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  • Kristen Volleyball 2013-2014

    Posted on April 4th, 2014 Alan No comments

    Kristen’s Fall 2013 Highlights

    Kristen at the Lonestar Warmup Bracket Games. First time setting. LT Spikes final rank was 5th out of 17 teams.

  • Tying teacher evaluations to STAAR scores stirs controversy

    Posted on April 1st, 2014 Alan No comments

    Click here to view full article

    The policy aims to measure a teacher’s effectiveness by how much improvement his or her students make on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

    Though still being finalized, the policy is already viewed warily by teacher groups questioning whether the STAAR can accurately capture a teacher’s effect on a student. The groups warn that the state cannot impose test-based evaluations on teachers and expect them to trust it.

    Anyone else see the irony in stating that the state cannot impose test-based evaluations on teachers, yet those same tests are suppose to evaluate the students?

  • Seek The Best Experience – Not Necessarily The Best Team

    Posted on April 1st, 2014 Alan No comments

    Nice article about the constant search by many parents and players to be on the “best team”.

    The article explains that it is all about learning resilience and you don’t get that opportunity if you are always winning.

    Instead of finding a better team to play on, find a way to make your team better – Trevor Tierney

  • How to combine multiple PDF files into one

    Posted on March 26th, 2014 Alan No comments

    This is very useful if you use a mac.  Just open the pdf files you want to combine into one using Preview.  Open the sidebar from each document and drag the page icons from one window to another.  Save the document where you combined the pdf files.  Be sure to view all pages before saving or you will only save the current page.  If you still get just one page, then simply select Print of your new document and save it back out as a PDF.

    Click here for details

     

  • Should kids specialize in one sport?

    Posted on March 26th, 2014 Alan No comments

    Changing The Game argues against specialization

    … [what exists is] an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. As movies such as “The Race to Nowhere” and recent articles such as this one from the Washington Post point out, while the race has a few winners, the course is littered with the scarred psyches of its participants. We have a generation of children that have been pushed to achieve parental dreams instead of their own, and prodded to do more, more, more and better, better, better. The pressure and anxiety is stealing one thing our kids will never get back; their childhood.

    We are so scared that if we do not have our child specialize, if we do not get the extra coaching, or give up our entire family life for youth sports, our child will get left behind. Even though nearly every single parent I speak to tells me that in their gut they have this feeling that running their child ragged is not helpful, they do not see an alternative. Another kid will take his place. He won’t get to play for the best coach. “I know he wants to go on the family camping trip,” they say, “but he will just have to miss it again, or the other kids will get ahead of him.”

    And yes, most importantly, it sucks for the kids. Any sports scientist or psychologist will tell you that in order to pursue any achievement activity for the long term, children need ownership, enjoyment and intrinsic motivation. Without these three things, an athlete is very likely to quit.

    Parents, start demanding sports clubs and coaches that allow your kids to participate in many sports. You are the customers, you are paying the bills, so you might as well start buying a product worth paying for. You have science on your side, and you have Long Term Athletic Development best practices on your side.

    The Bare Essentials: Three Things Every Athlete Needs to Succeed

    Elite performance is determined by a number of factors, amongst them innate talent and genetics, hours of deliberate training, coaching, and luck. But performance is also great affected by what is between an athlete’s ears: mindset. An athlete’s state of mind is perhaps the single greatest factor that affects performance. In his great book The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance, author W. Timothy Gallway writes the following equation: Performance = Potential – Interference What Gallway means is that an athlete will perform up to his potential (the combination of innate talent, training hours, playing hours, coaching) minus all the things that interfere with that potential, namely a poor state of mind.

    No matter how much talent your athlete has, no matter what level of coaching he or she receives, or how many championships that team has won, without intrinsic motivation, enjoyment, and autonomy, your athletes will never play long enough, train hard enough, and be gritty enough to become an athlete who performs up to his or her potential.

     

    Comment left in Hey Parents: Quit Raising Specialists and Start Raising Ominvores

    Terry Liskevich coached the 1996 USA Women to Olympic Silver in volleyball. He told a group of us that of the 16 players who trained for the final Olympic team, 12 were multiple sport athletes IN COLLEGE. The other four didn’t make the team. We asked, were they good because they played multiple sports, or did they play multiple sports because they were good?

    It’s not that simple; he said they work together. You play more sports because you’re a good athlete (as a kid) and you get better as an athlete because you play multiple sports all along.

