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Come Watch Virginia vs. Cornell!
02/07/2017
Dragons Group Outing To Watch DI Lacrosse In LA Dragons...
Girls Spring Registration Open!
02/01/2017
We are excited to be entering our second full spring season with...
Dragons Launch New Spring Training Program
02/01/2017
Always staying one step ahead of our competition! This February...
First Girls' Fire Winter Season In The Books
01/27/2017
Our first Girls Fire Winter Season is in the books so we wanted...
Dragons Shine At Sandstorm!
01/23/2017
  Dragons Shine At Sandstorm! Sandstorm has a reputation...
Dragons 8 Blue & 4/5 Blue Win Del Mar!
01/23/2017
Happy New Year! We're off to a good start in 2017!...
Don't Miss Boys 2017 Spring Registration!
01/23/2017
Boys Spring 2017 Registration! Girls Registration Opens Next Week Believe...
Dragons Speed Saturdays Are Back!
01/23/2017
We hope everyone had a good beginning to 2017! We’re excited...
 
Come Watch Virginia vs. Cornell!

Dragons Group Outing To Watch DI Lacrosse In LA

Dragons Ticket Block - Order Deadline is Monday 2/6

Division I lacrosse is back in LA for the annual Pacific Coast Shootout. This year features Virginia and Cornell, two historic programs. We are organizing a Dragons ticket block so we can all sit together. Just like last year, this promises to be an epic game and we can't wait. There will be no practice on March 11 so families can attend this event.

This is a great opportunity to bring along friends and family that normally wouldn't come to a lacrosse game.

Click HERE to purchase tickets

IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE DRAGONS TICKET BLOCK, PLEASE ORDER THROUGH OUR STORE. IF YOU PREFER TO ORDER RESERVED SEATS, PLEASE DO SO DIRECTLY AT THE SHOOTOUT WEBSITE. 

Date: March 11
Location: Orange Coast College, Santa Ana, CA
Price: $25 in General Admission section
More Info: pacificcoastlaxshootout.com


by posted 02/07/2017
Girls Spring Registration Open!

We are excited to be entering our second full spring season with the Dragons girls program. 

The Spring Season is our primary training season. It is the time of the year where we have predictable field space at a nice location for a 3 month stretch, as well as regular games every Saturday. 

There are no tryouts for the Spring Season and all new players are welcome. Teams will be split up by skill level during the first week of practice, creating a Dragons Green and Dragons Blue team for each age group.

All teams will play in the new LAYLL Girls League, which means boys & girls are now under the same umbrella!

This year US Lacrosse has published new rules that classify girls in a manner similar to AYSO, and we will be using this classification. 8U is equivalent to 2nd & 3rd grade. 10U is equivalent to 4th and 5th grade. 12U is equivalent to 6th & 7th grade, and we are allowing 8th graders on 12 U teams.

GIRLS 8U SPRING 2017 REGISTRATION LINK

Each team will practice twice a week, primarily at Santa Monica HS. We will publish our practice schedule once we are assigned space by the city, but it should be very similar to last year. We are making an effort to secure additional space at earlier times to make it more convenient for younger age groups to practice. Practices for all age groups start the week of March 6th.

First game of the season is March 11th, last game of the season is May 20th. Games will be played on Saturdays, and the primary location will be Santa Monica HS.

GIRLS 10U and 12U SPRING 2017 REGISTRATION LINK

Each team will practice twice a week, primarily at Santa Monica HS. We will publish our practice schedule once we are assigned space by the city, but it should be very similar to last year. We are making an effort to secure additional space at earlier times to make it more convenient for younger age groups to practice. Practices for all age groups start the week of March 6th.

First game of the season is March 11th, last game of the season is May 20th. Games will be played on Saturdays, and the primary location will be Santa Monica HS and/or Marlborough School.


by posted 02/01/2017
Dragons Launch New Spring Training Program

Always staying one step ahead of our competition!

This February we are offering two training options to help our players take their game to the next level: Speed & Spring Training.

