Welcome to the start of the season.
The league has seen some great camps and lots of participation to start this season. There is plenty of excitement!
The schedule has been released and we are looking forward to a great year.
One of the things we value most is the volunteer time put in by coaches, referees and various committee members for tournaments, etc.
Thank you all for your time and commitment to our athletes and our great sport.
We continue to see growth in the sport in multiple areas. The competition in the league and the results of teams at international tournaments and at the nationals level demonstrate that we are developing on all fronts. Most important is that we are developing great young men and women. We are proud to continually get comments at national and international events about how great our kids are- polite, respectful and ambassadors to the sport. We cannot hear this enough.
A major initiative this year (and every year) is to support the (mostly) young refs that are giving back to the sport and ensuring a fun & safe game for our kids. Please make a point to not only support the refs during the game, but thank them afterwards. No matter a Novice league game or the NLL Championship finals, being a ref is an almost no-win job. There will be calls we don't like and there will be things we disagree with. Keep in mind that we are attracting people to take on this task and they are giving up evenings, weekends and other personal time to support our sport. Let's make a point to give them the benefit of the doubt and support them, even if we don't agree. That makes the game better for us all. We don't have players making $30 million a year like in baseball and $12 million a year like hockey, so let's make sure we keep the 'game' in perspective.
Have a great season and we wish all teams all the best, lots of goals and lots of great memories.