JOIN US FOR SUMMER!

JOIN US FOR SUMMER 2021

Summer is upon us and we have been receiving a lot of inquiries about summer programming. We received our field space from the city and have put together a really fun program for boys and girls.

  • The BOYS program is called: Dragons Summer Shoot Around
  • The GIRLS program is called: Fire Sparks

In both programs the emphasis is on continuing to develop fundamentals and to have a lot of fun. There will be more game play during the summer since there is no formal summer league. Both the boys and girls program will have a Starter Station for new players that includes coaches that work with players on fundamentals in a small group setting so they are better prepared when they join the group. We will also offer a loaner gear program that includes sticks, goggles, helmets and pads.

New and continuing players are welcome so please tell your friends.

BOYS INFO

DRAGONS SUMMER SHOOT AROUND

Description: We will have a total of 6 sessions in June on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Belmar Park. Each session will be an hour in length and focus on fundamentals, specific skills and game play. These are not team practices. We will set up two small-sided scrimmage fields at each session and have a Starter Station for new players. We will considering running the program in July if there is sufficient demand. 

Dates:

  • Tuesday - June 15, 22, 29
  • Thursday - June17, 24 & July 1

Times:

  • K-3 Session Times: 5-6pm
  • 4-8 Session Times: 6-7pm

Location: Historic Belmar Park in Santa Monica (1840 4th Street): https://www.santamonica.gov/historicbelmarpark

Curriculum: The Summer Shoot Around is an informal practice & scrimmage format that includes the following elements:

  • Warm up
  • Skills development 
  • Small-sided scrimmage (short field & smaller groups) 

One key component of this program is that we try to focus on teaching specific skills that help players move the ball quicker and play better in tight spaces. Another is that there are no formal teams. Players are assigned into a group for each scrimmage at every session, so there will be plenty of variety.

8th Graders: If you are presently in 8th grade, you can sign up for this program in June and then transition into our high school program as a rising 9th grader in July.

Price: $30 for drop-in play or $150 for the month of June

Registration: All players must sign up online. There is no on-site registration and you cannot walk on. Sign up HERE: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/270522

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to:

Randy Grube - randy@santamonicadragons.org
Erik Krum - krummy35@santamonicadragons.org

GIRLS INFO

FIRE SPARKS

Description: Sparks is a transition program for recreational players to help them make the jump to tournament lacrosse. This summer we are offering three primary components:

  • Sparks 5v5
  • Sparks Middle School Team (no rising 9th graders)

SPARKS 5v5 mirrors the boys Summer Shoot Around program. We will have a total of 6 sessions in June on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Belmar Park. Each session will be an hour in length and focus on fundamentals, specific skills and game play. These are not team practices. We will set up two small-sided scrimmage fields at each session and have a Starter Station for new players.

Dates:

  • Tuesday - June 15, 22, 29
  • Thursday - June17, 24 & July 1

Times:

  • K/1/2/3/4 Session Times: 5-6pm
  • 5/6/7/8 Session Times: 6-7pm

Location: Historic Belmar Park in Santa Monica (1840 4th Street): https://www.santamonica.gov/historicbelmarpark

Curriculum: The Sparks 5v5 is an informal practice & scrimmage format that includes the following elements:

  • Warm up
  • Skills development 
  • Small-sided scrimmage (short field & smaller groups) 

One key component of this program is that we try to focus on teaching specific skills that help players move the ball quicker and play better in tight spaces. Another is that there are no formal teams. Players are assigned into a group for each scrimmage at every session, so there will be plenty of variety.

