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Indoor & More
Indoor & More
With all of the different opportunities we have going on indoors and outdoors in the next few months it can be confusing. I am getting phone calls and emails asking, “what should I register for?” and I am happy to oblige. That said it doesn’t hurt provide everyone some detail;
First, we are the only program playing indoors from the summer through the fall and this advantage cannot be overstated. Currently we are utilizing four facilities to teach and play box lacrosse while growing the game in Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix and Scottsdale, introducing the game to hockey and soccer players at the same time.
Peoria Sportplex Box Rec League
Saturday August 11thwe begin our partnership with Peoria Sportplex, the home of Arizona Inline Hockey. This is a full contact, full equipment rec league starting with 3 weeks of clinics followed by a 4 week game series. It will be small, as intended, for the initial offering at the facility. We are in this long term so if you join don’t be surprised by small numbers. Over time we hope to attract hockey travel players along with our dedicated lacrosse group. Some of whom are traveling from the east valley to play . . .
Sundays 7-9am, two four-week sessions beginning Aug 19 at Montara Park we build on our off-season small group training with emphasize solid fundamental and advanced stick work, offensive and defensive concepts, the 2-man game, footwork and conditioning. Every practice will end with a competitive 3x (3 on 3) game. New and returning players welcome.
On Sept 9, this exciting endeavor brings us back to the Arizona Sports Complex, the home of indoor soccer in AZ (with over 1,000 players per season!) to introduce lacrosse to new players. This will be an 8-week “soft lacrosse” training camp using only sticks and tennis balls. Going forward we hope to build this into full leagues and use this awesome facility for league games and tournaments.
The Vipers will field three teams (12-17 players only in 12U / 14U / HS) in this USBOXLA sanctioned game series with certified referees. West and east valley teams compete for the AZBOXLA Fall 2018 title. 4 Teams per division, 2 complete games (3x15 min periods, 2 min between periods, 1 timeout per game) per week. 4-week home & away series: 3-week seeding tournament with championship games the final week. Games will be at Peoria Sportplex and Barneys Indoor. Practice begins late September; games are Fridays and Saturdays (depending on division) in October
Where did the summer go? Box at the Ice Den is officially over and back to school starts next week. We had a very busy summer, a lot going on with many irons in the fire if you will. Here is a quick update and summary of upcoming events;
Verrado HS – We are approved to start a club on campus by the Vice Principal/AD and will have a booth at Freshman Orientation Night, Monday, Aug 6. We should have a sponsor in-line and be set to go for the start of school.
Ironwood HS – Coach Augustine has agreed to sponsor the club but hasn’t yet submitted the paperwork. He’s like us to meet with the new AD, but so far emails have gone unreturned. We need player/students at Ironwood to help from the inside to get this going.
Note that for the foreseeable future the Vipers will continue to be the varsity program for spring lacrosse. Best case scenario has the HS clubs playing a JV schedule for 2019/2020, and feeding the varsity program with new athletes. Thats the plan anyway . . .
Peoria Sportplex and Arizona Sports Complex – Both indoor facilities are partnering with us to grow the game.
Peoria Sportplex is the home of inline hockey in AZ. We will tap into the hockey club and rec players to teach them the game while having a place for our lacrosse players to advance, hold clinics and utilize the rink for competitive games with teams from across the valley (See AZBOXLA Fall League 2018 below). We begin August 11th.
Arizona Sports Complex is the facility we used for box before the Ice Den. It is much improved and now an air-conditioned showplace with three state-of-the-art turf pads, clearly the center of indoor soccer in the valley with upwards of 1,000 players each season. They contacted us to run clinics and leagues for them starting August 19th. The initial offering will be into classes for their soccer players, but looking forward we will use this facility for camps, leagues, and tournaments. More info here: http://www.arizonasportscomplex.com/lacrosse
Sunday Skills & 3x Games
Building on our off-season small group training, this program will emphasize solid fundamental and advanced stick work, offensive and defensive concepts, the 2-man game, footwork and conditioning. Every practice will end with a competitive 3x (3 on 3) game.
When: Session 1 - Aug 19, 26, Sept 2 & 9. Session 2 – Sept 16, 23, 30 & Oct
3 wks. of instructional clinics followed by 4 wks. of competitive games. This league brings box lacrosse to Peoria Sportplex. Open to all hockey players looking to cross train, new players learning the game and returning lacrosse players.
When: Aug 11 – Sept 29 (bye week Sept 1)
Who: 10U / 12U / 14U / HS
Fee: Clinics Only $49, League Only $99. Clinic & League $128
USBOXLA sanctioned game series with certified referees. West and east valley teams compete for the AZBOXLA Fall 2018 title. 4 Teams per division, 2 complete games (3x15 min periods, 2 min between periods, 1 timeout per game) per week
4 wks. Home & Away Series: 3 wks. seeding tournament, Championship final week
When: Games Saturdays October 6, 13, 20 and 27
Where: Oct 6 and 27 at Barneys Sports Complex, Oct 12 and 20 at Peoria Sportplex
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;