Lacrosse group eyes drop­ping ‘mid­get’

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

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. “While this was not on our radar prior to re­ceiv­ing your com­mu­ni­ca­tion this topic will be on the agenda for dis­cus­sion at our next board of di­rec­tors meet­ing in early 2019.”

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 for po­ten­tial na­tional im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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