”

Speaking of the Rock’s three new university recruits specifically, Snyder expected all would find success down south.

Foreman – who has also found success on the rugby pitch and, Snyder noted, also been honoured with the Premier’s award for Indigenous youth excellence in sport – first committed to Embry Riddle last fall. In addition to success with the Rock and Warriors, last August she also competed at the World U19 Women’s Lacrosse Championships in Peterborough, Ont., playing for the Haudenosaunee Nationals.

Snyder called Foreman “by far the most improved player (on her Rock team) over the last couple of years.”

“She has a good shot and drives hard to the net,” he added.

Morris, meanwhile, is planning to major in science at Tiffin University, Snyder told PAN. She played for a number of years in New Westminster before moving to the Semiahmoo Peninsula, he noted.

“Sophie (is) a dominant, powerful player that has the ability to take over a game,” Snyder said.

Rounding out the trio is Hough, who will attend Grand Canyon University on both an athletic and academic scholarship, majoring in business.

Hough, Snyder said, is “a strong two-way player” who is “driven to succeed and overcome whatever obstacles are in her way.”

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July 5, 2020

Box Lacrosse Update

 

Hello Semiahmoo Lacrosse families,

I wanted to provide a lacrosse update to all of our players, coaches and families. The BC Lacrosse Association has recently outlined return to play guidelines for box lacrosse.  The guidelines were developed with the safety of the players and coaches in mind.  They are comprehensive and only allow basic skill development without contact, goalies or games. Our executive team has extensively reviewed the BCLA guidelines as well as the City of White Rock’s guidelines. We have consulted with many families and coaches and made the decision not to organize any Semiahmoo sanctioned events.

Having said that, Taylor Box has recently opened and we encourage all players to use the box as much as possible. The City of White Rock has posted signs indicating the rules for using the box. Please abide by the rules to keep everyone safe.

I have spoken with the Surrey Warriors and they are making plans to start the field lacrosse season early this year.  We encourage players to sign up for the field season and we will keep you posted when registration opens.

Once again, I want to thank everyone for your patience during these challenging times.  This has not been easy for any of us. I hope to see all of you next spring for the 2021 box lacrosse season.

Rock on!

Colin Snyder

President

Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse Association

 

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May 20, 2020

Hello Semiahmoo Rock Families,

I hope all of you are well and managing these unprecedented times. I apologize for the delay since my last update, unfortunately there has been very little news to report. As far as our governing bodies are concerned (BCLA and CLA), the 2020 box lacrosse season has NOT been cancelled. They are considering possible modified lacrosse activities in late June, July or August as a way of salvaging part of the season.  Guidelines for these activities have yet to be determined, however we do know that physical contact and games will not be allowed. Early discussions are focused on drills for skill development with an emphasis on safety and social distancing.

Our Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse executive team has decided that we can no longer wait for the BCLA to cancel the season. Beginning this week, we will be offering refunds for the 2020 season.  If a modified lacrosse program is organized later this spring and summer, we will offer it to our players with a new, separate registration process.

Once again, I would like to emphasize to everyone that our association is non-profit, and a 100% volunteer run organization.  We have advanced a large, pre-season payment to the BCLA that will not be refunded to Semiahmoo Lacrosse Association at this time. However, our executive team strongly believes that all families should be eligible for 100% refunds as the unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances did not allow us to start the season.

Mini-Tyke, Tyke and 2nd year Midgets, we will offer 100% refund:

    • Step 1 - complete the form found on our website under the forms tab
    • Step 2 – submit form to semilacrosseregistrar@hotmail.com by June 15, 2020
    • Step 3 – accept refund but continue practicing for next season

Novice, Peewee, Bantam and 1st year Midgets, we will offer 2 refund options:

    1. Receive 100% refund
      1. Step 1 - complete the form found on our website under the forms tab
      2. Step 2 – submit form to semilacrosseregistrar@hotmail.com by June 15, 2020
      3. Step 3 – accept refund but continue practicing for next season
    2. Receive a credit for a player registration fee for the 2021 Semiahmoo Lacrosse season.  You do not need to do anything to get this credit. If you do not apply for the refund then you automatically get a credit

The deadline for refund requests will be June 15, 2020. After that date, you will automatically be given a credit in our records system for the 2021 season.

