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Thank you for visiting the Dragons Lacrosse and Fire Lacrosse 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.

 

 

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Dragons Summer Store Is Now OPEN!
05/10/2018
Shop the LACROSSE GEAR Store! Hurry, shops closes 05/15/2018.
Support Coach Riley & Team Latvia at the World Games!
05/08/2018
Support Coach Riley & Team Latvia At The World Games! In...
Save the Date - Laps for Lax
05/08/2018
One of the most exciting things about Dragons and Fire Lacrosse is...
Dragons Boys Youth Lacrosse - 2018 Summer Tryouts
04/04/2018
Dragons Boys 2018 Summer...
Fire Girls Youth Lacrosse - 2018 Summer Tryouts
04/04/2018
Fire Lacrosse will...
Dragons Oceanside Hustle Picture Gallery
12/19/2017
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Dragons HS Elite 2020/21 Wins Championship!
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Partnership With Children’s Hospital LA Sports Medicine Program
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Santa Barbara Showdown Wrap Up
10/18/2017
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Dragons Summer Store Is Now OPEN!

Shop the LACROSSE GEAR Store!

Hurry, shops closes 05/15/2018.


by Master Admin posted 05/10/2018
Support Coach Riley & Team Latvia at the World Games!

Support Coach Riley & Team Latvia at the World Games!

Support Coach Riley & Team Latvia At The World Games!

In early 2017 we received an e-mail introducing us to Riley Lasda who was moving to LA and was looking to establish himself as a coach. Riley came highly recommended and he has lived up to the hype. He has done an excellent job with various Dragons teams, primarily at the 8th grade and HS levels. And he just finished his season as the defensive coordinator at Harvard Westlake. Many of you know him and have benefitted from his good work. But you probably didn’t know that Coach Lasda will play on the Latvian National Lacrosse Team this summer in Netanya, Israel! Not only is it very exciting to have an international lacrosse player in our ranks, Riley has also opened our eyes to some very promising international lacrosse opportunities we’d like to expose our boys and girls to next year. Stay tuned for more news on that. But let’s talk about Team Latvia.

Riley and his younger brother Eli first tried out for the team in 2013 and were both selected as part of the 23 man roster for the 2014 World Games in Denver. Since that first tryout, Riley and his brother have made several trips to Latvia to participate in team events including the 2016 Berlin Open where they helped the team win it's first gold medal. Using the opportunity to reconnect with the culture and history of the country where their grandparents were born, Riley and Eli were able to obtain dual citizenship and now carry both Latvian and American passports.  

The Latvian National Team is beginning to make a name for itself on the national stage, finishing in the top half of the 2014 World Games, top 10 in the 2016 European Championships and reaching the Finals of the Berlin Open for the 3rd year in a row. Lacrosse is relatively new to the small country located on the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe but it is growing quickly.  A dedicated core of local Latvian players and coaches have committed themselves to developing the sport and growing the game. 

Coach Riley has had a tremendous experience participating in the rapidly growing international lacrosse scene and would love to talk with any players or parents who would like to learn more: 

What You Can Do To Support Team Latvia

Team Latvia is entirely self-funded and is currently putting together efforts to raise the money needed to participate in the World Games this July. Players and coaches will need to pay for lodging, travel, and registration fees. If you are interested in getting involved, check out the options below.

Make a purchase from the team's online apparel store: http://stores.graph-tex.com/latvija_lakross_2018/shop/home

A small percentage of each purchase goes towards the team's expenses. The store closes on May 14th so act fast.

The team's GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/latvian-national-lacrosse-team

All money goes directly to cutting the costs for each member of the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Youth Lacrosse In Latvia!

Another great way to help is to donate equipment. One of the biggest roadblocks to the growth and success of Latvian Lacrosse is the inaccessibility of equipment, specifically for youth players. There are currently no retailers in Latvia that carry lacrosse equipment and shipping fees from American companies drive the price of playing the sport out of range of many young athletes interested in playing the game. Coach Riley will be accepting any gently used lacrosse equipment to bring to Latvia this summer.  The local youth programs are in desperate need of all types of equipment (sticks, pads, helmets, etc.) so if you have any spare gear in your garage please consider donating it to help grow the game we love and give a new player the chance to share in that experience. You can give gear directly to coach Riley at Dragons Practices or email him at   to arrange a drop off.  

