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.

 

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Cactus HS Free Registration

 

Atttention: Cactus HS Students!

 

Register for Fall Ball FREE now through Nov 21

Contact Coach Casey for details at or 623-363-7342

 


by posted 10/19/2020
Final Call for Fall Box and Field

 

 

Final Call for Fall Box and Field

 

Registrations are coming in steady for the Fall Box & Field Development League starting this Saturday at the Arizona Sports Complex. 

 

This will be the final call so:

 

> If your not yet registered and still interested see here for DetailsScheduleand Registration

 

> If you want off this email list just ask! 

 

Now, if you are registered here are some things to know:

 

  • Please see our Covid Action Plan. Strict adherence is required. Arizona is doing well, lets keep it that way! 
  • See here for your online schedule with dates, times and locations
  • Each session, box and field, will be a combination of practices and scrimmages
  • Box lacrosse is played is played on turf. No cleats. Running or turf shoes only
  • Field is played on grass. Cleats are strongly recommended
  • Full protective lacrosse equipment is required including a helmet, arm and shoulder pads, gloves AND a mouth guard ($1 at Walmart). If you need to borrow fill out the Loaner Equipment Form TODAY!
  • We go by Lombardi Time – If your on time your late. Get to your sessions early, dressed and ready to play
  • We believe in positive reinforcment - Parents Role on the Sideline

 

Any questions please contact me directly


by posted 10/15/2020
Fall Development League

 

Financial Assistance Avaiable - for more information!

 

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Fall Ball Oct 17

 

Nearly 60 players joined us for the free safe return to play King of the Hill 3x series over the past few weeks. It was a fun and exciting way to get back to the game. If you missed it take a look at some film by Coach Lambert:

 

https://youtu.be/n3OWQ91opS8 - Speed Lacrosse

https://youtu.be/69MyzjwrjZU - King of the Hill 3x

 

We now turn our attention to Fall Ball starting October 17th with updated COVID-19 protocols.

 

This season we go back to our roots with the Fall Development League incorporating box and field lacrosse for well rounded skill improvement and intramural competition. 

 

Why play box? Box lacrosse is a much faster than field lacrosse. It’s played on a hockey rink, 6 on 6 with small goals and big goalies. The ball never goes out of bounds and players rotate between offense and defense during every shift. It’s hidden conditioning and teaches solid fundamentals giving box players a huge advantage over “field only” players. Plus it’s a lot of fun!

 

We will be on the field on Wednesday nights, and in the box Saturday mornings. See here for the full schedule and locations for all age groups.  

 

Click here for Registration and more information

 

Help us Grow Cobra Lacrosse!

 

The best way we can grow is by word of mouth and social media. Bring a friend to practice – The game sells itself! Copy our flyer (linked below) and post on your social media or email to friends and family!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

  • Team Zona Vegas - Competitive, Travel Box Lacrosse

Oct 17 – Dec 20

 

Nov 14

Click links above and see flyers below for information. Use code CACTUS $25 off 

 

  • Turkey 3x Box Shootout – Competitive Fall Ball Finale 

Nov 28 at ASC

 

  • Cobra Training Camp – Speed, Conditioning and Stick Work Preparation for the Spring 2021 Season

Dec 7 – Dec 19

 

  • 13th Annual Lax4Life 2020 – Charity Tournament, All Cobra Players, All Divisions to Participate  

Dec 11 - 13

Tempe Sports Complex - Tempe, Az

 

  • Cobra Spring 2021 Competitive Lacrosse – THE field lacrosse season in Arizona for 8u, 10u, 12u, 14u and HS teams playing teams in Glendale, Phoenix, Maricopa and Scottsdale

Jan 4 – Mar 27 (Youth), May 1 (HS)

 

 


by posted 09/24/2020
3v3, Fall Box, Field and more in store . . .

 

 

3v3, Fall Box, Field and more in store . . .

 

Probably the longest and hottest summer in history is nearly over, kids are back to school and fall is only a few weeks away. We have the outdoor rink at ASC (Arizona Sports Complex) booked through December, and the fields at Thunderbird Paseo and Cactus HS are reserved with anticipation of opening in October.

