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Dragons Boys Summer 2018 Youth Overview

Summer is one of the most exciting times to play lacrosse. The competition ramps up considerably, we hit some fun locations and players and parents alike get to spend some quality time getting to know each other and becoming a family. 

Our summer program places a very high emphasis on training, with more coaches and longer practices than last summer. And we are bringing back athletic training as a separate session.

Our Dragons Boys Youth Summer Travel Program offers approximately 24 hours of practice time, 6 hours of athletic training and 3 highly competitive tournaments per age group. The schedule is very compact, with our last day of play on July 1st, giving our players the rest of the summer off. Each team will have 2-3 coaches at practice and 2 coaches at games. We’re really looking forward to this summer and hope you are as well. 

Tryouts: All players must try out in order to participate in summer play. Tryouts will be held Wednesday, April 11th from 7pm to 9pm at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica.

Click HERE to register for the tryouts.

Practices: We plan on offering 12 team practices @ 2 hours each as part of this program. The final schedule will depend on the field space allocation we receive from the City of Santa Monica, but 12 practices is in line with historical averages. We will have 2-4 coaches at practice per team (see below for more info).

Athletic Training: In addition to the the team practices we will offer 6 athletic training sessions with Sweat City that focus on speed, agility and conditioning. If you’ve been with us for a while you’ll remember that we did athletic training with Sweat City in the past and it was a big hit.

Click HERE to register for the tryouts

4/5 Blue Tournament Schedule

SoCal Summer Kickoff
June 2&3, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

Pacific Lacrosse Festival
June 22-24, 2018
Various locations in San Diego

Riptide Classic
June 30-July 1, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

6/7 Blue Tournament Schedule

SoCal Summer Kickoff
June 2&3, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

Denver Shootout
June 15-17, 2018
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022

Riptide Classic
June 30-July 1, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

8 Blue Tournament Schedule

SoCal Summer Kickoff
June 2&3, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

Denver Shootout
June 15-17, 2018
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022

Riptide Classic
June 30-July 1, 2018
OC Great Park
6950 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618

Summer Youth Travel Team Coaches

4/5 Blue: Andrew Buss, Blane Taylor, Kelley Jay
6/7 Blue: James Burton, Wade Winebrenner, Max Mercier
8 Blue: Erik Krum, Riley Lasda, Chanler Allegaert, Shawn Zordani, Mike Kutzer

As you can see we are offering more coaches per team than we have in the past. Here are the reasons why:

  • We are trying to offer as much personal attention as possible
  • We are trying to offer as much positional training as possible
  • We are trying to offer as many coaching viewpoints as possible
  • We are trying to get as many players and coaches familiar with each other. There will be scheduling conflicts for some coaches at some tournaments and this rotation assures a seamless experience.

It should be noted that all of the coaches listed above have been with the teams since the Spring season. We have updated the bios on our website. Click HERE to take a look.

 
Enhancing Your Young Athlete’s Performance

We all know that the drive to succeed leads athletes to look for ways to get an edge on the competition. We're happy to share some helpful tips on the topic of enhancing your young athlete’s performance, from our friends at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Sports Medicine Program.
 
What Doesn’t Work:
 
Performance-enhancing substances: Many products are marketed with claims for sports success, but supplements can cause adverse effects, especially in young athletes. Some are contaminated with harmful additives, such as hormones and heavy metals, or include banned substances that can result in disqualification from sports team participation.  
 
Overtraining: Exercising excessively, beyond the body's ability to recover due to inadequate rest, is never a good idea. More is not better! Athletes must allow for adequate recovery time and aim for at least one day per week of rest.
 
Carb-loading: Glycogen, the stored form of carbohydrates, is the main fuel your muscles use to produce energy. But consuming excessive amounts of carbohydrates is not recommended.
 
What Does Work:
 
Proper training: Vary the amount of weight lifting, length of workout time, and type of workouts young athletes perform by incorporating cross training and resistance training.
 
Good nutrition and hydration: A typical young athlete’s diet should include:
  • 55-60 percent carbohydrates (additional 5-10 percent for endurance athletes)
  • 10-15 percent protein (slightly higher for strength-trained athletes)
  • Less than 30 percent fat (and less than 10 percent saturated fat)
  • Fruits and vegetables that offer a wide array of antioxidants, such as blueberries, broccoli, spinach and tomatoes
  • Plenty of fluids or hydration-promoting beverages, such as water or milk
Sleep hygiene: In a recent study, athletes who slept an average of less than 8 hours per night were 1.7 times more likely to have had an injury, compared with athletes who slept an average 8 or more hours a night.
 
Take care and let's keep our athletes in the game!
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