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Hotshots Counter Strike Cup

From the creator of "Quik Stix", the Hotshots are excited to bring back the most competitive 3 vs 3 tournament in Santa Barbara: Counter Strike!



What is Counter Strike?

Games are 8 minutes long and each team play up to 5 games in roughly 60 minutes. 


• Players are placed on teams of 4-5 players and play 3 on 3, in a non-contact, short-field lacrosse mini-tournament. All players use a short stick, with helmets & gloves only. Each game is 8 minutes, where all players play all positions and sub on the fly.

• This is a “non-contact” league. Though players may incidentally bump into one another - there will be no stick or body checks allowed. Intentional contact will be a time-serving penalty. Flagrant, malicious or repeated penalties will result in removal from the game and possibly from the league altogether.


• Four Wednesdays This Summer: July 21, 28 and August 4, 11

• Times: 4-6pm (specific times subject to change)

• Location: San Marcos High School or Padaro

• Counter Strike Cup Fees: $35 per or $125 for all 4

How good do I have to be to play?

Beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced players can all register for Counter Strike.  Ability is a part of it but effort and a competitor mentality will take you and your team far.  Sharpen your stick skills at home on the Wall or with a friend.


• Rising 4th through 8th grade players (Current grade 3rd-7th)

• Two Age Divisions: 4th-6th & 7th-8th

• All players must have a short stick, helmet, gloves & mouthpiece

How are the Hotshot Crews formed?

Coaches place the players into teams of 4-5 players each session to maximize competition for the day.

Why should we play Counter Strike?

3 vs 3 lacrosse teaches kids of all ability levels how to play in transition and forces them to have soft hands in order to catch a much lighter ball than they are used to.  In addition, they are running non-stop for almost 60 minutes and getting many valuable touches on the ball in a short period of time.  We want the kids to learn to react to situations quickly, whether it be on offense or defense.  

What are the rules?

There are no body checks, however controlled stick checks are allowed. Substitutions are on the fly.  There are more rules but we'll explain them to the players.  It's very easy to pick up.


Divisions will be age/ability based to make it safe, fun, and competitive.

What do I need to bring to Counter Strike games?

  • Lacrosse Stick

  • Helmet

  • Gloves

  • Mouthpiece

  • Arm Pads (optional)

  • Cleats (recommended)


Can I borrow equipment from Hotshots?

Everyone should provide their own lacrosse equipment.   However, equipment may be rented/reserved during registration from Hotshots for a reasonable, non-refundable fee of $40 for wear and tear.

What are we trying to teach?

  • Quick ball movement

  • Playing with soft hands

  • Spacing

  • Creativity

  • Thinking fast/adapting/making good decisions

  • Draw and Dump Offense

  • Understanding and learning what "early offense" is

  • "Man Up" and "Man Down" core concepts

  • Playing in transition

  • Resiliency

  • GRIT


Santa Barbara, CA


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