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The Puck Stops Here… Hockey Mom Rant History of the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame Golf Performance Coaches Yearly Training Plans Making Sense of Report Cards: A Three-Step Guide For Parents Journey to Gold with Jenn Wakefield Team Canada Olympian Is Physical Activity Being Benched? Lady Blue Knights Field Lacrosse Always Be Changing! Behind the Bench with Bryan and Michael Boyes Raising Hull The Night Chicago Stadium Fell Silent Building a Bullet Proof Arm The Future of Golf Plays Here

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I begin 2016 with a confession: I am a partial blinker. It all began over the holidays with shocking eyeball video footage showing that when I blink, my eyelids fail to reach the bottom of each eye thus contributing to dry eye syndrome. The eye doctor also made the horrifying suggestion that I probably sleep with my eyes slightly open. I know Canada lost at the World Juniors and I know the Syrian refugee crisis is important but the ramifications of my malfunctioning eyelids are too much to bear. As I lie in bed with slightly open zombie eyes, how will I know whether I am awake or asleep? Will husband “Kip” aka Mr. Hockey, think I am being rude when I do not respond to his observations on how to properly place grocery items on the store conveyor belt or his step-by-step description of how to pack the deep freeze for maximum efficiency? What if Kip jolts awake as he often does, sees me with the whites of my eyes exposed, screams and then in turn I scream myself awake...or back asleep? I vow to join a partial blinker support group and learn how to live in a society dominated by full blinkers. I will also fight for partial blinker rights in government, movies and advertising. I will contact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He’ll know what to do. Re: The Connor McDavid injury. I will illustrate how I feel about the Connor McDavid injury involving Manning and

Del Zotto, by using a toboggan e x a m p l e . Imagine that you and two friends are on a threeperson toboggan that is careening out of control down an icy hill and heading towards a large tree nicknamed, Oak Tree of Death. Grievous bodily harm is imminent. You have seconds to make a decision. Instinctively, what action do you take?


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a) Bail, roll, scramble and do anything to “let up” on the forward momentum that is carrying the three of you to an unscheduled meeting with the above-mentioned OT of D. b) Continue on and use your buddy in front as a cushion. If you answered (b), pack your things and get out. Relinquish any pets to the nearest Humane Society. Find a cliff, throw yourself over and see if you put your arms out to lessen the impact of your fall. Make notes and then give yourself a slap. Looking forward to your return, Connor.












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Recognizing contributions to athletic excellence offers wide-ranging acclaim to the inductee and benefits to the community at large. Athletics provide many opportunities for participants and spectators alike to socialize with their neighbours and to meet other members of the community at local sporting venues. Sports also provides individuals with outlets to learn and develop skills, express themselves, raise their selfesteem and, in many cases, achieve recognition on a regional, provincial, national and/or international level. This fosters the creation of positive role models, who in turn will encourage and empower youth to get involved in sports, lead active and healthy lifestyles, and strive for excellence as well. Through its recognition of local sports talent and their associated acclaim, the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame instills an enduring sense of pride in the community. The accomplishments of local athletes, teams, coaches, and builders/contributors bring widespread attention to our Town, leaving an indelible mark on all who have supported, witnessed, or interacted with our inductees.

The Whitby Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1997 with the express mandate to recognize and honour the accomplishments of individuals or teams who have brought fame to this community and to themselves through their athletic prowess and/or contributions to sports. All sports and athletic activities are celebrated. Whitby has a long history of success in athletics and it can be assured that the Hall will continue its tradition of celebrating our athletes and their accomplishments for generations to come. The Whitby Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit, community organization, guided by a Board of Directors that functions primarily to ensure that the objectives of the Hall’s mandate come to fruition. All committee members volunteer their time to this organization.

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GPC’s Yearly Training Plans

Making Sense of Report Cards: A Three-Step Guide For Parents By R. N. Whitehead

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YEARLY TRAINING PLANS It’s the time of year for goal setting, and the game of golf is not exempt from the resolutions that seem to flourish with the coming of a new calendar year. In our coaching programs, we tackle the questions of goal setting and game improvement through the use of a YTP system (Yearly Training Plans) to keep us on a set plan. The system is actually really simple – we list a series of action items on a sheet of paper and every time we see our players we hold them accountable for the energy they put into these actions. The key for us, though, is that we strive to create a balanced training plan which blends the various pillars of performance into a comprehensive plan of action. While we acknowledge a culture in golf wherein players are obsessed with improving their “swing”, we like to remind everyone we work with that we are in fact trying to improve our golf, not our golf swing. And there’s a big difference. At the end of the day we believe that what people really want is to play the game in a way which is confident and competent, and that making nice swings and strokes is but a portion of this… GAME IMPROVEMENT The 5 pillars of performance are that we work to blend together in our Yearly Training Plans are: 1. Technical 2. Physical 3. Psychological 4. Tactical 5. Spiritual 1) There is no doubt that technical precision plays a big role in golf, and these bullets are the easy ones to come up with for most players. In fact, most golf instruction would limit itself to these types of bullets – essentially any golf pro can tell you what looks wrong and how they feel you might fix it. We spend considerable attention on this pillar with all of our players, but for us it doesn’t stop here. In fact, in our opinion the swing is really just the tip of the iceberg…


2) Consistent attention to developing your functional movement patterns can reap tremendous gains when it comes time to play the game. Physical goals are often things like “increase club head speed”, or “eat healthy”, but we can also add in things like “improve left hip mobility”. Beyond the pay value of lower scores, these bullets also contribute to a pain free and healthy body to better practice in. 3) Is there a golfer out there that would not benefit from more attention to practicing how the mind functions through each shot? Like any habits, those of the mind can be trained and developed. These goals are often the hardest for players to pinpoint, but they can include things like “play with more freedom”, “confident”, “focus through entire shots” etc… Remember that just because we can’t see “doubt” on the screen doesn’t mean that doubt isn’t the cause for the poor swing we’re watching. 4) The Tactical pillar refers to self-management skills. The very process of designing a YTP qualifies as a bullet here, and then things like “weekly reports to my coach”, “set up a practice plan”, “register for events”, “organize a club fitting” all qualify as bullets in this pillar. Tactics is all about strategy and figuring out a game plan. 5) This pillar is more of the glue that holds everything together. If you don’t know why you’re playing the game (chasing rubber in a park) than your experience of the game can often be one of frustration and even anger. It can be really healthy to remember the things you love about the game. So if you haven’t built your YTP as of yet you should make this a priority this week. It will help to guide your training and will help you to better understand the interconnectedness of all of your training activities. With the help of a self-directed or coach assisted YTP you will ensure that your training time is more efficient and that you will find more time for training. It’s amazing what we see when players train with purpose and direction. And it’s equally astounding to watch players try to improve without it…

Report cards can be stressful for students, and for parents alike. While poor grades signal that students may be off track academically, parents and students can work together to create a plan to address any issues before the next report card arrives.

instance, “We are pleased with your spelling grade.” Listen to your child—School can be tough. It is helpful to students to know that someone is listening to their concerns and complaints.

