There will be an average of 8-9 game days played each season, on Saturdays, with weekends off surrounding the Buncombe County School spring break calendar. Each team normally plays a minimum of 2 games each weekend.
Asheville Empire Lacrosse is dedicated to the growth of youth lacrosse for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. At Empire, Spring is our primary season and it is our commitment to teach the game of lacrosse while providing a great experience and instilling a love for the game.
We maintain a positive environment at all times, and our highly qualified coaches help each participant have a great time building self-confidence and friendships, learning fundamental skills required to develop into complete players and developing a passion for the game. Our season is comprised of weekly practices and a 8-9 week season beginning in March and ending on Mother’s day weekend. Check out our individual team pages and view schedules, team rosters, updates and more.
If you’re looking for the appropriate age level to register your son, please refer to the official US Lacrosse Age Reference Table for the right age grouping: https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/age-group-chart-18-19.pdf.
In Asheville, we group our players in two-year increments for youth: 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. For high school players, they are grouped in over a 4.5-year span. Actual teams at these levels are organized by skill level. Tryouts will be held on January 18th with the final roster announced in February.
HOME games are typically played at Fletcher Park for all youth teams and Memorial Stadium for high school players. In 2020, locations should stay the same, depending on the growth of the program and number of teams per age group.
AWAY games are played on opponent home fields in South Carolina (Spartanburg, Greenville), North Carolina (Hickory, Greensboro, Lake Norman, South Charlotte) and Tennessee (Farragut).
Empire 10U, 12U and 14U youth teams will practice Tuesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons at Fletcher Park (also known as Bob Moore Community Park) from 5pm-6:30pm. The 10U, 12U and 14U web pages will have all up-to-date information by mid-January 2020.
Empire 8U players will practice on Saturdays at a location and time to be announced in late January 2020.
The most up-to-date information regarding High School practices and schedules will be posted mid-January 2020. The High School team practices 3-4 days a week at various locations.
Typically, the high school team starts right around mid-February. There are usually two full weeks of practice before the first game day. State championships will be held in early May.
In 2020, youth teams (10U, 12U and 14U) will start the season with tryouts in January. Each player will be selected based on skill, lacrosse IQ, footwork and attitude. Regular practices in full gear will start in early March.
8U teams will have a later start date, usually the second week of March and will run thru early May.
Spring Season FAQ
For boys ages 8 and under, we will offer an instructional, skill building program on Saturdays only. For the first three (3) weeks, only a lacrosse stick and mouth guard will be needed to participate. At week 4 through the rest of the season, boys will be full gear and coaches will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game interlaced with competitive play.
Boys ages 9-14 (10U, 12U and 14U) are evaluated during a tryout in January. Higher skill level players will be placed on our most competitive team in each age group. Novice and intermediate players will be offered Rec Lacrosse that will allow them to better learn the sport and further hone their skills.
At our High School level, boys will jump right into practices three times per week with up to 9-10 games scheduled for the season. Our high school team welcomes boys from all counties/cities of Western North Carolina and its surrounding areas.