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Hardin Valley Lacrosse Info/Equipment List

Fall and Spring Lacrosse

Hardin Valley Lacrosse offers competitive fall and spring lacrosse seasons for all teams. 

Fall seasons typically run from the beginning of each school year until the end of October.  Fall lacrosse is a shorter season focused on developing players skills and typically uses compact field sizes/fewer players per side during games. 

Spring seasons typically start in February/March and run though the end of the school year. Spring seasons features a full schedule of competition against other Knoxville and East Tennessee clubs. Spring offers full-field/full-team lacrosse and emphasizes teams play/concepts. 

Eligibility Requirements (Grade/Age/School)

Hardin Valley Lacrosse runs competitive boys' teams in the following divisions, and a girls' team for those age 8 and under:

High School - open to Hardin Valley Academy students only in grades 9th-12th. 

Middle School - open to students in grades 5th-8th grade who attend Hardin Valley, Cedar Bluff Middle or other public and private area schools that do not offer lacrosse (including Oak Ridge, Karns, Lenoir City, Clayton-Bradley, etc.)

Youth Teams - Hardin Valley offers teams in the 10U and 8U divisions, based on the number of players. Girls are eligible to play on the boys' 10U team, but we do play a "boys" schedule.  Girls who are age 8 and under will play on the girls' 8U team, boys who are age 8 and under will play on the boys' 8U team. Students may be from any area school and be grades K-4th grade.  Students may be asked to "play up" an age group to make full teams. 

  • 8U - Born in/after Sept. 2015
  • 10U- Born in/after Sept. 2013

USA Lacrosse Membership Requirements

All Hardin Valley High School, Middle School and Youth (Grades K-5) lacrosse players are required to join USA Lacrosse for insurance purposes. 

Sign up for your USA Lacrosse membership at Become a USA Lacrosse Member.

Player annual membership is $35 per year. 


Uniforms are included in registrations fees and are provided by the club.  You will be asked to designate a jersey and short size, as well as a jersey number, during registration. 



Spring season practices are held at the Hardin Valley Elementary.  Spring practice starts the week of Jan. 16, 2024 for HVA High School.  Middle School and Youth teams begin practice in late February.  The Spring session runs until mid-May. 

Families are expected to notify a coach in advance if their player cannot attend a scheduled practice or game.


High School - Practices Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs at 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., and Sat. 9-11 a.m. on the HVA turf field. We may move to Hardin Valley Elementary when the turf field is not available due to other sports having games.  Spring session begins Jan. 16, 2024. 

Middle School (5th-8th grade) - Practices four times per week at 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. on weekdays and Sat. 9-10:30 a.m. at Hardin Valley Elementary School. Spring practice begins in mid-February.  

Youth (K-4th grades) - Schedules will be set by the coaches per age group. Weekday practices are 5:30-6:30 p.m., and any Saturday practices will be 9-10:30 a.m.  at Hardin Valley Elementary School. Spring session begins in late February/early March. 

Equipment List

Hardin Valley Lacrosse players are required to provide their own lacrosse sticks and protective equipment.  Goalie equipment is provided by the team for those trying that position. 

Lacrosse equipment can be purchased at a few major sporting good stores in Knoxville (Academy Sports, Dicks, etc.), at online lacrosse-specific websites or purchased second-hand. In some cases, the team may be able to help you find used gear. 

U.S. Lacrosse provides equipment and sizing information at Many lacrosse-specific websites also have sizing charts that can help you measure players. 

Boys' Equipment List

  • HELMET (Required) - Must be lacrosse-specific, marked meets NOCSAE standard. If you are purchasing a new "youth" size helmet, please purchase light “Columbia/Hardin Valley” blue or black to match uniforms.  HVA players and middle school players who wear an "adult" size helmet need to purchase the custom HVA helmet from team coaches. 
  • MOUTHGUARD (Required) – Must be visible color (not clear or white)
  • SHOULDER PADS (Required) - Covers top of shoulder, collarbone & sternum . For 2022 and beyond, shoulder/chest pads must say NOCSAE, ND200 certified.        
  • ARM PADS (Required) -  Elbow should be completely covered with pad extending down forearm toward glove
  • GLOVES (Required) - Should cover 2"-3" above the wrist. Please purchase WHITE gloves, which will become the standard for the High School team
  • CLEATS (Recommended) - Lacrosse-specific are best
  • RIB PADS (Optional) - Most players do not use
  • STICKS (Crosses) - Each player is responsible for providing their stick
    • The stick/crosse must be an overall length of 40 - 42 inches for attackmen and midfielders
    •  52 - 72 inch length for defensemen (high/middle school defenders should use the longest pole the player is comfortable with)
    • All beginning players should purchase 40-42 inch attack/midfield sticks to learn the game

8U Girls Equipment List

  • Girl's lacrosse stick
  • Girls' lacrosse goggles
  • Mouth guard
  • Cleats are preferred, but not required