The Assumption Athletic Boosters Club presents the 2017 “Fly Like an Eagle” 5k fun run/walk.
August 12th 2017
Race starts at 9:00 AM
Kids 1/2 mile fun run starts at 10:00 AM
This event supports the Athletic Boosters and Student Athletes of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary school.
The course runs through the scenic heart of Belmont.
Last year’s event had over 200 participants which included adults and children. We want to thank all of the men and women that participated. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers that go largely unnoticed.
To register click on the Registration Link 2017 Fly 5k Registration
To help as a sponsor click on the Sponsorship Link 2017 Sponsorship Form Fly 5K
Coaching is all about improvement. If you want to help your players get better, it’s important to always improve your coaching skills, too. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring you these communication tips from the Hardwood Hustle podcast. Check out some of our favorites:
Tip No. 1: “It’s so easy to stay on the surface level with people, but try to make an effort to go deeper with your communication. Get to someone’s background, their goals and passions, because being able to connect on a deep level with someone allows for some of the best communication possible.”
Tip No. 2: “Make sure you are always communicating in your audience’s language. You may need to get right to the point or even slow down, or dive deeply into the ‘why’ behind what you are communicating. Take time to understand their language, and you will be better able to communicate your message.”
Tip No. 3: “Knowledge and communication go hand in hand. Great leaders are always learning, and the more you know about something the better you are able to communicate effectively in that area.”
Tip No. 4: “Take the approach of less is more. Coaches can be guilty of over-communicating in practice, giving our players so many things to work on at once that they have a hard accomplishing any of it. Simplify your communication in practice and try to keep main points to three or less, and see if your players are better able to focus and achieve the main goals for that day’s practice.”
Tip No. 5: “As you prepare to have any difficult conversations with your team, you must approach the situation with a perfect balance of grace and truth. All ‘truth’ may create some tension and a defensive player. All ‘grace’ may lead to a player feeling better but without the actual issue being addressed. Before you address the player, think about how you can blend and balance grace and truth to have the most productive conversation possible.”
Baseball is a relatively low-impact sport that can still cause a broad range of injuries if players aren’t carefully prepared. From pulled muscles in the arms to head injuries, players are at risk every time they take to the field. However, it is possible to protect yourself from the dangers of the game by taking a few necessary precautions.
The following five tips are the best ways to stay safe at a baseball game. Many of them may seem like they are little more than common sense, but they are so common for a reason: they work. Make sure to follow this advice when you take to the field to stay happy, healthy, and able to play baseball another day.
When it comes time to play a pickup game, it’s easy just to ignore your safety gear and jump out on the field. This move is a grave mistake. Safety equipment is designed to protect you against the serious concerns that can occur on the baseball field. Without it, you open yourself to any number of minor or severe issues.
For example, if you don’t wear a helmet when you bat, you run the risk of a huge hit on the head that could knock you unconscious. Even worse, it could cause brain damage or possibly death. Other pieces of safety equipment, like knee pads, are an important way of protecting your legs from serious injury.
2. Take a Break When You’re Tired
Everybody wants to be the hero when they’re out on the field. Pushing yourself a little harder than necessary is part of the fun of playing sports. However, there is a chance you could push yourself just a little too far for your good. For example, pitching an excessive number of innings could put a severe strain on your arm.
That stress could cause serious problems, such as pulled muscles, that could become even more severe later on down the road. Taking a rest when you feel tired is not a shameful thing to do. In fact, it can be an important way of avoiding overworking your body, your muscles, and causing bad issues that would never have occurred otherwise.
3. Always Warm Up Before You Play
Warming up your muscles and lungs before you play baseball is one of the most significant ways of avoiding injury. Sure, it can feel redundant to throw the ball around on the field for 15 minutes before playing. However, it can get your muscles working in a relaxed manner and prepare them for the more challenging experiences that lay ahead.
Warm ups to consider include light jogs, throwing drills, batting practice, stretches, and even sprints. Working your lungs and your body will not only protect you from injury but get your blood flowing. This increased blood flow will boost your level of energy naturally and give you more strength. It will also make more blood available if you do get injured, helping your wounds heal more quickly.
4. Avoid Excessive Contact
While baseball is not a contact sport, there are instances when it may be unavoidable. For example, you may hit slightly into basemen when running or even collide with a teammate when trying to field a ball. These instances may seem comical to those who are watching the game, but they can lead to injuries as severe as concussions when they do occur.
You should also just accept the tag out at home base if the catcher has the ball. Running into the catcher, or even through them, could injure both you and that player. It is also typically frowned upon or even illegal in most leagues. Try to slide around them when at all possible, but if you’re out dead to rights, just accept the tag and avoid the injury.
Another way to prevent contact injuries is to stop sliding when it isn’t necessary. Yes, sliding is a lot of fun and even dramatic, but there’s no need to slide into the home base if you’re in no danger of being thrown out. Sliding can cause a lot of impact on the body when done too often. It can cause scrapes, strains, and even sprains. So keep on your feet unless you can’t avoid it.