 


by posted 05/08/2018
Save the Date - Laps for Lax

Dragons Laps for Lax Fundraiser is June 9th!

One of the most exciting things about Dragons and Fire Lacrosse is that we belong to an extended family, and our family has the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. Every year our community makes it possible for players to get on the field, learn the game, learn the value of being a teammate and learn valuable life lessons. 

Our summer season is around the corner so we are launching a new annual fundraiser called Laps For Lax to raise badly needed funds for the Academy of Lacrosse (Dragons & Fire Lacrosse) scholarship program, which supports boys and girls that play on Dragons, Dragons Select, Dragons Elite, Fire Travel, Fire Select and Fire Next Gen throughout the year.

Proceeds from Laps For Lax go towards supporting families in our program that otherwise couldn’t afford the cost of playing travel tournaments and cover expenses such as tournament fees, equipment, uniforms, training fees, airfare, lodging, ground transportation and other out of pocket items.

Laps For Lax is a great way for our boys and girls to give back, make a difference in the world and to learn something about the value of money.

It is super easy to get involved.

  • Visit our RallyUp.com page.

  • Click “Get Started Here” to go to the Participant Center

  • Click “Individual Registration” to set yourself or your player up as a participant

  • Send the link to your profile to friends, relatives, family members, classmates, community members, associates and businesses and get them to pledge a per-lap amount

  • Attend the Laps For Lax event on June 9th at Santa Monica HS and walk or jog as many laps as you can

  • Every participant receives a free Laps For Lax t-shirt

  • We’ll be giving out tons of prizes to boys & girls in every age group for top achievements

  • Give yourself a high-five and feel good because you made a difference

 

Laps For Lax Event Details

  • Date: June 9th

  • Time: 1pm to 5pm

  • Location: Santa Monica HS

This will be a super fun community festival with music, food, SWAG, prizes, refreshments and of course, we’ll set up a few lacrosse activities on the field for those of us not walking, jogging or volunteering.

Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraisers rely on volunteer support and we need your help with the following:

  • Business engagement coordinator

  • Community engagement coordinator

  • Lap counter 

  • Check-in & Registration 

  • Volunteer Manager

  • Event coordinator

If you want to get involved in this great opportunity, please contact Randy Grube at 


by posted 05/08/2018
Dragons Boys Youth Lacrosse - 2018 Summer Tryouts

Dragons Boys 2018 Summer Tryouts

Summer is one of the most exciting times to play lacrosse. The competition ramps up considerably, we hit some fun locations and players and parents alike get to spend some quality time getting to know each other and becoming a family. 

Our summer program places a very high emphasis on training, with more coaches and longer practices than last summer. And we are bringing back athletic training as a separate session.

Our Dragons Boys Youth Summer Travel Program offers approximately 24 hours of practice time, 6 hours of athletic training and 3 highly competitive tournaments per age group. The schedule is very compact, with our last day of play on July 1st, giving our players the rest of the summer off. Each team will have 2-3 coaches at practice and 2 coaches at games. We’re really looking forward to this summer and hope you are as well. 

Tryouts: All players must try out in order to participate in summer play.

  • Tryouts for 6th, 7th & 8th grade will be held Wednesday, April 11th from 7pm to 9pm at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica.

  • Tryouts for 4th & 5th grade will be held Saturday, April 14th from 2:30pm to 4pm at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica.

Click HERE to register for the tryouts.

Practices: We plan on offering 12 team practices @ 2 hours each as part of this program. The final schedule will depend on the field space allocation we receive from the City of Santa Monica, but 12 practices are in line with historical averages. We will have 2-4 coaches at practice per team (see below for more info).

Athletic Training: In addition to the team practices we will offer 6 athletic training sessions with Sweat City that focus on speed, agility and conditioning. If you’ve been with us for a while you’ll remember that we did athletic training with Sweat City in the past and it was a big hit.

