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March 6, 2021




Valley lacrosse pilot takes an all-female approach 

An all-female approach to a sport pilot is taking place in two Valley recreation centres through March and April.

Lacrosse Nova Scotia is a successful recipient of one of only a handful of national Gender Equity in Recreational Sport: Community Grants Initiative grants, through the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. The program is supported by the Government of Canada to help meet its commitment to achieve gender equity in sport at every level by 2035. LNS hopes to do even better than that timeline, and the Valley projects are a huge “win” for community recreation, female sport and the growth of lacrosse in the province. 

“Lacrosse NS is excited to be the recipient of a gender equity grant because achieving gender equity in our sport is an important goal for our provincial sport organization,” says Donna Goguen, LNS executive director. “We have 25 per cent female participation in our sport, and are aiming for parity within five years.” 

LNS offers female provincial team programming, indoor box sector and field sector, and is training a team for the 2022 Canada Games. LNS sanctions the Sirens’ female program for the under-12 category, in the Metro area, and clubs and programs around the province offer varying numbers of all-female or co-ed teams in both box and field lacrosse. 

The March 6 to April 3, free, five-session program running at the Credit Union Rec Complex in Kentville is in partnership with Kings County Recreation; Berwick Recreation will host its sessions at the town hall gym. Female athletes new to lacrosse, or with experience, are welcome to register for either community program. LNS has a number of female coaches lined up to facilitate the programs and build their own leadership and coaching skills to higher levels, but new and less experienced community female coaches are encouraged to attend, and take advantage of mentorship opportunities. This will be an introduction to lacrosse skills and drills for program participants. 

Both programs are free, with sticks and balls provided (no extra gear required). Participants should dress for gym activity, and will be informed of program and facility public health guidance. The Credit Union Rec Complex program in Kentville runs March 6 to April 3, with participants ages eight to 12 on the turf between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and ages 13 to 17 running 11 a.m. and noon. To register, contact Nichole Gilbert, 902-690-6124 or ngilbert@countyofkings.ca. The Berwick town hall gym program runs March 6 to April 3, ages eight to 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and ages 13 to 17 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Berwick sessions are limited to 20 participants for each age group. To register, contact Taylor Boylan, tboylan@berwick.ca

Adult females interested in joining the programs to develop coaching skills should contact LNS executive director Donna Goguen, lacrosse@sportnovascotia.ca.

2021 lacrosse season

NOTE TO ATHLETES AND FAMILIES: The anticipated spring 2021 season will be an evolving program, depending on on-going COVID-19 public health protective measures. Please stand by for updates, as dates and details are fluctuating daily. We are planning for programming as conditions permit - and will be glad to see you all!

Valley Thunder Lacrosse's 13th season of youth lacrosse programming is based out of the Kingston and Berwick rinks, and will resume in April 2021. Youth ages five and up (check age divisions under the Teams tab) are welcome to register for team play.

Lacrosse practices are generally twice a week. Valley Thunder plays home-and-away games with club teams around Nova Scotia. Coaches at all team levels are welcome to join Valley Thunder. Referees are always needed - and paid - for games and tournaments.

Registration forms and rates are below. Please stand by for an online registration option.

For more information about Valley Thunder Lacrosse, visit www.valleylacrosse.ca or join our Facebook group Valley Thunder Lacrosse.

2021 registration form

Code Of Conduct 2021

Acknowledgement of risk and release of liability 2021


Lacrosse coaches, refs invited to join VTL

Valley Thunder Lacrosse welcomes new and experienced coaches and referres to join its program. The season typically runs April to the end of June, with formal coach and referee certification offered through Lacrosse Nova Scotia. COVID-19 public health precautuions are affecting this season's timings, and development clinics. Please stand by for dates and registration details. VTL referees will be paid a $5 per game bonus (to the cost of their certification course fee) for games reffed for VTL

You will also need to complete an RCMP Criminal Records Check (request letter and RCMP form available under Resources - Volunteers).

Thank you!


Lacrosse NS box lacrosse coaches’ training

Lacrosse NS box lacrosse coaches’ training details and dates are at the link, below. Every club in the province is challenged to ensure coaches have the training they need to start and maintain a safe season. We need coaches to make all the on-floor activity happen, and very much appreciate your willingness to take on these roles. There is talk of a Valley-based coaches’ course, but unconfirmed. Register with the LNS online link and, if a Valley date becomes available, maybe Donna and K.J. can shift you. In 2021, there will be no cost to certify as a coach (intro course). If you were ever thinking of taking a course, this is the year – no charge to clubs ! If you are a senior athlete (16-plus) interested in coaching volunteer work, this is a great resume course.

Coaches’ registration here:



Notice of annual general meeting - Valley Thunder Lacrosse Sunday, March 7, 7 p.m. via Zoom
-2020 president's report, financial report
-Election of executive: president, vice-president, treasurer/ registrar, secretary (two-year, calendar year terms, all are technically vacant due to the 2020 lost season)
-Operations committee positions: tournament chair, referee-in-chief, development officer, fundraising chair (one-year, no vote terms)
If you are interested in volunteering for a position, please reference VTL bylaws: http://www.valleylacrosse.ca/Resources.php . You may contact Sara White, VTL president, cskeddy@hotmail.ca; to express interest, or be nominated/ offer during the meeting.
A meeting invite will be sent via email to all 2019 registered athletes/ club contacts. If you are not on this list and would like the link, please email Sara White, VTL president, cskeddy@hotmail.ca.


Scotia lacrosse league expands game across province

Four Nova Scotia minor lacrosse associations are 2019 founding members of the Scotia Minor Lacrosse League.

The SMLL includes Valley Thunder Lacrosse, Truro Bearcats Lacrosse, the Pictou County Snipers and the Cape Breton Warriors. League play includes teams in Novice, Peewee, Bantam and combined Midget/ Intermediate divisions.

The SMLL’s focus is on growing the game of lacrosse across the province. SMLL teams typically play an eight- to nine-game season, and host their  championship weekend in mid-June. COVID-19 public health precautions are affecting all scheduling, but 2021 season planning is underway. Hosting clubs also schedule in a variety of development clinics for athletes, coaches and officials, taking advantage of en masse events to offer skills training, mentorship and opportunities to build camaraderie at all levels within the game.

The SMLL membership remains open, as communities across the province rejuvenate or launch youth minor lacrosse programs. The league will flex its structure and schedule to accommodate teams at any and all divisions, and there is preliminary interest in extending programming into the field lacrosse sector.

Follow the league at smll.ca.

7th Valley Thunder Lacrosse Apple Cup - 2021

The 2021 Valley Thunder Lacrosse 7th Apple Cup will be June 4, 5 and 6, 2021, pending public health COVID-19 guidance; at the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick and the Credit Union Centre in Kingston. Visiting teams are welcome in 6U/ 8U (combined),  10U, 12U, 14U and 16U House/ B divisions. The application form will be posted by the end of April 2021.

Apple Cup accommodations options