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On behalf of the Amateur Softball Association, welcome to the January issue of the ACE Coach monthly email from ASA Director of Coaching Education and two-time Olympic Coach Mike Candrea: Candrea on Coaching. As a youth sports coach, you naturally want to prepare your team to win as many games as possible, and as a Responsible Coach, you want to prepare your players to win off the field, too. The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program is proud to bring you this series in which Coach Candrea will provide you with coaching tips and resources that you can use for the betterment of your youth softball team.

January 21, 2013
Volume III, Issue 35


Happy New Year to all and I wish you a fabulous 2013! This month is the beginning of a new competitive season and it is a time full of anticipation, excitement, and hard work to prepare for success in 2013. I love going to the gym and listen to all the new goals and changes that people are putting on their list of thing to do. Much of the time, many of these great ambitions are an afterthought by March!

Preparing to make changes in your life or preparing for the upcoming season requires some discipline and a great understanding of the task at hand. Being a process oriented person, the one thing that helps me is to not get too ahead of myself! Yes, the easiest way to gain success is to take care of today and not worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Great athletes and successful people are gifted to be able to focus on the now! The now is nothing more than giving your energy and focus on the task at hand with no distractions or thoughts about other things. A good example would be having dinner with your boyfriend or spouse and giving them 100% of your attention rather than being there physically but thinking about everything you need to do etc. I know the feeling because I find myself always thinking about what I need to do to make my team better - morning, noon and night! Our ability to focus on the moment can become a huge asset to your performance. If you think about it, the only thing that you really have control over is what you are doing at the present moment. As we approach moments down the road, our ability to control those things will happen but do not let what you cannot control interfere with what you are trying to accomplish today.

If we look at history, any successful person whether it is an athlete, coach, or CEO, the main ingredient of their success was their ability to work towards maximizing their potential and personal best. The prize at the end of the rainbow was the result of committing to the daily process and doing things the right way on a daily basis. The athletic arena will provide us all with tremendous ups and downs throughout the process and ultimately our season will come down to a moment in time where we must be willing to prepare for not knowing whether all the factors will line up on our side. Ultimately, we must use this entire process to shape who we will become in life! Success sometimes depends on the actions and willingness of others – after all, there is no such thing as a one man band (except entertainment!) We will all rely on others to reach our personal potential and the following paragraph from a newsletter I receive from Brian M. Cain, Peak Performance Coach, summarizes to me what truly is a key factor in personal growth.

"As you move forward this season, remember that what happens inside of you is more important than what happens to you or around you. You can control your attitude on the journey, and you have no control over the actions and attitudes of others. You can influence them only, and you need to keep your focus on what you can control: you and your performance within the framework of the team. You can control what you put on your calendar, but you can't control today's circumstances. The majority of fear and stress that people experience in life is most often from things they can do nothing about."

Until next month,
Coach Candrea
Coach Candrea

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In This Issue
Preparing for Changes

Focus on the Moment

Personal Best

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