As the national governing body of lacrosse in Jamaica, the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is a recognized member of World Lacrosse (WL). WL 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 WL World Championships.
Over the past several 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 has decided to create opportunities to send formal national teams to WL 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 WL 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.
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. WL rules do permit members of the Diaspora (Jamaican Heritage) 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.
Links to the Player Pool forms and information on each respective national team can be found at the following pages:
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.