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Mind Gym, An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence – Selected Quotes

August 16, 2012 | By | No Comments

Mind Gym, Selected Quotes: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence, by Gary Mack with David Casstevens, Forward by Alex Rodriguez, published by McGraw-Hill in 2001, Selected Quotes

Begins with pull quotes,

Ninety percent of the game is half mental, Yogi Berra, p. 3

You have to train your mind like you train your body, Bruce Jenner, p 3

Under Pressure you can perform fifteen percent better or worse. Scott Hamilton, p 18

When you have fun, it changes all the pressure into pleasure. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. p 18

“Sports Illustrated described [Sarah Hughes] performance as “uninhibited joy.” [winning Gold in the 2002 Winter Games]” p 22

“Sports psychology doesn’t create talent. It only can help release it.” p 36

“Ozzie Smith said, “Show me a guy who is afraid of looking bad and I can beat him every time.”” p 43

“Perfectionism [is self-defeating] Self-critical, negative perfectionist can never do enough. Their mind-set often is fueled by a fear of failure.” p 43

“”You never stop learning in this game,” said Randy Johnson, ace of the Arizona Diamondback’s pitching staff.”

Show me a guy who is afraid of looking bad and I can beat him every time.

“ACT, A stands for accept your present state…C stands for create your desired state. T stands for take action steps to get you there.” p 59

“If you are of legal age and drink alcohol, follow Knute Rockne’s rule: Drink the first, sip the second and refuse the third.” p 75

“Motivation is a popular word, especially in sports. It comes from a Latin word meaning “to move.”” p 88

“Playing sports as a kid should be an enjoyable, positive and rewarding experience.” p 90

“Arnold Schwarzenegger also had a mission. His vision created what he called “want power.”” p 90

“Someone said that people who have no fear either are in mental institutions or on special teams.” 93

“Talent being equal, players with a positive, optimistic attitude will outperform those with a negative, pessimistic one.” 100

An athlete is “one play away from being the starter…stay involved and ready…a good attitude…work hard…is coachable…a real team player.” p 106

“Ted Williams offered some sage advice: “If you don’t think too good, then don’t think too much.”” p 117

Learn to control your emotions or they will control you. Edgar Martinez, p 119

“Breathe and Focus…growing anxious, breathe in energy. Breathe out negativity. Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out stress.” 133

“Lou Piniella said, “be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” p 133′

“Pitcher Orel Hershiser: “Once my catcher and I determine the pitch, that’s all there is. There’s nobody standing there then…There’s only the next pitch. It’s the only job I have.” p 152

“What do you think is the most important part of the mental game?…Confidence.” p 156

“Confidence is the emotional knowing that you are prepared, mind, body and spirit for anything.” p 156

“Doubts cause intellectual confusion.” p 165

“Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers said it is better to throw a poor pitch wholeheartedly than to throw the so-called right pitch with a feeling of doubt.” p 165

“”Chance” Louis Pasteur said , “favors the prepared mind.” p 157

To succeed in baseball, as in life, you must make adjustments
. Ken Griffey Sr. p 180

“Athletes require rest and recovery time. Without it they become stale, burned out and more susceptible to injuries.” p 182

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender
, Vince Lombardi, p 182

My baseball career was a long, long initiation into a single secret: At the heart of all things is love. Sadaharu Oh

A hero is no braver than the ordinary person. He is just braver five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson. p 197

“Sports is more than a contest of physical ability. As the ancient Greeks knew, sports also test courage, which comes from the Latin word meaning heart. ” p 197

“For a performer, love is the most basic ingredient for success.” p 215

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Support Jill’s House: Hannah & Helena Train for the Marine Corps Marathon

July 26, 2012 | By | One Comment

Hannah and Helena are raising money for Jill’s House a home for children with special needs. They are fund raising with a team from McLean Bible Church running the Marine Corps Marathon.

Only a few days left to donate before the Big Race this weekend.

Donate here.