Step 1: Read the Report Card

Step 3: Attend the Parent- Teacher Conference

Before reading the report card, keep the following in mind: • It’s Still Early—this is the first report card, which means that there is ample opportunity to make improvements. • Language—report cards often contain confusing educational jargon. Forget the gobbledygook and focus on the teacher’s comments. These comments can give you a better idea of how your child is performing overall. • Remember the context—some school years are more challenging than others. Certain grades are transition years, such as the first year of high school, or the shift from early to middle school. • Problems require Action—the report card is a red flag. Act now, or the urgency of the bad report card will be forgotten, and no progress will be made.

If poor grades have you worried about future academic performance, speaking with the teacher can help. The teacher has spent hours every day observing your child in the classroom. Often, he or she can help you paint a better picture of where your child is headed academically.

Step 2: Talk to Your Child Here are some strategies to keep in mind: • Don’t get upset—If you’re upset or angry about grades, hold the discussion until you can speak calmly and rationally. • Start with positive comments—Highlight something positive about the report card, no matter how trivial. For

Some tips to keep in mind: • Be succinct—the teacher only has a limited time for each interview, so prioritize the concerns that you’d like to have addressed. • Don’t be argumentative—both you and the teacher have a common goal of helping your child perform well in school. Keep this in mind if you find yourself disagreeing with comments or suggestions. • Ask for tips—the teacher may have ideas of actions that your family can implement at home. For over 30 years, Oxford Learning has been helping students of all ages and grade levels improve their academic skills. With 6 locations across Durham and Clarington, there’s one close to you! Visit us at



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JOURNEY TO GOLD with Jenn Wakefield Team Canada Olympian By: Mary Giacalone “Scary Mary”

I have known Jenn Wakefield for over 14 years. Most of those years have been spent with her on the ice. I am very proud of the person and hockey player she has become today. I felt it was time for her to share her experiences throughout her hockey career that brought her to where she is today. Scary Mary: I want to start off by saying thanks in advance Jenn for agreeing to do this interview on your hockey journey that lead you to gold at Sochi. A game that so many Canadians watched and were mesmerized with. Our Canadian women had so much heart and showed everyone in the world just how great we were that day. SM: How Old were you when you first starting playing hockey? Jenn Wakefield: I started playing hockey at 6 years old. It was 2nd year tyke SM: Tell me a little bit about those first few years JW: I started playing girl hockey until Peewee. I then moved over to boy’s hockey until Major Bantam. I was told at peewee that I would not be able to make the AA team because I wasn’t good enough so not to bother coming out for try-outs. It was pretty tough because my local boy’s hockey team did not want to take a girl on their team. I needed to find somewhere to play. I ended up with a team called the Scarborough Stallions who gladly took a girl on their boys’ team. I ended up staying with them until Major Bantam. SM: What level did you play when you switched back over to girls at that point? JW: I started playing Midget AA hockey in order to try-out for Team Ontario. For 3 years I played on Team Ontario. When I was in grade 10 I played for the Durham West Jr team and then in grade 11 I played for not only Durham West Jr but also the Durham West Senior team which was in the NWHL. My grade 12 year, I decided to play only senior because the Durham West Senior team moved over to the Etobicoke Dolphins organization. After that I was recruited by the University of New Hampshire on a full hockey scholarship. I played there for 2 years and then moved on to play at Boston University my last 2 years of NCAA.

day out to be the best you can be. I feel like it is such a huge advantage over other countries. It totally builds comradery within the hockey team. SM: So what happened to you prior to the 20092010 Olympics in Vancouver? JW: At the 2009 Centralization camp I broke my hand and dislocated it which meant surgery one week before the final cuts. That was the same year I transferred from University of New Hampshire to Boston University, where I played until 2012. SM: So what did you do hockey wise after finishing NCAA hockey to stay in shape and be able to compete for a roster spot for the 2014 Olympic Games? JW: I played in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League for Toronto. I then was centralized again in 2013 for the Sochi Olympics where we won gold in that incredible game over the USA.

SM: What advice would you give to kids out there today? JW: My advice is that it does not matter where you are playing right now, it only matters where you end up. That’s achieved through hard work, perseverance, and heart. You have to have heart.

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SM: what’s your future plans or goals? JW: My next big goal that I am aiming for is to make the 2018 Olympic team. My long term goal is to help educate female players from Canada and Europe on educational opportunities available in Canada and US. This summer I am running a high caliber elite hockey school for female players between Novice and Midget to expose them to training & skill development that will take them to the next level. I will be bringing in elite professional female hockey players that consist of Olympic gold medalist & NCAA champions. I really believe that the best way to learn is through experiences and having those role models talk and show the new young generation of female hockey players will be awesome. The camp will be July 18-22nd at South Courtice Arena through Scary Skate.

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SM: thanks for your time today Jenn!! Jan has had a lot of experience through adversity and perseverance and is always willing to share her story. Anyone that is interested in contacting Jenn to ask advice or any hockey related issue can contact her through her website at you can also follow her on twitter @jennwake9 or Instagram @jennywake9

SM: Looking back at your long hockey career what stands out the most? JW: Obviously winning the Olympic Gold stands out the most in my hockey career. The way we won and the bond we had as a team made it incredibly special. I think a defining moment in my career would be when I made the change from girl’s hockey to boy’s hockey. It was my first big obstacle. Not because it was a switch from girls to boys but it was having to prove myself every day that I belonged and that the coach made the right choice in taking the risk to have me on his team.

