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  • Fundamentals & Advanced Training: Sept 3 - Free Clinics, Skill Development, Box and Field Lacrosse
Fundamentals & Advanced Training


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.




Over the years our teams have developed a reputation for excellent fundamentals. This comes from a baseline, no excuses, blue collar work ethic that we wear proudly across our chest.


No one will be cheering in the stands while we work on developing and advancing our individual and team fundamentals. The Navy SEALs have  saying; “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”


We begin sweating as we build for 2017 on Sept 3. Join us


Sept 3 - Oct 1

Fundamentals & Advanced Training


See here for more info!!!


  • Intro to Lacrosse – Free clinics each week, no equipment required
  • Wall Ball, Individual Skill Training & 3x - Stickwork standards, dodging, shooting, defensive footwork, face off, goalie training
  • Field Lacrosse - Fall Instructional & Competitive 
  • Box Lacrosse - Fall Instructional & Competitive 
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 Fall Events



Sept 3 - Oct 1

Fundamentals & Advanced Training

The wall is a lacrosse players best friend. We love the wall, and invent new drills - such as our Stickwork Standards - to push our skills further and further each season.  Yet, practice does not make perfect - practice makes permanent. So, we provide instruction to prepare your mechanics for wall ball and show fun drills to do by yourself or with friends.

The focus on Saturdays will be individual fundamental skills such as dodging, shooting, defensive positioning and small side situations: 1v1, 2v2 and competitive 3x.

Wednesday we will be on the field for specific instruction as it relates to field lacrosse, and Thursday we are in the box for the tight confines, reps, smaller nets and fast pace of the game developing a different skill set than traditional outdoor only players.





Saturdays, 8-9am at Montara Park

  • Intro to Soft Lacrosse – Free clinics each week, no equipment required


Saturdays, 9-11am at Montara Park

  • Wall Ball, Individual Skill Training & 3x - Stickwork standards, dodging, shooting, defensive footwork, face off, goalie training


Wednesdays, 6-8pm at Thunderbird Park

  • Fall Instructional & Competitive Field Lacrosse


Thursdays, 6-8pm at Bonsall Park

  • Fall Instructional & Competitive Box Lacrosse


Sept 13, 14 & 15                                                                               

Peoria Parks & Recreation Lacrosse Clinic, Rio Vista Park, Peoria AZ

We are working with Peoria Parks & Recreation to grow the game with low cost clinics and eventually a league! Information and registration will be available soon - Click Here




Oct 15 - Nov 17

Fall Ball

Individual and team concepts taught, demonstrated, practiced and developed in both field and box lacrosse as we form well rounded athletes during the fall. New players will learn the basics while returning players act as examples, refine and advance their skills 




Saturdays, 8-9am at Thunderbird Park

  • Intro to Soft Lacrosse – Free clinics each week, no equipment required          


Saturdays, 9-11am & Wednesdays 6-8pm at Thunderbird Park

  • Fall Ball - Field Lacrosse       


Thursdays, 6-8pm at Bonsall Park

  • Fall Ball - Box Lacrosse                                                                                              



Nov 19 - Nov 20

Desert Dual Adrenaline Tournament, Mesa AZ   




Dec 3 - Jan 4

Pre-season Speed, Agility & Stickwork - Youth     


Dec 3 - Jan 21

Pre-season Speed, Agility & Stickwork – HS




Dec 10

Lax4Life Benefit Jamboree 



Jan 7 - Mar 25 (Actual start TBD, based on first game date of Jan 21)

Vipers Competitive Lacrosse Club – Youth


Jan 21 - Apr 23 (Actual start TBD, based on first game date of Feb 25)

Vipers Competitive Lacrosse Club - HS      


Feb 25 - Feb 27

Best of the West Lacrosse Classic, Las Vegas NV



Mar 19 - Mar 20

Jam by the Sea, San Diego CA


by posted 07/18/2016

Upcoming Games


Team Zona - 2015 USBOXLA Nat'ls
Vipers 2014 JHS Championship
Vipers 2012 DII HS Championship
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