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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, as well as recruiting support for HS athletes that want to play at the next level. If you're looking to be the best possible lacrosse player you can be, you have found your home.

 

If you are a new family and want to learn more, please visit the BOYS and GIRLS navigation tabs respectively, at the top of this page. We have the following structure for Boys: Dragons (recreational), Dragons Select (advanced youth players), Dragons HS Elite (advanced HS players). We have the following structure for girls: Dragons (recreational), Fire Travel (advanced youth and HS players), Fire NextGen (9th & 10th grade players looking for the highest training), Fire Select (11th & 12th grade players looking for the best training and recruiting support). Each of these programs is explained via tabs in the BOYS and GIRLS navigation.

 

CURRENT PROGRAMS (click name for more info):

 

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS (click name for more info):

 

  • Spring Season (2nd to 8th grade - recreational players - Mar./May)

 

MORE - If you have questions that are not answered on the website, feel free to us directly. When you are ready to register, you can click on the REGISTER 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.

 

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For a taste of what the girls lacrosse experience is like with us, watch the clip below.

 

 

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Sick D Highlight & Weekend Recap!
12/04/2018
Weekend Recap We were thrown a curveball this weekend when 3d...
Makena Carter Commits To Fort Lewis College!
11/28/2018
Signing Day Speech...
GIRLS BRING A FRIEND DAY IS BACK!
11/20/2018
            How...
Dragons Boys 2018 Fall/Winter Overview & Tryouts
08/23/2018
There is a lot of information in this newsletter so please be sure...
Dragons Oceanside Hustle Picture Gallery
12/19/2017
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Sick D Highlight & Weekend Recap!

Sick D Highlight & Weekend Recap!
Weekend Recap


We were thrown a curveball this weekend when 3d unexpectedly canceled the Oceanside Hustle tournament and left us, as well as countless other teams without an agenda. After spending the better part of Friday sorting out the situation, we ended up with a fairly full weekend after all. Dragons Boys HS went to visit LA Mavs in Agoura to play their 20/21 and 21/22 teams. Lady Mavs came to Santa Monica to play our Fire HS and Fire MS teams. It was a great day of friendly competition, and the teams originally slated to attend Hustle walked away with a 4-0 record. We also helped out LA Mavs and scrambled a 6/7/8 team at the last minute to give them a game in Agoura. The LA Mavs had to cancel their Surfstorm appearance due to the recent fires and now were hit with a double whammy with the Oceanside Hustle cancelation. Thank you very much to our 6/7/8 families for stepping up so quickly and allowing us to field a team. And thank you to our players and parents for being patient as we sorted through the fallout from the tournament cancelation. Special thanks also to Sean Lindsay and LA Mavs for working with us to put these games together!

Oh, and did we mention that we also had Speed Lacrosse on the beach and we also kicked off our new box training sessions in Calabasas!?

 

 

 

 

Box training in Calabasas kicked off with a bang as we opened the sport to a lot of young new players. For session and registration info click HERE.

 

 

 

It doesn't get much better than this! Beach lacrosse on a beautiful California Sunday. For more info, click HERE.

 

 

Dragons Girls Bring A Friend Day! 

How much do you love Lacrosse? Do you love it so much that you want to show your friends your new obsession? On December 9th you can! 

We will be hosting our annual Bring A Friend Day clinic from 11:00am to 1:00pm @ Grant Elementary School, 2368 Pearl St., Santa Monica, CA 90405. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME AT GRANT ELEMENTARY, PLEASE ENTER FROM THE BACK SIDE OFF OCEAN PARK AND 24TH. 

Immediately following the clinic we will have a pizza party to celebrate bringing our community together and to show girls in our area a new sport! 

We will have loaner gear available but if you have any back up sticks you would like to donate for the day that would be greatly appreciated! 

Come be an ambassador for the sport you love some much and help us grow the game! We hope to see you all on December 9th.

 

 

 


by posted 12/04/2018
Makena Carter Commits To Fort Lewis College!

Makena Carter Commits To Fort Lewis College!

Signing Day Speech By Coach Meghan Toomey

"Let me start off by saying that Makena Carter is the player that every coach hopes for when starting a new program. We all know Makena is a talented lacrosse player, but to those she has come in contact with through this game she is so much more. 

Makena was born to lead and helped not only jump start the Hamilton girls’s lacrosse program but our Fire Lacrosse program. Makena was a member of our first Fire team and she is our first signed player that will go on to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. 

