Info for Spring Teams 2021

*Evals for 2021 Spring Teams will be held on March 20 from 2:30 to 5:30p at Wheaton Academy (turf field).

FCA has teams at the 1/2/3/4th-grade (Junior), 5/6th-grade (Minor), and 7/8th-grade (Major) levels for the Spring 2021 season. The Junior, Minor, and Major teams will participate in the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA) league.

On this page you will find: team descriptions, information on practices, games, and tournaments, spring-team fees, and uniform info for 2021.

Minor Black was won the Minor B Bronze Championship, 2018.
Minor Black was won the Minor B Bronze Championship, 2018.

2021 Spring Team Evaluations

Evaluations for Spring Teams (Junior, Minor, Major) will be held on March 20, 2020 at Wheaton Academy.

2021 Team Descriptions

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

  • Junior – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th – one team in IBLA; 17 to 20 players
  • Minor – 5th, 6th – one team in IBLA; 17 to 20 players
  • Major – 7th, 8th – two teams in IBLA; 17 to 22 players per team

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 (and teams) 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. This team attends 2-3 tournaments.

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. This 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. This team attends 1-2 tournaments.

White Team – These teams are generally 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. This team does not attend tournaments.

2021 Team Practice Schedule
(tentative based on final number of teams)

  • Outdoor Practices: We will practice on Sunday April 11 and Sunday April 18 at Wheaton Academy (turf field). Then regular outdoor practices will begin the week of April 26. We aim to practice twice a week until the IBLA playoffs. Playoff dates are June 12-13 (Junior, Minor, Major).

Typical outdoor weekly practice starting April 26 will be at Wheaton Academy — days of the week and times will be set once the high-school team schedules are established.

2021 Game Schedule
(tentative based on IBLA scheduling)

Junior, Minors, Majors: We are allotted 6 weekends to play our 6 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. All home games will be played on the turf at Wheaton Academy on Saturdays (or Sunday afternoons).

  • May 1-2 (Junior, Minor, Major) – First available weekend for games.
  • June 12-13 (Junior, Minor, Major) – IBLA Playoffs.

2021 Tournaments and Tournament Fees

Our Junior, Minor, and Major teams may attend 1 tournament during the spring. The tournament will be announced once teams are set. Tournament fees ($50 per player per tournament) are typically in addition to the spring-team fee, though this year may be different. More details to come…

2021 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 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: this has not been set yet

Team rosters will be announced by/on March 26 and spring-team/tournament fees are due by March 31.

2021 Uniforms

*We are using the same uniform design as we did for Spring 2020. If you already have one of these uniforms and it fits, you are ‘good to go’ for the 2021 season.

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 $50. *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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