Please visit this link for Hannah’s Donation Page and Helena’s Donation Page

Marathon Training with the Worlds Best Grandfather

Marathon Training Day 9/10 Luau Dancing

 

Marathon Training Day 8: Triathlon in Georgia. Hannah and Helena place 1st and 2nd in respective age groups.

Marathon Training Day 7: 5k, Inside secret of Helena’s race strategy

Marathon Training Day 6: Cock-a-doodle-do

Marathon Training Week 2: Lochte Appreciation Day, Swimmer’s Gold

Day Five. Road Trip

Day Four. Monsoon and Double Rainbow

Day Three. On Track with Bikinis

Day Two. Lost in Georgia, Angels watching over us…

Day One. Training in Rome…Georgia

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From the Jill’s House web site,

Jill’s House provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area. We serve boys and girls, ages six through seventeen, with intellectual disabilities without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity. Our mission is to be a safe haven to which parents can entrust their children, allowing the parents a time of rest. To ensure that parents and caregivers get a real break, typical siblings are welcome to stay at Jill’s House.

We believe that parents of children with intellectual disabilities need more support. Our hope is that our model will help change the way communities address the needs of families with children with special needs.

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Bending an Oar

July 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

“There are two things in life you can’t have enough of: love, and bend on the oar.” Olympian Kady Glessner quoting crew coach Dave O’Neill

Hannah Yoest bending her oar in stroke

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John Wesley Yoest III, Student Athlete Baseball Curriculum Vita

June 1, 2012 | By | No Comments

John Wesley Yoest III, Student Athlete, Baseball Curriculum Vita

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High School

Yorktown High School

5200 Yorktown Boulevard

Arlington, Virginia 22207

Phone: 703-228-5400

Class of 2013

Head Coach, Mike Ruck, MikeRuck25 at hotmail dot com

Email: JohnYoest at Gmail dot com

Vitals

Position: Pitcher

Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 190 lbs

GPA: 3.85 cumulative

ACT: na

SAT: 1870; Reading 640, Math 620, Writing 610

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Summary Results 1 May 2012, Percentile Scores 11th Grade Students

Career Exploration Scores,

Verbal Skills 97
Math Skills 95
Science and Technical Skills 98

ASVAB Tests

General Science 99

Arithmetic Reasoning 90

Word knowledge 97

Paragraph Comprehension 94

Mathematics Knowledge 97

Electronics Information 96

Auto and Shop Information 66

Mechanical Comprehension 98

Military Entrance Score (AFQT) 94

Standards of Learning:

Algebra, Pass/Advanced

Chemistry, Pass/Advanced

World History, Pass/Proficient

Class Rank: Yorktown High does not measure class rank

Senior Year 2013

Elected President of entire High School for upcoming 2013 year

Junior Year 2012

Honors

National Honor Society, Yorktown Chapter

All-Met Spring Honorable Mention, Pitcher 2012

Pitcher of the Year, All National District

First Team, All National District

Second Team All Region, Pitcher (District/Region/State)

Boy’s State Alumnus for Virginia, Elected “Best Citizen” for his city

Selected to attend United States Naval Academy Summer Session

Executive Board, Student Government, for entire high school

Team advanced to second round of Regional Play-offs

Varsity Football

Statistics

ERA: 2.57

Fast Ball speed, live, during game: 86 mph

Strike outs: 91, highest in DC Metro Area, The Washington Post

60 yard dash, Diamond Skills, January 2012: 6.85 seconds

Member of Yorktown Baseball Team record season 21-4.

Member of Yorktown Football Team record season 10-0.

Sophomore Year 2011

Honors

First Team All National District, Baseball (Pitcher) Virginia

Class President

Varsity Baseball

Varsity Football

JV Basketball

Principal’s Award, In Recognition of Your Distinctly Positive Contribution To Our School, Community and School Climate. (Earned by the top seven percent of entire student body; Second Award.)

Virginia High School League, Academic Excellence Award, recognition of outstanding academic achievement while participating in VHSL Interscholastic Activities.

