Northbrook Park District • 545 Academy Drive • Northbrook, IL 60062 • 847·291·2960 •  nbparks.org
 

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Sports & Leagues—Youth Leagues

Youth Soccer League (Spring & Fall)
Team up with the Northbrook Park District to play soccer, considered the most popular sport in the world.
In the soccer program, the emphasis is on the development of the child as an individual and an athlete, rather than the competitive aspect of winning. The goals are to provide a fun and safe atmosphere where children can learn respect, sportsmanship and soccer skills. All players receive equal playing time and are introduced to all positions. To find out more information on the youth soccer league click here.

SoccerTeam Formation
Teams are organized by grade, school and gender, which may be combined if necessary. Staff will contact you if changes are needed. Friendship requests are available at nbparks.org and Registration Offices. Requests must be reciprocal and submitted prior to the early fee deadline. Team formation begins soon after the early fee deadline. Players registering after the team formation begins are placed on a waitlist and added to teams in the order of registration without regard for school or friendship requests.

Rosters and Schedules
Coaches will contact players 1-2 weeks prior to the first scheduled game. Game schedules will be emailed to all registered players.

Equipment
The Park District provides uniforms (jersey, shorts and socks) that should be worn to all games unless temperatures warrant sweat pants. Each player is responsible for the following: all-purpose athletic shoes with rubber cleats, shin guards and a ball (size # 3 for kindergarten-grade 2, #4 for grades 3-6).

Practices/Games
Practices start one week before games; coaches will announce days, times and locations. Games played on Saturdays for Kindergarten through 2nd grade and Sunday afternoons for 3rd-8th grade begin (seven games, weather permitting).
  • Kindergarten plays 6v6 on Saturday morning. Field size is 20 x 35 yards.
  • Grades 1 and 2 play 6v6 on Saturday afternoons. Field size is 30 x 50 yards.
  • Grades 3 and 4 play 7 v 7 on Sunday afternoons. Field size is 40 x 60 yards
  • Grades 5-8 play 7 v 7 on Sunday afternoons. Field size is 40 x 60 yards.
  • For youth soccer league schedules, click here.

Indoor Soccer League—Grades 1 & 2 (Fall and Winter)
Team up with the Northbrook Park District to play soccer—indoors! Teams are formed by grade and school; children should register according to the school they attend. Age levels or schools may be combined to form teams if necessary.

The emphasis is on the development of the child as an individual and an athlete, rather than the competitive aspect of winning. The program strives to provide a fun and safe atmosphere in which children can learn respect, sportsmanship and soccer skills. All players receive equal playing time and an introduction to the fast-paced game of indoor soccer.

Team Formation
To provide children with a positive athletic experience, leagues are conducted separately for boys and girls, when possible. Friendship requests are available at nbparks.org and at registration locations.

Rosters and Schedules
Coaches will contact players 1-2 weeks prior to the first scheduled game. Game schedules will be emailed to all registered players.

Equipment
Players receive a t-shirt and the Park District provides all necessary equipment. Each player is responsible for clean gym shoes, shorts, socks and shin guards.

Practices/Games
League format is games only, beginning in November for the autumn league and January for the winter. Game times are between noon and 4pm. Teams play six games, all at Greenbriar School.


Flag FootballYouth Flag Football (Fall)
This popular Saturday program introduces children to recreational football with an emphasis on safety, setting the stage for practices and games.

Team Formation
Teams are organized by grade—1st/2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th. Coaching requests are not allowed. Age levels or schools may be combined to form teams, if necessary.

Equipment
All players receive a team jersey. The Park District provides all other necessary equipment. Each player is responsible for all-purpose athletic shoes with rubber cleats.

Practices/Games
Each team has one practice per week (scheduled by the coach) and one or two games on Saturday’s at Wescott Park. Games use age-specific rules. Teams play seven games, weather permitting.
To find out more information on the youth flag football league click here. During the season, click here for Flag Football League schedules.


Little Jammers Youth Basketball League
Dribble, aim and shoot! Check out our new mini-basketball league for children in kindergarten and first grade. They will learn basketball basics with smaller balls and lower hoop heights, playing seven games between January and March.

The youth basketball program serves girls and boys with a focus on athletes first, winning second. Our objective is to provide enjoyable experiences for children while developing their basketball skills in an atmosphere that promotes teamwork and sportsmanship.

