ALL founder Allan Harvie will serve as the league commissioner.
League Will Be Based in Region Covering North Carolina and Virginia
Richmond, Virg. (Wednesday, June 23, 2010) – A new indoor league looks to be heading onto the professional sports scene, with an announcement this week that the Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) will launch in February of 2011. Headed by Allan Harvie, who formerly owned the Richmond Renegades of the East Coast Hockey League, the ALL will be a non-profit organization that will donate all of its profits to a foundation called virginians4haiti.
“I thought it would allow an opportunity to combine two passions, and everybody wins,” Harvie said of the proposed league.
Virginians4haiti was created by Harvie in January in an effort to raise funds to assist the Caribbean nation of Haiti in its rebuilding after a massive earthquake this past January. The main focus of virginians4haiti is upon the seaport town of Jacmel, helping survivors in relocating to a new community that is currently under development. The plans for the new township involve the establishment of a new church, health clinic, school and police station.
As far as the ALL is concerned, Harvie will serve as its commissioner and plans for the league to play a 20-24 game schedule. Among the cities he has proposed membership into the ALL include Richmond, Norfolk, Charlotte and Winston-Salem. Players for the league will be selected from a camp in January, with the ALL teams selecting their rosters from the hopefuls who attend. Each team will dress 16 players for its regular season games, with a salary cap of $2,900 being handed out after each contest. Winning clubs will also receive a $1,000 bonus, and ALL coaches cannot be paid more than an annual salary of $35,000.
Rules for the ALL will be similar to those of its indoor brethren, the National Lacrosse League. Harvie hopes that one day the two leagues can be affiliated with one another.