FIRE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM - WINTER SEASON TRYOUTS
After a very successful inaugural summer tournament season, we plan on taking the FIRE program to the next level. We will be attending three marquee tournaments in the SoCal region and would like to invite our most committed and skilled players.
Our winter season will start with a FIRE high school tryout to help our coaching staff get an idea of what our numbers are, and what each girl is able to contribute to the team. Be prepared to bring your A Game and show us what you have!
FIRE Tryout Info:
When: Saturday, September 10th
Location: Marlborough School
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $35.00 tryout fee (includes a FIRE tryout pinnie)
It will be mandatory for each FIRE player to attend at least two out of the three tournaments listed below:
November 12 & 13, 2016
SoCal Sports Complex
3300 El Corazon Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
December 3 & 4, 2016
SoCal Sports Complex
3300 El Corazon Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
January 14 & 15, 2017
Empire Polo Club
Indio, CA 92201
Team practices will be held on the weekends to avoid any conflicts with Fall/Winter Sports and will begin in early October.
In addition, this upcoming season we will be blocking off rooms in hotels for each tournament so that our “FIRE Fam" can be housed all in one place. We are very excited to continue this awesome journey with you all and cannot wait to meet back up for tryouts in September!
BOX IS BACK! - REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW THROUGH JULY 25
Box lacrosse has become an integral part of a well-rounded player development program at all age levels. Proof of the effectiveness of a box-infused curriculum can be found everywhere. We focus on teaching “pure box”, the Canadian version of the sport. Box isn’t just field lacrosse in a smaller area with smaller goals. It is a different game and we focus on teaching the fundamentals properly.
At the Santa Monica Dragons we’ve been taking this approach to integrating box into our curriculum for 3 years, and we run one of the most robust programs in LA. We started with one box team in 2013 and by 2015 were up to 4 teams and over 90 players.
Last season Dragons made quite a few appearances on the home page of MaxLaxLA.com. Our JV team won its division in the LA Box League, and both our 7th and 8th Grade won their California Cup divisions.
Registration for the 2016 Dragons Box Season is now open. Details below.
Season duration: August 29th to November 6th
Age levels: Intermediate and advanced players in 3rd to 12th grade in the 2016/17 school year.
Practice location: Mar Vista Rec Center
Practice times: Every Monday and Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm, except holidays such as Columbus Day on October 10th. A specific practice schedule will be posted once we have a better idea of the participation at the different age levels. In general, there will be 2 time slots: 4pm to 5:30pm for 3rd to 6th grades, and 5:30pm to 7pm for 7th grade through HS. Expect to practice once a week.
Games: Every weekend in the LA Box League in Torrance starting September 11th and ending November 6th.
Registration: This year we are running a tight registration window because we need to give the league an exact team count before August. Registration is HERE and closes July 25th.
Since box is very specialized and not many organizations are teaching it, our training program is open to players from all clubs, regardless of whether or not you plan on playing with Dragons. And we also allow players to sign up just for the training, without having to play in the games. If you are interested in our “training only” option, please contact us directly:
We’re looking forward to a great box season!
Below are two clips from prior seasons so you can see what box games and box practices are like.
Spring 2016 marked our 3rd year as a full club, and our upward momentum continues. We fielded a record 13 boys & girls teams for almost 200 players; we once again got 3 teams into the championship round of the LAYLL (more than any other club); we ran our own girls rec league, as well as our first-ever girls 3v3 tournament. To say that we were busy is an understatement. And we got the summer off to a very good start by more than doubling the size of our high school program, and fielding our first-ever girls high school team.
Congratulations to our Dragons families for all your accomplishments this Spring, and THANK YOU for all your support throughout the season. We could not do this without you and we look forward to seeing you on the field again this summer. As a little keep-sake, we posted pictures of all our teams into this e-mail. Enjoy.
If you are interested in our summer local and travel teams for boys and girls, please click HERE.
If you are interested in our Summer Camp for boys and girls, please click HERE.
