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"Thursday Fast Break" Newsletter - 4/12/18
posted 04/12/2018


 
Happy Thursday, Vipers Nation!
 
A few reminders and updates for you:
 
 
  • NEW! - Free goalie clinic Apr 16
    • NCAA Division 1 champion goalie Ryan LaPlante will be hosting a goalie clinic on Apr 16, 5-7 pm, at Harmony Park
    • Details and registration info is here
  • NEW! - Free faceoff clinics Apr 17, 24, and May 1
    • MCLA All-American faceoff specialist Ryan Chamberlain will be hosting faceoff clinics on Apr 17 (FoCo), Apr 24 (Windsor), and May 1 (FoCo)
    • Details and registration info is here
 
  • NEW! - Viper "Friendlys" Game Day Apr 22
    • Our 2nd annual Viper "Friendlys" Game Day is Sun, Apr 22. Join us for a fun day of food (thank you Meyer Natural Foods for the burgers and dogs!), camaraderie, and lacrosse games between our FoCo and Windsor teams!
    • All proceeds from food purchases will go to the Boosters!
    • Click here for details
 
  • Spring season 2018 FAQ
    • Click here for the spring season FAQ
 
  • Chipotle Boosters fundraiser - Apr 24
    • Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Vipers
    • Come in to the Chipotle at 2120 E. Harmony Road in Ft Collins on Tuesday, April 24th, 4 - 8 pm
    • Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Vipers
    • NEW! - the 1st and 2nd team with the most participation will win a private practice time with  Colorado Mammoth player Brad Self on May 15. First place will get 45 mins and 2nd place will get 30 mins!
 
  • NEW! - Ticket special for May 13 Denver Outlaws game
    • $5 of every $20 ticket purchased for the May 13 Outlaws-Bayhawks game will be donated to support Wetland Conservation and CO Ducks Unlimited
    • Click here to purchase (May 10 purchase deadline)
 
  • Upcoming local HS and college lacrosse games
    • Vipers K-8 teams:
    • Rocky Mountain HS:
      • Mon, Apr 16, 4 pm - C vs Fairview, at Preston MS
      • Mon, Apr 16, 5:30 pm - JV vs Fairview, at French Field
      • Mon, Apr 16, 7 pm - Varsity vs Fairview, French Field
        • **Click here for the RMHS boys lacrosse master schedule (V, JV, and C)**
    • Windsor HS:
      • Thu, Apr 12, 5 pm - JV vs Thompson Valley, at Windsor HS (grass field)
      • Thu, Apr 12, 7 pm - V vs Thompson Valley, at Windsor HS (stadium)
      • Tue, Apr 17, 5 pm - JV vs Holy Family, at Windsor HS (grass field)
        • **Click the following links for the WHS boys lacrosse master schedule - V schedule and JV schedule**
    • CSU:
      • Thu, Apr 12, 7 pm - vs Utah, at CSU intramural fields
      • Sat, Apr 14, 1 pm - vs BYU, at CSU intramural fields
        • **Click here for the CSU twitter feed (will list any last-minute game changes)**
        • **Click here for the CSU mens lacrosse master schedule**
 
  • NCAA, NLL, MLL, and MCLA lacrosse games on TV/online
    • Click here for guide/listings
 
  • 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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Goalie Clinic - Apr 16, 23, 30
posted 04/09/2018


 
Goalie Clinic
 
Do you want to take your goalie game to the next level? Come learn from one of the best on Apr 16 - Ryan LaPlante!Ryan is a former Viper who went on to start in 66 games as goalie at the University of Denver where he won a national championship in 2015.
 
Our Apr 23 and 30 clinics will be led by Dominic Alfieri. Dominic was a 2-time All-American Goalie at Texas A&M, 2-time Lone Star Alliance All Conference Team, and a Lone Star Alliance Defensive Player of the Year. He was a HS head coach for 8 years and an offensive/goalie coach in Texas and Connecticut for 3 years. During this time his teams won 4 district championships, 1 state title and finished in the top 5 in the state 4 times.
 
