Elgin area coaches say girls' lacrosse would mesh well with school sports
Athletic coaches are urging area schools like Bartlett High to add a girls’ lacrosse team to their sports programs, the Daily Herald reported recently.
A number of coaches in the Elgin Area School District U-46 have expressed their interest in schools expanding the lacrosse clubs at Bartlett and South Elgin to include a girls’ team. They have joined forces with local school boards that are running the clubs as they make a request to the district to control the programs and pay a portion of the expenses.
Funding has proven to be the biggest obstacle to adding girls’ teams, the Daily Herald said. It currently costs $30,000 per program, but students also have to pay more than $500 in fees each season. Venues to practice and play the games plus equipment -- helmets, goggles, mouth guards and sticks -- are also expenses to consider, the publication said.
Lacrosse is growing in popularity and supported by organizations such as the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association and the Illinois High School Women's Lacrosse Association, the Daily Herald reported.