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  • Creating a Community Environment 12/19/2013

    Step 1 - The Principles of a CATZCoach


    How do you create an environment on your team that will motivate your players to train hard and prepare for your season? You cannot motivate athletes to love working out and practicing. However, you can create a climate that allows your players to feel safe and included. If they feel safe and included, motivation will follow.

    When we talk about being SAFE, we are not discussing safety from danger or physical harm. We are talking about emotional safety. To feel safe on the field, the athletes needs to feel safe from being berated or humiliated in front of their peers. They need to feel comfortable making mistakes because mistakes are one of the best ways to learn.

    Once an athlete feels emotionally safe in their environment, they will develop a sense of BELONGING. They will feel that your team is a place where they can feel good about themselves. Your team will be “their” place, a place they can be themselves. So, how do you do it?

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  • CATZNeedham Athletes (and Boston Breakers) selected for TEAM USA Soccer 12/1/2013 All the coaches and staff members at CATZneedham would like to congratulate three of our own on being selected to the U.S. Women’s National team roster for their upcoming match against Brazil. Forward Sydney Leroux, Midfielder Heather O’Reilly, and Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher are the selected few, with Naeher being the only one of the three in search of her first cap with the USWNT.

    We wish the best of luck to team USA, and the Breakers selected as they take on Brazil November 10 in Florida.


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  • Fuel for Fire 8/8/2013

    The combination of healthy, easily digestible carbohydrates and high quality protein in the Fuel Packs means that they work well as both a pre-workout natural fuel source and a post-workout recovery food. Fuel Packs are different in terms of what they are—the first all-natural fruit-protein combination in a single serving pouch.  Easy to carry and easy to use.  And...they taste great!

    This is their website: Fuel for Fire

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  • Fall Recipes - part 3 8/8/2013 With six new and healthy fall inspired recipes in your culinary arsenal, you are now better equipped to take on the monster we call holiday eating. Remember, preperation and creativity is the key success when it comes to healthy eating. Chicken and Pear Salad

    1 skinless and boneless chicken breast

    1 Pear sliced thin

    1 large bowl or plate of mixed greens

    2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

    2 teaspoons maple syrup

    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

    ½ cup rough chopped pecans

    *Dressing in Bold

    Makes 1 serving

    1) Grilled/Saute/Bake Chicken until your desired doneness, let rest until salad is made, then slice

    2) Whisk balsamic vinegar, Dijon, maple syrup together, then slowly add EVOO. Add salt and pepper to taste

    3) Add roughly chopped pecans, sliced chicken, sliced pear to bed of mixed greens, then drizzle with dressing.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 468

    Fat: 22.9 grams

    Carbohydrates: 39.8 grams

    Fiber: 11.1 grams

    Protein: 26.7 grams
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  • Youngest to summit Mt. Everest 5/22/2011 A 13-year-old American boy became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest on Saturday, surpassing the previous record set by a 16-year-old Nepalese.

    Jordan Romero called his mother by satellite phone from the summit of the world's highest mountain, 29,035 feet above sea level.

    He is now one climb away from his quest to conquer the highest peaks on all seven continents.


    Listen to his interview with Harry Smith:  Harry Smith interviews Jordan Romero

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