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Thursday Fast Break Newsletter - Jan 16, 2020
posted 01/16/2020


 

Happy Thursday, Vipers Nation!
 
A few reminders and updates for you:
 
  • NEW! - Our Vipers team uniform/apparel store is now open!
    • Our Vipers team uniform/apparel store is located here -  http://blatantteamstore.com/collections/fort-collins-lacrosse-team-store
    • We're starting a new 2-year uniform cycle in Spring 2020 (with new colors, a new design, and a new logo!), so previous uniforms will need to be replaced
    • Our updated helmet decals (new design for Spring 2020) will be available at our Jan 28 "Back to Lax" night (details here) and also from your coach once the season starts (cost will be $5/pair)
 
  • NEW! - Our 3x Lacrosse tourney fundraiser (Jan 14) was awesome!
    • Thank you Vipers families and coaches for making this such a success!
    • Nearly 500 pounds of food and $100 was donated to the Larimer County Food Bank
    • Special thanks to the LaGuardia family for collecting the food and providing the OtterBox prizes and to Shaun Rinehart and son Gavin for the $100 donation to the Food Bank
    • Congrats to Gavin Bishop & Chris Meyer for winning 1st and 2nd place for donating the most food
 
 
 
  • Spring 2020 "Back to Lax" Night - Jan 28
    • Our Spring 2020 "Back to Lax" night will be held Tuesday, Jan 28, 7:15-8:15 pm, at The Edge Sports Center
    • Meet other players, families, and coaches - both new and old - who will be part of our Spring season, learn more about the Spring season, try on sizing sets for our new uniforms, buy our new helmet decals, etc
    • Win over $200 worth of lacrosse gear in contest and drawing prizes!
    • Click here for more info
 
  • Spring 2020 Registration is open - Feb 5 earlybird deadline (save $50!)
    • Registration for our regular Spring season is open - click here for our FAQ/Registration page
    • This is our usual Spring program - half the games at home, half the games away, etc
 
  • "Quick Stix" house league for Spring 2020 - Feb 5 earlybird deadline (save $25!)
    • Registration is open for our new "Quick Stix" program - click here for more info
    • This is a non-travel (and less-expensive) house-league option for our U7-U9 players who'd rather not travel out of town for games
 
  • Winter (Jan-Feb) indoor "Box/Field Hybrid" lacrosse
    • Our 6-week Indoor Lacrosse program for experienced players mixes the best aspects of box and field lacrosse into a fast-paced skill and scrimmage session each week!
    • Jan 6 - Feb 10 (Mondays):
      • 6:15-7:15 pm for K-4th grade
      • 7:15-8:15 pm for 5-8th grade
    • Click here for details
 
  • Winter (Jan-Feb) indoor "Instructional" Lacrosse
    • Our 6-week Instructional Lacrosse program is a great way for new and less-experienced players to master the skills needed to play lacrosse with confidence and enthusiasm!
    • Jan 6 - Feb 10, 6:15-7:15 pm (Mondays)
    • Click here for details
 
  • 2020 sponsorship drive
    • Earn 30% credit toward your registration fees for each sponsorship dollar you bring in
    • Help us grow the game to new players, reduce their cost to play, and reduce your cost to play!
    • Sponsorship drive runs through Jan 31
    • Click here for more info
 
  • Vipers calendar
 
If you have any questions/feedback, please send them to us at 
 
Go Vipers!
 
 

 

Thank you to our fantastic sponsors!
Presenting Sponsors - OtterCares Foundation
Platinum Sponsors - OneSeven Advisors
Gold Sponsors - Crane & Seager Orthodontics
[Want to sponsor us? Click here for more info!]
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Spring 2020 Back to Lax Night - Jan 28
posted 01/10/2020


 
Spring 2020 "Back to Lax" Night
 
  • Who:
    • All players, families, and coaches who are interested in Vipers youth lacrosse (K-8) are invited to attend, both those who are already part of the Vipers family as well as those who are interested in joining
  • What:
    • Sizing sets for our new uniforms will be available to try-on for size
    • Our new helmet decals will be available for purchase ($5/pair)
    • Meet other players, families, and coaches - both new and old - who will be part of our spring Fort Collins teams
    • Win over $200 worth of lacrosse gear in contest and drawing prizes!
    • Learn more about the spring season (and register, if not registered yet)
    • Learn more about the Vipers program - off-season programs, Gear Garage, etc
  • When:
    • Tuesday, January 28, 7:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Where:
    • The Edge Sports Center (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins)
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at 
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Spring Lacrosse 2020 - FAQ/Registration
posted 12/19/2019


