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How are teams decided?

All teams are evenly balanced.  In 12U and 14U, we will have tiered divisions where players will compete against other players of similar ability.

Riptide follows US Lacrosse age guidelines, and players are assigned to the division listed below according to their birthday. Check out the US Lacrosse age guidelines to see where your children fall.

  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade (8U)
  • 3rd-4th Grade (10U)
  • 5th-6th Grade (12U)
  • 7th-8th Grade (14U)

My child is a beginner. Is that ok?

Each year we have many new players at all age levels. Some have played organized sports before and some have not. We have recreation level teams for players of all ability and experience. Our experience has shown us that anyone with reasonable hand to eye coordination can pick up lacrosse very quickly and our coaches’ approach to teaching encourages learning and insures that everyone receives equal playing opportunities.

My child would like to play on a team with his friends. Is that possible?

Our teams are designed to be balanced, with each featuring an equal number of beginner, intermediate and advanced players. We cannot promise specific team assignments, but we can try to accommodate parent requests. Even if you may not be on the same team, each age division will practice together every week.

What equipment do I need for girls lacrosse?

A: The basic equipment requirement for girls lacrosse includes:

  • Lacrosse Stick
  • Protective Eyewear
  • Mouthpiece
  • Cleats (recommended)

If you are buying equipment for the first time and aren’t sure what to get, ask your retailer about lacrosse starter sets.

Check out the USA Lacrosse Equipment Guide (PDF) for information on proper fit.

What equipment do I need for boys lacrosse?

A: The basic equipment requirement for boys lacrosse includes:

  • Helmet and chinstrap
  • Cleats and proper athletic socks
  • Mouthguard (You cannot play or practice without one)
  • Lacrosse stick (No fiddle sticks)
  • For younger/new players (8U), we suggest the Warrior Evo Warp Junior Gloves, and full set of pads (chest & elbow pads)
  • Athletic cup (highly recommended)

If you are buying equipment for the first time and aren’t sure what to get, ask your retailer about lacrosse starter kits.

Check out the US Lacrosse Equipment Guide (PDF) for information on proper fit.

Where can I purchase lacrosse equipment?

Locally, we recommend visiting Bar Down Lacrosse in Bartram Springs.

If you’d prefer to shop online, you can do so through retailers like Lax.com and LacrosseUnlimited.com.

You can also find a great selection of used equipment through Sideline Swap.

I'm interested in becoming a referee. How do I do that?

Please contact Dave Vernon (904-707-9596 or dvernon@hotmail.com), president of Fleming Island lacrosse, for more information on how to be a referee in the North Florida Youth Lacrosse League.

I'd like to coach in the Riptide program. What should I do?

Ponte Vedra Riptide teams are led frequently by parents, many of whom are former players themselves who want to work with children and teach what they’ve learned to the next generation of lacrosse players.

Parents of players who agree to be a head coach or primary assistant coach are eligible to have their player’s registration fee waived.

We also are fortunate to have coaches from the local high school and college ranks. In many instances, we can offer our non-parent coaches a stipend or volunteer credits as thanks for coaching.

Please contact us to discuss opportunities.

Do you offer private lessons?

If you are interested in one-on-one and position-specific training, we’re happy to recommend the names of several local players who can schedule trainings with your player.  Contact us for their names and contact info.

My child's stick needs help. Where can I have it re-strung?

There are several “stick doctors” in the area who can get your whip back in tip-top shape.  Contact us and we’ll put you in touch.