We are the Parkland Posse Lacrosse Association, here to provide you important information about the upcoming Junior lacrosse season. It has been a while since we last saw you on the lacrosse floor but with plans in full swing for the 2021 season, this email is intended to give you all the detail possible to make your decision about playing lacrosse this season. In addition to what is provided below, please click all the included links to keep up to date with the latest information. If you are a returning player, feel free to skip right to What is the Posse doing for the 2021 Junior B Tier II Season?
First time Junior players
The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) is the governing body for all Major lacrosse in Alberta. Major lacrosse has two levels of play being Junior & Senior. Within Junior there are three skill levels: Junior A, Junior B Tier I, Junior B Tier II as well as a Junior Ladies division. We understand that graduating minor players from 16U and their families are often very confused about the transition to Junior; there is a lot to learn! The RMLL does their best under normal circumstances but following a cancelled 2020 season there is likely to be lots of questions. I would suggest visiting the RMLL website - https://rockymountainlax.com and becoming familiar with all that you can there, including the annual welcome letter to minor players, found under the [PLAYERS & COACHES] dropdown menu, then select [NEW PLAYER INFO] New Player Info (rockymountainlax.com).
Over and above that here is the clearest way we can establish a timeline for you under normal circumstances:
- At the conclusion of the minor box season, the GELC shares the list of all graduating 16U players with the RMLL. This forms the email list for the RMLL to send information out in the following season about the transition to major lacrosse. The problem many people find with this however is that if you have never received email from the RMLL, it often ends up in a spam or junk folder and you never see it.
- January - New Player Info Night: The RMLL emails all players and provides a date for an information night where players and parents can attend in person and have all questions answered. We highly recommend attending this event. What you can expect:
- RMLL President - speaks about the different leagues and details about Junior lacrosse in the province,
- Referee in Chief - speaks to rule differences in major lacrosse versus minor.
- Club presentations - each Junior franchise has five minutes to share the details of their program,
- Open house - all Junior franchises have the opportunity to set up a booth to speak individually with players and parents to answer questions.
- January - Junior Combine: Towards the end of January the RMLL hosts a combine where any graduating 16U player, or unprotected free agent player can register for a fee and attend. The combine in many cases, is a player's first exposure to Junior coaches and through a series of drills and scrimmages, players are scouted by the local Junior teams. It is usually a 4-hour time slot during the weekend with lunch provided. At the conclusion of the floor time, coaches/scouts for the Junior teams are permitted to come on the floor and have informal conversation with the players.
- February - The Draft: All graduating 16U players are eligible to be drafted but being drafted does not guarantee you a roster spot on that team. Details of the draft are usually posted on the RMLL website, but here are some quick points about the drafts:
- There is only one JR. A team in the GELC region: The St. Albert Miners make their selections and add those names to their 40-man protected list.
- There are 4 JR B Tier I teams in the GELC region: St. Albert Crude, Fort Saskatchewan Rebels, Beaumont Outlaws and Edmonton Warriors. This draft is usually held in person with players encouraged to attend, however you do not have to be in attendance to be drafted. If drafted, you will be listed on that teams protected list. What does it mean to be on a protected list? If you are listed on a protected list it means that team owns your playing rights or said another way, that is the only team you can play for at that level. A Junior-A and a Junior-B team can both have your rights. For example, at the Junior-A draft the Miners draft you and at the Junior-B draft the Crude drafts you. If you make the team at Junior A, you play for the Miners. If you get cut, the only team you can play for in Tier I is the Crude.
- Players that go undrafted are free to tryout for any Tier I team. They should also be registering with a Tier II team to ensure they will have somewhere to play. Where you should register for Tier II is covered under the heading Steps to Playing Junior Lacrosse.
- March - Training Camps: All teams in all divisions of play usually start training camp in March, but almost all of them require you to register and pay a fee for the floor time. The clubs will use this time to evaluate players and make cuts prior to the season.
- April - Season begins: Play in Junior B usually begins around mid-April. Junior-A usually begins second week of May. Player movement i.e. cuts can continue to happen right up until the last game of the regular season.
** Due to COVID-19 most of these activities have been postponed in 2021. Please check the RMLL site for updates.
Junior A league has their own website: Home - Alberta Junior A Lacrosse League (abjralacrosse.com)
Junior B Tier I has their own page on the RMLL website: Junior B Tier I (rockymountainlax.com)
Junior B Tier II has two conferences. We play in the Jim Andrews conference and have a page on the RMLL website: Junior B-Tier II-Jim Andrews (rockymountainlax.com)
- Provincial Championship contested by the top 2 teams in both conferences.
