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Penguins Lacrosse 


Welcome to the Penguin's Youth Lacrosse Team website, your source for information to make your lacrosse season a success. 

The website has been designed to assist coaches, parents, players, administrators, and officials find the information they need to stay informed. 

We hope you find it useful and would welcome your feedback as we look to improve our site and your experience.

Ken Kiesler, President

If you have any questions please let us know at questions@penguinslax.com

You can also follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/Palatinepenguins


2019 Rules Changes


Team ONE Announcement

Team ONE Lacrosse & Penguins are collaborating this Fall in order provide great lacrosse options for our families. Team ONE's coaching staff and player development model now under the direction of Casey Powell is second to none, and we are happy to provide these opportunities to our players.  Please see below for new opportunities through the Team ONE organization:

Team ONE is hosting a weekly clinic for all Penguins' players in the upcoming Fall Season.  The goal is provide a great training opportunity for our families looking for a high quality lacrosse option while staying close to home.  Please see below for details on the Team ONE Northwest Fall Skills & Drills Program.

Team ONE Northwest Fall Skills & Drills

Dates: Tuesdays, September 25 - October 30 (6 Weeks)
Times:  5:00-6:00pm
Age Groups: 3rd - 8th Grade
*Players will be divided by age/group and skill level in order to maximize player development
Location: Hamilton Park 1037 N. Smith Street • Palatine, IL 60067
Fall Skills & Drills Registration Link: Click Here to Register

New Head Coach at Palatine High School

The Penguin's own Chris Gantz has been named the new Boys Lacrosse Head Coach for Palatine High School.  Good Luck to Chris.

August 1, 2018 - The new Boys Lacrosse Head Coach for Palatine High School was named this week. Chris Gantz will take over the Pirate Lacrosse Program for the 2019 Spring season. Lacrosse is a passion for Coach Gantz with his start in high school at Glenbrook North(Northbrook) and then at the University of Illinois.

Coach Gantz returned to Glenbrook North High School to coach lacrosse for 5 years until moving out to the NW suburbs with his wife and two children. His most recent coaching experience was at neighboring Fremd High School, where is coached multiple levels for the Vikings since 2015. Coach Gantz's commitment to the sport of lacrosse has even grown within his family, where he coaches his son's youth team for the Palatine Penguins. Notably, both of Coach Gantz's U8 teams won the 2018 IBLA State Championship in their divisions. Coach Gantz was also brought on as an assistant coach for True Lacrosse in 2018. Coach Gantz brings a history of success from his various coaching positions with multiple high school conference championships and tournament wins in Illinois.

Coach Gantz actually started at U of I in their pilot training program, but began firefighting in college and followed that into an exciting career with the Skokie Fire Department after graduation. Coach Gantz also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Coach Gantz retired from firefighting in 2015 and keeps busy with his fire safety events facility in Schaumburg, called the FireZone.

We would like to thank you for another successful Penguin's season.  Below you will find some highlights from the season.  We will be having an end-of-season wrap up meeting to discuss ways to improve our program and talk about our future.  We will be working on off-season camps, clinics and other exciting activities for the Penguins, which will be sent out once known.
Thank you again

2018 Season Notes

  1. We had 175 kids. (One of the biggest in the IBLA).
  2. 60 of the kids were new to the program.
  3. We had 10 teams, with 2 new Mini (1st and 2nd Grade) teams.
  4. We played 129 games as a program and went 67 - 62.
  5. We participated in 6 tournaments.
  6. Our Junior Black team won the Tower.
  7. Our Minor Black team won the Blizzard and Rip the Duck.
  8. We had 7 new coaches.... However we still need more.
  9. We were able to host the Minor B IBLA playoffs.
  10. Our Mini Black team took the championship in the Silver Bracket.
  11. Our Mini Blue team took the championship in the Bronze Bracket.

Season Schedule

  1. Teams schedules can been seen at http://iblax.seasonticker.com/league/teams
  2. The playoffs will be the weekend of June 9th and 10th.

Concussion Training

  1. Within the past few years, there has been a heightened focus to examine the prevention, evaluation and impact of concussions to participants in various sports.  The Penguins and the IBLAX are committed to providing the safest environment possible for your child to play lacrosse.
  2. In this effort to provide a safe environment, the parents of each player also must take an active role.
  3. Your child must have a colored mouthpiece, preferably tethered to their helmet, for use in all practices and games.
  4. Additionally, as mandated by the Palatine Park District, one parent of each player and every parent that participates as a coach or helps in practices, must take the CDC Heads Up Concussion Test.

Athletes Academy - Additional Practices

  • Looking for some additional training practices.
  • My First Lacrosse Class - http://athletesacademyinc.com/index.php/m1lc/
  • Face-off School - http://athletesacademyinc.com/index.php/face-off-school/
  • Shooting School - http://athletesacademyinc.com/index.php/shooting-school/
  • Defensive School - http://athletesacademyinc.com/index.php/defensive-school/
  • Ball Handling School - http://athletesacademyinc.com/index.php/ball-handling-school/
  • Here is a link to all the upcoming classes. - http://athletesacademyinc.com/index.php/lacrosse-classes/

Athletes Academy - Stringing

  • Athletes Academy offers stick stringing services and the ability to purchase sticks.  
  • The stick is a ‘String King Complete’ and comes in Jr, Int and Sr sizes. 
  • The cost is in Jr – $59.99, Int - $99.99 and Sr - $139.99.
  • The Jr stick is a lighter stick with a bigger head and is designed for kids 10 and under. 
  • The Int stick is designed for kids 10 – 14.
  • You can contact Ray at 847-703-0033 or email at ray@athletesacademyinc.com for more information.

Tournaments Wins

Congratulations to our U11 Lake Geneva Champions.  Check out their picture on our picture page.  

Our U11 team won at the Pipe City tournament as well.  Great Job

Congratulations to our U10 and U14 for tournament wins this weekend.  The U10 team won the Lacrosse America Ice Breaker and the U14 team won the Chicago Indoor Lacrosse Championship.  Check out the pictures for the teams.

Congratulations to our Minor team for their Rip the Duck Champion. - Check out their picture on our picture page.

Congratulations to our U11 Rip the Cow Champions.  - Check out their picture on our picture page.

Check out the schedules and standings for the teams at http://iblax.seasonticker.com/league

U15 Champs at the 2017 Ice Breaker Tournament - Check out the picture page to see the champs.

Grade based divisions

  • Majors – 7th/8th Grade
    • 10 v 10 and Full length Long sticks allowed
  • Minors – 5th/6th Grade
    • 10 v 10 and Full length Long sticks allowed
  • Juniors - 3rd/4th Grade
    • 10 v 10 and No Long Poles, Sticks can be between 38 - 42 inches.
  • Mini's – 1st/2nd Grade
    • 7 v 7 Game play (2, 2, 2 & Goalie)