SM: Tell me about your experience with Hockey Canada and how it all started. JW: I started in the program with the U-18 team for 3 years playing with Team Ontario Red. My 1st year at the U-22 which is the development team was my first year playing NCAA. My freshman year was also the first year I played at the 4 Nations Cup. Amazing experience for me. My 1st World Championships was in 2009 and I then became Centralized in 2010. SM: Can you tell our readers what Centralization is with Hockey Canada. JW: Basically Centralization is when Hockey Canada identifies the top 26 female hockey players in the country. They re-locate you to Calgary for a year prior to the Olympics. Once your there Hockey Canada makes the cut down to the final 21 spots. Five players get released when they are in Calgary. SM: What did you love most about being Centralized? JW: I loved the fact that we were able to come together as a team. You and your teammates all push each other day in



WHITBY GIRLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Emma Kenyon & Tori Dimytruk: Two Wolves Healing with Support of the Pack By Diane Sokoloski

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Whitby Wolves, Emma Kenyon (7) and Tori Dimytruk (14) probably wish that cancer could be beaten with good puck handling skills and a quick break-out. Emma, who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (bone cancer) and Tori, who was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer have had to keep their game faces on throughout gruelling surgery and chemotherapy. The families are grateful for the support and generosity of friends, hospital staff and the hockey community. Emma Kenyon played for the WGHA Tyke, Team Canada last season, but in July 2015 bone cancer was discovered in her arm. She’s endured 7 out of 13 rounds of chemotherapy and surgery in October 2015, whereby the humerus bone in her right arm was removed, and replaced with the fibula from her right leg. Emma is off the ice but she does like being captain of her sister Kylah’s Novice A team. “The best moment was when I got to drop the puck at the opening game on Clarington Day. The mayor of Whitby and Clarington were there,” says Emma. Supporters of Team Emma can wear T-shirts and stickers on their hockey helmets. “Lots of hockey teams have held benefit games to raise money for me and my family. My cousin’s hockey team played a game. My dance studio had a party for me when I was in the hospital,” says Emma. Emma’s wish for 2016: “I would like to finish chemo and get better. I would like to go to Disney World and play hockey again.

Tori Dimytruk had already earned a spot with Whitby’s Bantam AA team, when she learned last spring that colon cancer (rare for a young teen) that had spread to three lymph nodes. After surgery, she had chemo from July to December 2015 and ended with a pretend birthday bash at Sick Kids compliments of Camp Oochigeas. “They have a tradition where if it is your birthday at the hospital you get to pie someone. I got to pie Sam with shaving cream,” says Tori. She has been inspired by her hospital visits. “Sick Kids is one of the best places I have ever been. They have volunteers on every floor. They have Camp Ooch. The doctors and nurses are the best. There is a play room on every floor. It makes you feel like you are at home,” she says. Several Whitby teams are wearing blue-for-colon-cancer ribbons that bear Tori’s initials and thanks to family and friends, Team Tori raised $13,000 for the Sick Kids Foundation through the Adventure Walk. The Bantam AAs sold distinctive silver and gold necklaces designed by Shani Dion and raised $1912.00 for Hearth Place’s Pediatric Family Support Program.

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Tori’s wish for 2016: “To have a full recovery and get back on the ice. I hope something good will come out of this, considering I lost a year of my life.” Good luck in the New Year to Team Emma and Team Tori.

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Is Physical Activity Being Benched? By Marianne Schlottke Are your kids getting enough play time with and without the team? Add up the time that they are actually moving and being physically active. Children and youth need 60 minutes of exercise per day. This is 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily and activities three times a week that build muscular strength and build bone density. Use the stop watch test. Pull out your smart phone. Add it up when you’re on the sidelines. Are your children really getting enough minutes of activity from their sport? When your child is not at practice, encourage them to play outside with friends, enjoy the Town trails, try something new or come to the rec centre for a swim.

How about you?

Do you feel like you never stop running around? Are you living a lifestyle of go, go, go? The stop watch might not be as easy for you, but you need to track it, to do it! There are lots of apps out there that work. Find one that works for you. Try a pedometer or get a fit bit to track how much activity you are actually getting each day. Adults and seniors need 150 minutes of physical activity per week of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity, in bouts of 10 minutes or more and include muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups at least two days per week. How do you actually measure up? Join your kids on the trails, sign up for a fun program, go lane swimming, or join the gym. Don’t bench your health or that of your kids. For the first time ever, the children of today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. It is important for healthy communities to stay active, reduce sedentary behaviour

and make good choices. Do your part by staying active today! Find something fun to do at and get all the hands on assistance that you need to get started and stick with it at the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex Take advantage of certified fitness staff and a variety of free resources; such as, Healthy Recipes, the Physical Activity Planner, the Canadian Society of Exercise Physical Activity Guidelines, and more. We are located at 555 Rossland Road East in a convenient central location and would love to see you. Your health is our business. By Marianne Schlottke; Town of Whitby Recreation Supervisor of Fitness Services

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Lacrosse Basics for Kids Lady Blue Knights Submitted by the Lady Blue Knights

Maddy Lee-Smith is like any other 6 year old. She likes school and her friends, and she loves her pink lacrosse stick that matches her uniform. Thursday nights last summer, Maddy would proudly don her jersey and set out to join over one hundred other girls play field lacrosse, as part of the Baby Blue Knights house league program. And Maddy loves our LBK Summer Lacrosse Camp!


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Lady Blue Knights offer a variety of house league programs ranging from Baby and Junior Blue Knights, to Under 15, and Open league. With a focus on fun and skill development, Lady Blue Knights includes players from 5 to 55 years old. Maddy really enjoyed playing lacrosse last year, and loved playing with her friends. She also loved playing for her mother, Jess Lee. Jess was not only Maddy’s coach, but she is the winningest coach in Lady Blue Knight’s history. Jess was a Donevan Collegiate grad before she went on to become a three time NCAA All-American at Gannon University. Following her career at Gannon (where LBK Kirsten Haight is currently playing) , Jess joined the Lady Blue Knights coaching staff, in 2001, bringing her knowledge and experience to help establish a winning tradition. Jess led the Under 19 Elite team to a total of eight provincial championships, and was named OWFL coach of the year 3 times. As a coach she has been a key part in the development LBK players that have gone on to be NCAA players, Team Canada players and Provincial and World champions. Jessica’s 2nd daughter, Tessa who is two years of age will no doubt follow in her big sisters footsteps and be playing Baby Blue Knights soon. Watching the Lady Blue Knights field lacrosse program is a unique experience. On the field you see young girls laughing, learning and playing at every level. On the sideline, there are parents and elite players giving back, and coaching a game that they love. Families new to the game sit with former Team Canada players and coaches. Jess Lee has coached a variety of teams at a variety of elite levels. Now she has met her greatest challenge…six year olds.