Steps to Playing Junior Lacrosse
1. Each player is required to register with the RMLL called the Intent to Play. Intent to Play (rockymountainlax.com). This registration fee of approximately $60 covers league administration costs and insurance. A player is not permitted to take the floor with any Junior team without this completed.
2. If your minor club has a Junior B Tier II franchise within the boundary, you are required to register with that program. If your minor club does not have a Junior B Tier II franchise you are considered a free agent and can register with any Tier II program in the RMLL.
|Minor Home Club ||Major Tier II Club to register with |
|Parkland Posse ||Parkland Posse |
|Westlock Rock ||Westlock Rock |
|St. Albert Rams ||St. Albert Crude |
|Edmonton Warriors ||Edmonton Warriors |
|Sherwood Park Titans ||Sherwood Park Titans |
|Wizards, Blues, Rebels, Raiders, Crush ||Free Agents - Pick the program you like best |
3. Attend as much floor time as you can with the Tier 1 team that owns your rights as well as the Tier 2 team that you have registered with. If you are a free agent and want to try out for a Tier 1 team (i.e. you are not listed on any protected list) you should register for their training camp
4. If you are cut from a Tier 2 program, you are free to try out anywhere else.
Important for Players
- Major lacrosse is not like Minor. You may not always play. Roster sizes consist of 25 players, but a team can only dress 18 runners and two goalies. Many players have work, school and life commitments that cause them to miss time. It's rare to see very many healthy scratches but it is possible.
- Registration fees will vary anywhere from $500 to $1500 depending on the level of play. Make sure you clearly understand what your fees cover i.e. travel, hotels, meals etc.
- The league is structured so that Tier 2 teams play on different week nights than Tier 1 teams to promote affiliations and the ability to be "called up" without conflict. If you are a player that might not see a lot of playing time in Tier 1, you should absolutely play a season of Tier 2 to further develop your skills.
- Players can be fined by the RMLL for major penalties that result in a misconduct or ejection. Fines are the responsibility of the player, not the franchise.
- The RMLL will communicate directly with the players via email. If you do not currently have or use email, create one.
- Most Junior teams charge admission to their games.
- Currently the only playing option for someone born 2004 or earlier is Junior lacrosse within the RMLL. Trust your skills and keep playing. Junior B Tier II has players of all skill levels that played 16U - A, 16U - B as well as players that have not played in years. It is a great league, with great development and competition.
What is the Posse doing for the 2021 Junior B Tier II Season?
- Registration is now open for $700. Parkland Posse Lacrosse Association : Website by RAMP InterActive
- $100 of your fee will be retained for costs associated with training camp should you be cut or make the roster of a higher tier team. The Posse will transfer the balance of your registration to the higher tiered team.
- We are proceeding with preparing for a 12-game season beginning April 9, 2021. The season would likely be conducted within our division as a 50-person cohort. Teams would play a 3-game series with one team and then have a 14-day isolation period before there next series. During this time, they could practice but not play games.
- Home games will likely be played out of the Glenn Hall arena this year as the Grant Fuhr will be leaving ice in longer to accommodate the AJHL and complete some building maintenance following their season. We will still live stream our home games if spectators are not permitted due to COVID restrictions.
- Under current government restrictions only 2003/2004 born players can participate in floor time. We hope to see that change by the end of the month. Our current schedule would have training camp starting on March 7th at the Tri Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. We expect that in the next phase of relaunch the government will allow players above the age of 18 to participate.
- For further details on our program please visit our Junior B homepage: Junior B - Parkland Posse Lacrosse Association : Website by RAMP InterActive
- If you had registered to play in the 2020 season and left funds in trust with us, you should have received a personal email from our Treasurer with a promo code to be applied to your registration. If not, email Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This message is being sent via email to all players that played with us in 2019 and anyone who came out for our summer programs or expressed interest in the past. You can expect a telephone follow up in the days ahead from our Vice President of Major Lacrosse - Rob Perneel or Head Coach - Shawn Schimpf to discuss your intentions this year.
We hope that answers a bunch of questions and has you excited about the potential of wearing Posse colours in the upcoming season. We look forward to seeing you in March.
President Parkland Posse Lacrosse Association