Hardin Valley offers boys an opportunity to try lacrosse this spring

Hardin Valley offers boys an opportunity to try lacrosse this spring

Looking for a fast-paced, action-filled team sport for your Hardin Valley area grade-schooler, middle-schooler or Hardin Valley Academy student?  Hardin Valley Lacrosse offers boys’ Youth (grades K-5) and Middle School lacrosse teams for those attending Hardin Valley or nearby schools, as well as a brand new high school lacrosse club team for students at Hardin Valley Academy. While these are “boys'” teams, girls can join the boys’ programs.

What is lacrosse?

For those who are not familiar with lacrosse, it is a growing sport in Knoxville and across Tennessee. High school and middle school lacrosse is a physical game played on a soccer-sized field with 10 players, featuring lots of movement, passing, shooting and controlled body contact. Youth games are similar, with adjustments made for younger age groups.

Schedule, fees, and equipment

Hardin Valley Lacrosse plays a spring schedule that runs from approximately mid-Feb/March until the end of the school year, along with a fall season. We are currently registering players for our Spring 2021 season, which will feature a competitive schedule of 6-12 games against other Knoxville/East Tennessee area teams. Players who are interested in learning more about Hardin Valley Lacrosse can visit www.hardinvalleylax.com or email hardinvalleylax@gmail.com. The website has information on registration fees (between $100-$300 depending on grade level), practice schedules (all practices are weekday evenings or Saturday mornings at the Hardin Valley schools complex) and required lacrosse equipment (stick, helmet, pads, uniform).

New to lacrosse?

Never played before? You are not alone. Hardin Valley Lacrosse welcomes new-to-lacrosse players – in fact the majority of HV players started the sport within the last year or two. Hardin Valley Lacrosse is offering a free “TRY LACROSSE” session on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon in front of Hardin Valley Elementary School. The session, which will introduce basis lacrosse skills, requires no equipment and sticks are provided (just wear athletic clothes suitable for the weather). Our focus is helping your student learn lacrosse in a fun, yet competitive environment. There are no tryouts and all team members are active participants.

“The best thing about lacrosse is that it’s a sport students can jump into with no experience and they are going to learn quickly and start competing with their peers,” said program coordinator Bill Sitton. “Our kids are on the field, whether they play numerous other sports or have never been part of a team before. If you pick up a stick, we’ll teach you the skills and the game, then get you going as part of the squad.”

Showcasing some players on the new HVA Club team

Anchoring the new HVA Club team are Hardin Valley Lacrosse veteran high school players Chase Abbott, Trevor Barrett, Zach Jordan, Nicholas Lambert, Josh Lay, Gray Montgomery, Ethan Robinson and Jackson Smith. The middle school squad is led by 8th graders Kaden Cutcher, Chase Hett, Brennan Johnson, Trever Kelley, Ethan Kerwin, James Lyles, Levi Newlin, Liam Sitton and Carson Thompson. 

Hardin Valley Lacrosse Organization

Hardin Valley Lacrosse is a non-profit organization founded three years ago by Hardin Valley parents who are expanding lacrosse in this area. Head coach Chris Kelley is a long-term fixture in the Knoxville lacrosse community, supported by Hardin Valley-area assistant coaches and parents.

For more information, please visit www.hardinvalleylax.com or email hardinvalleylax@gmail.com.

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