5. Stretch Before Playing
Baseball players should perform a series of simple exercises to protect their body from injury while on the field. Just a few of these stretches include:
- Sleeper Stretch – This stretch consists of moving the shoulders and arms in gentle ways to decrease the potential strain on the arms and keep the player from getting injured.
- Serratus Slide – Performing this stretch consists of rotating the shoulder blades up and down, in simple circles, as a way of decreasing tension.
- Rotation Hip Stretch – Bend your knees forward at 90 degrees, spread your feet as far apart as is comfortable, and touch your toes to complete this stretch.
- Pec corner Stretch – Press your throwing shoulder against the corner of a wall and turn your body and head away from the wall as far as you can.
By performing these simple warm-up exercises, the baseball player can prevent serious injuries and keep themselves in great shape. They are also a good way to directly work the body and prepare for the hard experience that lay ahead.
Be safe out there!
While it’s important not to ignore off-season field chores, the bulk of the field maintenance will take place during the season. This includes regular mowing, infield raking and preservation throughout the season. Here’s a closer look at each:
- Mowing: On most youth fields, mowing will only be done on the outfield, but there are some youth baseball fields that have grass in the infield as well. When mowing, never take more than one-third off the total grass length. Also, use a mower with sharp blades, as dull blades can damage the grass. To make the field look extra nice, try to mow in straight lines or eye-catching patterns.
- Infield Raking: The more the field is played on, the more the infield dirt is due to be jostled. Regular infield raking and spike dragging should be performed and topped off by having it rolled with a 1-ton roller. If a roller isn’t available, don’t skip the raking and spike-dragging steps. This helps keep the infield area neat and playable.
- Preservation: When it rains in a professional baseball stadium, the infield is covered with a tarp. Your youth baseball field likely doesn’t have the same luxury, but try, at least, to cover the pitcher’s mound with a protective tarp between games. This helps prevent mound erosion and limits the amount of in-season maintenance you’ll have to make. Lip sweeping and raking should also be done at least weekly and mound plates should be checked on a weekly basis, too.
Just because youth baseball players play ball on a youth field doesn’t mean you can’t give them a great ball-playing experience. Remember, a well-kept youth baseball field doesn’t just look great, it also allows for safer gameplay. When it’s youth sports, a safe, enjoyable experience should be the No. 1 goal.
Hello Sport Fans:
Well the Spring sport season has begun – with practices underway. Hopefully the schedules will be out soon!
We are now looking ahead to Fall sports – as Signups will all be starting soon. At this time Football signups are now underway. Any student interested in participating in 5/6th or 7/8th grade football should sign up at the following link:
Please sign up as soon as possible – which will help out with team formations, mergers etc.
Other Fall sport sign ups will be posted in the near future.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Kim A Mis
ABVM A D
Spring Fund Drive for the AABC Eagle Club Membership is happening now. Below is the link for our push for your support. Please take a moment and see what you can contribute to help us for our sports season.
Ever heard of a slump? It’s a blanket term to describe an unexplained (and hopefully temporary) decline in athletic performance.
The question is, why do slumps happen? And, better yet, how do we help our young athletes overcome them?
Spotting a Slump
The first step in spotting a slump is determining a young athlete’s average performance level. For statistically-oriented sports like baseball and basketball, this can be measured by tracking stats over time. If there’s a noticeable dip in important stats, you might have a slump.
But just checking the numbers isn’t enough. Why? Because no one is perfect all the time. No matter how good an athlete is, they’re going to have a bad game now and then. Therefore, a superficial look at the causes of the decline should be done. If there is no obvious cause for the drop in performance, it might be a slump.
What Causes a Slump?
There are three major causes of slumps for many young athletes. They are:
- Physical issues – These difficulties include fatigue, minor injuries and lingering illness.
- Changes in an equipment – This could include things like losing string tension on a tennis racket or basketball shoes wearing out. Even a slight change in equipment may alter technique, thereby hurting performance.
- Psychological factors – For example, a particularly poor performance may reduce confidence and increase anxiety, which could lead to a prolonged drop in performance.
How Can We Prevent Slumps?
The best way to reduce the likelihood of a slump is for athletes to listen to their bodies. They need to acknowledge when they’re too tired or don’t feel well enough to play. When they do so, it’s up to us to act immediately. Simply put, young athletes need to work hard and rest hard.
The best way to prevent technologically-related performance slumps is to maintain equipment at its high performance level. For example, tennis rackets should be restrung before their tension changes. Or, if a young basketball player needs new shoes, they should be replaced immediately.
This best way to cure a psychological slump is to set a series of specified goals. As with all goals, these should be specific, realistic and measurable. After all, if your young athlete decides he or she wants to score 100 points in a game this season, it’s likely that they’ll never reach that goal. And if they don’t reach their goal, they might feel even worse about themselves.
By following these recommendations, it will be possible for athletes to minimize the number of slumps they fall into during the competitive season. In addition, for those slumps that do arise, coaches and athletes will have the knowledge and skills to fix them in the shortest, most effective way.