 

Please see the highlights below of upcoming events starting with the 3v3 King of the Hill series starting next week!

 

Fall Summary

 

First Try FREE for NEW Players! Click here for more INFO!

Now through December!

 

3v3 King of the Hill

3 wks, Sept 7 – Sept 24

Montara Park

 

Team Zona Vegas

9 wks, Oct 17 – Dec 20

Competitive, Travel Box Lacrosse

 

Fall Box & Field Development Leagues

6 wks, Oct 17 – Nov 21

ASC, Thunderbird Paseo & Cactus HS

Wed nights at Thunderbird Paseo

Sat mornings at ASC

 

Turkey 3x Box Shootout

Nov 28 at ASC

 

Cobra Training Camp

2 wks, Dec 7 – Dec 19

Thunderbird Paseo & Cactus HS

 

Cobra Spring Competitive Lacrosse

Jan 4 – Mar 27 (Youth), May 1 (HS)

Thunderbird Paseo & Cactus HS

 

 

Fall Defined

 

First Try FREE for NEW Players!

 

  • What it is: 

 

The First Try FREE Program is a no obligation opportunity for friends, family and new people to come out to any practice, meet the coaches, grab a stick and join in at anytime. It is a one-time chance to observe, learn and play the fastest game on two feet!  

 

  • What is isn't: 

 

Full registration. Only new players with no experience are eligible 

 

  • What’s next? 

 

We will set you up with coach and experienced players that will mentor and answer all your questions during a scheduled practice. Lacrosse sells itself so we KNOW you will like it and join one of our ongoing leagues but in the unlikely event lacrosse is not for you at least you can say you tried it!!!

 

Info and registration HERE

 

3v3 King of the Hill

 

Back to action skills, thrills and competition for returning players. Teams of 3-4 players contend for “King of the Hill” in a weekly double elimination tournament. No contact, no set goalies, no long poles, pass and SCORE!

 

Info and registration HERE

 

Team Zona Vegas

 

Established in 2015, Arizona Box Lacrosse (AZBOXLA) is sanctioned by the United States Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) for training and competitive play. No tryouts but a coach’s recommendation, no fear, and a higher level of effort and desire is required to participate  

 

Info and registration HERE

 

Fall Box & Field Development Leagues

 

Playing box lacrosse is fun and it adds skills that compliment field lacrosse players. All else being equal, a box player will outshine a field only player, on the field, every time. Back in 2005 we introduced box lacrosse to Arizona and 15 years later it remains an integral part of who we are. The Fall Box & Field Development Leagues incorporates both to build a better overall lacrosse player. 

 

Play one or both – Your choice

 

Open to all players including instruction, drills and games on the field Wednesday nights and in the box game on Saturday mornings. 

 

Info and registration HERE

 

Turkey 3x Box Shootout

 

The competitive finale for the fall league is included. No charge for fall players, open to all comers / outside players for a fee. 

 

Info and registration COMING SOON

 

Cobra Training Camp

 

Intensive preparation for the upcoming spring season includes lacrosse specific skills, speed and conditioning before the holiday break

 

Info and registration COMING SOON

 

Cobra Spring Competitive Lacrosse

 

Teams formed for the Arizona Lacrosse Youth spring season from Kindergarten through HS with practices and league games played in Glendale, Anthem, Scottsdale, and Maricopa. All practices are at Cactus HS and or Thunderbird Paseo Park. 

 

Info and registration COMING SOON

 


by posted 09/01/2020
Fall Box & Field Development Leagues

 

 

 

 

Fall Box & Field Development League

  • 6 wks, Oct 17 – Nov 21
  • ASC & Thunderbird Paseo
  • Wed nights at Thunderbird Paseo
  • Sat mornings at Arizona Sports Complex (ASC)

 

Play box, get better, have fun. Box lacrosse adds skills that compliment field lacrosse players. All else being equal, a box player will outshine a field only player, on the field, every time. Back in 2005 we introduced box lacrosse to Arizona and 15 years later it remains an integral part of who we are. The Fall Box & Field Development Leagues incorporates both to build a better overall, well rounded lacrosse player. 

