Archive for April 2010

Coming From The Athlete's Perspective

Photo courtesy of Frank Angileri Whether demonstrated through government policies, or just interwoven through our current American culture as a whole, there seems to be a certain sense of entitlement that’s developed, gaining a little more strength as each decade passes. It is an attitude that consistently questions what it is others can, and/or should,... Read more »

WARNING: All Baseball Cheaters Using HGH - Your Time Has Come!!!

Great news coming from the U.S. edition of (the latest news from around the world) for all honest, ethical, hard working, intrinsically-driven major league ball players – an improved new test for human growth hormone (HGH) is just around the corner. The article on Reuters, Improved doping test for growth hormone on its way,... Read more »

Inspiration Knows No Gender Bounds: My Top 6 Inspirational Stories of Female Athletes

It was after one of my inspirational speaking presentations (to a high school girl’s volleyball program) where I solicited feedback from the coaches attending about what they felt I might change or add to the presentation. All were very complimentary of the message given and thought it exceptionally motivating for their athletes. However, I persisted,... Read more »

Four Attributes That Lead To Athletic Greatness

Many of us have gone to, or seen, sporting events where the better players, the ones who stand out head and shoulders above the rest (Drew Brees and Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV are good examples, Michael Phelps would be another), all seem to have something in common with each other. That they, for... Read more »

So You Think It Can't Be Done: Paul Martin and Jim MacLaren Say Yes It Can!!!

Photo courtesy of Paul Martin I just love inspirational stories. Personally, I can’t get enough of them. Whether it is the idea of an underdog coming out on top, the seeming impossibility of the task, or that I somehow empathize with any athlete facing great adversity, stories of great difficulty simply draw me in. Stories... Read more »

Golfer Brian Davis Reports Penalty on "Himself": Honor, Integrity, Character Still Alive in Pro Sports

Well what do you know? There just might be athletes out there who actually demonstrate through their actions that winning is nothing without the integrity to go with it; that they really do have the right stuff. With all the media attention today on poor (and sometimes illegal) behavior amongst athletes at many levels of... Read more »

Chicago Area Suburbs Not Alone: Milford School Committee Changes Athletic Code

Supporting the information discussed in my article Current High School Athletic Codes: Are You Aware They Have Changed?, Milford High School (Massachusetts) has adjusted their athletic code policy to include consequences for athletes who attend social gatherings where alcohol is present, whether they are consuming or not. Chairman Paul Mazzuchelli stated, “We feel those individuals... Read more »

Excellence in Sports: Five Questions An Athlete Should Ask Themselves

What is it that truly separates the average athlete from the good or the good athlete from the great? If you answered that question with the word “talent,” as most might, I would say that that is only a small part of the equation. Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are... Read more »

Part II - Private Coaching and Private Club Sports: What Parents Need to Know, The Guidelines

In Part I – Private Coaching and Private Club Sports: What Parents Need to Know, we examined the reasoning behind signing your young athlete up at a private club for training and competition and/or hiring a private coach to improve on their abilities. In Part II of this piece I would like take this to... Read more »

Part I - Private Coaching and Private Club Sports: What Parents Need to Know

It has become much more common today for parents of aspiring athletes to seek private “lessons” (coaching), or join private sports clubs, to enhance their child’s sports training. Rather than debate the existence of an appropriate age for, or even the importance of, traveling this path, let’s discuss the topic from a more objective standpoint.... Read more »