Thoughts on Provincial Teams vs. a Club National Championship

I’ve found this week I’ve spent a little more time that I normally do looking at and participating in the “discussions” on the OLA Fan Forums. While I usually just go there to promote the interviews that we have on our site, I got caught up in a little bit of a gripe session on Team Ontario, the selection process, why didn’t my son make it, blah, blah, blah.

Let me state before I do get going, that I think the work Glen Dundas did in creating that site and the work Ron Pallister does in keeping it going is fantastic (as I’ve stated a few times in some of my posts here). However, I’ve just noticed that too many people are there hiding behind anonymous logins and hurling out insults / accusations and other banter that is not my cup of tea. I was taught a long time ago by my parents that:
a) if I do not have something good to say, then keep my mouth shut, or
b) if you are going to open your mouth, be big enough to attach your name to it.

Those that know me well enough know that part a) is a little too difficult for me some times, so I’ve really honoured part b). I admit that I do not always say the right things, sometimes I can be offensive, but I try to tell it the way I see it (which is not always right). But come hell or high water, I will stand by the fact that I said it. To hide behind a computer screen and be Superman with what I write, in my opinion is completely wrong. I’d even go so far as to call it gutless, if what was written was in any way derogatory toward any person, player or their lacrosse association.

Anyway, what I wanted to talk about today was the thought of a National Championship. When I was 12 years old (waaaaay back in 1980), I travelled to British Columbia and played in a National Championship with my Peewee Club Team. My buddy Rich Dyment and I were billeted with a family in Port Coquitlam, B.C. It was simply a fantastic time and I still remember most of it to this day.

With all of the growth that lacrosse has experienced lately, why can we not bring this style of Championship back? To me it is another tournament that you can go to as a Club team, and compete in A, B, C, whatever division you want.

With the problems and issues most seem to have with “selecting” a team from all of Ontario, this issue would be eliminated.

The hurdle is raising the funds to be able to afford it. But if successful, I think it could be huge again like it was when I was young, and the kids can have lasting memories of their lacrosse years as a kid.



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