Price: $30 for drop-in play or $150 for the month of June

Registration: All players must sign up online. There is no on-site registration and you cannot walk on. Sign up HERE: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/270998

Randy Grube - randy@santamonicadragons.org
Meghan Toomey - mtoomey9@santamonicadragons.org

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SEASON

Dragons HS will be offering a very compact schedule for players that are looking to get in some great competition on a good team with excellent coaches. Our schedule is focused on the month of July so it slots in after the majority of the June recruiting events. Some of the benefits of our summer program are:

  • Excellent coaching staff
  • Local tournaments, which keeps costs low
  • Flexible structure, which allows players to do 1, 2 or 3 tournaments

Primary Coaches:

  • Erik Krum (Dragons Athletic Director - Harvard Westlake Varsity Head Coach - Salisbury University)
  • Riley Lasda (Dragons Coach - Harvard Westlake Defensive Coordinator - Albany University)
  • Eli Lasda (Dragons Coach - Harvard Westlake Offensive Coordinator - Albany University)
  • Cal Filson (Dragons Coach - Oberlin College)

Tournament Info:

  • Legends Meltdown July 10 & 11 (Corona)
  • Tinseltown Throwdown July 17 & 18 (Temecula)
  • Summer Solstice July 31 & August 1 (Los Angeles)

Practice Info: In order to make this program as flexible as possible, we are pairing each tournament with 2 practices as follows:

  • Tu/Th July 6 & 8, 5pm to 7pm (Legends Meltdown)
  • Tu/Th July 13 & 15, 5pm to 7pm (Tinseltown)
  • Tu/Th July 27 & 29, 5pm to 7pm (Summer Solstice) 

All practices will take place at Historic Belmar Park in Santa Monica (1840 4th Street): https://www.santamonica.gov/historicbelmarpark

Schedule: Since this is a modular program that allows players to participate by week, here is the specific weekly schedule:

Legends Meltdown

  1. Practice - July 6 & 8, 5pm to 7pm
  2. Tournament - July 10 & 11

Tinseltown Throwdown

  1. Practice - July 13 & 15, 5pm to 7pm
  2. Tournament - July 17 & 18

Summer Solstice

  1. Practice - July 27 & 29, 5pm to 7pm
  2. Tournament - July 31 & August 1

There are no practices the week of July 19.

Pricing & Registration: You can sign up for 1, 2 or 3 tournaments. Each tournament is paired with 2 practices. Prices include field space, practice coaching, tournament coaching, travel costs for the coaching staff, tournament fees, etc. Costs vary a lot because of the difference in tournament fees and travel costs. Some tournaments charge a lot and require a hotel stay, others are inexpensive and local. Tournament prices are:

  • Legends Meltdown - $375
  • Tinseltown Showdown - $415
  • Summer Solstice - $285

Click HERE to register: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/270921

UNIFORMS: WE ARE TRYING TO RUN THIS PROGRAM AS COST-EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE. A UNIFORM IS ABOUT $100, WHICH IS A LOT IF YOU ARE ONLY PLAYING ONE TOURNAMENT. ONCE WE SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE PLAYING HOW MANY TOURNAMENTS, WE CAN DECIDE TO GO WITH EITHER A UNIFORM OR A NUMBERED PINNIE, WHICH IS ONLY ABOUT $35.

MEET OUR COACHES

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ERIK KRUM

  • Salisbury University
  • 3x National Champion
  • Harvard Westlake HS
  • Lacrosse Program Head
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  • Dragons Athletic Director
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RILEY LASDA

  • Albany University
  • Latvian National Team
  • Harvard Westlake HS
  • Defensive Coordinator
  • Defense
  • Dragons Coach
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ELI LASDA

  • Albany University
  • Latvian National Team
  • Harvard Westlake HS
  • Offensive Coordinator
  • Midfield
  • Dragons Coach

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VIRTUAL TRAINING

WELCOME TO DRAGONS VIRTUAL TRAINING!

COVID 19 has been a massive disruption to all of our lives and impacted us all. 5 weeks ago, we had to make a choice: sit on our hands and see how things develop, or embrace the challenge and provide our players with the best possible solution. We worked 12-hour days for a week and built a completely new program that is now well under way. We host 15-16 calls and engage around 200 participants every week.

More importantly, Dragons Virtual Training has a specific purpose. We are teaching players how to be better athletes on their own, when nobody is watching. This is something we have always stressed to our players. But when we are on the field and in the frenzy of day-to-day normal life, there simply isn’t time or desire to do more. Now, all we have is “working on our own.” We are in a semi-permanent state of working while nobody is watching.