The combination of these two program provides an excellent balance of positional training (Spring Training) and stick skills (Speed). Please see below for details on Spring Training. For more info on Speed, please scroll down to the next section.

Spring Training bridges the gap between the end of winter travel season and the spring season. It is the perfect program to get player caught up on individual skills before we get back into the rhythm of team practices in a few weeks.

Spring Training is designed to teach position specific skills for attack, midfield, defensive midfield, LSM, defense and goalies. Spring Training consists of six 60-minute sessions that take place in February, prior to the start of the spring season. Spring Training is ideal for intermediate and advanced players, and is open to players from any club in grades 4 and up.

Session Schedule:

  • Wednesday 2/8, 7-8pm @ Santa Monica HS 
  • Friday 2/10, 7-8pm @ Santa Monica HS 
  • Wednesday 2/15, 7-8pm @ Santa Monica HS 
  • Friday 2/17, 7-8pm @ Santa Monica HS 
  • Wednesday 2/22, 7-8pm @ Santa Monica HS 
  • Friday 2/24, 7-8pm @ Santa Monica HS 

Program Cost: $150

Click HERE to register.


by posted 02/01/2017
First Girls' Fire Winter Season In The Books

Our first Girls Fire Winter Season is in the books so we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect back on the last few months. We're very proud of our girls and the coaches because they have laid the foundation for a strong girls travel program.

We started the season as the “new kids on the block,” but that didn’t stop our Fire girls from making new friends, turning heads, and having a blast.  Whether the girls were practicing impossible stick tricks that Coach Maddy made look easy, or trying to grasp Coach Meghan’s words of wisdom, the improvements made from the first practice to the last tournament could not have made our coaches more proud.  It was humbling to hear the refs, parents, and opposing teams compliment us on our sportsmanship, team camaraderie, and overall love for the game.  These characteristics began to define us as a club this winter season, which we will definitely carry over into the summer tournament campaign.

We kicked off the season on the beautifully new, state of the art turf facility at Marlborough School.  There were the familiar faces from summer, but we had gained some newcomers with a familiar love for lacrosse.  Coach Toomey & Morrissey were optimistic about the turnout and dedication the girls showed right away.         

Before we knew it we were heading off to Surf Storm for our first Winter tourney!  Getting off to a slow start, the girls made the necessary adjustments and played their hearts out on the second day.  It didn’t take much motivation from the coaches to make the girls aware of what it would take to compete at the next level.                                                

Our second tournament, Oceanside Hustle, was by far our most successful and spirited weekend of them all.  We started a new team tradition called the “MVP spoon.” The MVP of a game would receive a spoon, decorate it in her own style and then pass the spoon on to another player she believed to have shown heart and hustle in the games that day.  We also made a new “Fire” cheer courtesy of Coach Meghan’s own high school lacrosse days.  Parent support stood out tremendously at this tournament as Mr. Darrell Lane coached the girls on mental toughness and what it takes to win!  Going into the Holidays the girls and coaches were excited to see what Sand Storm, our last tournament would hold in store for the Fire squad.  Coach Meghan also rewarded the team going into the holiday season with early presents, NEW SWAG! The girls would be decked out with new shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, and backpacks in the new year.

In the desert of Palm Springs our Fire girls were up against the toughest competition they had seen yet.  It was an amazing learning experience and tested the girls physically and emotionally.  The players and coaches learned that while our physical skill needed improvement our positivity and teamwork could hold up against any amount of losses or disappointment.  Sand Storm was a true test of our girls courage and character, which they passed with flying colors. And our heart and hustle did not go unnoticed as many college coaches recognized the girls’ potential.  Our newly appointed Recruiting Coordinator, Maddy Morrissey, intends to keep these lines of communication open to create future opportunities for our travel team players.

Our Fire players, coaches, and parents ended the winter season already anxiously awaiting their high school and summer tournament seasons to come.  The “lax bug” has officially bitten the Fire Squad, and this gang is “itching” for more.


by posted 01/27/2017
Dragons Shine At Sandstorm!

 

Dragons Shine At Sandstorm!

