If you’re building a brand new high school, you might have the luxury of designing exactly the team locker room you want. But many schools are faced with replacing old, inadequate gym lockers while accommodating several sports, within budget limitations.
Choosing the right lockers can make a big difference in the function, security and comfort of your team locker room, because:
- Quality lockers store equipment efficiently and provide good ventilation.
- The right configuration fits your space but allows “leg room” when players are present.
- Secure locking mechanisms ensure privacy and safety.
- An attractive, comfortable environment instills pride.
How many lockers do you need?
Team size and equipment vary tremendously. Some high schools have multiple team locker rooms, but many have to maximize limited shared space. This can get tricky if “bulky” sports are in season simultaneously, such as can happen with baseball and lacrosse.
Typical high school football teams have as many as 40 players, whereas other sports usually have 25 or fewer. But their locker needs differ.
Football and lacrosse require room for shoulder pads, pants, cleats and/or sticks.
- Minimum size is usually 15” wide x 15” deep x 72” high (junior varsity teams can use two-tier lockers 18” x 15” x 36”)
- Helmet shelf should be at least 18” below the locker ceiling and just 12” deep, to accommodate a lacrosse stick
- If your team locker room is secure, consider professional-style open lockers that are 18” x 18” x 72”.
Baseball teams use bat bags, but some players like to keep their own bat.
- Lacrosse-size lockers work fine for baseball.
- If your school offers both sports you’ll need enough lockers to accommodate both teams.
Less bulky sports like tennis, soccer, wrestling, basketball and track use minimal or smaller equipment, so double-tier lockers 15” x 15” x 36” work well.
Use the flat shelf created by locker tops to efficiently store helmets, bags, etc.
These locker characteristics ensure superior storage solutions:
- Heavy-duty steel – 14-gauge doors and 20-gauge bottoms
- Single-point locking with padlock
- Full mini-louvers for ventilation and security
- Coat hooks, rods, or footlockers
Proper design ensures a winning combination.
Planning for the maximum number of players and their equipment storage needs will help you design the best possible high school team locker room, one that ensures personal belongings are stowed neatly and securely, with room for team members to move around comfortably.