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!
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 are the only program in LA with an official relationship with Lacrosse Masters, the premier Prospect Camp series in the nation. We also have a new partnership with MadLax that provides our players with preferred access to guest play opportunities on the East Coast for all age levels, as well as spots on the MadLax National Team that competes in exclusive National Lacrosse Federation, the most competitive club tournament 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 are not shy to help our players in the recruiting process. Click HERE to read about our coaches.
Our boys program is structured to accommodate beginners, intermediate and advanced players in grades 2 through 12. Below is an overview of our programs by season and skill level.
DRAGONS: This is the entry level to our program and includes a variety of activities such as Fall Training, Winter West LA season and Spring LAYLL season. Teams practice in Santa Monica usually once-a-week in the winter and twice-a-week in the Spring. Dragons is ideal for beginners and intermediate players and there are no tryouts. Coaching is the same as for the higher level teams.
DRAGONS SELECT: This is the advanced level of our youth program and covers 4th to 8th grades. Teams are formed via tryouts and compete regionally in the Winter and Spring at very tough tournaments. Select practices twice a week in season and each team has 2 coaches. Select is a significantly higher commitment than Dragons.
DRAGONS HS ELITE: This is the most advanced level of our program and is specifically geared towards high school players. HS Elite competes at the toughest tournaments in the highest divisions and is supported by a comprehensive recruiting program. Training is a very important part of our high school experience so we typically offer 2 practices a week in season. HS Elite runs in the Fall (recruiting), Winter and Summer. Our HS Elite teams are invite-only.