Sandstorm has a reputation for being the toughest tournament on the West Coast. This year was no different. What makes this tournament so tough is that Sandstorm doesn’t run traditional brackets. Teams need to finish #1 in their pool in order to advance. That puts a lot of pressure on players and coaches because they can’t afford any stumbles. At all other major tournaments, teams can afford to loose a game or even two, and still make the playoffs as a lower seed, then play their way through the bracket. Not so at Sandstorm. 

Pool play typically requires 5 games, and depending on your division, you could have a quarterfinal, semifinal and championship game, all back to back. To win at Sandstorm you need to play between 6 and 8 games, and as many as 5 on Sunday. Sandstorm has a difficult format and is the most physically exhausting tournament on the West Coast. So finishing well there is a big accomplishment.

Dragons HS compiled a 4-1 overall record and had its best tournament of the season, with victories over LivLax (Crespi’s club team), LA Rogue, Hawks Lacrosse and OC Rush. The 4-1 record put Dragons on par with big-name HS programs such as LA Mavs and Advnc in the Open Division.

8 Blue won all 5 of its pool games with a total of 63 goals for and 8 goals against. It then marched through 3d NorCal in an extra quarterfinal game and defeated a strong True State Midwest All-Star team before falling to the Mad Dog National Select team in the championship game.

After reaching the semis in Vegas and the championship in Del Mar, and being our most successful team of the winter, our 6/7 Blue team battled hard but had a difficult time against pure 7th grade teams at Sandstorm.

4/5 Blue continued its strong run from Del Mar and went 5-0 in pool play, with 57 goals for and 8 goals against. In the championship game our boys battled hard but were defeated by True State 8-6.

Two teams in the championship and one near the top of its division is certainly something to be proud of. A huge "congratulations" and  "thank you" goes our to ALL of our players and parents for the effort and support at Sandstorm!

A special "thank you" goes out to the following parents for supplying the images we depend on to make this newsletter: Kenny Grant, Mark Han, Betsy Economou, Miles Gibbons and Kevin Doyle.

 

 


by posted 01/23/2017
Dragons 8 Blue & 4/5 Blue Win Del Mar!

Happy New Year! We're off to a good start in 2017! Our first tournament of the year was The Challenge in Del Mar, one of two premier winter tournaments. The Challenge draws clubs from all over the West Coast, and our teams faced tough competition from powerhouse organizations such as 3D, Mad Dog, RC and Seattle Starz. In 4 years, we’ve never had a team make it to the finals in any division.

But this year was different.

Our teams went 10-2 on Saturday and on Sunday, 4/5 Blue, 6/7 Blue and 8 Blue made the championship, with 4/5 Blue and 8 Blue winning the whole thing. Congratulations to our players and coaches on this accomplishment! Everyone has been working hard the last few weeks, and the practice plans the coaches have put in place are paying off. By having a consistent twice-a-week practice schedule, and full length practices, staffed with 2 coaches per team, we’ve been able to help our players improve week-in and week-out. And our players rose to the challenge when our coaches asked them to.

An especially big "Thank You" goes to all the parents for supporting the players, the coaches and our organization in this process. Without your dedication and involvement, none of this would be possible.

Below are some pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!

A big "Thank You" also goes out to Mark Han (8 Blue), Kevin Doyle (4/5 Blue) and Miles Gibbons (4/5 Blue) for taking and sharing such amazing images.


by posted 01/23/2017
Don't Miss Boys 2017 Spring Registration!

Boys Spring 2017 Registration!

Girls Registration Opens Next Week

Believe it or not, but Spring Season is right around the corner. We’re always very excited for Spring because it is our primary training season. It is the time of the year where we have predictable field space at a nice location for a 3 month stretch, as well as regular games every Sunday in the LA Youth Lacrosse League. 

There are no tryouts for the Spring Season and all new players in grades 2 through 8 are welcome. Free loaner gear is available with a $100 deposit.

