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Welcome to the Santa Monica Dragons!

 

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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Fall is Training Season at Dragons & Fire!
08/11/2018
Over the years we’ve built quite the reputation as LA’s...
2018 Fall Training is Here!
07/25/2018
2018 Fall Training Registration Is Now Open! September and October...
Welcome to the 2018 Box Season
07/24/2018
  Click HERE to access our registration page and sign up for...
Summer Camp Info is Here!
06/24/2018
Summer Camp Info Many of you have been asking about possible summer...
Laps For Lax Update - We Did It!
06/24/2018
We Did It! - Thank You!! June 9th was a great day for Dragons...
Thank You for a Great Spring Season!
06/04/2018
    The 2018 Spring Season officially came to...
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
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Fall is Training Season at Dragons & Fire!

Check Out Our Amazing Line Up!

Over the years we’ve built quite the reputation as LA’s premier lacrosse training organization. Just take a look at our 2018 Dragons graduating class. No fewer than 58 players that trained with us are heading off to college to start a new chapter in their lives and many are continuing their lacrosse careers.

Successful training revolves around two things: great coaches and great programs. And we have both. Our boys and girls coaching staff is unrivaled in the area and has been remarkably consistent. Box is one of the best training tools and we run the most successful program in the area. Our Fall Training puts more than 40 new players on the field every year. And our Fire advanced training programs are the most innovative in the area. Please take a look at our program details below. Some sessions have already filled up so don’t wait too long to sign up. If you have questions please contact:

  •   Randy Grube (Boys) - 
  •   Meghan Toomey (Girls) -  

 

Boys & Girls Fall Training

 

2018 Fall Training Promo Clip from randy grube on Vimeo.

 

 

Box Registration Now Open To All Players!

 

Dragons JV Box Championship - Director's Cut from randy grube on Vimeo.

 

 

New For The Fall!
Girls Advanced Player Middle School Training

 

 

 

 

 


by posted 08/11/2018
2018 Fall Training is Here!

2018 Fall Training is Here!

2018 Fall Training Registration Is Now Open!

September and October is the best time of year for boys and girls to get into lacrosse. If you are in elementary or middle school and would like to give the sport a try, or played last year but haven't touched a stick since Spring, the Dragons Fall Training program is the right choice for you! Fall Training is also the best launch pad into team play for the winter and spring. The program consists of 8 small group sessions that will work on building strong fundamentals of lacrosse. Skills that will be introduced and practiced throughout the sessions include throwing, catching, ground balls, shooting, dodging, and footwork. Fall Training will also focus on the basic building blocks of being part of a team, such as the importance of punctuality, staying focused, bringing a positive attitude, and having fun! All sessions are led by professional coaches with extensive knowledge of the game. If you have questions please contact:

  •   Randy Grube (Boys) - 
  •   Meghan Toomey (Girls) -    

 

Register for Fall Training Now!

 

2018 Fall Training Promo Clip from randy grube on Vimeo.

 

Free Loner Gear

If you don’t have gear…no problem! We offer free loaner gear with a $100 refundable security deposit required. If you are unsure that this sport is for you but would like to give it a try, please contact us directly so we can set up a trial session for you.

 

The Schedule

  • Sunday 1-2pm for 2nd & 3rd grade
  • Sunday 2:30-4pm for 4th - 9th grade
  • First session is 9/9
  • Last session is 10/28

 

Cost

  • 2nd & 3rd grade - $175
  • 4th - 9th grade - $275

 

What To Bring

  • Water
  • Sneakers or cleats
  • Stick
  • Mouthguard
  • Goggles (girls only)
  • Helmet (boys only)
  • Gloves (boys only)
  • Shoulder pads (boys only)
  • Elbow pads (boys only)

 

What To Bring

Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica. Sessions are on the athletic field behind the school. Please enter off Ocean Park & 24th St.

 

All players in the Fall Training session are invited to attend our Halloween Pumpkin Shoot on the Beach on October 30th to close out the season.

 


by posted 07/25/2018
Welcome to the 2018 Box Season

Welcome to the 2018 Box Season

 

Click HERE to access our registration page and sign up for BOX.

Box Lacrosse is booming! It is one of the most highly regarded training tools and has put many players on the college recruiting path. Box leagues and tournaments are springing up all over the place and at almost all times of the year now. Dragons Lacrosse had one of the longest running and most successful box programs in LA and we are going to continue to be a leader in 2018. Dragons have been playing box since 2012 and last season we won 3 out of 5 divisions in the OCBLL!

Box is one of the building blocks of our year-around training program. It really reinforces stick skills, playing in tight spaces, picks, the two-man game, as well as defensive skills such as playing body defense. And it is great conditioning. Below are links to articles that explain the benefits and advantages of box lacrosse:

https://www.jrminutemenlax.net/news_article/show/117908

https://www.maxlaxoc.com/why-box-lacrosse-matters/

http://www.pittsburghelitelacrosse.com/blog/2017/7/28/4-reasons-you-should-play-box-lacrosse

Please keep reading for details. We look forward to a great box season!

