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7 days to Fall Ball!

by posted 10/12/2019
Fall and Spring Practice Schedules

by posted 10/03/2019

by posted 09/12/2019
Fall Ball Bundle



Fall Ball Bundle


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
  • Fee $175


Spring 2020



  • 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


  • 8U: $175
  • 10U: $250
  • 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.


by posted 09/09/2019
Over 100 Attended Cobra Lacrosse Clinics


Over 100 Attended Cobra Lacrosse Clinics


Between summer and this past week as we enter fall; Cobra Lacrosse introduced over 100 students to the game of lacrosse. If you were part of growing the game in our community we thank you! 


Moving forward the following events for the fall are coming up soon;


Registration and information is located here


New Players Indoor 3x League, Indoors at Cactus HS, Saturdays Sept 7 thru Oct 5

  • Player Development
  • No Equipment Needed
  • Practices, 3v3 and 4v4 Games


Hippo Indoor Competitive League and Box Training at Cactus HS, Wednesday nights Sept 11 thru Oct 9

  • Ultra Fast Skill Development and Competition 
  • 6v6 w/ Goalie, 4x Goal, 3 Sec Passing Rule
  • Short Sticks and Gloves Only. No Goalie sticks  


Fall Box League at ASC, Sunday nights, Oct 6 thru Nov 17

  • USBOXLA sanctioned box lacrosse run by Arizona Outlaws
  • Full contact, full gear required
  • Local teams play games only
  • Practice element is the Hippo Indoor INCLUDED in fee


Fall Ball Field Lacrosse at Cactus HS, Wednesday nights and Saturdays, Oct 19 thru Dec 7

  • Registration Opens September 8
  • Instructional practices and inter-league play
  • School affiliated squads will represent with respective mascots and school names on jerseys
  • Lax 4 Life Benefit Tournament Dec 14-16 - Select All-Star teams from all divisions will play at this event


by posted 09/04/2019
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. 

by posted 08/10/2019
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


Zona vs Outlaws - Denver 2018
Team Zona - 2015 USBOXLA Nat'ls
Vipers 2014 JHS Championship
Vipers 2012 DII HS Championship
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