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IGNITE Beginner Clinic Series

IGNITE is a series of practices that are designed to introduce lacrosse to boys and girls in K-8th grade.  Clinics will incorporate basic skill development for players looking to try lacrosse for the first time.  Each practice will build on the skills learned from the last.  

Eligibility: Participants must not have participated in a previous Hotshots Ignite Beginner Clinic Series or Training Session.  All players must be new to the sport, our Program, and to this Clinic Series to register.


Players will be grouped by grade and ability level and have an opportunity to work with the best coaching staff in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley.  

These carefully programmed sessions are intended to provide first-time players with proper instruction in the basic lacrosse fundamentals - holding the stick, picking up ground balls, cradling, catching, throwing, dodging, defending and shooting.

After one or two of these sessions, most participants are ready to play wall ball on their own and progress into our skill clinic series.

Beginner Clinics are held at various times throughout the year, but can also be organized upon request for small groups of kids interested in learning the game together with friends.


Set up your own small group beginner clinic.






Equipment: Lacrosse equipment can be reserved during Clinic registration at no additional cost.


Choose the dates the player can attend in Registration.  We encourage new players to attend all practices dates to receive the full benefit of the clinic and the experience.

*All players must register 24 hours in advance so we can adequately plan staffing and equipment needs.


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Santa Barbara

Boys Grades K-8

Wednesdays: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2
Time: 2-3:30 PM
Location: Willowglen Park 

Saturdays: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5
Time: 9:30-11:00 AM
Location: Elings Park

Cost: $25 per practice

Lacrosse equipment provided by Hotshots - Reserve in Registration

All Players Must Register in Advance
Santa Ynez Valley

Girls and Boys Grades K-6

Session II
4/7 (rescheduled to Sun. 4/10: K-2 9-10AM/3-5th 10-11:30AM)
4/14, 4/21, 4/28

Time: 4-5:30 PM
Location: Sunny Fields Park, Solvang

Cost: $100

Lacrosse equipment provided by Hotshots - Reserve in Registration

All Players Must Register in Advance

Hotshots Coaching Staff

Men's NCAA Division I

John Hills | Naval Academy

Ben Wahler | DPHS Varsity | Denver

Chandler Devaeny | Air Force Academy '21

Chris Walsch | Air Force Academy ' 18

Jake Thornally | Air Force Academy '20

Men's NCAA Division III

Andy Chalupa | Pfeiffer University

Nik Hodosy-Brander | Wheaton University

Ike Chafkin | Beloit College

Austin Brake | Frostburg State University (MD)

Men's MCLA Division I

Evan Smith | San Marcos HS Varsity | Washington State

Miles Park | UCSB Class of 2024

Lucas Martinez | Dos Pueblos HS Varsity | Boston College

Tom Lehmann | UCSB '12 | Former SBLA Program Director

Rob Gordon | UCSB

Tanner Gilton | UCSB Class of 2022

Justin Juarez | Dos Pueblos High School '20


Cara Hewes | Denison University



Santa Barbara, CA