Our Boys Teams
The Santa Monica Dragons and Fire Lacrosse were formed as a 501c3 non-profit in May of 2012 under the legal name Academy of Lacrosse. We first took to the field in December of 2012 as a 3rd and 4th grade team with 14 or so players. We played a "development season" in the West LA winter league in early 2013 and then won the 2013 Adrenaline Youth League Spring championship in the 3/4 division with a 14-0 record. Along the way we solidified our approach to teaching the sport and running our organization. The following year we were asked by other parents to start offering additional age levels, and we did.
Since 2012 we've grown from 14 or so players to over 250. We run recreational and travel programs for boys and girls in grades 2 through 12, and we've become one of the most accomplished programs in Southern California. Our programming includes Lacrosse 101 introductory classes, Speed Lacrosse (stick skill development on the beach), positional clinics, athletic training, box lacrosse and team training for local and travel teams. We also run countless introductory clinics through out the year, usually in conjunction with a school or another organization, and they are usually free.
We believe in putting the highest quality product on the field. We do an excellent job of teaching the game of lacrosse, but just as importantly, our program teaches the players life lessons, a good work ethic and solid values. The result has been teams that play and compete at a very high level. We've won league championships, box tournaments, local tournaments, as well as state and regional tournament championships. But we're also the best place to send a beginner. An incoming 2nd or 3rd grader learns more in our program than he or she would anywhere else.
Dragons co-founders are Jim Gelb and Randy Grube. Our Athletic Director is Erik Krum, who is also head coach of the 2021 squad, our original team. Erik is responsible for infusing all of our teams with the knowledge, drive, focus and passion he brings to the game.
High School Elite
Our most advanced players will be offered several trips to the East Coast per year to compete at major recruiting events and to conduct college visits. Trips are chaperoned and may be team trips or small groups tailored to specific showcase events and geographic regions. High School Elite also offers opportunities to participate in partnership programs such as LA All Stars, and offers recruiting support to those interested in playing at the next level.
The Dragons High School program is open to all HS players and focuses on training and tournaments on the West Coast during the Winter and Summer seasons.
Middle & Elementary School
We offer high-level training and team options for our most advanced 6th, 7th and 8th graders, ranging from Box Lacrosse to SoCal and West Coast tournaments. In the last 2 years the level of play in the local leagues has also increased dramatically so we offer the option of playing in the local league as a Select team.
Players that are just entering the sport, want to play at more of an intermediate level or those that are more advanced but would prefer to play seasonally have the option of playing in the West LA League in January and February, or the LAYLL in March - May.