Frequently Asked Questions

Coaching

Coaches are 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.

Weather

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

IGLA hosts parent meetings and coaching clinics throughout the year.  Parents are also encouraged to observe practices and games and ask questions.  US Lacrosse is the governing body of lacrosse and has many great resources.

Equipment

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.

STICK.  Please note, boys and girls sticks are different.  Girls have shooting strings that run vertically down the pocket versus a boys full mesh pocket.  Girls sticks also come in one standard length.  If you daughter is tiny, you can cut down the shaft, but we recommend you first speak with a coach.
– 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.
GOGGLES.  Wire or plastic are ok.  Your daughter may wear glasses underneath, but the sides may not protrude through.  Look for a more rectangular sized frame that creates more space.  Some IGLA players recommend the Cascade Iris, Warrior goggles and the Bangerz OTG Plastic goggle.  Prescription goggles are also an option.  View USL list of approved eyewear.
MOUTHGUARD.  Cannot be clear/white.  The mouth must be able to close over the mouthguard for it to fit properly and be legal. It must also extend to cover their back teeth (concussion prevention). No protruding tabs or ties to the goggles are allowed.  There are mouthguards that are specific for braces.  A good option is Shock Doctor, no molding is required.
IGLA will provide all team equipment, including goalie equipment.
We also provide sticks for FUNdamentals clinics.

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.

Come to the IGLA/DICK’s Sporting Goods EXCLUSIVE Savings Event!! 20% off on August 27th, 11am – 2pm. Valid at the following stores only: Arlington Heights, Lombard, Glenview and Vernon Hills. The 20% discount can be obtained by using the Dick’s Days Fall 2016 flyer. See you on Saturday!
Harrow Sports is proud to support the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association. Harrow Sports offers 20% discount off of goggles, sticks, and team apparel. Please use promotion code adeer20 when ordering to apply discount. Contactadeer@harrowsports.com to place additional orders.

Program Choices

IGLA offers two levels of league play: Pink and Purple. Pink is for all players regardless of skill level. Purple is for players with advanced skill.  If your daughter is considering Purple, she must first attend an assessment 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 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 Location Director will communicate details for all practices and games via email.  You can also view practice and game information on your location’s Community Page.

Your location director will send out game schedule reminders weekly. To view the schedule on-line at any time, click HERE. 

IGLA posts the IGLA schedules and facilities on League Athletics. You can find the schedule here and the facilities list here.

Your daughter will be placed on a team based on her age: 8U (2nd/3rd graders), 10U (4th/5th graders), 12U (6th and some 7th graders),  and 14U (some 7th graders, all 8th graders, and 9th graders in the fall.) We accept teammate requests during registration; while we cannot guarantee that these requests will be granted, 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.

Participants will need to purchase an IGLA reversible pinny.  If a player already has an IGLA reversible pinny, she does not need to purchase a new one.  Any bottoms are fine.  Any other athletic clothing is fine.  On a cold day, please try to have the uniform as the outermost layer so it visible during a game.
Running shoes or cleats are appropriate.  Lacrosse cleats tend to support higher on the ankle, but any soccer cleat is ok.
Close-fitting gloves and soft headgear that meet the ASTM F3137 standard are permitted. No hard helmets may be worn except by the goalie.
IMPORTANT: Absolutely no jewelry is allowed during practice or games. Even if your daughter just got her ears pierced, the studs must come out every time she comes to the field. No exceptions! These are safety issues and IGLA follows US Lacrosse rules.
US Lacrosse:  Players may only wear securely taped Medic-alert jewelry with information visible and close-fitting cloth sweatbands. Any other adornment will be considered jewelry and may not be worn.  Barrettes are legal as long as they do not endanger other players.

Heath & Safety

All practices and games will start with ACL/MCL prevention practices exclusively for our young ladies.  For more information on injury prevention, please visit US Lacrosse’s Healthy and Safety Page.

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.

Payment Questions

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 Carolyn Barnes, IGLA Controller, at carolyn@iglax.org.

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 Carolyn Barnes at carolyn@iglax.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 during the registration process, or click here to donate directly to the IGLA 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser. Thank you!