Info for Spring Teams 2019

FCA has teams at the K/1/2nd-grade (Mini), 3/4th-grade (Junior), 5/6th-grade (Minor), and 7/8th-grade (Major) levels for the Spring 2019 season. The Junior, Minor, and Major teams will participate in the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA) league. Minis will play a modified/shortened season that includes variety of play dates and tournaments.

On this page you will find: team descriptions, information on practices, games, and tournaments, spring-team fees, and uniform info for 2019.

 

2019 Spring Team Evaluations

Our evaluation sessions (Jan 21, 25, and Feb 1) have concluded.

 

2019 Team Descriptions

It is our goal to keep team sizes at the numbers below.

  • Mini – up to 20 players (this level will play small field 7 v. 7; we do not play in the league)
  • Junior – one team in IBLA
  • Minor – two teams in IBLA
  • Major – three teams in IBLA

 

The IBLA (our league) has made recommendations for divisional placement. Our task is to recommend level placement (once teams have been made) to the IBLA. Final placement of teams into levels is done at the league’s placement committee voting meeting in early March. Our chief goal in this regard is to put players in a position where they can experience a mix of success and challenge and ultimately help to grow a love of the game.

Maroon Team – our highest level program; highly competitive; requires the highest level of player/family commitment. Players will be chosen based on skill, athleticism, lacrosse IQ, positional fit, and program fit. Playing time will be earned through practice, attendance, and team need. Players will have set positions. The majority of this team will be made up of the highest grade in the age bracket.

Black Team – competitive. Players will be chosen based on skill, athleticism, lacrosse IQ, positional fit, and program fit. Playing time will be earned through practice and team need. All players will play in every game, but not all players will play an equal amount of time. The B team can be a mix of older and younger players in their age bracket. Players may move from position to position, based on team need.

White Team – developmental. These teams are made up of players in the younger grade in each age bracket and/or newer players. Players will be chosen based on skill, athleticism, lacrosse IQ, positional fit, and program fit. Coaches will work with players to understand all positions and figure out the best fit for each player. Playing time will be as equal as possible.

 

Team Practice Schedule
(tentative based on final number of teams)

  • Indoor Practices: Fridays, Feb 8 to March 1, either 6-7:30p or 7:30-9p @ Goalaso Sports Training indoor facility (Carol Stream).
    • Fri, Feb 8
      • 6-7:30p: Junior; Minor White
      • 7:30-9p: Major White; Major Maroon
    • Fri, Feb 15
      • 6-7:30p: Junior; Minor Maroon
      • 7:30-9p: Major Black; Major Maroon
    • Fri, Feb 22
      • 6-7:30p: Minor White; Minor Maroon
      • 7:30-9p: Major White; Major Black
    • Fri, March 1
      • 6-7:30p: Junior; Minor Maroon
      • 7:30-9p: Major Black; Major Maroon
  • Outdoor Practices: We will likely have 4 outdoor practices between March 11 and 22. Then, we will be off the week of March 25. Monday and Wednesday outdoor practices resume on April 1 and conclude with IBLA playoffs. Tentative playoff dates are June 1-2 (Minis) or June 9-10 (Junior, Minor, Major).

Typical outdoor weekly practice starting April 1 will be Monday and Wednesday evenings at Wheaton Academy from 5:30-7 pm or 7-8:30 pm.

 

Game Schedule
(tentative based on IBLA scheduling)

Minis: We will play a mix of in-house games, play dates with other programs, and tournaments.

Junior, Minors, Majors: We are allotted 10 weekends to play our 8 regular-season IBLA games. Much of the scheduling is determined by the league (as in who we play and the game host). We try to schedule the majority of our games on Saturdays (or Sunday afternoons) and try to avoid Sunday morning games, if at all possible. Typically, Minis play first in the morning and Majors play in the afternoon. All home games will be played on the turf at Wheaton Academy on Saturdays.

  • March 30-31 or April 6-7 – Tentatively, first available weekend for games.
  • June 9-10 (Junior, Minor, Major) – IBLA Playoffs.

 

Tournaments and Tournament Fees
(Maroon and Black teams)

For Junior, Minor, and Majors our Black teams will attend one or two non-IBLA tournaments, and our Maroon teams will attend two or three non-IBLA tournaments during the spring. The Maroon and Black teams will, therefore, have different spring fees from the White teams that do not attend tournaments. Tournaments will be announced once teams are set.

Tournament costs will be added to the spring-team fee. Maroon and Black team players will be charged an additional $50 per tournament.

 

2019 Spring Team Fees

Our goal is to keep costs at a minimum for families while still offering high-quality experience for all involved. Please remember that we are not a park district program — the costs associated with our program and what we offer are not comparable.

For an explanation of the value FCA Lacrosse offers families please refer to our website.

Team fees cover league fees, practice and game field rentals indoors and outdoors, shooter shirts, helmet/car decals, team supplies/equipment, FCA Family Night @ WA, program administrative costs, and coaching stipends.

Team fees DO NOT cover 2019 uniforms (game pinnie, shorts, and practice pinnie) and player equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, mouth guard, stick, cleats).

We do not want team price or equipment price to be an issue in deciding to play for FCA Lacrosse. If your family has a financial need, please contact us directly to discuss opportunities.

  • Spring Team Fee
    • Junior, Minor, Major: $450 per player
    • Mini: $200 per player

Team Fees will be collected once teams have been announced.

 

Uniforms

Uniforms for Juniors, Minors, and Majors are not included in the spring team fee. Players will need to purchase their own uniforms (through the team store). The cost for a complete set (game pinnie and shorts) will be around $75. *FCA Lacrosse will provide a new shooter shirt to every player, as it is included in the spring fee.

We will use the same uniform design for the next few years. Families can choose to replace uniforms (in part or whole) as needed/wanted. Once assigned, numbers will remain with players for the rest of their playing career with FCA.

 

We are grateful for your family’s commitment to FCA Lacrosse and are excited to get back on the field with all the players.

Beth, Geof, and Cort

 

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