Dragons Virtual Training EMPOWERS our players to make productive use of their time to become better athletes, lacrosse players, and also to engage their mind.

 

WE JUST ADDED A VIRTUAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFO.

Dragons Virtual Training is designed as an online "sports school" to give players a well-rounded curriculum that is paired with a 5-day a week calendar to interact with teammates and coaches. Pillars of Dragons Virtual Training are:

  • Structure & Schedule
  • Diverse Learning
  • Connection & Community
  • Independent Work & Accountability
  • Sense of Accomplishment & Fun

Here is the typical SCHEDULE for the week:

  • Monday - Individual Training assignments are sent out
  • Tuesday - Live session with Coaches
  • Wednesday - Workout Wednesday with 3 sessions: Footwork, Stickwork and Circuit
  • Thursday - Live session with Coaches
  • Friday - Goalie session & Parent Forum

Many players participate in 5 sessions a week, most do at least 3. 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...

"Thanks for all your team is doing for the kids - Lyla is loving it!! 

I even shared with my son's soccer team what you are doing as a model for sports teams - you could totally host an entire webinar on how to keep sports going in pandemic - you've got a great program going!!"

Dr Lori Baudino, BC-DMT

STRUCTURE & SCHEDULE

Zoom calls have replaced fields. This video shows you how our coaches and players interact with each other on our new "fields". And it shows that a lot of meaningful work can be done in a virtual program. Also, if you take a look at the captions in the lower left, you can get a feel for the structure of the schedule.

DIVERSE LEARNING

A quick word about our CURRICULUM. Our Individual Training assignments focus on building overall body strength. Footwork and Stickwork are both lacrosse specific. Everything is designed to work indoors, in a small space. The Live sessions reinforce the Individual Training, but we also spend a considerable amount of time working on mindset development, lacrosse IQ, as well as the roots and meaning for the game. We assign homework after every session and we do a lot of in-class participation such as “wear your favorite shirt” day, or “tell us about someone that inspires you.” We will also start to add outdoor classes for players with more space at their disposal to work on shooting and dodging exercises. We end the week with a call just for parents to talk through any questions regarding Virtual Training.

On our Zoom calls we work with players on both mental and physical aspects of being an athlete. In this video you can see a collection of vision boards made by girls and discussed in a live session, as well as shooting videos that were sent in to us as part of a homework assignment.

THE BACK END

Dragons Virtual Training has a fully integrated back end. We use TeamSnap for:

  • Rosters
  • Schedules
  • Messaging
  • File uploads (reference videos, training assignments, drill descriptions)
  • Statistics

When you participate in Dragons Virtual Training it feels like a normal season. You are on a roster and can see your teammates. You get to know your coaches. Every event is scheduled and you receive notifications and reminders prior to each event. The Zoom call link for each event is embedded in the schedule notification so you can click right through. No searching for the e-mail with the link at the last second. Players can always access reference documentation in the Media folders of TeamSnap. If we e-mailed it, you can be pretty sure that it is in a Media folder.

STATISTICS

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An important feature to point out is STATISTICS. We try to hold our players accountable for their Individual Training. To that end we have set up the TeamSnap Statistics feature to allow players to record weekly numbers for wall ball, running, jump rope, footwork, stickwork, circuits and more. At the end of the week we publish the team and individual top 3 statistics. This video shows a few of our players completing their Individual Training.

 

CONNECTION & COMMUNITY

Although we are not able to see each other on the field as we are used to, the level of communication between teammates has gone up dramatically. Last week a group of middle school players organized a birthday celebration for a fellow player all on their own, without interaction from parents. Virtual Training provided the consistent interaction and structure necessary for players to create their own "project groups" and to get things done on their own.

DRILL LIBRARY

One more important thing to point out is that we have our own DRILL LIBRARY that players can reference as part of their training. We already have close to 50 videos up and add more material continuously.

REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS

Dragons Virtual Training is now open to all boys & girls in K-8 at an all-inclusive cost of $45 per week.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Randy Grube at randy@santamonicadragons.org.

