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

Cobra Training Camp

 

Cobra Training Camp

 

Dec 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17

All players registered and paid for Spring 2021 are encouraged to take part in our Training Camp in preparation for the upcoming season at no additional cost. The camp is open to unregistered players for a $50 fee

 

Individual and team specific instruction includes; 

 

  • Fundamental and Advanced Stickwork
  • Shooting & Dodging
  • Face Off
  • Defense 
  • Goalie  

by posted 11/23/2020
Cobra Lacrosse Spring 2021 Defined

 

 

Cobra Lacrosse Spring 2021 Defined

 

Cobra Lacrosse, formerly Vipers Lacrosse established under the Glendale Lacrosse League in 2005, is a vertically integrated lacrosse club with over 125 players from Kindergarten to HS, including recreational through competitive teams throughout the year.

 

**COVID Action Plan**

 

Spring Competitive Season Dates

 

Arizona Youth Lacrosse (AYL, K thru 8th grade)               

 

Training Camp:         Dec 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17

Practice Starts:          Jan 4

First Game:                 Jan 23

BYE Week:                 March 13       

Cactus Cup:                April 2 & 3 or April 9 & 10

                        

Arizona Lacrosse League (ALL, HS)

 

Training Camp:         Dec 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17

Practice Starts:          Jan 4               

First Game:               Feb 19            

Championships:        May 7

 

Cobra Training Camp

 

All players registered and paid for Spring 2021 are encouraged to take part in our Training Camp in preparation for the upcoming season at no additional cost. The camp is open to unregistered players for a $50 fee

 

Individual and team specific instruction includes; 

 

  • Fundamental and Advanced Stickwork
  • Shooting & Dodging
  • Face Off
  • Defense 
  • Goalie  

 

Boundaries

 

AYL (Youth) boundaries from 2016 until 2021 were South of Bell Rd, and open (shared with Arrowhead Lacrosse) outside the 101 and the 17. As of 2021, we move to the HS boundary rules. If you played with us prior to 2021 you are locked in to the previous boundaries. See below for HS rules.

 

ALL (HS) boundaries are as follows; if a player attends Cactus HS, or lives within the district boundaries of Cactus, Centennial, Deer Valley, Peoria HS or any other HS closer to Cactus than another team’s boundary, they play for us.

 

Teams

 

We plan to enter at least one team in each youth division, a JV and Varsity in the HS division

 

  • 8u if born on or after 4/4/13
  • 10u if born or after 4/4/11
  • 12u if born on or after 4/4/09
  • 14u if born on or after 4/4/07
  • HS if you are in the 9th grade or above regardless of age

 

Best-case scenario for youth divisions is to enter both Competitive and Developmental teams as registration numbers allow. This opportunity enhances our ability to gain significant playing time for all players while satisfying the competitive nature of those with the drive and determination to reach higher levels.

 

Everybody Plays

 

Do good coaches play favorites? Yes! Coaches favor players who are accountable, good teammates, work hard, accept roles and are coachable

 

That said every player gets significant playing time as long as they adhere to the Youth Policies. In brief:

 

Attitude + Effort + Attendance = Playing Time

 

On youth teams “winning” means development over the score of the game. Please see our website post from 2016 “Winning over Development” for our team philosophy

 

HS is a different story. On JV we are all developmental, same as youth teams. On varsity our goal is the state championship. Only those players dedicated to the same goal will get the opportunity to play varsity for Cobra Lacrosse.

  

Cost and Division Details

 

  • Fees frozen from 2020
  • Fees are maxed at a required $250 out of pocket (8u and 10u are less . . .)

 

8U - $175 per player 

Two (2) one hour small-field practices per week

Two small-field games per week

20 games, 2 each Saturday

8-10 players per team expected to maximize instruction and playing time

4 v 4 or 5 v 5 game structure

12 minute halves

Quarter field dimensions

3 x 3 unmanned goals

Limited contact

Numbered reversible provided by the club

 

 

10U - $250 per player

Two (2) one hour small-field practices per week

Two small-field games per week

20 games, 2 each Saturday

10-12 players per team expected to maximize instruction and playing time

7 v 7 game structure

23 minute halves

Half field dimensions

5 x 5 goals/cages with goalies

Limited contact

Penalties will be served 

Shooter shirt provided by the club

Practice reversibles provided by the club

Returning players do not need a uniform unless they want a new one. New players must purchase a uniform for $80 to be worn for all games

