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

Game Schedule and Season Info

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Schedule and Season Info

 

This weekends game schedule is attached and available online here. The field map is also attached.

 

We are extremely fortunate to be able to play lacrosse at this time. With that in mind in addition to our own COVID Action Plan and state guidelines, we are required to follow the league (AYL) Health & Safety Plan and respective field requirements that will change with every venue. So please stay informed and flexible so that we get to play this season of lacrosse as safe as possible.

 

Please be sure to read the AYL Health & Safety Plan in its entirety

 

Our COVID Action Plan is online here

 

From the AYL pertaining to games this week at the Glendale Sports Complex;

 

In addition to the attached AYL COVID-19 policy, the Glendale Youth Sports Complex has established specific limits concerning spectators inside the facility:

 

All spectators must remain outside the facility borders (outside the fences detailed on the field map). The surrounding parking lot and sidewalk are the closest you may be to the fields.

For 8U only players may have one parent on the sideline of the field.  Spectators must wear masks while inside the facility.  

 

All players, parents and coaches must have masks on while inside the facility.  Players may remove masks during competition; coaches must wear masks at all limes.  Parents accompanying their 8U player must have masks on at all times while on the property. 

 

The AYL thanks all players, coaches, and spectators for adhering to these requests. We are fortunate to be able to play games at all, and cannot risk violating the requests of our hosts. There are few to no alternatives for playing space left.

 

Summary and Things to Know;

 

  • We are limited to 1 spectator per game this season
  • Players must be dressed and ready before entering the field. Get dressed at your car and walk to the field without your bags. Bring a back up stick (if you have one) and your own water bottle.
  • Gear includes a mouth guard. No mouth guard, no play
  • No team tents or gatherings of players and parents
  • Players are to arrive at the field early. 1 hr. for 12u/14u and 30 minutes for 10u/8u
  • Players are to meet at game field  
  • Players when not wearing their helmets must wear masks
  • Coaches must wear mask at all times
  • Spectators are asked to please wear a mask and remain socially distant
  • Please dont berate referees or opposing players and parents but do cheer our players on!

 

Last before we begin I ask you all to let the kids play, let the coaches coach, and when the games are done and your on the ride home instead of offering play-by-play analysis, please let your kids know “I love to watch you play”.

 

If you have not already, make sure to follow us on social media.

 

Cobra Lacrosse Fan Club – Facebook Updates, sharing photos, etc.

Cobra Lacrosse – @cobralacrosseclub, Facebook page

Cobra Lacrosse  - cobra_lacrosse, Instagram

Cobra Lacrosse - @LacrosseCobra, Twitter


by posted 01/20/2021
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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