The San Francisco Riptide (San Francisco Lacrosse Club) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to developing the game of lacrosse and serves boys and girls of various ages in the city of San Francisco. We serve over 500 boys and girls from grades 1 through 8.
Our Mission Statement:
We are committed to teaching the sport of lacrosse to all ages of boys and girls in the city of San Francisco. Our goal is to instill within our players a respect and love of the game, as well as an appreciation of the skills and teamwork needed to succeed on the field. Our coaches share a passion for the sport and love to teach and inspire players in developing their lacrosse skills. They are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of learning, fun and mutual support of all players.
We practice and play our games at either the Beach Chalet Fields at Golden Gate Park or Ryan Kimbell Field in Lower Pacific Heights. We are affiliated with the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA) and play other youth programs in Marin, East Bay and the Peninsula. We have an extensive coaching staff, many of whom have college and club experience. All of our coaches participate and abide by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
The Riptide (San Francisco Lacrosse Club) was formed as result of the merger of two established non-profit programs – the Outlaws (San Francisco City Lacrosse) and the Quakes (San Francisco Youth Lacrosse Club). These organizations had been serving the San Francisco youth lacrosse community since 2003. The boards of both former organizations met in 2011 and decided it was in the best interest of the players and the development of the sport to combine into a single quality program that served the entire lacrosse community of the city of San Francisco. On October 1st 2010, we became the San Francisco Riptide. Under an expanded board, multiple teams per age level, combined coaching resources, and new branding, the Riptide now serves as a single resource for youth lacrosse in the city.
Lacrosse, considered to be America's first sport, was born of the North American Indian, christened by the French, and adapted and raised by the Canadians. Modern lacrosse has been embraced by athletes and enthusiasts of the United States and Canada for over a century.
An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. It has many of the elements of basketball, soccer and hockey. Lacrosse is played with a stick (a “crosse”) which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility with the size of the player not really being a factor.
For more than a decade, lacrosse has been one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country. At the youth level, US Lacrosse counts more than 400,000 players on organized teams in 2013. The number of high school players topped 290,000 and the sport continues to be the fastest-growing sport in the NFHS. The number of collegiate players (varsity and club) was over 36,000, growing 4.4 percent, with new varsity programs continuing to reach all corners of the country.