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"Thursday Fast Break" Newsletter - 2/15/18
posted 02/15/2018

Happy Thursday, Vipers Nation!
A few reminders and updates for you:
  • NEW! - Thank you to our newest sponsors!
    • Colorado Krav Maga (Platinum Sponsor): "Colorado Krav Maga has consistently been voted the #1 self-defense and fitness training centers in Colorado for one main reason...our clients are our #1 focus. All we do is designed to meet our clients needs and help them reach their goals fast. Quality programs, expert level professional instruction, and attention to detail in all aspects all converge to make our clients experience top notch and second to none."
    • Bret's Electric (Platinum sponsor): "Bret’s Electric, LLC is committed to bringing quality electrical design to all sized projects delivering a competitive price, innovative ideas, and superior electrical products. Bret’s Electric, LLC also strives for professionalism, quality, and safety in the workplace."
    • The Stick Rack (Platinum Sponsor): "The Stick Rack is a locally owned, locally operated lacrosse and hockey specialty store located inside the NoCo Ice Center just off I25 at the Fort Collins/Windsor Exit. We stock a wide variety of lacrosse equipment, from entry level through high end as well as a selection of used gear."
    • Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric (Gold Sponsor): "Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric is a locally owned service company. We have been providing quality home and business comfort services to the Northern Colorado area for more than 11 years."
    • Madwire (Gold Sponsor): "Madwire provides world-class digital marketing software & highly skilled professional marketing services through a single, powerful platform, Marketing 360. Since 2009, Madwire has helped over 10,000 small businesses fuel their brand with their all-in-one Marketing 360® platform."
    • Smile Doctors Braces by Braces U (Gold Sponsor): "Braces U Orthodontics is now Smile Doctors Braces by Braces U - same great team, new fun name! At Smile Doctors, we continue to believe that your experience should be fun and rewarding. In addition to shaping your beautiful smile, we strive to get to know YOU. We support you both in and out of the clinic, and are excited to continue our support for the Fort Collins Vipers Youth Lacrosse!"
    • Workspace Innovations (WSI) Interiors and Design (Friend of the Program Sponsor)
    • Rams Lacrosse Club (Friend of the Program Sponsor)
[Want to sponsor us? Click here for more info!]
  • Spring 2018 registration is open - earlybird deadline is Feb 15
    • Registration for the Spring 2018 season is now open - click here for our FAQ/Registration page
  • 20% off at Dick's Sporting Goods (Centerra store) - Feb 24-25
    • Our annual Vipers Shop Day at Dick's Sporting Goods (in Centerra) is the weekend of Feb 24-25
    • Use this coupon to get 20% off all in-store purchases
  • Scholarship Fund Drive
    • Please consider donating to our 2018 Scholarship Fund to support low-income K-8 players who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play lacrosse
    • Click here to donate - any amount from $25 on up is welcome!
      • All donors will be recognized in our Thursday Fast Break newsletter
      • Donors of $100 or more will be listed on the "Thank You Donors!" section of our scholarship page
    • 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to scholarships
      • Click here for our scholarship page (and list of scholarship fund donors)
  • NEW! - ULAX spring men's league (Fort Collins)
    • "Registration for our men's spring league in Fort Collins is now open. League is scheduled to kick-off on Sunday, March 18th. Visit the league page at http://ulax.org/ftcollins/ for additional details and to register today."
  • 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 - Meyer Natural Foods
OneSeven Advisors | The Stick Rack
[Want to sponsor us? Click here for more info!]
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Where to watch lacrosse - local games, TV, and online
posted 02/01/2018

Where to watch lacrosse - local games, TV, and online
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Spring Referee Training
posted 01/11/2018

Spring Referee Training
Want to earn $25-35 per hour officiating youth lacrosse games? Sign up today be a youth lacrosse referee!
The training only costs $45 (and a trip or two to Denver). In return, you could easily make $1000+ per year as a referee!
Please click on the following links to learn more:
  • New referees (0-1 year of experience):
    Click here for details. Two training dates are available:
    • Jan 28, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (at DU)
    • Mar 4, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (at DU)
  • Veteran referees (2 or more years experience):
    Click here for details. One training date is available:
    • Mar 4, 8 - 10 am (at DU)
  • If you have any questions, please email us at 
Thanks for reffing!
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Spring Lacrosse 2018 - FAQ/Registration
posted 12/18/2017