Dr. Jim Taylor is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology of performance in business, sport, and parenting. Dr. Taylor has been a consultant for the United States and Japanese Ski Teams, the United States Tennis Association, and USA Triathlon, and has worked with professional and world-class athletes in tennis, skiing, cycling, triathlon, track and field, swimming, football, golf, baseball, and many other sports. See more of his blogs at www.drjimtaylor.com. If you want to become mentally stronger in your sport, get Jim’s Prime Sport: Psychology of Champion Athletes e-book for free.
Before we headed into Christmas break I had a chance to talk to Principal Franconi about Christmas past, present, and future.
Here are the questions and answers from our last lunch together.
EE: when going to school, what was your favorite thing about recess during the winter months?
PF: let me begin by saying, like today, we were not allowed to throw snowballs at recess like the kids now cannot. I’ve seen our kids building snowmen, making snow angels, and sliding and swinging so that hasn’t changed much. But, my most favorite activity though was playing football still. I loved taking passes and diving in the snow.
EE: what do you like most about the winter months?
DF: The snowfall when it hits the trees and ground looks beautiful. I like spending time inside with the family too. I do a lot of house projects and work away at my honey-do list.
EE: I try and avoid honey do-lists if I can. I try to keep those to a minimum. Speaking of snow what do you do on snow-days?
DF: emails Eddie. I answer lots and lots of emails.
EE: interesting. I catch up on naps, book reading, and tv. Mostly naps though.
Since Christmas Break was just starting I thought the next two questions were poignant.
EE: what do you want for Christmas this year and what will you be doing during your break?
DF: Well Christmas came early for me this year. I was blessed with a daughter named Olivia. That is been the best gift I could get this year. I am extremely happy.
I will be hanging out with my family over break. Guests from out of town…the usual. Just spending time with mom’s and dad’s, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Best thing about the holidays.
EE: When not working on home projects or honey-do lists what do you like to sit and watch?
DF: I like to watch hockey and basketball. Football is usually wrapping up by New Year’s Day. Other than the football playoffs.
EE: speaking of football…what do you do for superbowl and who do you want to see in the game on that Sunday?
DF: I am lame. The Franconi household doesn’t do much. He and I laughed at the comment.
EE: what do you mean lame?
DF: I watch the game by myself and order pizza. It’s rather boring. I still have to go to school the next day, so nothing crazy. I would think the best matchup would be the patriots versus the cowboys.
EE: the cowboys? Are they even in contention? I thought they were losing without Romo playing.
DF: No no no. they are at the top of their division. I think they have the same record as the patriots.
As of 12/24 they are sharing a 13-2 season like Tom Brady and company.
EE: no kidding…it might happen then. You could get your wish. You should come and hang out in my nest for Super bowl Sunday. We make more than pizza. We get all kinds of snacks going. Not boring in the nest.
EE: back to the Christmas questions. What is your favorite Christmas carol and movie?
DF: hmm, Christmas carol? Is there a sleigh ride song?
We looked at each other and started laughing again. I said, “I know there is a song talking about a sleigh ride, but not sure if that is the title. Let’s ask Siri! Siri said that The Ronettes did a song called Sleigh Ride.
EE: my most favorite song is O Holy Night. I like the way Chloe Agnew sings it the best, but I also like Harry’s, Michael’s and Mariah’s version too.
DF: oh, yeah that is a good one too. Pentatonix just did it. I watched their video the other day.
EE: pentatonix? What’s that? I think I had to drink that after I got sick eating those bad worms last time we spoke. I was sick for a week.
DF: to change subjects on that note, my favorite movie has to be Elf. What movie do I dare ask is yours Eddie?
EE: let me ponder that for a few moments. I could choose the obvious ones like rudolph, frosty, bad santa…lol. Bad Santa might ruffle a few feathers heh heh. I guess my favorite one is Scrooged. Classic Bill Murray based on the Charles Dickens classic tale.
EE: How about a favorite Christmas beverage? Hot cocoa, egg nog, etc.? what warms you up?
DF: Coffee does it for me. What about you Eddie?
EE: I prefer peppermint mocha. Sprinkled with chocolate pieces on my whip cream. Extra shot of whatever. Or I like hot cocoa with a little shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream.
DF: Eddie, that is really specific. Do you get those at Starbucks on the way in of dropping the kids at school?
EE: mocha yes. Hot cocoa with baileys no. it is wrong to drink and fly.
Last question and I will let you go until my spring break round of questions. I am sure you have seen Christmas Vacation. When setting up your Christmas lights do you do simple and classic or Clark Griswold?
DF: laughing at the reference and saying a line from the movie, “I dedicate this house to the Griswold Family Christmas.” I am simple and classic Eddie. That is way too much work for the Griswold style.
After I wrote down my last answer we shared a Christmas cookie and clinked our glasses and said cheers to a new year. He and I would not be seeing each other until school resumed.
This month’s newsletter is now available. Check out what new insight the Athletic Director is sharing.
Coaches Spotlight Candidate Andy Grile talks about selfies.
Athlete Showcase focuses on Meghan W and Grant K this month. They talk about favorite foods and movies.
Open Athletic Booster positions are open for volunteers who want to get involved.
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