 

 

12U - $250 plus $100*

*Minimum $250 out of pocket. Balance can be fundraised but must be complete before first game

Two (2), one hour and a half practices per week

Two full field games per week from late January through early April

20 games, 2 each Saturday

16-20 players per team expected

10v10 or 7v7 game structure

23 minute halves

5 x 5 or 6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies

Contact per US Lacrosse rulebook

Shooter shirt provided by the club

Practice reversibles provided by the club

Returning players do not need a uniform unless they want a new one. New players must purchase a uniform for $80 to be worn for all games

 

 

14U - Fee $250 plus $150*

*Minimum $250 out of pocket. Balance can be fundraised but must be complete before first game

Two (2), one hour and a half practices per week

Two full field games per week from late January through early April

20 games, 2 each Saturday

16-20 players per team expected

10 v 10 game structure

23 minute halves

Full field dimensions

6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies

Contact per US Lacrosse rulebook

Shooter shirt provided by the club

Practice reversibles provided by the club

Returning players do not need a uniform unless they want a new one. New players must purchase a uniform for $80 to be worn for all games

 

HS - JV and varsity

Fee $250 plus $250*

*Minimum $250 out of pocket. Balance can be fundraised but must be compete before first game

Four (4) one hour and a half to two hour practices per week

Varsity plays a 14 game home and away schedule, JV plays 10 games

16-20 players per team expected

10 v 10 game structure

Full 4 Qtr games. 12 min for varsity, 10 min JV

Full field dimensions

6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies

Contact per US Lacrosse rulebook

Shooter shirt provided by the club

Practice reversibles provided by the club

Returning players do not need a uniform unless they want a new one. New players must purchase a uniform for $80 to be worn for all games


by posted 11/20/2020
VBI to Glendale!!

 

 

 

Breaking News . . . The Vegas Box Invitational (VBI) has officially moved to our home rink in Glendale, the Arizona Sports Complex. Yours truly helped broker the deal.

 

Also dates are now Saturday 12/19 thru Monday 12/21 (Originally Friday thru Sunday).

 

This past Saturdays scrimmage confirmed the merge of the Misfits (branching off from Zona in 2018) with our Zona players for the tournament.

 

Much more info and details coming as we move forward. For now plan to be practicing every Saturday late morning to early afternoon from this point forward until the event. 


by posted 10/27/2020
Cactus HS Free Registration

 

Atttention: Cactus HS Students!

 

Register for Fall Ball FREE now through Nov 21

Contact Coach Casey for details at or 623-363-7342

 


by posted 10/19/2020
Final Call for Fall Box and Field

  

 

 

Final Call for Fall Box and Field

 

Registrations are coming in steady for the Fall Box & Field Development League starting this Saturday at the Arizona Sports Complex. 

 

This will be the final call so:

 

> If your not yet registered and still interested see here for DetailsScheduleand Registration

 

> If you want off this email list just ask! 

 

Now, if you are registered here are some things to know:

 

  • Please see our Covid Action Plan. Strict adherence is required. Arizona is doing well, lets keep it that way! 
  • See here for your online schedule with dates, times and locations
  • Each session, box and field, will be a combination of practices and scrimmages
  • Box lacrosse is played is played on turf. No cleats. Running or turf shoes only
  • Field is played on grass. Cleats are strongly recommended
  • Full protective lacrosse equipment is required including a helmet, arm and shoulder pads, gloves AND a mouth guard ($1 at Walmart). If you need to borrow fill out the Loaner Equipment Form TODAY!
  • We go by Lombardi Time – If your on time your late. Get to your sessions early, dressed and ready to play
  • We believe in positive reinforcment - Parents Role on the Sideline

 

Any questions please contact me directly


by posted 10/15/2020
3v3, Fall Box, Field and more in store . . .

 

 

3v3, Fall Box, Field and more in store . . .

 

Probably the longest and hottest summer in history is nearly over, kids are back to school and fall is only a few weeks away. We have the outdoor rink at ASC (Arizona Sports Complex) booked through December, and the fields at Thunderbird Paseo and Cactus HS are reserved with anticipation of opening in October.