Boys & Girls • 2nd Through 8th Grades • Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced Players
Fire Lacrosse Summer Camp is the only comprehensive lacrosse camp in West LA. We offer morning classes for younger players and full sessions for grades 4 through 8. Fire Lacrosse Camp mixes the right blend of fun and training for all skill levels and boys & girls. Whether you are just interested in trying the sport of lacrosse, or are serious about improving your skills, and training with the best coaches, this is the place to be. Our coaching staff is among the best on the West Coast and includes DIII national championship winners, pro players, DI players and All Americans, all of whom are dedicated to youth lacrosse:
Erik Krum - Salisbury University, 3x National Champion, played in the MLL and LXM
Matt Cannone - Salisbury University, 2x National Champion, DIII Attackman of the Year
Lantz Carter - Salisbury University, 2x National Champion, played in NALL
Will Manning - Colgate University, DIII defensive coordinator at Whittier College
James Burton - Salisbury University, 2016 National Champion - starting midfielder
Meghan Toomey - Salisbury University, 2x National Champion
Maddy Morrissey - Duke University, Ranked in the top 25 all-time for goals and assists
Dates: July 18-21
Location: Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California St., Venice, CA 90291
2nd & 3rd Graders (all skill levels): 9am to 11am - $175 for all 4 days
4th to 8th Grade Beginner Players: 9am to 2pm - $225 for all 4 day
4th to 8th Graders Intermediate & Advanced Players: 9am to 2pm - $350 for all 4 days
Lunch: 11am to 12pm - Campers provide their own lunch
Equipment: Some loaner gear will be available for beginners
Almost every practice we get asked by a player or parent if we have certain items available for purchase. We usually don't, so we decided to do something about it by starting an ONLINE STORE for our families. Now you have access to a full line of garments and designs in many styles and colors. The store offers 100% cotton, 50/50 and tri-blend t-shirts, zip hoodies, regular hoodies, both in light and heavy weights, tank tops and even sweats. The Dragons Online Store is a direct-to-garment set up. That means each garment is printed in your style when you order. This allows us to offer a lot of choices we normally couldn't if we had to make the apparel ourselves. All the profits from the store go to the Dragons Development Fund that helps support the growth of our organization.
The spring has brought tremendous growth and excitement to the Dragons girls program. Participation has grown from 12 players in 2015, to 60 players in 2016. We are fielding 2 teams each in 2nd/3rd grade and 4th/5th grade, as well as a middle school team. To accommodate the growth, Dragons have created a rec league that also includes Culver City Tsunami and West LA. On May 1st we held another very well-attended “Bring A Friend Clinic”, and this summer we are launching tournament teams for U11, U13 and High School, and we are offering summer sessions, as well as a girls summer camp for beginners and advanced players from July 18 to 21. We’re glad to be part of the movement that is growing girls lacrosse in LA. And just like on the boys side, our coaching staff is making the difference. Led by our program head Meghan Toomey, our coaches include:
In the Fall of 2014, many Dragons players took part in an injury prevention class taught by Kyle Harrison. Since then, Kyle Harrison has moved to Charlotte, NC, and K18 sightings have become increasingly rare in LA. So we were especially excited when he reached out to our athletic director Erik Krum to set up an exclusive Dragons clinic on his most recent trip. The invite-only event took place April 5th at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, and was open to twenty 7th and 8th graders.
The clinic was an amazing, fast-paced experience that was full of technical know-how and lacrosse IQ, but also highly motivational. Two hours flew by and seemed like minutes. And each player went home with a huge smile on his face, exhausted, and a lot wiser.
We are glad we were able to provide this experience to our families. And we will continue to bring special events like this to the Dragons, as more and more lacrosse personalities reach out to athletic director Erik Krum.
To see what the clinic was like, please take a look at the video below.
Keeping track of teams, schedules and fields can be a hassle. We finally have an app that makes all this simpler. Follow the links below to see the League Athletics app in Google Play and the iTunes App Store. Or go straight to the respective app stores from your phone and search for "League Athletics." Once you have the app installed, all you do is sign on with the user ID you use to manage your Dragons account and select "Santa Monica Dragons". The app populates itself and you can see our teams, rosters, schedules, fields and other info.
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