04 Apr Coach's Corner: "Variety is the Spice…"This old adage pertains to athletic training more than we realize. The most recent studies of brain function related to skill development and memory suggest that to develop skills faster that are retained longer in our memory, we need to embrace variety in our training programs.Every time we try a new skill, our brain recognizes that we have used a new set of neural pathways. While sleeping our brains insulate the neural pathway used for that new skill by wrapping the nerves with myelin – the gray matter in our brains. This process is called "myelination." The thicker that insulation gets, the faster the electrical impulse travels, and the faster and easier we perform that particular skill. After a while, that skill becomes easy – what we commonly refer to as "muscle memory." Well, it's not happening in the muscles, it's myelination occurring in our brains.Myelination does not occur at an even pace, however. When the skill you were trying to develop is difficult, the brain recognizes this struggle and begins to myelinate. When the skill becomes easy, myelination slows down along that nerve pathway. In order to keep improving, you must always increase the challenge so the brain recognizes struggle and continues myelinating.Training Suggestions…Identify the skills you wish to learnBreak them down into the smallest parts, work on the smallest parts separately before putting them together (increasing the challenges)Example: driving to the basket for a lay-up might involve:1. a jab step fake2. ripping the ball from left to right3. getting your first step past the defender4. taking a power step and dribble to the hoop, lifting off with one leg and extending to full height with the opposite hand5. releasing the lay-up with wrist release action much like any other shotChoose several different sets of skills1. Dribbling2. Throwing fakes3. Shooting VarietyOver the course of a training session, focus on one main skill (wrist release) then add two other sidebar skills (dribbling and jab step fake)Check your email for a sample training session that embraces these techniques

Coach's Corner: "Variety is the Spice…"This old adage pertains to athletic training more than we realize. The most recent studies of brain function related to skill development and memory suggest that to develop skills faster that are retained longer in our memory, we need to embrace variety in our training programs.Every time we try a new skill, our brain recognizes that we have used a new set of neural pathways. While sleeping our brains insulate the neural pathway used for that new skill by wrapping the nerves with myelin – the gray matter in our brains. This process is called "myelination." The thicker that insulation gets, the faster the electrical impulse travels, and the faster and easier we perform that particular skill. After a while, that skill becomes easy – what we commonly refer to as "muscle memory." Well, it's not happening in the muscles, it's myelination occurring in our brains.Myelination does not occur at an even pace, however. When the skill you were trying to develop is difficult, the brain recognizes this struggle and begins to myelinate. When the skill becomes easy, myelination slows down along that nerve pathway. In order to keep improving, you must always increase the challenge so the brain recognizes struggle and continues myelinating.Training Suggestions...Identify the skills you wish to learnBreak them down into the smallest parts, work on the smallest parts separately before putting them together (increasing the challenges)Example: driving to the basket for a lay-up might involve:1. a jab step fake2. ripping the ball from left to right3. getting your first step past the defender4. taking a power step and dribble to the hoop, lifting off with one leg and extending to full height with the opposite hand5. releasing the lay-up with wrist release action much like any other shotChoose several different sets of skills1. Dribbling2. Throwing fakes3. Shooting VarietyOver the course of a training session, focus on one main skill (wrist release) then add two other sidebar skills (dribbling and jab step fake)Check your email for a sample training session that embraces these techniques

30 Mar "Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted."-Denis Waitley#WordsofWisdom

"Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted."-Denis Waitley#WordsofWisdom

27 Mar "Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."-Abraham Lincoln#WordsofWisdom 🌳

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."-Abraham Lincoln#WordsofWisdom 🌳

25 Mar The Climbing Tower recently got an upgrade in the form of new guy-wires, improved bracing, additional deck supports and new wall boards #S4Offseason #WeGotAGuyWireForThat

The Climbing Tower recently got an upgrade in the form of new guy-wires, improved bracing, additional deck supports and new wall boards #S4Offseason #WeGotAGuyWireForThat

21 Mar #WordsofWisdom from Andrew Hano, Director of Susquehannock for Boys: "Some confidence-building moments happen unexpectedly. I recently came across an essay I wrote in 1983 at the start of sixth grade following my first summer at Camp Susquehannock… 'The time I liked myself best was… When I was elected overall captain of the orange team at camp, also when I won an award shirt at camp. I got these for being a good athlete and a good sport. Being captain meant accepting a trophy if we won color day, and we did win color day. But Orange didn't win Orange-Blue competition, so we didn’t get a chicken feed. I don't know if I deserved being captain but I sure am glad I got picked. I played my hardest in all the sports, and tried to have a good attitude win or lose. And I had a really fun time.' Thirty-five years later I still remember how surprised I was when these honors were announced. The award shirt no longer fits and Susquehannock no longer holds Color Day, but the confidence I gained from that experience remains with me today. These experiences, expected or unexpected, are part of a camper's self discovery that happens at camp. Susquehannock is a multi-sport camp where we teach Basketball, Soccer,Tennis, Swimming, and so on – however – sports are the venue we use to teach life lessons."

#WordsofWisdom from Andrew Hano, Director of Susquehannock for Boys: "Some confidence-building moments happen unexpectedly. I recently came across an essay I wrote in 1983 at the start of sixth grade following my first summer at Camp Susquehannock… 'The time I liked myself best was... When I was elected overall captain of the orange team at camp, also when I won an award shirt at camp. I got these for being a good athlete and a good sport. Being captain meant accepting a trophy if we won color day, and we did win color day. But Orange didn't win Orange-Blue competition, so we didn’t get a chicken feed. I don't know if I deserved being captain but I sure am glad I got picked. I played my hardest in all the sports, and tried to have a good attitude win or lose. And I had a really fun time.' Thirty-five years later I still remember how surprised I was when these honors were announced. The award shirt no longer fits and Susquehannock no longer holds Color Day, but the confidence I gained from that experience remains with me today. These experiences, expected or unexpected, are part of a camper's self discovery that happens at camp. Susquehannock is a multi-sport camp where we teach Basketball, Soccer,Tennis, Swimming, and so on - however - sports are the venue we use to teach life lessons."