2020 is the inaugural season for Cobra Lacrosse. We celebrate the returning Vipers and all new players with a special invite for Fall 2019; All players have the option of bundling both Fall and Spring seasons to save 10% if registration fees.
Cobra Lacrosse Fall and Spring Defined;
Fall Ball 2019
Oct 19 – Dec 15
8u, 10u, 12u, 14u and HS
8 wks, 15 practices and scrimmages at Cactus HS
Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. See schedule
Cobra Practice Package; T-shirt and custom reversible
Season ending Lax4Life Charity Lacrosse Tournament for all teams, Dec 13-15
5 game minimum for tournament
HS division is competitive, all other teams TBD
Jan 4 – Mar 28
8u, 10u, 12u, 14u
12 wks, 2-3 practices per wk at Cactus HS. See schedule
20 games, 2 each Saturday starting Jan 25
Cobra Practice & Game Uniform Package; T-shirt, custom reversible, shooter shirt, jersey, shorts, and equipment bag (TBD)
Season Ending Cactus Cup Tournament Mar 28
12U: $250 plus $100*
14U: $250 plus $150*
*Minimum $250 out of pocket. Balance can be fundraised but must be compete before first game
Jan 4 – May 1
Freshman, JV and varsity
16 wks, 4-5 practices per wk at Cactus HS. See Schedule
10-14 league games plus scrimmages starting Feb 21
Home games at Cactus HS Stadium
Cobra Practice & Game Uniform Package; T-shirt, custom reversible, shooter shirt, home and away jersey, shorts, and equipment bag (TBD)
Fee $250 plus $250*
*Minimum $250 out of pocket. Balance can be fundraised but must be complete before first game
Fall and Spring BUNDLE
All the above included. Fees must be paid outright on or before Fall Ball begins Oct 19.
No fundraising to receive Bundle pricing but payment plans are possible. Lock in for the season and pay the following discounted rates;
8U: $315.00 saves $35
10IU: $382.50 saves $42.50
12U: $472.50 saves $52.50
14U: $517.50 saves $57.50
HS: $607.50 saves $67.50
Note – Positively no refunds. Pay by Cash, Venmo, or Check and you pay NO processing fees. Credit cards are subject to 3% plus $0.30 per transaction.
Zona Fall Box, Vegas and Western Invitational Tournaments
Zona Fall Box, Vegas and Western Invitational Tournaments
Fresh off the Nationals we must move right on to the fall with practices, box games at Arizona Sports Complex, the Vegas Invitational and the newly announced Western Invitational in Phoenix.
Vegas Box Invitational, Dec 20 thru Dec 22 – We are registering Peewee (5/6), Bantam (7/8), Midget (9/10) and Elite (11/12). The tournament directors moved up the opening of registration to August 20th. Last year they sold out in 4 days! If you want in I need your firm commitment and payment NOW. Cost is $300
Fall Box League, Sundays Oct 6 thru Nov 17- As part of our continued development plan we are joining the box league at ASC run by the Arizona Outlaws. We will register both Zona and potentially non-Zona teams as interest dictates. This league will play 7 weeks of games under USBOXLA rules that fit our model. We will look to fill a Novice (3/4), Peewee (5/6), Bantam (7/8), Midget (9/10) and Elite (11/12). Cost is $225 if registered by Aug 31, $250 thereafter.
Note: We are merging with our friends the Desert Ridge Rattlers for the Fall Box League. Bantam Coach Suzuki and nine (9) current Zona players are part of the Rattlers or Pinnacle HS. Look for increased practice opportunities with the Rattlers!
Hippo Competitive / Box Training, Wednesday evenings, Cactus HS gym, Sept 11 thru Oct 9 – This indoor training and competitive game series incorporates a 3 sec passing rule to encourage on and off ball motion, fast ball movement, quick decisions, high scoring and a lot of fun. Box specific practices are also planned. The cost of $75 is INCLUDED in the Fall Box League fee as the practice element.
Western invitational, Jan 3 thru Jan 5 – The Arizona Outlaws are sponsoring a USBOXLA sanctioned tournament at ASC and we plan to enter teams. No other information is released as of yet but if it happens Zona will be there to compete.
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;