Great Lakes Lacrosse League
League Commissioner: Hal Rosenberg
The Great Lakes Lacrosse League's mission to provide a competitive league for teams in the Midwest who want to play in a well-organized league outside of NCAA restrictions and without the expense of being a 'virtual varsity'. Playing more and traveling less is our formula for a great lacrosse season. Our league is comprised of over 40 teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Michigan. Most games are with teams in close proximity. This format minimizes travel costs and unnecessarily long road trips. Players in the GLLL all love the sport but have demanding academic and other personal obligations, and find a more reasonable commitment in time and money is the right fit for them.
The league is dedicated to providing a great schedule of games while keeping expenses and travel time to a minimum. Scheduling is performed centrally, shortly after the annual league meeting, where teams indicate their travel and availability preferences. This is a significant benefit to the member teams, who no longer have to coordinate their entire season schedules with all of their opponents. At the league meeting (and throughout the season) each team has a voice to suggest and ratify any changes to our operating rules. League play consists of several mini-tourneys per season where multiple teams play each other at one site. Playing two games in a day allows teams to get their regular season schedule of about eight games done in four or five days over five weekends in the spring. The season culminates in the championship tournament weekend in which all teams participate and is seeded by regional rankings. The league is grouped into six regions. Each regional champion receives a plaque for their season and the top teams from each region [plus the next 2 highest-ranked teams] compete for the championship title while the remaining teams compete in a consolation bracket. Trophies are awarded to first through third in both championship and consolation brackets. This format allows both strong teams and developing programs a more competitive experience.
How to join:
We take pride in providing a well-run league at a reasonable cost and are very interested in having more teams join. Please complete this online form: https://forms.gle/q3CAC6hVayoDeW6X7 or contact league coordinator Hal Rosenberg by email or call him at 608.772.4298 if you are interested in learning how your team can join or simply to get more information.
Dues and fees:
Full expenses for each team's 2023 season will be $3100, which includes league dues, official fees for eight games, and all tournament fees (three games guaranteed). Again, it is our goal to keep expenses near this low amount so teams can concentrate on playing lacrosse and not fundraising.