Daily Archives: July 29, 2009

Books About Lacrosse: “Head Case: Lacrosse Goalie” By Dr. Bob Rotella And Sam Chambers Provides “A Realistic View” Of Youth Lacrosse


In a Youth Sports’ World Obsessed with Success,  "HEAD CASE: LACROSSE GOALIE" by Dr. Bob Rotella and Sam Chambers, the first book in a new series, SPORTS FICTION WITH A WINNING EDGE.

In a Youth Sports’ World Obsessed with Success, "HEAD CASE: LACROSSE GOALIE" by Dr. Bob Rotella and Sam Chambers, the first book in a new series, SPORTS FICTION WITH A WINNING EDGE.

 Help Young Athletes Learn How to Win and Have Fun

“It is refreshing to read a story about lacrosse that gives a realistic view of the sport.”

—Lacrosse Hall-of-Famer Tom Marechek

 

Max Speyer was on top of the world. At age 10, he had found his passion. He lived for lacrosse, savoring every moment he spent in the crease guarding the goal for the Powhatans, “the select team he had dreamed of joining since he first picked up a lacrosse stick at age six.”

 Not only had Max made the team, he had beat out an older and more experienced goalie to become the youngest player ever to secure a starting slot. And now, he had his first chance to prove to his coach the risk was worth it as he faced off against their arch rival’s best attackman, Johnny “Snake Eyes” Bonner.   

 And then, he blew it. 

As Bonner fakes him out and the ball sails through his unforgivably unguarded legs, Max feels himself losing much more than the game.  It was like he was cursed—he lost his confidence, his instincts, and, worst of all, his love of the sport. He practiced as hard as ever, but come game day, his fear of letting another player like Bonner get the best of him led to anxiety, exhaustion, and a poor performance.

 Luckily, Max can turn to the expert advice of his friendly neighbor, Dr. Bob, a world-renowned sport psychologist who helps Max overcome fear, visualize success and rediscover the joy of playing in HEAD CASE: Sports Fiction with a Winning Edge (Bright Sky Press, May 2009).

 In this heart-warming tale by Sam Chambers and distinguished sports psychologist, Dr. Bob Rotella, young athletes will find invaluable lessons on how to play their best, smartest game while still having a good time, using the 10-2 Win principles outlined after the story. Along the way, beginning lacrosse players get a primer in the language, rules, and techniques of the game, both through the story and the handy glossary of terms that follows. With each winning principle reinforced by the story, readers come away with surefire tips for building good character as sportsmen and excellent skills on the field.

 In HEAD CASE, Chambers and Rotella teach athletes:

  • How to train and trust. Practices are for learning skills. Games are times to trust the work you’ve done and enjoy its payoff, playing the game you love;
  • How to set realistic goals to accomplish your big dreams;
  • How to practice efficiently and effectively;
  • How to be mentally ready for success with a positive focus;
  • How to learn to be confident;
  • How to learn from and leave behind mistakes and set backs;
  • How to be an important member of a team;
  • How to have fun and win at the same time;
  • And much, much more…

 HEAD CASE offers tips to help create skilled, confident, relaxed, and self-aware players who know how to succeed and have fun doing it. Through this non-threatening and accessible format, athletes learn to develop core values as players and as people that will serve them well both on and off the field. It is a must read, not only for developing lacrosse players, coaches, and parents, but also for young athletes everywhere hoping to find a healthy and happy competitive edge.

 “Books of fiction that offer lessons through sport are not uncommon. What IS uncommon, though, is a story that teaches us about winning a vitally important, often hidden battle–the inner battle. To this goal, Chambers and Rotella score big. Every aspiring young athlete should read it!”

—Dr. John Eliot, Tampa Bay Rays sports psychologist

 About the Authors

After receiving his Masters in Sports Psychology under Dr. Bob Rotella at the University of Virginia, Sam T. Chambers became the Varsity Lacrosse Coach at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas where he created a state-championship program that includes boys from Kindergarten through 12th grades in mentoring relationships. Elected Texas Coach of the Year and Lacrosse Man of the Year, he founded the Team Texas national traveling lacrosse teams, and runs Crease Ranch lacrosse and field hockey camps, and the Texas Recreational Lacrosse League (TReX). He lives in Houston with wife and their two daughters.

