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.

This fall, IGLA is adopting 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

U9 (2ND / 3RD GRADERS)
U 11 (4TH / 5TH GRADERS)
U13  (6TH / SOME 7TH GRADERS)
U15 (SOME 7TH GRADERS / 8TH / 9TH GRADERS)

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Purple League Note:

Please note Purple league is ONLY offered in the Spring. If your daughter is interested in travel lacrosse, check out: LAKESHORE’S TRAVEL TEAMS,  National Premier Travel, Midwest Select Travel, and Chicago Stars Travel.

Many players opt to play both IGLA and Lakeshore travel in the fall.

DATES

The 2016 fall league lasts six weeks: Sunday, September 11th (first practice) through Sunday, October 23rd. The FREE Fall Fest takes place on the second to last Sunday of the season, October 16.

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 11th. All other practices are on weekdays as follows:

U9 (2nd-3rd graders) and U11 (4th-5th graders): :60 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
U13 (6th-some 7th graders) and U15 (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:

U9: :60 between 12pm-2pm (:30 practice, :30 game); U11: :75 between 12pm-3pm (:30 practice, :45 game); U13: :75 between 1pm-4pm (:30 practice, :45 game); U15: :75 between  2pm-5pm (:30 practice, :45 game).

Teams may be scheduled for double-headers. View Game Schedules and Locations on QuickScores

TOURNAMENTS

The second to last day of games is the Fall Fest on Sunday, October 16th and games will run 8am-6pm. All teams play at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.

REGISTRATION

Chicago Montrose, Chicago Sauganash, Crystal Lake, Evergreen Park, Elmhurst, Kenilworth, Gurnee and Naperville register directly through the IGLA Player Information Form. All other locations register through their Park District and fill out the IGLA Player Information Form.

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 28th. See Fall Preseason Clinic page for more information. To go straight to Preseason Clinic registration, please fill out the Fall 2016 Preseason Clinic Form.

MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION BELOW

Common Questions

Coaches will be trained by Michelle Sebastian, Montini Catholic High School Girl’s Head Coach. Referees are trained by Helder Weil, District 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 mouthguard. 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 27th at the following Dick’s Sporting Goods locations only: Arlington Heights, Lombard, Vernon Hills, and Glenview. Please print out the Dick’s Days Fall 2016 flyer and bring to the store with you to receive the discount. See you on the 27th!

IGLA offers both conference calls and in-person meetings.  The conference calls are August 17th and September 7th at 7pm.  The in-person meetings are detailed on the Community Pages.