Fall League

Our fall lacrosse league focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, and personal development in a respectful environment led by positive coaching. Players receive equal playing time and play in all positions. Coaches are HS players and parent volunteers.

IGLA follows the US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (ADM) which recommends small-sided play to ensure all girls are involved in the game. Please read below for a brief description of the ADM (click here for more in-depth information on the ADM):

“Smaller players, smaller fields. That’s the name of the game if we want to keep kids engaged, developing their skills and getting more touches on the ball. We’ve developed evidence based guidelines for the best way to compete at each level starting with 3 v 3 and progressing up to full-field. See better skill development, more enjoyment, and increased retention rates by letting the kids play the right way. It is our sincere hope that players across the country will have an opportunity to learn lacrosse in a way that is physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially appropriate. We believe that this increases both the learning and fun for young athletes, which will help them reach their long term potential.”

For players in K-1st grades, we offer Fall FUNdamentals clinics. For specific information for your area visit the Communities Page.

WHO CAN PLAY? (AGES)

Pink League

8U (2ND / 3RD GRADERS)
10U  (4TH / 5TH GRADERS)
12U  (6TH / SOME 7TH GRADERS)
14U (SOME 7TH GRADERS / 8TH / 9TH GRADERS)

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Purple League

10U (4TH/5TH and qualified 3RD GRADERS)
12U (6TH / SOME 7TH GRADERS)
14U  (SOME 7TH GRADERS/8TH/9TH GRADERS)
Participation in Purple League requires either spring or summer 2017 Purple League play or assessment at the Purple Level; OR a current assessment for fall 2017 Purple League. To register for a fall 2017 Purple Skills Assessment, click here.

DATES

The 2017 fall league runs from Sunday, September 10th (first practice) through Sunday, October 22nd.  Fall Fest takes place on the second to last Sunday of the season, October 15th. Register for fall Pink League here!

FEES

*Please note, a reversible mesh IGLA pinny is required at all games. If a player has an IGLA pinny of the correct color (pink screen for Pink teams, purple screen for Purple teams), she may wear that pinny for all subsequent seasons.

PRACTICES

The first practice is Sunday, September 10th. All other practices are on weekdays as follows:

8U (2nd-3rd graders) and 10U (4th-5th graders): :60 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
12U (6th-some 7th graders) and 14U (some 7th graders, 8th-9th graders):  :75 from 5:30pm-6:45pm

Please see your location’s Community Page for practice day of the week.

GAMES

Games take place on Sunday afternoons between 12-5pm as follows:

8U: :60 between 12pm-2pm (:30 practice, :30 game); 10U: :75 between 12pm-3pm (:30 practice, :45 game); 12U: :75 between 1pm-4pm (:30 practice, :45 game); 14U: :75 between  2pm-5pm (:30 practice, :45 game).

Teams may be scheduled for double-headers.

TOURNAMENTS

The second to last day of games is the Fall Fest on Sunday, October 15th and games will run 8am-6pm. All teams play at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.

REGISTRATION

Register here. The registration period runs from July 1st – September 1st. All registrations received after September 1st will be assessed a $25 late fee. 

Please note, Chicago Montrose, Chicago Sauganash, Crystal Lake, Evergreen Park, Elmhurst, Gurnee and Naperville register and pay the league fee directly through the IGLA. All other locations register with IGLA and register and pay the league fee through their Park District.

If you do not see your community listed on our Communities Page, you are welcome to register and play at the most convenient hosting location. You may only register to play at one IGLA location.

PRESEASON CLINIC

Sunday, August 27th. See Fall Preseason Clinic page for more information. Register here!

MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION BELOW

Common Questions

Coaches are trained by Michelle Sebastian (Co-Director of Coach Training, DI Vanderbilt) and Claire Banta (Co-Director of Coach Training, DI Virginia.) Referees are trained by Lynn Merrill, USL-Certified Referee. Visit the Coach, Ref and Volunteer page for more information.

Each player in the league must have goggles, a stick, and a molded mouth guard. IGLA offers a 10% off coupon good through the end of the year at Dick’s Sporting Goods, as well as a 20% off “discount day” on Saturday, August 26th at the following Dick’s Sporting Goods locations only: Glenview, Lombard, Orland Park, and Vernon Hills.

IGLA offers both conference calls and in-person meetings.  Please check back for the dates and times (there will be two to choose from) of the fall preseason conference call.  The in-person meetings are detailed on the Community Pages.