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.
We began this program in 2005 working with the City of Glendale’s Parks and Recreation to create the first lacrosse program in the west valley. Playing both field and box lacrosse we took those city recreation kids and began competing in the Arizona lacrosse leagues in 2007. That same year we initiated a training and travel option for those players dedicated enough to work on their abilities and compete at higher levels. We worked tirelessly over the late spring and summer at places like Montara Park where we could work on individual and team skills. We rented buses, traveled to Utah, California, Nevada and Denver competing with the best club teams on the west coast.
Those players stayed together and ultimately won Arizona DII State Championship in 2012.
Since then our travel club continued winning many Bronze and Silver medals in box and the Best of the West Championship in 2017 for field. We are most proud that these kids went on to college playing lacrosse in the NCAA and MCLA across the USA, and that they come back to coach!
Why am I telling you this?
Because I want to develop players and win an Arizona DI State Championship!
In the last few years I’ve sent our players out and coached for other travels teams, helping them advance their programs and players. Well it time to re-focus on OUR players.
There are now at least 6 travel teams across the state; most are poaching each other’s players. With few exceptions no one is developing skills. Instead they hold tryouts, choose the top players and let the others wither on the vine. Well I have another idea . . .
Training and Travel Ball
4 tournaments, 15 field practices, 16 box practices and 15 positional skill development sessions from late April 17 through August 8 - That’s nearly 100 hours of training over the spring and summer (not including the tournament play!)
All players are invited to train. Selected players will be invited to travel
We will make accommodations for duel sport athletes. However we will only accept 100% commitment to this lacrosse team only. If you are loyal to another travel team we wish you the best but please do not apply.
$850 all inclusive training, practices and tournaments. If you are not selected for tournaments cost is $500. Dues can be paid in 4 installments
First Come, First Serve
Cobras and AZBOXLA players will receive preferential looks. However, IF YOU ARE ON THIS LIST we are looking to fill the rosters so do not hesitate if you want in.
Registration will open in the next few days. If you have questions contact me directly
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;