House League: Baby Blue Knights (ages 5, 6 and 7) Junior Blue Knights (ages 8, 9 and 10) U 15 (ages 11,12,13 and 14) Open (ages 15 to adult) Rep Program (Elite and Competitive Levels) U 11 (ages 8, 9, and 10) U 13 (ages 11 and 12) U 15 (ages 13 and 14) U 19 (ages 15, 16, 17 and 18) Senior (age 19 and older)

Registration can be done on-line or in person at the following sites: Early bird registration dates (before March 1st): Saturday February 20th from 9 am to 3 pm at Iroquois Sports Complex Saturday February 27th from 10 am to 2 pm at Legends Centre (Oshawa) Monday February 29th from 6 pm to 9 pm at McKinney Arena Regular registration dates (after March 2nd): Tuesday March 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm at McKinney Arena Wednesday April 27th from 6 pm to 9 pm at McKinney Arena

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Whitby Girls Softball Association 2015 was a banner year for the Whitby Girls Softball Association. Not only did we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with additional special events, but players and families had a very successful and fun-filled softball season. Over the years, it’s clear the WGSA has become an important part of the lives of thousands of players, providing girls of Whitby and the Durham region an opportunity to be physically active enjoying the game of softball. We started off our special season with a reunion night bringing together current and former coaches and executive members, culminating in the cutting of our official 40th Anniversary cake. Our annual Skills Day event was expanded to include Novice teams and, as an anniversary treat, added jumping castles and other inflatable activities, which were especially enjoyed by the younger players. After season events included a “Day at the Movies” for WGSA families, participation in the Whitby Santa Claus Parade, and a night of free skating at the Whitby McKinney Arena Complex. On the field, our Learn-to-Play and Advanced Learn-to-Play divisions once again drew more than 100 young players and provided a fun and supportive environment for these girls to learn basic softball skills. For

For girls looking for a more competitive environment, the WGSA also fielded 7 Select teams over 5 divisions. These Select teams and program remain a source of pride for the WGSA. The teams represent the WGSA and the Town of Whitby in tournaments across the GTA, and in 2015, we saw many on-field successes. In addition, the WGSA hosts Select tournaments at Iroquois Park in Whitby, attracting teams from other communities to enjoy our local facilities, motels and restaurants. Finally, our thanks go out to the many coaches, conveners and executive volunteers that helped to make our 40th Anniversary season a resounding success. Please join us in 2016 as we start our 41st year!

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older players, our house league program featured 33 teams over 5 divisions for girls ages 9 through 24.

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Each House League division season ended in August with our House League playoff tournaments and year end banquets, where championship trophies and individual awards were presented.

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The Mohawk Junior Warriors are looking for exceptional midget players and junior players to join us for 3 tournaments. We are entered into 3 of the most competitive, highly scouted events in Ontario. If you are between the ages of 15 - 21 please contact us right away to secure a spot

The Bauer Challenge in Niagara Falls, ON – April 29th to May 1st The Pro Hockey Bauer Shootout, Toronto, ON –May 13th to May 15th The Ontario Prospects Tournament in Kingston, ON – May 20th – May 22nd

We will have 3 practices per team and they will be scheduled for mid April 2016. Dates and Times will be announced in February 2016. The cost per player is $599.00 for all three tournaments. The cost to play per tournament is $225.00. Each player will receive jersey and socks. We are looking for players from Canada, the US and Europe to join our teams. We are accepting registrations now as roster spots are limited. A deposit is due in the amount of half of your registration fee. Full payment is required by March 1st 2016. Registration and deposit fees are nonrefundable.


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May Madness - May 6th - 8th - Toronto Bauer Pro Hockey Spring Shootout - May 13th 15th - Toronto London Rising Stars - May 27th - 29th - London Bring Your Best - June 3rd - 5th - Toronto

Competitive Teams, Jerseys, Socks, T-Shirt, 4 Tournaments, 4 Practices, Make New Friends, Tons of Fun! DON’T DELAY REGISTER TODAY **SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER** Register and pay before the end of January and receive $100 OFF the price $899.00 VS $999.00 Bring a friend and get another $50 OFF


@ CALL 905-424-5869 The best recruiting is done by word of mouth so if you know any other interested talented players and you can bring them to the program you will receive a discount of $50.00 from your fees.

If you have any questions please contact: Bryan Brant: (905) 424-5869 Jay Masternak: (905) 244-7585


Always Be Changing! By: Jeff Roux, BPE, CSCS, TSCC - Gold

“I thought you beat the inevitability of death to death just a little bit” - The Tragically Hip

long run? The Doritos might satisfy a craving now but the apple would have been a better long term choice.

Every day we face new decisions, new challenges and new opportunities that lead to change. Whether we like it or not, we need to accept it; every day is dictated by our A-B-C’s; we Always Be Changing.

People often think it is our emotions that drive our actions when in reality it is the other way around. Our emotions are the response to the actions themselves. When it comes to health, fitness and nutritional choices, we often face the dilemma of long-term benefit over short term gain. Should I satisfy my craving for fat/ sugar/salt/alcohol to enjoy right now, or choose healthy, nutritious, whole foods that feed my cells, fuel my body and my brain and enrich my spirit for long term health. Should I take time out of my busy day to be active with my kids or go through a training session at the gym, go to a Yoga class or go for a run?

Death is unavoidable, inevitable and undefeated. In many ways change is a lot like death, it is also inevitable, unavoidable and undefeated, but unlike death, change is not final; it is the opposite. Change is dynamic, ongoing, and always in motion. Change is guided by choice and if the choices are made with purpose and passion, change can be full of hope. We are always changing either for better or worse and ultimately the choice is up to each of us to decide which direction of change we take by the choices that we make. We all want to make positive choices and good decisions but often something pulls in in the opposite direction. Ultimately, we are responsible for every choice and we must must own each decision, take accountability for it and live with it. Every choice we make will change us in some way. I believe we should choose to be better.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost The New Year seem like both the strangest time for existential reflection and simultaneously the best time. A time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next and a time to think about what we have done and what we can do better. It is also a time to set new goals and consider what needs to change, what we want to keep the same and what we are willing to do (or not do) about it. The New Year often becomes a light switch for us to turn on a new focus and a new direct, a chance to wipe the slate clean of things we want to put behind us and make a fresh start at how we want to be going forward. Every day we are faced with choices and decisions that concern our health and the health of our family. Some choices are obvious in terms of the potential outcome and others a little more ambiguous. Many offer immediate gratification over long term benefit. This is often the case when it comes to choices about our nutrition, our fitness and our health. What we may choose to do in a specific moment is often more satisfying in that moment but offers us nothing in the future. Did it make us better Did it make us worse? Did it satisfy a short term craving or did it become the piece of a much bigger puzzle that will lead to something more enduring and beneficial in the


What is the real reason for your choice? Do you not have the time, not have the energy, or simply not have the right motivation to begin with? The real question should be, is the long term benefit of your choices worth the short-term effort and sacrifice it might take to make it? Let’s look at it from a different perspective and flip the script to when you are looking back at the decision in a month, in a year, in ten years; which would you wish you had chosen then? Which would your family had wished you had chosen. How does this affect your decision now? If we are choosing in the now, the instant gratification will most often win out, if we are choosing in the future and looking back, most often the other way round. When faced with tough decisions this is a great tool to help you when you have difficulty with your choice.

