To our EALA community,
Our EALA board has come to the painful conclusion that we cannot execute a 2020 summer lacrosse season in the manner that is required and recommended under NYS and US Lacrosse guidelines. As a non-profit, volunteer-led organization, we know that we could not adequately rise to the duty of care required to execute youth lacrosse safely. Furthermore, the benchmarks we hoped would be met by mid-June are unfortunately not met and/or are not able to be met.
In the meantime and throughout the summer and fall, we will be monitoring state guidelines for youth sports and recreation, CDC recommendations, and US Lacrosse guidance. Getting back on the field safely is of utmost importance to this board and to our coaches. We take very seriously the trust that parents and families place in our organization.
EALA will be issuing automatic refunds to everyone who registered for this season. Refunds will be issued over the next two weeks. If you are not refunded by June 20, please email Joan@ealacrosseassociation.com. Please keep in mind that your US Lacrosse membership fee is separate from EALA and cannot be refunded as you still have access to the national governing body’s benefits for the year. Additionally, the East Aurora Lacrosse Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We know these are difficult times, but if you choose to offer your 2020 fee as a donation to EALA, we would be incredibly grateful and provide a tax deduction receipt upon your request. Email Joan@ealacrosseassociation.com if you would like to make a donation.
If you ordered any additional clothing or gear (not including jerseys) from Blatant Athletics and have not yet received your order, please email Joe Potenza firstname.lastname@example.org. Blatant was closed for 8 weeks due to COVID but they have now reopened. He will ensure you get your gear or refund you if you so choose.
If you are looking for ways to stay active and engaged with lacrosse skill-building, consider visiting https://www.uslacrosse.org/lax-at-home.
Lastly, EALA will continue to work hard for our lacrosse families during this tricky time. Here is what we are focused on moving forward:
*Rescheduling TryLax, a clinic for new lacrosse players
*AED and CPR training for all of our coaches as a part of our US *Lacrosse AED grant
*Developing a policy for small group training and fall tournament participation
*Fundraising so that we may increase lacrosse-based opportunities in 2021
*Building our volunteer base (please consider volunteering on our board, committees, parent-leader, or as a coach!)
Thank you again for placing your trust in EALA. We value you, this community, and this sport. Lacrosse, considered a sacred game of healing by the Haudenosaunee, is played to honor The Creator. We may not be playing the game in this moment, as the Haudenosaunee once did, but we can still honor the tradition of this great sport by being kind, supporting one another, and getting through this as a team. #OneEA
Yours in lacrosse,
Colleen Aungst, President, East Aurora Lacrosse Association
and the entire EALA Board of Directors