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

Spring Registration Open

 

 

Cobra Lacrosse Spring 2022 Early Registration

 

Registration is now open for the 2022 Cobra Lacrosse spring season.  Uniforms will be ordered by December 1st. Practices begin January 3rd or 4th (depending on division). 

 

Click here for more Information and Registration

 

  • Player Packs are INCLUDED with registration. Player Packs contain a custom reversible game jersey, shorts, game shooter shirt, practice reversible, AND a large, Cobra Lacrosse designed equipment bag. The retail value of the items is approximately $200
  • 8u/10u teams receive 26 practices; 12u/14u get 39 practices with each team playing 18 league games ending in a championship tournament. Games are played in Anthem, Glendale, Phoenix, Maricopa and Scottsdale. All practices are at Thunderbird Paseo Park
  • HS teams have 68 practices and a 14 game season seeding toward a state championship. Home games are at Cactus HS Stadium with away games determined by schedule. Most practices are at Thunderbird Paseo, some may be at CHS  
  • Deadline for uniform orders is December 1st so please register today!
  • Team practice schedules are located here
  • Flexible payment plans, Sponsor Referral Program

 

Registrations received after Dec 1 will be subject to a late fee for to cover expedited uniform orders!! 

 

 

 

 

Club History

 

Cobra Lacrosse is one of the longest running youth programs in Arizona having established in 2005 as the Glendale Vipers. As of 2019 we were asked to become part of Cactus HS while keeping our extended boundaries of approximately 16th street to the east, Union Hills to the North, and as far west and south as families wish to drive.

 

Playing year round field and box lacrosse our vertically integrated club serves players from pre K through HS. We value positive coaching, solid fundamentals, teamwork and good citizenship. Over the years our teams have won the HS DII State Championship (2012), JHS State Championship (2014), received United States Box Lacrosse Association sanction (1st in AZ and 15th in the nation in 2015), Best of the West HS Tournament Champion (2017) and too many silver and bronze medals in USBOXLA sanctioned national box tournaments to count through this past summer 2021

 

Teams and League Rules

 

The youth league determines eligibility by USA Lacrosse Guidelines based on our season of play. Meaning for example “8u” is any player that is under the age of 9 by the end of the youth season April 2, 2022. The same goes for 10u, 12u and 14u. The HS team is comprised of freshman through seniors. Our goal is to have a freshman, JV and varsity teams if number support.

 

The rules for youth are based on USA Lacrosse Youth Rules, and HS is governed by the NFHS Rules for Lacrosse

 

Our goal for varsity is to win a HS state championship. Players on that squad are chosen to fulfill that objective with playing time dictated by situation and skill set. 

 

8u through JV teams are by and large “Developmental” with playing time dependent only on the desire of the player to make the most of every practice, be “coachable”, ready when called, and flexible to play positions outside of their respective comfort zones. In divisions where we enter Competitive and Developmental teams (12U &14U) we will conduct player evaluations the first few weeks of practice. No teams will be assigned until after initial player evaluations are conducted and a final structure is decided. Note that “Competitive” team assignment is a privilege where playing time is EARNED based on situation and skill set.  

 

Booster Support

 

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization. The expenses to run our program cannot be supported by registration fees alone. With approximately 110 players forecasted this spring, our direct influence is at least 4,000 plus including the Cactus HS students and families. In brief, we have a lot to offer prospective sponsors with 50%-60% of contributions / sponsorships to Cobra Lacrosse tax deductible.  

 

$100 Bounty

 

The best sponsors are found through YOU the families that play lacrosse. This season we are offering a $100 Bounty for any player that secures a “Fast Break” ($1,000) or more sponsorship. The $100 will be discounted from registration fees. 

 

Please see our Booster Support letter and Sponsorship Levels attached below and help us gain much-needed funds for 2022!

 

Team Fees

 

Our fees remain below average to among the lowest in the state. We offer flexible payment plans, fundraising or partial scholarships as needed. We will never turn away a child for inability to pay. 

