About Us

The Santa Barbara Girls Lacrosse Association was formed in 2015 with the goal to grow youth girls lacrosse in Santa Barbara County. We provide instruction, competitive playing opportunities and after-school programs, while building community relationships that result in increased support for young girls interested in playing lacrosse.
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Our Mission

Santa Barbara Girls Lacrosse Association aims to provide the best experience possible for the girls in its programs. It is the goal of our association that through team building, fun games, competition and character building we can instill a sense of accomplishment, foster life-long friendships, promote healthy living habits and build leadership skills that will carry well beyond each player's time with the SBGLA.

Our Board of Directors

Santa Barbara Girls Lacrosse Association is operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  The Board aims to implement Our Mission and instill a love and enthusiasm for lacrosse across Greater Santa Barbara.


Robert Ball

Robert Ball is a co-founder of SBGLA and serves as the interim President and Director of Programs. Robert and his wife Tammy have two daughters, Avery and Delaney, both who lacrosse as well as other sports. Robert's past SBGLA contributions include overseeing programs, managing the Monarch Club teams, website maintenance, marketing and communications. Robert has extensive ties to the sport of lacrosse, both regionally and nationally. Originally from Claremont, CA, Robert attended Cal Poly Pomona and is employed as Director of Insights & Analytics ADT LLC.


Dr. Guy Tarleton

Guy Tarleton is the Director of Operations for SBGLA.  Guy is an Emergency Physician at the Cottage Hospitals in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Guy received his medical degree at the University of Southern California and went on to Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of California at San Diego. His undergraduate studies were as a Gaucho at UCSB. He started playing lacrosse in high school at Cate School in Carpinteria and has continued to love the sport.  He became involved with SBGLA through his Daughter, Gigi who has been playing since 2015.

Serina Tarleton

Serina is serving on the SBGLA Board of Directors as Chair of the Outreach Committee. She works in Interior Design by profession. Serina graduated for California State University at Long Beach with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. She is the Mother of three girls and the wife to SBGLA Board Member, Guy. Serina is on the board as a result of her youngest daughter, Gigi's, involvement playing the game.

Dr. Susan Zapalac

Susan Zapalac is the Treasurer for SBGLA. She is a Emergency Physician at Cottage Hospital and with South Coast Emergency Medical Services. Susan attended Medical School at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. From there she completed her residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center. Her undergraduate degree was a BS in Kinesiology from UCLA. After UCLA Susan worked at NASA supporting Life Science experiments on the Space Shuttle and MIR programs. Susan became involved with the SBGLA after her daughter Mia became a lacrosse player during Spring League 2017.  Her interests lie with promoting health & wellness for athletes.

Parent and Player Expectations

SBGLA believes that overall success of our youth athlete is highly dependent on parental involvement and example.  Parents play a critical role in shaping and supporting the athlete.  Also, youth sports allow young athletes to grow as responsible leaders and teammates.  As such, SBGLA parents and players are expected to meet certain levels of behavior.
As a Parent please strive to:
  • Have your child to practice promptly.  Consistently arriving late to practices is disruptive to the other players, and disrespectful to the coaches who have a limited amount of time to accomplish their practice plan.
  • Ensure that your child has all necessary equipment including water bottle, prior to the first practice.
  • Whenever possible, avoid carrying equipment and doing work for players.  We want players who are responsible/accountable for themselves.
  • Encourage your child to pick up their stick and work on their lacrosse skills at home.
  • Offer your child praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best
  • Don't give instructions to your child during the game - LET THE COACHES COACH
  • Cheer good plays by both teams.
  • Never criticize another player (our team or opposing team)
  • IF you think an official makes an incorrect call, be silent.
  • Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game.
  • Hold SBGLA responsible for creating a safe, healthy environment for your child's development
  • Contribute to your child's lacrosse development by donating, or asking how you can get involved
As a Player please strive to:
  • Attend all practices and always arrive early for practices and games
  • Respect your coaches, teammates, team administrators, and referees
  • Listen to your coaches.
  • Never argue with referees or opposing players
  • Support your fellow lax teammates on and off the field
  • Celebrate your teammates successes
  • Help your teammates learn from mistakes or shortcomings in a positive way
  • Find opportunities to play lacrosse when you have free time at home or with friends
  • Play to the best of your ability and HAVE FUN!