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Lacrosse

    • Spring & Fall Leagues offeredInstructional/Developmental Focus/

    • Grades: K-8th

    • Location: Lakeshore Park for practice, games vary

    • We welcome and encourage new players to the sport!

    Lacrosse, “The Fastest Game on Two Feet”, is North America’s oldest sport and Americas fastest growing youth sport.  113 new college sponsored programs have been added in the past three years alone.  Staying ahead of the curve, Knox Youth Sports added boys lacrosse five years ago and girls three years ago.

    Players and families that are new to lacrosse join each year and tend to stay involved with us for years and beyond due to the fun and the friendships built.  Lacrosse combines aspects of soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, hockey, and field hockey.  It is fast paced, fun to watch, fun to play, and can be high scoring.

    Our teams are volunteer coached by very passionate (understatement) coaches that are committed to growing the sport and giving players, new and returning, the best experience they can.  Many of our coaches have played or continue to play at various levels (youth-college) and/or have appropriate certifications.  They thrive off working with interested and motivated players.  Fun, fundamentals, respect, and sportsmanship make up the core of our teaching based programs.  Players will learn how to pass, catch, cradle, dodge, shoot, attack, defend, and groundball: how well they can do it will depend on how hard they work at it.  Our coaches work to create numerous options for all skill levels and positions.  There is a lot of continuous running in lacrosse.  Players will definitely get their exercise in.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to head coaches Graham Taylor (GrahamKYS@gmail.com) for boys or Chris Arline (ChrisKYSlax@gmail.com) for girls.


Registration Listing

No Programs Available

There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.

Girls Lacrosse

Knox Youth Sports Girl’s Lacrosse is an at-large middle and elementary school program for schools that do not have school sponsored lacrosse at their schools.  It appeals to girls from all sports backgrounds and their parents.  It’s fun to watch and even more fun to play.  Current participants have played and continue to play basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, track, dance, tumbling, cross country, and a host of other sports.  We are very blessed that the girls really seem to enjoy playing with each other, treat each other very well, and that there are so many enthusiastic parents.  Girls tend to get comfortable with each other quickly in our program.

Coaches in both age groups are very enthusiastic and love the game.  They are all volunteers and most have children playing on our teams.  Coaches have played before at various levels, attend conventions/clinics, and have certifications up to Level 2 US Lacrosse Coaching Certification.  All our coaches have the same goals for the girls; fun, safety, sportsmanship, skill development, and long term involvement. 

Girls will leave the KYS program able to play the game and taught how to play it right.  If girls come to practice, they will play in games.  Parent participation is very welcome.

Schools represented in the program recently included:  A.L. Lotts, Alcoa, Bearden Middle, Bluegrass ES, CAK, Cedar Bluff (MS & ES), Concord Christian, Copper Ridge, Hardin Valley MS, Home School, Karns, Nature’s Way Montessori, Northshore, Rocky Hill, Sacred Heart, Saint John Neumann, Sequoyah, Webb, &West Valley.  We would love to add more.

Girls Elementary School Lacrosse

(K-4th grade) Games and practices will be held at Lakeshore Park on Lyons View Pike on Tuesday and Thursdays 6-7pm. Fees are $125 per season

Fall: The fall season begins in September and runs through October. Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7PM

Spring:  March-Early May. Practice nights TBD.  

Each season includes 10+ practices and fun inter-squad and possible games against other clubs. Fee: $125 and includes jerseys. Any girl who wants to try lacrosse for the first time is welcome to up to 2 free practices to see if she likes the sport before committing.

Girls Middle School Lacrosse

(5th-8th grade) Practices will be held at Lakeshore Park on Lyons View Pike.

Fall: $175 Season begins in late August and runs through October. There may be some practices held at other locations.  Fall season will be from August 22-October (possibly the 1st week in November).  Practices will be Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-7:30. There will be games against local teams.  Fees include jerseys, referee fees, team equipment, field rentals.

