The Glen Cove Comanchees 9-U and-under travel baseball team recently participated in the East Meadow Memorial Day Tournament. After winning the first three games of the opening round, the Comanchees entered the tournament playoffs as the top seed.
In the semi-final round, Glen Cove took on Plainedge Red, the team that knocked the Comanchees out of the 2008 Babe Ruth Tournament last year. Trailing 1-0 before their first at-bat, following a tremendous catch in left field by Sean Hehn, in the top half of the inning, the Glen Cove boys took their turn at bat. Jared Jackson led off with a long double and Robert Rizzo followed with an RBI single. Christopher Capobianco crunched a double, scoring Rizzo. Sean Maleady singled and Kevin Monahan Jr. drew a walk to load the bases. Hehn knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice and Matthew Ziegen doubled over third base scoring two more runs, giving the Comanchees a 5-1 lead.
A parent tells me they are upset and angry. For the third game in a row, their son is on the sideline - benched in favor of another player. Another parent is confused when an unexpected bill for their son’s missing equipment arrives in the mail. Yet another parent is frightened about the change in their 14- year-old’s eating patterns when wrestling season starts. Each of these parents may be headed for a talk with the coach - and each runs the risk of making things worse instead of better.
Few of us have a clear idea of how to approach a tense situation in the coach-parent relationship to get the best results. Here are some techniques that will help get your message across and get the coach working with you to find a solution:
Armen Kouyoudjian of Glen Cove, a 2009 graduate of Saint Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, was recently honored with the prestigious “All League” status in the Catholic High School baseball league for the 2009 season. Kouyoudjian had a .364 batting average, which placed him eighth in the top 10 hitters in the wood bat Catholic School league. He also was honored with the Most Improved award for his 2009 season, as a result of his prodigious hitting and RBI production, as well as demonstration of excellent defensive skills in the field.
The 11U Glen Cove Cougars travel baseball team finished the spring season with an overall 10-2 record earning first place honors in the National Junior Baseball League. The team consists of Kevin Antoniotti (OF/3B/P), Eric Belyea (1B), Jonathan Capobianco (3B/P/1B), Andrew Gerin (OF), Connor Hehn (P/OF), Christopher Kasparian (1B/P), Michael Manzione (P/C), Joseph Martino (2B), Brian O’Connell (OF), Christopher Palmieri (OF), Michael Payton (OF), Thornton Scott (SS/P), Kevin Shannon (C/OF/SS), Joseph Suozzi (2B/P/C).
The third/fourth-grade grade boys ended a successful season on Sunday with a great win over Plainview in the PAL Tournament at SUNY Farmingdale. All the hard work throughout the season paid off as ground balls were the key for Glen Cove’s control of the ball from the opening face-off. Passes were made and received by the entire team. Everyone contributed in the win, which is why no individual was awarded a game ball.
What Is Success?
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.
The Glen Plaza Angels roared to a 13-2 win over the Charles McQuair White Sox. Strong pitching by Sean Hehn and Brian Shannon held a tough hitting White sox team to two runs. Hehn and Shannon combined to allow only five hits and six strikeouts. Chris Capobianco was 2-for-2, a double and three RBIs. Joseph Alicea had two walks and two runs scored while Shannon, Jack Kaffl, Michael Graf, Anthony Morace and Thomas Moccia combined for five RBIs.
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Quick - in five seconds take a pen and circle the numbers from 1-10 in order starting with number 1.
How long did it take you? Five seconds? 10? 20?
This is an actual example of an exercise high-level athletes perform regularly to improve their concentration skills!
Concentration is crucial in helping athletes strive for peak performance. If two athletes have equal skill and ability, it is quite certain that the one who is able to best focus on the task at hand will be the one whose performance prevails. Concentration means focusing attention on what you are doing regardless of external, and sometimes internal, distractions. Athletes who are skilled at concentrating on a task have the ability to focus intensely on some things while blocking other things out.
Goal setting for athletes requires a number of rules that must be followed: The acronym SMART Goals is often used to help athletes set an order to their goals.
Rule number 1: Goal Setting for Athletes should be Specific. First, decide on a specific goal to meet. The more specific the better. For example, “I want to become a better free throw shooter,” is general and does not allow a player to focus too intently. Compare this goal to, “I want to increase my free throw shooting percentage from 40 to 60 percent by the end of the season.” The goal is now specific.
Congratulations went out from Coaches Bednarski and Molina to the Finley Middle School track team for an excellent season.
“All students involved worked really hard to exhibit a great deal of success during every meet,” one coach said.
Billy Daniele, Jerry Oh, Jackelyn Hayduk, Maxine Lazaso and Brianna Brice were among the students who received first place in many of their events.
“Special thanks to our manager Justine Sawyer for her great support throughout the entire season,” one of the coaches said.
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