We congratulate Giulia Giordano of the Moorestown girls lacrosse team and . We wish Giulia all the best when she goes to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall and the Same for Brian who will be going to Penn State.
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What is attitude? Today it has so many interpretations; good attitude, bad attitude and some times a “bad” attitude is good? Positive attitudes and negative attitudes. The phrase “They have attitude” might mean a combination of arrogance and confidence. Attitude comes in all shapes and sizes. Literally attitude means “ones disposition, the manner of acting feeling or thinking that shows ones disposition, opinion etc”, in a nut shell your attitude is a reflection of what’s going on inside and has a direct impact on your behavior and how others behave towards you.
Where do you begin to develop a winning attitude?
CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE
There is always a choice about the way you [practice or play] even if there is not a choice about the [practice or play ] itself (Lundin, paul Christensen,2000). Although athletes may be born with physical talent, attitude is something they attain through training. “Attitude is NOT something you’re born with,” says Peter Haberl, a sports psychologist with the United States Olympic Committee. “Attitude is a decision.”(ASP, 2007)
MASTERY VS. OUTCOME
Components to a winning attitude are the desire to win, externally driven and the desire to perform your best internally driven (Asp, 2005). The key to the above statement is to focus on performing your best not on the outcome of the event….the Olympic motto is:
or Faster, Higher, Stronger. Why isn’t it Fastest, Highest, Strongest?” (PCA, 2006), because it is about mastery of your discipline and continuous improvement. Top athletes in the world focus on their own performance and personal bests not on comparing themselves to the competitor or being obsessed with the score. Joan Duda, Sports Psychologist did a study of the teams in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, those teams that were focused on a mastery environment (their personal bests) won more medals than those who were focused on the scoreboard and trying to beat the competition.(PCA, 2007).
Be there and be focused. If you let your energy and attention drift you are now just wasting your own time. Sometimes you can draw your energy from the practices/events. There are times when these can be not the most exciting or they are repetitive and low key, or maybe you’ve had a bad day. Know yourself and find ways to reenergize and refocus yourself. You can’t always choose where you have to be or what is happening, but you can chose how you react. You get out exactly what you put in.
HAVE FUN !
I can’t stress this enough, fun is critical part of our lives. Play for the shear joy of playing. Have fun, we play sports because we have a passion for the game, bring that joy and enthusiasm with you. Don’t forget that the joy can be infectious and bring a lift to yourself and everyone around you. Tiffany Milbert is great example of a player who plays for fun and the love of the sport. She brings that same energy to her practices and works hard on the parts of her game that need work. It shows in what a great player she is. (DiCicco, Hacker,2002). On days when your tank is empty find someone else who has the winning attitude to help you reenergize. But be the catalyst whenever you can and fill others tanks as well. As teammates we have a tremendous influence on our team’s energy. You can generate the wave of winning attitude in your team just by your own behavior. When you enjoy what you do it shows.
“ACT AS IF”
Confidence is incredibly important to the concept of acting as if. The coach and the players must act as if they can handle every situation and NOT by being cocky or arrogant. You DO have to act as if you know what it takes to get the job done. (DiCicco, Hacker,2002). Acting as if is a powerful mental tool, it ultimately becomes a self fulfilling prophecy, you do it long enough it becomes who you are. You can recognize those with the right attitude: they are not making excuses or hanging their heads after a mistake; they are moving on and focusing on the next play because they know they are going to fix it and get it next time. Be able to make a mistake and shake it off and move on. Act as if….
DUMP YOUR EGO
If not, you won’t allow yourself to do things that make you look bad and in the end, that will keep you from getting better. Tennis players, for example, who have a weak backhand might try to avoid hitting a backhand shot and run around the ball to hit a forehand because they don’t want to look bad or lose. Do this and that backhand will never improve. (ASP, 2005).
HAVE A PLAN
What are your goals? You need to understand your own objectives. Break it down into manageable pieces. “I want to be the best player there is” …that on a number of levels becomes an unwieldy challenge; it is ambiguous… what does the best mean?? even the best want to get better, and it is too big to wrap your hands around to formulate a good plan.
Get together with your coach or trainer to help you develop a plan.
Focus on the techniques, tactics and mental aspects of your game that when mastered move your performance forward. Focus on what it takes to get to the next level not 8 levels up. You then create a stable and solid foundation for continuous improvement. “By the end of summer I will have a consistent GoalKick that reaches the circle”, that is an example of a manageable goal for a soccer goalkeeper that will move her as an athlete forward by leaps and bounds!
LET IT BE YOU…..
…that has the winning attitude. It makes for a lot more fun, more opportunity for success, an ability to cope and deal, in a healthy manner, with failure and mistakes. It gives you the
ability to move your performance forward in an effective and constructive way and tune out external negative influences. Winning attitudes help you and your team!
