A standout high school football player and wrestler in Barrington, Illinois, Wood earned a football scholar-ship to the University of Wisconsin. “My passions are combat sports, and football and wrestling are at the top of the list,” said Wood, who has studied all forms of wrestling, from high school to college to the pro ranks in the early days, as few others ever have. Phil set a tremendous example in wrestling tough.
To help further in guiding you as you assess your daydream themes, this section of this chapter describes some of the basic theme categories that psychologists find most helpful. Whereas high nAff people need to feel and to foster increased, positive contact between themselves and others, high social nPow people want to be acclaimed by others for winning. In assessing your daydream images, try to get a feel for your own personal combination of motives.
The coach begins the drill by tossing the ball to the ball carrier. If he cannot tackle the ball carrier, he should at least try to push the ball carrier out of bounds. After the tackler successfully stops the ball carrier, the two players switch roles and perform the drill again.
Going 0 for 10 does not signify a slump, although to some major league hitters and most young players, going 0 for 4 can become a major slump in their own minds. Almost all slumps are mental, but coaches and players try to fix a slump by changing physical elements of the swing, such as the stance or approach. Good hitters keep the hitter’s attitude even when the at bat doesn’t generate the desired result.
Improving the core offers many benefits, but we focus on six major benefits: core control, balance, strength, endurance, power, and speed. The pool exercises and dynamic strength exercises using your own body weight as resistance require that you generate strength from your core. After you have improved your endurance, control, balance, and dynamic strength, it is time to work on power.
RECTUS ABDOMINISBruce Lee took advantage of his time by training his incredible abs unnoticed while sitting in boring meetings. Contract your rectus abdominis, exhaling as you let your muscles pull your shoulder blades up off the floor. Even when you perform a crunch correctly, your rectus abdominis begins the movement but your hip flexors cannot help but become involved, especially if you attempt to perform crunches quickly with nonmuscular momentum.
As you turn to the right, your right leg remains bent, and your left leg straightens slightly but with a soft knee; when you turn to the left, the left leg remains bent as the right straightens slightly. Square PivotBegin in a square stance: your left foot points straight ahead and your right foot points directly to your right (a). Sit into your right leg, freeing your left leg, and step back diagonally onto your left foot, easing your weight onto the left leg (b).
Situational hitting is the ability to assess changing game situations and hit accordingly. As you know, game situations vary enormously, so each time a batter comes to the plate, he must take into account the game conditions before he decides what he should try to do with the bat. Strengths and Weaknesses of OpponentsYou and your players must account for your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses to know how your batter should hit the ball.
Every wide receiver must understand the importance of running each pass pattern at the proper depth each and every time. If the receiver and the quarterback are going to coordinate the passing game, the receiver has to take care of his part. One way to get a feel for the different depths is to take time every day to run up the field calling out the zone or mentally saying, “Short, short, short,” “Medium, medium, medium,” and “Deep, deep, deep” while traveling up the field.
On that night a young, fast-talking heavyweight contender named Cassius Clay took on Sonny Liston, one of the most feared heavyweight champions in boxing history. When the fight started, Clay came out fast, firing his jabs and making Liston miss with wild swings. Liston surrendered between the sixth and seventh rounds, sitting on his stool--and Cassius Clay was the new heavyweight champion of the world.