 
Spring Lacrosse 2020 - FAQ/Registration
 
Scroll down for REGISTRATION links
 
 
Who can play for Vipers?
  • K-8th graders of all experience levels, including brand new players, are welcome to play for us
  • Our youngest players (U7-U9) can choose to play on a travel team (half home games, half away games - usually in Denver area) or in our "Quick Stix" house league (no travel)
    • Click here for details on our "Quick Stix" house league
    • Continue reading below for info on our travel teams
 
How long is the season?
  • The season begins the week of March 23 (after PSD Spring Break) and runs through the end of May
 
Practices:
  • Date of first practice:
    • Most teams will start practice the week of Mar 23
    • More competitive teams may start practice a few weeks earlier
  • Practice frequency:
    • Teams will practice 2-3x/week
  • Practice start times:
    • Most likely 5 - 6:15 pm or 6:15 - 7:30 pm
  • Practice location/schedule:
    • Southeast Fort Collins (typically English Ranch Park, Harmony Park, etc)
    • Practice schedules/locations will be posted on team pages the first week of March
 
League affiliation:
  • Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association (CYLA):
    • Our blue teams (new/newer players) and white teams (intermediate players) will play in CYLA
    • Half home games, half away games
  • Arapahoe Youth Lacrosse League (AYL):
    • Our red teams (advanced players) will play in AYL
    • Most likely all games in south Denver
 
Game schedule:
  • CYLA:
    • Regular season - Most teams will be scheduled for 8 regular season CYLA games (half in Fort Collins, half in Denver area). Games cancelled due to weather or tournament conflicts likely won't be able to be rescheduled. The schedule will be posted the middle of March. Games are planned for the following dates:
      • Apr 4
      • Apr 11
      • Apr 18
      • Apr 25
      • May 2
      • May 9
      • May 16
    • May 30-31 CYLA State Championships (Long Lake Regional Park, Arvada):
      • Teams will play on one day or the other (Saturday or Sunday)
      • The game schedule is usually released the Wednesday before
  • AYL:
    • TBD
 
Gameplay:
 
Uniforms:
  • We're at the start of a new 2-year uniform cycle (new design for 2020), so all players will need a new uniform
  • You will need to purchase a uniform through our online team store - http://blatantteamstore.com/collections/fort-collins-lacrosse-team-store
    • Uniforms will be mailed directly to you from our vendor
    • The price of the uniform is $54 (shipping included)
  • Sizing sets will be available to try on for size on the following date:
    • Jan 28 - 7:15-8:15 pm, at The Edge Sports Center (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins)
  • Order deadline:
    • We recommend you order your uniform by Feb 16 to ensure it arrives in time for your first game
 
Helmet decals:
  • Helmet decals with our new logo will be available for purchase ($5/pair) at our "Back to Lax" Night on Jan 28, 7:15-8:15 pm, at The Edge Sports Center (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins)
 
Required equipment:
  • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup, mouth guard, and water bottle
  • If you need to get lacrosse equipment, please see our Equipment Guide
 
Team formation:
  • U10 and under:
    • Players will be assigned to teams primarily based on experience
  • U11 and above:
    • Players will be assigned to teams primarily based on tryouts (see below) and evaluation
    • Players do not need to tryout to be placed on one of our less-experienced teams
 
Tryouts:
  • Tryouts are for U11-U15 only
  • The final dates for tryouts are Jan 12 (U11-U12) and Jan 19 (U13-U15) - click here for details (and to register)
  • A player who can't attend tryouts may still make a tryout team based on the following:
    • Coach’s discretion if the coach already knows the player
    • Input from previous coaches
    • If the coach doesn’t know the player, the player may attend 1 spring practice with the tryout team and then the coach will decide
 
Team rosters (and team pages)
  • Team rosters will be posted the first week of March:
    • Under the "Team Pages" tab (top left corner of www.fclax.com, below the big "V")
  • Team pages (rosters, coaches, team contacts, and practice schedules) will be posted at the same time
  • Game schedules will be posted the middle of March
 
Team managers (team mom or dad):
  • Please contact your player's coach ASAP after rosters are set if you're interested in being a team manager (click here for the Team Manager FAQ)
 
Coach for us!
  • We're always looking to add outstanding new coaches to our program. Lacrosse experience is a plus but not required - we have an excellent training and support program to help even novice coaches become great lacrosse coaches. Click here for more info.
 
