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Succes Story: Adam Masura-” A Champion in the Making”

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Adam has been coming to Champion’s Quest for over 5 months and he is building a strong foundation on becoming a champion. He is a 12 year old football player who is humble, smart and works very hard in his team training sessions and performance clinics.  Adam transfers these champion qualities to the classroom,where he is an excellent student. Adam receives an impressive 4.0 GPA in all classes at McAullife  Middle School in Los Alamitos.  Adam continues to display his versatility in other sports as well.  He plays hockey and he has been recognized as a USA Conference Junior Football All-American.  As you can see, Adam is well on his way to being a champion on and off the field.  Congratulations Adam and continue your quest on being the best!!!

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“Keep Living Like A Champion”

Coach Reggie Ward

Assistant Athletic Director

Champion’s Quest Athlete Academy

562-598-2600

reggiew@championsquest.com

 

 

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“It’s In The D.E.T.A.I.L.S”

Many athletes want success, recognition and even fame, but few understand the importance of D.E.T.A.I.L.S. The true athlete not only understands the value of D.E.T.A.I.L.S, but embraces the smallest aspects of preparation and thus, realizes the ultimate success of an athlete is becoming a Champion.

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The definition of D.E.T.A.I.L.S lies in the 7 Pillars of Success. The 1st letter “D” stands for Determination, the 2nd letter “E” stands for Education, the 3rd letter “T” stands for Timing, the 4th letter “A” stands for Action. As the athlete continues the quest of becoming a Champion he displays the 5th letter “I” which stands for Integrity, the 6th letter “L” stands for doing the Little Things and the 7th letter “S” stands for Separation. Let’s take a closer look at this simple, yet powerful word: D.E.T.A.I.L.S.

The “D” in D.E.T.A.I.L.S stands for Determination.  Every athlete that pursues victory needs a driving force to inspire him to achieve success. When an athlete begins this journey he must display determination to move and push beyond difficult challenges, failures and hardships. Determination defines the athletes’ purpose, keeps focus and thus, provides the 1st pillar of becoming a Champion. The “E” in D.E.T.A.I.L.S is the 2nd pillar of success and stands for Education. Education is the foundation for learning on and off the field of life. Education gives the athlete knowledge, skills and the ability to prepare for the quest of being the best.

The letter “T” is the 3rd pillar of success in D.E.T.A.I.L.S and stands for Timing. Timing is so very important because it offers opportunity. Opportunity is defined as when preparation and achievement connect to reach a common goal. For example when a football player scores the winning touchdown and the top College Football Coach is in the stands watching. The player seizes the moment, timing is perfect and now he is in the position to receive the coveted football scholarship. The “A” in D.E.T.A.I.L.S stands for Action and represents the 4th pillar of success. Action is the energy, hard work and fuel that moves the athlete toward his goal. Action is the invaluable resource for all athletes because without it nothing happens but with it, extraordinary things can happen.

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The 5th pillar of success in D.E.T.A.I.L.S is the letter I which means Integrity. Integrity is essential in the character development of an athlete who wants to become a Champion. Integrity establishes honor, standards of excellence and sportsmanship. As a result, the athlete understands, it is far more important how you play the game, than the result of the game. Bottom line, the integrity of an athlete is far more valuable than victory, and this my friend, is the essence of a Champion.  As the Champion’s quest continues to develop integrity and attention to the smaller things become a major priority.

The letter ” L” focuses on the Little Things which is the 6th pillar of success in D.E.T.A.I.L.S.  For example, the routine, what you eat, how you train, who trains you, what you think about, and how you feel are the beginning stages of building uniqueness. When athletes pay attention to the little things the Champion now, sets himself apart from the crowd. When separation occurs in athletics recognition, awards and the praises increase almost overnight. But the true Champion, understands that being different creates separation.

Separation leads directly to the final letter “S” which is the 7th pillar of success in D.E.T.A.I.L.S.  Russell Wilson, Super Bowl Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks stated, “Preparation Builds Separation”.   This statement is powerful because it embodies the essence of a Champion. All Champions know that it takes supreme dedication, exceptional work ethic, passion and a disciplined mindset to achieve greatness. These qualities appear very simple, but are very difficult to do consistently on a daily basis.   As a result, separation is in the D.E.T.A.I.L.S and this, is the difference between good and great.

Now young athletes, to acquire the 7 Pillars of Success you must remember D.E.T.A.I.L.S is a LIFESTYLE. When you prioritize determination, education, timing, action, integrity, the little things and separation you will receive the ultimate reward, becoming a Champion. Now young athletes you have the formula, go out and realize your dreams!!!!!

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“Keep Living Like A Champion”

Coach Reggie Ward

Director of Football Academy

reggiew@championsquest.com

562-598-2600

HOW DO ATHLETES HANDLE FAILURE

“ HOW DO ATHLETES HANDLE FAILURE?”

No athlete becomes great overnight. Every athlete goes through successes and failures throughout their quest of becoming a champion. Failure is difficult because no one wants to talk about it. It hurts, it’s hard and most importantly it reminds every athlete of the painful reality, coming up short of their goals, dreams and yes, the most immediate defeat. Whether the failure occurs in the classroom on a test or on the field, dropping the winning touchdown pass, the champion athlete must have a strategy, a plan and or approach to defeat failure. Today’s focus will provide “7” key insightful points on how athletes can deal with failure and conquer it on and off the field.

To promote these “7” key insightful points the champion plan is hidden in the true essence of the word F.A.I.L.U.R.E.:

The F stands for Facing the loss or defeat….
The A stands for Acknowledging your competitor with a positive Attitude…..
The I stands for Initiative to decide to take corrective action and Ignore negative thoughts….
The L stands for Listening to constructive coaching to improve future performance….
The U stands for Understand that this defeat is definitely important but is short term….
The R stands for Responding with Respect to think 1st, then act…..
The E stands for Eyes on the prize and Enthusiasm

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
– Joe Paterno

“7” Insightful Points Creed:

“Failure is a part of life. I must decide to have a positive attitude, create initiative to improve my performance and ignore negative thoughts. Listening is the foundation to learn and understand life is unpredictable—full of ups and downs. As a result, I must respond with respect and simply think first, then take action. This allows me to to keep my eyes on the prize of being a champion athlete and being excited about all new experiences with a clear mind. These “7” insightful points prepare me for the realities of the sport and in life”

As you can see, F.A.I.L.U.R.E is a masterful teacher, a silent motivator and most all, a great reminder that all athletes will have setbacks and in light of those setbacks, still have the courage to pursue excellence in becoming a champion on and off the field. Therefore, I challenge all athletes to look FAILURE straight in the face and say,” I HAVE THE PLAN, I HAVE THE SYSTEM TO NOT ONLY HANDLE FAILURE BUT TO CONQUER IT!!!

“God Bless & Keep Living Like A Champion”

By: Coach Reggie Ward (Click Here to learn more about the author)

Arm Swing Drill to help Increase Speed

Kid JukeDo you have a problem with increasing your speed from a start or after a cut you made on the field? What if you knew a drill that could help you increase speed in either situation! There is one drill that I would like to share with you that will help your speed from both a stopped and a cutting position. This drill is called the Arm Swing Drill. With more force applied in the arm swing you can increase the power in your knee drive into that direction. There are a variety of positions that you can do the arm swing drill in and for today I want focus on the split stance position. In the split stance position you are not only focused on arm swing, it forces you to engage the core, have an upright posture and allow for explosive arm swings with big range of motion.

Before you get into the split stance, make sure that your back knee is kneeling on to a mat or some type of padding. The front foot should be flat and knee is bent at about 90-100 degrees with the back foot dorsiflexed and weight pressing down through the toes.Your upper body should be held upright with shoulders level and chin at neutral height. Make sure that your arms are bent at approximately 90 degrees at the elbows with hands relaxed with hands staying relaxed during the swing. The opposite arm of the forward leg should be out in front. The hand of back arm should be behind the hips with elbow pushed up to should height. During the entire motion keep your core engaged to help prevent any movement in the upper body.

As you swing your arms, focus on the back swing during the movement. The majority of force production should be placed in swinging the arm behind the body which would help the back leg drive forward with more force on your run. A good cue to remember is to “throw their hands behind the hips” during the movement (the swing). It is important to stay relaxed in the hands, your shoulders and face to allow greater range of motion with increased force production. In the split stance, the count should be an even number to make sure that you are always having the opposite arm in front when the movement is complete. A set should have 4-6 reps for each side and with each rep the number of swings should be about a 2-4 count. At the end of each set swing your arms continuously for up to 8 seconds in order to simulate a sprint. Once you are able to go through the drill then do a few standing starts and focus on your arms to produce force in your run.

Oct10_Runnin_photoYou should feel more power in your drive phase and more stable in through your core throughout the run.  If you need more instruction about the Arm Swing please CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY VIDEO  to help guide you and give you tips on what to do during the drill. Hope that you can gain from this and if you are looking that competitive edge on the court or field, visit our web site www.championsquest.com for more information about our Athlete Academy or you can CLICK HERE FREE COACHING SESSION with myself at our training facility in Los Alamitos so that you can be apart of our Athlete Academy family. Take that step to be the best athlete you can be!

Written by Coach Derrick Campbell, USTF-L1