Most teams will be structured based on the winter local and travel season. For example, if you were on 4/5 Local, you will be on 4/5 Green. If you were on 4/5 Travel, you will be on 4/5 Blue. We will assess individual players as necessary and move them between teams if it aids in their development. Teams in 6th and 7th grade will get re-assessed for the spring season. All new players that were not on either a local or travel team in the Winter will be assessed by the coaches at a practice and placed on the appropriate team.

Each team will practice twice a week, primarily at Santa Monica HS. We will publish our practice schedule once we are assigned space by the city, but it should be very similar to last year, which means primary practice days are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. We are making an effort to secure additional space at earlier times to make it more convenient for younger age groups to practice. Practices for all age groups start the week of February 27th.

First game of the season is March 5, last game of the season is March 11. Games are on Sundays, and primary locations are Campus El Segundo, SamoHi, and Culver City HS. Additional locations may be added.

Spring fees have been the same for 2015 and 2016, but for Spring 2017 we do need to raise fees $20 per player in grades 4 to 8, to help defray costs. On the other hand, prices for players in 2nd & 3rd grade have been drastically cut compared to last year in order to make entry into the sport easier for new players.

We're looking forward to a great Spring and please feel free to e-mail us with questions.

Click HERE for Boys 2/3 Spring Registration!

Click HERE for Boys 4th-8th Spring Registration!


by posted 01/23/2017
Dragons Speed Saturdays Are Back!

We hope everyone had a good beginning to 2017! We’re excited to be back on the field, and the beach, for that matter.

At the end of last year we brought Speed Lacrosse to the beach in Santa Monica and it was quite the hit with players and parents. So much so that we’ll be kicking off our Spring program with more Speed!

On January 28th we’ll resume Speed at the Annenberg Community Beach House from 10am to noon. We’ll host 4 sessions and cap the program off with our first-ever tournament on February 25th.

This program is open to intermediate and advanced players in grades 4 to 12 from ANY club. Cost is $100 per player.

Speed is one of the best formats to improve stick skills. We focus heavily on developing “soft hands,” inside finishing and ball movement. We use only tennis balls and work on technical aspects of stick work such as BTBs, BTB passing, toe drags, etc. Each session is capped off with some competition.  Click HERE to see a video from previous sessions.

Parents really enjoyed our inaugural Speed program because spending time at the beach on Saturday morning was very relaxing, offered them a chance to go for a run, swim, ride, grab a refreshment at Back On The Beach Cafe or just destress for a bit while sitting on the beach.

Session Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 28 - 10am to noon

  • Saturday, February 4 - 10am to noon

  • Saturday, February 11 - 10am to noon

  • Saturday, February 18 - 10am to noon

Tournament:

  • Saturday, February 25

Location:

Annenberg Community Beach House,
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA, 90402 

To register with Speed Lacrosse, click HERE

To register for the Dragons Speed Lacrosse program, click HERE


by posted 01/23/2017
Partners

Dragons are the first West Coast affiliate of Speed Lacrosse.

Dragons works with LA City Ducks Youth Football to provide opportunities for talented young players.

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This section will help you find your way around our site. Everything can be accessed with 1 click via the 8 navigation tabs at the top of the page. The primary tabs are ABOUT, PROGRAMS and USEFUL STUFF.

ABOUT contains info on how we got started, our philosophy, our coaches, the championships we've won and how to contact us.

Under the PROGRAMS tab you can read up on what and how we teach, and what we offer each season. And if you are a new parent, it will explain our annual calendar, as well as the development path we've created for new players and the system we created to support advanced players.

USEFUL STUFF is just that, links to our store, information on the fields we play on, a new parent FAQ and more.

If you have questions that are not answered on the website, feel free to contact us at randy@santamonicadragons.org. When you are ready to register, you can click on the orange 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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Feel free to join our e-mail list to receive program updates and news. You can also contact us directly if you have specific questions.


