STEPS Lacrosse started in Northern New Jersey in 2002. By 2018, STEPS earned the top ranking for the best girls lacrosse club in the country by US Club Lacrosse. Known nationally for their talented and competitive club teams, STEPS founders Jessica and Charlie Shoulberg also run Lax for the Cure, Live Love Lax, and the Nike G8, three of the most sought-after tournaments in the country. In addition, STEPS manages a number of individual events, most notably the Nike XPO Individual Showcases. While STEPS California will be run locally by Lauren Yee and Erin Burns, this national partnership allows for immediate access to the East Coast’s best tournaments (Lax for the Cure currently has a 180-team waiting list) in addition to a vast recruiting network that is relationship-driven and has been cultivated for more than 15 years.
Club lacrosse programs identify their teams using high school graduation years. STEPS California is offering teams for the following high school graduation years:
We think of the club season as comprised of two “mini” seasons (Summer & Fall). While we will connect through the year, we want players and families to “focus in” during the mini seasons, while also learning to rest, balance competing life demands, participate in other sports and activities, and learn to train independently during the club off-season. We feel this is the most effective way to maximize lacrosse gains while preventing burnout.
YES. We are very serious about our commitment to girls and families regardless of their financial means. Since the best tournaments continue to occur predominantly on the East Coast, we recognize the significant travel cost that comes with club participation. Please do not hesitate to reach out so that we can find a solution that works best for your family. We will not ask you a bunch of questions nor require you to provide proof of your financial hardship.
All teams will be led by a female head coach. While STEPS appreciates the wonderful male coaches that coach for our club, we are very fortunate to have a number of talented women interested in coaching. To support the development of our coaches as leaders and to reinforce this empirically supported benefit for girls, we will honor this commitment this season.