Preparing for Performance
On Tuesday November 23, 2010, the Eclipse volleyball girls had a wonderful opportunity to be visited by Mark Cummings, an alternative healing specialist who has been teaching courses in York University’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science for the past 16 years.
Mark is certified in biofeedback, hypnosis, medical qigong and Chinese martial and healing arts which he incorporates in his practice. The girls and parents were privileged to participate in a 1.5 hour interactive presentation on Performance Preparation in the game of volleyball. Mark went through various techniques the athletes can utilize in their game play.
1. Mind/Body Connection
3. Attention Control
Not only was this talk beneficial for the athletes to use in their game of sport but Mark provided invaluable insight and strategies, for example success imagery, to use in daily life to manage stress and anxiety and develop positive performance. At the end, the Eclipse athletes and parents came away with a simple formula that Mark engrained in our minds:
Prepare the Plan + Practice the Plan + Execute the Plan = SUCCESS
Eclipse Volleyball Share the Christmas Spirit
Friday December 17th, 2010 was not only the start of the holidays for students in Ontario, it was also the start of the Inaugural Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange for the U15 Eclipse Volleyball team. However in lieu of gifts, the girls of the Eclipse Volleyball Club demonstrated the true meaning of the Holiday Season by donating unwrapped toys to the CHUM FM Christmas Toy Drive. Through a “Secret Santa” exchange, girls on the team were given the task of finding a toy for someone else on the team, something they would have enjoyed when they were between the ages of 3-6 years.
They were to write a paragraph as to why they chose the gift for the particular teammate and after opening the gift, the athlete had to choose which teammate purchased the gift for them. The toy was then donated to the CHUM FM Toy Drive. “The U15 Girls volleyball team was exposed to the importance of charity and selfless giving, especially during this time of the year,” said coach Nathoo.
“Christmas is a time for giving and it is important to help those less fortunate,” said Nareesa. “It really feels good to give gifts to those who may not have anything,” said Sheridan.
All in all the evening was a huge success. Good food, good company and a great idea!! The team, including the parents, bonded together through dinner and the gift exchange while making a difference in the community.
Story By: Arif Nathoo | Eclipse Volleyball Club
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“Climbing” to New Heights
Players from different club teams have joined together this year to form the newly formed Eclipse Volleyball under the coaching staff of Arif Nathoo and Vicki Gallagher. On Monday October 25, 2010 the Eclipse team participated in their first team bonding experience.
“The purpose of team building activities is to foster awareness of team spirit and to reinforce commitment to the team's objectives and shared goals. These activities can develop strong interpersonal relationships which help to bond the team closer together” comments Coach Arif. Having known Coach Arif’s coaching style for many years, he brings to the players an opportunity for growth, learning and success in everything they are exposed to. Although this night was meant for creating friendships and building comradery, there was also a fitness and exercise component.
Once seen as an extreme sport, rock climbing has changed within the last decade in now becoming a mainstream sport. The team started their journey with 2 qualified instructors facing a mountainous wall of grooves and knobs to tackle to reach to the top. The girls talked, laughed and had fun. Some struggled to do the climb and some were swinging away in their harnesses. Some were heard saying they were forced in positions they have never visited before. By the end, all the girls were giggling and reporting sore forearms, hands, fingers, and calf muscles.
The girls came away showing a heightened sense of self confidence and independence as a result of gaining new skills by challenging themselves in completing the climb.
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