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Welcome to the Santa Monica Dragons!

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.

 

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Boys Countdown to Summer!
04/07/2017
Boys Summer Travel Team Info Is Here!  Just in time for Spring...
Girls Spring Info!
04/07/2017
Girls' Spring 2017 Information [All New Players Welcome] We...
Boys Spring Info!
02/24/2017
  Dragons Boys Spring Information   Here is the...
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!...
 
Boys Countdown to Summer!

Boys Summer Travel Team Info Is Here! 

Just in time for Spring Break we are starting our "Countdown To Summer" series in this newsletter. Over the next few weeks we'll be updating you on:

  • Boys Youth - Summer Travel Season 
  • Boys HS - Summer Travel, Training & Showcases
  • Boys Youth - Summer Local Tournaments & Training
  • Girls - Fire Travel Season & Dragons Summer Series

In this first installment we’ll be outlining our amazing boys summer travel program for players currently enrolled in grades 4 through 8. This program is open to returning Dragons travel players, as well as new players that participate in our tryout process (see below). We are very proud of what we have put together for the summer and we look forward to your participation.

This is a long (but easy to read) newsletter, so please be sure to scroll to the bottom to learn about:

  • Our Teams
  • The Tryouts
  • The Tournaments
  • The Sports Academy Retreat


Our Teams 

Dragons 4/5 Blue (2024/25):  This team is for players in 4th or 5th grade in the current school year. We are looking to add 4-5 qualified players at different positions to the roster via our supplemental tryouts (see below). Please keep in mind that this team is for advanced players only. It operates at a very high level for its age and has already won a major West Coast tournament. Coaches are James Burton and Kevin Hinton (click HERE to see coaches bios). This teams’s schedule will be:

  • June 16-18: Denver Shootout (Denver, CO)
  • June 21 & 22: Sports Academy Retreat (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • June 24 & 25: Riptide (Oceanside, CA)
  • July 21 - 23: Tinseltown Throwdown (Irvine, CA)

Practices are twice a week, starting in late May and will take place at Santa Monica HS.


Dragons 6 Blue (2023): This team is for players in 6th grade in the current school year. This team represents a mix of very experienced and very athletic players. It is new to the Dragons line-up but already showing a lot of promise. We will add several advanced players at different positions to the roster via our supplemental tryouts (see below). Coaches are Mike Kutzer and Wade Winebrenner (click HERE to see coaches bios). This teams’s schedule will be:

  • June 16-18: Denver Shootout (Denver, CO)
  • June 21 & 22: Sports Academy Retreat (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • June 24 & 25: Riptide (Oceanside, CA)
  • July 12 & 13: Legends Western Invitational (Salt Lake City, UT)

Practices are twice a week, starting in late May and will take place at Santa Monica HS.


Dragons 7 Blue (2022): This team is for players in 7th grade in the current school year. It has a solid core and we are primarily looking to add tough, strong and athletic defensemen and midfielders. Players will be added to the roster via our supplemental tryouts (see below). Coaches are Riley Lasda and Jason Foreit (click HERE to see coaches bios). This teams’s schedule will be:

  • June 16-18: Denver Shootout (Denver, CO)
  • June 21 & 22: Sports Academy Retreat (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • June 24 & 25: Riptide (Oceanside, CA)
  • July 12 & 13: Legends Western Invitational (Salt Lake City, UT)

Practices are twice a week, starting in late May and will take place at Santa Monica HS.


Dragons 8 Blue (2021): This team is for players in 8th grade in the current school year. 8 Blue is the best in its age group in LA with very limited openings. If you feel that you are a top players at your position and would like to play with us, please attend our supplemental tryouts (see below). Coaches are Erik Krum and Andrew Buss (click HERE to see coaches bios). This teams’s schedule will be:

  • June 16-18: Denver Shootout (Denver, CO)
  • June 21 & 22: Sports Academy Retreat (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • June 24 & 25: Riptide (Oceanside, CA)
  • July 12 & 13: Legends Western Invitational (Salt Lake City, UT)

Practices are twice a week, starting in late May and will take place at Santa Monica HS.


The Tryouts

The Dragons model is based on steadily developing players and teams over time. We generally do not take apart and reassemble teams via a tryout process. Instead, we add players to each team based on our specific openings. If you are presently not playing with Dragons but would like to do so in the summer, you need to attend one of our practices so our coaches can evaluate you. There is no tryout fee. Below is a list of dates and times for each team.

  • 4/5 Blue: Friday, April 21 - 6:30pm to 8pm & Friday, April 28 - 6:30pm to 8pm
  • 6 Blue: Friday, April 21 - 6:30pm to 8pm & Friday, April 28 - 6:30pm to 8pm
  • 7 Blue: Friday, April 21 - 6:30pm to 8pm & Friday, April 28 - 7:30pm to 9pm
  • 8 Blue: Friday, April 21 - 7:30pm to 9pm & Friday, April 28 - 7:30pm to 9pm

All practices/tryout sessions take place at Santa Monica HS.

In order to participate, you need to contact Randy Grube at  , or register directly on the Dragons Website. For insurance reasons, walk-ups are not permitted.