Athletic Honor Roll, Virginia High School League, Northern Region, for achieving a[t least] a 3.50 G.P.A. while participating in Baseball

Statistics

ERA, 3.96, Leading the team in strikeouts 55 facing 168 batters; with 35.34 innings pitched

All Met Sports The Washington Post statistics

Won/Loss: 5-1

Hitting: .333

60 yard dash:

7.00 sec, Timed at U.S. Naval Academy Baseball Leadership Camp, August 2011

7.19 sec, Timed at the Crab Claw Classic, July 2011

Freshman Year 2010

Honors

Class President

Homecoming Prince

JV Baseball

Freshmen Football, Team Captain

Freshmen Basketball

Principal’s Award, In Recognition of Your Distinctly Positive Contribution To Our School, Community and School Climate.

John is always friendly to everyone, is always willing to help others and does so with a cheerful attitude and smile

ERA: 0.79

Eight Grade

One of two eighth graders to make the 22 man Junior Varsity Baseball Squad

ERA: 0.50

One of 60 students out of 1748 nominated for the ROCS (Respect Others Community and Self) Goals of Community Behavior June 2011 Sophomore Year

Virginia Baseball Club, Camp Counselor, Intern, Summer 2010, Arlington, Virginia

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Self-Defense Yellow Belt, 2nd Degree, April 23, 2004

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National District Champions 2009-2010

ACADEMIC and Extracurricular Highlights

John Yoest with sister Hannah Yoest, rower at UVA, completes Suntrust Marathon

Virginia High School League.

Piano Teacher 2012

Chess Champion, Charlottesville, Virginia Parks and Recreation, 2001

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John Yoest on set Non-verbal communication skills: Played Thomas Jefferson’s grandson in the movie, The Sally Hemming Story age four.

CBS miniseries, Sally Hemings, An American Scandal, February, 2000.

Sam Neill …. Thomas Jefferson

Carmen Ejogo …. Sally Hemings

Diahann Carroll …. Betty Hemings

Baseball training camps (selected recent years)

George Washington University, Coach Steve Mrowka

United States Naval Academy, Coach Ryan Mau

University of Virgina, Coach Karl Kuhn

Virginia Baseball Club, Coach Mike Murray, Aaron Tarr

Student Athletic Performance Training, (SAPT) Fairfax, Virginia

Pinkman Baseball Academy, Coach Jeff Pinkman, Sterling, Virginia

 

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Yorktown High School Students Win OuterBanks Triathlon

Hannah and John

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With Help From Rival, Generals Emerge in First Place, Sun Gazette, Arlington, VA May 7, 2011

Yorktown Wins Region Baseball Opener, Sun Gazette, Arlington, VA May 28, 2011

Yorktown High School Students Win Outer Banks Triathlon, Sun Gazette, Arlington, VA August 28, 2009

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Athletes, Looking For A Job? Free Seminar

February 5, 2011 | By | No Comments

On Monday 7 February 2011, 7 to 8 pm at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Your Business Professor will be leading a short seminar,

From the Stadium to the Office, Applying the Skills Learned in Sports to Success in the Working World.

Please email me if you are interested in attending, Yoest@CUA.edu to hold a spot and to get directions. Seating is limited.

Here are the talking points,

Who here tonight plays what sport?

My dad walked through the front door waving a newspaper.

we learn from our defeats

Transferable skills

Track record (sports metaphor)

Ed Rollins won 164 fights lost two.

We remember and learn from our pain

Spirit Duty Maturity

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender, Vince Lombardi

Philosopher Michael Novak speaks of this experience and of the non-experience of the non-athlete, “[The anti-athletes] seem not to live gracefully with defeat, humiliation, or complicity in weakness…They pretend more. They have been defeated less.”

How does this sports pain bring us profit in business, indeed in life?

