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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Safe Return to Play Status, May 27
Safe Return to Play Status of Cobra Field / Team Zona Box Lacrosse
We canceled our outdoor box program scheduled to start June 6th at the Arizona Sports Complex as of May 19.
In accordance with the White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, Arizona is currently in Phase 1 with physical distancing and other restrictions making contact sports out of the question. Further, no national authority (USL, USBOXLA, NFHS) or governing body (AIA) backs a safe return to play at this time.
Lacrosse is considered a “high risk” sport and US Lacrosse nor any other insurer, covers contact sports presently. I am in communication with US Lacrosse weekly and they require programs follow the CDC, state, local, and USL guidance to remain covered by USL Insurance. This week USL is expected to release a Safe Return to Play white paper that should offer more direction.
On May 19 NFHS released a 3-phased guidance document with a staged approach to assist high school associations and other activity programs throughout the nation as they reintroduce sports. Lacrosse, along with football and wrestling were placed in the Higher Risk category. Unfortunately the NFHS guidance stopped at Moderate Risk (basketball, volleyball, baseball) in Phase 3, leaving no plan for an assumed Phase 4 to include lacrosse.
Also on May 19 the CDC released “Considerations for Youth Sports,” which featured six categories: guiding principles, assessing risk, reduce spread, healthy environments, healthy operations and when someone gets sick.
What does all this mean?
While it is clear that some lacrosse programs in Arizona are planning to play in June, we will take a slow and safe path and continue to monitor the situation in our state while following the guidance offered by the governing bodies respectfully.
We will run limited outdoor small group training in June and film our drills for all to use at home. If things continue to progress we will open the training up to increased numbers for July. There is no way anyone can forecast out more than a few weeks so we will adjust accordingly and keep everyone advised.
Preparation for summer field or box travel tournaments are on hold until further notice.
This past week five of our players graduated high school. This was a hard working and dedicated group leading the transition from Vipers into Cobras, while leaving way too much on the table in 2020 due to no fault of their own;
Matt Hartig: 5 year Viper / Cobra, 2018 & 2019 HS All Star, 3 time league leader in Face Offs and Ground Balls
Committed to Grand Canyon University, MCLA D1 Lacrosse
Jacob Knippel: 9 year Viper / Cobra, 2014 JHS State Championship, 2019 HS All Star
Committed to Wheeling University, NCAA DII Lacrosse
Grant Warren: 9 year Viper / Cobra, 2014 JHS State Championship, HS league leader is goals and assists for shortened 2020 season
Committed to Grand Canyon University, MCLA D1 Lacrosse
Derek Baumgartner: 4 year Viper / Cobra. Most Improved player over the past few years, leader on defense for 2020
Working full time, welder/fabricator, plans to be a firefighter
Austin Flowers: 1st year Cobra, transfer from Mountain Ridge, returned after season ending ACL surgery in 2019 to become an outstanding defenseman for the Cobras in 2020.
Planning to be an EMT/Firefighter
In honor of their commitment to the team and the loss of their senior season, I am proud to announce the formation of individual Cobra player awards named after all five of these players. The awards will be given to deserving players at the conclusion of the 2021 season and continued thereafter.
I am writing to confirm that our lacrosse season has ended for this spring.
While I cant says it was unexpected, and certainly small in comparison to what is going in in my home state of NY and across the world, still it is tough news to absorb.
With Social Distancing expanded to April 30, schools closed for the remainder of the year and the AIA (Arizona Interscholastic Association) cancelling the spring season for all school-sponsored extracurricular sports and activities the decision is inevitable.
Both the HS and youth leagues are finalizing the communication so know that this is an advanced notice but it will be done.
Moving forward we canceled our May programs but my hope is we can resume lacrosse in June. “Hope” is the operative word. Failure to plan is planning to fail, so know we have the outdoor rink at Arizona Sports Complex booked for June 6 for early morning and after sundown.
Tentatively still on the agenda;
Pacific Lacrosse Tournament, San Diego CA. June 27-28 (Field)
Denver Elite Battle in the Box, Denver, CO. July 13-14 (Box)
USBOXLA Nationals, Huntington Beach CA. July 31-Aug 1 (Box)
Advanced Skill & Agility Development: Montara Park, Monday mornings, June 1 – July 27
Open Competitive Box League: Arizona Sports Complex, Saturday mornings, June 6 – July 18
Team Zona Travel Box: Arizona Sports Complex and other locations, June 6 – August 3
The score at the end of a game commonly determines a “winning” and “losing” team, but what does winning mean after all? Does winning mean having the better score in a U9 league game? Does winning mean a team that goes unbeaten in Division 1 in their U11 group?
I submit that “winning” is a long-term proposition. Too often we look for short-term gain and therefore miss the opportunity to reach the higher goal. In our case that means more time spent developing ALL players with a well thought out LTAD approach, ensuring that we have avenues for new players to learn, recreational players to enjoy this great game, and finally training and travel programs for those that wish to reach their highest potential.
Although “winning over development” survives to this day, the keepers of the flame are losing steam based on solid research. We know that by the age of 13, 70% of kids involved in organized sports drop out of the game. The main reason for this is kids aren’t “having fun anymore” and they’ve lost interest. By maintaining the short-term “win at all costs” mentality, many youth players are lost in the fight to win meaningless games. Far too often over my years I’ve heard comment that youth players have to “win” or they will be upset, or even depressed. This is simply not true.
In fact in a study conducted in 2014 by George Washington University found, when kids were asked why they participate in sports over 90 percent of children responded that they did so because it was fun. Fun, however, means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. The children were asked to describe what fun meant for them, and 81 different explanations arose throughout the study. 81 different explanations for what fun means, ranked in order of most important as a response.
Winning ended up 48th on the list.
The top fun factors were; Being a good sport, Trying hard, Positive coaching, Learning and improving, Game time support, Games, Practices, Team friendships, Mental bonuses, Team rituals, and Swag.
Trying your best is essentially the idea of giving 100%. It’s that winning mentality, and if we can continue to foster it, we are one step ahead of the game in helping to create “winners.” Kids generally forget about results soon after the game is over. The game is really won or lost, however, in the car ride home. As Project Play explains, kids often forget about the result ten minutes after a game is over, but are often reminded of it constantly in the car-ride home and at dinner that day.
Winning is important, but development is more important. Develop the winning mentality, see kids take ownership of their own technical development, understanding that one hour of practice a week is not enough, and watch the results come, eventually. Eventually is the key word here. Don’t expect this to happen over the course of a week, a season, maybe even a year. Development is not a straight line. Ups will come with downs, and development does not mean constant, unchecked progression.
So this is great but how do we develop skills in youth players and keep them playing sports?
I will summerize here, but encourage you to read the a complete solution, and our model, from The Aspen Institutes Project Play here;