• September Newsletter 2013

    3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Teammates for Life Month

     

    Throughout the month of October we want to educate our athletes on the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness. During our 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Teammates for Life Month we will have have a raffle and silent auction. You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to put towards your favorite raffle prizes, as well as bid on silent auction items worth up to $500! Click here to view some of these amazing prizes. On top of it all, we want all our teams, coaches, families and friends to be outfitted in PINK! Our new Teammates for Life shirt is available to customize with numbers and team logos to make jerseys. Proceeds will go towards the Young Survival Coalition, so please join our efforts in giving back to them!

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  • August Newsletter 2013

    Come Walk To Celebrate Sara Hayes' Survival

     

    -Saturday, August 17th at 9am-
    Relay For Life San Diego Downtown is a fun, family friendly walk even that takes place right on the San Diego Bay! It's just $10 to register on Team Power and all money goes towards American Cancer Society. We all have been touched by cancer, so join together as a Power Line Teammates for Life member to fight back against the disease.
    Survival Tributes, Live Bands, Games,
    Free Food, Raffle Drawings,
    Contest, Dancing, Fireworks!
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  • July Newsletter 2013

    Thank You Power Line Family

     

    Five years ago Power Line Consulting was founded with the dream of providing an empowering environment for young female athletes, and we will celebrate our FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY August 11-18 with an action-packed week of special guests and fun events!

    With Hall of Fame coach and reknowned motivator Sue Enquist kicking off the week as Keynote Speaker of Sunday's Open House, All-Skills and Advanced Camps being coached by our Power Line All-Stars, our first ever Alumni Game showcasing some of San Diego's finest, and seizing the opportunity to FIGHT BACK against cancer at the San Diego Downtown Relay for Life, we are honored to provide this exclusive opportunity for you to celebrate with us.

    Power Line has recieved national recognition thanks to your loyalty and support and we can't wait to celebrate this milestone with all of you!!

    - Sara Hayes, Power Line Founder/Owner

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  • June Newsletter 2013

    Champions Are Made

     

    Recently one of our clients wrote: “Thanks again for all the work you do with her.  We were talking about how her leadership, outgoingness and attitude in softball have definitely crossed over into her daily life and help made her a great kid (at least to our biased eyes)!”

    When watching the recent Women’s College World Series, it was impressive to see the drive, confidence, and strength that each athlete showed.  It was easy to see the fire in their eyes and the fight in their heart. Each athlete had obviously put in quite a bit of hard work over the years in order to be able to play in such a pressured environment on national TV.  The champion who develops through hard work in softball is one who will succeed off the field as well.

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  • May Newsletter 2013

    May the Evaluations Begin!

     

    In order to develop as a complete player, evaluations need to be made to help progress. Using the Right View Pro Swing Analysis allows athletes to create reference points throughout their development. We do these video analyses every 90 days in order to track progress and make new goals for the next few months. It also allows the athletes to see how much their hard work pays off. An athlete could be in a slump right now, but looking back at her video from a few months ago could help trigger a light bulb which allows her to see how much progress she's made over the few months of training. Within each one-hour evaluation session we will use the RVP Video Analysis, test your effectiveness on different pitches, and discuss goals for the next 90 days. The month of May will be evaluation month, so be sure to call in today to find the best time slot for you!

     

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  • April Newsletter 2013

    Defining Success

    University of Tennessee's coach Ralph Weekly speaks out on success, and what has led his coaching staff to so many successful seasons. "Success is getting the most out of yourself, and looking back on the season with no regrets. Success is not always the scoreboard, success is leaving it all out on the field and giving it your best shot." You may also have heard the saying, "Success is a journey, not a destination," which is a saying all athletes should keep close to home. Every athlete will continue to grow throughout her career. Whether you continue getting stronger or gaining more insight into softball, you will constantly be maturing as an athlete. If you are putting in the work, and staying dedicated, you will continue to pave a path of success.

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  • March Newsletter 2013

    Mental Toughness

    Being a standout athlete is more than just being naturally talented. The physical side of sports is something you practice daily with your drills and reps, but the mental side is often the missing piece. Olympian Jessica Mendoza states, "The mental preparation, I feel, is so much more important than any physical things you can work on. And that's because, especially as a hitter, if you're a successful .300 hitter, you're failing 7 out of 10 times." She continues on to talk about how to mentally prepare, whether it's visualization the night before, or doing your research on the pitcher you're facing. That way when you step into the box you not only feel physically prepared, but mentally strong.

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  • February Newsletter 2013

    Your Time Is Now

    Even the most outstanding athletes feel try-out nerves, first-game jitters, and big-play pressure! These natural human emotions can provide quite useful in performing at “one moment in time” if they are focused correctly. At this time of the year, it is time to represent your family and Power Line, and to show off all the skills you have honed over the last six months. Turn your thinking mind off, have confidence in your preparation, and perform! In the words of Whitney Houston,

    "You're a winner for a lifetime
    If you seize that one moment in time
    Make it shine

    Give me one moment in time
    When I'm more than I thought I could be
    When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
    And the answers are all up to me
    Give me one moment in time
    When I'm racing with destiny
    Then in that one moment of time
    I will be
    I will be
    I will be free
    "

    Live in your moment and take advantage of each opportunity, because your time is now! To watch the inspirational Whitney Houston perform the above song, One Moment In Time, please click here.

