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Team Overview

The New York Riptide were founded in 2018, and their inaugural season was in the 2019-20 NLL season. Playing out of Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Riptide are owned by GF Sports and Entertainment. They are part of the eight-team East Conference.

The Riptide are the third New York-based team in NLL history, following the New York Saints (1989-2003) and New York Titans (2006-09).

About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is the largest and most attended men’s professional box lacrosse league in the world. Founded in 1986, the NLL was first introduced as the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League and made up of just four teams including the Washington Waves, the Baltimore Thunder, the Philadelphia Wings, and the New Jersey Saints. Over three decades later, the League is currently comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany Firewolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Panther City Lacrosse Club, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.

Box lacrosse is played inside an ice hockey rink, with glass and rink boards surrounding the players in the “box”. The teams play on green dieter turf carpet that is spread out over the ice. Box lacrosse is played between two teams of six players (five runners and one goalie). Unlike other box lacrosse leagues, the National Lacrosse League is played throughout the winter season and into the spring.

Box lacrosse differs in many ways from field lacrosse, with the biggest difference being the physical play. Box lacrosse is more physical—high contact is considered the nature of the game. It shares many similarities with ice hockey and basketball. While being extremely fast-paced, box lacrosse remains one of the safest sports, resulting in little to no injuries.

Games are most frequently on Friday nights, Saturday nights, or Sunday afternoons. The regular season is 18 games long (9 home, 9 away) and runs from December through April. Eight teams make the playoffs with teams advancing through the bracket to meet in the NLL Finals in June to determine the League champion.

When people ask us, “What is the NLL?” and “What makes us so special?”, our answer is simple—we’re passionate. Passionate about our skills, the game and our teammates. The NLL is made up of individuals who are respectful, disciplined and encompass all aspects of what it means to be a team player.

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