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Thursday Fast Break Newsletter - Feb 20, 2020
posted 02/20/2020


 
Happy Thursday, Vipers Nation!
 
A few reminders and updates for you:
 
  • NEW! - Skills Camp with PLL Players (March 28-29)
    • The Windsor Bulldogs youth lacrosse program will be hosting a lacrosse camp put on by PLL players, MLL players and Brady’s Bunch Lacrosse
      • Brady’s Bunch Lacrosse is a non-profit organization whose mission through lacrosse is to raise awareness of children’s cancer, funds for research and for children and families who suffer from cancer
    • For details/to register - click here
 
  • Spring Season 2020 registration
    • 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
    • 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
 
  • "Quick Stix" house league for Spring 2020
    • Mar 22 earlybird registration 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
 
  • 20% off at Dick's Sporting Goods (Fort Collins store) - Feb 22-23
    • Our annual Vipers Shop Day at Dick's Sporting Goods (in Fort Collins) is the weekend of Feb 22-23
    • Use this coupon to get 20% off all in-store purchases:
      • Good on both lacrosse and non-lacrosse equipment
      • Some restrictions apply (see coupon for details)
 
  • Stickwork Bootcamp (Feb 11/18/25)
    • We're hosting a stickwork bootcamp for Vipers players who are registered for the Spring 2020 season
    • 50 minutes of high-repetition stickwork and drills to knock the rust off your stick before the Spring season starts:
      • Coaches will be available to adjust your sticks
    • There is no cost, but players must register for the program:
      • Tuesdays, Feb 11/18/25, 7:15-8:10 pm
      • For more info/to register - click here
 
  • Revised tryouts for Spring season (Feb 24)
    • The Nov-Jan tryouts for the Spring 2020 season were problematic due to the confusion surrounding the split in the program
    • A second (and final) session of tryouts on Feb 24 will be used to finalize teams and decide the competitive level of those teams
    • For more info - click here
 
 
  • Vipers calendar
 
If you have any questions/feedback, please send them to us at 
 
Go Vipers!
 
 

 

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Stickwork Bootcamp - Feb 11/18/25
posted 01/31/2020


 

Stickwork Bootcamp
 
We're hosting a Stickwork Bootcamp for Vipers players who are registered for the Spring 2020 season. Join us for 50 minutes of high-repetition stickwork and drills to knock the rust off your stick before the start of the season. Coaches will also be available to adjust your sticks. There is no cost, but players must register for the program.
 
  • Dates:
    • Tuesdays, Feb 11/18/25
  • Time:
    • 7:15-8:10 pm
  • Location:
    • The Edge Sports Center (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524)
  • Required equipment:
    • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup, mouth guard, and water bottle
  • Cost:
    • Free to Vipers players who are registered for the Spring 2020 season
  • Registration:
    • Click here to register
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at 
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Revised tryouts for Spring 2020 - Feb 24
posted 01/30/2020


 

Revised Spring 2020 Tryouts
 
The Nov-Jan tryouts for the Spring 2020 season were problematic due to the confusion surrounding the split in the program. A second (and final) session of tryouts on Feb 24 will be used to finalize teams for all age groups. Equally important, a final session of tryouts will allow us to assess the competitive level of each team and the appropriate Spring division for them to play in.
 
Please note that players do not need to attend tryouts to be placed on one of our teams.
 
  • Date:
    • Monday, Feb 24
  • Time:
    • 6:15-7:10 pm:
      • U8-U11 teams
    • 7:15-8:10 pm:
      • U12 and older teams
  • Location:
    • The Edge Sports Center (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524)
  • Required equipment:
    • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup, mouth guard, and water bottle
  • Cost:
    • Free to Vipers players who are registered for the Spring 2020 season
  • Registration:
    • Players who are registered for the Spring 2020 season will automatically be added to the tryout rosters - no registration is necessary
  • 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
    • 2-12-2020 UPDATE - May 16-17 CYLA State Championships (Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs):
      • 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)
  • Helmet decals will also be available from your coach the first week of practice
 
Required equipment:
  • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, protective 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):
      • $275 for U7-U9
      • $335 for U10-U15
    • After Feb 5:
      • $325 for U7-U9
      • $385 for U10-U15
    • 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
 
  • 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 Mar 22 ($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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