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.
Although it may not seem like it, Spring season is upon us. Those of you that played travel team over the winter are probably dying to get on the field. Those of you that are playing West LA Winter League are probably going: “What? We’re not even done with playoffs yet.” And some of you are new to Dragons and may not have played in the past. All of you have questions about logistics and we have some information for you.
We plan on running the following teams:
2/3 (1 or 2 teams)
“Blue” designates teams that played winter travel season together and “Green” designates teams that played West LA winter league together. New players will generally start on Green and then get assessed and re-placed if necessary. There are NO tryouts for spring season. It is not unusual for players to start on Green and then get offered additional opportunities to practice and play with Blue teams later in the season.
Below is the practice schedule. We may make an adjustment or 2 as we start the season if necessary. The emphasis with the schedule is on main sure we have the right coaches available at the right time for the teams, and we are trying to get in as much time on the field as possible while still getting kids to bed as early as possible.
2/3 - Saturday 3pm to 4:30pm. We are still waiting to hear back from the City about additional space midweek 5-6pm so we can add a second practice. We hope to have an update in the next 7-10 days. First practice is 3/4.
4/5 Green - Saturday 3pm to 4:30pm. We are still waiting to hear back from the City about additional space midweek 5-6pm so we can add a second practice. We hope to have an update in the next 7-10 days. First practice is 3/4.
4/5 Blue - Wednesday and Friday 6:30pm to 8pm. First practice is 3/1.
6 Blue - Wednesday and Friday 6:30pm to 8pm. First practice is 3/1.
6/7 Green - Friday 6:30pm to 8pm and Saturday 4:30pm to 6pm. First practice is 3/3.
7 Blue - Wednesday 6:30pm to 8pm and Friday 7:30pm to 9pm. First practice is 3/1.
8 Green - Friday 7:30pm to 9pm and Saturday 4:30pm to 6pm. First practice is 3/3.
8 Blue - Wednesday and Friday 7:30pm to 9pm. First practice is 3/1.
We are playing in the LA Youth Lacrosse League (LAYLL). Games are every Sunday starting March 5 and ending May 21. No games on Easter Sunday. A game schedule has not yet been posted, but as a general rule, younger teams play earlier and older teams play later. Games will be played mostly at SamoHi, Campus El Segundo and Culver City HS.
Week 1: Sunday, March 5th Week 2: Sunday, March 12th (Daylight Savings) Week 3: Sunday, March 19th Week 4: Sunday, March 26th Week 5: Sunday, April 2nd Week 6: Sunday, April 9th NO GAMES (Easter): Sunday, April 16th Week 7: Sunday, April 23rd Week 8: Sunday, April 30th Week 9: Sunday, May 7th (Playoffs) Week 10: Sunday, May 14th (Playoffs) Week 11: Sunday, May 21st (Championship)
As you know, coaches play a very, very big part in a player’s growth and development. This spring season we are very proud to be able to announce that we will have 2 professional coaches with each team. In addition we are starting a Big Brother program for our 2/3 and 4/5 Green teams. This program consists of a pool of 3-5 coaches at each practice, as well as 2-4 8th graders. Many of our 8th graders play at a very, very high level and have an amazingly deep understanding of the game. And they are enthusiastic to share their knowledge. The Big Brother program will give the younger and newer players more individual attention, and it will teach our older players how to give back to the next generation of Dragons.
Here are the coaches working with each team:
2/3 and 4/5 Big Brother Program - Connor Buss, Andrew Buss, Wade Weinbrenner, Dayton Gilbreath, David Manning
4/5 Blue - James Burton & Kevin Hinton
6 Blue - Mike Kutzer & Wade Weinbrenner
6/7 Green - Andrew Layne & JT Ervin
7 Blue - Riley Lasda & Connor Buss
8 Green - Dayton Gilbreath & Tyler Landis
8 Blue - Erik Krum & Andrew Buss
To read bios on our coaches, please visit our WEBSITE. Not all the coaches bios have been posted yet.
Many families are still in the process of registering for spring. We need all registrations finalized by end of day Sunday, February 26 so we can start making rosters and report our teams to the league.
Blue teams will play in their travel uniforms. Green teams will play in their local uniforms. If you need to purchase a local uniform, please click HERE. Please be aware that uniforms are bulk orders and we cannot place our order until everyone has placed their order with us. It takes about 3 weeks to get the uniforms (and we are already behind), so the ordering deadline is Wednesday, March 1.
We’ve been running a free loaner gear program since the Fall and will continue to do so this Spring. If you need to borrow gear, please contact
. We will ask for a $100 deposit check that we return when you no longer need the gear.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, January 28 - 10am to noon
Saturday, February 4 - 10am to noon
Saturday, February 11 - 10am to noon
Saturday, February 18 - 10am to noon
Saturday, February 25
Annenberg Community Beach House,
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA, 90402
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.
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.