The idea of plyometrics is to develop the greatest amount of force in the shortest amount of time. Plyometrics is one of the best ways if not the best way to improve power. Power is similar to strength except you are adding a time factor. Therefore the relation of strength and speed is what we are talking about when we talk about power. A person who can perform a specific resistance movement, such as jumping, bench press etc., the fastest would be said to have more power in that movement. So what we are looking at is not just the contraction of the muscle, but how fast will it contract. Plyometric exercises also train an athlete to absorb shock better, improving resiliency in the joints and soft tissue. With plyometric training, an athlete is able to sustain repetitive contractions over time, say continuous jumping for a rebound in basketball. You develop strength and power through a broad range of motion, while creating a more versatile muscle and joint. Some exercises include: jumps-in-place, standing jumps, multiple jumps, box drills, depth jumps, bounding, and medicine ball exercises.
The Nassau County Sports Commission held their Hall of Fame dinner, honoring both professional athletes and high school athletes who have made significant contributions to sports in Nassau County. North Shore High Schools’ Robert Grabher was selected to receive the James J. Regan Award as Nassau County’s Top Scholar Athlete.
“The James J. Regan Award is presented in memory of Sergeant James J. Regan, who gave his life in Iraq protecting our freedom and our way of life,” said a spokesperson. “Regan lived his life as a champion and was a 1998 recipient of the Nassau County Sports Commission High School Outstanding Achievement Award while attending Chaminade High School.”
The Glen Cove Junior Baseball Midgets All Star Game was played last week. The coaches said good teamwork was shown by all. Parents gave many thanks to all this year’s coaches who did a great job with the children.
The Glen Cove Comanchees 9-U and-under travel baseball team recently participated in the East Meadow Memorial Day Tournament. After winning the first three games of the opening round, the Comanchees entered the tournament playoffs as the top seed.
In the semi-final round, Glen Cove took on Plainedge Red, the team that knocked the Comanchees out of the 2008 Babe Ruth Tournament last year. Trailing 1-0 before their first at-bat, following a tremendous catch in left field by Sean Hehn, in the top half of the inning, the Glen Cove boys took their turn at bat. Jared Jackson led off with a long double and Robert Rizzo followed with an RBI single. Christopher Capobianco crunched a double, scoring Rizzo. Sean Maleady singled and Kevin Monahan Jr. drew a walk to load the bases. Hehn knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice and Matthew Ziegen doubled over third base scoring two more runs, giving the Comanchees a 5-1 lead.
A parent tells me they are upset and angry. For the third game in a row, their son is on the sideline - benched in favor of another player. Another parent is confused when an unexpected bill for their son’s missing equipment arrives in the mail. Yet another parent is frightened about the change in their 14- year-old’s eating patterns when wrestling season starts. Each of these parents may be headed for a talk with the coach - and each runs the risk of making things worse instead of better.
Few of us have a clear idea of how to approach a tense situation in the coach-parent relationship to get the best results. Here are some techniques that will help get your message across and get the coach working with you to find a solution:
Armen Kouyoudjian of Glen Cove, a 2009 graduate of Saint Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, was recently honored with the prestigious “All League” status in the Catholic High School baseball league for the 2009 season. Kouyoudjian had a .364 batting average, which placed him eighth in the top 10 hitters in the wood bat Catholic School league. He also was honored with the Most Improved award for his 2009 season, as a result of his prodigious hitting and RBI production, as well as demonstration of excellent defensive skills in the field.
The 11U Glen Cove Cougars travel baseball team finished the spring season with an overall 10-2 record earning first place honors in the National Junior Baseball League. The team consists of Kevin Antoniotti (OF/3B/P), Eric Belyea (1B), Jonathan Capobianco (3B/P/1B), Andrew Gerin (OF), Connor Hehn (P/OF), Christopher Kasparian (1B/P), Michael Manzione (P/C), Joseph Martino (2B), Brian O’Connell (OF), Christopher Palmieri (OF), Michael Payton (OF), Thornton Scott (SS/P), Kevin Shannon (C/OF/SS), Joseph Suozzi (2B/P/C).
The third/fourth-grade grade boys ended a successful season on Sunday with a great win over Plainview in the PAL Tournament at SUNY Farmingdale. All the hard work throughout the season paid off as ground balls were the key for Glen Cove’s control of the ball from the opening face-off. Passes were made and received by the entire team. Everyone contributed in the win, which is why no individual was awarded a game ball.
What Is Success?
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.
The Glen Plaza Angels roared to a 13-2 win over the Charles McQuair White Sox. Strong pitching by Sean Hehn and Brian Shannon held a tough hitting White sox team to two runs. Hehn and Shannon combined to allow only five hits and six strikeouts. Chris Capobianco was 2-for-2, a double and three RBIs. Joseph Alicea had two walks and two runs scored while Shannon, Jack Kaffl, Michael Graf, Anthony Morace and Thomas Moccia combined for five RBIs.
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