Spring: $215 Season is late January-April (possibly the first week in May). Practices will be Mondays and Thursdays 6-7:30pm. Depending on lit field availability, we may have to practice a little earlier in February for the spring season.  We will practice Saturday mornings in January and February mostly at Lakeshore but a few will be at St. John Neumann or Tarleton Park off Sutherland.  In mid-March we’ll continue practicing 2 nights a week, and have home and away games on Saturdays and one Sunday, times tbd. We'll have 10+ games, many in multi game play days. Spring games will include some day trip travel.

Fees includes uniforms, officials for games, field rentals, and team equipment. Any girl who wants to try lacrosse for the first time is welcome to up to 2 free practices to see if she likes the sport before committing.

Equipment Needed

  • Stick: (be sure it's specifically a girl’s version which is quite different from boys).  

  • Goggles or sports glasses:   to protect eyes, SEI certified ASTM F3077 (it will say it on the goggles).  Women’s helmets are an option for girls now instead of goggles.  Cascade and Hummingbird are the only approved providers.

  • Mouth Guard (must be colored, not clear, any color will do). 

  • Optional but recommended:  Cleats.  There are Lacrosse cleats but soccer cleats are fine and that’s what most girls wear. 

Please reach out to us and we will be happy to guide you to the right stick for your little one, often for less.  Gloves are optional and not protective (more for cold weather—most girls prefer not to wear them).  We have some loaner gear for new girls to borrow to start/try it out with except for mouthpieces.  For more info and/or advice on any of the above, feel free to ask the coaches, Terry Harrigan (harriganterry22@gmail.com) or Chris Arline (chrisKYSlax@gmail.com)

Boys Lacrosse

  • Locations:
    -Practices: Lakeshore Park
    -Games: Various Locations around Knoxville

 Fall is just around the corner, and that means another season of KYS Lacrosse!  As with last fall, this season’s games will be indoor at the Cool Sports complex in Farragut. We just finished a successful spring season and anticipate another large group of new players this fall!

 Indoor Lacrosse combines all the familiar skills of standard Outdoor Lacrosse with a smaller indoor field, resulting in a games with fast-paced action that helps players to develop their stick skills and scoring abilities.  Indoor Lacrosse is played all over the United States and Canada during the Outdoor Lacrosse offseason, and many of the best college and professional lacrosse players end up playing both sports.

 AGES: The fall and spring seasons are open to players from 6-13 years old, and players are divided into appropriate age groups (U7, U9, U11, or U13) we will divide into teams based on age groups. We welcome and encourage new players, even if you have never seen or held a lacrosse stick before! Our coaches especially love coaching new players and giving them the chance to love and excel at the “Fastest Sport on Two Feet”.

 Please contact coach Graham Taylor for any questions regarding sign ups.

Season: Late August– End of October
Practices: Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6:00PM-7:30PM and Saturday mornings from 10:00AM-12:00PM. Games Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings
Location: Lakeshore Park (practices and scrimmage gamess with our teams), Cool Sport (games with Farragut Youth Lacrosse teams)

Equipment
KYS provides reversible jerseys for games and matching shorts. All players are required to wear full equipment (please contact coach Graham Taylor with any questions or for advice: we can help save time and $$!). Note: we have some loaner equipment and scholarship-type options for those in need of assistance: please contact Coach Taylor.

  • Stick

  • Helmet (NOCSAE approved)

  • Mouth guard

  • Shoulder pads

  • Arm pads

  • Gloves

  • Protective cup (required for goalies and defensemen)

Cost

 Fall and Spring Seasons: $75 for ages 6-7, $200 for all other ages (up through 13). Registration fees cover jerseys and shorts (shorts are new as of Fall 2017!)

For more info and/or to join the e-mail list and stay informed on KYS boys lacrosse events, please e-mail coach Graham Taylor (GrahamKYS@gmail.com)
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