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.
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!
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!
Registration for the 2017 Viper Lacrosse competitive season is now open!
We are a vertically integrated program with players from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. The Vipers are inclusive where new players receive the training and playing time necessary to develop and have fun, and seasoned competitors are challenged and given opportunities to achieve their respective goals. We play USBOXLA sanctioned box lacrosse during the field lacrosse season because of the unique skills benefit – and fun - for all players.
All teams practice and play games with teams across the state. HS will have home and away games, youth teams play at a central location in a jamboree format.
Practices for all teams begin January 4. Registration is onlinehere
Our 2017 teams are as follows;
8U – This team is made up of players eight years and younger (no older than 8 during the period: 9/1/2008 through 8/31/2009), practicing 2-3 times a week with games every Saturday starting Jan 21. The field is ¼ size (30 x 60 yds) using 3x3 goals and no goalie with 4 or 5 players on the field per team at a time. No contact.
10U – Made up of players ten years and younger (no older than 10 during the period: 9/1/2006 through 8/31/2007) with the same practice and game schedule of 8U. The field size is ½ (60x60) using 5x5 goals and 7 players at a time including a goalie. No long poles, limited contact.
12U - For this age group a player can be no older than twelve during the period: 9/1/2004 through 8/31/2005. Practice will be 5 times per week until games begin Jan 21 then taper off to 3 per week. Full size regulation field, goals (6x6) and number of players on the field (10).
14U – Eligible for players no older than fourteen during the period: 9/1/2002 through 8/31/2003. Same practice and game schedule as 12U. At this level players have increased expectations to the teams and commitment to attend all practices and games while communicating directly with the coaching staff.
Travel Tournament: Jam by the Sea, Del Mar CA. 3/18 - 3/19
JV – Junior Varsity is open to any HS age player. Development is the key focus of this team with substantial playing time divided among those who attend all practices, are good team mates and give 100% effort at all times.
Best of the West, Las Vegas NV. 2/25 - 2/27
Jam by the Sea, Del Mar CA. 3/18 - 3/19
Varsity – this team competes for the Arizona Lacrosse League Division I State Championship. Players are chosen by the coaching staff to represent the best of Vipers Lacrosse. Total dedication to the team is expected and a “Team First” attitude is required.
Best of the West, Las Vegas NV. 2/25 - 2/27
Jam by the Sea, Del Mar CA. 3/18 - 3/19
Trilogy Lacrosse Spring Training, Casa Grande 3/19 - 3/24
Cost? Both the youth and HS leagues had to raise their fees for 2017. Field cost increased, we hired new coaches and lacrosse balls are expected to double in cost during the year. HOWEVERwe are keeping our base fees the same as 2016 by adding a Booster Card fundraiser (optional with a Op-out) that will cover the additional expenditures. ALSO the Booster Card fundraiser is avaiable to off set any and all players fees if needed!
8 wks (36 hrs) of training, preparation, games and tournaments
Three days per week including Wall Ball, Box and Field Lacrosse for comprehensive well rounded instruction designed to give you the tools to become the best lacrosse player you can be.
Choose all three or one day to suit your fall schedule.
Full schedule comes to only $4.86 per hour ($175!), or you can choose any one day per wk ($100) if you are playing a fall sport
U8, U10, U12, U14 & HS Players
No Experience Necessary!
Wednesday – Field lacrosse at Thunderbird Paseo Park
Thursday – Box Lacrosse at Bonsall Park
Saturday – Station Training at Montara Park
Similar to circuit training, we feel players overall development is enhanced by experiencing all three of these essential elements: Wall Ball, Box and Field.
All teams will compete in the 9th Annual Lax4Life Jamboree on Dec 10! (Included in Fall Ball registration fee)
Station Training: Includes Wall Ball, Speed & Agility, Dodging, Shooting, Defense and much more.
Box Lacrosse: We started this club by playing box back in 2005 and every year it becomes more evident that box lacrosse is not only a lot of fun, and so different from field, but the skills and speed gained from box translates to create the best players in the game today.
Field Lacrosse: The specific individual and team concepts of the field game, positions, and game play are introduced, and practiced with game and tournament play through the fall.
Why do we play box lacrosse?? Click the video below . . .
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;