What level of experience is required to play for FCA Lacrosse?
For the 2018 Spring season we are planning on fielding: one Mini (K/1/2) team, one Junior (3/4) team, three Minior (5/6) teams, and three Major (7/8) teams. We will play in the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA) league. Divisions (A, B or C) for the teams will be decided by coaches based on where we feel each team would be challenged, but also be competitive. There will be players on many teams that have no competitive experience, while some players will have played for potentially 3-5+ years.
As coaches, we are always excited to get athletes who are new to the sport. One of our key directives is to help instill a love of the game in the boys.
Do kids have to be from a certain church or denomination?
No. The FCA Lacrosse is for any athlete, coach, fan or friend of the lacrosse community who loves lacrosse and has an openness or desire to grown in his/her relationship with God. FCA is committed to developing “three-dimensional” athletes and coaches who want to fulfill their potential physically, mentally and spiritually.
Do kids have to be from a certain town or park district?
No. All FCA Lacrosse practices and home games, however, are held at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, IL.
What teams will FCA Lacrosse have for the 2018 Spring season?
Currently we are planning for: one Mini (K/1/2) team, one Junior (3/4) team, three Minior (5/6) teams, and three Major (7/8) teams.
What is the cost of FCA Lacrosse?
We offer year-round programming, so the costs vary based on the program. Please refer to the registration page for details about the programs we are currently taking registrations for.
What does a team schedule look like for the 2018 Spring season?
Our 2018 Spring IBLA teams typically practice twice a week for 1 ½ hours each time. Once a week practice will start in January, and twice a week practices will begin in early March and end with the IBLA playoffs in mid-June. Typically each team will play 8 games through the IBLA. FCA Lacrosse does its best to schedule games on Saturdays, though some teams may have one or two Sunday games. A-level teams will play in two non-league tournaments. B-level teams will play in one non-league tournament. C-level teams and Mini teams do not play in tournaments.
What equipment is required?
Players will need to have: mouth guard (not white or clear), helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves and a lacrosse stick. Cleats or gym shoes may be worn on the turf or field. Gym shoes are required for indoor practice. Here is a link to a good article explaining lacrosse equipment.
Do you have a recommended store to get equipment?
If you want to shop online we would highly recommend laxworld.com. This is who we use as a supplier for our team equipment, both for the Academy and this is who we purchased our starter sets through. Their pricing is as good as anyone’s around.
Locally, we like Tama Lacrosse in Naperville. They are a small business and it’s always nice to support the small business owner. All they do is lacrosse and they work with a number of local teams. Please let them know you play for FCA Lacrosse if you go in.
What if we want to rent equipment?
Tama Lacrosse in Naperville (1219 East Ogden Avenue, Suite 119) rents gear, their equipment is typically new or in very good condition. Their fee is $100 (for 2018), which includes a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and gloves, and will rent to you from January until the season ends in June. You also have an option to purchase the rental set at the end of the season. They also offer a complete stick (strung head and shaft) for $100 (STX 700 complete stick) — it’s a quality head and shaft with a good string job.
What about purchasing a lacrosse stick?
Easily the make or break piece of equipment for any player. Purchasing a “pre-strung” lacrosse head off of the rack (at Dick’s or Sports Authority, etc.) will most often yield a poorly strung stick. Players should stay away from “beginner” lacrosse heads or wider heads. This will make it difficult for a player to catch, cradle and throw the ball, resulting in frustration for the player. Locally, Tama Lacrosse (Naperville) does an excellent job of stringing a player’s stick for $14 (plus the cost of stringing supplies). For 2018, Tama offers a complete stick (strung head and shaft) for $100 (STX 7000) — it’s a quality head and shaft with a good string job.
What about helmets?
Helmets are expensive, but without a doubt are the most important piece of equipment players wear. Typically helmets last for many years. The best helmet on the market is the Cascade R (U12 and older) and Cascade CPV-R (U10 and younger).
What is the schedule of upcoming events?
Is FCA Lacrosse Chicago linked to the FCA Lacrosse organization?
Yes! We are overseen by the FCA Lacrosse office, based in Maryland.
How do I find out more about FCA Lacrosse Chicago?
To get more information, ask a question or get on the mailing list please email us: FCALaxChicagoWest@gmail.com