It is has been so inspiring watching Makena grow from the freshman with the hunger to score, to now a force on the field as senior. She can play any position and will do so without any questions asked. She comes from a beautiful family who has supported her dream day in and day out, which has instilled so much strength in her heart. On Makena’s team there are no weak players because she builds up every person around her. She is not much of a chatter box, but her actions speaks volumes. Everywhere she goes she builds a hardworking culture, and our program would not be where it is today without her. 

The other night when I received the text from Makena’s mom notifying me about her signing day, a wave of emotions poured over me. My first thought was: “What are we going to do without Makena?!” But as I continued to sit with my emotions I started to think about the legacy she has left with our program. She has been a role model to all of our players for the past 4 years. And the next person who wears #40 will have some big shoes to fill. When that day comes I will tell them about the player before them who rocked that jersey with pride, grit, and so much heart! Makena, this next chapter of your life is going to be unforgettable. You worked so hard for this moment and for the moments to come as a Skyhawk. Fort Lewis will soon realize that they too are not just getting a talented lacrosse player, but someone who will shape their organization for years to come. We love you, and we are so proud of you, and we can’t wait to continue watching you become the player you are destined to be!"

 
Q&A With Makena Carter 

How long was your recruiting process?
I started the recruiting process the summer before my junior year. Although Fort Lewis had approached Coach Meghan about me when I was a Sophomore.

What schools were you initially interested in and why?
I was interested in Upper Iowa, UDC, Lewis, Rockhurst and Fort Lewis because I wanted to leave California and I was really looking for schools that had good teacher/student ratios.

How did you decide on Fort Lewis?
I went to visit Fort Lewis and it was breathtaking!! Not only the campus but also the town was cute. The team was very welcoming too. The coach was very persistent and met with me at several tournaments to the point where we already had a strong coach/player relationship. I felt very comfortable.

You’ve been a long-time Fire Player.  How has the Fire experience been for you?
I was a member of the first HS Fire team and didn’t know what to expect, but my experience with Fire was great! I wouldn’t be where I am without them. They helped me grow as an individual as well as a player. My confidence and skills improved also. 

Because of Fire I was able to participate in a lot of tournaments which was great for exposure.

Any people or moments that stand out?
I am grateful for the coaches and management for allowing me to practice and play on the team.  They are my lacrosse family! Also my parents for driving and flying all over the place for tournaments and practices.
The best part of my 4 years with Fire was the 10 day trip on the East Coast. We were able to bond with the coaches and girls and visit some great places. I will never forget that trip!!!
 
What advice do you have for a 2020/21 or 22 that is in the recruiting process?
KEEP YOUR GRADES UP!!! Start the process early to allow yourself to visit a few colleges. Participate in a lot of tournaments. Make a reel. Contact and invite as many coaches to come to watch you play until you narrow down to 10 schools.

BE PERSISTENT!!

Good luck.


by posted 11/28/2018
GIRLS BRING A FRIEND DAY IS BACK!

GIRLS BRING A FRIEND DAY IS BACK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Much Sleep Do Young Athletes Need?

Are you looking for an edge to improve performance? SLEEP may be the magic bullet! Achieving optimal sleep can improve productivity and decrease your risk of injury. Here are some tips from the physicians of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Sports Medicine Program.

For athletes, sleep should be a top priority. There are many studies that report insufficient sleep increases risk of injury.  Youth athletes have up to a 67 percent increased risk of injury if they do not sleep enough! Inadequate sleep reduces reaction time and cognitive abilities, thus contributing to this increased injury risk. Getting a proper night’s sleep can improve an athlete’s chance of doing well during a game and in school. Sleep positively affects speed, accuracy and reaction time.

How much sleep do young athletes need?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep your body needs depends on your age:

  •  6-13 years old: 9-11 hours of sleep
  •  14-17 years old: 8-10 hours of sleep
What is sleep hygiene?
Sleep hygiene describes a variety of different habits and behaviors to promote a good nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness. Frequent sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness are the clearest signs of poor sleep hygiene. Other signs include dozing off in practice or during class, taking a long time to fall asleep, and difficulty concentrating. 

Tips on improving sleep hygiene:
  1. Establish a regular sleep schedule. Try to go to bed around the same time every night, even on the weekends.
  2. Turn off electronics 1-2 hours BEFORE desired bedtime. Artificial light from smartphones, computers, tablets and TVs interferes with the normal sleep cycle. 
  3. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual, like reading a book, listening to music, taking a warm shower, dimming lights or meditating.
  4. Limit daytime naps to 30 minutes.
  5. Avoid stimulants like coffee, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages.
  6. Exercise regularly! Regular physical activity (even evening workouts) facilitate falling asleep and sleeping better.

