Oakville Minor Lacrosse Release Request Policy

The Oakville Minor Lacrosse Association has a fundamental commitment to the growth and development of the sport of lacrosse in Oakville. The Association has a ‘no release’ policy for players residing within the Oakville Lacrosse Association boundaries. However, in special circumstances as determined by the OMLA release committee, a release may be granted as long as it abides with the OLA and OMLA Constitution.

Please read the following before considering submitting your release request. As an association we are determined to resolve any issues in house before resorting to this process and therefore Janel and I are happy to discuss your situation further if you would like.

Please note:

  1. When a release is granted the caliber of the player shall not enter the decision.
  2. The player requesting the release must be registered with the Oakville Minor Lacrosse Association prior to requesting the release and OLA approved for the current season prior to any participation.  As per OLA guidelines, release requests may not be considered if the player has not registered before the following days:  Box - Third Sunday in March, OMFLL (Boys Field) - March 1, OWFL (Women's Field) - Third Sunday in March.
  3. If the player is looking for a release to play REP in another center, they must be registered with Oakville and have attended at least 1 REP tryout and/or practice for the appropriate age group.
  4. As per OLA guidelines, release requests cannot be submitted after the following dates:  Box - May 1, OWFL (Women's Field) - May 15, OMFLL (Boys Field) - March 1.
  5. As per OLA guidelines, release requests cannot be considered before February 15.

To apply for a release. The Player must first be registered (including tryout fee) with OMLA.  The Player or Parent/Guardian must complete section 1 of the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) Release Request Form and email it the OMLA President. Release for is attached.

OMLA will respond within 72 hours to acknowledge receipt of the request and notify the player/guardian of the date & time of the release hearing.

The OMLA has two options following the release hearing:

  1. Approve the release and provide the applicant with the approved release form and advise them of their next closest center to register. This is determined using the players registered address and could be Milton, Burlington, Mississauga, Mimico or possibly beyond.
  2. Deny the release request and complete section 2 of the Release Request Form with written reasons for denying the request and provide the applicant with the information necessary to take the request to the next step.

If the release is denied by the OMLA:

  • You can appeal your release to the appropriate league: Zone 10 (box), OMFLL (boys field), or OWFL (girls field).  Note additional rules and fees may apply.
  • If the request is again denied the request can be taken to the OLA Appeals Committee (there is another fee for this).
  • If the request is again denied, the player’ can either request a refund minus tryout fee, or continue to play with his/her current association and try to resolve the differences that led to the request for a release.