What follows are some of the more common questions we receive at Riptide.  If we don’t answer your question below, feel free to contact us.

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.

All teams are evenly balanced.  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)

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. Please contact us if you have a player placement request.

A: The basic equipment requirement for girls lacrosse includes:

  • Stick
  • Goggles
  • 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.

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.

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

If you’d prefer to shop online, you can do so through the Bar Down Riptide store, or through retailers like Lax.com and LacrosseUnlimited.com.

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

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.

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.

There are plenty of year-round opportunities to play lacrosse on the First Coast. Check out our page on additional lacrosse opportunities, as well as our PVAA Jaws travel lacrosse page, for more information.

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.

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.