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Elements Of Piece – A Four Part Series by Coach Josh Staley – Part 2

ELEMENTS OF PIECE PART 2 – BY COACH JOSH STALEY Understanding & Respect As we reflect on part one of this series, I pray not just the athletes, but all people understand the importance of cognitive development and health within a performance based arena.  So “Acceptance” is the first step/stage of mental fortitude while trying to compete at a high level.  The next phase, which is directly connected to acceptance is understanding. Once you accept what’s going on in your life, Read more […]

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THREE HOLIDAY HEALTH TIPS Welcome to the 2018 holiday season!  This is a time to enjoy with friends and family.  This is a time for family get togethers, office work parties and reminiscing with old friends as they come back in town. This is a time for Christmas cookies, Gingerbread Men, Candy Canes, Cheesecake, Hot Chocolate and Eggnog! Unfortunately, all the festivities also presents an annual challenge for our health and fitness goals.   Don’t stress about that!  Read more […]

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Elements Of Piece – A Four Part Series by Coach Josh Staley – Part 1

ELEMENTS OF PIECE PART 1- BY COACH JOSH STALEY Acceptance In a society where we are constantly judged off the physical aspect of our appearance and well-being.  We can get lost and forget to remember how important mental prominence is for our young athletes.  To be as good as you can possibly be, you must have a stable hold of your cognitive space.  This article will be modified to assist the athlete in developing their mind towards a peaceful placement; part one will explore Acceptance, the Read more […]

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Rebooting the System

Andy Hallett Head Baseball Coach A.C. Flora Here we are! Back to school!  The summer months have raced by and the new year is upon us.  If you are like me, you do not have the ability to keep your team together during the summer months for workouts and weight training.  Once school ends for us, I constantly remind our returning players that we will hit the ground running once the school year starts.  Even though I am not in daily contact with my players, I do reach out and send messages via Read more […]

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Summer Training Considerations & 3 Great Exercises For The Summer Time

Summer Training Considerations with Micah Kurtz & WACH Fox Lena Pringle   3 Great Exercises For The Summer Time Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for highlight videos and workout tips! The Athlete Maker Team: Micah Kurtz, MS, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, USAW, FMS, NASE, serves as Strength and Conditioning Consultant Coach to nine-time high school basketball national champion Oak Hill Academy, which won the Dick’s High School National Basketball Tournament Read more […]

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Thank You from Coach Kurtz

Dear AC Flora Students, Athletes, Coaches, Parents, Administration, Teachers & Community Members: I want to thank all of my AC Flora family for the opportunity to serve you as both a teacher and coach. When I took this job, I didn’t know what to expect. Thankfully, I was taken in like family by many members of the AC Flora community. I was given your trust, support and friendship. AC Flora and Forest Acres very quickly became home to me and it was a pleasure to work with all of your Read more […]

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Coach Andy Hallett: Over the years I have heard all the lingo, the latest buzz, the newest and greatest thing when it comes to teaching how to get a hitter to hit the ball hard and stay consistently on the barrel.  MLB network, as well as many websites/blogs and self-proclaimed hitting coaches love to talk about: launch angle, exit velocities and any other “new and hot” ways to teach hitting.  I’ll be the first to tell you that is great; if it works for you. I have been a Ted Williams Read more […]

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3 Smart Questions Every Parent Should Ask A Strength Coach

QUESTIONS EVERY PARENT SHOULD ASK THEIR CHILD’S STRENGTH COACH There’s no better breeding ground for being a success in life than sports and in the weight room.  All parent’s should make sure they find a coach that believes in not only training their child to be a better athlete, but also how to be a better person. At the youth (6-12 years old), and the high school level (13-18 years old) an athletic development program should be focused on the athlete learning the proper fundamental movement Read more […]

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Coach Andy Hallett Throughout my 20 years as a head coach, I have seen my share of talent come through with many different variables.  I have had 6’5” 220 all the way to 5’6” 140.  Over the years my rosters have been shaped by the hand that we are dealt in high school.  I refer to it as “stud poker”, he who bluffs best sometimes wins the hand. I believe that adapting to my roster from year to year has been one of the primary reasons we have been able to compete at such Read more […]

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Doubt is Cancer: Mental Keys to High Achievement and Athletic Improvement

By: Luke Kurtz Doubt in an individual’s mind is the cancer that kills dreams and prevents individuals pursuing and achieving their ambitious goals. Dream big.  Starting quarterback.  All-State. College scholarship.  Professional career.  Go ahead and do it.  Set big scary goals! Now that you have permission to have mountain sized goals, let me share the secret sauce to even have a chance to achieve that goal.  Don’t focus on the goal that inevitably compares your ability to your Read more […]

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