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.
Chicago Youth Lacrosse / Chicago Blues
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,
clinics, tournaments 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
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.
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