Catchments

Overview

All students who attend one of the defined public/private high schools within a team catchment area are eligible to play for that team.

Students who attend either a private (not affiliated with a team), charter, or are homeschooled, will be assigned to the team affiliated with the public school for which they are zoned based on their home address. 

If you are unsure which team you are assigned to, please contact the League at LHSHL@tampabaylightning.com

Below is a summary of the catchment areas for each LHSHL team along with the related schools approved by the LHSHL Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 season:


LHSHL TEAM CATCHMENTS - 24-25 SEASON

CATCHMENT TEAMCOUNTYPURE OR COMBINEDSCHOOLS IN TEAM'S CATCHMENT
BloomingdaleHillsboroughCombinedBloomingdale, Brandon, Hillsborough, Blake, King, Middleton, Jefferson
Cypress CreekPascoCombinedCypress Creek, Sunlake, Pasco
DurantHillsboroughCombinedDurant, Strawberry Crest, Plant City, Armwood
East LakePinellasPureEast Lake
East ManateeManateeCombinedLakewood Ranch, Parrish
FreedomHillsboroughCombinedFreedom, Wharton, Gaither, Leto, Chamberlain
George JenkinsPolkCombinedGeorge Jenkins, Lakeland, Winterhaven, Lake Gibson, Kathleen, Auberndale, Haines City, Mulberry, Tenoroc
JesuitHillsboroughPureJesuit
Land O' LakesPascoPureLand O' Lakes
MitchellPascoCombinedMitchell, River Ridge, Anclote, Fivay, Gulf, Hudson
Newsome WolvesHillsboroughPureNewsome
Newsome WolverinesHillsboroughPureNewsome
Palm HarborPinellasCombinedClearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs
PalmettoManateeCombinedPalmetto, Braden River, Manatee, Bayshore, Southeast
PlantHillsboroughPurePlant
RiverviewHillsboroughCombinedRiverview, Spoto, Robinson, Lennard, Sumner, East Bay
SarasotaSarasotaCombinedBooker, North Port, Riverview (Sarasota), Sarasota, Venice
SeminolePinellasCombinedLargo, St. Pete, Seminole, Boca Ciega, Pinellas Park, Lakewood, Northeast, Hollins, Gibbs
SteinbrennerHillsboroughCombinedAlonso, Sickles, Steinbrenner
Tampa UnitedHillsboroughCombinedTampa Catholic, Berkeley, Tampa Prep
WiregrassPascoCombinedWesley Chapel, Wiregrass, Zephryhills


"LHSHL Grandfather Clause" : A LHSHL player whom has participated in the Lightning High School Hockey League for the previous two (2) seasons (Sophomore & Junior) and whom is a senior and in his/her final season of eligibility may be “grandfathered” for the player’s final season, if the player has elected to play for the team in which the player has played with the two (2) previous seasons

Catchment area adjustments are based upon the following factors including but not limited to: statistical data from USA Hockey on player registrations, player population changes, actual number of player registered in the LHSHL, the geographical high school boundaries, demographic shifts in population based upon zip codes, the quantity and location of ice rinks and necessary time and distance to travel to ice rinks, the limited ice availability, elimination of “pool players” from participating in the league and the historic perspective of the Lightning operating the LHSHL.

LHSHL CONFERENCES AND DIVISIONS - 23-24 SEASON

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Andreychuk Division (Pasco & Polk):

  • Land O’ Lakes
  • Wiregrass
  • Cypress Creek
  • Mitchell
  • George Jenkins

Modin Division (Hillsborough East):

  • Bloomingdale
  • Durant
  • Newsome Wolves
  • Newsome Wolverines
  • Riverview

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Lecavalier Division (Pinellas & Manatee):

  • East Lake
  • Palm Harbor
  • Seminole
  • Palmetto
  • Manatee

Bradley Division (Hillsborough West): 

  • Tampa Catholic/Berkeley
  • Freedom
  • Jesuit
  • Plant
  • Steinbrenner