     

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  • The Coach-Parent Relationship: A Responsible Approach

    Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program

    This month, hundreds of thousands of coaches and parents will be meeting for registration and initial team meetings all across the country. Whether it’s a first meeting or a re-acquaintance, these interactions between coaches and parents are a vital tool in building and fostering a positive and rewarding sports environment for our children. As you head to these meetings, whether you’re the coach or the parent, consider taking a Responsible Sports approach to help build a strong foundation for a winning season.

    A Positive Approach.

    At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we want to champion a Responsible Sports environment for our kids playing sports. We’ve partner with experts from across youth sports - like Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and the American Softball Association (ASA) - to provide valuable tools, tips and advice to parents and coaches alike. And they universally agree: having positive parents involved with positive coaches creates positive outcomes both on and off the field.

    If you’re interested in fostering a positive relationship with your son or daughter’s coach this season, consider:

    1. Recognize the Coach’s Commitment: Coaches log many hours of preparation beyond the time spent at practices and games. And you’d better believe they’re not in it for the money (in many cases, coaches are working without any pay). Try to remember this whenever anything goes awry during the season.

    2. Make Early, Positive Contact: As soon as you learn who your child’s coach is going to be, introduce yourself, let him or her know you want to help your child enjoy the best possible experience, and offer to assist the coach in any way you’re qualified. Meeting the coach early and establishing a positive relationship will make conversation easier if a problem arises during the season.

    3. Fill the Coach’s Emotional Tank: When coaches are doing something you like, let them know about it. Coaching is a stressful job, and many coaches only hear from parents when they decide to voice a complaint. A coach with a full emotional tank will always do a better job.

    4. Don’t Instruct During a Game or Practice: Your child is trying to concentrate amid the chaotic, fast-moving action of a game, as well as do what the coach asks of him or her. A parent yelling out instructions hardly ever helps. More often than not, it confuses the child, adds pressure and goes against the coaches’ instruction, which undermines the player-coach relationship, the player-parent relationship and the parent-coach relationship.

    5. Observe a “Cooling Off” Period: Wait to talk to the coach about something you are upset about for at least 24 hours. Emotions can get so hot, that it’s often better and more productive to wait a day before contacting the coach. This also gives you time to consider exactly what to say to the coach, and how to say it.

    Addressing Issues

    The relationship between coaches, parents and athletes are like any other relationship: they have their ups and downs. And there are situations that you or youth athlete need to address with the coach. How you address the issue is just as important as resolving the issue itself. Practice a Responsible Sports approach even as you address these issues.

    Empowering Your Child To Speak.

    Before you as the parent intervene, make sure you’ve asked yourself, “Is this something that my child should do for his or herself?”

    There are several advantages to having your children, rather than you, speak directly to the coach. Many coaches are more open to suggestions from players than from parents. The biggest plus here is that this can be an empowering experience for children, even if they don’t get the result they seek.

    Summoning the courage to talk to the coach can be a great life lesson. Your children may gain important experiences about dealing with people above them in the power structure, at school or in future jobs, by discussing their issue with the coach on their own.

    When You, The Parent, Need To Intervene.

    We hope that you don’t find yourself in a situation where you, as a Responsible Sport Parent, need to intervene. But Softball has no place for a coach who verbally or physically intimidates his or her athletes. You would never allow a teacher to bully or humiliate a student, and you can’t allow it from a coach.

    Unless your children are too young to understand what’s going on, talk with them before intervening. If a child is against the idea, but you believe the situation demands that you intervene, tell your child something along the lines of, “I understand that you don’t want me to talk to your coach, but I believe that this is so important that I must do it.”

    How To Approach The Coach.

    If you’re angry about the situation, it’s best to gain control of yourself and make sure you know exactly what you want and need to say. Use a ‘cooling off’ period to collect your thoughts.

    Pick a time and place where only the coach can hear you – not during a game or practice, and not where you might be overheard, which could make the coach more defensive. You may need to write and even rehearse what you want to say until it sounds just the way you want it too.

    Be prepared to support your assertions with specific examples. Then listen carefully to what the coach says in return. If the results are unsatisfactory, you may need to go higher up in the organization, and you should be open with the coach that this is your planned next step. Again, be clear about what you want to say when you meet the athletic director, principal, coaching director or league president.

    Even though intervening feels uncomfortable, remember that you are not just standing up for your child, but also for all of the other children that play on the team, or who might play for this coach in future seasons. Given certain situations, it’s simply the right – and mature, adult – thing to do.

    Get Free Expert Tools.

    For more information on how you can kick off the season on a positive note, and get and stay on the same page as your kids’ coaches, visit our Responsible Sport Parenting Resource Center.

    Parents and coaches alike can also sign up for our Weekly eTips. Each week you’ll get an email with a tip along with video or audio insight from professional coaches, athletes and leading youth sport coaches to help stay focused on creating a Responsible Sports environment.

    And you all are welcome to join us on our dedicated and interactive Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Facebook page at Facebook.com/ResponsibleSports, and share the lessons and insights you’ve learned from being a Responsible Coach or Responsible Sports Parent.

    Good luck this season from your friends at Liberty Mutual Insurance and Responsible Sports!

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  • January Newsletter 2013

    Start Off the New Year Ahead

    January is the time to reflect on the past year and establish your new goals. It is important to honestly evaluate yourself as a player and see what areas need more attention before the new season arrives. We highly encourage you to schedule a 1-hour Evaluation Session where we will video and analyze you hitting or pitching, test your effectiveness on different pitches, and discuss goals for the next 90 days. Try-outs and evaluations are arriving faster than we think, so make sure to sign up so you're feeling confident and prepared.

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