  • College Lacrosse Coaches prefer multi-sport athletes

    Posted on March 26th, 2014 Alan No comments

    Click here for article

    “These guys have a high level of athleticism but probably haven’t peaked yet as lacrosse players. Once they get to college, they will specialize and will develop and blossom. They usually have a steep growth curve, whereas some of the kids who have been single-sport athletes tend to burn out quicker. Oftentimes, they don’t have as much left in the tank.”

    “I really believe multi-sport participation increases the athletic I.Q. of players. Players can work individually on developing skills, but being a member of different teams provides opportunities to develop game instincts that produce more athletic players. There are parallels between certain sports, and we’ll look at a player’s athleticism in another sport and project his potential as a lacrosse player.”

  • Kristen’s Soccer Highlights from 2008

    Posted on February 26th, 2014 Alan No comments

    Kristen played for the Cheetah Girls from 2006-2011 in the Austin United league in South Austin.

    Coached by Carrie Phillips all 5 years the team had:
    Abby, Brooke, Caroline, Kaitlyn, Kristen, Rylli, Sloane,

    Here are highlights from Kristen’s 2008 season (7 yrs old)

  • Time Warner Cable without a cable box

    Posted on February 11th, 2014 Alan No comments

    I don’t have a cable box in my office but I do have an XBOX.  Time Warner offers an XBOX app that allows you access to 300+ cable stations.  Came in handy today since I wanted to put on the Olympics (in HD) in the background while I worked.  We also use the TW app for iPad & Android tablets to watch shows on demand.  NOW I’m starting to feel like I’m getting a better value for my Time Warner cable service.

    twc_xbox

  • Embed or Link to multi-calendar view of your Google Calendar

    Posted on February 4th, 2014 Alan No comments

    These are the steps to embed a google calendar in your website:

    1. Next to ANY calendar that you want to include, hover to the right of it to reveal the drop-down menu icon, and select Calendar Settings
    2. In the “Embed This Calendar” section select the link “Customize the color, size, and other options”
    3. Select the other calendars that you want to include in your view under the “Calendars to Display” section
    4. Select any other options. Don’t forget to give this “multi-calendar” view a title, then click the Update Html button in the top right.
    5. Copy and paste the html code generated to your web page.
    6. Some sites do not allow you to include an <iframe>.  For WordPress sites, you must install a plugin such as THIS one.

    What if you just want to LINK to the multi-calendar view or email someone a link to the view?

    You can do this by taking the embed code and cleaning it up a bit as follows:

    1. Remove the iframe tag and src=.  You only need the actual url and all it’s parameters.
    2. When you copy and pasted the embed code, you are likely to see several occurrences of &amp; which will cause the link to show you a blank calendar.  Replace these occurrences with just the & character.

    Example original embed code:

    <iframe src=”https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?title=My%20Multi-calendar%20View&amp;height=600&amp;wkst=1&amp;bgcolor=%23FFFFFF
    &amp;src=ge1ggajmec5tb027cpc8ehfm2c%40group.calendar.google.com&amp;
    color=%23182C57&amp;src=2vedr7ecngr0q21uv3h612vhak%40
    group.calendar.google.com&amp;color=%238C500B&amp;
    src=36hafq4ddukipiemod2e9k27kc%40group.calendar.google.com&amp;
    color=%23711616&amp;ctz=America%2FChicago” style=” border-width:0 ” width=”800″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe>

    After cleanup, hyperlink to use:

    https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?title=My%20Multi-calendar%20View&height=600&wkst=1&bgcolor=%23FFFFFF&
    src=ge1ggajmec5tb027cpc8ehfm2c%40group.calendar.google.com&color=%23182C57&
    src=2vedr7ecngr0q21uv3h612vhak%40group.calendar.google.com&color=%238C500&
    src=36hafq4ddukipiemod2e9k27kc%40group.calendar.google.com&color=%23711616&
    ctz=America%2FChicago” style=” border-width:0 ” width=”800″ height=”600″
    frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”>

  • Kristen ready for softball

    Posted on December 30th, 2013 Alan No comments

    After 7 years of playing baseball, Kristen is ready to transition to softball.  She did play both one year in 2011. This spring we will look for a select team for her to play on.

    Here are a few highlights of her 2011 softball season:

    2013 baseball season highlights. LTYA all-stars took 2nd place in summer CenTex tournament: