Affiliate Teams

The Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association (IGLA) is excited to provide area youth clubs with an Affiliate program in order to further promote girls lacrosse in Chicagoland. If you have a team and coaches, but need structured games, becoming an affiliate may be for you. IGLA provides affiliate teams with coach training, marketing support, and USL-officiated games, as well as the option to purchase team uniforms and utilize IGLA newsletter communication with parents.

IGLA focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, and personal development in a respectful environment led by positive coaching. As an affiliate, you will be asked to uphold the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance and ensure that players receive equal playing time and play in all positions.  IGLA coaches are HS aged players as well as parent volunteers. Affiliate teams may structure their coaching staff to meet the needs of the players.

2nd – 9th graders can participate in league games and tournaments held all year long!

Spring League

Spring League is an 8 week program for 2nd-8th graders.  Pink (all skill levels) teams include 8U (2nd/3rd), 10U (4th,/5th), 12U (6th/some 7th), and 14U (some 7th/8th) teams.  Purple (more competitive) levels include 10U (4th,/5th and qualified 3rd graders), 12U, (6th/some 7th), and 14U (some 7th/8th) teams.

In order to field a Purple level team, all members of the Affiliate team must attend a skills assessment through IGLA.  Players may attend any offered assessment or the Affiliate may provide their own space for IGLA to run an assessment with Affiliate personnel in attendance.

Spring League begins mid-April and runs through the first weekend of June, culminating with the annual Youth Fest Tournament. IGLA also offers Purple league during summer.

Games are on Sundays between the hours of 12:00pm-5:00pm and played with divisional opponents. Affiliates may opt to play in all of the games of the season or choose to participate in single games on an a la carte basis.

Fall League

Fall League is a 6 week program for 2nd-9th graders.  Pink levels include U11 (4th,/5th), U13 (6th/some 7th), U15 (some 7th/9th) teams. Please note, Purple League is not offered in the fall.

Fall league starts at the beginning of September and runs through mid-October. The annual Fall Fest Tournament is traditionally held on the second to last Sunday of games.

Games are on Sundays between the hours of 12:00pm-5:00pm and played with divisional opponents. Affiliates may opt to play in all of the games of the season or choose to participate in single games on an a la carte basis.

Tournaments

IGLA provides an opportunity for youth players to compete in spring and fall tournaments. These tournaments offer the chance to play against non-divisional opponents in an exciting atmosphere. Affiliate teams can enter any of the following IGLA tournaments:

Purple Playday is a 7v7 tournament held at the end of April/early May for high-level 5th-8th graders.

Youth Fest is a 12v12 tournament held in early June for 2nd-8th graders of all skill levels.

Fall Fest is a 7v7 tournament held at the end of October for 2nd-9th graders of all skill levels.