Click HERE to register for the tryouts

4/5 Blue Tournament Schedule    

 

SoCal Summer Kickoff
June 2&3, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

Pacific Lacrosse Festival
June 22-24, 2018
Various locations in San Diego

 

Riptide Classic
June 30-July 1, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618


6/7 Blue Tournament Schedule    

 

SoCal Summer Kickoff
June 2&3, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

 

Denver Shootout
June 15-17, 2018
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022

 

Riptide Classic
June 30-July 1, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618


8 Blue Tournament Schedule    

 

SoCal Summer Kickoff
June 2&3, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

 

 

Denver Shootout
June 15-17, 2018
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022

 

Riptide Classic
June 30-July 1, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

Summer Youth Travel Team Coaches

4/5 Blue: Andrew Buss, Blane Taylor, Kelley Jay
6/7 Blue: James Burton, Wade Winebrenner, Max Mercier
8 Blue: Erik Krum, Riley Lasda, Chanler Allegaert, Shawn Zordani, Mike Kutzer

As you can see we are offering more coaches per team than we have in the past. Here are the reasons why:

  • We are trying to offer as much personal attention as possible
  • We are trying to offer as much positional training as possible
  • We are trying to offer as many coaching viewpoints as possible
  • We are trying to get as many players and coaches familiar with each other. There will be scheduling conflicts for some coaches at some tournaments and this rotation assures a seamless experience.

It should be noted that all of the coaches listed above have been with the teams since the Spring season. We have updated the bios on our website. Click HERE to take a look.


by posted 04/04/2018
Fire Girls Youth Lacrosse - 2018 Summer Tryouts

Fire Lacrosse will be holding tryouts on Sunday, April 8th @Santa Monica High School in order to create teams for grades 4 to 7. Each team will attend a series of tournaments and hold weekly practices from May through July.

FIRE YOUTH TRAVEL TEAMS: Our Fire Youth Travel Teams are seasonal and represent the foundation of our program. These teams are for players who want to stay competitive, active and play in regional West Coast tournaments. We will be creating two teams: Fire 25/26 & Fire 23/24. Both teams will be active from May 2018 through July 2018. And we will offer another seasonal program for Fall/Winter 2018.

TRYOUTS: All players must try out in order to participate in summer play. Tryouts will be held Sunday, April 8th from 11am to 1pm at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica.

Click HERE to register for the tryouts.

TENTATIVE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: The following list represents the four possible choices for our Fire Youth Summer Travel Teams. Each team will compete in 3 of the 4 tournaments listed. A final schedule will be published the week after the tryouts.

  • SoCal Summer Kickoff, Irvine, CA, June 2 & 3
  • Battle of LA, San Pedro, CA, June 9 & 10
  • Denver Shootout, Denver, CO, June 15 - 17 (Definite for Fire 2023/24)
  • Pac Lax Festival, San Diego, CA, June 24 & 25

COACHES: Click HERE to take a look at our coaching staff.

TRAINING PROGRAMS: We will also offer extra training that will make each player more athletically sound and fit for the lacrosse field. Our extra training programs include:

 Training Program Name       Participating Teams      Season Duration
 Fire Run Club    Fire 23/24 & Fire 25/26       May 2018 - June 2018 
 Fire HLT    Fire 2023/24     May 2018 - June 2018 

 
Click HERE to register for the tryouts

by posted 04/04/2018
Dragons Oceanside Hustle Picture Gallery

A couple weekends ago we kicked off our winter travel season at the Oceanside Hustle. After 4 straight years of going to Vegas on this weekend, we finally switched it up and we think it was worth it. The level of competition was very, very high and we got a really good feel for the things we need to work on this winter season. We played some great games and we’re proud of how hard our boys battled. Dragons 6/7 Select Green won an epic Braveheart on Sunday morning and HS Elite 2018/19 made it all the way to the semis. Lots to be proud of and lots to work on. Great way to kick off the season. Below are some images from the weekend for you all to enjoy.

 

Thanks to all our players for giving it everything and our wonderful families for supporting them and us this season!

 

4/5 Blue

 

 

 

 

6/7 Green

 

 

 

 

6/7 Blue

 

 

 

 

8 Blue

 

 

 

 

 

HS Elite 2018/19

 

 

 

 


by posted 12/19/2017
Dragons HS Elite 2020/21 Wins Championship!

