HOLISTIC ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE

The Victories during the 2012 Summer Olympics were perfect examples of Intense, Dedicated, Disciplined Athletic Competitions.

The “Olympic Ideal” Embodies the “Holistic Athletic Experience” of Enhanced Body, Mind, Soul, Character, Productivity and Citizenship facilitated by Athletic Competition.

It’s time to Restore the “Olympic Ideal”, “the Holistic Athletic Experience” in Child and Youth Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE).

COLLEGE SPORTS FOR THE CORRECT REASON

Youth, good looks and athleticism don’t last, but a good education does. Less than 1% of college athletes turn pro and only a few of them earn a living in sports and secure themselves for the remainder of their life. “One and None Education” is a risky proposition for the Athlete and dishonorable objective for a college and university.

Fighting wars for fame, fortune and money is dissimilar from fighting for love of country and playing college basketball for fame, fortune and money rather than love of the school and who and what the school represents are mercenary, greedy and covetous i.e. “one and done” college basketball recruits.

Appreciation and affection for mercenaries is infrequent compared to appreciation and affection for those who battle and compete with their hearts. Heartfelt winning and even losing have indelible, memorable and lingering after-effects.

WHAT CAN THE CHILD AND YOUTH ATHLETE DO FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE?

Physical Fitness and Peak Performance are 2 of the main objectives of the Holistic Athletic Experience.

I. BE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALlY READY.

MNEMONIC FOR CHILD AND YOUTH SRE READINESS:

• REST: Early to Bed
• ESSENTIAL WATER: Plenty Water, Keep your Urine Light Lemonade Color
• ALERT: Pay Attention in Practice and Games
• DON’T USE: Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs
• INJURIES: Don’t Play Thru Injuries, Report them to your Coach or Trainer
• NUTRITION / FOOD: Balanced Diet
• EXERCISE AND DRILL PROPERLY
• STRETCH / WARM-UP
• STRESS REDUCTION
• HAVE FAITH IN GOD (Matthew 11:22 KJV HOLY BIBLE)

Spend time winding-down after your daily workouts, practices and conditining.

Stress has an undesirable effect on emotions. High levels of stress will have a negative impact on mental preparation and mental toughness.

Unwinding will balance your physical and emotional abilities.

Ahtletes should Lie down, meditate, concentrate and/or pray for 30 minutes every day and practice improving spirituality and faith. Clearing the mind of negative forces will facilitae the Athlete’s ability to concentrate on the positive forces at play in his or her life.

Athletes should stay in touch with their body signals and, for example, eat when hungary, drink water when thirsty and rest when tired. Intense work-outs require adequate rest. The physical body needs regular relaxation.

II. SEEK OUT A TRUSTWORTHY, MENTOR COACH WHO COACHES WITH THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE 4 R’S: RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, RELATIONSHIP RECOGNITION

• Respect

Coaches have a duty for the protection, safety, health, care, welfare and Human Rights of their Athletes. They should have a devotion-to and the highest regard for the humanity of their Athletes. Coaches are to regard and recognize the human dignity of their players. Coaches must pay attention, be compassionate recognize Athletes’ human value. Coaches should be considerate of players and athletes by treating them as humans. Coaches should dutifully respect the human life of their Athletes.

“Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.”

Primum non nocere – “First do no harm to human life.”

• Responsibility

Coaches have an obligation of oversight for the Physical, Psychological (Emotional) well being of their Athletes during the administration of their coaching duties. Coaches must develop and implement responsible coaching policies and standards of Safety 1st.

Coaches are accountable and hold an important position and Fiduciary duty of Trust by the players and athletes. Coaches have a designated authority for the proper care of their players and athletes.

The Core of Coaching is Trust.

• Relationships

Coaches should develop a positive relationship with their Athletes and develop an excellent level of mutual understanding and trust with good interpersonal communication.

Devoting time for each player and athlete, the Coach will develop a positive relationship learning about each Athlete’s Ambitions, Abilities and Skills. Coaches develop a positive relationship by taking a personal interest with plans and techniques for each Athlete’s individualized improvement of play.

• Recognition

Coaches should acknowledge and recognize Athletes when they accomplish their goals and execute their performance plans well. Special one-on-one notice and complementary attention to the Athlete will enhance the trust for the Coach and motivate the Athlete. A pat on the back or the butt goes a long way.

III. BALANCE MIND, BODY AND SOUL

“The average student is glued to his or her desk for almost 7 hours/day + 2-4 hours of homework @ night = 45 to 55 hour week! Students, who receive excessive homework “will miss out on active playtime, essential for learning social skills, proper brain development, and warding off childhood obesity,” according to Harris Cooper, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

Schools have become infected with pushing children with too much homework, too much testing, too much about who is “gifted” and so forth.

• In my humble opinion, some children start school too early. Their growth and development are not in step with their peers, who are possibly a few months older. This is the 1st mistake.
• I believe holding a child back in grade or middle school, to correct the 1st mistake, which was starting the child in school too soon, should not affect that child’s high school sports participation eligibility providing he/she
• only participates for 4 years in high school sports
• and the 19 Year Old Rule applies i.e. Pursuant to KRS 156.070 (2) (e), a student who becomes nineteen (19) years old before August 1 shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition. A student who becomes nineteen (19) on or after August 1 shall remain eligible for the entire school year.
• Holistic Athletic and Educational Experiences are best.

An Holistic Athletic Experience requires balance and implementation of all the above factors.

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