“If it Doesn’t Challenge You; it Doesn’t Change You” - Zig Ziglar Every challenge is an opportunity to get better. We can’t always take on every challenge and we won’t always make the right decisions but we can own the decisions we do make, be accountable for our mistakes, celebrate our successes and continue to get better. Challenges are supposed to be hard; otherwise they would not be a challenge. Our failures are often the best opportunities to learn, change and evolve.

Choose NOT to make a New Year’s Resolution The beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to challenge yourself to make better choices and achieve a new level of change in your life. Traditional Resolutions have become nothing more than false promises that most people have no intention of keeping. They are built from grandiose ideas and unachievable expectations that come with a caveat that says it is Ok to break them, because everyone does. They are, by definition, set up for failure. A wise old green “man” once said, “Do or do not, there is no try”. You will set yourself up for success not by making bold proclamations to lose weight, stop drinking, or go on a juice cleanse, but by simply promising yourself to do better everyday. Move more, play more with your kids, exercise more, train for something that motivates you, choose the healthy whole food over the processed crap. Get out of your desk chair every 90 mins and walk around, talk to other people, drink some water with lemon, and breathe some fresh air before you go back to work. Promise to make the healthy choice instead of the unhealthy one and when you look back at that choice in a week, in a month, in a year, you can smile at how good it makes you feel and get excited about all of the healthy choices you get to make each day.

“Life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change.” - Jim Rohn We can all do a little better. Instead of making a resolution, just make a promise to yourself to do better. You don’t even need to do it by yourself. There is support everywhere around you and many opportunities to find the right people to help you, to teach you and to guide you through the process. If we all help each other make better choices and face new challenges, we can also help each other ensure that our change is positive and that our change makes us better. No matter what we do we are all living the ABCs every day, we are A - always B – be C - Changing. When the inevitability of death does come, wouldn’t it be great to know you lived every day to the fullest, got a little bit better and made the lives of all of those around you better every day?

Jeff Roux is the Director of Sport Conditioning at Twist Conditioning Centre in Whitby, Ontario. Coach Roux’s background boasts a wide range of experience coaching everyone from professional and elite athletes to weekend warriors and youth development programs.


The Vikings Want You to Join Our Rugby Family - 2016 Vikings Registration For this season the Vikings are looking for new players of all ages and skill levels to join our club. The Vikings offer teams from Under 6 Flag Rugby to Senior Men’s and Women’s. Registration has started for all the Vikings teams and practices will start in the spring. For the 2016 season all registrations are done online and will take place between January and May of 2015.


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Fees and registration details are posted on the Vikings website at Call 905-925-2453 email:

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• Skate in the starting line-up at the start of the game • Stand on the blue line during the National Anthem • Oshawa Generals jersey signed by the team • Ten tickets to the game

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March Break, Intro to Body Checking and Pre Tryout Camps 2016 Train with EDGE HOCKEY ACADEMY, Durham Region’s #1 Training Development Academy and Player Development Skills Coach of the OSHAWA GENERALS. MARCH BREAK CAMPS

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Junior Skating, Skills and Battle Camp Dates: March 15 - 18, 2016 (4 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 9:15am - 10:45am Cost: $230 (HST incl.) Ages: 2009, 2008 Intermediate Forward and Defence Development Camp Dates: March 14 - 18, 2016 (5 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 10:45am – 12:15pm Cost: $285 (HST incl.) Ages: 2007, 2006, 2005

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Whitby Lions Flag Football is Back For 2016! By: The Whitby Lions Football Club The Whitby Lions Football Club is back for a fourth consecutive season of Spring Flag Football, and the 2016 campaign promises to the biggest and best season yet. After expanding to nearly two hundred players last spring, the club is poised for continued growth this spring.

Flag Football: The Hottest Sport in Durham Region

Youth flag football popularity is at an all-time high in Durham Region. Not only have the Lions grown every single year since they began, but there is also tremendous growth of the game at the elementary school level. “Young athletes and their parents absolutely love our program. The kids get to play a fastpaced game with lots of action”, says Dom Ionadi, WLFC President. “The timing of our season is also attractive. We kick off in mid-April and wrap up before summer vacation, which works great for many families”, adds Ionadi. Rob Randall, the club’s director of Football Operations, believes that flag football is great for youngsters that are new to football as well as those that have been at it for years. “We play five-a-side. This gets everyone involved and improves not only their football skills, but

their overall athleticism”, says Randall. He continues: “Football is such a great team game. We teach our players to work hard and compete, but at the end of the game we are all one club, we are all Lions”.

Indoor Performance Center Programs Located at Lakeridge Links Golf Club

Girls and Boys, Beginner to Advanced

The Lions serve all youth in Durham Region ages 4 and up, and structure games and skill development sessions to maximize the participation of every player. Regardless of their football experience or athletic ability, coaches strive to ensure that all players have a positive experience and learn something new. The club will again be offering its ‘Little Lions FUNdamentals’ program, which is specifically designed for the youngest players, as well a series of flag football age divisions open to both girls and boys. The club also plans to field competitive teams that would play against other clubs at games or tournaments. Registration is available online at In-person registration dates will take place in February and March. For more information, visit the club’s website or contact

2016 Adult Winter Coaching Programs Day time hours available. State of Art Equipment such as Trackman and E6 Simulator available. Coaching Programs start at $299 plus HST. 2016 Junior Golf Camps and Summer Programs Registration for Summer programs begin February 1st 2016. Register prior to May 1st and save $35.00 per junior. Stay tuned at for further details or email Jake Patte at: New for 2016! NXTEE Junior League Expansion This popular league gives junior athletes the opportunity to “Learn on the Links” Enjoy half season and full season programs.

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CHEER STRONG Programs And Registration

Submitted by Cheer Strong

Cheer Strong is a supportive environment that teaches team work, life lessons and the importance of self worth. Our athletes learn the value of family, trust & respect. Through hard work and dedication, our athletes become strong independent leaders who are prepared to face life’s challenges, knowing they will always have a place to call home.

Programs - Competitive All Star Cheer - Prep Cheer - Learn to Cheer - Tumbling Classes - Day Camps - Birthday Parties Great chance to work on, learn or perfect your tumbling skills. We offer day camps on during the summer, Holidays and March Break. We also run day camps during Durham District and Durham Catholic School PA Days.