Tryout Registration Link


The Tournaments

When we assemble our annual summer schedule we really look to balance the offerings so that our families enjoy competitive games, play on good fields, get to travel to fun destinations and don’t have to spend too much money on airline tickets and hotels. We think this year’s summer schedule represents a great balance and introduces some new elements as well.

Denver Shootout

  • Date: June 16-18 (First game is Friday 5pm and last game is over Sunday by 3pm)
  • Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO 80022
  • Teams Attending: 8 Blue, 7 Blue, 6 Blue & 4/5 Blue

The Riptide

  • Date: June 24 & 25 (Games begin 8am on Saturday and end by 4pm on Sunday)
  • Venue: SoCal Sports Complex, 3300 El Corazon Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056
  • Teams Attending: 8 Blue, 7 Blue, 6 Blue & 4/5 Blue

Tinseltown Throwdown

  • Date: July 22 & 23 
  • Venue: OC Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Teams Attending: 4/5 Blue

The Retreat

Part of our mission is to develop players into complete athletes. To this end we've held many athletics sessions and we constantly emphasize fitness. By organizing our first-ever retreat at the Sports Academy, we're taking this approach to the next level and exposing our players to the most sophisticated physical and mental training available today. Players will spend 2 days at the facility and we'll hold a lacrosse practice at the end of each day. This is an all-inclusive program included in the summer package.
  • Date: June 21 & 22
  • Venue: Sports Academy, 1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd, Newbury Park, CA 91320
  • Teams Attending: 4/5 Blue, 6 Blue, 7 Blue and 8 Blue.

The Sports Academy

  • 96,000 sq. ft. of 24/7 supervised, access controlled space
  • 5 volleyball courts & 2 indoor beach volleyball courts
  • 5 full sized basketball courts & 5,000 sq. ft. turf field
  • Batting cages & pitching mounds
  • Yoga therapy & cycling training studios
  • Comprehensive biomechanics lab
  • Sport specific performance training
  • Integrated sports medicine, therapy & rehabilitation
  • Sport psychology, nutrition & wellness
  • Academic support and learning center
  • Private work/study areas & lounges
  • Dieter’s CQD® Training Center
  • Character development & increased mental acuity
  • Healthy, nutritional food & beverages
  • https://sportsacademy.us

Registration

Summer registration is invite-only. Returning Dragons Blue players will receive an invitation e-mail with a registration link by the end of the weekend. New players, please contact   to set up tryout participation.


by posted 04/07/2017
Girls Spring Info!

Girls' Spring 2017 Information [All New Players Welcome]

We are excited to be playing in 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

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

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.

GIRLS SPRING COACHING STAFF

Meghan Toomey

Maddy Morrissey

Paige Bonomi

LEAGUE:

 LAYLL - LA Youth Lacrosse League
 First game is March 11, last game is May 20

TEAMS:

8U - 2nd/3rd Grade (Blue/Green)
10U - 4th/5th Grade (Blue/Green)
12U 6th/7th/8th Grade (Blue/Green)

There are NO tryouts. All players are welcome.

GAME TIMES & LOCATIONS:

Games are on Saturdays and primary locations are SamoHi, and Marlborough School. Additional locations may be added.

8U Game Dates (doubleheader on alternating weekends):
Saturday, March 11th
Saturday, March 25th
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, May 20th (Potential Weather Date)

10U & 12U Games Dates:
Saturday, March 11th
Saturday, March 18th
Saturday, March 25th
Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 15th (OFF for Easter)
Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, May 13th
Saturday, May 20th

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

Practices are scheduled to be at Santa Monica HS. Preliminary practice slots are listed below but are subject to change based on the schedule given to us by the city. These slots are just for reference. Specific team practice slots will be assigned once we have our final allocation.

Wednesday 7pm - 9pm
Friday 7pm to 9pm
Saturday 3pm - 6pm

First day of practice is the week of March 6th. Last day of practice is May 19th.

LOANER GEAR Free loaner gear is available with a $100 deposit. Please contact    for more info.

This page displays program offerings for Spring 2017. Please keep in mind that the most current schedule information is on the SCHEDULE PAGE.

For other seasons, please select the appropriate season tab under PROGRAMS. For info on past seasons, please click on PAST SEASON INFO.

 

by posted 04/07/2017
Boys Spring Info!

 

Dragons Boys Spring Information

 

Here is the run down of our Spring season which is well under way.  

 

 

Team Structure

 

Click the links below to be redirected to each team's specific info page:

 

2/3 

4/5 Green

4/5 Blue

6 Blue

6/7 Green

7 Blue

8 Green

8 Blue

 

“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.

 

 

Practice Schedule

 

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.

 

Game Schedule

 

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)

 

 

Coaching Assignments

 

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 & Jason Foreit
  • 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.

 

 

Registrations

 

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. 

 

Click HERE for 2nd & 3rd Grade Registration

Click HERE for 4th to 8th Grade Registration

 

 

Uniforms

 

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.

 

 

Loaner Gear

 

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.

 


by Master Admin posted 02/24/2017
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
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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 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.


The ABOUT tab contains info on how we got started, our culture and mission, our coaches, the championships we've won, how to contact us, as well as several videos to that give you better insight into our program.


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 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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