“My school doesn’t have a lacrosse team, what now?”
If your school does not yet have a lacrosse team, the HRLax league has a cross-zone policy so that most high school players have an opportunity to be part of a team. However, zoning may change from year to year (subject to the requirements of the area teams) so players attending a school without a lacrosse team might possibly be moved to a different team in subsequent seasons. Click HERE to see current Player Assignment Policy
“I’d like to start a lacrosse team for my school…what is needed?”
You’ll need at least 16 committed players with adult support, an adult coach who can/will meet the HRLax League requirements, an active booster group willing to help raise money for uniforms, a coach stipend, and other team equipment (Virginia non-stock corporation and IRS 501.c.3 tax exempt status to assist with fundraising efforts), and either the school’s support for administrative oversight or a program governance board appointed Program Manager. Regsitration deadline for new teams: At least 16 players and a head coach must be registered with HRLax for the Spring season by December 1.
When you have some/most of the people lined up, or would like to apply for the club to participate as a team with HRLax, contact the following league personnel (prior to Oct 1 to participate in the upcoming Spring season) or complete and submit the GHS New Club Application:
April Loquist, Girls HS Operator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"My school can’t or won’t support a lacrosse team, what now?"
It is the goal of HRLax for every high school in the Tidewater area to have a VHSL lacrosse team. However as of 2019, Tidewater area lacrosse is still a club sport/activity. With budget cuts affecting so many school programs, many public schools aren’t in the position to support another athletic team. Money and time are big factors: money for insurance, equipment, coach stipends, etc., and school personnel are often already over-tasked with current duties. HRLax recognizes these constraints and therefore the league is open to membership for teams/programs with or without school administration support. For those programs without school support, the parents select a governance board to provide oversight, designate a Coach, and appoint a Program Administrator to act in lieu of an Athletic Director for the team. See the Girls HS Rules page for links to the rules governing the Girls HS Program.