Since 2005 we have run over 100 no-cost PE Lacrosse Clinics in schools across Peoria Unified, Deer Valley Unified, and DYSART school districts. If you want a PE Lacrosse Clinic at your school just ask your PE teacher and contact to get on the schedule!!!
Next up are the 3rd through 8th grade students of Copperwood Elementary for the week of January 12-16, 2015
Here's where we were in 2014 . . .Where will we be in 2015?
There are two days left to take advantage of reduced fees for early Viper Registration. As long as you enroll and pay at least the minimum deposit (if applicable) or start a payment plan by Dec 20 you are set. Numbers are steady but there is currently room in each division for players. Standard registration will remain open throughout the K4, 5/6, JHS and HS seasons. More information is available here or by contacting me directly.
Fall Ball is Officially Over
At 7pm last night we were notified that Lax4Life is cancelled for this Saturday, Dec 20, so Fall Ball is now over. If you borrowed or rented gear please make arrangements with me to return at your earliest. Regarding Lax4Life it may be rescheduled to play during Viper season on Jan 10. If so, we will make the determination to join based on how the Vipers teams look after the holidays.
Open Holiday Wall Ball Session 1: Dec 20
With Lax4Life cancelled, we can start Open Holiday Wall Ball early. A yearly tradition, the wall ball sessions are free and open to all. It’s a great time to learn how to practice on your own, tune up your stick, hang out with teammates, and play some lacrosse dodge ball and or basketball. Sneakers, sticks, gloves and helmets required. This year it will be held at Montara Park, 64th Ave & Becker Lane. Youth (K4, 5/6) will play from 7-8am, JHS and HS will go from 8-9am.
New Player Training Camp Extended
The no cost New Player Training Camp is bringing in 25-30 players every Monday night. It’s been nothing short of awesome. Between players and parents spreading the word, our PE Clinics at PUSD, DVUSD and DYSART schools (next up Copperwood Elementary Jan 12-16) and random Internet searches we are meeting a lot of new potential players. We planned to run through December but I see no reason to stop. Therefore with the season starting in January, we will move to Sunday mornings from there on. The camp is open to current players looking for help at the wall in addition to giving new players a chance to learn the game – All free of charge.
Hope to see you at the first session of Holiday Wall Ball Saturday or New Player Training Camp Monday, otherwise have a happy and safe holiday season!
The competitive lacrosse season is upon us. Please review the information below. Regular registration will end December 20th. Practices will begin January 3rd (JHS and HS) or January 6th (K4 and 5/6) with games from mid to late January to early March for youth teams, and late February until early May for HS. The tentative schedules (to be revised once game schedules are released) are located under the “Team” drop down bar on the web site.
HS (to be split into JV and Varsity at a later date)
The Vipers enter 2015 as a 6th year varsity program. After fielding only JV and JHS teams in 2008 and 2009, we took the 2010 HS Coach of the Year honors, won the 2012 DII HS State Championship and then left DII with an overall 71% win-loss to compete in DI for 2013. In our first season in the big leagues we went to the second round of the playoffs and finished 8th in state among 27 teams. Last season our varsity team greatly under performed resulting in the Vipers only losing season. However the JHS team showed our development is on track by finishing 14-0 and winning the 2014 JHS State Championship while averaging 12 goals to 3 against our opponents over the regular season.
In 2015 we return to competitive varsity, JV, JHS, 5/6 and K4 teams. As one of the few vertically integrated programs in the state we focus on player development first and foremost; the score takes care of itself. On varsity our goal is to win the HS State Championship and that takes 100% commitment to the team.
In general, K4 and 5/6 practice twice per week and they should try to make as many practices as possible with parents communicating with the coaches if they must miss a practice. There is no penalty for missing practices. If you show up you play.
At the JHS level players practice three times per week and learn responsibility to the team, that the “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (Aristotle). JHS players are expected at every practice and games following a simple equation;
Attitude + Effort + Attendance = Playing Time
JHS players should communicate with coaches directly and in advance if they must miss a practice or game.
Except for disciplinary reasons there are no cuts at the HS division. JV players are either preparing for the varsity level or playing for the love of the game. Either way they must communicate directly with the coaches, make all practices, games, team events and support the varsity division whenever necessary.
Varsity is 100% all in. No player, regardless of skill level, will be allowed to participate on the varsity team unless they are fully committed, give every ounce of effort during every drill, every possession, every minute on the field. Period. HS players practice five times per week. Family, school then lacrosse; this means varsity players are expected to plan family and school responsibilities so that they do not conflict with lacrosse. If a varsity player must work they are to schedule working hours around lacrosse. The team must be the priority if you are to play on varsity.
We are taking U15and varsity teams to a tournament during spring break. Please do not make outside travel arrangements, as we will be practicing as a team during this time.
Fees, New Players and Free Training
This year we reduced our fees by eliminating mandatory fund raising. Although most teams in the state continue this practice we would rather focus on growing the team. More players equal fewer fees for all. So instead we are asking you and all present players to bring a friend, cousin or sibling to one or more of our free New Player Training Camp sessions every Monday night 5-6pm at Montara Park during the month of December. Registration is online. At this time we have 30 potential players signed up. Please do your part and bring a friend.
Please make sure to read through our website before you join us, especially “Youth Policies”, “Parents Role on the Sideline” among others. I am available to answer any questions you may have.