Take care and make sure to get those ZZZs!

Sincerely,
Bianca Edison, MD, MS
Ryan Kelln, DO
Curtis VandenBerg, MD
Tracy Zaslow, MD
Physicians of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Sports Medicine Program 

 

Seeking Help From the Lacrosse Community to Aid in Woolsey Fire Relief

Based in Santa Monica, CA, Dragons and Fire Lacrosse clubs are attending east coast showcase events this weekend and are looking to make the trip in honor of those who are dealing with the aftermath of the fires in Southern California and those still constantly fighting to put them out.

We have players in our program and in their respective high school and youth programs directly affected by the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County, CA. The fires have burned over 96,000 acres (as of 11/13) and are only 35% contained. The expected date for full containment is 11/18. So far, roughly 435 homes and businesses have been destroyed, with an anticipated increase as more of the area is surveyed. The damage is so significant school authorities canceled school through 11/23. We are hoping to use lacrosse as a vehicle to help those in need during this difficult time for families (especially in the lacrosse community) and first responders.

Tragic as it may be, this event has shown how much lacrosse means to our players, and we only hope to return the support to them and other families that have given so much to this game. When it came time to evacuate, some of our players, with few options and no time to grab valuables prioritized packing their jerseys and lacrosse gear over other possessions. 

Many of you likely have similar sentiments that the community around lacrosse is what sets it apart from other sports. We want to make an impact but can't do it without your help. We appreciate any support you're able to provide, no matter how big or small. Every dollar will go towards helping families and first responders in need.

The fund is administered by a non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible.

Donate Now!

by posted 11/20/2018
Dragons Boys 2018 Fall/Winter Overview & Tryouts

2018 Dragon Fall/Winter Information

There is a lot of information in this newsletter so please be sure to read it all:

  • Introduction
  • 2018/19 Program Overview
  • Tryouts for Dragons Select Training & Tournament Program
  • New Membership System 

INTRODUCTION

Since we started Dragons 5 years ago we have gained a lot of experience on how to get the most out of the sport of lacrosse for our athletes. We have taken young boys from 4th grade all the way to high school, with many making Varsity at their respective schools as freshmen. We have transitioned more players from the youth ranks into Loyola (#1 in LA) and Harvard Westlake (#3 in LA) than anyone else. And we helped get our entire active class of 2018 players recruited to play in college. Congratulations boys and good luck in the next phase of your life!

Since we are on the topic of 2018 players, we’d also like to take a moment to extend congratulations to all 2018s that played with us over the years. The class of 2018 represents our first expansion class as Dragons grew into a multi-team organization back in 2013. And now all of them are off to college. Whether you played with us a while ago or recently, for a long time or just a season, we had the privilege of training 64 2018s and we want to wish all of you well as you leave high school.

The experience we’ve gained since our early years allows us to create programs that provide players a path from youth lacrosse to the college ranks. And as we enter the Fall/Winter season, we want to provide parents with a more comprehensive overview of the year ahead, rather than just tryouts and a schedule for the upcoming season. We believe that having an overview makes it much easier for parents and players to make decisions.

At the core of all the success we have had at developing young boys into outstanding young men, athletes and lacrosse players, is a training program we believe to be the best in town. Over the years we have held specialty clinics with Zach Greer (Duke, MLL, NLL), Brendan Fowler (Duke, MLL, NLL), Greg Gurenlian (Penn State, MLL, Team USA) and Kyle Harrison (Hopkins, MLL, Team USA). All of these clinics were set up for our players specifically. We weren’t just a feeder into an existing session. And we have a partnership with Lacrosse Masters, the premier Prospect Camp series in the nation. 

But at the core of it all is our day-to-day training. We typically offer more training time than other programs in a given season and we have more coaches and more experience on the field. In fact for the last year we’ve been overstaffing our practices to make sure coaches are rotated to get to know all our players and so they coach at the appropriate levels. This has led to 3, sometimes 4 coaches at a single team practice. We raised the bar years ago when we introduced an all-professional coaching staff in our area, and in the last two years have managed to keep the quality and consistency very high. We have a core roster of 14 coaches and expand to over 20 during peak season. Our coaches are knowledgable, experienced, they are passionate about lacrosse and love teaching kids. Maybe most importantly, our coaches bring an infectious and positive energy to the field that makes lacrosse and learning fun. And they know our players. If you’ve played high school with us, then you will also know that our coaches frequently suit up and jump into drills with our players. And of course they support them in the recruiting process by advocating for them with college coaches, advising them on college choices, highlight reels, overall strategic planning and much more. Click HERE to read about our coaches.

