Frequently Asked Questions about the Lacrosse Season
My child is not quite sure he/she likes lacrosse. Should I register him/her for the season?
Many children spend years trying out various sports before they pick one, and some like playing all sports. Because lacrosse is new, many parents encourage their children to try lacrosse, especially when they have not found another sport. The best way to find out if your child will like lacrosse is to register for our beginner clinics before deciding to register for the spring season. Because the team is a mixture of dedicated returning players and players new to the sport, all new players are expected to start the spring season with enthusiasm, dedication, and effort. We have found that players who have not asked to play the sport lack the willingness to learn, and often create a negative atmosphere that can bring the team down and make it difficult to coach. When possible, it is best to continue to offer clinics to your child until he or she shows a strong desire to participate in the competitive side of lacrosse.
When does season start and end?
The primary recreational lacrosse season begins in mid-February (indoor practices) one or two practices per week, and continues outdoors around March vacation (field location TBD), with games running from early April to approximately the middle of May. Boys’ and girls’ teams will participate in lacrosse games organized by Central Illinois Lacrosse (CILAX) during this spring session with additional games and tournaments in Chicago. Dunlap Lacrosse has consistently participated in the Washington Lacrosse Tournament in May, and has travelled to one Chicago tournament that requires an overnight stay. The Club may also chose to schedule a Chicago multi-game day that would require I distance travel without an overnight stay in lieu of a tournament. Decisions about scheduled spring games will not be final until season officially starts, but we will be working with other leagues to prepare the schedule earlier so that it will be available by registration.
When do I register for the Spring Season and what is the practice schedule?
Registration will be open in November, with indoor practices beginning in mid-February. We will again offer winter clinics for beginners in January to allow for skill development prior to the start of the season. Boys and girls who have not played on a lacrosse team in the past or participated in our fall clinics are highly encouraged to participate in these learning clinics.
We will not know the exact days of practice until registration opens. In some cases, depending on the coach’s schedule and availability, these days could change. Tentatively, indoor practices will be Sunday evenings starting mid-February. Tuesday will be added in late February. Practices will move outdoors twice during the week in late March/early April, or as soon as weather permits. Field locations will be announced before the start of the season.
Is there a team for my daughter?
Dunlap Girls Youth Lacrosse will be NEW for the 2018 season! The number of girls who are interested at each age level will determine whether there is a separate team for this age group. Because other local leagues only field one girls team (5th-8th), we may also limit the participation of our younger girls in games based on size and player ability. As a developmental team, the 1st-4th grade girls will play intra-team scrimmages provided there are sufficient numbers. If funds permit, and if parents are committed to seeking out additional game opportunities, Dunlap Girls Lacrosse may consider participating in the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association league games in the Chicago area, allowing the younger players to play in age-appropriate games.