Cobra Lacrosse is a non-profit youth lacrosse club in Arizona offering introductory, recreational and competitive travel level field and box lacrosse

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Cobras Lacrosse is a registered non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. We turn no child away for their inability to pay league fees. We are moving toward a nominal fee for participation with sponsorships, grants and donations as the main source of sustenance for the club. If you are interested in learning more please contact us! 

 

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.

 

Aristotle

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

Pre-Season Skills & Games Sept 1

 

 

 

Pre-Season Skills & Games Sept 1

 

As we close a summer packed with free clinics, King of the Rink Tournament, indoor / outdoor box lacrosse, and indoor training we saw over 150 players (many new to lacrosse!) participate. Add men’s competitive box with 4 teams (47 players) and that’s a lot of lacrosse over the past 3 months!

 

Presently 24 new and returning players are learning and advancing their skills at Boot Camp weeknights and Saturdays while a few selected players are with Coaches David and Kate Fields for “Cobra Elite” training through the month of August. 

 

Pre-Season Skills & Games Sept 1

 

With summer now over we begin team preparation for the coming season and focus on individual position and team related skill development with Pre-Season Skills & Games  

 

What it is:

 

Lacrosse practices and games through the month of September. Players will be grouped by age divisions (ex “8u” is eight years old and under) and rotate through skill development drill stations for fundamental and advanced training on weeknights. 

 

Games will be played on Saturdays including “Sixes” (played at World Lacrosse games), Hippo (pass every 3 seconds), and other small-sided competitions. 

 

Registration is Open Here

 

  • Dates: Sept 1 thru 24 
  • Days: Tue / Thurs Practices at Thunderbird Paseo, Sat games at Montara Park
  • Times:8u / 10u / 12u at 6pm and 14u / HS at 7pm

Note:

FREE Introductory Clinics will be offered Saturdays 8am before the games. Every player is strongly encouraged to bring a friend, school mate, family, or anyone you think might enjoy the fastest game on two feet!!!


by posted 08/08/2022

 

 

 

Boot Camp Info

 

Get ready to get better!!!!!!

 

Boot Camp begins next week and runs through the entire month of August

 

What it is: Focused training to build fundamental and superior stick skills, shooting mechanics, defensive positioning along with hidden conditioning. Overall players will learn how to practice on their own with proper form. That’s where the BIG gains are made!

 

What it isn’t: Babysitting. Players are expected to WORK each hour and be COACH ABLE. Expect at least 1,000 reps a session with correct form. We are building muscle memory.  Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes PERMANENT.

 

  • We have 19 players signed with likely more to follow. See attached for the schedule and review for accuracy

 

  • Please be open to modify your respective times and dates as other players join to maximize pairings for best overall skill development. If you have a teammate or friend not already on the list we can make room.

 

  • We will be at the Montara Park (64th Ave & Becker Lane, Glendale 85304) racquet ball courts.

 

  • Bring water, full gear, and running shoes ONLY. No cleats!

 

  • Sessions are one hour. Please be on Lombardi Time (meaning be early . . .). If you must miss a session, please let me know ASAP as it may affect others in your group.

 

 

 


by posted 07/29/2022
Upcoming Opportunities

 

 

 

Ongoing - 60/60 Club

 

Players are challenged to acheive superior stick skills by meeting standards set by the club. The list is published here Stickwork Standards 2016/2017. Players are encouraged to meet all 8 standards on this sheet. However, the primary focus of the 60/60 Club, and one tha can earn players a helmet sticker (pictured above), is Quick Sticks. Miminlum requirements are;

  • 8u = 20 Quick Sticks in 60 seconds
  • 10u = 30/60
  • 12u = 40/60
  • 14u = 50/60
  • HS = 60/60 

Players must complete the task in propers form (no exceptions, see document) and confirm in front of a coach, or send a video to receive your helmet sticker. The goal is for ALL Cobra Lacrosse players to meet their minimum requirements before the Cobra Competitive Spring Season 

 

Cobra Boot Camp August 1 thru 29

 

Comprehensive skill training for beginners through advanced. Focus on sound fundamental stickwork, shooting, defensive footwork, offensive and defensive concepts. Small group (4 or less) supervised reps, reps, and more reps. Limited space, only for those who want to put in the work it takes to get better. Registration is OPEN NOW

 

Pre-Season Skills & Games Sept 3 thru 24

 

1-2 days of field practices on Tue/Thurs with games on Saturdays. Emphasis on individual and team development. Games will be a combination of Sixes (World Lacrosse, Olympics, see here), Hippo (must pass every 3 sec), full field scrimmages and various other forms of competition

 

Fall Box League Oct 1 thru 29

 

Teams in 8u thru HS divisions will have 2 weeks of practices and a 3-week game series to determine a Fall Box Champion. Plan for Wed and Saturday with practices including offensive and defensive formations, transition, checking and more specific to the box game. Games are USBOXLA sanctioned (our AZBOXLA a member since 2015) and professionally refereed

 

Cobra Fall Ball Nov 5 thru Dec 10

 

Al inclusive preparation for the spring season with conditioning, agility, stickwork, individual and team-oriented drills and concepts on Tue/Thur and Saurdays. Scrimmaging and a potential for local or travel tournaments planned

 

Cobra Competitive Spring Season Jan 4 thru April ?

 

The regular field lacrosse season in Arizona where our organization competes with over 75 youth, and approximately 20 HS programs for state championships. Our organization plays both recreational and competitive teams at each level. Practices and are on weeknights with games scheduled by the league. Practice and games days are TBD at this time

 


by posted 07/08/2022
Boot Camp

 

Registration NOW Open!

Boot Camp

Small Group Training at Montara Park

 

  • WARNING: Do no register if you are not prepared to work hard to get better.
  • 60 minutes of small group training with emphasis on stick work, shooting, dodging, position skills and offensive and defensive concepts. 
  • Registered players will be combined with like ages / skill levels / positions for best possible development
  • Schedule will be made based on regisration grouping. Squads or 2-4 players will be matched. Individuals or groups of team mates can register
  • Training is at Montara Park weeknight evenings with possible Saturdays from Aug 1 thru Aug 29 
  • All ages and skil sets are welcome but note Warning above!
  • Sessions are $20

 

 


by posted 06/28/2022
Winning vs Development?

 
Winning vs Development?
 
 

 

Winning matters. But development matters more.

 

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;

 

The 8 Plays

 

 

Winning matters. But development matters more.

 


by posted 08/18/2016