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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:

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

Middle School - open to students in grades 6th-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 following age divisions, based on the number of players. Girls are eligible to play on the youth teams, but we do play a "boys" schedule.  Students may be from any area school and be grades K-5th grade.  Students may be asked to "play up" an age group to make full teams. 

  • 8U - Born on/after 9/1/2014
  • 10U- Born between 9/1/2012-8/31/2014
  • 12U- Born between 9/1/2010-8/31/2012  (all 6th-8th graders should register as Middle School, but 12U-eligible players may also share time on 12U)

USA Lacrosse Membership Requirements

All Hardin Valley 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 $30/$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 schools complex.  Spring practice starts on January 9 for HVA High School and in mid-February for Middle School and Youth teams.  The Spring session runs until the end of the school year. 

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


High School - Practices Mon.-Thurs. at 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., and Sat. 9-11 a.m. at Hardin Valley Academy.  Spring session begins Jan. 9, 2023. 

Middle School - Practices Mon/Tues/Thus at 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. and Sat. 9-10:30 a.m. at Hardin Valley Elementary School. Spring session will begin in mid-February  

Youth (K-5th grades) -  Practices Tues/Thus at 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Sat. 9-10:30 a.m.  at Hardin Valley Elementary School. Spring session will begin in mid-February.  

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. 

Equipment List

  • HELMET (Required) - Must be lacrosse-specific, marked meets NOCSAE standard. If you are purchasing a new helmet, please purchase light “Hopkins//Hardin Valley” blue to match uniforms.  The High School team will soon move to a required color scheme, which can be customized at  Cascades' Factory Custom site to match the image above. 
  • 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