 

We build up the box game with individual and team concepts. Box is played 5v5, using the floor and team mates to your advantage where scoring accuracy, pick, slips, transition, cross checking on and off ball are keys to success. 

 

Field development will focus on positional station training and small sided drills leading into full 10v10 competition.  

 

Play one or both – Your choice

 

Open to all players including instruction, drills and games on the field Wednesday nights and in the box game on Saturday mornings. 

 

Who: 10u, 12u, 14u, and HS

What: Box and OR Field Lacrosse training development and games 

Where: 

Box - Arizona Sports Complex, 3555 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Glendale, AZ 85310

Field - Thunderbird Paseo Park, 6000 W Thunderbird, Glendale AZ 85306

When: 

Box: Saturdays 9am - 1pm, Specific times per division TBD based on registrations

Field: Wednesdays 5pm - 9pm, Specific times per division TBD based on registrations

Cost: $175 for Box OR Field, $200 includes BOTH*

*Yes, only $25 more . . .

 

 

Info and registration HERE

 

 


by posted 08/30/2020
First Try FREE Program

 

First Try FREE

New Player Program

 

Never played but want to try lacrosse? Have a friend that plays, or heard about it in school, saw it on TV?

The First Try FREE Program is a no obligation opportunity to come out to any practice, meet the coaches, grab a stick and join in at anytime. 

We will set you up with coach and experienced players that will mentor and answer all your questions. Lacrosse sells itself so we KNOW you will like it but in the unlikely event lacrosse is not for you at least you can say you tried it!!!

Just register here and we will see you on the field!!!  

 

 


by posted 08/26/2020
Team Zona Vegas

 

 

 

Team Zona Vegas 

 

Box is back and we are heading to Vegas Box Invitational Dec 18-20, 2020

 

Team Zona is looking for ballers either returning with competitive box experience or the desire and capacity to learn the indoor game.

 

Register HERE

 

Box is truly the fastest game on two feet; Played on a hockey rink with a 30 second shot clock, 5 runners, no D poles, using small nets and big goalies - picture a full contact basketball offense and defense with walls. Sanctioned by USBOXLA since 2015, we started box in AZ back in 2005 playing legit Canadian style box with cross checking, using the boards to your advantage, and much more that separates real box from field lacrosse.

 

Warning: Once you play box you may never want to go back to field . . . But if you do your skill set will be superior to field only players. Guaranteed. 

 

No tryouts but you must have a coach’s recommendation to register, no exceptions. Solid stick skills are a must and players must initiate contact. “Finesse” is not in the box dictionary. 

 

  • Who:

Grade 5/6 (Pee Wee)

Grade 7/8 (Bantam)

High School B. Grade 9/10 (Midget)

High School A. Grade 11/12 (HS Elite)

 

  • What:

Box lacrosse development training and tournament competition

 

  • When:

Practices are twice a week starting Oct 17 thru Dec 16. Tournament is Dec 18-20

 

  • Where:

Arizona Sports Complex and other facilities as required for practices

Longevity Sports Center and Las Vegas Roller Hockey Center for the tournament

 

The complete COVID-19 Action Plan, including the Pre-Screening Questionnaire is located HERE​. Note this is a fluid document that will be revised as the situation evolves.  


by posted 08/19/2020
Safe Return to Play Update 081320

 

 

Safe Return to Play Update 081320

 

Registrations just hit 70 players for the Small Group Training and 3v3 King of the Hill Series, starting August 17thand Sept 7th respective. 

 

In this environment the safety of our players and families are paramount. Know that before any player walks on the field each will fill out a daily pre-screening form and receive a temperature check. Coaches will wear masks at all times and players are required to wear masks when not actively participating in drills. 

 

Small groups will be divided into even smaller squads to rotate together for training in stations. The 3v3 King of the Hill Series is a non-contact competition with emphasis on quick passing, shooting and stick-in-the-lane defense. 

 

Both programs are FREE of charge!

 

Information and Registration for the Small Group Training and / or the 3v3 King of the Hill HERE

 

The complete COVID-19 Action Plan, including the Pre-Screening Questionnaire is located HERE

 

We are more than pleased that so many are ready for a safe return to play & look forward to seeing you all soon!!!!


by posted 08/13/2020
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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