“We have always had the idea to start up a recreational lacrosse league but never had the means. By means, it was the issue of floor time. We did not and do not want to steal time from minor lacrosse but with the addition of new facilities we are able to begin this new adventure. There is a gap that exists for recreational lacrosse players who simply want to have fun. Former players who are done with the travelling and the late nights. Players over the age of 18 and of varying skill sets who wish to play without being beaten to a pulp then having to go to work the next morning.“
The “we” in the above statement is Chris Standing and Stu Sterparn. They are the co-owners and the executives in charge of league operations of the new recreational lacrosse league named the Adult Mixed Lacrosse (AML).
“The AML will be an indoor all-inclusive co-ed lacrosse league. The league will be mixing box lacrosse and field lacrosse rules to make the game more exciting.
By amending box lacrosse rules to take some of the physicality out of the game but keeping stick checking legal the focus of the game shifts. The new rules shift the focus onto both the speed of the game and player safety – similar to the new Olympic rules – lots of movement, less physical contact.
A 3 slash rule & full time served for penalties will look to keep the roughness out of the game. We really want to showcase the skills of the sport as opposed to the brute force.
We are a fully insured and licensed league. The AML will provide an on-site trainer for taping and minor injuries as well as all required game day staff. Truly a show up and play league!“
How and when?
The season starts Wednesday, August 4th and will play every Wednesday until September 20th. 3 games per night with the first game starting at 6:30 PM and last game ending at 10:30 PM. All games will be played out of the Beaumont Recreation Centre, home of the Beaumont Outlaws.
Games will be three 20-minute run time periods played on turf not concrete.
Recommended team size is 16 players. Game will be played using a 5×5 format plus a goalie. There are no co-ed limits, your team can be all male or all female or co-ed.
“Referees will be trained under our certified rule book. Each team will get a copy and it will be on our soon-to-be website. If one has not played field lacrosse, some of the rules may take a game or two to adjust to but overall we are not re-inventing the wheel.”
Registration is already open through AdultMixedLacrosse@gmail.com. First team to pay for their registration in full will receive a team set of Under Armour slash guards courtesy of the Beaumont Outlaws.
The AML website is still under construction, if you have any questions for Chris or Stu, they can be sent through the e-mail listed above.
Stay tuned for more updates. Meanwhile shake the dust off of your lacrosse stick, call your buddies and get yourself ready for some Wednesday night recreational lacrosse.