Thank you for visiting the Dragons website. We are a youth lacrosse club that offers everything from beginner sessions, to the most advanced training and competitive travel teams for boys & girls in grades 2 through 12. If you're looking to be the best possible lacrosse player you can be, you have found your home. To get started, please read the NEW FAMILIES column on the right. For a taste of the action, watch the clip below.
This weekend we opened our Dragons and Fire Lacrosse Fall field season at the ever-popular Santa Barbara Showdown. It was a special weekend for us because we brought 4 Dragons boys teams and 4 Fire Lacrosse girls teams, our largest mixed contingent ever. But it wasn’t just about quantity. Our boys and girls played their hearts out, with our Dragons HS Elite 2018/19, Dragons 5/6, Fire HS 2018/19 and Fire 2024/25 all making it to their respective championship games.
Congratulations go to all our players and coaches for making this one of the most successful weekends in our club’s history. And a huge THANK YOU to all our dedicated parents for supporting their players and us all tournament long. We couldn’t do it without you!
Dragons HS Elite 2018/19 had an amazing weekend, with a tournament-best 4 goals against in pool play, then beating LA Cobras in the semis and taking Factory Select to double OT to finish in a well-deserved 2nd place.
Our youngest contingent at the tournament was the Fire 2026 team that was attending its first-ever tournament. The team finished in 3rd place after beating SB Hat Trick Heroes 13-10 in their final playoff game.
Our largest squad at the tournament was the Dragons 7/8, which went 3-0 in pool play and fell to OC Crush in a 1-goal nail-biter. The team still went on to claim 3rd by beating the Culver City Colts 9-4 in the playoffs.
Fire HS 2020/21 notched 2 impressive victories and is on its way to becoming a strong team with a lot of depth. The girls played with pride and passion all weekend long and never gave up!
Dragons JV had an impressive tournament in a Varsity division and finished 3-2. These boys are definitely getting ready to play at the HS level for us this winter and for their respective schools in the Spring. We can't wait for more from our 9th & 10th grade players.
Fire 2024/25 is a group of future superstars that had a VERY impressive tournament. The team went 4-0 in pool play and only gave up 18 total goals while scoring 44! The girls came up 1 goal short in the championship game but we expect to see them at the top of the podium some time very soon.
Dragons 5/6 probably had the most interesting route to a championship game in recent memory. The boys finished Saturday 1-1-1 after tying the Bezerkers 3-3. At the time, they were in 3rd place but if they could manage to hold Empire Lacrosse to 1 goal in the final game of pool play, they would leap into 2nd place in the division and get to play for the championship. Dragon 5/6 rose to the challenge by laying down a 9-1 victory and advanced to the final round. The squad ended up losing 6-4 to a very strong Team NorCal but still showed that where there is a will, there is a way!
Fire HS 2018/19 Championship Gallery - Way To Go Girls!!!
For the last 2 years Dragons has been building a high school program that offers the best training and recruiting options available to our players. This effort bore fruit when Dragons HS Elite won the Denver Shootout in June. Later in the summer we took another big step by creating partnerships with both the Long Island Sting and Lacrosse Masters, providing our families with even more options, more support, even better training and top recruiting exposure. In this newsletter you can read about our relationship with Sting. Information on the Lacrosse Masters partnership will be published in the next newsletter.
The Long Island Sting is entering its 22nd year and is one of the longest-running and most successful high school clubs in the nation. Sting is the creation of Ken Miller (UNC lacrosse player) and focuses specifically on fielding teams that help high school players get valuable East Coast exposure at top recruiting events in the Fall and Summer. Literally hundreds of Sting players have received commitments from DI and DIII schools. Sting typically attends 6 Summer and 2 Fall recruiting events and fields one or two teams at each event, depending on the event’s size.
The Dragons/Sting partnership we created provides Dragons players with direct access to the Long Island Sting system, and offers the following benefits:
The ability for high school freshmen and sophomores to gain high-level game experience as players on one of the longest-running and most successful clubs on the East Coast.
The ability for high school juniors and seniors to gain exposure at important East Coast recruiting tournaments attended by Long Island Sting in front of top college coaches.
