Premier youth lacrosse club in santa monica and los angeles, offering training and teams for beginners, as well as recreational and advanced players.

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New players can join Dragons at any age level. There are no tryouts for players new to lacrosse and we always have a program or team for new players. 

 

We also have a basic new player support program called LaunchPad that makes it as easy as possible for boys & girls of all ages to try out lacrosse and integrate into the Dragons experience. LaunchPad focuses on 3 things:

 

1. Teaching stick skills & the rules of the game

2. Providing access to free loaner gear

3. Integrating a new player into a team

 

LaunchPad works best if you are able to join in the Fall season (September to November). In the Fall we run a program called Fall Training that focuses on teaching the fundamentals, as well as the basic rules of the game. Players are welcome to try out a session at no charge and we provide free loaner gear, which reduces the barriers to entry to virtually zero. 

 

After participating in Fall Training, players are typically ready to join a team for the Winter season. During this time we form teams and start practicing 1-2 times a week, and play games every Saturday from the first weekend in January through the end of February. The progression from Fall Training into the Winter season is the most natural way to develop as a lacrosse player. One of the benefits of the Winter season is that advanced players are in a separate travel program and do not play in the local league. This ensures that new players are almost always playing against teams that are also made up of other new players.

 

If you are looking to join Dragons outside of the Fall/Winter timeline LaunchPad is there to help as well, just in a different way. You simply register for a current program, contact us to get your loaner gear, and then we suggest that your player takes 3-4 lessons with a coach while starting to attend team practices. A team practice almost always focuses on teaching the group as a whole, so the lessons give players an extra level of confidence and make integration into a team much easier. Many of our coaches are available for private lessons. Click HERE for more info on private lessons. 

 

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact Girls Program Director Meghan Toomey at @santamonicadragons.org.