About Us

About the RLA

The RLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to provide Ridgewood residents with a positive youth lacrosse experience.  Our dedicated volunteer coordinators and coaches help the RLA maintain a community approach to teaching the game of lacrosse in a safe, fun, and competitive environment.  Countless former RLA participants have gone on to compete at the highest levels of women’s and men’s lacrosse (soon to be the Olympics in 2028).

Each spring the RLA offers introduction to lacrosse clinics, recreational (in-town) league formats, and competitive travel lacrosse teams.  During the off-season, the RLA partners with the RHS varsity lacrosse coaches/players and other local experts to offer additional fall and winter training.

Financial Aid

If participation fees present a financial barrier, please contact the Girls Program Director, Jim Schwartz (jimmy.schwartz32@gmail.com) or the Boys Program Director, Bob Lynch (robert.g.lynch@hotmail.com) for discreet assistance.

Board of Trustees

Raquel Adkins
Board Member at Large


Michael Chepucavage
Board Member at Large


Andrew Clarke
Board Member at Large


Jeff Creegan
Vice President


Ann Kautzmann


Bob Lynch
Boys Program Director


Ryan Phelps
Board Member at Large


Jim Schwartz
Girls Program Director


Ken Springer


Meredith Sullivan
Board Member at Large


Steve Winnert


Code of Conduct

As a member of USA Lacrosse, the RLA has adopted the USA Lacrosse Code of Conduct. The RLA Board of Trustees will make every effort to uphold these standards and reserves the right to take appropriate disciplinary action on a case-by-case basis.


Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, spectators and fans. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this "Code of Conduct" are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization.

It is only through such conduct that our sport can continue to earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to amateur sports in the United States and around the world. USA Lacrosse supports the following behaviors for those who participate in the sport or are involved in any way with USA Lacrosse. The following essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be followed:

  • Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
  • The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning.
  • The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
  • Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as adults.
  • Coaches should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to players, parents, officials and spectators alike. Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced by coaches to demonstrate respect for teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
  • Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
  • Coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to demonstrate the utmost respect for officials and reinforce that respect to players/teammates. Coaches are also expected to educate their players as to the important role of lacrosse officials and reinforce the ideal of respect for the official to players/teammates.
  • Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or about the field of play in view of spectators or participants.
  • Officials are professionals and are therefore expected to conduct themselves as such and in a manner that demonstrates total impartiality, courtesy and fairness to all parties.
    Spectators involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass or threaten an official, coach, player or opponent.
  • Coaches must be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of the rules of lacrosse, and should adhere to the rules in both the letter and the spirit of the game.
  • Coaches should provide a basic knowledge of the rules to both players and spectators within his/her program. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.
  • Eligibility requirements, at all levels of the game, must be followed. Rules and requirements such as age, previous level of participation, team transfers, etc, have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.