Mentally Fit

Episode #32 – Is Your Athlete Who They Want to Be or Who They Think They Should Be?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: If your child doesn’t truly love playing the game, is it time for them to find something else they really love and pursue it? In today’s huddle, Marisa & Vinny Malts, owners of Bloodline Hockey, talk with us about their approach to youth hockey and why their mission is to show kids their true potential on and off the ice and to give them the confidence to reach the goals they strive so hard to achieve. Marisa, Vinny and I discuss… What Bloodline Hockey focuses on and how they help the players achieve their personal best in their physical, mental and emotional elements of the game. What does “Life skills education” through sports really mean and why players have to understand who they are as individuals and what they really want and not just what someone wants them to be. Why communication has…

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Episode #21 – Youth Athletes: Building Confidence While Building Their Basketball Website

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Today, I am joined by two student-athletes, Myke Connolly, Jr. and Aidan Connolly, who at just 12 and 10 years old are creating a youth basketball website to connect players to teams and teams to players. Their Sports Dad, Mychal, also joins us and we talk about how learning on the basketball court, for these two brothers, is translating to learning in the bigger game of life. Bios: Mychal Jr. aka Big Myke loves basketball. He is the starting PF for both his CYO & AAU team. He loves NBA 2K and Fortnite. He wants to be a CEO of his own company in the future. Aidan aka Flash loves basketball as well. He is a starting SG for his CYO team and sixth man for his AAU team. He plays two age brackets higher for AAU. Aidan’s Goal is to be a…

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Play Like You Don’t Give A…

Someone once told me that if I really want to be successful I should play/live/write/speak/coach like I don’t care.   *I don’t care about winning. *I don’t care about what people think. *I don’t care about my ego.   It’s good advice.  It’s also really hard to do.   But I’ve found, for myself at least, that just trying this attitude on is when I find my best self.   It’s pretty hard to do ALL the time. But when I let go of thinking ‘what will they think, or what will I lose, or what am I risking’ and just TRUST, the end result is better. It’s definitely scarier but also more fulfilling. Like, writing this blog for example.   I COULD worry about saying f***.   I COULD worry if I’m offending people.   I COULD write in the hopes that you’ll like me, or take some action or…

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The Best Advice for Young Athletes from a College Athlete

Today the Baker softball girls had our first 6:30 am conditioning (boot camp).   Not going to lie, I felt more out of shape than I normally do and that inspired me to share some thoughts and tips for other athletes (even young) and myself. These also apply to other areas of life.   It’s OK to Not Always Feel Your Best. We all experience “off” days and that’s ok as long as you don’t give up.  Giving up is cheating yourself and your team.     Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself. This is the toughest for me, but it’s something I’m working on every day.  It’s a PROCESS and not always about finishing first right away.     If it’s easy, you’re not working hard enough and it’s probably not worth it anyway. So push yourself!     Mentality is huge- but it takes PRACTICE. A couple positive things…

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