As the national governing body of lacrosse in Jamaica, the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is a recognized member of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The FIL holds World Championship events once every four years. While lacrosse is still in it’s infancy here in Jamaica, one of the long term goals of the JLA is to compete for FIL World Championships.
Over the past 3 years the JLA has formed developmental Jamaica national teams consisting of the top young talent on the island to play visiting teams and international volunteer groups. However, with the growing development of talent on the island, and increasing interest from the Jamaican diaspora, the JLA is beginning to consider opportunities to send formal national teams to FIL World Championship Events. An effort of this magnitude is not something to be done in haste. We do not want to send a team to an FIL event without the confidence that we can continue to do this every four years with representation from both the men’s and women’s teams. The earliest date with think this goal can be reached is the 2018 Men’s World Championships in England. Again, our goal will be achieved when we can fund and sustain a similar effort for men and women every four years.
Note to International Supporters and the Diaspora:
The JLA understands that to build, support and fund Team Jamaica’s participation in international events successfully, it would need to not only develop homegrown Jamaican lacrosse talent, sponsors and supporters, but we would also need to engage lacrosse enthusiasts in the diaspora. FIL rules also permit a limited number of members of the Diaspora that have a parent or grandparent that was born in Jamaica to represent Jamaica as a member of the national team at World Championship events. If you meet that criteria, and would have an interest in trying out for Team Jamaica, then we encourage you to submit your information via the Player Pool forms.
We also humbly, and politely, want to emphasize to the diaspora, that the JLA’s primary goals and current objectives,are not to field national teams, but to grow sustainable, school-based lacrosse programs in Jamaica to the extent where lacrosse becomes a recognized sport within the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA). Our primary focus is building and sustaining high school lacrosse programs that harness the competitive spirit of the Jamaican student-athlete. We want to work towards building a similar culture that exists in track, football and cricket, sports in which Jamaican athletes especially thrive.