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The more people that speak up the better chance there will be change.You have to read this stuff because it may be your name, followed with a baseless comment / accusation / false reporting.
And that is the issue - making a statement with no back-up or proof.
We live in a country that you can speak your mind, which is great - but there has to be some of rules / guidelines to ensure accuracy. False statements are absolute BS and don't help.
I could / may start a new thread on the issues / concerns I see in the game of lacrosse (and sports in general), from my time being involved as a Board Member and representing my organization to the Zone & OLA.
No update to the original story:I was informed by a Tomahawks member they were folding. I won't name him as we have ironed out our differences, through polite and adult conversation.
You should try it.
Lacrosse will continue to struggle as long as local clubs, zones and OLA continue to disrespect volunteers. People are always so eager to point out mistakes and act like the person committed a felony when the reality is closer to they probably didn't know all the little nuances (lack of training). As well, there are too many instances where the rules are not clear and are not fairly applied. Boundaries anyone?Next, you have a continuum of witch hunting if you do speak up. It is so unhelpful and yet weak leaders permit it everyday. Who would step up to volunteer after witnessing such treatment of another parent volunteer? A non-parent volunteer has even less reason to stick out such mud slinging.Another area of clear discontent is releases, making a child play somewhere they do not like is not in anyone's best interest. Often clubs celebrate when the child then decides not to bother. Like losing a player to another sport is a success. It's not. Let the player go for a season, maybe they realize their home club is pretty good or maybe they have better success down the hwy. Players will go both ways so who cares as long as they are playing!Making it difficult to train and recruit coaches is clearly another area to be addressed. Police checks on every volunteer make sense. Making an assistant coach take multiple courses when they are really just going to open the door is not helpful. Limiting your numbers of coaches mean they get burnt out, feel obligated to coach another year and provide players with the same experience year after year. Furthermore, just because someone played lacrosse does not mean they can coach. They are probably the best for the technical aspects of the game but coaching means much more than just teaching the skills. Allow benches to have different personalities so kids always have an adult they can relate to.All in all, lacrosse is a great game and the success of many non-OLA leagues should make that clear. The OLA needs to step back take a breath and reset.It's not like there are lots of people tripping over themselves looking to join minor executives (there are maybe a handful of minor organizations where there is an exception). And it's not like positions at the OLA level have had a lot of competition... there's been what, 5 position that needed a vote in the last 6 years? The rest were just straight up single nominations.
It's an interesting concept, but what you'll end up with is a bunch of people in the position who are only there because no one else would do it. Does that make things better?