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 the 2019 season start and end?
The primary recreational lacrosse season begins in late-February (indoor practices) two practices per week, and moves outdoors in April after March vacation (at the Mossville Sports Complex). Games start the first weekend in April and continue through May, ending with the 2-day Washington Lacrosse Tournament May 18 & 19. Additional tournament options will be available late May and early June. 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 choose to schedule a Chicago multi-game day that would require 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 2019 Spring Season?
Registration will be open in November and will stay open through the first week of practice (March 1, 2019). Uniform orders are placed at that time. We will again offer winter clinics for beginners in early February 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.
What is the practice schedule?
Please see the Season Information page for current year schedules.
Is there a team for my daughter?
Dunlap Girls Youth Lacrosse had their first season in 2018 and is actively seeking girls to come and play in 2019! The number of girls who are interested at each age level will determine whether there is a separate team for the U8/10 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.
My son/daughter plays another spring sport. Can s/he still play lacrosse?
US Lacrosse encourages multi-sport athletes. They feel that competition, not specialization, build elite athletes. Unlike many other youth sports that encourage, and often require, year-round participation, Dunlap Youth Lacrosse only competes in the spring. Although we would like to avoid having practices and games at the same time as other spring sports, it is impossible for any team to take into consideration all the other sports available to our lacrosse players. We still encourage anyone who wants to play lacrosse to also play other sports, even during the same season since many of these sports will not conflict once they reach high school (XC, soccer, basketball, wrestling, hockey, tennis, volleyball). Also, we agree that young athletes should not have to choose one sport until they are much older. Many top lacrosse players like Kyle Harrison were 3 season athletes all the way through high school. That being said, please be aware that game time is earned. Although no player who has joined the team will be denied playing time, the focus should be on improving personal skills during practices and supporting the team during competitions. It is unfair to those who have made every effort to be at the practices and games to stand on the sideline more than someone who is dividing their time with another team.