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.
Our plan is to resume mid August with small groups divided by age, preparing our athletes with conditioning, footwork, stick skills in a phased in approach before we can resume full team practices and games
Although this program is planned for returning players, anyone interested is encouraged to contact us!
Who: Age Groups 10u, 12u, 14u, and HS
What: Conditioning, footwork, stick work, shooting skills, and general lacrosse based fitness
Cobra Field / Team Zona Box Fall Plan Update 072420
Things are finally looking up for our state and I am optimistically looking forward to seeing the players again soon. The following plan to resume this fall begins with small groups, preparing our athletes with conditioning, footwork, stick skills, followed by a 3v3 competitive series in a phased in approach before we can resume full team practices and games.
Please see below and let me know if you have any questions. Registration will be up in the next week or so.
Championship Series Challenge Pool and Cobra / Team Zona Update
Championship Series Challenge Pool and Cobra / Team Zona Update 071720
Cobras and Zona Lacrosse Families -
We're excited to partner with the PLL around their Championship Series event this summer. The event will feature 20 total games (14 on NBC and NBCSN) - and will be one of the largest lacrosse events in history.
PLL has worked with Cobras Lacrosse to create a bracket pool (think March Madness) and we'd love to get everybody involved to have some fun together. Please click the link below to create a bracket and get involved.
**Use the Cobra Lacrosse Discount Code: PLLNBC309 for 10% Off**
Check out the PLL website for more info on the schedules, teams, rosters and much more!
Cobra / Team Zona Update 071720
With the PUSD and DVUSD extending the return date for athletic training through July 26th and re-evaluating a possible re-opening for July 27th, our club will remain on pause in-line with our local school districts.
While we are literally chomping at the bit to return to the field we will error on the side of safety for our players and families.
Looking ahead with optimisim we hope to get back to training soon and prepare for the following fall tournaments:
**NOTE – Team Zona competed in this event since its inception in 2017. Team registration opens July 27th and last year it sold out the first week. If we want in for 2020 we must pay a deposits for all teams (Grades 5 thru 12) upon registration.
***SO PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US***
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
I hope this update finds you holding tight and focused on the future as we celebrate our nations 244th birthday!
We sent out our last update a little more than two weeks ago, yet it seems much longer considering the rapid change we are seeing here in AZ.
Getting right to the point we will continue the pause in training set on June 10 until at least July 17 in line with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA, noting Arizona is still holding at Phase 1 of statewide reopening), Peoria Unified School District, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and US Lacrosse Return to Play guidance.
On 7/1 Governor Ducey delayed the start of in-person schooling. In response, the AIA delayed the start date of fall sports and indicated plans to create alternative sports schedules.
Our club will continue to provide updates and resume activities when safe to do so.
While we remain focused on preparing and competing our Cobras and Team Zona players in tournaments the reality is that as noted above, Arizona remains in Phase 1 of reopening (gyms closed, small group activities of 10 or less, and physical distancing), making it very difficult to plan and accomplish team practices. In addition all tournament facilities and fields are closed for competitive play with no planned opening dates in California, Colorado, Texas, Nevada, and Utah - all states in which we considered tournament play. This means in all likelihood the tournaments will be moved to later date or cancelled altogether.
Know that tournaments are considered Stage 5 (larger group gatherings of more than 50 with full competition resumption and multiple teams from varied geographic areas, highest risk). At this stage, according to the CDC, there is evidence of isolated cases or limited community transmission, case investigations underway, no evidence of exposure in large communal setting, e.g., healthcare facility, school, mass gathering. None of the tournaments considered are near or headed for this stage.
Therefore we will forgo summer tournaments look to the late fall opportunities such as;
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;