 

Minimum deposit required during registration with balance paid on or before December 1

 

Teams Defined

 

  • 8U - $250
    • 8u is defined as 8 years old or younger as of 4/2/22
    • Minimum deposit required during registration
    • Two (2) ninety-minute small-field practices per week, 26 total. See schedule here
    • Two small-field games per week, 18 total plus season ending tournament from late January through early April
    • One head coach and assistant
    • Certified speed and agility coach
    • 8-10 players per team 
    • 4 v 4
    • Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
    • Goal Size: 4’ x 4’ or 3’ x 3’
    • Full Equipment
    • No faceoff, limited stick checking, and limited body contact.
    • Player Packs are INCLUDED with registration. Player Packs contain a custom reversible game jersey, shorts, game shooter shirt, practice reversible, AND a large, Cobra Lacrosse designed equipment bag. The retail value of the items is approximately $200

 

  • 10U - $300
    • 10u is defined as 10 years old or younger as of 4/2/22
    • Minimum deposit required during registration
    • Two (2) ninety minute small-field practices per week, 26 total. See schedule here
    • Two small-field games per week, 18 total plus season ending tournament from late January through early April
    • One head coach and assistant
    • Coaches for Face-off, Goalie, and Speed and Agility 
    • 10-12 players per team 
    • 6 v 6 or 7 v 7 game structure
    • Half field dimensions, 60 yards x 50 yards
    • 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 goals/cages with goalies
    • Full Equipment
    • Face-offs, limited stick-checking, and limited body contact
    • Player Packs are INCLUDED with registration. Player Packs contain a custom reversible game jersey, shorts, game shooter shirt, practice reversible, AND a large, Cobra Lacrosse designed equipment bag. The retail value of the items is approximately $200

 

  • 12U - $400 
    • 12u is defined as 12 years old or younger as of 4/2/22
    • Minimum deposit required during registration
    • Three (3), ninety minute practices per week, 39 total. See schedule here
    • Two full field games per week 18 total plus season ending tournament from late January through early April
    • One head coach and assistant coach 
    • Coaches for Face-off, Goalie, and Speed and Agility 
    • 16-20 players per team 
    • 7 v 7 or 10 v 10 game structure
    • Full field dimensions, 110 yards x 60 yards
    • 6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies
    • Cross field for 7 v 7 or Regulation Field for 10 v 10 
    • Full Equipment
    • Faceoffs, limited stick-checking, and limited body contact 
    • Max 3-4 Longpoles 
    • Player Packs are INCLUDED with registration. Player Packs contain a custom reversible game jersey, shorts, game shooter shirt, practice reversible, AND a large, Cobra Lacrosse designed equipment bag. The retail value of the items is approximately $200

 

  • 14U - $450
    • 14u is defined as 14 years old or younger as of 4/2/22
    • Minimum deposit required during registration
    • Three (3) two hour practices per week, 39 total. See schedule here 
    • Two full field games per week 18 total plus season ending tournament from late January through early April
    • One head coach and two assistants
    • Coaches for Face-off, Goalie, and Speed and Agility 
    • 16-20 players per team
    • 10 v 10 game structure
    • Full field dimensions, 110 yards x 60 yards
    • 6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies
    • Cross field for 7 v 7 or Regulation Field for 10 v 10 
    • Full Equipment
    • Faceoffs, full contact per USA Lacrosse Rules
    • Max 4 Longpoles 
    • Player Packs are INCLUDED with registration. Player Packs contain a custom reversible game jersey, shorts, game shooter shirt, practice reversible, AND a large, Cobra Lacrosse designed equipment bag. The retail value of the items is approximately $200

 

  • HS - $750 

 

  • Minimum deposit required during registration
  • Four (4) two hour practices per week, 68 total. See schedule here 
  • 11-14 league sanctioned games, playoffs and an opportunity to play for a state championship from late FeJanuary through early April
  • One head coach and three assistants
  • Coaches for Face-off, Goalie, and Speed and Agility 
  • 16-20 players per team
  • 10 v 10 game structure
  • Full field dimensions, 110 yards x 60 yards
  • 6 x 6 goals/cages with goalies
  • Full Equipment
  • NFHS Lacrosse Rules
  • Max 4 Longpoles 
  • Player Packs are INCLUDED with registration. Player Packs contain a custom reversible game jersey, shorts, game shooter shirt, practice reversible, AND a large, Cobra Lacrosse designed equipment bag. The retail value of the items is approximately $200

 

Final Considerations / Things to Know  

 

Read our Youth Polices

Read our Parents Role on the Sideline

Read the Methany Manifesto

Read the Cobra Lacrosse Player and Parent Code of Conduct

 

 

 

 


by posted 11/04/2021
Fall Ball 2021


by posted 09/20/2021
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