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Off-Season Travel Teams
For those players who are serious about lacrosse, travel teams provide the extra
coaching, development and all-star experience to bring their game to the next level.
Many of the Illinois travel teams choose to challenge the best competition in the
country on the East Coast. These tournaments attract the attention of college coaches
who otherwise wouldn't get to see any Illiniois high school players compete.
Almost all of the organizations listed below have tryouts for their travel teams
and require the players to pay all travel expenses.
Lacrosse America's Team Illinois
: Lacrosse America's Team Illinois is a program of elite traveling lacrosse
teams at the high school level which participate in tournaments throughout the USA
during the summer, fall and winter months. Tryouts required. Team selection for
the summer team is in January/February timeframe. U19, U17, U15
Chicago Youth Lacrosse
: CYL is the first and only downtown Chicago lacrosse organization. In addition
to youth leagues and coaching for boys and girls, CYL sponsors a high school boys
travel team which participates in summer and fall tournaments in the Midwest and
Eastern Seaboard. Tryouts for the summer team are in June, tryouts for the fall
team are in September. U19, U17. All practices are at downtown Chicago locations
(Diversey fields in summer, Lions Hope Field and Saint Ignatius in fall).
: Team One is an invite-only elite lacrosse traveling organization based in Winnetka
which participates in many out-of-state tournaments during the summer and fall seasons.
Tryouts and team selection for the summer squads are in January. U19, U17, U15
: True Lacrosse is an organization directed by Chicago Machine players Jake Deane
and Mike Gabel. Their travelling teams are making quite a splash on the national
lacrosse scene. Members of the summer squad are selected from the True Lacrosse
fall outdoor leagues. Tryouts required. U19, U17, U15.
New Wave Lacrosse
: New Wave Lacrosse (formerly Players Indoor) sponsors youth and high school leagues,
and elite traveling teams for the summer, fall and winter seasons. Winter indoor
league games are held in Westmont and West Chicago. The traveling
teams participate in tournaments in the Midwest and East Coast. Tryouts for the
summer travel teams are in January.
U19, U17, U15, U13
: Ante-Up Lacrosse is an organization which holds intense camps and clinics by professional
lacrosse players. They also sponsor an elite travel team which participates in out-of-state
tournaments in the summer and fall seasons. Tryouts for the summer and fall travel
team are in the late fall of the prior calendar year. Indoor practices are at the
Max McCook facility. U16
Northwest Suburban Lacrosse
: Northwest Suburban Lacrosse is a league of eleven McHenry Country lacrosse clubs
for high school and junior high school players. The organization was started for
boys whose high schools didn't have a lacrosse program. They conduct winter,
spring and summer leagues, and they have a select tournament team for travel withing
Central Illinois Lacrosse:
For those players who live in the Champaign/Bloomington/Peoria area, the CILAX
league is for you. It is a group of regional club programs at the youth and high
school levels. This league is a good choice for those players in Central
Illinois whose high school does not have a team.
Division I College
Division III College - Midwest Lacrosse Conference
Division III College - Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
College Club Lacrosse
MCLA - Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference
- This highly competitive college club conference is part of the Men's
College Lacrosse Association (MCLA) which competes in the lower Midwest region.
It includes two divisions (I and II) comprising some Big Ten schools (Purdue, Iowa,
Indiana, Illinois) as well as other large athletically-minded schools (Nebraska,
Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas). Illinois representatives include the University
of Illinois, Illinois State, Augustana College, Wheaton College, and DePaul.
MCLA - Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association
- This powerhouse college club conference is part of the Men's College
Lacrosse Association (MCLA) which competes in the Michigan and Ohio region. It includes
two divisions (I and II) comprising some Big Ten schools (Michigan, Michigan State)
and Big East schools (Pitt, West Virginia).
MCLA - Upper Midwest Lacrosse League
- This college club league is part of the Men's College Lacrosse Association
(MCLA) which competes in the northernmost parts of the Midwest region. It includes
two divisions (I and II) comprising some Big Ten schools (Minnesota, Wisconsin)
and other locally recognizable schools such as Marquette, Iowa State, and St. Johns
Great Lakes Lacrosse League
- This college club league is comprised of 26 schools from Wisconsin, Illinois,
Minnesota, and upper Michigan. Typically player-coached and player-funded, these
colleges compete locally to minimize travel costs and unnecessarily long road trips.
Players in the GLLL all love the sport but have demanding academic and personal
obligations, so they find the club level of lacrosse to be a more reasonable commitment
in time and money.
Sponsors and Contributors
Lacrosse America has been expanding the sport of lacrosse in the Chicago area since
1991. Their staff of current and former players and coaches have been running instructional
and competitive programs in all parts of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Over 40,000
athletes have participated, with players going on to play at Division IA and IIA
colleges. Lacrosse America staff contributes to the upkeep and coordination of IHSLA