Ontario Lacrosse Association

The Ontario Lacrosse Association (Ontario Lacrosse) is a not-for-profit sport organization and a member association of the Canadian Lacrosse Association, the national governing body for lacrosse in Canada. The Ontario Lacrosse Association is the largest provincial lacrosse governing body within Canada. The mission of the OLA is to govern, improve, foster, and perpetuate the sport of lacrosse in Ontario. It was established in 1897.

Ontario Lacrosse Association
Ontario Lacrosse Association (logo).png
SportLacrosse
JurisdictionRegional
AbbreviationOLA
Founded1897 (1897)
AffiliationCanadian Lacrosse Association
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
PresidentJim Bomhof
Official website
ontariolacrosse.com
Ontario

One of the oldest team sports in North America, the origins of lacrosse lie with the Native American people who lived in Ontario, Quebec and western New York. The first written rules were established in 1867, and although formal amateur provincial competition began in 1887, the Ontario Lacrosse Association was not established as the provincial governing body of the sport until ten years later. In the 1930s, the birth of box lacrosse (indoor lacrosse) increased the popularity of the sport among both athletes and observers. Although official competition was impacted by the number of participants available during both World War I and World War II, lacrosse teams have maintained activity on an annual basis since the inception of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.

LeadershipEdit

Stan Cockerton, Executive Director

Jim Bomhof, President

Ian Garrison, VP Officiating

Colleen Grimes, VP Promotion

Jim Leworthy, VP Junior - Major Lacrosse

George MacDonald, VP Finance

Rick Phillips, VP Coaching

Mark Schuetzkowski, VP Field Lacrosse

Tanya Thompson, VP Minor Box Lacrosse

Marion Ladouceur, Past President

LeaguesEdit

Senior


Junior


Minor

  • Ontario Minor Field Lacrosse League (OMFLL)
  • Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse League (OWFL)

Minor Box Lacrosse ClubsEdit

There are 66 minor box lacrosse clubs in the Ontario Lacrosse Association. Minor box clubs are divided into zones for league play and the provincial champion is crowned in 6 divisions every August at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival in Durham Region.


Zone 1

Sault Ste. Marie Spartans

Thunder Bay Ice


Zone 4

Barrie Bombers

Huntsville Hawks

Innisfil Wolfpack

Midland Braves

New Tecumseth Renegades

Orillia Kings

Stayner Hitmen

Sudbury Rockhounds

Tri-Town Rock Devils

Shelburne Vets


Zone 5

Akwesasne Storm

Cornwall Celtics

Gloucester Griffins

Kahnawake Mohawks

Kingston Krossfire

Nepean Knights

North Shore Kodiaks

Quinte Bayhawks

South Shore Centurions

Tyendinaga Thunderbirds


Zone 6

Clarington Gaels

Kawartha Lakes Fury

Northumberland Nemesis

Oshawa Blue Knights

Peterborough Lakers

Stouffville Thunder

Toronto Beaches

Toronto Stars

Uxbridge Enforcers

West Durham Lacrosse Club

Whitby Warriors


Zone 7

London Blue Devils

Sarnia Pacers

Strathroy Screaming Eagles

Wallaceburg Griffins

Windsor Warlocks


Zone 8

Arthur Aces

Brantford Warriors

Cambridge Chiefs

Centre Wellington Mohawks

Guelph Regals

Kitchener Braves

North Perth Outlaws

Owen Sound North Stars

West Grey Rampage

Wilmot Wild


Zone 9

Burlington Chiefs

Fort Erie Hawks

Hamilton Bengals

Lincoln Redcoats

Niagara Thunderhawks

Pelham Raiders

Simcoe Timberwolves

Six Nations

St. Catharines Athletics


Zone 10

Brampton Excelsiors

Caledon Bandits

Halton Hills Bulldogs

Milton Mavericks

Mimico Mountaineers

Mississauga Badgers

Newmarket Redbirds

Oakville Hawks

Orangeville Northmen

National championshipsEdit

The champion of four of the OLA's five box leagues compete in national championships:

External linksEdit