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Welcome to the Lake Villa Timberwolves 2019 Spring Lacrosse Info Page

Lacrosse is a fast paced, action packed contact sport that combines the field sense of soccer, the teamwork of basketball, and the thrill of hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse, regardless of size. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not necessarily brawn.

Lacrosse (often abbreviated as “LAX” for shorthand) is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation with new and growing programs at all our area high schools. Now in our 9th season, the Timberwolves are proud to be one of the largest, premiere community lacrosse programs in the Midwest.

Timberwolves Spring Lacrosse provides excellent conditioning to keep your youth athlete in shape during the offseason for football and cheer. So, if you are a new to lacrosse we welcome you to sign-up. For our returning players, we can’t wait to see you in the spring.

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FOLLOW THE TIMBERWOLVES

Timberwolves Lacrosse is now on Instagram and Twitter! Follow us for lacrosse-specific news, photos, scores and game updates throughout the season, and more. Click, follow, share, and tell the kids! DM your lax photos and we will feature them! Spread the word.

  

 

SPRING TEAMS

As part of the IBLA, the Timberwolves will have six teams across all levels. The IBLA has multiple levels at each age group which allows us to field competitive teams based on the make-up of each team. The B-level teams are generally made up of players with multiple years of lacrosse experience and\or kids at the older grade for the division. The C-level teams are for developmental teams where the majority of players are new to lacrosse and\or at the younger grade for the division.

We will have the following teams for 2019:

  • Majors B (7/8 Grade) – Timberwolves Gold led by Coach Sean Taylor
  • Minors B (5/6 Grade) – Timberwolves Gold led by Coach James Roche
  • Minors C (5/6 Grade) – Timberwolves Red led by Coach Chris RuBert
  • Juniors B (3/4 Grade) – Timberwolves Gold led by Coach Raf Muzones
  • Juniors C (3/4 Grade) – Timberwolves Red led by Coach Kevin Lyons
  • Minis (K-2 Grade) – Timberwolves Gold led by Coach Joe Hernandez

Our coaches are all very excited for the spring season to begin. The season and practices officially start the first week of April. However, we are working to get indoor space to run some pre-season activities if possible. We have worked to select teams to be competitive at their respective level. As we get into the early part of the season, there may still be roster movement in order to ensure we have players at the best level for the team and the player's opportunity to develop.

You will start hearing from coaches in the next couple of weeks. As you can see, we have a great group of head coaches and we always welcome the help of other parents as assistant coaches, helpers, and team parents.

 

PRE-SEASON ACTIVITIES

Free Coaches Clinics with True Lacrosse: We have two coaches clinics run by True Lacrosse. The first is on Sunday, March 3rd from 1pm to 4pm at the Antioch Community High School Gym (1133 Main St, Antioch, IL 60002). The second is on Sunday, March 24th from 9am to 12pm at Lake Villa Township West Campus (located on Route 59, just south of Grand Avenue). If you are interested in coaching or assisting a team, this is a great opportunity to learn from professional lacrosse coaches.

Save 20% at Dick’s Sporting Goods Timberwolves Lacrosse Appreciation Days: Need lax equipment for the spring season? Come out to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Gurnee on March 16-17 and take advantage of 20% your purchase! CLICK HERE for the coupon. Need a shopping list? CLICK HERE for our suggestions. 

Timberwolves Yard Signs: If you are interested in ordering a Timberwolves Lacrosse yard sign you can download the order form and turn it in with $20 (cash or check as follows:

  • March 16, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Tiny Awe Fieldhouse (37871 N Fairfield Rd, Lake Villa), during football registration (ask for Callie).
  • March 16-17 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Timberwolves Lax Appreciation Days. Board members will be present periodically throughout the weekend and will be accepting orders when they are available.
  • If the above times do not work for you, please contact Callie Gross ( ), Director of Special Events, or Amy RuBert ( ), Director of Lacrosse Communications. Order forms for lax signs cannot be accepted after March 17th.

Pre-season clinics and practices: We are currently working to obtain indoor spaces to hold optional clinics for skills and conditioning. Indoor practice space is hard to come by this time of year, so stay tuned. Coaches will reach out to their levels and teams to coordinate if the opportunity is available.

 

SPRING SEASON INFO

First week of practice: The spring lacrosse season will officially begin on the week of April 1st. We’ll have more information as we get closer to April.  

Equipment: The date for equipment hand-out is TBD. The Timberwolves will issue players a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, and practice pinnie. To receive equipment, we require a signed equipment form and a deposit check made out to “LVTYFCL” for $225 dated for June 15th. This check will be stapled to your equipment form and returned when equipment is returned at the end of the season. We do NOT deposit checks if equipment is returned. Timberwolves Lacrosse is one of the only programs in the state to issue equipment and we want to make sure we can continue to do so.

First games: The Lake Villa Timberwolves are a member of the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA). The first week of games for most teams in the IBLA will be Sunday, April 7. Schedules will be available at the start of the season.

Coaches: We have a great line-up of coaches and, like all volunteer youth sports organizations, we are always looking for coaches who are willing to give of their valuable time and talents. If you don’t know much about lacrosse, then you join an impressive club of parent coaches who made the leap and became outstanding lacrosse coaches. More importantly, they had a positive impact on our young athletes. If you are interested, contact  your coach or Chris RuBert at . We appreciate and work to invest in our coaches.

