Summer lacrosse opportunities abound in the OC


Here at Southland Lax, we know the importance of improving your skills in the summer, whether it be club ball or instructional camps.

If you live in Orange County, there are a number of terrific options available. Check out a few below:

Tribz Lacrosse

Led by coach Andreas Gaynor, Tribz Lacrosse is an Irvine-based program in its fifth year of existence and is really doing its part to grow the game in the OC. You might have heard about Tribz awhile back on LAS, but if you didn’t see the video, check out what the TLN crew had to say about Tribz.

iTribz 2010-11 team picture
I'm proud to have been a member of the founding Tribz team in 2010-11.

I was on the very first Tribz team (iStarz) in Winter 2010-11, and as the first high school club team in Irvine, we competed in the Starz Cup, placing second overall after a one-goal loss in the finals. After that season and as lacrosse grew in the area, Tribz Lacrosse left the Starz series to focus more on local competition. Tribz, along with some of the top coaches in the area — including Jon Fox of Foothill, Glen Miles of San Clemente and Brian Dunn of Huntington Beach — formed the Orange County Winter Lacrosse League and Orange County Summer Lacrosse League to better serve the local talent without having to travel quite as far.

For the third summer, Tribz also will be offering a games-only summer league for ages 15 and up at University High School in Irvine on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I played in the league last summer, and it was a great mix of skill levels with a focus on getting better and just having fun. The league runs from the end of June to the beginning of August.

Tribz is also now filling it’s TLTT (Tribz Lacrosse Travel Team), which will compete in a local bi-weekly Saturday jamboree league with U13, U15, JV and Varsity divisions.

In addition, Tribz Lacrosse offers travel teams that play competitively in recruiting tournaments such as the Sonoma Shootout, Adrenaline Challenge and Jam by the Sea tournament, even sponsoring and a Tribz Masters team in Vail, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and throughout California.

Have questions about the program? Email Coach Gaynor at

Earthquake Lacrosse

Established in 2005, EQL has been bringing lacrosse to players across OC with fall and spring leagues. I played two seasons in EQL’s fall-ball league, and it was a very well run league that allowed high school teams to play together and get the kinks out before they really started getting into their seasons.

This summer also will be the third year EQL is having a games-only Summer League, running from the end of June to the beginning of August. Games for the summer league will be played at Newport Ridge and Coastal Peak Park. Teams will be divided into age groups, with U11, U13, U15, JV, Varsity and Men’s 18 & Over divisions.

Individual players can register here. Teams can register here.

OC Kings

The OC Kings are a regional team in the Starz organization. Under program directors Xander and Max Ritz — former University of Maryland All-Americans and LXM Pro co-founders — the Kings have had great success in the past, winning the 2011 Adrenaline Sin City Showdown Elite and High School divisions, as well as the 2011 Adrenaline Challenge High School division. This summer, the Elite team will compete in the Coronado Classic and the Sonoma Shootout while the High School roster will play at those tournaments in addition to the California Lax Classic. The Kings’ program offers Middle School and Youth squads, as well.

4 LEAF Lacrosse

In addition to running a Fall 7-on-7 league “designed to keep teams together during the offseason and preseason,” 4 LEAF — which stands for Lacrosse, Education, Apparel and Fitness — also has multiple collegiate recruiting travel teams competing in tournaments throughout the year.

This summer, 4 LEAF will have two high school boys teams, one high school girls teams and
one U15 boys team. Tryouts will be June 2-3 at Coastal Peak Park. 4 Leaf has competed in past tournaments such as the Denver Shootout, Sonoma Shootout, Adrenaline Challenge, IAS New Hampshire Showcase, and Delaware Hot Beds, and is run by a great staff comprised of many former college players.

Questions? Email or call the 4 LEAF office at (949) 276-4472.

Orange County Golden Eagles

This team, based out of Santa Margarita, is a newer program looking to help get the recruiting process going for young lacrosse players. The Golden Eagles offer an Elite team, a High School team, a U15 team and a U13 team. The program will be represented at the Denver Team Camp, Pacific Lacrosse Festival, California Lax Classic, Sonoma Shootout and Coronado Classic. During the Fall and Winter, the Golden Eagles also will represent South Orange County in the Southern California Indoor Lacrosse Association.

For more information email

West Coast Lacrosse

West Coast Lacrosse runs summer box lacrosse throughout Southern California, with leagues in L.A., Ventura and the OC and divisions ranging from U9 to Men’s Open. The OC league represents North Orange County in the new Southern California Indoor Lacrosse Association, and games are played at The Rinks in Huntington Beach.

OC Box Lacrosse

In its eighth year of existence, the newest iteration of OC Box Lacrosse will be offering a Men’s Division (18 and up) and a High School Division (link: ). After breaking off from West Coast Lacrosse, OC Box Lacrosse has moved to The Rinks in Irvine (formerly known as 949 Hockey and Gretzky Rink) and uses field rules despite being indoors. I also have had the pleasure of playing in this league, and it was a great way to sharpen my skills!

Contact league director Syd Chai at for more info!

There is a lot of lacrosse to be played this summer in Orange County. Think we missed an awesome camp or team? Let us know at or send a tweet to @SouthlandLax.


  1. to be fair, Greg’s knots don’t cross to the front because both cross lace pieces go over the top in the front of the pocket. I had my doubts on this, but have tried it myself, and most importantly… it still works! It’s some fashion for sure, but from what I’ve seen… mostly function.

    Love this discussion and feel free to keep it going!

      • Wouldn’t expect you to back down from it either! Totally fair. I am also in your camp when it comes to how I personally string, but to each their own I say!!! I’ve played with a Rose wand before and I like it. Thanks for commenting Doug! I know you love your tradish.

  2. I agree with you on the back side for the crosslaces. I do the same thing and it provides great performance. Young Laxers now a days are more worried about how they look (the lax brah thing) than their actual skills or performance. Therefore some of these players are more worried that their traditional stick looks “correct” (where’s the book that says the EXACT way to string a stick) instead of the performance level of the stick.

      • Thanks for all the comments gents – I am totally open to different ways of stringing and have definitely tried both ways. For me, the biggest thing is how it functions, and, having played with mostly traditional for the past 3 years, I haven’t had any performance issues with doing it this way.

        I also make sure they are particularly tight around each leather at the point of crossing to ensure they stay put.

        Perhaps I’ll give a whirl again, on another head soon, and do it your way Doug!

        • I’m sure your way works great, Greg!  Over the years, I’ve even tried over one side and under the next, but still form a standard interlocking knot.  This really channels the ball from the outside in!  This can hug the ball too much at times in my opinion, but I may give that a whirl again!  Like I’ve written before, I totally agree with you in that knowing your pocket is vastly important toward being a better lacrosse player!  Love your projects 

          • I think I’m going to do that – over one under one for the next traddie I do – I’ll be sure to post it up. Would love to see one of yours if you have a link? Cheers and thanks for the support.