About Girls Field Lacrosse, Girl's Field Lacrosse (OWFL) (Burlington Minor Lacrosse)

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Girls Field Lacrosse (OWFL)

Girls field lacrosse is back again in Burlington!!

Did you know Burlington once had a successful girls field lacrosse program?  Between 2003 and 2009 Burlington won four provincial championships!!

For 2021 we are excited to offer girls field lacrosse in Burlington. This year we are making plans to run the following programming:

-U11 Rep (2011-2014 birth years)
-U13 Rep (2009-2010 birth years)
-U15 Rep (2007-2008 birth years)
-Learn-to-Play / Recreational (2007-2014 birth years)

Based on interest there is a chance we could run a U17/U19 team.  Please contact us if you are a player born 2003-2006 and are interested in playing girls field lacrosse.  We could expand our offerings if there is enough interest.

Return to Activity 2021

The OLA has released its RTA 2021 documentation to guide leagues, organisations, and families navigate the current public health situation.  That documentation is available HERE.  The Burlington Minor Lacrosse Association is committed to following these protocols and providing safe and worthwhile programming for our families.

It is important for families interested in playing girls field lacrosse in Burlington to understand the protocols and limitations that will exist for the 2021 season.  Plans may change on the fly for recreational and competitive play, and so flexibility and understanding will be necessary. 

Please beware that any plans listed on this page are actively being finalised and should be considered tentative. 

Residency Rules for Existing Rep Players

A player living in Burlington has unique rules that apply for our first year of competitive play in 2021.  Please read The Residency Rules Letter below


Girls Field Lacrosse Info

The BMLA participates in the Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse League (OWFL Website)

Information on Rep Game Days

Plans are being made by OWFL for the 2021 Regular Season, and families familiar with the league play should expect modifications for the 2021 season.  Games may start sometime around the week end of May 29 and could end sometime around the week end of July 24.  

Games for U11 and U13 are typically on Sundays.  Games for U15 are typically on Saturdays.

Game days are "tournament style" with many teams descending on a host centre to play twice in a day.  However for 2021 families should expect limitations and modifications to this model. 

Host centres could include:  Brampton, Guelph, Halton Hills, Oshawa, Orangeville, Kawartha, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Owen Sound.

Information on Learn-to-Play / Recreational

We are expecting in 2021 to run a "learn-to-play" / recreational program for players new to field to lacrosse, or those players hesitant in committing to a competitive program.  Families should expect this to be a fun and casual way to learn the skills and game play of the sport.  No experience is required!

The program is expected to run mid-April through end of June.

We will where possible give our recreational players exposure to game play through scrimmaging, or exhibition games with neighbouring organisations.

Information on Practices

Outdoor practices will likely start the week of April 19. 

Location is TBD. 

Rep players should expect practices to be twice a week on weekday evenings.  Learn to Play should expect sessions to be 1-2 times per week also on weekday evenings.

Based on feedback from our boys field players, effort has been made to have one field and rep-box practice on the same night of the week for the U15 girls field and girls Bantam/Midget rep-box teams.  This should free up a weeknight for players and families.  Please provide feedback at the end of the season if this was helpful and should be considered for future years.

Team Composition

The U11, U13 and U15 age groups play full-field 10-on-10 (including a goalkeeper).  This will likely be modified in 2021 to be 7-on-7 (including a goalkeeper) to maintain smaller league cohorts.


Girls field lacrosse stick.  A list of all approved sticks can be found HERE

Field lacrosse goggles.

Mouth guard (any visible colour other than clear or white, and must not have graphics of teeth)

Lacrosse cleats. Football and soccer cleats are viable alternatives.

Tryouts, Can I Play?, Should I Play?

Our girls field lacrosse is a new offering in Burlington and the response has been overwhelming.  There is a chance with smaller league and roster sizes in 2021 that we may need to run formal tryouts.  If registration exceeds the number of players we expect to carry on a roster then we will let parents know in advance that our first few practices will be used as tryouts.  

The concept of our program being "rep" should not scare away new participants.  We expect many new players and by default will be placed at the lowest level of league competition. 

There are many good reasons to consider playing field lacrosse:
-Outdoor play.
-Larger playing field emphasises the ability to find space.
-Different sticks / rules emphasises stick skills and hand-eye coordination.
-As players get older the game emphasises position specific skills.  The result is a position for all players regardless of speed, size or skill set.  There is a role for everyone!
-As players get older there are opportunities to play at a higher level:
*Several local private lacrosse organisations exist that travel to the US and play in tournaments.
*Field lacrosse programs are offered at many Canadian universities.
*Field lacrosse is a more popular version of the game in the US and opportunities exist for players to play at the US level via scholarships.
*Field lacrosse is played internationally and is under consideration to be added as an Olympic sport.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions for our field lacrosse program.  You can do so through the link on this page, or by contacting Adam Kennedy at [email protected] 


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