East Bay ACES



Spring is around the corner and so are East Bay ACES Tryouts! If you want to play for the East Bay ACES in 2018, register below to attend the January 27th tryout.

                 755 Oak Grove Rd.
                 Concord, CA 94518
Date: 1/27/18
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Cost: $25

Register here if you missed tryouts and would like an individual assessment to be considered for selection to the East Bay ACES Lacrosse Club 2018 Summer Season. One of our club directors will reach out to you shortly to schedule the session.

2017 Fall/Winter Schedule

Practice Schedule

Training Camp:
  • Sept 23rd – 9AM-2PM (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sept 24th – 10AM-12PM (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Oct 1st: 8am –10am (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Oct 8th: 8am –10am (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Oct 15th: 8am –10am (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Oct 22nd: 8am –10am (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Nov 5th: 8am –10am (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Nov 19th: 8am –10am (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Dec 3rd: 8am –10am (Diablo Valley College)
  • Sunday, Dec 17th: 10am –12pm (YVHS)
  • Sunday, Jan 7th: 10am –12pm (YVHS)
  • Sunday, Jan 14th: 8am –10am (TBD)
Included Tournaments
  • Las Vegas Lacrosse Showcase (Las Vegas, NV): November 10th – 12th
  • War on the Shore (Costa Mesa, CA): December 9th – 10th

Click here to learn more about the East Bay ACES Program


Development Process

The development in our practices are based on focusing on several simple aspects.

• Individual development to equip our players with the tools to feel comfortable to execute their responsibilities to help the team win. In return this will also give them the freedom to express themselves through their play and be creative.
• Playing fast but under control in a setting that fosters tons of touches.
• Simplifying this game to its basic principles, the 2v1.
• Picking the ball off the ground to give your team possession.
• Putting the ball in the back of the net!


Positional Station Work


-Attack movement off ball
-Dodging at X and the high wings
-2 and 3 man game, picks, seals, slips, cuts
-Feeding out of the dodge and utilizing head and shoulder positioning to shift.defenders and their sticks
-Making the simple adjacent pass out of the dodge
-Creating contact at GLE
-Movement on the fast break and slow break
-Time and room shooting
-Mid range shooting
-Shooting on the run
-Offensive communication
-Reactions to change of possession (RIDING)


-Checks (Pokes, Lifts, Slaps, Chops, Rips, Sears, bumps)
-Matching feet
-Angles and field awareness
-Drawing point man on fast break or throwing early
-Defensive communication on slides, picks, seals
-Time and room shooting
-Mid range shooting
-Shooting on the run
-In tight finishes
-Shooting off the cut
-Reactions to change of possession (Break up field, banana movements, sprint to box to gain advantage)


-Midfield movement off ball
-North south dodging
-Offensive approach footwork
-Pace dodging
-Wing 2 man game, picks, seals, cuts
-Feeding out of the dodge, making the simple adjacent pass out of the dodge
-Drawing point man on fast break or throwing early
-Finding passing lanes and posting up the correct way
-Midfield defensive approach
-Midfield trail defense
-Creating contact after approach 4-5 steps
-Time and room shooting
-Mid range shooting
-Shooting on the run
-In tight finishes
-Shooting off the cut
-Offensive communication
-Reactions to change of possession (SPRINTING TO BOX OR MATCHING FEET-NO SLIDING UP FIELD)


-Picking off passes
-Ability to pick up gbs around crease



An innovative game created 4 years ago by Encore Lacrosse, Street lacrosse focuses on every player getting a feel to play all posItions. Soft hands, transition, reacting on change of possession and finding the 2on1 within a 3on2. In short its 3by, meets West Genny with shot clock!!


Focus on proper grip techniques, leg and foot placement. Emphasis on maintain stick protection after picking up ball and circling away from pressure the correct way.  Moving ball quickly.

1v1 & 2v2s & 3v3

Good old school dodging and defending. Working on setting proper picks from different angles and spots on the field with a simple focus on up and down approaches. In 3v3 the focus is maintain the structure of the triangle until the players are at high enough level to have the structure not matter as much.


Used in box lacrosse alot, this drill breaks down the 2on1 situation with a touch up and a trailer


Created to sharpen stickwork and have fun


More SHOOTING!! All players including defenders, LSMs will participate in;

-Time and room shooting.
-Mid range shooting.
-Shooting on the run.
-In tight finishes
-Shooting off the cut
-Phone booth shooting

East Bay Directors

John Christmas | JC@EncoreBrand.com

Biography | Coach Christmas grew up in Philadelphia PA. He attended Lower Merion high school where he was one of the greatest players in Pennsylvania prep lacrosse history. From there he went to play for at the University of Virginia for the great Dom Starsia. From day one Coach Christmas started and helped lead his team to a NCAA National Championship in 2003. After being named an All American twice in college, John went on to play for the Boston Cannons and Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL) as well as his hometown Philadelphia Wings (NLL), and is currently playing for LXM Pro. He has vast coaching experience, tutoring dozens of All Americans. He was a co-founder of Dukes Lacrosse, an east coast club powerhouse, helped to start lacrosse programs all over the globe and has coached at the NCAA Division 1 level at the University of Pennsylvania. John is a founder of Encore lacrosse and lives in San Francisco with his wife Ellie and his son Sky. A true student of the game, John loves to watch lacrosse at all levels in his spare time. Currently, John coaches at De La Salle High School in Concord California.

Coaching Staff

Kevin Arabejo

Player Experience

  • 2 year starter at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU)
  • 2011 Team Captain at NDNU
  • 2011 WILA Champion at NDNU
  • 2013 – Present Defenseman on Philippines Lacrosse Association (PLA)
  • 2014 Defenseman on PLA for FIL World Lacrosse Games Festival

Coaching Experience

  • 2013 – 2015 Head Coach at NDNU
  • 2015 – 2016 Defensive Coordinator at Santa Clara University
  • 2016 – 2017 Head Coach at Burlingame High School (BHS)
  • 2017 PAL Conference Champion (BHS)
  • 2017 – Present Head Coach at Amador Valley High School (AVHS)

Paul Jepsen

  • Duke University
  • Defensive Coordinator at Cal Berkeley

Tom Ledin

  • University of San Francisco
  • Diablo Valley College Assistant Coach

Andrew Gvozden

  • Hofstra University
  • Goalie Coach
  • Owner of Goalie Smith Lacrosse Training Co.

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Team Championships

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