 

 

Dragons JV Box Championship - Director's Cut from randy grube on Vimeo.

 

The League

This year we’ll once again be in the Orange County Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL) competing against top talent from some of the best schools and clubs in LA and OC, including but not limited to: Foothill, St. Margarets, Corona Del Mar, San Clemente, Santa Margarita, Servite, Edison, Mater Dei, Crush, Victory, OC Rebels, Surf Dawgs, One More, Beach Cities, Navigators, SC Sharks. 

The OCBLL is expanding to 4 divisions, each based out of its own rink. We will be in the “North” division based at The Rinks at Huntington Beach. That means games are moving closer to home this year. The Rinks at Huntington Beach is about 20-25 minutes closer than The Rinks at Irvine (site for many youth games last year) and about 30-40 minutes closer than the Victory Athletic Center in San Juan Capistrano, which is where most HS and JV games were played. We will still be playing games at other locations in order to make sure that we have good competition, and the championships may be consolidated at one location, similar to last year.

OCBLL is the largest and most competitive box league in Southern California and this year it will start to use rules and formats designed by USBOXLA, the leading box sanctioning body on the West Coast.

The Schedule

Practices will start the week of August 20th. The first game weekend is September 8th and 9th and the championships are October 20/21.

Details on the exact game weekends, as well as the practice slots will be passed on as soon as we receive additional information. We expect practice times to be similar to last year.

Divisions & Teams

USBOXLA is becoming the standard for setting box rules and this year the OCBLL is adopting their age rules as well. This means we’ll have teams in the following divisions:

  • HS Elite (00/01) - Seniors and Juniors

  • Midget (02/03) - Sophomores and Freshmen

  • Bantam (04/05) - 7th and 8th grade - no current freshmen

  • Peewee (06/07) - 5th and 6th grade

  • Novice (08/09) - 3rd and 4th grade

We will be entering teams each division. Teams will be limited to 12-14 players. Once the spots are filled players can continue to register but will be waitlisted. If we get 24 players in a division, we’ll move all players off the waitlist and form a second team. Players will be invited directly to participate in the box program and invitations will start going out Monday, 7/23. Participants will have 1 week to claim their spot.

Uniforms

Our box jerseys from last season were a big hit so we will continue to use them. If you have a jersey from last year, you can continue to use it and save yourself the uniform fee. If you wish to purchase a new jersey or are a new player, you’ll need to purchase by August 10th so we can get our order in. Orders placed by the deadline will receive the player name on the back. Orders placed after the deadline will receive a generic jersey with no name. We will accommodate jersey number requests as much as possible.

Season Fact Sheet

Primary game location for North Division:

  • The Rinks at Huntington Beach - 5555 W McFadden Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Additional game locations: 

  • Victory Athletic Center - 3 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano, CA 

  • The Rinks at Irvine - 3150 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606

  • The Rinks at Corona - 4325 Prado Rd #101, Corona, CA 92880

Season duration: August 20 to October 21

First game weekend: September 8 & 9

Last game weekend: October 20 & 21

Age & skill levels: Advanced players in 3rd to 12th grade in the 2018/19 school year.

Practice location: Mar Vista Rec Center, 11430 Woodbine Ave., Mar Vista, CA 90066

Click HERE to access our registration page and sign up for BOX.

2017 Results

In 2017, Dragons 5/6 were the class of their division all season long, giving up only 1 regular season loss to Beach Cities. We dominated the semi-final game against Surf Dawgs 5/6 13-1 and then battled to beat Beach Cities 11-5 in the championship. Consistent attendance at practice saw this team get better and better as the season progressed and we’re looking forward to continued success in the winter!

 

 

The Dragons 7th grade team was the breakout story of the 2017 box season. If you’ve followed this team at all, you know that it had a rough beginning as a 6th grade team last spring. We started making progress over the summer with some solid wins in Denver that were topped off by an epic Braveheart victory. This Fall, Dragons 7th grade found their stride. The raw athletic talent of the team translated into better stick skills and lacrosse IQ, which in turn led to a 6-1 regular season record and a berth in the playoffs. Dragons 7th grade comfortably handled Black Horse with a 10-2 victory in the semi-finals and then had an epic battle on their hands against Surf Dawgs 2023 in the championship game. The game seesawed back and forth and saw the score tie at 5-5 and 6-6 in the last few minutes of the game, sending it to a Braveheart. Once again, Justin Sikola, hero of the Denver Braveheart, stepped up to seal the deal and give us a 7-6 championship victory! For the Dragons trivia buffs out there, Justin is now the only player with 2 Braveheart victories under his belt.