Camp Days Half Day Option runs from 8:30am – 11:30am or 12:30pm – 3:30pm Parents send your athlete with peanut free snack and lunch. Full Day Price $35 + HST Half Day Price $20 + HST Annual Registration of $40 + HST must be paid on the first day of camp (if not already paid)


Birthday Parties Tired of the same old birthday party scene? Try something new at Cheer Strong. Your child and guests will feel like stars after learning and performing their own All-star Cheerleading Birthday routine! We provide: 2 hours in our facility. Your party will include a warm up, stunts, jumps, dance, cheer, tumbling & games. A special birthday routine/cheer for an All- Star performance at the end of the party! Parents provide: All food, party goods & decorations. Final number of guests must be confirmed 4 days in advance to ensure proper athlete coach ratio. Cost is $175 plus HST for up to 10 children. Additional children $10 each. *Parents of all guests are required to sign an insurance liability waiver. *indoor shoes required by all participants. Looking for something different and fun? Have a CHEER PARTY!!

Cheer Strong 1618 Dundas Street East Unit 1A (Entrance at the back of the building) Whitby, ON 905.432.2336 905.432.2336


Our Philosophy The Oshawa Minor Lacrosse Association is a lacrosse organization with programs designed to teach, develop and enhance the knowledge of lacrosse in its many forms. Using well defined and standardized teaching methods we also share a positive lacrosse experience. Our primary goal is to ensure all players from all teams are treated equally, are having fun, and making positive contributions to the game of lacrosse. All of which are conducted in a positive environment, where teamwork, cooperation and respect is our guiding philosophy. Players need to enjoy their sport, this is the essence of being a team player. We offer a City League program for boys and girls, ages 3-16. It runs from mid April until the end of June, usually consisting of one game and practice per week. Their ongoing development to learn our National sport, creating new friends and staying active will expand their own love of lacrosse. Our All-Star teams are full of passion, not only to defeat but to develop and define their game! These teams travel throughout the province, striving for the Provincial Championship reign. All-Star players can broaden their scope to Provincial, National and International teams if they choose to.

DIVISIONS Peanut Paperweight Tyke Novice Peewee Bantam Midget Intermediate

AGES 3-4 yrs 5-6 yrs 7-8 yrs 9-10 yrs 11-12 yrs 13-14 yrs 15-16 yrs 17-21 yrs


VOLUNTEERS & COACHES are always welcome!

Oshawa’s original. LARGEST and most successful house league hockey program. Voted #1 Instructional Hockey Program in ALL of Durham Region! 30

Without volunteers Oshawa Minor Lacrosse Association could not give our children the opportunity to play the sport they love! If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, please contact us through our website.


BEHIND THE BENCH Like Father Like Son By: Dallas Knowles

Oshawa fans have seen some exceptional players, coaches and teams come and go over the past 40 years but the one person who has remained a fixture behind the Generals bench is Head Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager Bryan Boyes. Boyes started with the Generals nearly 40 years ago as the stick boy when he was only 15 years old and under the guidance of Head Trainer Ron Coleman he quickly learned the job and moved up in the organization. After graduating from the Athletic Training and Management program at Sheridan College Bryan took over the role as Head Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager in 1982 and has held that position ever since. During his time with the Generals Boyes has been a key part of five OHL Championship winning teams (1983, 1987, 1990, 1997, and 2015,) and two Memorial Cups (1990 and 2015.) When the fans see him in his familiar spot at the end of the bench they probably don’t realize how much time and preparation he puts into each and every game and practice. He not only orders, organizes and distributes all of the equipment for the team he also works with the players on injury prevention and rehabilitation. Whether it is going on the ice to attend to an injured player or replacing a broken stick for a player before they get back to the bench he analyzes the game through a special lens and never misses a beat. In addition to his years with the Generals, Bryan has also worked for Hockey Canada on several occasions acting as the Trainer for the World Juniors seven times winning five gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. He also has experience working with NHL players having served as the equipment manager of the Canadian Men’s National Team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany.


Working behind the bench is something that definitely runs in the Boyes family as Bryan’s son Michael is also an equipment manager in the OHL. Michael grew up with the Oshawa Generals and got to experience things that some young hockey fans only dream of. Michael would often accompany his dad to the rink on the weekends and hang out in the Generals locker room. He attended most home games with his Grandpa Bill (Bryan’s father) at the Oshawa Civic. Before each home game the two of them would go down to the dressing room to visit Bryan and when the players hit the ice they would move upstairs to watch the game. Whether it was play fighting with Ben Eager on the backyard rink that his dad built or beating Marc Savard in checkers, Michael got the chance to be around some of the Generals’ greats growing up. “One of my fondest memories was in 96’ when they won the OHL Championship. I remember running down the stairs from the stands so I could join in the celebrations. To this day my dad still has a picture in the Generals dressing room of myself and Ryan Lindsay (who my dad and I are still in contact with to this day) holding the J. Ross Robertson Cup with my teddy bear sitting in the cup,” said Michael. It seemed only natural that Michael would follow in his father’s footsteps and work for the Generals. As he got older Michael would join the Gen’s staff as the Assistant Equipment Manager. Under Bryan’s tutelage Michael quickly learned the role and became a valuable member of the team.

“It was an exciting time. Michael is my son but also was the assistant Equipment Manager with Oshawa. At the rink it was a business relationship. This shows the maturity and professionalism of Michael at a young age,” said Bryan. Michael gained some valuable experience with the Gens working side-by-side with his father getting to know the various facets of the job. He even got the chance to be in charge when Bryan was working with the World Junior team one year. “Michael developed his skills during his time in Oshawa and was far ahead of many at his age. I could rely on him all the time. He was in charge one year I was with the National Junior Team and I had zero concerns due to his professionalism and capability to do the job,” said Bryan. Bryan had a very hand-on approach to teaching Michael about things like skate sharpening, fixing equipment and preparing for practices and games. He even learned about the business side of the game doing things like ordering equipment and coordinating team travel arrangements. “I’ve learned everything I know from my dad in terms of becoming an equipment manager. He’s taught me everything from skate sharpening, sewing and equipment repairs to logistical stuff such as budgeting, ordering, team travelling etc. Much of this is stuff that you learn hands on and he was very good at letting me take a lead,” said Michael. When he got to grade 12 and had to choose a post-secondary program the decision was simple. Michael enrolled in the Sports Management program at Durham College and started to look at his job with the Gens as his career path. “It’s around the time that you start applying to colleges/ universities and have to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. I was lucky because it was an easy decision for me. Growing up around the rink and in the dressing room, there isn’t really any other life that I knew outside of hockey. It also made it an easy decision being able to get a taste of what the job was actually like before I had to make

