Patience and Perseverance: a reflection on the paused season

Jan 4, 2021 3:00 PM
Colleen Aungst

A note from the EALA Board of Directors as we look ahead to 2021

If you are a parent or grown-up reading this, you know how youth sports have been top of mind over the past nine months. The roller coaster ride featured uncertainty, followed by concern, then anticipation, impatience, and eventual concession to optimism, hope, and excitement. 

We here at EALA are riding right alongside you.

We paused, we waited, we held off, we waited some more, and we persisted in our patience. Meetings were had. Discussions and debates coursed over Zoom, email, and text. We poured over safety regulations, costs, and liability. US Lacrosse TryLax lacrosse sticks and balls were hand-delivered in hopes kids could still.... try lax. In the end, we found ourselves regularly returning to our mission statement. In our mission and the “purpose” stated in our bylaws, the word “community” is stated over and over again. Community. 

The East Aurora Lacrosse Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, prides itself on putting community, and the well-being of families and youth before all else. If we are doing our job properly, we purposefully use lacrosse as a vehicle to teach perseverance, work ethic, and respect. The nuances of the game come along for the ride. For those reasons, EALA felt that it was imperative to pause lacrosse so as not to put parents in the tricky position of “should we or shouldn’t we.” Furthermore, when our banner 2020 season was about to kick into gear, COVID-19 was at its height of uncertainty and NYS placed sports on PAUSE. Some organizations found ways around and past the guidelines, and in some cases, we applaud them. EALA, however, is proud of its decision to pause for the duration of the summer, and pause while children went back to school, and pause some more as the “curve” scaled skyward. 

Lacrosse will be here. The sport is literally America’s oldest sport. It’s not going anywhere. EALA is not going anywhere. 

That said, EALA is taking notes from our playbook on perseverance and we are going to enter the new year cautiously optimistic with forward momentum. We are opening up the following opportunities and noting our plans for the coming season below. 

Happiest of New Years to you and yours. We cannot wait to see you on the field. 

Colleen Aungst
President, EALA Board of Directors
Girls WNY Lacrosse League at Sahlen's
Jan. 10 - Feb. 28, Sundays 5-9pm 
EALA will have a 3/4/5/6 team ("Youth") and a 7/8/9 ("JV/Mod") team in the league.
Note: Youth games are at 5p. JV/Mod games are usually at 6 or 7p.; players and coaches must wear masks, no spectators permitted.  
Cost per player: $50. Max per team: 15. Minimum to run: 10. >> click "Register Here"
Boys 5/6 League (note: this is run through BEAST/AIA)
Email (Scott More) for more information. 

Girls and Boys Winter Clinics at Sahlen's
More information to come -- watch Facebook and your email in the coming weeks
US Lacrosse TryLax clinic to run April 24, 2021 at Warren Park in two sessions
1pm and 3pm. 1.5 hours each. Rain date: May 1, same times. 
*EALA will roll over the 2020 registrants
Cap: 50 boys, 50 girls
Link coming soon

2021 EALA registration
Open in February -- watch Facebook and your email in the coming weeks

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