• “Catch them being Good”, Tony DiCicco, Colleen Hacker, PhD., (Viking Penguin, 2002) pp 167-169
• “Fish” Stephen C. Lundin, PhD., Harry Paul, John Christensen, (hyperion, 2000) PP 37,67-69
• “Get an Olympic Attitude: How to Be a Winner, Even When You Lose” by Karen Asp (www.http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/yourhealth/healthgate/getcontent.asp?URLhealthgate=%2213811.html)
• Positive Coaching alliance (www.positvecoach.org)
Catherine Gordon is the Founder and Director of Net Edge Training, LLC. Since 1999, Net Edge Training has specialized in goalkeeping training for players of all ages, from youth to collegiate. A former USL W-League goalkeeper for the New Jersey Wildcats. Gordon boasts over 25 years experience between the pipes. A graduate of Purdue University. A consummate athlete she was a letter winner in four varsity sports during high school and throughout her athletic career has received over a dozen awards from Golden Glove, All Tourney to MVP. She played basketball in college for Ft.Lewis College DII and concluded her collegiate career playing soccer her senior year for the Boilermakers Soccer Club. Gordon is a Division I Goalkeeper Coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Teaneck, NJ. Gordon holds a USSF “C” License and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. She also serves as a goalkeeper evaluator for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and is a Certified Trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). Gordon has trained with Tony DiCicco, Tony Waiters and Peter Mellor.
“It is all about the athlete and their opportunity to develop and excel on and off the pitch. My goal is to bring the best and most current practices, strategies, and enthusiasm from these varied sources to today’s Goalkeepers”
* USSF “C” License
* USSF Referee
* NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma
* NSCAA Member
* US Soccer Foundation Member
* Women’s Sports Foundation Member
Toms River, NJ - Melissa Mehrer led the Florence softball team all year. And when it came time to shine, she did exactly that.
The Monmouth-bound pitcher led the Flashes all the way to their first softball State Championship in 20-years on Saturday June 9th, 2007 in Toms River over Pompton Lakes. But it was her bat, not her pitching, that sealed the Championship for the Flashes.
Florence coach George Chwastyk asked Mehrer to bunt the ball in her final high school at-bat. But then he changed his mind. And 4 pitches later, Mehrer hit a 2-run home run to put the game out of reach.
“We will bunt in any situation with any player,” Chwastyk said. “We took the bunt off on a hunch she would at least move the runner.
“She sure moved the runner! All I could keep yelling was get out of here. Glad for Melissa as she has earned all she has done.”
Mehrer finished her Florence career as a pitcher with 18 shutouts, 848 career strikeouts, and a 62-12 record.
“Melissa is the best here that I have coached,” Chwastyk said. “848 career strikeouts a school record. 68-12 career record. Also, the nicest kid you would ever want to coach.”
Mehrer allowed two first inning singles, but the base runners never advanced passed second base. She didn’t allow another runner to reach until the final inning.
“Two hits in first inning thought she got the ball up in the zone,” Chwastyk said. “She settled down and got a strike out and a foul ball out. She did not allow a runner until the last inning to reach and walked two with 2 out. She got the last hitter to bounce ball to third and game over. Great job on mound.”
Mehrer will be graduating soon. As will many of the players on the team. Next year, Florence will have to re-build.
“I lose Melissa (Mehrer), Kristin (Garganio), Kate Antolic and Ashley (Onori),” Chwastyk said. “Kelly Garganio is a fine pitcher and I still have my all-star catcher. Will have some big areas to fill but we will contend again.”
But they do have some talented players coming back. He has to build next year’s team around his prized catcher Chelsea Kehr and Kelly Garganio.
“Chelsea Kehr, Kelly Garganio, shortstop Erin Sweeney, Emily Million, and DH Carlie Maple. This was a team of very talented players that came together in a small school at the right time. That does not happen often. They had good chemistry and leadership and one of the best pitchers in all of New Jersey.”
Even with the seniors moving on, Chwastyk still believes his team can contend next year.
“That’s a hard one; again getting a really talented group of kids at one time at small schools is hard,” he said. “But they are a good team and I am sure they will contend next year.”
But he is always going to remember the team from this season.
“What a great feeling,” he said. “I have been coaching various sports for 25 yrs and this is the top. Again I felt so proud of my seniors and the whole team.”
by Anthony Lawrence Caruso, III
Piscataway, NJ - Mountain Lakes convincingly upset Delbarton today 13-11 during the NJSIAA Boys Lacrosse Tournament of Champions State Finals held at Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field in a packed house of fans cheering for both sides. You can read more about the game by going to Mike Kinney’s article at the Star Ledger or go to Mark Kitchin’s or articles at the Daily Record.
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Piscataway, NJ – For the 8th year in a row, Moorestown walked away as the NJSIAA Girls Lacrosse Champions after beating West Morris Mendham 16-6 at the State Final at Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field. You can read more about the gameby going to Mike Moretti’s article at the Star Ledger or Mark Kitchin’s article for the Daily Record.
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