The National Lacrosse League made an announcement about when it is going to start its 35th season.
The target start date for the season will be April 9th to 11th weekend. All the NLL teams are dedicated to working with local health officials and authorities, and giving the best opportunity for both players and fans to enjoy the game live and in person. A more detailed schedule will be released in the coming months.
In the release of this news NLL Commissioner, Nick Sakiewicz said “We have been continuously working with our teams, Players’ Association, arenas, and health and government officials to prepare to play our 35th season. An April start date will give us sufficient time to have our protocols in place for players, coaches, staff as well as fans. We are working with all teams to provide the safest environment and an acceptable level of fans in the stands. We understand that current circumstances will dictate whether this plan is achievable, and we will be prepared to remain flexible and pivot as needed. We want to thank all our players, fans, and partners who have supported our efforts to stay connected and engaged during this prolonged offseason and are looking forward to returning to play in April.”
The way that the current plan works would mean that teams will report to training camps in mid-March under serious rules and guidelines, aiming for the season starts in April. Several plans are being developed and put into place to deal with the international nature of the league and the fluidity of the nature between the countries and the ever-changing dynamics of COVID-19.
“The NLL has put together an excellent plan for our upcoming 35th season. We look forward to working together on behalf of all the players in our membership to get our 35th season underway,” said Zach Currier, President, PLPA. “It is reflective of what can be done with great communication and trust, and we cannot wait to get back to playing.”
The 2019-20 NLL season ended March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. During 2019-20 the Philadelphia Wings were 8-6 and 1.5 games out of first place in the Eastern Division. Coach and general manager Paul Day won the award for both Coach and GM of the year in the 2019-20 season and the team is sure to be among the list of contenders for 2020. We’re looking forward to the Wings being back in action and another season of coverage.