Want to Play?

Girls and women's field lacrosse is an outdoor, non-contact sport primarily played in the spring and summer across Ontario. Games ranging from 40 to 60 minutes are played on a soccer-sized field and in its true form, women's field lacrosse is played 10 v 10, including the goalkeeper.

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Equipment

Very little equipment is required to play women's field lacrosse. Required equipment includes:

 

  • Women's field lacrosse stick

  • Moulded mouthguard that covers all upper teeth (cannot be white or clear, nor have images of teeth)

  • Optional: Girls Field Lacrosse Goggles

A women's field lacrosse stick is different than a box lacrosse or men's field lacrosse stick in that it has a shallow pocket. For a full list of sticks that are legal (which includes nearly all sticks available for purchase by major brands in Canada, click here.

 
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Find Your Local Club

Under Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) rules, players must register and play with their local club. If your home town does not have a program you must register with the club that is closest to your home. 

 

Many clubs offer "try it" sessions in the pre-season. Contact your local club for more details. 

To see a list of OWFL Member Clubs, click here.

REGISTRATION INFO

 
 

AGE GROUPS:

Age divisions in 2022 were as follows:

Under 9 

(Local Club House Leagues and OWFL Play Days only)

2015 & 2016

Under 11

2012, 2013, 2014

Under 13

2010, 2011

Under 15

2008, 2009

Under 19

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Senior- 19+

2003 and Older

NEW PLAYERS & GUARDIANS:

Players and volunteers at all levels are required to register with their local club to participate in women's field lacrosse.

RETURNING PARENTS & GUARDIANS:

Please note that players must be "in good standing" as determined by your Home Club to be eligible to register for the OWFL season.  A player who is not in "good standing" will not be permitted to register or attend tryouts for the Ontario Summer Games, or any Team Ontario team.

RESIDENCY RULES:

Boundary Restrictions: Where you live matters. 

Any player under 19yrs of age as of December 31st  of the playing year, who resides in a community offering a women’s field lacrosse program for which she is eligible to play, MUST register with that club.

If there is no available program in her community for which she is eligible to play,  a player may play in the next closest centre offering a women’s field program.​

The "next closest centre” is determined by measuring the distance from the player’s residence to the closest boundary point to each club. Player’s do not have a right of choice between two clubs.

Determining a player's home club and helping clarify residency rules for new members can be challenging.  The OLA has introduced a new feature "Where do I play?" specifically to help address questions and determine which club new players should register with when they fall outside a club's clearly defined area.

 

For more information go to: https://ontariolacrosse.com/playing/where-do-i-play

New players may contact wheredoiplay@ontariolacrosse.com for their answer. 

 

A player must return back to their home centre in year 2 if that club offers a program for which they are eligible to participate in.

 

RELEASE PROCEDURES:

  • All players must be first registered with their home club prior to seeking a release

  • All release requests must be submitted by May 15th to allow all due processes to be completed by registration cut off date 

  • Parent/Guardian/Player  to complete Section 1 and submit to the President of their home club

  • A copy of the release is to be sent to OWFL Registrar 

  • The home club must respond to the applicant within 72 hours to acknowledge receipt of the request

  • The home club must either 

          a)  set a date, time & location (with a reasonable time frame) when the release hearing will be held OR 

          b)  provide the applicant with the approved release form

  • Releases may be conditional or unconditional

  • If the release is granted, conditional or unconditional, the player must present the signed two page form to the registrar of their new club/association.  It must be attached to the new registration as proof of release.

  • Residency Rules apply to all age categories with the exception of Seniors and U8 

  • No rep player may be conditionally released more than once to the same club.  If a club releases a Rep player to the same club for a second time, that player is then unconditionally released to the club.

  • A player released to play House League may not play Rep for that club.  Any player released to play House League may be released more than once to the same club without becoming unconditionally released​​

See the OWFL Bylaws for more information.