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 Registration Update

 

 

 

 

Cobra Registration Update 120820

 

Great News

 

Cole Rassas (Vipers 2016-2018) verbally committed to Air Force Lacrosse to play NCAA D1 in 2023. Cole will be the first D1 commit in our 15 year history. He follows his father Sean Rassas who also played at AF. Highly skilled, a great leader and team mate we cannot be happier for the entire Rassas family!!

 

In other good news the recent park closures have so far not affected us in Glendale. Although we know this could change we are moving forward with planning and preparation for the 2021 Cobra Lacrosse Season.

 

If you intend to play for us in 2021, please register today. We need to get the rosters to the league in the next few weeks and uniforms order if needed!!

 

Cobra Spring 2021 Registration

 

Dates

Youth K thru 8th grade (Arizona Youth Lacrosse)

  • First Practice: Jan 4
  • First game: Jan 23
  • BYE week: March 13
  • Cactus Cup: April 3

 

HS (Arizona Lacrosse League)

  • First Practice: Jan 4
  • First game: Feb 19
  • Championship: May 7

 

Practice Schedule

Location – Thunderbird Paseo Park, 59th & Thunderbird

 

 

Coaches

 

 

Refunds?

Due to the tenuous position we are in at this time the standard “no refund” policy is suspended. Refunds will be offered if the season is canceled minus any expenses incurred.

 

 


by posted 12/08/2020
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:         TBA

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:         TBA

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
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
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