NEWSLETTER

January 18th, 2012


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Power #1

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We have been hard at work in the gym acquiring new skills and honing old ones. We have been getting to know new teammates and new challenges. It is finally time to take all the new stuff out for a drive! It is finally time to play!

Listed below are the locations for Front Range teams for both Power #1 for the even age groups (1/22/12) and Power #1 for the odd age groups (1/29/12).

To see the complete list of teams in this event, download the appropriate PDF. (click here for 1/22/12) (click here for 1/29/12) If you need directions, click here. All sites have unique rules that govern their use (you can download many of those rules here); most sites do not allow coolers in the gym. Please represent Front Range well by being sure to obey the rules of the facility, as well as the tournament director. If you have any questions, please contact your coach.

Power #1 Even (1/22/12)

Black: Coach Jim Miret
NORCO
Silver: Coach James Beasley
NORCO
Blue: Coach Jim Stone
Fort Morgan HS
Red: Coach Steve Colpus
Colorado College
White: Coach Craig Kingsley
Rampart HS
Cardinal: Coach Dave Youngblood
Big House
Amber: Coach Bob Poulter
Momentum
Royal: Coach Eduardo Fiallos
Fort Morgan HS
Boys 14s: Coach Rolando Buted
Big House
Scarlet: Coach Jen Pokraka
Fort Morgan HS
Pink: Coach Joe Brand
Highlands Ranch HS
Rose: Coach Deb Keller
Highlands Ranch HS

Power #1 Odd (1/29/12)

Silver: Coach James Beasley
Big House
Red: Coach Steve Colpus
CSCS
White: Coach Craig Kingsley
Momentum
Cardinal: Coach Dave Youngblood
Momentum
Amber: Coach Bob Poulter
Pomona HS
Royal: Coach Eduardo Fiallos
RMAC
Scarlet: Coach Jen Pokraka
NORCO
Navy: Coach Michelle Hoffner
NORCO
Pink: Coach Joe Brand
Club 5280

Good luck, teams!


Coming to Terms with Competition

Returning to the Factory after the Holiday break, you're likely to find that the competitive atmosphere in the gym has heightened. Your team is now gearing up for Power League competition leading up to the Qualifier season. You're now competing with other team members for starting positions on your team. Every position is up for grabs! One of the things that makes Front Range unique is that no one's position is guaranteed; everyone is expected to keep working hard for her position all season long - no sloughing off.

As you compete for your position on your team, and compete against other teams this winter and spring, you may find a number of uncomfortable feelings coming up. On one side, when you're competing successfully, you may feel excited, confident, self-assured, strong, competent, proud, in short, a winner. On the other side, when you're struggling, you may feel scared, disappointed, weak, incompetent, doubtful, unsure of yourself, in short a loser.

When struggling, we find ourselves thinking these feelings are bad and wanting to repress, deny or avoid them. We want volleyball to just be fun again. We want our positions to be guaranteed. We want to be free of the pressure and fear we're feeling. We want to be assured that we're winners.

Unfortunately that's not how competition and, for that matter, life works. So, what's the solution? Maybe it's time to stop seeing these uncomfortable emotions as enemies or as bad. Instead, great athletes look at this discomfort as a worthy opponent that needs to be taken seriously, confronted, and conquered. Great athletes welcome the challenges that worthy opponents provide because it forces them to improve and become even tougher to beat.

The gift that uncomfortable emotions are offering us is the chance to develop our physical, emotional and mental skills and become even better volleyball players. In addition to wanting to play and win, don't you want to become a better player? This season, welcome the competitive pressure, knowing that confronting it is the way to improve.

(Hint: the See, Execute, Evaluate routine and the serve and serve/receive routines you're learning are your best friends as you learn to conquer the uncomfortable emotions that every great athlete confronts in competition.)

Tim Engels, M.A., sports psychology consultant to Front Range Volleyball Club, is a sports psychology consultant and counselor in Denver, CO. You can contact him at (303) 956-5691 or tim@timspractice.com.


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