 

After an impressive undefeated 2017 season in the OCBLL, Dragons JV is turned out to be the strongest 9th & 10th grade squad in LA. Dragons JV scored 92 goals in the regular season, while only taking 20 in exchange. The impressive goal differential is a testament to the strong defense the team played. And strong defense is what helped this team get their championship! The semi-final game against OC Crush started off as a very close game until we pulled away in the 3rd period to make it 12-6. In the championship Dragons JV played the Kings, which is the Corona Del Mar (CDM) school team. For those that don’t know, CDM is one of the perennial leaders in OC lacrosse and the Kings had an impressive 6-0 regular season record. Dragons JV fell behind 2-0 early against a very strong team, but kept battling. Great team defense held the Kings in check and we finally managed to draw even at 2-2 in the second period on a great coast-to-coast goal by Alex Hyman. After we went up 2-3, the Kings managed to score 2 in a row and looked comfortable nursing a 4-3 lead. But with about 15 seconds left in the game they turned the ball over. Simba Makawa scooped it at mid-field, ran down the left alley and then managed to beat 2 defensemen and the goalie to tie the game at 4-4 with 5 seconds left! Rather than play OT, the refs set up a shootout with each team sending out their 3 best shooters to go 1v1 against the opposing team’s goalie. Talk about championship drama! Dragons JV goalie Henry Mass managed to save the first attempt, while Simba Makawa scored, giving us a 1-0 advantage. In the second round, Mass again made a save but we missed. The last Kings player put one in the back of the net, leveling the score at 1-1. This meant it came down to our last attempt, which was in the hands of Owen Gaffney. Coach Krum’s last words of advice to Gaffney: “ Have fun with it!” And he did, faking right then shooting left and scoring the winning goal. It was a great victory against a quality opponent.

 


by posted 07/24/2018
Summer Camp Info is Here!

Summer Camp Info is Here!

Summer Camp Info

Many of you have been asking about possible summer camp options involving our coaches. And we have just the thing for you. Coach Krum will host a week long lacrosse camp at the state of the art Harvard Westlake Middle School Campus. The camp will cover the building blocks of lacrosse from stick skills, dodging, shooting, team offense, team defense and transition play. More advanced players will receive insights as to what will elevate them from good to great. Initial sessions of the camp will focus on individual skills, while later sessions emphasize the incorporation of these skills into group and team concepts. Daily scrimmages and games provide opportunities for players to experiment with new techniques. Participants should bring their own gear, although equipment will be available for those new to the sport. And of course there will be fun activities such as a 1 hour daily open pool to cool down.

Details

  • Location: Harvard Westlake Middle School - 700 N Faring Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077
  • Dates: July 23-26
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Grades: 3-12
  • Cost: $350
  • Contact: Darlene Bible - 
  • hw.com/summerprograms

by posted 06/24/2018
Laps For Lax Update - We Did It!

We Did It - Thank You!

We Did It! - Thank You!!

June 9th was a great day for Dragons and Fire Lacrosse! Our community came together in a big way and we managed to reach our fundraising goal!!

102 participants walked 1,425 laps and raised more than $32,000 (we won't know the exact number until all pledges have been finalized). Over 40 volunteers and coaches pitched in to help set up, tear down, prepare food, run check-in and ticket sales and helps us count all the laps. THANK YOU to everyone that walked, donated and helped out. We could not have done this without you and we are very proud of our Dragons and Fire Lacrosse community. 

We hope everyone that attended enjoyed themselves, and we hope you’re looking forward to next year. We certainly are.

We made a little video to commemorate the event. Hope you enjoy it.

 

Inaugural Laps For Lax Event - June 9, 2018 from randy grube on Vimeo.


by posted 06/24/2018
Thank You for a Great Spring Season!

 

 

The 2018 Spring Season officially came to a close today as PELA concluded its last day of play for the girls middle school division. And it was well worth the wait. Our Dragons girls were able to bring home our first-ever middle school spring league championship. As some of the families on the team will remember, it was a long road to get to this point. When we laid the foundation for this team 2 years ago we took a beating from other teams in the area, but how things have changed! Congratulations players, parents and coaches! Well done!

The boys middle school division concluded 2 weeks ago, also with a Dragons team taking the title. For a second year in a row, Dragons 8th - aka Albany Dragons as they are know this year, won the LAYLL Championship. Congratulations players, parents and coaches!

We'd also like to send a big thank you to all our other teams that competed in LAYLL and PELA and battled hard every weekend. We saw a lot of players make huge individual improvements over the course of the season and we also saw teams improve overall. And we hope everyone had fun. A special thank you goes out to all our parents who bring the boys and girls to practice and games and help us keep our teams on the field: THANK YOU!


by posted 06/04/2018
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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