Please keep reading about our 2018/19 Program Overview. In addition to the information presented below, we’ll hold Info Sessions in early September to discuss the entire “career lifecycle” in lacrosse for elementary school, middle school and high school. Dates and locations will be announced in a separate newsletter.

2018/19 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

What you will notice about our program design is that we have developed a format that revolves around the player’s needs. Over the years we have identified certain player profiles and have been developing programming accordingly. This applies especially to high school and the college recruiting process, as you will read about below.

“I want to learn how to play the game”

We offer entry level programming for beginners of all ages (boys & girls) through Fall Training in September and October, as well as lesson referrals to our coaches. Click HERE to read more about Fall Training.

 

 

2018 Fall Training Promo Clip from randy grube on Vimeo.

 

“I want to get game experience and play on a team”

Twice a year we offer recreational lacrosse in a team format for players of all skill levels. Winter season is January and February in the West LA League. Spring season is March to May in the LAYLL. There are no tryouts required to play in a recreational league.

“I want as much high-end training as possible”

We run one of the most successful and longest-running box lacrosse programs in the area. Click HERE to read more about box lacrosse. Box season starts in late August and runs through late October. We will launch off-season training for advanced players once we have clarity on our field space situation. And we have Lacrosse Masters coming up on December 15 & 16 at UCSB for boys and December 8 & 9 at UCLA for girls. Specialty clinics will be announced as the schedule develops. There are no tryouts required for specialty training.

 

 

Dragons Box Clinic With Zack Greer - 5th & 6th Grade Session from randy grube on Vimeo.

Sights And Sounds Of Box - U13 from randy grube on Vimeo.

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

 

“I’m committed to my team and to make myself the best possible player I can be”

Our Dragons Select/Elite Training & Tournament program is part new, part old. New because it isn’t the way we are used to doing things, but old because many top clubs on the East Coast structure their programs very successfully this way. Dragons Select/Elite Training & Tournaments is our travel team program but it separates the training from the tournaments. We did this to allow families more scheduling and budget flexibility, while at the same time ensuring that we have committed rosters at tournaments. The system is simple. Players participate in a tryout to be selected into the training program (see below for additional details). Once in the training program they pay a membership fee to cover training and team practices. Players then have the ability to sign up for tournaments and we attend those at which we can field a committed team. Players pay only for the tournaments they attend. More info on this new system is below. Training & Tournaments is for advanced players in 4th to12th grade.

“I’m serious about playing in college”

Helping players get recruited has been pretty cookie cutter until now. If you’re on a team it is generally one size fits all. You attend certain tournaments and hope that something develops. Or you go it alone at showcases and have little to no support. We’ve developed a more tailored solution we call Dragons Elite Showcase Trips. We’ll be attending 3 types of showcases this Fall to meet the most common player profiles: DI, DIII and Academic. We tested this format successfully this summer. Players travel in a group and with a coach to individual showcases. Benefits include lower costs (parents save on travel expenses), players typically get to play on the same team (preserves the team experience), players have a coach supporting and advising them on site and they have more fun because they are traveling as a group and not alone. For logistical reasons, this year each trip is limited to 5 players in grades 10 and up. A complete video, detailed info and schedule will be published soon. In addition to this new format, we will continue to offer individual recruiting support, access to SportsRecruits and other tools to assist in the process.

“I love the opportunities lacrosse provides and want to use the sport to explore the world around me”

We firmly believe there is more to lacrosse than just the sport itself. We’re presently working on a couple potential international projects that we hope to implement in the next 12-24 months. In addition to that we will continue our Big Brother/Sister program that allows 8th grade and high school players to earn community service hours by helping teach lacrosse to new players in 2nd through 5th grades. And we are increasingly offering coaching opportunities to high school players and players returning from college. Our goal is to eventually have former Dragons return to coach the next generation of players. We also realize that lacrosse can be an expensive sport and we have been actively supporting talented players over the years through our scholarship fund. We run the largest scholarship program in LA and have made a real difference in players’ lives by enabling them to use lacrosse to gain access to academic opportunities, whether it be college or high school.

 

TRYOUTS FOR DRAGONS SELECT/ELITE
TRAINING & TOURNAMENT PROGRAM

What: Tryouts for the Dragons Select/Elite Training & Tournaments Program
Who:
 Tryouts are open to all players in grades 4 to 12
When: August 26th - Youth 3pm to 5pm - HS 5pm to 7pm
Where: Santa Monica HS
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Link: Click HERE

 

 

Dragons Select Tryouts - Summer 2018 from randy grube on Vimeo.