Hope to see you on the field for Viper Lacrosse 2015.
Published here for the first time, the standards for general stickwork for the competitive player in 2014/2015. This is the baseline for all players and will be thoroughly drilled during Training Camp 2014 . . . Click here for a copy to print
8 Standard Wall Drills
Reps vs Time
There are plenty of wall ball drills out there but when you are practicing, what are the criteria to know if you have a good stick? Are ready to contribute to your team this year or are you the guy no one will pass too?
Below is a baseline metric to measure your general stick skills. If you can meet or beat the reps vs time required – Your going in the right direction!
Racquetball courts are great but any flat wall or rebounder will work
Wear your gloves
Athletic stance (opposite foot forward), always move your feet
Pick a spot on the wall or chalk mark an X and try to erase it by the end of your drills. Don’t just “hit the wall”
Do each standard twice before moving on to the next one. Meaning two right handed quick sticks then two left for a total of at least 630 reps.
The below numbers are minimum reps in maximum time. Don't settle for the minimum.
Wall Ball Drill Standards
1.Quick Stick (Catch soft to collarbone, no cradle) – 60 reps in 60 seconds, right and left
2.Switching Hands Quick Sticks (Throw across body, switch hands while ball is in air after each throw, throw right catch left, throw left catch right) – 60 reps in 60 seconds
3.Catch and One Cradle (Snap your passes, throw hard and straight, pass so that the ball comes right back to your stick, one cradle and out) – 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left
4.Switching Hands Catch and One Cradle (Same method as Quick Sticks) - 15 in 30 seconds
5.One Hand Catch and Cradle (Full overhand throws, snap your wrist) - 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left
6.Switching Hands, One Hand Catch and Cradle (Same method as Quick Sticks) – 15 reps in 30 seconds
7.Canadians or “Cross Handed” (Throw and catch across body, pull stick back with same hand, similar to a cradle) – 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left
8.Behind the Back (Throw so that you can catch in front) - 15 reps in 30 seconds
Every year around this time I restate our general JV and varsity team philosophy as it relates to pre-season for new players, or those players rising within the organization. This general policy has not changed since implemented during our first competitive season in 2007 and to my great satisfaction over the years our players have prospered through this early communication resulting in solid team loyalty.
“It is impossible to be a good leader without loyalty to your organization – your team – just as it is impossible to be a good citizen without loyalty to your country”
John Wooden, legendary Head Coach UCLA – On Loyalty, the center foundation for his Pyramid of Success
If you are not participating in fall school sports you are expected at Fall Ball.
Preparation for the season starts in the fall for serious teams. We are a serious team. After winning the 2012 DII Championship in only our 3rd varsity season, finishing 14th of 29 teams, we move up to play Brophy, Chaparral, Desert Vista (1,2,3 in state respectfully) and 4 other top 10 teams in the state.
The commitment during the fall is minimal but comprehensive with Training Camp (9/1) designed to address shooting development, defensive footwork, explosive dodges and overall speed and agility. Instructional Fall Ball (9/29) is one practice and one intramural scrimmage per week until HS Competitive Fall Ball (10/29) when we play other teams weekly in the Husky Fall Ball League through December 8.
Outside All Star Teams
We support our player’s participation in outside all star teams when it does not conflict with our team events such as our own tournament team. When conflicts do arise you are expected to choose your team first. In the unlikely, and in fact unprecedented event that a player should choose otherwise know that his position will be filled and the team will move on.
Here is a quote from Scott Craig, Head Lacrosse Coach of West Islip NY (a top 5 team nationally since the 1980’s that also have their own youth and tournament teams, considered to be a main ingredient to their success) when asked; “What if a players asks to play for another all-star team when the West Islip squad is intact?”
“If you are choosing to do that, I’m taking note. If you want to be one of us, be one of us. There is no fence sitting. You’re in or you’re out”
I could not have said it better myself.
Dual Sport Policy
During the off season players are encouraged to play other sports. Keep the stick in your hand, but play football, basketball, wrestling, track or anything else of interest. As a general rule, players should concentrate on only one sport per season (i.e., fall, winter, spring). However, certain athletes, and we have had many over the years, consider and may be capable of participating in two sports during spring lacrosse season.
In such cases the athlete is required to communicate his intention as soon as able, and designate a primary sport; Meaning that the player will attend all practices and games regardless of conflicts. If that sport is something other than lacrosse, with the player planning to miss practices and or games during the season they may forfeit the opportunity to compete for the starting line up and lose consideration for any leadership roles within the team. However, know that such players can be vital to the organization and thus decisions can and will be made on a case by case basis.
Overall, for all the above and anything regarding the team communication is key. If I don’t hear from you it’s usually not a good thing.
The Glendale Viper Lacrosse Team, the competitive side of the Glendale Lacrosse Club, is presently seeking coaches for the 2014/15 season.
Teams are K4, 5/6, JHS, JV and Varsity
Our program develops players from the first time they pick up a lacrosse stick toward becoming the best lacrosse player they can be. Recruiting players with experience is not an option. We teach the game from the ground up.
Our home field is in the Glendale/Peoria AZ area
Previous youth or HS coaching experience is highly recommended with lacrosse coaching and or playing experiences a plus.
Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest via e-mail. Salary: TBD. Appointment: Part-Time