This site is the home of Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association, a not-for-profit organization promoting lacrosse in the greater Santa Barbara area.







Lacrosse, considered to be America's first sport, was born of the North American Indian, christened by the French, and adapted and raised by the Canadians. Modern lacrosse has been embraced by athletes and enthusiasts of the United States and the British Commonwealth for over a century.


The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse -- the big or the small.


The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn.  Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse.





The following video "This is Lacrosse" gives a quick overview of lacrosse

(please note that this video was originally produced by US Lacrosse in 2004 and some rule changes have taken place since its production and US Lacrosse membership has grown to more than 300,000 members)

Undeniable // Full Show // ESPN :: Jake Seau & Shack Stanwick





Great Video "America's First Sport"

America’s First Sport from SU David B. Falk College on Vimeo.




US Lacrosse is the national governing body of men's and women's lacrosse, primarily serving the youth game.

It provides a leadership role in virtually every aspect of the game, boasts 63 chapters throughout the United States, and offers programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport.

US Lacrosse provides a standardized lacrosse curriculum for physical education programs, as well as standardized certification and training programs for coaches and officials. Through its Sport Science and Safety Committee, US Lacrosse has funded hundreds of thousands of dollars of sport safety research in areas of concern to the lacrosse community. 


Also from US Lacrosse:

Additional Resources for Beginners

The Nationwide Parents Guide

The USL Parent Handbooks for Youth Players 

Health & Safety Tips





Reminder for all players/parents:
Excessive, illegal or inappropriate hitting either with the stick or body will not be tolerated. We take the safety of all players very seriously.  


  • First offense will be a verbal reminder to the player from the coach and an email notice will be sent to the parents.
  • Second offense will be a "time-out" from play and a phone call to the parents.
  • Third Offense will result in suspension from a game or removal from the league depending on SBLA coaches and board's decision.  A written and verbal notice will be given to the player & parents.



The SBLA is committed to keeping the game safe and fun for all.



In "collision" sports (eg, boxing, football, and rodeo), athletes purposely hit or collide with each other or inanimate objects, including the ground, with great force.

In "contact" sports (eg, basketball, lacrosse), athletes routinely make contact with each other or inanimate objects but usually with less force than in collision sports.



"Research has found both men's and women's lacrosse to be relatively safe compared to other commonly played team sports. Most injuries are minor strains, sprains and contusions. But as in any sport, more significant injuries can and do occur. The Sport Science and Safety Committee of US Lacrosse is sponsoring research to monitor these injuries, better understand their mechanisms and design preventive programs. Our goal is to expand the base of lacrosse specific sports medicine knowledge and provide objective guidance to enhance safety at all levels of play."

- Dr. Richard Hinton, US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee

Concussion concerns (see US Lacrosse "Concussion Management")


Medical Article regarding Sports - epidemiology of concussions in high school athletes:  Epidemiology of Concussions Among United States High School Athletes in 20 Sports.


NY Times Article: Football Helmets & Concussions 



Important Safety Information

(Head Injuries in Girls Lacrosse)


The SBLA has reviewed the national data on head injuries in women's lacrosse and has decided to adapt the US Lacrosse standards of requiring eye protection and mouth guards only.  Helmets are not recommended.

Women' s protective eyewear (see US Lacrosse Protective Eyewear Mandate") [Approved Eyewear List]

Please refer to the following links for further information:
US Lacrosse-Position Statement on Eye Protection
in Women's Lacrosse

ESPN E-60 Documentary
US Lacrosse Response
US Lacrosse "Why"
American Journal of Sports Medicine Head-Face-Eye
NY Times Article: Football Helmets & Concussions 



There is a growing amount of documentation on the benefit to the youth to perform more vigorous activity each day. See the USA TODAY article (December 7, 2010, also found in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) "Kids active only about half of time in sports practices"


Also See our Health & Safety page