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Orillia Lakers 'excited' about plans to return to the court

The Orillia basketball program is looking forward to offering both a rep and house league program and is in need of coaches for this year's programs

NEWS RELEASE
ORILLIA LAKERS
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After such a difficult year for so many, we are hopeful that we will be able to put it behind us and move forward. 

We are excited to announce that registration for rep tryouts opens today for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Go to www.orillialakers.com to register today.  Register now for an early bird fee of $25, instead of the $50 that you will have to pay if you miss the Aug. 27 deadline.

We know that there will be many questions as there is still a degree of uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 situation so we will try to address as many as possible here:
 
Our priority for this season is to establish our Rep teams with the hope that we can return to Ontario Basketball Association competition including games against other clubs, the OBL and Ontario Cup. Facility availability may be a challenge again this year as our school boards have not yet announced whether community groups will be given permits.
 
Current provincial restrictions allow a maximum of 25 people in a gymnasium at a time and athletes are allowed to participate without a mask once on the playing surface.
 
Coaches are required to wear a mask at all times and athletes that are sitting on the sidelines must also wear a mask until they return to the court.
 
There are no restrictions currently on close contact on the court and we are allowed to play defence, scrimmage and play in practice. Masking restrictions and distancing rules still apply in the rest of the facility including the bleachers.
 
Due to the uncertainty, we have been unable to set our season registration costs at this point but be assured that we will continue to make every effort to keep costs as reasonable as possible.
 
Registration for the Lakers House League programs will open in early September to once again offer programs geared toward strengthening basketball skills and team play. 

The Orillia Lakers Rep Program is geared toward male and female athletes who are committed and serious about playing competitive basketball. Our program is set up to help dedicated basketball players maximize their skills by practicing sound fundamentals and then applying those fundamentals against other competitive basketball teams from across the province.

Also The Orillia Lakers basketball club is now accepting coaching applications for rep teams for the 2021-22 season. Positions are available for both boys and girls teams from ages U10 - U19.

The application form can be found on the Orillia Lakers website. Previous basketball or coaching experience is an asset but not mandatory, as training is available. The deadline to apply is Aug. 22. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact vicepresident@orillialakers.com. Please email completed applications to coaching@orillialakers.com.
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