Welcome to the Lake Villa Timberwolves 2023
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 12th 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.
This page has information on the following topics:
- FOLLOW THE TIMBERWOLVES
- SPRING TEAMS
- PRE-SEASON ACTIVITIES
- SPRING SEASON INFO
- REGISTRATION FAQ
- LACROSSE FAQ
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.
As part of the IBLA, the Timberwolves work to field teams that match the skill and experience level of our players. 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.
Team placement for spring lacrosse occurs in March.
First week of practice: Practices are 2-3 nights a week and will begin in April.
Equipment: The Timberwolves provide an option to provide all protective equipment (helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads). Each player will need to have their own stick, mouth guard, and cleats.
First games: The Lake Villa Timberwolves are a member of the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA). All league games will be played between April 2nd and May 28th. Schedules will be available at the start of the season.
What are the registration fees for Spring Lacrosse?
- The base cost at registration for all players will be $300.00. A $25 early bird discount will be given to those who register and pay in full by 1/15/23. If you already have your own equipment (chest pads, elbow pads, and gloves), that will be your total payment. This amount does include the use a helmet, a practice jersey, and a uniform that you will keep.
- For players who need all equipment (helmet, chest pads, elbow pads, and gloves), there will be an additional cost of $50.00 that will be due at the time of equipment handout. The equipment handout date is yet to be determined, but will occur shortly before the start of practice in late March.
- *NEW THIS YEAR* - If your player wishes to pursue summer club lacrosse, you will be allowed to keep rented equipment until the summer is over.
- For families registering multiple players, we offer a $10 discount for each additional player.
Do I need to pay the full registration up front or can I sign-up for a payment plan?
We will not have a payment plan option for 2023. However, you will not be required to pay at the time of registration. All payments will be due on or before March 15th (you do not have to wait until March 15th to pay). After you click submit on your registration, you will be brought to the confirmation page. If you are ready to make your payment at that point, do so. If you would like to wait, you can close out at that point. Please note that you will not receive a confirmation e-mail until payment is made.
How long is spring lacrosse registration open?
Registration is open from December 1st to February 15th.
What do my registration fees cover?
Our registration fees cover all operational costs for the season. These costs include league registration, game-day operations (referees, field usage, etc), and practice facilities. As mentioned above, it also includes the use of a helmet, a practice jersey, and a uniform that you will keep. Full equipment usage is available for an additional $50.00.
What is the refund policy?
Who can I contact with questions about lacrosse or the Timberwolves?
Who can I contact if I would like to help or volunteer?
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”. 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 makes 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 the first weekend of June. Our end of season awards picnic will be mid-late June.
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.