Bloomingdale Bears Lacrosse

UpdatedThursday March 10, 2022 by Bloomingdale Athletic Club.

What is the Bloomingdale Athletic Club?

The Bloomingdale Athletic Club (BAC) is a 501(c)(3) youth sports organization founded in 1956. Our lacrosse teams participate in the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA) as USA Lacrosse and Premier Lacrosse League Academy affiliates. Members of the BAC—including athletes, parents, guardians, coaches, team managers, and other relevant parties—are invited to attend our Board of Directors meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:30 PM from September to November and at 7:30 PM from December to August in the Bloomingdale Village Hall.


How much does registration cost?

The registration fee for lacrosse is $300. A USA Lacrosse ID is required to register for Bloomingdale Bears Lacrosse. The USA Lacrosse registration fee of $35 covers injury insurance, background checks for coaches, and a subscription to USA Lacrosse Magazine. In addition, team managers may collect additional funds to cover non-league competitions, gifts, and other team costs.


What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers Bloomingdale Park District, IBLA, indoor practice, and equipment costs.


Which pieces of equipment are issued to my athlete?

  • Pinnie
  • Shooter Shirt
  • Shorts
  • Socks

When and where is equipment issued to my athlete?

Your team manager will schedule an equipment distribution. If your athlete is unable to attend the scheduled equipment distribution, coordinate with your team manager to schedule a supplemental distribution.


What should I do if my athlete is issued improper or defective equipment?

If your athlete is issued improper or defective equipment, coordinate with your team manager to reissue proper equipment.


Which pieces of equipment must I purchase for my athlete?

  • Stick
  • Helmet
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Gloves
  • Cleats
  • Mouthpiece
  • Cup
† Kindergarteners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders receive a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and gloves.

What are the levels of play?

Levels of play are based on grade level. Kindergarteners, 1st, and 2nd graders play at the mini level; 3rd and 4th graders play at the junior level; 5th and 6th graders play at the minor level; and 7th and 8th graders play at the major level.


Can my athlete request to play at another level of play?

Yes. Athletes may play at a higher level of play with the approval of the Board of Directors. Athletes may not play at a lower level of play.


How are athletes placed on teams?

Athletes are placed on teams through a draft conducted by the head coaches.


Can my athlete request to play for a specific coach or with a friend?

Yes. However, we cannot guarantee that requests to play for a specific coach or with a friend will be granted. Team placement is determined by the head coaches with the needs of the program in mind.


Can my athlete request to play with a sibling at the same level of play?

Yes. We will attempt to ensure that siblings at the same level of play are placed on the same team.


Does everyone play?

Head coaches will attempt to ensure that all athletes receive reasonable playing time.


What is the practice schedule?

Practices convene at Circle Park (163 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108), beginning in mid-March. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.


What is the game schedule?

Home games convene at Circle Park and away games convene at other IBLA member fields. The IBLA typically publishes schedules in mid-March, with games beginning in late-March. Teams play a game per week on Sundays, for 8 weeks, not including playoffs. The season ends by early-June. Your team manager will communicate the schedule.


How can I help?

Parents and guardians of registered athletes are de facto members of the BAC Booster Club. Your head coach and team manager will communicate volunteer opportunities, including concessions and merchandising, game announcement, scoreboard operation, photography and videography, penalty box crew, field setup and takedown, and field maintenance.


Where can I get more information?

Visit BloomingdaleBears.com for current information. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.