Carthage Red Men host Timberwolves Lacrosse - April 27thCome out to support your local NCAA Division III lacrosse team! We would love to see Timberwolves REPRESENT at the Carthage vs. North Central at Carthage College on April 27th. Timberwolves players will be invited to an on-field experience, but we need to know how many plan to attend before that can be confirmed. Please RSVP to your coach or team mom (include # players & non-players) by April 13th. Admission is FREE.

Big Bad Ball Drop - NOW BIGGER and BADDER!: Following a successful inaugural year in 2018, we are bringing back the ball drop, and we have DOUBLED THE GRAND PRIZE TO $1000! The event will take place at our Awards Picnic on Sunday, June 23 (winners need not be present). Each lacrosse family is expected to sell or purchase at least 10 balls. With over three months to go, you can do this! Like last year, prizes will be awarded to the highest selling individuals and families. For more information, CLICK HERE  To start buying/selling, CLICK HERE! To read about why we fundraise, CLICK HERE for an article we created last spring.

 

REGISTRATION FAQ

What are the registration fees for Spring Lacrosse?

Spring Lacrosse registration is $240 with a multi-player discount of $10 per player. If you sign-up prior to January 15, 2019, you will receive an early bird discount of $25.

Do I need to pay the full registration up front or can I sign-up for a payment plan?
Our early bird registrants can pay in full or on a payment schedule over up to 4 months. Here is the payment schedule:

  • Month 1 (due after 11/11): $60
  • Month 2 (due after 12/15): $60
  • Month 3 (due after 1/15): $60
  • Month 4 (due by 2/16): Remaining Balance

The amount owed on your initial payment depends on when you register. For example, if you register on November 15, your initial deposit will be $60 and subsequent payments will follow the schedule. However, if you register December 20, your initial deposit will be $120 (Month 1 + Month 2) and you will continue the schedule with the two remaining payments.

You must register by January 15, 2019 in order to qualify for the early bird discount.

How long is spring lacrosse registration open?
Registration is open from November 11, 2018 to March 1, 2019.

What do my registration fees cover?
The Timberwolves are one of the only programs in the Midwest to INCLUDE equipment usage as part of the registration cost. We provide the helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, practice pinnie and uniforms – you must have your own stick (who wouldn’t want their own stick anyway?). Additional expenses include league fees, uniforms, facilities maintenance, and more. For additional information on registration fees, fundraising, and expenses, refer to Timberwolves Lacrosse - A Look at Fundraising and Expenses.

What is the refund policy? 
All refunds must requested in writing and submitted to the VP of Lacrosse Operations ( ) with a copy to the Treasurer ( ). Prior to March 1, 2019, full refunds are available. From March 1 to March 31, 2019 a $100 refund is available. No refunds are available after March 31, 2019. 

 

LACROSSE FAQ

Who can I contact with questions about lacrosse or the Timberwolves?
If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach out to a Timberwolves Lacrosse board member. The full list of Timberwolves board members is available here.

Who can I contact if I would like to help or volunteer?
We welcome anyone willing to give of their time and talent for our children and community. Simply contact Chris Rubert at or any board member.

What equipment do I need?
All you need is your stick, mouth guard, cleats, and protective cup. We provide the rest.

Can I use football cleats?
Yes, football cleats are nearly identical to lacrosse cleats and often cheaper in the spring when football is not in season.

Where can I get a lacrosse stick?
Lacrosse sticks are available at Dick’s Sporting Goods or online. Look for a beginner’s stick or a stick for “attack” or “midfield”. We also have a limited quantity of sticks available for $35 including a lacrosse ball. Parents are welcome to purchase a stick, as well, if they want it for backyard practices.

How do I break-in the pocket for my new stick?
If you are new to lacrosse, you probably have a new stick and your pocket mesh may be stiff. This make it harder to hold onto the ball. You can try some of the usual methods to soften the mesh or you can use this method with a screw driver or butter knife (hanging a weight from the ball will work too).

How long does the season run?
The season starts in April and ends with the IBLA playoffs on June 8/9 and our end of season awards picnic on June 23. See our 2019 Calendar for reference

Where do we practice?
We practice at Loffredo Field on Route 83 just north of Grand Avenue. 

When do we practice?
Lacrosse practices are 2-3 nights a week. The specific nights and times will depend on the coaching staff, but most start between 5:30pm and 6:00pm and run 1-2 hours depending on daylight and spring weather.

Is there anything my player can do to improve their stick skills outside of practice?
Even cradling around the house is good practice. You can get a cradlebaby to keep loose balls from breaking valuable family heirlooms. Wall ball drills  are great if you have access to a rebounder or a wall.

What are the age groupings for Spring Lacrosse?
The Timberwolves are members the of the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA) and teams are grouped by grade. More information on the age groupings can be found here

Where can I go to learn more about the sport of lacrosse? 
Lacrosse is one of the nation's fastest growing sports and an official IHSA sport. There are great resources available online. One of the best resources for players and parents is YouTube, where you can find instructional videos and watch full lacrosse games and highlights. We have an index of resources available on our website here. We also recommend US Lacrosse as a good place to start.

 

The Timberwolves Lacrosse program strives to serve our community by providing a competitive, fun, and safe environment where our Lake Villa youths develop as athletes, learn teamwork and the love of the game. We welcome your questions and feedback.