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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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Fire HS Wins America’s Finest Rivalry!
06/21/2017
Fire HS Wins America’s Finest Rivalry! As if winning one...
Dragons HS Elite Wins Denver Shootout!
06/21/2017
Dragons HS Elite Wins Denver Shootout! On Sunday, June 18, the...
Participate In 1st Annual DragonsFest
06/08/2017
  1st Annual DragonsFest For years we have been trying to...
Dragons Win 3 of 4 LAYLL Divisions
06/01/2017
  4/5 Blue! Boys 4/5 Blue continued to build on their...
Dragons Boys HS Summer Programs
05/16/2017
  Dragons HS Summer Programs This summer we are excited to...
Dragons Coaches Named To Lead Girls LA National Team
05/08/2017
  Dragons Coaches Named To Lead Girls LA National Team The...
Boys Countdown to Summer!
04/07/2017
Boys Summer Travel Team Info Is Here!  Just in time for Spring...
 
Fire HS Wins America’s Finest Rivalry!

Fire HS Wins America’s Finest Rivalry!

As if winning one high school championship in a day wasn’t enough, our Fire Girls HS team won their high school division at America’s Finest Rivalry in Del Mar just a few hours later. Fire HS beat 858 Lacrosse 16-5 in the championship and was the only undefeated team in the division, also posting victories against SB Wave, Lacrosse Force, OC United and Rebels. 

Similar to the boys Dragons HS Elite program, the girls Fire HS program got its start about 18 months ago, when we started assembling a core team and embarked on an ambitious and continuous training program. This summer season we took the whole Fire program up a notch and the result is an impressive championship victory.

Congratulations to our players and families on a great victory and a big thank you for believing in our building process. And a special thank you goes to those families that were there when the victories were still harder to come by.


by posted 06/21/2017
Dragons HS Elite Wins Denver Shootout!

Dragons HS Elite Wins Denver Shootout!

On Sunday, June 18, the Dragons 2018 HS Elite team beat Team Amplify U17 Elite from Wisconsin in a 6-5 OT thriller that gave us our first Denver Shootout Championship. The win capped off an impressive string of victories against some formidable teams, including a 7-5 semi-final win against Brady’s Bunch. In total, we bested a field of 20 teams that came from all over the country. It is an impressive achievement, especially considering that the Denver Shootout is the most competitive summer tournament in the West.

But it was not unexpected. At least not to the core group of coaches and staff that have been building a leading high school program for the last 18 months. From the beginning we worked by a different formula. We assembled a solid core group of players and made them into a true team by supporting them with the best coaches and abundant training time. The Dragons HS Elite program provides almost 40 hours of practices from mid-May until the end of July, as well as one of the most comprehensive recruiting support programs available. We attend 2 tournaments to showcase our players and to create the team environment, and the rest of the summer we help the players train for their individual showcases, while we assist them in the recruiting process.

Congratulations to our players and parents on this great accomplishment; and a big thank you for believing in the program and supporting us and our athletes through this process.


by posted 06/21/2017
Participate In 1st Annual DragonsFest

 

1st Annual DragonsFest

For years we have been trying to think of a good way to get our families together and allow the community at large to experience lacrosse. We were finally able to execute a plan that we call Dragons Fest!

Dragons Fest will be your basic carnival, but with a lacrosse twist. Your hometown fair games are replaced by stations like: "Fastest Shot Competition," "Wall Ball Challenge" and "Goalie Challenge." We made a couple coaches challenge videos below so you can see what we are talking about.

We think this is going to be a lot of fun for our Dragons families and we hope many of you are able to make it out. We also want to welcome anyone in the lacrosse community to come out and have a good time. And we especially invite those who have never tried lacrosse before to come by, hold a stick and see what it is all about! 

This is a FREE event.

Date & Location: Saturday, June 10th @ Santa Monica High School (2:00pm - 4:00 pm)


Activities

  • Lacrosse 101: Kids & parents - have a professional player show you the basics
  • Target Shooting: Shoot 5 balls and try to hit as many targets as possible
  • Wall Ball Challenge: Get as many wall ball catches by throwing at your “square” on the wall. TIMED!
  • Trash Can Challenge: Sink a ball into a trash can from half field.
  • Goalie Challenge: Get in the cage and have a coach shoot 10 shots (tennis balls) on you. We keep track of your save percentage.
  • Fastest Shot: Get your shot speed measured by a radar gun! 
  • Competition Court: Speed lacrosse court for 3v3 walk-up challenges. Create your team and challenge by grade or take on the coaches!

Just like at a carnival, players earn tickets by participating in activities and the tickets can be traded in for prizes!!

Check out our promo video HERE.


by posted 06/08/2017
Dragons Win 3 of 4 LAYLL Divisions

 

4/5 Blue!

Boys 4/5 Blue continued to build on their success from the winter tournament season and put together a nearly perfect season in the 4/5 division. After the heartbreak of losing in last year's 4/5 title game, this year's team sealed the deal with a convincing championship victory. Congratulations!

7 Blue!

For those of you keeping track, you will know that the last time Dragons won a LAYLL title was in 2015. And guess what, it was this 7 Blue team (they were the 4/5 Blue team then) that did the honors. 7 Blue also won their division in 2017, making them our most successful spring team of the last 3 seasons (2015, 2016 & 2017). Let's keep this success rolling into the summer! 

8 Blue!

After a 2 year absence from the winner's circle, 8 Blue closed out its youth season with the title in the highest division of LAYLL. Many of these players have been going to Campus El Segundo since 3rd or 4th grade, so this victory marks a fitting end to their youth careers. Next year they move into high school and sadly, there will be no more weekends in El Segundo. Congratulation 8 Blue on your graduation to high school and a well-earned title!


by posted 06/01/2017
Dragons Boys HS Summer Programs

 

Dragons HS Summer Programs

This summer we are excited to offer 2 distinct programs.

HS Elite is an invite-only program for highly advanced players. This program has limited spots left. To find out more about this program, please contact Will Manning at 

Click HERE to view the HS Elite info page.

HS LA Summer Team is an training and tournament program for HS players that want to improve their skills and game IQ to reach the next level. To find out more about this program, please contact Randy Grube at  .

Click HERE to view the HS LA Summer Team info page.

 


by posted 05/16/2017
Dragons Coaches Named To Lead Girls LA National Team

 

Dragons Coaches Named To Lead Girls LA National Team

The world of girls lacrosse will converge on the campus of Yale University on Memorial Weekend to contest the annual US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament. 70 teams will compete for the right to call themselves the best girls high school team in the nation, and Dragons/Fire coach Maddy Morrissey has been named head coach of the LA National Team.

The team consists of 22 players from Glendale, Palos Verdes, Ojai, LA, Newbury Park, Redondo Beach, Westridge and West Ranch and will compete in the Iroquois Division. You can follow their progress on game weekend via the US Lacrosse National website.

The trip to the East Coast promises to be a rewarding experience and provides the added benefit of being one of the largest recruiting showcases for girls lacrosse. Head coach Maddy Morrissey is looking forward to the event: "I'm so excited and honored to coach this great group of girls. I can't wait to see how we perform on the East Coast and represent Southern California! Time to show those East Coast girls we've got what it takes."

 

 


by Master Admin posted 05/08/2017
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
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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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