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"Thursday Fast Break" Newsletter - 3/15/18
posted 03/15/2018


Happy Thursday, Vipers Nation!
A few reminders and updates for you:
  • NEW! Spring rosters are posted
    • To view your team, go to www.fclax.com, click on "Team Webpages" at the top of the page, select your team, and then click on the "Roster" tab on the left side of the page
      • You must be logged into your fclax.com account to view rosters!
    • If you don't see your son, please email us ( ) so that we can correct ASAP
    • Please note that we are still moving some players around to balance rosters - thank you for your understanding!
  • Spring 2018 - important dates
    • First practices begin - week of March 19
      • Coaches will be reaching out soon with practice details if they haven't already
    • First games begin - April 7
    • Click here for our Spring 2018 FAQ page
  • NEW! Fee payment deadline
    • The deadline to pay any outstanding registration fees in full is March 19
  • NEW! Free custom mouth guards - Mar 14 & Mar 16!
    • Gold sponsor Crane & Seager Orthodontics is generously providing free, custom mouth guards for Vipers players on Mar 14 (2-5 pm) and Mar 16 (2-5 pm) at their Fort Collins office (4144 Timberline Rd)
    • Please fill out and bring the required consent form with you
      • School name = your team name (ie, FoCo Vipers - U10 Johnson, Windsor Vipers - U13 Baker, etc)
    • If you are able to volunteer your time to help out at the clinic on either of those days, please email Wendy at  
  • NEW! - Gear Garage will be available Mar 18:
    • The Gear Garage will be available Sun, Mar 18, 1-3 pm, at Fort Collins HS (north parking lot)
    • Click here for details
  • NEW! - Old Vipers uniform to donate?
    • If you have an old Vipers uniform from 2017 that you're no longer using, please contact Aaron Horwitz at   to donate it back to the program
  • NEW! - NoCo Vipers Summer 2018 Tournament Teams
    • We're organizing tryouts for players from northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland, Boulder, etc) who would like to tryout for our Summer 2018 "NoCo" tournament teams
    • Players with graduation years 2023-2026 (current 4th-7th graders) are eligible to participate
    • Tournament choices include the Boom Town Classic (June 23-24 in Boulder) and/or the Adrenaline Park City Showdown (June 29-30 in Park City). Fees would be $175 for one tournament or $350 for two.
    • Assuming substantial interest, tryouts will be held on Sunday, April 8, 12-5 pm, in Fort Collins (location TBA)
      • Practices would be Tue/Wed/Thu starting June 12 (location TBA).
    • If you are interested in trying out, please register here before midnight on March 22. There is no cost to tryout.
  • NEW! - Discount tickets for Mar 24th Mammoth game (John Grant Junior’s retirement night!)
    • Colorado Mammoth vs. Vancouver Stealth, Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
    • Tickets: $17-$30 depending on location
    • All orders include a John Grant Jr. signed photo (limit 1 per order, while supplies last)
    • Order tickets online - Mammothtix.com/noco18
  • 20% off at Dick's Sporting Goods (Centerra store) - Mar 17-18
    • An additional Vipers Shop Day at Dick's Sporting Goods (in Centerra) will be held the weekend of Mar 17-18
    • Use this coupon to get 20% off all in-store purchases
  • NEW! Upcoming local HS and college lacrosse games
    • Rocky Mountain HS:
      • Sat, Mar 17, 9 am - C vs Regis, at French Field
      • Sat, Mar 17, 11 am - JV vs Regis, at French Field
      • Sat, Mar 17, 1 pm - V vs Regis, at French Field
      • Free hot dog for anyone who wears Vipers gear to the games!
        • **Click here for the RMHS boys lacrosse master schedule (V, JV, and C)**
    • Windsor HS:
      • Fri, Mar 16, 5 pm - JV vs Cheyenne Mountain, at Windsor HS (grass field)
      • Fri, Mar 16, 7 pm - V vs Cheyenne Mountain, at Windsor HS (stadium)
        • **Click the following links for the WHS boys lacrosse master schedule - V schedule and JV schedule**
    • CSU:
      • Sun, Mar 18, 12 pm - vs Arizona State, 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**
  • NEW! Rocky Mountain HS lacrosse fundraiser - Mar 22
    • Dueling Pianos/Silent Auction LoboLAX fundraiser at the Rio Grande restaurant agave room, 6-9 pm, Thu, Mar 22
    • Tickets are $40 each or two for $75 (click here for more info/to buy tickets)
  • 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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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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