Team Formation
Kindergarten teams will be co-ed, and first grade teams will be conducted separately for boys and girls. Teams consist of 7-10 players. Friendship requests are available here and at customer service locations. Requests must be reciprocal and submitted by December 9. Age levels or schools may be combined to form teams if necessary. Schedules and information will be mailed the week of December 31.

Rosters and Schedules
Coaches will contact players 1-2 weeks prior to the first scheduled game. Team assignment and game schedules will be emailed to all participants registered.

Equipment
Players receive a t-shirt and the Park District provides all necessary equipment.

Practices/Games
Children practice on Saturdays during the first 30 minutes of their scheduled game time.


BasketballYouth Basketball League (Fall, Winter)
The youth basketball program serves girls and boys in grades 2-8. The philosophy is athletes first, winning second. Our objective is to provide enjoyable experiences for children, while developing their basketball skills in an atmosphere that promotes teamwork and sportsmanship.

Team Formation
Teams are organized by grade, school and gender, which may be combined if necessary. Staff will contact you if changes are needed. Friendship requests are available at nbparks.org and Registration Offices. Requests must be reciprocal and submitted prior to the early fee deadline. Team formation begins soon after the early fee deadline. Players registering after the team formation begins are placed on a waitlist and added to teams in the order of registration without regard for school or friendship requests.

Equipment and Uniforms
All players receive a team jersey. The Park District provides all other necessary equipment.

Practice/Games
  • Second graders practice on Saturdays, for the first thirty minutes of their scheduled game time.
  • Grades 3 through 8 practice one day during the week (scheduled by the coach) and play a weekend game.
  • Practices and games are at local schools with an official provided for all games.
  • The fall league runs November through December.
  • The winter league runs January through March.
  • Starting and ending dates for both leagues depend on gym availability.

During the season, click here for Youth Basketball League schedules.


Credit for Coaches
At the end of each season, volunteer athletic coaches will receive a $75 credit on their Northbrook Park District account if they have done the following:

  • Attended more than 75% of games and practices
  • Completion of CDC Concussion Training Course
  • Returned the equipment bag
  • No more than two coaches per team can receive credit

No more than two coaches per team can receive the credit, and adults who are removed from coaching duties are not eligible. If you prefer to give the credit to another coach, notify the Park District before the last game of the season.

Coaches Needed
Volunteer coaches play an active role in developing young athletes and are needed for all Park District leagues. No experience is necessary. If you want to volunteer, call 847·291·2980 or fill out a coaching application.


Friendship Requests
To provide children with a positive athletic experience, we have implemented a Friendship Request process. Friends requesting each other must submit completed Friendship Request Forms, attend the same school and be in the same grade. Friendship requests must be reciprocal and returned to the Village Green Center by the early registration deadline published in the recreation guide. To access the Friendship Request Form, click here.


Lacrosse girlsGirl’s Lacrosse Leagues (Spring, Fall)
Join a lacrosse league just for girls from the north suburbs, operated by the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association.

In addition to providing instruction, the league promotes active teamwork, sportsmanship and personal development in a respectful environment. All girls receive equal playing time and play all positions. Games are on Sunday afternoons at Techny Prairie Park and Fields or neighboring communities.  Pink level teams practice once a week for 1.5 hours. Purple level teams practice twice a week for 1.5 hours. Practice is held at Techny Prairie Park and Fields or West Fork Park in Glenview.

After registering, log on to www.iglax.org for T-shirt sizing, team information, game schedules and field locations. Each player must have goggles, a stick and a mouth guard. Players should bring their equipment to all practices and games.

Player Groups are divided into five groups:
Pink Grade 3-4
Pink Grade 5-6
Pink Grade 7-8
Purple Grade 5-6
Purple Grade 7-8


Boys Lacrosse League (Spring, Fall)
Check out our new lacrosse instruction league with professional coaches. The Northbrook Park District is partnering with the Park Districts of Highland Park and Glenview to form the North Suburban Lacrosse Association. The league welcomes beginners as well as players who wish to improve their skills. Player evaluations are the first week of practice, followed by team formation. Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are on Sunday afternoons with a minimal amount of travel to Glenview and Highland Park.

Players need to bring a helmet, gloves, arm guards, stick, athletic cup and shoulder pads to all games and practices; hockey equipment can be used. A team jersey is included in the cost of the program. Volunteers are welcome to assist the coaches.

The league will be divided into four levels that will have A and B teams if needed.
Grade 2 & 3: Bantams
Grade 4 & 5: Lightning
Grade 6 & 7: Juniors
Grade 8: Seniors


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