I am pleased to introduce Ray Lokar as a guest writer to The Athlete's Sports Experience. As an experienced coach, and a lead trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance, he brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to my blog here at ChicagoNow. Just a quick look through his credentials below gives you a solid picture of his involvement in our sports and youth sports culture.
Southern California Lead Trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance, has presented over 300 workshops to thousands of coaches, parents, and athletes in over a dozen states and Canada. Coached basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, football, soccer, swimming and track in the San Gabriel Valley for over 30 years at the youth, high school and college levels.
Head Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach of the 2002 California Interscholastic Federation Champions while at Bishop Amat High School 2002 Amateur Athletic Foundation, LA Times, and SCIBCA Coach of the Year Past-President of the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association and long-time member of SCIBCA's Executive Board.
Former Athletic Director and Activities Director at the High School & Middle School level. Director of Basketball4all.netwhich provides a variety of lessons, camps, clinics, competitions, events, and educational products.
Western Regional Business Director during the launch of the Basketball IntelliGym, a training tool using computer software that enables basketball players to improve their game-intelligence skills.
Author of "101 Basketball Tips" available at online book. Has a Youth Basketball DVD series "The Fundamental Factory" and "Building an Effective Practice" available from ChampionshipProductions.com.
Coached his children Shawn, Heather, and Brittany throughout their participation in youth and high school sports and they each went on to compete at the college level. Enjoyed it so much he is doing it all over with his young son, Tyler.
In addition, to have a member of the PCA organization willing to add valuable expertise to this site is exciting as they are one group that truly "gets" what it's all about. Supported by former Chicago Bulls and current Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, they fully encourage "winning" as an outcome while emphasizing the more important goal of teaching valuable "life Lessons." Their Double-Goal Coaches® programs, workshops which cultivate Second-Goal ParentsTM, and emphasis on creating what they call Triple-Impact CompetitorsTM is spot on as they place importance in all three dimensions.
Make no mistake, this is one organization that CAN and DOES make a difference.
Please join me in welcoming Ray to The Athlete's Sports Experience. Look for his articles and various pieces throughout the coming weeks and months. You will not want to miss them!!!
First Piece From Ray Out Friday
Part I: Maintain Good Sportsmanship in Youth & High School Sports
Using "Mismatch Etiquette"