the decision as I had been working with my dad for a few years at that point,” said Michael. Michael was firmly established with the Generals organization but after graduating from Durham College and acting as the assistant for nine years it was only a matter of time before he would be given the opportunity to become a head equipment manager. That chance came in 2014 when Michael earned the job as Head Equipment Manager for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Since making the move to the Soo he has flourished in the lead role and really settled into his new home. “So far my time in the Soo has been one of the best times of my life. In my short time here I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside some great people, and made some great friends. It’s amazing how much the town loves the Greyhounds and rallies around the team. It’s very exciting to be a part of,” said Michael. Michael’s move to the Soo has been bittersweet for Bryan and the Generals. “As a father I couldn’t be more proud. As the Equipment Manager with the Generals I lost a valuable person from my staff,” said Bryan. Michael’s two main goals for the future are to one day get the chance to work for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships and ultimately to make it to the NHL. It seems like he is well on his way to achieving those goals as he has already worked for Hockey Canada at two World Under 17 Challenge tournaments, and three Program of Excellence goaltending camps. While both Bryan and Michael will no doubt continue to excel with the Gens and Greyhounds the two have started a friendly rivalry when the two teams meet up. “It was a proud moment to see Michael on the Greyhounds’ bench. Our series is tied 1-1 with us on the bench. Next game in Oshawa is for bragging rights!” said Bryan.


RAISING HULL The Night Chicago Stadium Fell Silent

Whitby Eagles Softball Association

By: Troy Hull

By Meagan Baird

Engine engine No. 9 going down the Chicago Line!!! I always thought this was symbolic of my Uncle Bob, BOBBY HULL. My Uncle was like a locomotive, he was clocked at skating 29.7 MPH and his amazing slap shot at 118.3 MPH. The Golden Jet started his glamorous career in Chicago in 1957 and by 1961 was a star player in the playoffs when Chicago won the Stanley Cup. My Uncle continued to be a key player with Chicago for some years later but never to see another Stanley Cup. In the early ‘70’s Bobby would change the way professional hockey players were treated by the owners by ‘defecting’ to the WHA. The 1st million dollar player. Billy Wirtz, the owner of Chicago Blackhawks, banned my Uncle from the Stadium for quite some time. Wirtz was known to be Bull Headed but I think he met his match with my Uncle. It wasn’t until December 18 1983 that my Uncle returned to his Home Ice to see his #9 retired in front of his family and fans, this was the same year in New York that he became a member of the Sports Hall of Fame. Billy Wirtz passed away September 26 2007 leaving ownership to his son Peter who then turned the team over to his brother Rocky. Rocky made some major changes and

hired Dale Talon as General Manager, his best decision ever. Both Rocky and Dale agreed that having my Uncle Bob and Stan Makita as Ambassadors of the Blackhawks would get the fans back to the Stadium. However, getting the Golden Jet back would not be easy, he still resented Billy Wirtz. It is said that at this time Dale called my other Uncle, Dennis, also a star player with Chicago, offering him a position too. My Uncle Dennis, the comedian, told Dale ‘ I will coach all home games as long as they are played in Cobourg’ his neighboring town. Guessing that didn’t work out for Dennis. My Uncle finally agreed to terms with the management and would start his new career with Chicago Blackhawks in 2007. The first home game in the fall of 2007 my Uncle Bob walked into the new Stadium, head held high, as it should be. He entered his press box with Stan and there was dead silence in the Stadium. It is said that my Uncle asked Stan ‘who died?’ Stan turned to his longtime teammate and said ‘ The LEGEND’ just walked in. I think 2 LEGENDS attended the first home game. The Golden Jet can add 2 more Stanley Cups to his ever amazing resume.

The Whitby Eagles Softball Association was founded in 1995. Last year was our 25th Anniversary where we had teams from Squirt all the way to Senior. This year we are excited to announce that we will have a Mite team joining our strong association! The Eagles are a very competitive Teir 1 program that competes all around North America. Our goal as an association is to provide a positive fun and competitive softball experience for girls and women of all ages.

Our Whitby Eagles teams are working hard in the off-season to prepare for the 2016 competition!

Here is a few of Associations players, teams and members accomplishments: •

Rob Butler, Rich Butler and Ryan McBride made the list for TOP 101 most Influential Canadians in Baseball for 2015. Rob and Rich own Butler Baseball Academy, a Softball and Baseball Training Facility out of Ajax where the Whitby Eagles train. Ryan McBride is a director with the Whitby Eagles and the Eagles train out of his facility in Scarborough called Out of the Park. Many of our Senior and or Retired players give back to the Association through Coaching and Training Teams


Many players have gone to the United States on Athletic Scholarships to play softball and also Europe to play competitively.

2015 North York Women’s League Champions: Minor Squirt, Novice, Bantam Senior Whitby Eagles 3 time National Champions 2015, 2014, 2012 Team Canada Members: Megan Timpf, Erin McLean, Meagan Baird, Shannon Davidson

For more information on our Association, Teams, and Tournaments please visit our website at


Building a Bullet Proof Arm

Ajax Wanderers 2015 Season Recap Submitted by Ajax Wanderers

By: Kevin Chapman - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Elite Training Systems - Oshawa Generals - Toronto Mets Baseball

2016 Registration

TRY Rugby for FREE

Wanna be a Wanderer? Registration for the 2016 summer season is now available. The Ajax Wanderers offer rugby programs for boys and girls starting as young as 5 years old. Located conveniently just off Taunton Rd. at 1717 Harwood Ave. N. in Ajax, the Wanderers clubhouse and field is easily accessible for all interested players across the Durham Region. Go to our Website - for more information on us and our rugby programs, and click on the Registration link to become a Wanderer!

New this year is our Mini “TRY” Rugby days; Wanderers are inviting all current and future members - both boys and girls aged 5-12 - who are interested in trying rugby to come out to one or all 4 of our Mini “TRY” Rugby days each Saturday in March no experience is necessary! We are welcoming any interested “new” players to come give rugby a TRY FOR FREE, bring a friend along with you and introduce them to this great sport and the Wanderers Family!

