Lacrosse group eyes dropping ‘midget’
the canadian Lacrosse association is the latest domestic sport federation to consider dropping the term ‘midget’ from its youth category classification system.
the move comes after a number of sport associations from across the country, including hockey, football and athletics, announced similar plans. cla executive director Jane clapham said the topic of division names will be discussed by its board next year.
the canadian Press first contacted the cla for comment last month as other organizations announced plans to consider dropping the term, which many consider to be a derogatory slur. the Little People of canada also recently reached out to the organization to inquire about a possible change.
“the cla just received a letter from LPC this week requesting removing the term ‘midget’ from our age classification,” clapham said in an e-mail.
the age for midget players can vary depending on the sport. In lacrosse, the level is primarily for players in the age 15-16 category. In hockey, traditional youth age group names like novice, peewee, atom, bantam and midget could be revised sometime in the new year.
bc Hockey appears to be leading the charge, as the organization has directed staff to make recommendations for new names for its membership.
If approved by its board, the changes could be brought forward for consideration to the Hockey canada membership.