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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

 

Indoor Opens with Ryan Powell

 

Ryan Powell, 4-time All American at Syracuse University, 9 year NLL pro and founder of Rhino Lacrosse will head our opening day box camp at the Ice Den Scottsdale June 3. The box camp is included as part of the House League at the Ice Den – No extra cost. Immediately following our camp, Ryan head to his 6th straight year of running the Rhino Lacrosse Camp at Northern Arizona University. There I will join Ryan’s coaching staff for most of the week. This is one of the best instructional camps and I recommend it highly. Ask a teammate, many have attended over the years.  


by bill casey posted 03/23/2017
2017 Arizona Box Lacrosse Summer House League

 

2017 Arizona Box Lacrosse Summer House League

 

Saturdays, June 3 through July 15

 

  • Local teams and individual players will learn USBOXLA sanctioned box lacrosse and compete with weekly league tournament style games, indoors and air conditioned at the premier rink in Arizona.  
  • Each week players will attend a Chalk Talk session, followed by a structured / instructional warm up, and then compete in USBOXLA sanctioned double elimination tournament style games with certified referees
  • Divisions: Novice (10U), PeeWee (12U), Bantam (14U), Midget (JV) and HS Open
  • 4 teams per division (10 player min), 2 x 15 min period games for a total of 2hrs per division. Double elimination means a minimum of 2 games, a maximum of 4 games for each team every week

Summer House League includes . . .

  • Instructional Box Clinic – Opening day for all participants         
  • USBOXLA Level 1 Coaches Cert – Online course, required for all Coaches. No cost, part of our USBOXLA Sanction
  • USBOXLA Level 1 Referee Cert – Online course, required for all Coaches & Referees. No cost, part of our USBOXLA Sanction
  • USBOXLA Player Membership – Required for all players, includes $5 million coverage to play box lacrosse. US Lacrosse does not insure box lacrosse. Normally $45 yearly, discounted 55% for Arizona Box Players to only $20 for yearly membership.
  • Season ending house tournament, All Star game with Canadian teams looking to come in late July

Travel Opportunities . . .

  • Team Zona travel team will compete in the following USBOXLA sanctioned events. Selections will be made from the 2017 Arizona Box Lacrosse Summer House League players;
    • Bay Area Super Series, San Jose CA May 28-29: The longest running USBOXLA sanctioned tournament will kick off our summer box season for Team Zona
    • Battle in the Box, Arvada & Lakewood CO July 21-23: Considered one of the top box lacrosse tournaments in the country, Team Zona won our first ever USBOXLA games at this event in 2016
    • USBOXLA Nationals, San Jose Aug 4-6: The most competitive box lacrosse tournament in the country, hosting teams from all over the US and even Canada. Team Zona competed in 2015, missed 2016, and will return 2017. Players will miss one day of school. It’s worth it! 

by bill casey posted 03/08/2017
Tournament Updates
 

Tournament Updates 

 

Beginning with the Best of the West in late February, the Vipers and Team Zona have an aggressive field and box travel schedule ending with the USBOXLA Nationals in August. To be the best, you must play the best!

 

Best of the West, Las Vegas Feb 24-26: HS players only, Confirmed. players need to register here and here. Team hotel with group rate: https://santafestation.sclv.com/hotel and enter code ACIGL17

 

 

Jam by the Sea, Ocean Beach CA March 18-19: 7/8 grade players only. Very competitive tournament for Spring Break

 

 

Trilogy Lacrosse Spring Break Event, Casa Grand AZ March 18-25: HS Varsity only. The top HS in the country come to Casa Grand AZ for Trilogy Spring Training yearly. We will scrimmage one or more of these teams 

 

 

Bay Area Super Series, San Jose CA May 28-29: The longest running USBOXLA sanctioned tournament will kick off our summer box season for Team Zona

 

 

Box at the Ice Den, Scottsdale AZ June 3 – July 29: Saturdays and Wednesdays with additional practices for Team Zona travel team

 

 

Battle in the Box, Arvada & Lakewood CO July 21-23: Considered one of the top box lacrosse tournaments in the country, Team Zona won our first ever USBOXLA games at this event in 2016

 

 

USBOXLA Nationals, San Jose Aug 4-6: The most competitive box lacrosse tournament in the country, hosting teams from all over the US and even Canada. Team Zona competed in 2015, missed 2016, and will return 2017. Players will miss one day of school. It’s worth it!

 

 

by bill casey posted 12/30/2016
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

 

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