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Thursday Fast Break Newsletter - Mar 19, 2020
posted 03/19/2020


Happy Thursday, Vipers Nation!
 
A few reminders and updates for you:
 
  • NEW! - Postponement of the start of the Spring season extended through Apr 18 (due to coronavirus)
    • Due to coronavirus concerns, the postponement of the start of our Spring season - both practices and games - has been extended through Apr 18:
      • Our parent organization for the Spring season, CYLA, made the announcement on Mar 17
      • This is in line with the Mar 17 announcement by CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) to postpone all practices and games for Spring high school sports through Apr 18
    • The postponement includes both our regular Spring season travel teams and our Quick Stix program
    • We will keep you in the loop on when practices may begin, rescheduling of games, etc.
 
  • NEW! - Spring Wall Ball Challenge
    • Our "Wall Ball Challenge" is a free program that rewards Vipers players for hitting the wall and working on their stick skills during the delayed start to our Spring season
    • Hit the wall, get better, and win some cool goodies at the same time!
    • Click here for details
 
  • NEW! - The Gear Garage will be available Apr 19 (tentative new date) Mar 22
    • The Gear Garage will be available Sunday, Apr 19, at Aaron Horwitz's house (4249 Winterstone, Fort Collins):
      • Gear return - 4-6 pm
      • Gear checkout - 4-6 pm
    • Click here for details
 
  • 10% off all lacrosse gear at The Stick Rack
    • The Stick Rack (7900 Fairgrounds Ave, Fort Collins) is offering 10% off all new and used lacrosse gear
    • Click here for details
 
  • Vipers social media pages
 
  • Vipers calendar
 
If you have any questions/feedback, please send them to us at 
 
Go Vipers!
 
 

 

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Wall Ball Challenge - Spring 2020
posted 03/18/2020


 
Wall Ball Challenge - Spring 2020
 
Our "Wall Ball Challenge" is a free program that rewards Vipers players for hitting the wall and working on their stick skills during the delayed start to our Spring season (now delayed until Apr 18). Hit the wall, get better, and win some cool goodies at the same time! Please be mindful of the coronavirus recommendations - do this on your own, not in groups.
 
(for some great wall ball advice/routines, check out our wall ball page here)
 
  • Open to:
    • K-8th grade Vipers players who are registered for the Spring 2020 season
  • Prizes:
    • "Developmental" level:
      • No prizes at this level - just the sense of pride that comes with working hard to get to the next level!
    • "Base" level:
      • Drawing for an East Coast Dyes HeroMesh stick restringing kit
    • "Select" level:
      • Drawing for an East Coast Dyes Carbon lacrosse shaft
      • Drawing for an East Coast Dyes HeroMesh stick restringing kit
    • "Elite" level:
      • Awesome "Vipers Elite - Hit The Wall" lacrosse t-shirt
      • Drawing for an East Coast Dyes Carbon lacrosse shaft
      • Drawing for an East Coast Dyes HeroMesh stick restringing kit
    • "All-Star" level:
      • If you reach the "Elite" level AND can also do this or this for 10 seconds, you'll have reached our All-Star level
      • No prizes at this level - just the huge sense of pride that comes with accomplishing something so incredibly difficult!
  • Deadlines:
    • Deadline for submission of final wall ball challenge scores - April 22
    • Date of prize drawings - April 26
    • Shirt pickup date (estimated) - May 13
  • Wall Ball Challenge details:
    • Setup:
      • Wear your helmet and gloves
      • You can use tennis balls (or similar) if you don't have lacrosse balls
      • Have extra balls at your feet in case you miss a catch
    • Wall ball test:
      • Stand at least 4 yards from the wall
      • Count the total number of catches you make in 60 seconds:
        • - 30 seconds RIGHT-handed -
        • [rest for 30 seconds]
        • - 30 seconds LEFT-handed -
      • Your wall ball score ("skill level") is the sum of the above two numbers:
        • Please note that goalies test with their dominant hand for the entire 60 seconds
    • Submitting proof of your wall ball test score:
      • Have a parent or guardian email us at   whenever you reach a new skill level. Please have them include the following info:
        • Your name and grade
        • Your wall ball score AND the type of stick you tested with (shortie, pole, or goalie stick)
        • A statement that they watched your wall ball test OR a link to a video of your wall ball test
    • Make a recording of your wall ball test!:
      • We encourage you to record your challenge, upload it, and send us a link at   so we can share it on our social media pages!
      • Video upload options - Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Google Photos, OneDrive, etc
  • Skill levels:
    • Scroll down to review the skill levels for each grade
  • Registration:
    • No registration is necessary!
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at 
 
Wall Ball Challenge - Skill Levels
Short Stick
 
Developmental
Base Level
Select
Elite
Kindergarten
<12
12
14
16
1st Grade
<14
14
16
18
2nd Grade
<16
16
18
20
3rd Grade
<18
18
20
22
4th Grade
<20
20
23
25
5th Grade
<22
22
25
28
6th Grade
<25
25
28
31
7th Grade
<28
28
31
34
8th Grade
<31
31
35
38
Long Pole
 
Developmental
Base Level
Select
Elite
K-4th Grade
NA
NA
NA
NA
5th Grade
<18
18
21
23
6th Grade
<20
20
23
25
7th Grade
<22
22
25
28
8th Grade
<25
25
28
31
Goalie Stick
 
Developmental
Base Level
Select
Elite
K-4th Grade
NA
NA
NA
NA
5th Grade
<20
20
23
25
6th Grade
<22
22
25
28
7th Grade
<25
25
28
31
8th Grade
<28
28
32
35
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Spring programs are postponed until Apr 18
posted 03/12/2020


Due to coronavirus concerns, the start of our Spring season - both practices and games - has been postponed until Apr 6 Apr 18:
 
  • Our parent organization for the Spring season, CYLA, made the announcement today (Mar 12):
    • ​Mar 17 update -postponement extended to Apr 18
  • This is in line with today's (Mar 12) announcement by CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) to postpone all practices and games for Spring high school sports until Apr 6:
    • ​Mar 17 update - postponement extended to Apr 18
 
The postponement includes both our regular Spring season travel team program and our Quick Stix program.
 
We will keep you in the loop on when practices may begin, rescheduling of games, etc. Keep your fingers crossed that we get good news at some point in the next few weeks!
 
If you have any questions, please send them to us at 
 
Marty Drybread
Youth Director
Fort Collins Vipers Youth Lacrosse
970-214-4679
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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 March 24 (after PSD Spring Break) and runs through May 14
 
  • When are practices and games?
    • Practice/game schedule:
      • Practices will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting March 24
      • Games will be on Thursdays starting April 2
    • Time of day:
      • 4-5 pm
    • Location:
      • Landings Park (4351 E Boardwalk Dr, Fort Collins)
 
  • 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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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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