JUST ADDED: BOYS HS VIRTUAL TRAINING

Nobody really thought that we would spend the Spring launching Dragons Virtual Training, but here we are. And to be honest, we have become quite good at this new form of training. Mostly because the core value of Virtual Training is the same as on-field training: we are providing the coach-player relationship, the team experience, as well as a reliable routine that gives players something to look forward to.

Our High School program is different from our youth program in that it has a 5-day a week structure and is intended as a framework to support players on their individual paths.

MONDAY - FRIDAY PROGRAM

SOMETHING EVERY DAY

EACH DAY HAS A THEME

GUEST SPEAKERS

WORKSHOPS

MOTIVATIONAL TALKS

RECRUITING SUPPORT

COLLEGE COACH SESSIONS

INDIVIDUAL WORKOUT PLANS

GROUP WORKOUTS

THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

  1. Motivation Monday - Sets up the week with a motivational talk and working session via Zoom. Individual raining plans are also discussed a this session. 
  2. Tuesday Recruiting Check-In - We talk to players in a small group setting to see whom they are e-mailing, what the status of their reel is, what questions they have. The goal is to make sure all players are doing SOMETHING and they are getting the advice they need.
  3. Workout Wednesday - HS players join the existing Dragons weekly workout routine that consists of footwork (3pm), bodyweight circuit (4pm) and stick work (5pm).
  4. Thursday & Friday is open for workshops and guest speakers. The specific schedule will vary weekly. Guest speakers will be professional athletes or college coaches. Workshops can be any number of things: Time management, video editing, how to write a letter, etc.

REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS

The HS program has a very flexible registration component. You simply sign up by the week. If you want to skip a week, you can do so. Weekly cost is $45. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Randy Grube at randy@santamonicadragons.org.

FOR WHEN THINGS RETURN TO NORMAL...

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Thank you for visiting the Dragons Lacrosse website. We are a youth lacrosse club that offers everything from beginner sessions, to the most advanced training and competitive travel and recruiting teams for boys in grades K through 12, as well as girls in grades K to 8. If you're looking to be the best possible lacrosse player you can be and want to have an awesome team experience, you have found your home.

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If you are a new family and want to learn more, please visit the BOYS PROGRAM CALENDAR and BOYS TEAMS, or GIRLS PROGRAM CALENDAR and GIRLS TEAMS 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). On the girls side our Dragons program is designed for recreational players. Advanced girls are invited to check out our FIRE LACROSSE program.

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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 DRAGONS REGISTRATION link 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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Testimonials

"Dragons has been monumental in my growth as a player because they provided intense practices, encouraging coaching, and a family environment. The environment was unlike anything I had previously been a part of. Everyone wanted me to succeed and be happy, which made me want to play harder and get better."

Owen Gaffney - 2021

“Mason had a blast and loved playing with his buds and meeting some great new teammates as well. Bronson had a great time and learned a lot about being challenged with playing against bigger and older kids. Both have improved greatly from this season and your entire coaching staff, and I thank you for that. Every coach we came in contact with in your organization was top notch, friendly and great with the kids. Rarely do my boys say how much they liked the coaches in any sport they participate in. Here they regularly commented and recited things Coach Krum and Coach Max had told them. Thanks again and you have a great organization.” 

Matt Gavia

“I have had all 3 of my kids attend the HLT sessions.  My daughters are 16 and 12 years old and my son is 14.  Lindsey does an amazing job working on a variety of strength, speed, and agility but what I find the most enticing part of HLT is Lindsey’s focus on the mental approach.  Coach Lindsey stresses the importance of a positive attitude, what it takes to be a high performer such as getting a good night sleep and eating correctly.  HLT is so much more than just a workout, she is offering the participants a view into what made her a successful Division 1 athlete and it has been great for all three of my kids.”

Kevin Doyle

“Thank you, Lyndsey, for an inspiring and awesome HLT session yesterday! Dylan and Aidan had started off the afternoon resistant, reluctant, and frankly, unhappy about having to do more “conditioning” ... but both of them ended the session having had fun and looking forward to future sessions. Appreciate your encouragement and expertise.”