Player fees:
  • Registration fee/deadlines:
    • Before Feb 5 (earlybird deadline):
      • $145 for U7-U9 ("Quick Stix" house league, no travel) - click here for more info
      • $275 for U7-U9 (travel teams)
      • $335 for U10-U15 (travel teams)
    • After Feb 5:
      • $170 for U7-U9 ("Quick Stix" house league, no travel)
      • $325 for U7-U9 (TRAVEL TEAMS)
      • $385 for U10-U15 (TRAVEL TEAMS)
    • After Feb 19 - registration closed (individual age groups will close earlier if roster limits are reached):
      • Registrations after Feb 19 will be waitlisted
      • We will do our best to place waitlisted players on a team, but they will not be guaranteed a roster spot
  • A youth US Lacrosse membership is required:
    • Must be good through June 15
    • If you don't already have a membership, please buy one here ($30)
  • Scholarships:
    • Need-based scholarships are available to defray the cost of registration. Click here for more info.
 
Financial policy:
  • Cancellations/refunds:
    • Uniforms:
      • No cancellation/refund
    • Registration fee:
      • $25 cancellation fee before placed on roster
      • Fifty percent (50%) fee after placed on roster
      • No refunds after first practice
  • Outstanding fees:
    • Players with unpaid fees from the current season must pay them in full before they are allowed to play in a game
    • Players with unpaid fees from a previous season will not be allowed to participate in a subsequent season until their outstanding fees are paid
    • If payment arrangements are needed, please email us at focolacrosse@gmail.com.
 
Questions?
  • If you have any questions, please email us at 
 
 
***** REGISTRATION LINKS *****
 
Playing up
If you would like your son to play up an age group due to a birthday close to the cutoff date, we will do our best to accommodate you (please email your request to  )
 
Playing down
Players will not be allowed to play down
 
  • "Quick Stix" teams (house league, no travel):
    • U7-U9 - click here for info/registration
  • Travel teams:
    • U15  (born 6/1/2004 - 5/31/2006) - register here
    • U13  (born 6/1/2006 - 5/31/2007) - register here
    • U12  (born 6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008) - register here
    • U11  (born 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2009) - register here
    • U10  (born 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010) - register here
    • U9  (born 6/1/2010 - 5/31/2011) - register here
    • U7-U8  (born 6/1/2011 - 5/31/2013) - register here
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Spring 2020 Quick Stix Lacrosse
posted 12/19/2019


 
Spring 2020 "Quick Stix" Lacrosse
 
Full protective gear is required for this program -
 
Our Spring "Quick Stix" lacrosse program is a great way for U7-U9 players to play lacrosse during our primary Spring season without having to worry about driving to Denver for away games. The "Quick Stix" program is a house league, which means all games will be in Fort Collins (if you're looking for a travel experience - with half home games, half away games - please click here)
 
This program is based on the new US Lacrosse "Lacrosse Athlete Development Model", and uses a 3v3 game format to allow for a more well-rounded experience (all players play both offense and defense) as well as more meaningful playing time in games. The small-sided 3v3 game format also means practices can focus moreso on accelerated skill and lacrosse IQ development. And, of course, FUN, FUN, FUN!
 
  • How long is the season?
    • The season begins the week of March 23 (after PSD Spring Break) and runs through May 16
 
  • When are practices and games?
    • Practice/game schedule:
      • Practices will be 1x/week during the weekdays (starting the week of March 23)
      • Games will be 1x/week during the weekdays (starting the week of March 30)
    • Time of day:
      • Most likely from 5-6 pm or from 6-7 pm
    • Location:
      • Southeast Fort Collins (typically English Ranch Park, Harmony Park, etc)
      • Schedules/locations will be posted to the "Quick Stix" team page the first week of March
 
  • Uniforms:
    • All players will be provided with a "Quick Stix" lacrosse pinnie
 
  • Team formation:
    • Players of similar skill level/age/size will be grouped together
 
  • Coach for us!
    • We're always looking to add outstanding new coaches to our program. Lacrosse experience is a plus but not required - we have an excellent training and support program to help even novice coaches become great lacrosse coaches. Click here for more info.
 
