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Canadian Lacrosse Foundation

Org. Structure

The Organization and Governance of Lacrosse

The history, operations and development of lacrosse in Canada are guided by a union of three organizations...

The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame acts as the repository of our history and accomplishments.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association is the National Governing Body of the sport.

The Canadian Lacrosse Foundation provides the leadership in the preservation and development of the sport.

The Board of Directors is made up of Member Association (MA) Representatives (normally the current President of the MA), elected Directors (President, Past President and four Vice Presidents) and the appointed Directors (Hall of Fame, Native). The board is the final review stage of the process. Policies and recommendations approved by the Sector must be approved by the Board before they can be enacted. The Directors review all submissions and seek input from their MAs and then vote on the proposal or recommendation.

Lacrosse is broken up into 6 sectors (Box, Men's Field, Women's Field, Inter-Lacrosse, Coaching and Officiating) with a chairperson for each sector. The Sector Chair is responsible for all activities in their respective sector and report to the board.

The Member Associations are responsible for delivering programs at the community/grassroots level. Through the Member Associations the CLA bases its structure on the strength and development of the local community, volunteer based organizations.

YESTERDAY - The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame has, since 1967, been the repository of the history of the sport in Canada and Canada's involvement in international competition. In recent years the Hall of Fame has expanded its mandate to function as a museum of the history of lacrosse. The Hall of Fame houses records of the inductees, and collects, catalogues and displays artifacts of this sport, some of which predate Confederation.

As the focus on the history and legacy of lacrosse as part of Canada's culture grows, we are witnessing the creation of regional Halls of Fame. The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, located in St. Catharines, opened its doors to the public in 1998.

TODAY - The Canadian Lacrosse Association

The National Sport Governing Body (established in 1867) is the operational component of the sport of lacrosse. The CLA governs and develops four disciplines of lacrosse: Box Lacrosse, Men's Field Lacrosse, Women's Field Lacrosse and Inter-Lacrosse. The Association is responsible for the operations and programs of the sport


  • Rules of play and interpretational manuals
  • Athlete, school, and community development programs
  • Coaching and Officiating certification, development, and technical materials
  • National Championships and National Invitational Tournaments
  • National Teams and international competition.
  • International development.

TOMORROW - The Canadian Lacrosse Foundation

The Canadian Lacrosse Foundation is a charitable organization established as an initiative of the Canadian Lacrosse Association to address the long term health and growth of lacrosse as Canada's National Summer Sport.

The Foundation's prime directive is to ensure that resources will be available for the CLA to continue to develop and assist in the development of programs for athletes, coaches, and officials, and to create innovative programs for the development of the sport in communities and schools across the country. The Foundation's mandate also includes assisting in the celebration and preservation of the history of lacrosse.

The main objective of the Foundation is to assist the CLA accomplish its goal of long term financial stability so that it can be responsive to the needs and priorities of the membership, rather than to an external funding body (e.g. Sport Canada). In the long term quest for financial independence, the CLA has recognized the need for a granting body to be a stable and responsive source of funding for CLA programs.

The Foundation will accomplish this objective through the creation of a legacy fund. The capital in this fund to be protected and the proceeds from that investment to be used to support the programs and initiatives of the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The Foundation will work towards this objective by raising funds through application for grants, donations and bequests, as well as through product sales and innovative programs. A recent example of programs is the creation of the Jim Bishop Trust Fund and the annual Jim Bishop award commemorated through the limited edition prints being sold.

The Canadian Lacrosse Foundation Directors are charged with ensuring that funds are properly protected and used under the terms of the trust funds and programs established. The CLF Board is responsible to the lacrosse community across Canada through the Member Associations represented on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lacrosse Association. The CLF must submit ongoing reports on its activities and provide audited financial statements to the CLA Board.

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