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This blog is a compilation of the messages and life lessons we teach at the Legends Youth Academy. All content and messages have been developed and taught by Legends Founder and Head Coach, David Klein. Hope you enjoy and keep living a Legends Life! 

  • Legends Life Lesson & Task: The Importance of Goal Setting

    This week’s Legends Life Lesson is focused on the importance of “goal setting”. Regular goal setting is important for everyone; and if we start this practice early and make it fun, it can be a useful habit for life! 

    Studies have demonstrated that by writing down goals, you are more likely to achieve them. A proper goal is a goal that is considered a SMART goal in that it is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

    Therefore, this week’s Legends Life Lesson and task is for each player to write down 1 personal goal, 1 academic goal and 1 baseball goal. These can truly be anything your child would like to improve with himself – small goals are totally okay too! After writing down this goal, he needs to write down how he plans to achieve it. Throughout the course of the season and towards the end we will have the boys self assess their goals and we will award those have accomplished their goals with special star stickers for their helmet!

    I have attached a worksheet, which can be printed and stapled to their notebook, OR your child can simply write the goals into in his Legends Ledger notebook. The deadline on this task is September 13th at practice. 

     

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  • Legends Life Lesson & Task: The Importance of Teamwork!

    Because we are at the very start of the season, it is important we develop habits so the kids begin coming together as a unit. Therefore, our focus for week 2 is all about TEAMWORK! 

    Winning a baseball game does nothappen by 1 player alone… it takes an entire team to pull it off! As we are atthe start of the season we are developing habits which will allow us to be apositive team player… sharing information about the pitcher, communicatingbetween pitches, helping your teammate find his glove, high fives after a greatplay, positive encouragement after a mistake… For the rest of our lives we willbe working in teams – at school, in our relationships and eventually in thework world. Getting a hit in a game can often be hard, but we ALWAYS have theability to be a great teammate!

    To supplement some team building exercises at the Foundry, the kids will need to complete the attached Legends Life Task by September 20th for their Gold Helmet Star. One of the best ways to learn the game and reinforce the “real baseball” elements we are teaching is by watching the big leaguers play. Therefore, this task will be centered around watching 3 innings or 30 minutes of major league baseball. 

    Week 2 Legends Life Lesson Task: 

    1. Watch 3 innings or 30 minutes of a Major League Baseball game
    2. Write date of game and teams playing at top of page
    3. Write in their Legends Ledger 3 things they learned/observed (3 separate sentences)
    4. Find an example of a player acting as a positive teammate and write 3 sentences about it

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  • Legends Life Lesson Week 3: The Power of Self Talk and Focus Phrase 

     

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  • Legends Life Lesson Week 4: Having an Attitude of Gratitude 

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    The kids have been working SOOO hard with George on their strength and agility training. Us adults know that “working out” is half the battle – as important, if not more important, is what you fuel your body with! If we finish a great workout and fuel our bodies with junk, we have just wasted our workout! After these tough workouts, or a day out on the field, our cells are open and starving for nutrients. As athletes, we must fuel our bodies with nutrient dense foods so we recover properly and have the energy to power through training.

    While most kids can get away with mediocre food choices, the goal is to get them started with some healthy eating practices at a young age. Hopefully they begin to value healthy food choices and carry this through their teen years.

    In my opinion, here are the simplest and most important nutrition tips for young ballplayers!

    1. Drink Water! Stay hydrated with plenty of water! (Not Gatorade, unless its really hot)
      1. Drink 2 cups of water before practice/games
      2. Always, pack a large water bottle for practice/games
    2. Consume Protein! Consume at least 15-20 grams of protein within 30-45 minutes of working out
      1. Protein shakes are great (no sugar)
      2. Any lean protein will do! Fish, chicken, turkey, beef, low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, nuts
      3. A small serving of healthy carbohydrates is important after a workout too as it helps replenish glycogen stores. A banana or piece of whole wheat bread (gluten free) is my personal choice.
    3. Limit Sugars! Stay away from unnecessary sugars!
      1. Consume whole fruit instead of fruit juice
      2. Stay away from sodas, candy, chips and fast food!
      3. Stay away from white flours.
    4. More Vegetables! Consume as many vegetables as possible (green vegetables are the best!)
      1. 1 serving of greens per day at a bare minimum
      2. Spinach, kale, arugula, brusel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli… All great!
    5. Breakfast Baby! Eat a healthy breakfast to fuel for your day
      1. I personally stay away from carbs/sugars in the morning as it spikes insulin levels and makes you hungrier come lunchtime.
      2. I like to stick with eggs, cottage cheese and yogurt
        1. Avoid sugary cereals

    **Other healthy living tips:

    • Always fasten your seatbelt, apply sunscreen, stretch your muscles wear your helmet, wash your hands and brush your teeth! Legends look after themselves!

    Legends Life Task for the Week:

    1. No soda/candy for the entire week!
      1. Write in your Ledger that you “did not drink soda or eat candy all week”
    2. Complete 1 at-home workout and eat healthy lean/protein within 45 minutes of working out. (Workout suggestion: 30 minutes of physical activity, 30 pushups, 30 sit-ups and 30 squat jumps)
      1. Write in your Ledger the workout you did and the protein you ate after!
    3. Eat a nutritious breakfast every morning
      1. Write in your Ledger you favorite healthy breakfast!

    Bonus education! I did a podcast episode a little while back on 9 nutrition tips for ballplayers on a budget. You can listen to this podcast episode here! http://www.menloparklegends.com/50-9-nutrition-tips-for-ballplayers-on-a-budget/

     

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  • Legends Life Lesson Week 5: Be a Healthy Legend!

     

    The kids have been working SOOO hard with George on their strength and agility training. Us adults know that “working out” is half the battle – as important, if not more important, is what you fuel your body with! If we finish a great workout and fuel our bodies with junk, we have just wasted our workout! After these tough workouts, or a day out on the field, our cells are open and starving for nutrients. As athletes, we must fuel our bodies with nutrient dense foods so we recover properly and have the energy to power through training.

     

    While most kids can get away with mediocre food choices, the goal is to get them started with some healthy eating practices at a young age. Hopefully they begin to value healthy food choices and carry this through their teen years.

     

    In my opinion, here are the simplest and most important nutrition tips for young ballplayers!

     

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    Bonus education! I did a podcast episode a little while back on 9 nutrition tips for ballplayers on a budget. You can listen to this podcast episode here! http://www.menloparklegends.com/50-9-nutrition-tips-for-ballplayers-on-a-budget/

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WORKSHEET