There are significant advantages to taking a registration credit. This pandemic has had a financial impact on everyone, and minor sports are no exception. Some associations are suggesting up to 25% increases to cover losses from this season and the executive feels that Semiahmoo Lacrosse registration fees will very likely need to increase next season. The credit we issue is valid for one player registration at any level of minor lacrosse, regardless of a price increase in the 2021 season.

FAQ:

 

    • Question 1:  What happens if I take the credit and registration fees increase next year?
    • Answer:  Your fees will be applied to one 2021 season registration regardless of changes to fee structures. No extra charges will be applied
    • Question 2:  What happens if my child moves up an age level from Peewee to Bantam, will I have to pay the difference?
    • Answer: No fee difference will be applied. Your credit will be applied to a single registration regardless of fee structure differences.
    • Question 3:  What happens if I take the credit and in the fall my child decides she/he doesn’t want to play?
    • Answer:  When the 2021 season registration starts in December 2020, you will have another opportunity to apply for a 100% refund until January 31, 2021.
    • Question 5:  Why can’t I get a credit if I am registered in Mini-tyke, Tyke and 2nd year Midget?
    • Answers:
      • Mini-tyke and Tyke have fewer games and practices therefore they have a different pricing model than the divisions Novice and up.
      • Midgets are not eligible in minor lacrosse next season unless the BCLA changes the rules. This may happen but it is still unknown at this time.

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Our executive team will continue to keep you informed and look into lacrosse options for the summer if possible.

Sincerely,

Colin Snyder

President

Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse

 

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March 28, 2020

 

Hello Semiahmoo Lacrosse families,

I hope you are all well and spending quality family time this spring break.
During this ever-changing environment due to COVID-19, I thought I would send out a lacrosse season update. The CLA and BCLA have suspended all lacrosse activity until April 5. At that time, they will be re-assessing the implications of the COVID-19 situation and making recommendations on our lacrosse season. In addition, all city arenas in BC are closed until May or indefinitely. At this time, it's looking like some form of a partial season may be played or the season may be cancelled entirely. No one knows at this time and it is still too early to make a decision.

As the 2020 season has not been cancelled yet, we continue to follow our refund policy which states: "Withdrawals between March 16 – April 15th : 50% refund, less $25 admin fee.”
If applying for a refund now, you will not receive a full refund if the season turns out to be cancelled entirely at a later date.

All minor lacrosse associations are required to pay part of your registration money directly to the CLA and BCLA  for operational costs and insurance coverage. At this time, these funds are still held by the CLA and BCLA and we will not know how a potential refund process will work until further decisions are made on the future of the 2020 season. If the season is cancelled, we will review the refund process under the guidance of the CLA and BCLA. For more information on the most recent BCLA update, click here:  https://www.bclacrosse.com/covid-19-memos.php

Finally, I want everyone to know that Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse is a non-profit sport organization.  Unlike hockey and soccer on the peninsula, our executive team is 100% volunteer, including myself. As a team, we are working tirelessly to give kids an opportunity to play lacrosse while also looking out for the safety of players, coaches, referees and families.  We thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate these unprecedented times.

 

Sincerely,

Colin Snyder
President
Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse

 

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March 14, 2020

A Message to all Semiahmoo Rock families,

 

As Spring Break begins this week, I know that many of you have questions about our upcoming lacrosse season.  As you are well aware, information is changing from day to day, but some decisions have been made, and I’d like to communicate them to you at this time.

Randy Ellis Lacrosse Days

First, our plans for Randy Ellis Lacrosse Days on April 4 and 5 have been cancelled.  We were hoping to have well over 250 people attend our opening weekend, and although we are very disappointed, we have to cancel this event in the best interest of our players, families and community.

Regular Season

At this time, no cancellations or postponements have been made to the minor box lacrosse season by the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) or B.C. Lacrosse Association (BCLA).  The B.C. Junior ‘A’  Lacrosse League has stopped any organized events until March 30.

I have talked to many other associations, and we are all in the same situation, trying to predict the future of the season.

Traditionally, the two weeks of Spring Break has seen minimal lacrosse events due to families travelling and vacationing, so we have decided to suspend all organized events (practices, games, tryouts etc.) until the end of Spring Break, March 30.

Over the next two weeks, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the potential start of the season, following the lead of our national and provincial governing bodies.  We will provide updates via our website and Team Snap as the situation progresses.

The safety of all players, coaches and officials is our top priority. Keep well and please encourage your children to get outside and throw the ball every day, to keep active and fit over the break.

 

 

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

Colin Snyder

President

Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse

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