2021 Season Update


Dear High River Heat families,

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the ever-changing guidelines that come from AHS and our provincial governing body as they relate to youth activities and lacrosse. The good news is that the 2021 spring box season will run starting in March (16U, 14U, 12U, and 10U) and April (8U & 6U).

 The Alberta Lacrosse Association (ALA) has initiated an “Alberta Lacrosse Path Forward” plan, effective February 8, 2021, and Step One protocols are outlined as follows:

  • Indoor and outdoor practices are permissible.
  • Games are not allowed.
  • A maximum of 10 total participants allowed, including all coaches and players.
  • Social distance protocols must be adhered to (e.g. 3 feet spacing, coaches must wear masks at all times, players must wear masks except during competition), which means no contact drills allowed.

We are hopeful that with recent trends in the pandemic in Alberta that a lacrosse season in some form could begin as early as the middle of March with games taking place in the traditional mid-April to end of June time frame but of course we cannot guarantee that in any way and the season may start and run later. In that hope, here is an outline of our current plan.




Anticipating that everything goes as planned we are opening registration for the 2021 season on February 15, 2021. We know that families have a lot of uncertainty about the future of the season so registration will work a little differently than it has in the past. Here is what families can expect. 


-Upon registration, each registrant will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit. That amount will be 25% of the total registration fee by February 15.  This deposit will let us determine how many players we have enrolled and will also guarantee your player a spot in a program this season. With health and safety restrictions likely to make team sizes less flexible than in the past in order to comply with cohort requirements if players are not registered early with this deposit we may not be able to offer spots in programs to players at a later date. However, we will do everything we can to ensure everyone can play.


Why is this deposit non-refundable?

The short answer is that operating a minor lacrosse club does have ongoing expenses that need to be paid regardless of what participation looks like. Things like websites, insurance, administrative staff (we haven't paid any staff directly in High River, but we benefit from and share the costs of CDLA and ALA staff), and administrative fees all continue to have to be paid. Last season HRLA chose to refund 100% of all registrants' money and paid funds to ALA and CDLA for their continued operations out of funds that we had saved from prior operations. This is not sustainable over the long term, especially if we face another season of expenses for websites, insurance, or coaching certification without registration income. The HRLA, ALA, and CDLA will need funds to ensure the long term viability of minor lacrosse in High River and Alberta. 


-As the season unfolds we anticipate collecting additional fees at 3 other points throughout the season. When and how much those fees will be will depend on how much lacrosse activity takes place. We believe this is the fairest means of recovering the costs for the actual lacrosse players get to enjoy while minimizing the chances of having families waiting on significant refunds. 



High River Lacrosse has decided not to increase fees despite the yearly increase of fees from CDLA & ALA for the 2021 season. The maximum amount of those fees (including the deposit and any fee paid to the ALA) will be as follows:


Year of birth




6 U



8 U



10 U



12 U



14 U



16 U






In the event that we are able to carry out our season in accordance with the plan set out below, this is the maximum total fee. In the event that programming is curtailed or canceled, the fees will be reduced and charged in order to recover the costs of the programming that is delivered. 


For example, a 10U player could be looking at paying an $80 non-refundable deposit on registration and then $80 on each of April 1, May 1, and June 1 if the season unfolded in a perfect scenario. Other group's deposits and fees would look comparable to this.




If the best-case scenario outlined above took place and health and safety regulation are similar to what was in place in Alberta in September and October 2020, this is the plan for each age group, keeping in mind that some modification of divisions and schedules may be required depending on the number of registered players in each age group, facility availability and other similar factors:


-6U and 8U - Players will be placed in cohorts of up to 45 players with up to 5 coaches. This cohort will practice together and then play 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 cross floor games with each other. Approximately 2-floor times per week throughout the season. There will not be activities with other CDLA clubs.


-10U - Players will be grouped into like skill groups (essentially A and B teams) and play against other teams from other CDLA clubs. There will be a schedule of teams forming a cohort for games and then a 2-week break of only practice before new cohorts are reformed for another set of games. The season would have 10 games with no playoffs or tournaments. Games could be limited to being against teams in the southern part of the CDLA (Okotoks, Axemen, Sabrecats).


-12U, 14U, and 16U - We are looking at cooperating with other clubs to form HOKs A teams similar to previous seasons. Players not on the HOKs A team will be on a B team. All teams will play games against other CDLA teams in 2 cohort games/2 weeks of practice rotation. A teams, in particular, may be playing 2 games against the same team during each game rotation. As a result, B teams may have smaller rosters and fewer coaches permitted than A teams to fit cohort requirements for playing 2 different teams in a rotation. There will be no playoffs or tournaments.

**Please keep in mind this is all preliminary and could change pending on Alberta's Path Forward Plan. **




If you would like to support the return of minor lacrosse we encourage you to do the following

  1. Register! Registering as soon as registration opens will allow us to have the best information to plan for the season and that you support the model that HRLA and other CDLA clubs are working towards. (As in past years if you need to make alternate payment arrangements, HRLA will absolutely take that into consideration and work with families to ensure your child is able to play.)
  2. Volunteer! We will need coaches, managers, and trainers, let us know if you are interested.
  3. Spread the Word! If your players love lacrosse tell other families and get them to participate too. Our ability to provide programs our players love is directly impacted by the number of players involved. This year has been tough for everyone and losing a season sucks, but if we can come back with at least as many and maybe even more players than before, lacrosse will be better for everyone.


We can't wait to see you all at the Fieldhouse!




We wanted to give everyone a head's up...registration for the 2021 season will open on Monday February 15th.

Your Board has been busily planning - and are very hopeful that we will be able to offer programming, under AHS guidelines, in 2021. We are operating under the premise that kids will be on the floor in the spring and formulating our plans with that in mind. We are doing everything possible to be able to give our kids the best possible lacrosse experience!!!!

However, as we have all experienced many times over this last year, plans can (and usually do) change.

We will be sending additional information via email and will be updating information on our website with more details as to changes that have been made for the 2021 season.

We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate through this challenging time. 

High River Lacrosse Association Board



See the link to the CDLA site regarding the 2021 plans.




See the links to the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League site regarding 2004 born players and registering your intent to play.

17U Division Update Explanation https://rockymountainlax.com/ala-17u-division-update-december-9-2020/

RMLL Information for New Players (born in 2004) https://rockymountainlax.com/rmll-info-for-new-jr-a-and-jr-b-players/

Link to Register your Intent to Play for the RMLL https://rockymountainlax.com/intent-to-play/

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