Ridley Youth Lacrosse: History & Alumni Photos

2013 - Ridley Youth Lacrosse 30th Anniversary Alumni Game
Ridley Youth lacrosse 1984-2013. 30th Season Alumni Game Group Photo. White Team Won 6-5 over the Green Team.

30th Season - Alumni Game

1984 - 1st Ever Folsom / Ridley Youth Lacrosse Team
Sean Ralph & Joe Doubet and the 1984 Ridley Youth Lacrosse Team.

1984 - 1st Folsom Lacrosse Team

1985 Blast from the Past
Sean Ralph, Joe Doubet, Matt Flynn, Paul Middleton and the 1985 Ridley Youth Lacrosse Team.

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1986 Blast from the Past
Coach Sean Ralph, Joe Doubet, Paul Middleton and the 1986 Ridley Youth Lacrosse Team.

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1987 Blast from the Past
Coach Matt Flynn, Jody Neary, Mike Hyland and the 1987 Ridley Youth Lacrosse Team.

1987- Folsom Lax Team

1987 Ridley vs. Team England
1987 Ridley Team vs Team England

1987- Ridley vs Team England

1988- Ridley All-Stars
Members of the 1988 Ridley Lacrosse team selected to play in All-Star game.

1988- All-Stars

1991 Blast from the Past
Coach Sean Ralph, Chris Hyland, Ron Higgins and the 1991 Ridley 5/6th Grade Team. Undefeated Season "Ridley Storm Team"

1991- Folsom Team

1992 Blast from the Past
Matt Flynn, Joe Doubet, Paul Middleton and the 1992 Ridley Youth Lacrosse Team (7th & 8th Grade).

1992 Lacrosse Team

2000- Blast from the Past - Champions!
Coach Matt Flynn and the 2000 Ridley Lacrosse Team after winning the SEPYLA League Championship, Undefeated Season!

2000- Ridley Team Champions

MATT FLYNN HONORED BY US LACROSSE: 2005 YOUTH LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR
Matt Flynn Picture

Matt Flynn of Ridley Youth Lacrosse was named the National Boy's Youth Lacrosse Coach of the Year by U.S. Lacrosse. Matt was given this award at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in January 2005. For more than 20 years, Matt has been a coach with the Folsom Boys’ Club, which sponsors the Ridley Youth Lacrosse program, and since 1987 has served as the director of the lacrosse program for grades 2 through 8. His coaching has instilled the character traits that have allowed numerous players to go on to achieve success at the high school and collegiate levels, and has helped foster Ridley High School's rise to regional and national prominance, by winning 6 Pennsylvania State Championships in 94', 97', 98', 01', 02', and 03'.  Including a ranking of 4th in the country in 2002. Since 1996 he has served as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors and he has been involved with youth lacrosse in various other capacities. Matt was involved in running the fall and winter lacrosse programs at Tri-State Sports in Aston through 2006, and was formerly a member of the board of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association. He is also a member of the HEADstrong Foundation with its various Tournaments and Awareness efforts, helping those suffering from Cancer. Congratulations to Matt on this significant and well deserved recognition at the national level. He was selected as Youth Coach of the Year from among hundreds of youth coaches who had been nominated from around the country.



History of Lacrosse
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With a history that spans centuries, Lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America. Rooted in Native American Religion, Lacrosse was often played to resolve Land and War Conflicts, Heal the sick, and develop strong tribal unity. To Native Americans, Lacrosse is still referred to as "The Creator's Game."

Ironically, Lacrosse also served as a preparation for War. Legend tells of as many as 1,000 players per side, from the same or different tribes, who took turns engaging the in a violent contest. Contestants played on a field from 1 to 15 miles in length, and games sometimes lasted for days. Some tribes used a single pole, tree or rock for a goal. while other tribes had two goalposts through which the ball had to pass. Balls were made out of wood, deerskin, baked clay or stone. 

The evolution of the Native American game into modern Lacrosse began in 1636 when Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit Missionary, documented a Huron contest in what is now southeast Ontario, Canada. At that time, some type of Lacrosse was played by at least 48 Native American tribes scattered throughout what is now southern Canada and all parts of the United States. French pioneers began playing the game avidly in the 1800's. Canadian Dentist W. George Beers standardized the game in 1867 with the adoption of set field dimensions, limits to the number of players per team and other basic rules.

The United States first fielded the Nation's 1st College team in 1877, and shortly after in 1882 the 1st High School team was formed. There are 400 college and 1,200 High School Men's Lacrosse Teams from coast to coast, and the numbers keep rising at a rapid pace. It is the fastest growing sport in the Country.