2020 BCJALL DRAFT INFO & FAQS
By: Owen Munro
The 2020 BCJALL Midget Draft will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the Langley Events Centre Banquet Hall. The draft will be held at 10:30 a.m. with the doors opening at 10 a.m. All eligible players are encouraged to attend the draft - we just ask you confirm your attendance when you arrive.
The BCJALL is an 8-team Junior A Lacrosse League which is sanctioned by the BC Lacrosse Association to Govern Junior A Lacrosse in BC. This FAQ document helps to answer common questions around the Entry Draft which happens annually in January.
What exactly is the BCJALL Entry Draft?
The Entry draft is designed to disperse the first year Junior-aged players located in either the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island for their Junior eligible playing years (17-21). Only players in the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island who don’t have a Junior A franchise in their catchment are eligible. If you have a Junior A franchise in your catchment, you are automatically protected by that Club for your Junior eligible playing years (17-21).
I live in the Interior of BC am I Drafted?
No. Only players who reside in the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island who don’t have a Junior A franchise in their catchment are eligible for the Draft. Any other player outside of the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island is considered an Unrestricted Free Agent during their Junior eligible playing years. You are free to speak or play with any Junior A Club you want.
Do I attend the BCJALL Entry Draft in January if I am eligible to be Drafted?
The BCJALL holds the Annual Entry Draft at a location where there are plenty of seats available for Draft eligible players and their parents to attend. Each BCJALL team has multiple team representatives at each team table to answer any questions.
What happens if I’m not Drafted? Can I still play in the BCJALL?
Absolutely! Since you weren’t Drafted, you are now considered an Unrestricted Free Agent during your Junior eligible years. Feel free to contact any BCJALL team to discuss options or opportunities for trying out once you reach Junior age eligibility.
I was Drafted by a BCJALL Junior A team. Do I need to play with their Junior B Tier 1 team?
Absolutely not. The BCJALL Entry Draft has no bearing on where you play Junior B Tier 1 Lacrosse in BC. You must follow BCLA residency guidelines to determine where you play Junior B Tier 1,2 or 3 Lacrosse. If you want to play Junior B Tier 1 and there is a team in your catchment, you must report to that Club. If there is no Junior B Tier 1 team in your catchment, you are free to try out for any Junior B Tier 1 team you desire.
If you require further clarification regarding Junior A please visit our contact page for individual Team Contacts or contact the League President directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.