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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.
The Glen Cove COBRA’S Senior Softball team, formed in1995, are coming off a great season with a Sr. Softball Tournament Title. They are now recruiting new players for the 2009 season.
The COBRAS belong to the Long Island Senior Softball Association (LISSA), which is comprised of 20 teams who play from May through September. If you are 60-69 years old and enjoying competitive slow pitch softball, then the team would like to have you come and join them this spring.
Optimal sport performance is not something that just happens on its own. It takes a dedicated effort towards both the physical and mental aspects of the game. Whether you play soccer on a regular basis or tennis on the weekends, there is a wealth of information available to you from the world of sport psychology.
Sport psychology as a discipline was born in 1978. Sport psychologists provide two major types of services: (1) performance enhancement strategies; and (2) counseling for a variety of issues affecting the athlete.
Being the Athletic Director for Glen Cove Schools is one of the most exciting and challenging positions I have held.
I was reflecting the other day on the many undertakings I have taken on and the reasons for doing so. Without a doubt, my mission is all about producing the best possible physical education, health and athletics environment for our Glen Cove Students.
The Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team won two games this week in convincing fashion, beating Wheatley 13-3 and Lawrence 13-2. The two wins pushes the team’s overall record to 11-5, the best record under coach Steve Tripp’s tenure, besting the 10 wins in 1987, 1989 and 2000.
In the Wheatley game, the Big Red came out strong, taking a commanding 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Brothers Dougie and Eric Tripp each scored two goals, while Kevin Gardrvits and Zach Rubin each scored one. Dougie and Zach would each add two more scores, and Owen Valance, Adan Kornfeld and Tyler Ravener would complete the scoring. Kevin led with three assists, Mike Pappachristou, Dougie and Owen each had one.
The young athletes participated in various track and field challenges, which exercised their goodwill, sportsmanship and parish pride.
With four games left, the varsity girls played two tough games last week. On Tuesday they headed out to Clarke to play on a very wet and muddy field due to the inclement weather. Many girls had been in A.P. exams so the game began late and it took the first half to settle down. They were ahead 4 – 3 with scores from Yvonne Mennuti’s two goals, Kelsea Valance’s one goal and Meri Baade’s one goal. After the half the girls played extremely well and finished out with an 11-6 win.
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