CURRENT ACTIVITIES

 

- 2016/17 Winter Travel Teams

- 2016/17 Winter Local Teams

- Speed Lacrosse


UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

 

- 2017 Spring Season


RECENT ACTIVITIES

 

2016 Box Season

2016 Fall Training

2016 Fall Tournament Team

- Fire Summer Camp

- Boys & Girls Summer Programs

- Boys & Girls Spring Season

Boys Travel Teams

Girls & Boys Local Teams

Boys Box Lacrosse

Boys & Girls Lacrosse 101

Boys Fall Training Sessions

Girls Fall Ball

2015 Philly Final Four Trip

2015 Summer Season

- 2014/15 Winter Season

2014 Box Lacrosse Program

2014 Fall Ball

Lacrosse 101

Athletics & Injury Prevention

2014/15 Tryouts & Assessments

AYL Season Review

Upcoming Games
Field Status
Ace Adams Field - Philadelphia OPEN (2/19) 
Agoura High School - Agoura Hills OPEN (2/19) 
Airport Park - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Annenberg Beach House - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Calvary Christian School - Pacific Palisades OPEN (2/19) 
Campus El Segundo - El Segundo OPEN (2/19) 
Chatsworth, CASL - Canoga Park OPEN (2/19) 
Clover Park - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Clover Park Extension - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Culver City High School - Culver City OPEN (2/19) 
Del Mar (San Diego Polo) - Rancho Santa Fe OPEN (2/19) 
Dick's Sporting Goods Pk - Commerce OPEN (2/19) 
El Segundo High School - El Segundo OPEN (2/19) 
El Segundo Rec Park - El Segundo OPEN (2/19) 
Empire Polo Club - Indio OPEN (2/19) 
Esperanza High School - Anaheim OPEN (2/19) 
Evolution PT - Culver City OPEN (2/19) 
Field of Dreams - San Pedro OPEN (2/19) 
Grandview Elementary - Manhattan Beach OPEN (2/19) 
Grant Elementary School - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Hamilton HS - Los Angeles OPEN (2/19) 
Harvard Westlake School - Studio City OPEN (2/19) 
Heritage Park - Henderson OPEN (2/19) 
John Adams Middle School - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia OPEN (2/19) 
Lincoln Middle School - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Los Amigos Park - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
LXMATS- Irvine, CA - Irvine TBD (2/19) 
LXMATS- Los Vegas, NV - Henderson TBD (2/19) 
LXMATS- San Fernando - San Fernando TBD (2/19) 
LXMATS- Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara TBD (2/19) 
LXMATS- Tuscon, AZ - Tuscon TBD (2/19) 
Manhattan Beach MS - Manhattan Beach OPEN (2/19) 
Mar Vista Park - Mar Vista OPEN (2/19) 
Marlborough School - Los Angeles OPEN (2/19) 
McKinley Elementary - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
Mira Costa High School - Manhattan Beach OPEN (2/19) 
Oakwood Recreation Ctr. - Venice OPEN (2/19) 
Oceana Lax Fest - Goleta TBD (2/19) 
Orange County Great Park - Irvine OPEN (2/19) 
Pacific Lax Fest - San Diego TBD (2/19) 
Palisades High School - Pacific Palisades OPEN (2/19) 
Palos Verdes High School - Palos Verdes Estates OPEN (2/19) 
Radisson Blu Warwick - Philadelphia OPEN (2/19) 
Radnor High School - Radnor OPEN (2/19) 
Rancho Bernardo HS - San Diego OPEN (2/19) 
Richmond Elementary - El Segundo OPEN (2/19) 
Santa Barbara Polo Field - Carpinteria OPEN (2/19) 
Santa Monica High School - Santa Monica OPEN (2/19) 
SoCal Sports Complex - Oceanside OPEN (2/19) 
The Rinks HB - Huntington Beach OPEN (2/19) 
US Lacrosse Champ - San Jose TBD (2/19) 
US LAX- U15 Nationals - Aurora TBD (2/19) 
Viewpoint School - Calabasas OPEN (2/19) 
Vista Hermosa Sports Pk. - San Clemente OPEN (2/19) 
Westchester Rec Center - Los Angeles OPEN (2/19) 
Wilson Park - Torrance OPEN (2/19)