 

DRAGONS SELECT/ELITE TRAINING & TOURNAMENTS
PROGRAM PARAMETERS

Dragons Elite (HS) & Dragons Select (Youth) Start Date: 10/21/2018
Dragons Elite (HS) End Date: 1/20/2019
Dragons Select (Youth) End Date: 2/24/2019
Thanksgiving Break: (11/21/2018 - 11/25/2018) - NO TRAINING 
Christmas Break: (12/21/2018 - 1/3/2018) - NO TRAINING 

A specific training schedule will be announced once we receive our field space allocation from the City of Santa Monica. Each team can expect anywhere from 1 to 3 sessions a week. This will include a game simulation session where we focus on game play, LAX IQ and competitive drills, a technical session where we focus on individual skills and positional training, as well as run club on the beach.

The tournament options are listed below. Please keep in mind that the final schedule will be determined based on actual tournament registrations. In other words, if we assemble a competitive roster by the registration deadline, we will attend that tournament. This means your individual schedule could consist of anywhere from 1 to 5 tournaments, depending on your appetite and overall participation. Deadlines for tournament registration will be posted when we announce Membership and Tournament Pricing.

We plan on fielding single grade teams for 6th, 7th and 8th grade and all the tournaments we selected allow us to play that structure. 4th/5th will be a combo team and HS will be 2021/22 and 2019/20 combo teams.

 

 

Click Here to Register Now!

 

 

DRAGONS SELECT (YOUTH) TOURNAMENT LIST

Battle at the Balloon 
October 27 & 28, 2018
OC Great Park, Irvine, CA

OC Fall Brawl
November 17 & 18, 2018
OC Great Park, Irvine, CA

War on The Shore
December 8 & 9, 2018
OC Great Park, Irvine, CA

Adrenaline Challenge
January 5 & 6, 2019
Del MarPolo Grounds, Del Mar, CA

Air Station Tournament
January 26 & 27, 2019
OC Great Park, Irvine, CA

Tournament details and tournament selection criteria will be shared with the players that end up making the Tournament & Training roster.

 

DRAGONS ELITE (HS) TOURNAMENT LIST

OC Fall Brawl - Tune up/Non-recruiting
November 17 & 18, 2018
OC Great Park, Irvine, CA

The Hustle - Recruiting
December 1 & 2, 2018
So Cal Sports Complex, Oceanside, CA

Lacrosse Masters - Recruiting
December 15 & 16
UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

Adrenaline Challenge - Recruiting
January 5 & 6, 2019
Del MarPolo Grounds, Del Mar, CA

Air Station Tournament - Just for Fun
January 26 & 27, 2019
OC Great Park, Irvine, CA

Tournament details and tournament selection criteria will be shared with the players that end up making the Tournament & Training roster.

 

DRAGONS SELECT & ELITE MEMBERSHIP PRICING 

This season we will be introducing new membership pricing that we feel better suits our families because it splits the cost of training and tournaments. Going forward, each player will become a member and pay a membership fee. Memberships will be split into Youth and High School because Youth has a longer training season. Membership fees include:

  • Game simulation sessions, skills sessions and run club
  • Coaches stipends for practices
  • Field space 
  • Equipment
  • Administrative fees

The membership fee will NOT include tournament cost (see below). Membership pricing will be announced once we receive our field space from the city of Santa Monica and are able to define our specific training schedule.

DRAGONS SELECT & ELITE TOURNAMENT PRICING

This season, each tournament will be priced out and charged separately. The tournament costs will include the following:

  • Tournament fee
  • Coaches stipend
  • Coaches travel costs 
  • Administrative fees

Below are some basic guidelines regarding the tournaments:

  • You have to be a member to play tournaments.
  • You can be a member and not play tournaments.
  • Each tournament roster will capped at 20 to maximize playing time.
  • Players can sign up for tournaments based on the practice depth chart.

This pricing allows us to add more tournaments or drop a tournament and pick ones that better works with the team schedule if needed. Overall it will allow everyone more flexibility and lead to the best result on the field. 

Tournament Pricing will be announced when we announce Membership Pricing

 

 


by posted 08/23/2018
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

Academy of Lacrosse, the umbrella for Dragons & Fire is a 501 c(3) non-profit. Please click the button if you would like to support our efforts and make a taxdeductible donation.

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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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.

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