Malena Law

“My two kids are really enjoying Lyndsey’s Offseason HLT and attend weekly. What they like about her program is that they know they are getting a challenging workout but they don’t feel exhausted or drained from the sessions. They also appreciate Lyndsey’s interest in their self-care outside of the sessions, which has them focusing on nutrition and healthy habits. It is amazing that not only my daughter who is a Fire player but also my son can benefit from Lyndsey’s professional knowledge and passion for fitness and lacrosse. I think their commitment to the Offseason HLT program will greatly enhance their fitness levels when lacrosse tournaments commence this winter and it will make their tournament experiences all the more fulfilling.”

Katie Turnbull

SEE WHAT IS BEHIND THE TESTIMONIALS

Dragons Directors

Erik Krum - Athletic Director

Born and raised in Denver Colorado, Erik  moved to Manhattan Beach, CA in 2004 and graduated from Mira Costa High School where he was 2x All-American (2006 & 2007). Erik's next stop was Salisbury University from 2007-2012, where he won 3 national championships. As a senior, Erik was a First Team All-American, as well as the regular season highest goal scorer. In 2014 & 2015 Erik played for the Ohio Machine in the MLL. Since 2013 Krum has been athletic director for the Santa Monica Dragons. As such, Erik determines the annual curriculum, content of all programs and sets the tone for the behavior, attitude and work ethic on the field. Krum is one of the best motivators in the sport on the West Coast and is extremely close with his players. He is also lacrosse program head and head varsity coach at harvard Westlake.

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Meghan Toomey - Program Director

Meghan has been at the head of Dragons Lacrosse since the inception of the girls program in 2014, growing the program from an 8 person roster to a full rosters of teams and several championships. Her vision and dedication for creating a unique club experience largely contributed to the rapid growth of the program. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Meghan was an All-American defender and captain at Salisbury University leading the program to two head varsity coach at Marlborough High School, and has previously coached the Los Angeles WDNT team and Under Armour Underclassman team. Meghan will be coaching all age levels and is the Program Director for Fire Santa Monica, as well as the overall Fire Lacrosse Program Director.

New Players

We strive to make playing lacrosse as simple and affordable as possible. We hold free clinics throughout the year, offer new players a free trial session and provide free loaner gear. We even have a LaunchPad program that provides guidelines on how to get into lacrosse and at what time of the year.

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Advanced Players

Over the last 6 years we have developed hundreds of boys into tournament level players and won close to 50 championships. Our high school boys compete at the highest level on the West Coast and are active in the recruiting process. The Dragons girls program serves as a development program and advanced players participate in Fire Lacrosse during tournament season.

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The Annual Calendar

Dragons offers programming for boys and girls in K through 12 from September to the end of July. Fall is the best time of year to get started. In there winter we offer recreational and tournament teams, as well as high school recruiting for boys. In the spring we focus on participation in youth rec leagues. In the summer we are back to doing tournaments and traveling across the West and East Coast for recruiting events.

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Player Development

We take a long-term approach to developing boys and girls into the best possible and well-rounded student athletes they can be; on and off the field. Our coaching staff is the most expansive and knowledgable in the area and our 360º Player Development curriculum provides the structure for a path from elementary school to through high school.

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The Team Experience

Imagine a place where you can just come and be yourself. A place where you can take as much or as little time as you need to develop your skills. A place full of positive energy and support. A place that is inclusive and supportive and easy to make friends in. That is the essence of the Dragons Lacrosse team experience.

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Events

We like to bring the lacrosse community together several times a year to just have fun or be part of a good cause. Every Halloween we host the Pumpkin Shoot on the beach in Santa Monica and we have several videos to show for it. Every June we host the Laps 4 Lax Fundraiser to bring everyone together for a fun and meaningful pre-summer event.

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COLLEGE COMMITS
CHAMPIONSHIPS
INCREDIBLE COACHES
AWESOME PLAYERS

Boys Championships

2018 OCBLL JV Gold Champions
2018 OCBLL JV Gold Champions
2018 LAYLL Champions
2018 LAYLL Champions

Girls Championships

2019 PELA MS-A Champions
2019 PELA MS-A Champions
2018 PELA MS-B Champions
2018 PELA MS-B Champions