It was quite a year for the Glen Cove High School Boys Lacrosse Team, and for their accomplishments, the team was recently honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Annual Awards Dinner. The team amassed a school record 11 wins during the season, and also set school records for team goals, assists and points scored.
Many players go through the motions in practice, planning on displaying their true talents once it’s game time. This type of practice does nothing to improve the skills of a player. True competitors make their practices as worthwhile as their matches or games.
From this season’s varsity lacrosse team three players received the 2009 US Lacrosse High School Girls’ Academic All-America Selection:
Metro NYC/Long Island Brittany Baker 2010 Glen Cove
Metro NYC/Long Island Jessica Totino 2009 Glen Cove
Metro NYC/Long Island Kelsea Anne Valance 2009 Glen Cove
Brandon studied at North Shore High School, where he was on the High Honor Roll every semester, was a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar With Distinction. The Sea Cliff resident was a two-year All-Conference varsity soccer player and also All-County Honorable Mention for the Vikings. He played in the LIJSL’s Exceptional Seniors Game.
Research on athletes’ perceptions of sweat loss and fluid consumption shows how important it is for athletes to drink on a regular schedule to prevent dehydration.
The idea of plyometrics is to develop the greatest amount of force in the shortest amount of time. Plyometrics is one of the best ways if not the best way to improve power. Power is similar to strength except you are adding a time factor. Therefore the relation of strength and speed is what we are talking about when we talk about power. A person who can perform a specific resistance movement, such as jumping, bench press etc., the fastest would be said to have more power in that movement. So what we are looking at is not just the contraction of the muscle, but how fast will it contract. Plyometric exercises also train an athlete to absorb shock better, improving resiliency in the joints and soft tissue. With plyometric training, an athlete is able to sustain repetitive contractions over time, say continuous jumping for a rebound in basketball. You develop strength and power through a broad range of motion, while creating a more versatile muscle and joint. Some exercises include: jumps-in-place, standing jumps, multiple jumps, box drills, depth jumps, bounding, and medicine ball exercises.
The Nassau County Sports Commission held their Hall of Fame dinner, honoring both professional athletes and high school athletes who have made significant contributions to sports in Nassau County. North Shore High Schools’ Robert Grabher was selected to receive the James J. Regan Award as Nassau County’s Top Scholar Athlete.
“The James J. Regan Award is presented in memory of Sergeant James J. Regan, who gave his life in Iraq protecting our freedom and our way of life,” said a spokesperson. “Regan lived his life as a champion and was a 1998 recipient of the Nassau County Sports Commission High School Outstanding Achievement Award while attending Chaminade High School.”
The Glen Cove Junior Baseball Midgets All Star Game was played last week. The coaches said good teamwork was shown by all. Parents gave many thanks to all this year’s coaches who did a great job with the children.
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:
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