Viper Pre-Season and Competitive Season registration is now open
Players to report November 6, Lax4Life Annual Benefit Tournament Dec 9
Lacrosse season is upon us. This is an exciting time when we build each of our teams piece by piece, and to paraphrase Mia Hamm, add more fuel everyday we train so that at just the right moment we light the match!
We plan to be the lowest cost premier club in AZ. It is a fact that the high cost of youth sports is restricting kids from taking part. As we visit schools for PE Lacrosse we meet far too many kids that want to play but may not be able to afford it. Know that competitive lacrosse clubs at our level costs an average of $500 for 14U (Arizona Lacrosse Club, Scottsdale United . . .) and more than $900 for HS (Arcadia, Brophy, Chaparral, Desert Vista . . .) per season. While those numbers are much less then local club Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Hockey where fees without travel start at $1,500 or more, the cost still limits the amount of kids that can play competitive sports.
Today, we announce Viper Lacrosse Competitive Season fees as follows:
When costs are actually rising how can we propose a drop in fees? The answer is by increasing numbers and for that I need your help. If every player brings a friend, neighbor, schoolmate, etc., to one of our free clinics or practices and they join we double our roster. Already we have 10 new players in Fall Ball. The goal is 155 players total, all teams including West Valley and Glendale. This is an achievable number with your help.
I hate fundraising. If we hit the goal of 155 players we will not need to fundraise, period.
Pre-Season / Spring Registration Discount
Viper Pre-Season is after fall school sports when we prepare for the competitive season. All players are expected to participate in pre-season activities including the annual Lax4Life Cancer Benefit Tournament on Dec 9.
This year all players that register for Pre-Season and Competitive by November 6 save $50 off their Competitive fees.
Viper Pre-Season and Competitive Season Summary
Viper Pre-Season: November 6 thru December 21
7 weeks with 26 field and 6 box practices
Individual and team drills, offense and defensive concepts, speed, agility, endurance, and scrimmages
Two to Four practices per week - Local or both locations.
Odyssey Prep (6500 S Apache Rd, Buckeye, AZ 85326)
Thunderbird Paseo Park (6000 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale AZ 85306)
Bonsall Park (59th & Bethany Home, Glendale)
Lax4Life Tournament on Dec 9, included in registration
Viper Lacrosse reversible jersey
Viper Competitive Season January 3 thru March 24 (Youth), May 4 (HS)
Youth (K-8) 11 weeks, approx. 50 practices
18 league games starting January 20 and ending with the Cactus Cup tournament on or about March 31
8U, 10U, 12U and 14U teams
Jam by the Sea Tournament (14U only, 2017 2nd Place) on March 24-25, not included in registration
Games are on Saturdays with possible Friday Night Lights and or home games
HS (9-12) 18 weeks, approx. 80 practices
10-14 league games
JV and Varsity teams
Best of the West Tournament (2017 DII Champions) on Feb 23-25, not included in registration
Season starts on or about February 28 and ends with a State Championship the first week of May
Registration fees cover all practices, fields and lining, league games, league fees, referees, balls, practice reversible jersey, and coaches
Play box, get better and have fun. Player and teams from across the valley will get together to compete in USBOXLA Sanctioned box lacrosse games in three facilities. This will be a great way preseason tune up for returning players to knock off the rust with fast paced real box lacrosse.
Participation and or invited teams include: Ahwatukee Lightning, Arrowhead, Chandler Firebirds, Chandler Pumas, Chandler Dogs, Corona Aztecs, Desert Mountain, Desert Elite, Gilbert Tigers, Gilbert Bulldogs, plus a Free Agent Team and others.
Note for Vipers: We will have one team in each division. This is for returning Viper players only. Teams are made up of 12-17 players. The registration includes a box clinic and 4 practices (Wed nights, October 4, 11, 18, & 25) in addition to the games
4 weeks of games every Saturday in October
3 Divisions – Peewees (12U), Bantam (14U) and HS Open (9-12)
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;