Chaperoned trips that reduce expense and time commitment for parents.
Coaching by Dragons coaches alongside Ken Miller
The Dragons/Sting partnership isn’t something we just jumped into. In fact it was almost a year in the making and included visits by Ken Miller to LA, as well as a trial run with several 2021 players this summer at The Battle of the Hotbeds tournament hosted by Yale and U Penn coaches, and attended by dozens of others. It was after this deliberate and lengthy process that we decided that Dragons families would really benefit from an organized program, and we made it happen!
The Dragons/Sting partnership expands the array of tools available to Dragons families, especially when it comes to the recruiting process. Those of you that are in the process already know that recruiting is about getting exposure to the coaches of the school you are targeting. This means finding the tournaments those coaches will be attending, and then playing there with a quality organization and surrounding yourself with other good players. The Dragons/Sting partnership allows us to expand our core Dragons HS Elite program by offering additional, high-quality East Coast tournament and recruiting opportunities.
Freshmen and Sophomores also benefit because they get a preview of the competitive environment they will be facing when it is their turn to start the recruiting process.
A key part of the program will be the direct involvement of the Dragons coaching staff. Erik Krum, as well as other Dragons coaches, will be coaching with Ken Miller, providing our players with continuity and easier integration into the East Coast environment. And we will be offering chaperoned packages that make it easier for families to send their players to the East Coast. A summer 2018 event schedule will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Participation in the Dragons/Sting program is open to any active player on either Dragons 2020/21 HS Elite or Dragons 2018/19 HS Elite. Players will be invited to participate in the Dragons/Sting program by their respective coaches.
Before the Labor Day weekend we announced an exciting new partnership with the Long Island Sting. This week we are pleased to announce a partnership with Lacrosse Masters that will bring an even higher level of training to our boys and girls players in 8th grade and up.
Started in 2011, Lacrosse Masters is a consortium of college coaches representing some of the world’s finest academic institutions including Harvard, Brown, Yale, Penn, Cornell, Notre Dame, Stanford, Williams, Princeton, Colby, Bowdoin, Tufts and UVA. Together, the Lacrosse Masters coaches represent 350 years of head coaching experience and 12 national championships!
The Lacrosse Masters Instructional Prospect Camps are very unique in that coaches are on the field 100% of the time teaching and coaching every player. Each player is guaranteed world class instruction and will be exposed to every coach. Players are rotated through each coach grouping in order to hear a different philosophy and learn something new. Every Lacrosse Masters camp has a capacity limit to maximize the experience for each player.
Lacrosse Masters is an especially good fit with the Dragons philosophy because of the emphasis we place on providing the best coaches and the best possible training.
The Dragons/Lacrosse Masters partnership we created taps into the vast knowledge base of Lacrosse Masters and offers specific benefits to Dragons and Fire families around the December 16 & 17 Boys Prospect Camp at UCSB, as well as the January 6 & 7 Girls Prospect Camp, also at UCSB.
Lacrosse Masters will be hosting a parent meeting in LA prior to the UCSB camp to discuss the college recruiting process and talk specifically how it relates to Ivy League and NESCAC schools.
Dragons and Fire coaches will shadow the Lacrosse Masters college coaches at both of the UCSB camps, and implement a transfer of best practices.
We highly encourage players in graduating years 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 that are interested in top-level training to attend this camp. Especially if you have a high GPA and are hoping to play at an Ivy or NESCAC school.
Welcome to the Santa Monica Dragons! This section will help you find your way around our site.
The PROGRAMS tab is your first stop. If you are new to the sport of lacrosse and you are looking to get your son or daughter started in the sport, the "New Players" section is for you. If your child has played before and you are interested in playing a specific season, but not all the time, please visit the "Recreational Players" section. Those of you that are interested in our highest level of play should go straight to the "Advanced Players" section.
MORE - If you have questions that are not answered on the website, feel free to E-MAIL us directly. When you are ready to register, you can click on the button in the upper right. Our registration page contains as many as 15 registrations at a time, so please be sure to scroll down until you see what you are looking for.
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