Spring Lacrosse 2018 - FAQ/Registration
Scroll down for REGISTRATION links
Season overview:
  • Important dates:
    • Feb 15 5 - earlybird registration deadline (save $50)
    • Feb 20 & 27 - tryouts
    • Mar 19 - first practices begin
    • Apr 7 - first games begin
    • May 19-20 - CYLA tournament
    • Jun 3 - last day of season
  • Games:
    • Most teams will be scheduled for 10 regular season games and up to 4 tournament games
  • Uniforms:
    • We will use the same uniforms as last year
  • Extra tournament:
    • The extra tournament is in addition to the May 19-20 CYLA State Championship tournament
    • Teams have the choice to play in the May 5-6 Vail Lax Jam or the May 12-13 Aspen Shootout (included with spring registration fee):
      • Teams may choose a different tournament for an extra $35/player
Who can play for Vipers?
  • K-8th graders of all experience levels, including brand new players, are welcome to play for us
"Grow The Game - Refer A Player!"
  • Refer a new player to our program and you'll be entered in our drawing for a $100 StringKing Complete lacrosse stick or $100 in Dick's Sporting Goods certificates (click here for details)
  • Thank you for growing the game!
Required equipment:
  • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup, mouth guard, and water bottle
  • Where to get lacrosse gear - see our Equipment Guide
  • Feb 24-25 is the annual "Vipers Shop Day" at Dick's Sporting Goods-Centerra store - 20% off throughout the store with this coupon:
Tryouts/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/evaluation
    • Players do not need to tryout to be placed on one of our beginner teams
  • Tryouts:
      • The Windsor teams will not have tryouts (due to one team at each age level)
      • The Fort Collins teams will have tryouts (due to multiple teams at each age level)
    • Tryout participants must be registered for the spring season in order to tryout (this is a requirement of our insurance provider)
    • Each age group will have 2 days of tryouts - Feb 20 and Feb 27 - at The Edge (4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins):
      • U11 & U12 – arrive by 5:45 to gear up, sign in at 6, tryouts from 6:15-7:15 pm
        • U11 – on WEST field
        • U12 – on EAST field
      • U13 & U15 – arrive by 6:45 to gear up, sign in at 7, tryouts from 7:15-8:15 pm
        • U13 – on WEST field
        • U15  on EAST field
Team pages/Rosters:
  • Team pages (with rosters, coaches, team contacts, and practice schedules) will be posted under the "Team Pages" tab (top left corner of www.fclax.com, below the big "V") the first week of March
  • Game schedules will be added the fourth week of March
Team managers (team mom or dad):
  • Please contact your son'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.
  • Date of first practice:
    • Most teams will start practice the week of Mar 19
      • Fort Collins teams - Will not practice the week of PSD Spring Break (Mar 12-16)
      • Windsor teams - Will not practice the week of Windsor Spring Break (Mar 12-16)
    • More competitive teams may start practice a few weeks earlier
  • Practice frequency:
    • Teams will practice 2-3x/week
  • Practice start times:
    • Fort Collins teams - Most likely 5 pm or 6:15 pm
    • Windsor teams - Most likely 6 pm
  • Practice location:
    • Fort Collins teams - TBA (most likely SE Fort Collins)
    • Windsor teams - TBA
  • Practice schedules/locations will be posted on team pages the first week of March
Game schedule:
  • Regular season - Most teams will be scheduled for 10 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 fourth week of March. Games are planned for most of the following dates:
    • Apr 7
    • Apr 14/15
    • Apr 21/22
    • Apr 28/29
    • May 5/6
    • May 12
  • May 19-20 CYLA State Championships:
    • Location and format TBA
  • Second tournament:
    • Coaches will communicate the dates for a second tournament, if any
    • U7 teams will not participate in a second tournament
  • CYLA game rules are here
  • Game format:
    • 7v7 (on a smaller field) for U7-U9
    • 10v10 for U10-U15
  • We'll be using the same uniforms as last year (click here for picture)
  • If you need a uniform, you may order one when you register for the spring season. Our system will prompt you to choose from the following:
    • U10-U15 - Vipers reversible jersey and matching shorts ($75)
      • Jersey - $40
      • Shorts - $35
    • U7-U9 - Vipers reversible jersey and black shorts ($50)
      • Jersey - $40
      • Shorts - $10
  • Uniforms will be distributed by Team Managers before the first game
Helmet stickers:
  • The large "V" helmet stickers will be available from coaches for $5/pair
  • Registration fee/deadlines:
    • On or before Feb 15 5 - $295 ($100 for U7)
    • After Feb 15 5 - $345 ($150 for U7)
    • After Feb 25 - registration closed (individual age groups will close earlier if roster limits are reached):
      • Registrations after Feb 25 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)
  • Using credits (King Soopers, etc):
    • Register for the season - but do not pay - before Jan 31
    • We will apply your credits on Jan 31
    • Log in afterwards and pay any remaining balance
  • 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
  • Scholarships:
    • Need-based scholarships are available to defray the cost of registration. Click here for more info.
  • If you have any questions, please email us at 
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  )
  • Fort Collins teams:
    • U15  (born 6/1/2002 - 5/31/2004) - register here
    • U13  (born 6/1/2004 - 5/31/2005) - register here
    • U12  (born 6/1/2005 - 5/31/2006) - register here
    • U11  (born 6/1/2006 - 5/31/2007) - register here
    • U10  (born 6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008) - register here
    • U9  (born 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2009) - register here
    • U8  (born 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010) - register here
    • U7  (born 6/1/2010 - 5/31/2012) - register here
  • Windsor teams:
    • Players for Windsor-based teams will have to register twice:
      • First, Register and Pay on the Windsor Parks/Rec website (search for "lacrosse")
      • Second, Register on the Vipers website using the following links:
        • No fee unless you need a uniform
    • U15  (born 6/1/2002 - 5/31/2004) - register here
    • U13  (born 6/1/2004 - 5/31/2005) - register here
    • U12  (born 6/1/2005 - 5/31/2006) - register here
    • U11  (born 6/1/2006 - 5/31/2007) - register here
    • U10  (born 6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008) - register here
    • U9  (born 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2009) - register here
    • U8  (born 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010) - register here
    • U7  (born 6/1/2010 - 5/31/2012) - register here
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