English Lacrosse has recently announced the launch of its registration system which will be in place for the 2016-17 season. The start date is September 1st 2016 but the system will be launched in April 2016, allowing 4 months for registration to take place in the first year.
EL staff have attended various regional meetings and forums to introduce the new system and these Frequently Asked Questions address many of the concerns and questions raised. EL will also provide the opportunity for people to ask specific questions that may not be answered in this document.
EL are providing assistance to ensure the transition to the new system is as smooth as possible. EL registration for players solely depends on if that player is or is not taking part in EL leagues, competitions or tournaments. There is no age restriction as to who may be charged the fee. EL competitions include but are not restricted to:
- EL Regional Leagues (senior & junior)
- EL Regional Junior Fixtures and Tournaments (The bottom age limit for club participants will be those still in primary education (year 6 and below) as of the start of the 2016-17 season. Participants in Year 7 and above will need to register to compete in lacrosse fixtures and tournaments.
- Flags North/South
- Academy Male/Female
- Manchester Challenge
- Club Championship
- National University 8s
- Regional competition (senior/junior)
- County competition (senior/junior)
- International Representation
- Mixed Lacrosse
- Lacrosse Camps
- Autumn 8s
- Super League
- British Nationals
- Home Internationals
What was the consultation process for this decision?
All Regional Committees have been given the opportunity to review the Individual Registration Business Case and provide comment.Presentation packs, providing details of the scheme were made available to all Regional representatives to send on to clubs in their respective regions. The National Lacrosse Committee has also been given opportunity to interrogate the plans. Key figures from the referee and umpire associations have been consulted. Finally, the English Lacrosse Board provided ratification.
When will the registration year become active?
The registration year starts 1st September and runs until 31st August. In the initial year, the system will be open from April to allow for all participants to prepare.
Who will need to register?
All players, coaches and officials who participate in EL leagues, tournaments and events will need to register. How will I find out when the registration is open? EL will continue to communicate all info through its website and social media. EL will also notify each person currently registered with a valid email address.
I have only recently joined my team in the middle of the season as a player, coach, or official, do I pay a reduced fee?
The EL registration fee is annual which is renewed each September regardless of when the registration takes place.
I am a volunteer that does not coach, play or officiate, do I need to register?
This is not required however it is recommended in order to take advantage of the member benefits.
What will happen if I do not complete my registration and I compete, coach or officiate?
Your team will be fined and docked points for any unregistered participant that takes part in an EL event. There may be National and Regional fines if a club fields unregistered players. Coaches, officials and volunteers will not be insured if they are unregistered.
I only play for my team a few times a year, do I still need to register?
The current system requires all players who participate in leagues and tournaments to register. The new system will be no different and the fee will apply regardless of the frequency of participation.
I play for my university for my BUCS team do I need to register?
Registration will not be required for university participants who solely participate in BUCS matches, however it is highly recommended. Students who play in EL leagues and events will be required to register as will students who coach and officiate.
I play for more than one team; do I have to register for each team that I play for?
Your registration will cover you for each team you play for and you will only pay one fee. You will be able to register your affiliation to both clubs when you register.
Will this affect the cost of my club/university membership fee that I pay?
EL will no longer be charging team registration fees, so clubs/universities may reduce their membership fees to reflect this. However, it is important to note that each region may still charge a team fee. This will be decided by each region.
I only play in one-off matches each year such as alumni, do I need to register?
You will only be required to register for EL competitions, however if you do not register you will not receive any of the insurance benefits.
Coaches When do I have to register?
If you are an active coach that provides tuition to schools, clubs or universities you must register to receive your insurance cover.
I also play or officiate, do I need to pay a registration fee for each?
You only pay one registration fee and that covers you for all lacrosse activity. You must ensure that your registration is completed correctly to ensure you are covered for all lacrosse activity.
I officiate in BUCS matches and occasionally will referee in friendly matches or matches not EL sanctioned, am I still covered?
All officials who register will be covered for matches and events they officiate including tournaments and events aboard.
I am a student who officiates BUCS matches, do I still need to register?
Yes, you will not be covered under public liability insurance if you are not registered.
Do European Referees have to register to officiate the odd game?
Yes, anyone officiating EL leagues, tournaments or competitions will require a registration card.
Club/ University / Schools / League & Event Organisers Can Clubs use the registration platform to collect club subscriptions?
Yes. Bespoke communication will be released to Club administrators in the next 24 days to explain this process.
Clubs are concerned that individuals simply will not register, so can clubs register players?
Individuals are responsible for registering and paying for themselves. Communication will be sent to all individuals by EL and their club explain how to register.
Can parents use one email to register more than one child?
Yes. Each child will have a unique username and password but the email address can be the same for each child. E.g. a family email address.
Will the tool be available for club administrators to see who has registered and who has not? Will the tool be available to regional administrators for the same purposes?
Nominated club representatives will be able to view online current registrations for their club. The administrator function to amend information will not be available.
How did EL determine the registration fee?
EL researched the registration fees and benefits of 16 National Governing Bodies of similar and larger sizes. The fees being introduced are competitive with other governing bodies whilst providing an improved benefits package. It is important to note that EL will no longer be charging team registrations and as such the individual registration fee will be replacing this previous cost.
What are the details of the insurance package?
Public Liability Insurance Will remain at the same level of 10,000,000 Personal Accident The Insurers: Sportscover Europe Ltd Period of Insurance: 1st May 2016 The Insured (who is covered): Affiliated individuals.
How do I add an additional club to my membership?
Instructions on how to add an additional club to your Individual Registration can be found HERE