Coaches are a mixture of trained parent volunteers, varsity high school girls lacrosse players, and adult women coaches.
Please contact your location director if you’re interested in volunteer coaching. If you are unsure of who your location director is, please fill out the Coaching Application or the Coach and Ref form. You can also check out our Volunteer Page for more detailed information.
Yes, IGLA will run a background check on all coaches and volunteers who are 18 years of age and older. Filling out the Coach and Ref Form gives all the information we need to run a check.
Practice and games will have a 30 minute delay for any thunder or lightning. Severe weather may cause cancellations. Cancellations will be posted on the home page (iglax.org). IGLA also uses a text message service for any cancellations within one hour. Please ensure that the cell number you indicate on your daughter’s Player Information Form is the number you wish to be contacted on for weather-related texts. Park District weather hotlines are also listed on your Community Page.
Learning the Game
Each player must have a girls lacrosse stick, goggles, and a molded mouth guard for all practices and games. Only a stick is required for participants in the K-2nd FUNdamentals Clinics.
– 2nd/3rd/4th Pink and 5th/6th Pink may have a modified pocket, meaning the ball does not need to be visible over the sidewall, allowing more give to ease catching.
Dick’s Sporting Goods is a partner and offers discounts, including Preseason Equipment Days. IGLA also loans equipment for the K-1st FUNdamentals Clinics and the Preseason Clinics.
We’re excited that your second grader is playing lacrosse! She may play in either our K-2nd grade FUNdamentals Clinics or our Pink League. If your daughter has participated in the FUNdamentals clinics in the past and is ready to play in structured weekly games, League may be the best fit for her. If your daughter has never played lacrosse, the FUNdamentals Clinics offers specific instruction in a non-competitive environment at a pace designed for beginners.
In the spring, IGLA offers two levels of league play. If considering Purple, players must first attend an assessment in November-March where participants are assessed on stick skills and game play. Purple teams practice twice a week, have a higher participation fee, and may travel more for games.
League Format / Game Schedule
The season begins on a Sunday with a 1.5 hour practice and then practices are during the week– once a week for Pink teams and twice a week for Purple teams. All practices consist of skill development, scrimmaging, and team building.
Games begin the second Sunday of the season. Each team will have 1-2 games on Sundays between the hours of 12pm and 5pm. Pink games run 20 minute halves and Purple games run 25 minute halves. Both the Fall League and the Spring League include a Tournament on one of the last Sunday game days, where games run all day with teams assigned either a morning or an afternoon time slot. In the spring, Purple players have the opportunity to participate in an additional tournament on a Saturday.
Your daughter will be placed on a team based on her age: 2nd/3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th (9th grade in the fall.). We try to accommodate friend and community/school requests received through the Player Information Form. We cannot guarantee 100% that these requests will be granted, but we will do our best. Please note, requests will only be considered if they are reciprocal/mutual and both girls have the same names on the form.
Heath & Safety
US Lacrosse does not mandate the use of helmets in girls lacrosse given research that indicates a greater incidence of concussions when helmets are worn. In order to minimize stick contact with the head, US Lacrosse has implemented checking rules in girls youth lacrosse, at each grade and skill level. Please also refer to US Lacrosse Concussion Awareness Page.
The Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association understands that occasionally a player needs to withdraw from a program. Please notify us as soon as possible. Following are the guidelines for refunds. Please note, some Park Districts have their own Refund Policy that would take precedence over the IGLA refund policy.
- More than one week from start of the program – 90% refund
- Less than one week than one week from start of the program – 80% refund
- No refunds will be issued less than 48 hours from start of the program unless due to injury or illness. In the case of injury or illness, a note from the doctor is required and refunds will be issued on a pro-rata basis less a 10% processing fee. Doctor’s notes can be sent to: Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association, 20 Danada Square West, Suite 289, Wheaton, IL 60189 or to your team’s coach. Questions or inquiries can be sent to email@example.com.
Yes, you may pay IGLA fees with a personal check. The IGLA Non Sufficient Funds (NSF) Check Policy is as follows: IGLA charges a $25.00 fee for each check that has been presented as payment and has been returned unpaid by the issuing bank. IGLA will notify the customer by email or phone of the NSF check and fee. The customer will have 5 business days from the date of initial notification to submit payment of NSF fee and participation fee.
Yes! We want to give every girl who would like to play the opportunity to do so, and offer scholarships for this purpose. If you would like to request financial assistance, please contact IGLA Controller Jo Ann Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondence will be kept confidential.
Yes! As a non-profit, IGLA greatly benefits from donations of any amount. This allows us to provide financial assistance to those players in need. Please indicate your donation amount when you fill out your daughter’s Player Information Form. Thank you!