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National Lacrosse League will wait until April to attempt to start next season

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WATCH: More than seven months after suspending play in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Lacrosse League has finalized a target date for its return – Oct 29, 2020

The National Lacrosse League hopes to start its next season in April.

The NLL said Wednesday it is targeting the weekend of April 9-11 to begin play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The season has traditionally started in December or January.

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Training camps prior to the league’s 35th season would start in March, with some virtual and some in-person. The league has not announced how many games will be played.

The NLL said it is working on several scenarios to deal with regional and federal restrictions.

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The league has five Canadian teams – the Halifax Thunderbirds, Toronto Rock, Saskatchewan Rush, Calgary Roughnecks and Vancouver Warriors – and eight American teams.

The 2019-20 NLL season was suspended in March and eventually cancelled.

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“We are working with all teams to provide the safest environment and an acceptable level of fans in the stands,” NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said in a statement.

“We understand that current circumstances will dictate whether this plan is achievable, and we will be prepared to remain flexible and pivot as needed.”