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OLA Extends Activity Suspension

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

May 19/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

OLA Extends Suspension of Activties

Over the long holiday weekend, the Ontario Lacrosse Association announced the postponement of in-person lacrosse activities until at least June 15th

The OLA monitored recent developments with COVID-19 and the ongoing public health emergency, and are assessing the next phase for the 2020 season. 

Of note, June 15th is one day after what would have been Championship Sunday for the annual Owen Sound Minor Lacrosse Classic Tournament which was cancelled along with Zone 8 Minor lacrosse events earlier in the Spring.

The move also impacts the two NorthStar organizations in Owen Sound.

The Junior B NorthStars are scheduled to have an update ZOOM Conference on May 27th.

Unofficial reports indicate the Bug Juice Senior NorthStars will not operate a club in 2020.

 

OLA Release

As a further follow up to the Ontario Lacrosse Association announcement on March 30, 2020 regarding an immediate pause on sanctioned events and activities, and in light of ongoing developments and legislation, the OLA is prepared to continue the postponement of in-person lacrosse activities until at least June 15th, as announced in our most recent postponement directive:

The Ontario Lacrosse Association, in consultation with its Board of Directors, have been monitoring the most recent developments with COVID-19 and the ongoing public health emergency, and are currently assessing next steps for the 2020 season. We remain optimistic as we continue to model multiple Return-To-Play action plans based on a number of scenarios, although we recognize that there is not a uniform direction available as it relates to municipal sports at this point.

At this time, the OLA is also asking teams and associations at all divisions of play to actively communicate with their association members by posting this directive to their website, sharing it to their registered members via email, and using social media. We have received a variety of inquiries from participants and parents requesting information contained within our directives and the FAQs listed below. It is critical for all leagues and zones to keep their members informed during these challenging times using links to the information provided by the OLA.

Wishing you good health and safety while we work together to get through this difficult time. Further information will be communicated when it is available.

 


NHL Update

The National Hockey League and the " Return To Play " committee offered an update on the status of the league after a consultation yesterday.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman relates the groups are taking measured steps towards returning to competition but will ultimately be guided by the direction of health officials.

Bettman elaborated on the concept of " hub " cities hosting games this summer, saying 8 to 9 locations are being considered.

 

Rutherford Award

The Ontario Hockey League will formally announce the Jim Rutherford Goaltender of the Year Award winner today.

Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws who had a terrific season including being selected as a member of Canada's Gold Medal winning entry at the World Junior tournament is considered to be the frontrunner for the award.

London Knights rookie goalie Brett Brochu had the lowest goals against average at 2.40

The Max Kaminsky Trophy to the Defenceman of the Year will be announced tomorrow followed by the Red Tilson Trophy to the league's outstanding player on Thursday.

 

 

NFL Meeting

National Football League team owners will hold a conference call today that replaces the scheduled spring meeting in California. 

The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule and will require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and co-ordinator positions.

Reacting to a lack of diversity in NFL hirings for those jobs, the league will mandate teams to interview at least 2 minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach openings.

At least one minority candidate must be interviewed for a co-ordinator's spot.

 


Queen's Plate Date Set

The $1-million Queen's Plate will be staged on Saturday September 12th at Woodbine Racetrack.

Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson made the announcement yesterday.

The Queen's Plate dates back to 1860 and is Canada's most prominent thoroughbred horse race.

The race will be conducted one week after the re-scheduled Kentucky Derby.

Prior to the Queen's Plate, the Plate Trial and the Woodbine Oaks will be staged August 15th

 

 

Tin Cup 2020

There will be no " Tin Cup " at the 2020 US Open in September.

The USGA will not conduct qualifiers for their annual national golf championship for the first time in almost 100 years.

In the movies, Kevin Costner, aka " Roy McAvoy ", went through 2 qualifiers to reach the US Open in " Tin Cup ".

The 2020 US Open will be staged September 17th-20th in New York State.

 

 

Coyotes  Trek


The Georgian Bay Coyotes continue their virtual Trans-Canada Trek across as they keep focused during the COVID-19 isolation and have just completed week #4. 

As a team, the Coyotes have been putting in solid workouts on their own and rapidly adding up their mileage.  They arrived at their 2nd stop in Montreal, which was a relatively short 919m leg.

They continue into Ontario, heading to Toronto, north to Barrie, passing through Collingwood and Thornbury en-route to Meaford for their 3rd leg.  This is a little skip of 706km.  So it is possible to arrive "home" this coming weekend.

Continue to check back for our latest progress.  For more information on the team, check out our website at http://www.georgianbaycoyotes.com

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