Ajax Wanderers Rugby Programs: • Non-Contact Co-Ed Introduction to Rugby - Ages 5-6 • Non-Contact Co-Ed Flag Rugby - Under 8 • Non-Contact Co-Ed Flag Rugby - Under 10 • Introduction to Contact Co-Ed Rugby - Under 12 • Under 14 Boys Rugby • Under 16 Girls Rugby • Under 16 Boys Rugby • Under 18 Girls Rugby • Under 18 Boys Rugby • Academy Side and Sr. Men’s Rugby - 18+ • Sr. Women’s Rugby - 18+

Sr. Men’s Awards Banquet After another successful season, finishing fourth in the Rugby Ontario Championships League, the Ajax Wanderers Sr. Men celebrated the season with a year ending banquet. Joining us this year was Wanderers own and Rugby Canada 7s Team Captain, John Moonlight who was home for a short family visit over the holidays before focusing once again on Canada’s Olympic bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Congratulations to all 2015 awards winners: 1st Team Player of the Year - Ben Thompson 2nd Team Player of the Year- Kirk Regan Academy Player of the Year - Matt Sawyers Most Improved Player of the Year- Qais Nasseri Rookie of the Year- Dan Mallen Supporter of the Year- Tom Moulesis/Jon Torres Coaches Award - Zack Lamacraft

For more information on our Mini “TRY” Rugby days and times, please visit our website: or email Stew Dobbs

6 Nations Rugby Ajax Wanderers will once again be showing each of the 6 Nations rugby games LIVE at our clubhouse - 1717 Harwood Ave N. Ajax. For more information please

visit our website:

With spring training right around the corner, baseball players across the country are actively preparing for the upcoming season. January is an exciting time of year for amateur baseball athletes because it is generally when players begin practicing with their team and returning to the game that they love. As important as it is to train baseball specific skills; it is equally, if not more important to commit to building athletic abilities through strength training. Time in the weight room should start about a month after the season ends, so the athlete can have some recovery and down time to destress the body, address any injuries and restore overall health. A great rule of thumb, if the baseball season ends in September, the athlete should take some time off and begin training by late September or early October, before beginning baseball skilled drills or throwing programs. Strength and conditioning programs aren’t just about lifting weights and getting strong; it’s about identifying and addressing each athlete’s individual needs, reinforcing quality and corrective movement patterns that have a high carryover to the sport and building bodies that can withstand the demands of a long season. As much as training for performance is a priority for any athlete, so is ensuring that they do everything possible to avoid injuries. In baseball arm injuries are becoming more prominent, especially in younger athletes due to overuse from too much throwing and poor mechanics. The truth of the matter is, these injuries can be identified before they become a chronic problem and identified early is preventable. Further on, I am going to highlight staples in my baseball programs & some tips to make sure the arm stays healthy & strong all year round. Time off from baseball: I am a firm believer in time off, after the season is done. This is very important because it allows the athlete to regroup both mentally and physically. For the younger athletes they should attempt to play another sport, continue to build athleticism and incorporate variety. Older athletes who have picked a primary sport to specialize in, should also take time off, but should begin a baseball strength training program, when they feel ready. A great strength coach will be able to manage the athlete’s training program, including rest and recovery. Perfect Nutrition: Eating well will make you better at everything. Period. The better you eat and take care of your body the more energy you have and recovery is a lot easier. Perfect nutrition is the foundation of everything you do as an athlete. You cannot out train bad nutrition and lifestyle habits. Work with a quality athletic therapy team: Elite level sports are very demanding on the body and create a lot of stress and trauma on joints, tendons and other structures in the body. Training in the weight room is often not enough to prevent injury. A quality sports therapy team can offer modalities like manual therapy, soft tissue work, acupuncture and graston to


help break up scar tissue and keep the bodies tissues healthy. In my eight years as a strength coach I have seen my athletes experience a lot of success and longevity training in the weight room alongside our therapy team at the Centre for Physical Health. Start light & progress slow: Any well designed training program is progressive. In the weight room the first phase should be focused on fundamental movement patterns and trying to identify significant asymmetries in the body. With all of the pitchers I work with, I work closely with their pitching coordinators to implement the best plan for them. Often times we spend several weeks working on mechanics on flat ground before even putting a ball in their hand or stepping on a mound. Practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent. Move well from the start & your mechanics will be seamless.


Arm Care: There are thousands of articles and videos online for young athletes to search and find ‘arm care’ programs. The problem with this is, that a lot of the exercises are good but only if implemented properly. No two shoulders are alike so, no two shoulder programs should be that way. It is very important that the joint moves correctly before adding any load or

Recommended Exercises For Shoulder Stability & Strength: KB 1 arm bottoms up waiter carry: Throwing athletes live in this position. This is a great single arm exercise for building strength and stability in the overhead position. Foam roller serratus wall slide: Serratus anterior is a huge player in proper shoulder function. This movement allows the scapula to upwardly rotate and gets the serratus firing. ½ kneeling and standing manual internal and external rotations: These movements should only be done under the supervision of a qualified coach. As important as it is to strengthen the rotator cuff it is equally important to train the anterior portion of the shoulder which are responsible for decelerating the arm on the follow through. Bear Crawls: Bear crawls are a great fundamental movement skill for anyone. These are especially good for throwing athletes because they promote proper shoulder function when performed correctly. The bear crawl allows the scapula to upwardly rotate which is necessary for efficient overhead movement and produces a lot of serratus anterior recruitment. These are just a few examples of some of the strategies that I implement. There are many working parts to a tailored strength program for baseball players. Remember, quality movement and quality lifestyle habits will trump everything else. Results are produced through consistency and over a period of time, focusing on daily improvement. Enjoy the offseason and strive to be better everyday.


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GOAL & OBJECTIVES • To create opportunities for junior golfers to learn, play, and enjoy the game of golf. 
 • To motivate and educate junior golfers that through golf they may learn values of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship to last them for a lifetime. 
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2016 SPRING CLASSIC AT MYRTLE BEACH Back for 2016, the Spring Classic at Myrtle Beach will kick off the Durham Junior Golf Tour’s season! Come join us for the six annual off season training camp and competitive series in Myrtle Beach offered during March Break. All junior participants will receive professional coaching, structured practice and compete in one 36-hole “Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranked” tournament with an opportunity to earn an exemption to the 2016 summer tour. Our spring camp is designed to train and prepare players for the 2016 competitive season. The camp will be hosted at the True Blue Resort Villas in Pawleys Island, with events being held at championship golf courses Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Tradition Golf Club, Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club and River Club Golf. All four of the courses have received a 4 ½ star ranking by Golf Digest. Our host course, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is a 6,526-yard, par-70 course that has been described as having “18 signature holes,” with holes routed around majestic oaks and meandering streams. with large, creative greens guarded at times by ponds, streams and imposing bunkers. In Partnership With

DATES March 13th—18th PACKAGE INCLUDES • 5 night’s accommodation in luxury villa’s at the True Blue Resort Villas • 5 golf clinics with “Steve Dresser Golf Academy” • Daily breakfast • Daily lunch after the com-pletion of each round • 5 rounds of golf—carts included • 2 family dinner nights

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