7th/8th Combo Team Takes 4th

 

The OC Fall Brawl on November 18 & 19 marked the end of Fall Ball for some, and the beginning of the Winter Season for others. Our Dragons 7/8 Combo team had their hands full against some pretty serious travel teams that were kicking off their winter season. The team managed to put up a good fight and beat Mad Dog LA in the final game to secure a 4th place.

 

Dragons HS Elite 2020/21 started their Winter Season at the OC Fall Brawl and made the most of the opportunity. The boys beat OC Wave in the semi-finals 11-0 and SC Sharks Red in the finals 9-0 to take home our first winter championship of the season. It was a great team effort that started with a strong defense and very solid goaltending. The midfield and attack made the most of their scoring opportunities but also pitched in on some great team defense. The attack did an excellent job riding and prevented our opponents from establishing a clear. And our face-off lines played extremely well together to gain a huge possession advantage, even when we didn't win the face-off.

 

Well done to all our players and coaches on both teams! And thank you as always to our parents for supporting the program. We couldn't do it without you guys!

 

 


by posted 11/21/2017
Partnership With Children’s Hospital LA Sports Medicine Program

As you all know, Dragons is more than just a lacrosse club. We conduct outreach with schools, run free clinics, offer a Big Brother mentoring program, host community events such as the TLN Dragons Halloween Beach Bash, as well as our DragonsFest and we have critical alliances for training and recruiting with Lacrosse Masters and the Long Island Sting. We try to offer our families as complete an experience as possible.

 

So we are very happy to announce our latest partnership with Children’s Hospital LA’s Sports Medicine Program. This partnerships allows us to provide our families with the latest information on topics such as nutrition, recovery and injury prevention and best of all, CHLA has a walk-up facility right here in Santa Monica where you can get injuries and ailments looked at by the top professionals. And if we’re lucky, we might even have a trainer at one of our tournaments over the winter. Their pediatric specialists help kids stay in the game, and get back in the game quicker when injuries occur.  

 

Click HERE to get more info on the CHLA Sports Medicine Program

 

Click HERE to get more info on the Santa Monica location

 

To schedule an appointment, call 323-800-7700 or email .

 

 

Tips from CHLA: Recognizing Concussion Symptoms 

 

As part of our partnership, the Sports Medicine Program, part of the Children’s Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, will also be providing educational content throughout the year. Below are some tips they’ve provided on how to recognize concussion symptoms in your young athletes.

 

Visit the doctor or go to the emergency room IMMEDIATELY if your child is experiencing: 

  • Increasing confusion 

  • Severe, worsening or persistent headache 

  • Multiple vomiting episodes 

  • Difficulty waking up 

  • Trouble walking 

  • Seizure 

  • Strange behavior 

  • Weakness 

  • Loss of or sudden change in vision 

  • One pupil appearing larger than the other 

  • Loss of consciousness

Visit the doctor within a few days if your child is experiencing: 

  • Dizziness or confusion 

  • Memory loss and can’t recall what happened around the time of the injury 

  • Headache 

  • Nausea 

  • Sensitivity to light/noise 

  • Trouble concentrating, difficulty remembering, slowed thinking 

  • Emotional changes: irritability, sadness, anxiety, etc

If you are concerned your young athlete may have sustained a concussion, then they must stop all sports participation until evaluated by a provider experienced in the care of concussions. Continuing to participate can lead to a prolonged recovery, and to the rare but devastating complication of second impact syndrome. If in doubt, sit out!

 


by posted 11/21/2017
Santa Barbara Showdown Wrap Up

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!!!

by posted 10/18/2017

Fire Lacrosse is a new force on the girls lacrosse scene. It is the Elite division of Dragons Lacrosse and offers girls dedicated to the sport a chance to play at a higher level and to reach higher goals. Fire is backed by an incredible coaching staff that trains our players, guides them through tournaments and actively supports them in the recruiting process. We have an amazing team environment and a great attitude. Click HERE for more info.

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  NEW FAMILIES - START HERE

Welcome to the Santa Monica Dragons! This section will help you find your way around our site. 

The BOYS and GIRLS tabs are your first stop. The START HERE section gives you an overview of our programs, skill levels and the annual calendar.


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.

Partners

Dragons partners with Children's Hospital LA's  Sports Medicine program to educate families and train coaches.

Dragons is 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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