 Internationally known for his work in the area of sports psychology, Dr. Bob Rotella is consistently recognized as the Top Sports Psychologist in the world. His book Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, the best selling sport psychology book of all time, is one of the three best selling golf books in history. Dr. Rotella’s golfers on the PGA tour have won at least twenty-five of the forty tournaments played for each of the last fifteen years. As a teacher, Dr. Rotella has been selected as one of the top ten golf teachers of the Twentieth Century and directed the leading graduate program in the country for the twenty years, at the University of Virginia. In addition to being on the editorial board and columnist for Golf Digest and contributing editor of Sport Psychology Journal, he is the past president of the North American Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Among professional players, he has helped Nick Price, Tom Kite, Brad Faxon, Scott Verplank, and many more champions.

 Sam Chambers and Bob Rotella will be available for interviews upon release of the book. For more information on HEAD CASE and/or to schedule an interview, please contact Adam Rifenberick, Press Box Publicity, via email at Adam@PressBoxPublicity.com or by calling 716.741.8495.

 Title: Head Case Lacrosse Goalie: Sports Fiction with a Winning Edge

Authors: Sam T. Chambers and Dr. Bob Rotella

Publisher: Bright Sky Press:  http://www.brightskypress.com

Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Format: Paperback, 104 pages 

ISBN 13: 978-1933979403

Publication date: May 1, 2009 

www.brightskypress.com

For Immediate Release:

January 14, 2009

Contact:

Adam Rifenberick, Press Box Publicity

(716) 741.8495, Adam@PressBoxPublicity.com

Southern California Club Lacrosse: Starz Lacrosse Cup Championship Series Playoffs This Weekend For Boys Elite And Boys High School Divisions


Starz Lacrosse Cup Championship SeriesA grand array of Summer Starz competition took place over the weekend, with three Summer Starz Cup Champions being crowned.

      In the Elite division, the fourth and final Jamboree took place over the weekend, as teams battled for seedings in the Starz Cup. Up North, South Bay, and 101 Starz won out their final set of games, and claim the top two seeds of the Northern bracket. Down South at Cathedral High School, the Laxdawgs sit at pole position in the playoffs after a pair of wins, while Quad Cities retains the #2 seed.

       The first official Summer Starz Cup Champions of 2009 were crowned this past Saturday, as middle school teams fought it out for a shot at the title. In the South, a talented RC Silver team notched 26 goals and allowed zero goals from opponents in a two game run into the title game. During the title game played against the Laxdawgs, RC Silver again prevailed 7-3 and are the 2009 Southern Middle School Champions. In the North, SC Starz Gold prevailed over twelve teams to beat out Olympian Storm in the Cup Title game.  The game was hard fought, as SC Starz emerged by close 6-5 count capping off an amazing debut Starz season.

          The Starz Mini bracket also crowned a champion this weekend, after playing out their Starz Cup on the fields of El Segundo. In the final, the 101 Starz defeated Olympian O’Rourke 5-3, winning the Starz Cup, and finalizing a tremendous undefeated season.

College Men’s Lacrosse: UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2010 Recruiting Class


UC Santa Barbara men's lacrosseThe University of California, Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse team is excited to announce a strong in-coming freshman class. The Gauchos were challenged to fill several positions vacated by graduating seniors, but a successful recruiting LaxPowerseason seems likely to fill the gaps. Twenty-five players round out the list, with 19 admitted directly to UCSB and six enrolled at Santa Barbara City College with the intent to transfer.

Head Coach Mario Waibel said, “We are very excited at the level of talent of this year’s recruits. We were able to find players at every position to push our returners and make an immediate impact to the lineup. This is a great group of driven and accomplished individuals and we are confident they will provide both short and long term answers to keep UCSB on the national stage.”

Jamie Bridgman – A – Transfer Stevenson (D3) – All-American 2006, POTY Bay League 2006, 195 Career Pts (HS-Mira Costa)

CJ Jacobs – M – Los Alamitos (CA) – All-American 2009, Sunset League MVP 2009, Runner-up Orange County POTY 2009, 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, First Team All-Orange County 2009, Second Team All-Orange County 2008

Kevin Bowles – A – Sir Francis Drake HS (CA) – Academic All-American 2009, First Team All-League 2009, Second Team All-League 2008, Honorable Mention All-League 2007

Dan Nevitt – D – Coronado HS (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, WSL Boys Elite 25 Honorable Mention 2009, Second Team All-CIF 2009, SD Union Tribune Scholar Athlete 2008

Andrew Noto – G – Corona del Mar HS (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, First Team All-Orange County 2009

Ben Hostetler – G – Milton HS (GA) – 2x First Team All-State 2007-08, Second Team All-State 2009, Third Team All-State 2006

Kenny Smith – D/LSM – Los Alamitos (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-09, First Team All-Orange County 2009

David Wallace – D – Mission Viejo (CA) – 3x First Team All-League 2007-2009

Will Stefano – D – Cathedral Catholic (CA) – First Team All League 2009, 2x SD Tribune All-Academic Team 2008-09

