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Make a Commitment to Your Game

Make a Commitment to Your Game

com·mit·ment

/kəˈmitmənt/
noun
1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc
2. an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action:

Personally I am a fan of quotes from great men and women that relate to what I am going through.

Here are a few I like on commitment.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

– John Wooden

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.”

– Peter Drucker

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, it is a habit.”

– Aristotle, Philosopher

“I have failed over and over in my life. And that is why I succeed. “

– Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame basketball player

So what is commitment to me? What does it mean for you?

We are an organization that desires to help others stay in the great game of football and become the person that they desire to be.

 

Our mission is to help players do this through sharing the experiences and expertise of those that have played the game at the highest level.

John Wooden

John Wooden (one of the most successful coaches ever in College basketball) talks a lot about how his mission was to use the game to help players become great men first.

They could not be on his team just as great players only.

As he says in the image here, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation”

If your character is right then your game will be right because your off season will be right.

Peter Drucker states that the commitment has to precede the effort.

You must commit to the plan for the off season to be ready for the season.

I knew players that were able to just show up and play well during the season.

Ultimately these players were letting themselves and their teammates down because they were not living up to who they really could be as a player, teammate and member of society.

We have all known those that are talented enough to get by and we are “jealous” or “disgusted” by it because most of us have to out work others to come even close to their talents.

But in the long run, as you will learn with us, going with character far outweighs coasting through life.

Commitment is a mindset and we need make a habit of pushing ourselves to find excellence.

We will only be fully satisfied with ourselves when we have left everything we have on the field, in the weight room, and in life.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan (in my opinion the greatest basketball player ever) talks a lot to young people about how many times he has failed.

When Michael Jordan was young, I think maybe his freshman year of high school, his coach said that he would not play on his team if he didn’t start working hard.

That motivated Michael to pick up his work ethic and prove to his coach that he could play.

During the time when Michael was winning 3 straight world championships, he was the only player on both teams that was getting up at 5 am to do his daily workouts.

So even at the highest level of his game, the little things which take commitment, are essential to success.

At our camp we heard Kevin Zeitler tell us that he still does the same hour long long foot drills above and beyond what everyone else is doing.Kevin Zeitler

Evan as the highest paid offensive guard in the NFL, Kevin is still committed to improving his fundamentals.

Commitment is the key to becoming the player that you want to be.

Without commitment you will be just like a boat without a rudder and drift in many different directions.

Find some mentors that have your best interest at heart and truly listen to them.

Find what makes you tick and COMMIT to becoming exactly that. BIG Players!

Have a great off season.

Coach Glenn

#PlayBIG #LiveBIG #TrainBIG

Why Is Hydration For Athletes So Important?

Why Is Hydration For Athletes So Important?

The importance of hydration for athletes is too often overlooked.

In a time when everyone is looking for an edge with performance, we forget that water is the original performance enhancer.

Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during and after practice and competition.

Without the proper hydration your performance will not be at it’s best.

You can suffer from fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps and other, more serious, symptoms.

Let’s look at what water does for you.

What does water do for your body?

Our bodies are made up of 70% water.

The only thing considered more critical to life is oxygen and water is a very close second.

Perhaps when you realize how important water is to your body you’ll be sure to make hydration a priority in your life.

  • Maintaining the health and integrity of every cell in the body
  • Aiding in blood circulation
  • Carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Helping to eliminate the byproducts of the body’s metabolism
  • Regulating body temperature through sweating
  • Moisturizing the skin
  • Moistening mucous membranes
  • Lubricating and cushioning joints
  • Aiding in digestion
  • Helping convert food to energy
  • Helping the body absorb nutrients
  • Protecting and cushioning vital organs
  • Removing waste

Think about that list for a moment.

Not only are all of these points critical to performance in sports, their critical to your everyday health.

A reduction of just 2% of fluid can result in degraded performance by as much as 10-20%.

Consider how hard you need to train to improve your game by 10%.

Can you imagine losing that and more because you don’t want to drink the proper amount of fluids?

What are the effects of dehydration?

Dehydration is very serious and can lead to a life threatening emergency.

If you experience any of the symptoms below you need to be evaluated immediately.

Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • Dry lips and tongue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lack of sweating
  • Bright colored or dark urine
  • Decreased urine output
  • Sunken eyes
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Sudden decline in performance

Most of these symptoms by themselves don’t seem serious.

However, dehydration can lead to organ failure and brain damage in severe cases.

Take this seriously.

It’s not just your performance at stake, it’s your health.

How much water do you need?

It depends.

I know, not what you want to hear.

The following graphics from ACMC.com give us a good idea of how to calculate hydration needs.

 

 

One thing to watch closely is your urine.

Now you might say, “My pee? Really?”

Yep.

Generally the darker your urine, the more dehydrated you are.

Here’s a nice chart that is also from ACMC.com.

Now you know why water and hydration are so important to your success.

Are you ready to make a commitment to stay hydrated?

To be at your best, you have to.

Play BIG!

Coach Stark

Steve Stark