Each winter, the Surf Dawgs participate in a Winter League youth lacrosse league. The league is comprised of youth programs from across Orange County. Some of these programs are true community-based programs like the Surf Dawgs and others are select, try-out based programs.
Although the sport of lacrosse is traditionally a spring sport, in newly developing lacrosse areas, playing youth lacrosse in the winter allows kids to continue to play other sports like Little League baseball while giving lacrosse a try. It also enables the high school coaches to be involved in youth lacrosse programs before their high school seasons start in the spring.
We typically enter a number of Surf Dawg teams in the OCLA Winter League. The OCLA divides teams into age (grade) groups and skill levels. Depending upon the number of our participants, we may have more than one team in an age group, with one team comprised of the more experienced players and the other of kids just getting started.
Before playing on a Surf Dawg League Team, we require players to have attended a Beginner's Clinic and a few Training Sessions so they are adequately prepared to experience some success in a competitive setting.
Traditionally, the age groups in Winter League are divided this way:
There are times when it makes sense for us to have two teams in an age group - maybe a 5th-6th developmental team and a second team comprised of mostly experienced 6th graders.
Team practices are held twice each week. One weekday afternoon and on Sunday afternoons. If a team has a game on Sunday, their second practice is usually re-scheduled for Saturday. Practices are held at Eastbluff Elementary or Corona del Mar High School.
Games are traditionally on Saturdays (sometimes Sundays) from mid-January through early March. Games are played in Orange County.
There are fees involved with Winter League participation. These fees help our organization to reduce the cost of team uniforms, League Team Fees, liability insurance, equipment, and coaches travel expenses.