  • Cost:
    • $145 if registered by Feb 6 ($25 late fee after)
    • A youth US Lacrosse membership ($30) is required (must be good through end of season)
    • Refunds:
      • $25 cancellation fee before first practice
      • No refunds after first practice
    • Scholarships:
      • Need-based scholarships are available to defray the cost of registration - click here for details
 
  • Required equipment:
    • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup and mouth guard
    • Water bottle you can use WITHOUT taking your helmet off
    • Where to get lacrosse gear - see our Equipment Guide
 
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at 
 
  • Registration:
    • Click here to register
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Winter (Jan-Feb) Indoor Lacrosse - EXPERIENCED players
posted 12/12/2019


Winter (Jan-Feb) Indoor Lacrosse
 
- Full protective gear is required for this program -
 
Our Indoor Lacrosse program mixes the best aspects of box and field lacrosse into a fast-paced skill and scrimmage session each week. Designed for both short sticks and long poles, each session will consist of:
  • 35 minutes of high-repetition, box-style, skill work:
    • Stick work in tight spaces (lots of touches!)
    • Shooting/faking on 4'x4' box lacrosse goal and box lacrosse goalie
    • Dodging/defending 1v1
    • Executing/defending the 2-man game (2v2)
  • 25 minutes of fast-paced, competitive scrimmage time:
    • Players will be split up by grade/size
This program is for experienced players (suggested for those who have played at least 1 year and/or have proficient passing/catching skills). Less-experienced players will want to consider our "Indoor Instructional" program.
 
 
  • Dates:
    • Jan 6 - Feb 10 (Mondays, for 6 weeks)
  • Times:
    • 6:15-7:15 pm for K-4th grade
      • Arrive at 6 pm (be geared up when we take the field at 6:10 pm)
    • 7:15-8:15 pm for 5-8th grade
      • Arrive at 7 pm (be geared up when we take the field at 7:10 pm)
  • Location:
    • The Edge Sports Center (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524)
  • Open to:
    • K-8th graders
  • Cost:
    • Pro-rated to $104 for the remaining 5 sessions
    • A US Lacrosse membership ($30) is required (must be good through end of season)
    • Refunds:
      • $25 cancellation fee before first practice
      • No refunds after first practice
    • Scholarships:
      • Need-based scholarships are available to defray the cost of registration - click here for details
  • Required equipment:
    • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup and mouth guard
    • Water bottle you can use WITHOUT taking your helmet off
    • Where to get lacrosse gear - see our Equipment Guide
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at
  • Registration:
    • Click here to register
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Winter (Jan-Feb) Indoor Instructional Lacrosse - NEW players
posted 12/12/2019


Winter (Jan-Feb) Indoor Instructional Lacrosse
 
- Full protective gear is required for this program -
 
Our Indoor Instructional program is a great way for new and less-experienced players (suggested for those with less than 1 year of experience and/or not yet proficient at passing/catching) to master the basics of lacrosse and have a blast at the same time. You'll learn the essential skills of lacrosse – cradling, passing, catching, shooting, groundballs, and dodging – along with the key concepts of offense and defense, all in a fun and encouraging environment. This 6-week program will teach you everything you need to know so you can walk on the field and play with confidence and enthusiasm. Come join us and have a great time playing lacrosse this Winter!
 
  • Dates:
    • Jan 6 - Feb 10 (Mondays, for 6 weeks)
  • Time:
    • 6:15-7:15 pm
    • Arrive at 6 pm (be geared up when we take the field at 6:10 pm)
  • Location:
    • The Edge Sports Center (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524)
  • Open to:
    • K-8th graders
  • Cost:
    • $75 if registered by Dec 30 ($15 late fee after)
    • Refunds:
      • $25 cancellation fee before first practice
      • No refunds after first practice
    • Scholarships:
      • Need-based scholarships are available to defray the cost of registration - click here for details
  • Required equipment:
    • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup and mouth guard
    • Water bottle you can use WITHOUT taking your helmet off
    • Where to get lacrosse gear - see our Equipment Guide
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at 
  • Registration:
    • Click here to register
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