You'll learn the best skills, drills, and techniques used by the most successful goalies & goalie coaches in the country. This action-packed clinic will make you better!
 
  • Date:
    • April 16, 23, 30 (Monday)
  • Time:
    • 5-7 pm
  • Location:
    • Harmony Park
  • Cost:
    • Free to all Vipers players
  • Required equipment:
    • Helmet, gloves, mouth guard, and water bottle
    • Jock and cup (a hockey goalie jock/cup is best)
    • Goalie chest protector, throat guard, and stick:
      • Email us at   if you would like to use our loaner gear
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at 
  • Registration:
    • Click here to register
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Faceoff Clinics - Apr 17, Apr 24, and May 1
posted 04/09/2018


 
Faceoff Clinics
 
Do you want to take your faceoff game to the next level? Come learn from one of the best - Ryan Chamberlain!“Chambo” was a two-time All-American faceoff specialist at Colorado State University. During his career, Ryan set two CSU faceoff records as well as recorded a 70% career win percentage. He has been coaching faceoff specialists in California and Colorado for the past three years. You'll learn proper warm up, grip/stance variations, moves and counter-moves as well as get a ton of live reps. These action-packed clinics will make you better!
 
  • Dates/Locations/Times:
    • Apr 17 - Harmony Park, 5:30-6:30 pm
    • Apr 24 - Windsor High School (grass field north of baseball field), 5:30-6:30 pm
    • May 1 - Harmony Park, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Required equipment:
    • Stick, helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, cup, mouth guard, and water bottle
  • Cost:
    • Free to all Vipers players
  • Questions?
    • If you have any questions, please email us at 
  • Registration:
    • Click here to register
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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 Lacrosse 2018 - FAQ/Registration
posted 12/18/2017


Spring Lacrosse 2018 - FAQ/Registration
 
Scroll down for REGISTRATION links
 
 
Season overview:
  • Important dates:
    • Feb 5 - earlybird registration deadline (save $50)
    • Feb 20 & 27 - tryouts
    • Mar 19 - first practices begin
    • Apr 7 - first games begin
    • Jun 2-3 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 Jun 2-3 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.
 
Practices:
  • 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
  • Jun 2-3 May 19-20 CYLA State Championships (Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver):
    • Teams will play on one day or the other (Saturday or Sunday)
    • Abbreviated details are here
    • Schedule will likely be released on May 31
  • Second tournament:
    • Coaches will communicate the dates for a second tournament, if any
    • U7 teams will not participate in a second tournament
 
Gameplay:
 
Uniforms:
  • 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
 
Cost:
  • Registration fee/deadlines:
    • 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.
 
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  )
 
  • Fort Collins teams:
    • U15  (born 6/1/2002 - 5/31/2004) - register here (closed)
    • U13  (born 6/1/2004 - 5/31/2005) - register here (closed)
    • U12  (born 6/1/2005 - 5/31/2006) - register here (closed)
    • U11  (born 6/1/2006 - 5/31/2007) - register here (closed)
    • U10  (born 6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008) - register here (closed)
    • U9  (born 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2009) - register here (closed)
    • U8  (born 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010) - register here (closed)
    • U7  (born 6/1/2010 - 5/31/2012) - register here (closed)
  • 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 (closed)
    • U13  (born 6/1/2004 - 5/31/2005) - register here (closed)
    • U12  (born 6/1/2005 - 5/31/2006) - register here (closed)
    • U11  (born 6/1/2006 - 5/31/2007) - register here (closed)
    • U10  (born 6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008) - register here (closed)
    • U9  (born 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2009) - register here (closed)
    • U8  (born 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010) - register here (closed)
    • U7  (born 6/1/2010 - 5/31/2012) - register here (closed)
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