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Team Overview

The New York Riptide were founded in 2019, and their inaugural season will be the 2019-20 NLL season. Playing out of Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Riptide are owned by GF Sports. They are part of the four-team East Division.

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. 34 years later, the League is currently comprised of 14 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Fort Worth (to begin play in 2021-22), Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, New England Black Wolves, 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 single elimination games until two reach the NLL Finals in June, which is a best-of-three series finale to determine the winner of the NLL Cup.

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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