 

Please see the highlights below of upcoming events starting with the 3v3 King of the Hill series starting next week!

 

Fall Summary

 

First Try FREE for NEW Players! Click here for more INFO!

Now through December!

 

3v3 King of the Hill

3 wks, Sept 7 – Sept 24

Montara Park

 

Team Zona Vegas

9 wks, Oct 17 – Dec 20

Competitive, Travel Box Lacrosse

 

Fall Box & Field Development Leagues

6 wks, Oct 17 – Nov 21

ASC, Thunderbird Paseo & Cactus HS

Wed nights at Thunderbird Paseo

Sat mornings at ASC

 

Turkey 3x Box Shootout

Nov 28 at ASC

 

Cobra Training Camp

2 wks, Dec 7 – Dec 19

Thunderbird Paseo & Cactus HS

 

Cobra Spring Competitive Lacrosse

Jan 4 – Mar 27 (Youth), May 1 (HS)

Thunderbird Paseo & Cactus HS

 

 

Fall Defined

 

First Try FREE for NEW Players!

 

  • What it is: 

 

The First Try FREE Program is a no obligation opportunity for friends, family and new people to come out to any practice, meet the coaches, grab a stick and join in at anytime. It is a one-time chance to observe, learn and play the fastest game on two feet!  

 

  • What is isn't: 

 

Full registration. Only new players with no experience are eligible 

 

  • What’s next? 

 

We will set you up with coach and experienced players that will mentor and answer all your questions during a scheduled practice. Lacrosse sells itself so we KNOW you will like it and join one of our ongoing leagues but in the unlikely event lacrosse is not for you at least you can say you tried it!!!

 

Info and registration HERE

 

3v3 King of the Hill

 

Back to action skills, thrills and competition for returning players. Teams of 3-4 players contend for “King of the Hill” in a weekly double elimination tournament. No contact, no set goalies, no long poles, pass and SCORE!

 

Info and registration HERE

 

Team Zona Vegas

 

Established in 2015, Arizona Box Lacrosse (AZBOXLA) is sanctioned by the United States Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) for training and competitive play. No tryouts but a coach’s recommendation, no fear, and a higher level of effort and desire is required to participate  

 

Info and registration HERE

 

Fall Box & Field Development Leagues

 

Playing box lacrosse is fun and it adds skills that compliment field lacrosse players. All else being equal, a box player will outshine a field only player, on the field, every time. Back in 2005 we introduced box lacrosse to Arizona and 15 years later it remains an integral part of who we are. The Fall Box & Field Development Leagues incorporates both to build a better overall lacrosse player. 

 

Play one or both – Your choice

 

Open to all players including instruction, drills and games on the field Wednesday nights and in the box game on Saturday mornings. 

 

Info and registration HERE

 

Turkey 3x Box Shootout

 

The competitive finale for the fall league is included. No charge for fall players, open to all comers / outside players for a fee. 

 

Info and registration COMING SOON

 

Cobra Training Camp

 

Intensive preparation for the upcoming spring season includes lacrosse specific skills, speed and conditioning before the holiday break

 

Info and registration COMING SOON

 

Cobra Spring Competitive Lacrosse

 

Teams formed for the Arizona Lacrosse Youth spring season from Kindergarten through HS with practices and league games played in Glendale, Anthem, Scottsdale, and Maricopa. All practices are at Cactus HS and or Thunderbird Paseo Park. 

 

Info and registration COMING SOON

 


by posted 09/01/2020
First Try FREE Program

 

First Try FREE

New Player Program

 

Never played but want to try lacrosse? Have a friend that plays, or heard about it in school, saw it on TV?

The First Try FREE Program is a no obligation opportunity to come out to any practice, meet the coaches, grab a stick and join in at anytime. 

We will set you up with coach and experienced players that will mentor and answer all your questions. Lacrosse sells itself so we KNOW you will like it but in the unlikely event lacrosse is not for you at least you can say you tried it!!!

Just register here and we will see you on the field!!!  

 

 


by posted 08/26/2020
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
Upcoming Games
Cobra Lacrosse 2020
Zona vs Misfits, Vegas 2019
Zona vs Outlaws - Denver 2018
Team Zona - 2015 USBOXLA Nat'ls
Vipers 2014 JHS Championship
Vipers 2012 DII HS Championship