June 23, 2022 – CBA & Free Agency Status

Dear Members,

Please see the below CBA update, Free Agency requirements and the check your email for an attached Free Agency List.
Before going into details about the different Free Agency categories and statuses, I wanted to remind all of you that our current CBA is set to expire on July 31st and we are currently in the middle of negotiating our successor CBA.  In fact, we are meeting with the League and a few board members again tomorrow for a negotiation session. 
What does this mean for you?
This means that any item in the CBA is subject to change this off season which could directly influence your leverage, bargaining power and/or the amount of money potentially available to the club.  For example, a change in the free agency requirements could deem you a free agent (RFA/UFA) whereas you would not be a free agent under the current CBA provisions.  Increase bonus money or luxury tax thresholds could put more money on the table for your Club to spend.
Current Free Agency List – Summer 2022 – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Please be advised of the attached lists of each Club’s restricted free agents, (7.1 A1 & 7.1 A3), potential restricted free agents (7.1 A2), and unrestricted free agents (7.2) as determined by the league based on the free agency system set forth in the CBA.
The list has been compiled based on information obtained by the league and is deemed to be reliable but is subject to errors and omissions.  The league reserves the right to amend the list and modify the status of a particular player.  Please contact the NLLPA or the League should you have any questions about your status.  
Reminder: The League Wide Average for the 2021-22 season was $22,757
Free Agency opens August 1st. Be advised, Clubs do not have to match promotional monies should another Club make an offer to a restricted free agent.  Currently, Clubs are only required to match base compensation and bonus.

7.1 A1 & 7.1 A3 – RFA

These players have been deemed restricted free agents. 

7.1 A2 – Potential RFA

These players are eligible for restricted free agency.  The player will become a restricted free agent should the Club owning the right to the Veteran player’s services offers regular season compensation in an amount less than such Veteran player’s previous Season’s seasonal compensation, (e.g. a Veteran player who earned $24,000 for the 2021-22 season will become a restricted free agent if he is offered less than $24,000 for the 2022-23 season. e.g.  A Veteran player who earned $24,000 for the 2021-22 season must be offered at least $24,000 for the 2022-23 season to not become a restricted free agent.)

7.2 – UFA
A player will be an unrestricted free agent if they are born in 1992 or earlier and have 6 seasons played.  Each team may Franchise Tag one player.  Players born in 1988 or earlier may reject the Franchise Tag.
  • UFA – Unrestricted Free Agent (may NOT reject Franchise Tag)
  • UFA# – Unrestricted Free Agent (may reject Franchise Tag)

Protected Practice Player – PPP RFA

The Club and the Player agreed to designate the practice player as a protected practice player.  The protected practice player is considered a RFA for the purposes of free agency.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions,
Reid Reinholdt

Vice President & Executive Director
National Lacrosse League Players Association
P: 604-897-5517