Andrew Cooney – D – Mountain View HS (CA) – 2x First Team All-League 2008-09

Tommy Finley – D/LSM – Laguna Hills HS (CA) – First Team All-League 2009, 2x Second Team All-League 2007-08

Andy Lihani – A/M – Council Rock South (PA) – Second Team All-League 2008, 3rd Team All-League 2009, Bucks County Courier Times All-star 2008-09, Phillylacrosse.com Male Scholar Athlete Award 2009

Joe Klemme – M – Redwood HS (CA) – First Team All League 2009

Andy Kurstin – M – Loyola HS (CA) – First Team All-League 2009

Kassius Boswell – A/M – Mission Viejo HS (CA) – Second Team All-League 2009

Adam Cook – A – Mountain View HS (CA) – Honorable Mention All-League 2009

Jared Nohra – D – Milton HS (GA) – Honorable Mention All-League 2009

Matt O’Brien – M – Monte Vista (CA)

Matias Eusterbrook – M – Berkley HS (CA)

The following freshmen will be attending Santa Barbara City College with the intent to transfer to UCSB:

Bobby Braun – A – Coronado HS (CA) – All-American 2009, San Diego CIF Player of the Year 2009, First Team All-CIF 2009, First Team All-League 2009, Second Team All-League 2008

Jackson Cusick – M – Coronado HS (CA) – First Team All-CIF 2009, First Team All-League 2009, SD Union Tribune All-Academic 2008-09

Robert Mull – D – Acalanes HS (CA) – All-American 2009, DFAL League MVP 2009, 2x First Team All-League 2008-09

Luke Klein – LSM – Newbury Park (CA) – 2x First Team All-League 2008-09, Third Team All-League 2007

Canyon Grove – M – Agoura HS (CA) – First Team All-League 2009, Second Team All-League 2008

Justice Massara – A – Summit Hills HS (OR) – 2x First Team All-League 2008-09, Honorable Mention All-League 2007

http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=15877

Southern California Club Lacrosse: 101 Starz Lacrosse 3rd/4th Grade Boys Team Wins 2009 Starz Lacrosse Cup “Mini” Division


The boys 3rd/4th grade lacrosse all-star team of 101 Starz Lacrosse won the Southern California championship Summer Starz Cup 2009 on Saturday in El Segundo. They beat a challenging Orange County all star team of Olympian O'Rouke in a neck and neck game. The final score was 7-6. With the coaching of Newbury High School assistant coach, Aaron Ferguson, Newbury Park's 3rd/4th team coach, Chris Duffy and University of Arizona lacrosse star, Mike Cammorata, the team was undefeated for the entire season. The 101 Starz team racked up nearly 60 goals in just 8 games. 101 Starz players are from Newbury Park, Oak Park, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village.

The boys 3rd/4th grade lacrosse all-star team of 101 Starz Lacrosse won the Southern California championship Summer Starz Cup 2009 on Saturday in El Segundo. They beat a challenging Orange County all star team of Olympian O'Rouke in a neck and neck game. The final score was 7-6. With the coaching of Newbury High School assistant coach, Aaron Ferguson, Newbury Park's 3rd/4th team coach, Chris Duffy and University of Arizona lacrosse star, Mike Cammorata, the team was undefeated for the entire season. The 101 Starz team racked up nearly 60 goals in just 8 games. 101 Starz players are from Newbury Park, Oak Park, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village.

 http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/jul/28/lacrosse-boys-are-quotstarzquot-of-the-conejo/

Growth Of Western Lacrosse: Video Interview Of University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Coach Bill Tierney (Part II)


University Of Denver Information Spokesman Mitch Hyder concludes interview with the new University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Tierney to discuss his reasons for coming to Denver and his goals for the lacrosse program. (Part 2 of 2)

College Lacrosse Recruiting: Establishing An Organizational System For Recruiting Process Is Key


Victory Collegiate Consulting www.victoryrecruiting.com 610-620-3189 www.collegerecruiting.tv

Victory Collegiate Consulting http://www.victoryrecruiting.com 610-620-3189 http://www.collegerecruiting.tv

Are there simple and effective programs to use to stay organized during the college recruiting process?

 
Each of us has a system of organization that works best and I encourage you guys to use your individual strengths here. If you resist electronic filing, then go with the paper file option, but what is important is to create a system that is timely and efficient. If you choose the electronic option, I find Microsoft Excel to be a very simple and efficient program that organizes masses of information effectively. You can maintain all of your college coach contact information and create and even “hide” notes for future reference. If it can work for me, it can work for anyone!
 
Tom Kovic