Southern California Lacrosse League
The Southern California Lacrosse Association (SCLA) is a volunteer organization that governs all organized spring youth lacrosse activities in northern Los Angeles and surrounding areas. The broad objective of the SCLA is to assist in developing, organizing, and promoting the sport of lacrosse at the youth and high school levels in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties.
The SCLA is a 501(c)(3) with a board comprised of a representative from each participating community youth lacrosse program. Participating towns include Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, Ventura, San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Calabasas, and Ventura.
Created in 2006, the SCLA non-profit structure originated from the Conejo Valley Lacrosse League (CVLL). As the sport grew in the individual townships in northern Los Angeles, the SCLA was formed to manage the continued growth at the community level. There are now over 1400 youth boys and girls participants in the SCLA and lacrosse remains the fastest growing sport in America.
SCLA Origins: A breif history
Geoff Sebold, who started the Conejo Valley Lacrosse League in 2000, had their first season in 2001. In 2005 Geoff wanted to continue to grow the sport and bring lacrosse into the local high schools. Today Geoff is the head varsity coach at Oaks Christian high school.
The SCLA was formed to expand the growth of the sport to individual townships with the intention of building a feeder system of young players to encourage high schools to adopt the sport.
In 2008 the CVLL/SCLA group lobbied the local school boards to approve lacrosse as a CIF varsity sport. In 2009, school districts began adopting lacrosse as a CIF sport.
Many parents including Chris Reilly, Geoff Sebold and others on the board were a part of that group that helped provide the leadership and structure for the sport to thrive today.
Acorn article (2010) about history of CVLL/SCLA
Below are some videos of those early years.