As of Jan. 16, 2018 we have:
4 spots remaining for U8 (Mini),
0 spots remaining for U10 (Junior)
5 spots remaining for U12 (Minor)
0 spots remaining for U14 (Major)
FCA is planning to have 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 2018 season in the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA).
We are excited that spring lacrosse is just around the corner. With evaluations on the horizon, we wanted to get a bunch of information in your hands regarding what the 2018 season looks like. On this page you will find: the evaluation schedule and sign-up link, team descriptions, practice schedules, game schedules, tournament scheduling and fees, spring-team fees, and uniform changes for 2018.
We are now moving into the fourth year of FCA Lacrosse. The program started three years ago with 35 players and grew to 110 players last season. The forecast is for continued growth for 2018 — that being said, it would be extremely helpful to get all players signed up for evaluations ASAP. Getting signed up early allows us to effectively run our program. Due to an overwhelming response for 2017’s evals, we had to close sign-ups early. Please get your player signed up now, in case we need to close sign-ups early again this year.
2018 Spring Team Evaluations
All potential 2018 players must sign up for evaluations. This is needed to determine age groupings, size of teams, number of coaches, field space, team equipment purchases. Promptly signing up helps us to plan effectively for the spring season.
The evaluation fee covers the rentals for evaluations and administrative costs associated with evaluations and sign-ups.
Evaluations will be held at Wheaton Academy in the Field House on Monday, January 15, 2018.
- 8-9 am: K – 1st – 2nd grade
- 8-9:30 am: 3rd – 4th grade
- 9:30-11:30 am: 5th – 6th grade (Minor)*
- 12:30-2:30 pm: 7th – 8th grade (Major)*
*Evaluations Continued: Minor and Major (only) will have additional evaluations on Friday, January 19 and 26 from 6-9 pm at Goalaso indoor facility.
2018 Team Descriptions
It is our goal to keep team sizes at the numbers below, though it may not always be possible based on the number of players coming out for each age group.
- Mini – between 12 and 16 players (this level will play small field 7 v. 7)
- Junior – between 16 and 20 players
- Minor – between 16 and 20 players
- Major – between 16 and 20 players
The IBLA (our league) has made the following recommendations for divisional placement. Our task is to recommend division (A, B, C) placement (once teams have been made) to the IBLA. Final placement of teams into divisions is done at the league’s placement committee voting meeting in early March.
- A = Top players in the program or 80% of players from the highest grade in that division.
- B = If team has 50% of players from the highest grade, team must at least be in the B division.
- C = This is a developmental division or mostly players from the lowest grade.
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.
A Team – our highest level program. Players will be chosen based on skill, athleticism, lacrosse IQ, and positional 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 majority of this team will be made up of the highest grade in the age bracket.
B Team – much like the A team, the B team will be chosen based on skill, athleticism, lacrosse IQ, and positional 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 will be a mix of older and younger players in their age bracket. Players may move from position to position, but this will be based on team need.
C Team – The C team will be made up of newer players and/or players in the younger grade in each age bracket. 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)
Typical outdoor weekly practice starting in mid-March will be Monday and Wednesday evenings at Wheaton Academy from 5:30-7 pm or 7-8:30 pm.
- Evaluations: All ages: January 15, 2018
- Evaluations Continued: Minor and Major (only) will have additional evaluations on Friday, January 19 and 26 from 6-9 pm at Goalaso indoor facility.
- Indoor Practices: We will shoot for each team to practice 2 times indoors prior to moving practices outside. Times are TBD, but they will be held on Fridays from February 2 to 23.
- Outdoor Practices: We will have 3 outdoor practices between March 12 and 21. Then, we will be off the week of March 25. Monday and Wednesday outdoor practices resume on April 2 and conclude with IBLA playoff June 9-10.
(tentative based on IBLA scheduling)
We are allotted 9 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 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.
- April 7 – First available weekend for games.
- June 9-10 – IBLA Playoffs
(A- and B-teams)
For Junior, Minor, and Majors our B-level teams will attend one (1) non-IBLA tournament, and our A-level teams will attend two (2) non-IBLA tournaments during the spring. These B- and A-level teams will, therefore, have different spring fees from the C-level and Mini teams that do not attend tournaments. Tournaments will be announced once teams are set.
Tournament costs will be added to the spring-team fee. A-team players will be charged an additional $100, and B-team players will be charged an additional $50.
2018 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 2018 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: $350 per player
Team Fees will be collected once teams have been announced.
Uniforms (new for 2018)
Starting this year, uniforms 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 are planning to use the same uniform design for the next few years. Going forward, players will not need to purchase a new uniform each year — families can choose to replace uniforms (in part or whole) as needed/wanted. Numbers will be assigned to players this year and 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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