Measurable

clock, stripped field, running lane, edge of the mat–finish line

never lost a game but ran out of time — Vince Lombardi

on time on budget

Clock on the score board on the field

clocked and compared

times and talent are measured

We are not equal to each other

Time ends

impending event NFL

urgency

Accountable

x’s and o’s on a chalk talk easy translate to labels and boxes in an org chart

Bum Philips Oilers

There are two kinds of player that aren’t worth a [darn]

The ones who never do anything they are told, and

The ones who never do anything except what they are told

Drucker

All managers do the same things

All manager work to make human strengths productive

All managers work to make human weakness irrelevant

sub coach for manager

Maximize strengths and minimize weakness

Army discipline

prompt obedience

initiation

boss has two fears

you won’t do exactly what I tell you to do

you will do exactly what I tell you to do

Team-Able

What is the number one reason people get fired?

job competence or people skills

Pull in same direction

Crew

tradition rowing 8

unit cohesion

size and time

5’10”

ergnometer times

simple to complicated.

Hannah, let us call her

not six foot 5’7″ one of the best erg times in the world but she’s short.

Coach assembles team

seat race — Hannah always wins

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Thank you (foot)notes,

Hannah Ruth Yoest, Student Athlete Curriculum Vita

Be sure to follow Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest and @CharmaineYoest

Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

The Joy of Sports, By Michael Novak Selected Quotes

August 14, 2010 | By | No Comments

Novak- Michael-AEI.jpgThe Joy of Sports; End Zones, Bases, Baskets, Balls, and the Consecration of the American Spirit, By Michael Novak, was published in 1976 by Basic Books, Inc..

Michael Novak

“A journalist snapped:…”How could an allegedly mature man squander time watching pros claw at each other for pay, or give a d@mn whether Notre Dame beats Alabama?” p. xii

“The basic reality of all human life is play, games, sport; these are the realities form which the basic metaphors for all that is important in the rest of life are drawn. Work, politics, and history are the illusory, misleading, false world.” p. xii

“Being, beauty, truth, excellence, transcendence–these words, grown in the soil of play, wither in the sand of work. Art, prayer, worship, love, civilization: these thrive in the field of play.” p. xii


Play belongs to the Kingdom of Ends,

work to the Kingdom of Means.

Barbarians play in order to work;

the civilized work in order to play. p. xii

“Not that football satisfies everything. It doesn’t offer much guidance in how to understand a woman.” p.xv

Novak quotes Vergil, “Of armaments and men I sing,”

“…If war is the teacher men have turned to in order to learn teamwork, discipline, coolness under fire, respect for contingency and fate, football is my moral equivalent of war.” p. xv

Novak quotes Herbert Hoover, “Next to religion, baseball has furnished a greater impact on American life than any other institution.” p. 1.

Novak quotes Jacques Barzun, “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.” p.1.

Athletic achievement, like the achievements of the heroes and gods of Greece, is the momentary attainment of perfect form–as though there were, hidden away from mortal eyes, a perfect way to execute a play, and suddenly a player or a team has found it and sneaked a demonstration down to earth. A great play is a revelation. The curtains of ordinary life part, and perfection flashes for an instant before the eye. p.5.

Novak continues transcendent,

To keep cool, to handle hundreds of details and call exactly the plays that work, to fights one’s way through opposition to do what one wills to do, against odds, against probabilities–these are to practice a very high art, to achieve a few moments of beauty that will delight the memory of those who watched, or listened, or read, for all their lives. What we mean by “[sports] legend” is what we mean by “art”: the reaching of a form, a perfection, which ordinarily the flesh masks, a form eternal in its beauty. It is as though muscle and nerves and spirit and comrades were working together as flawlessly as God once imagined human beings might. p.16-17

“Sports are religious in the sense that they are organized institutions, disciplines, and liturgies; and also in the sense that they teach religious qualities of heart and soul…they recreate symbols of cosmic struggle, in which human survival and moral courage are not assured.” p. 21

The Alert Reader will recognize Novak’s metaphor,

Suppose you are an anthropologist from Mars. You come suddenly upon some wild, adolescent tribes living in territories called the “United States of America.” You try to understand their way of life, but their society does not make sense to you. Flying over the land in a rocket, you notice great ovals near every city. You descend and observe. You learn that an oval is called a “stadium.” it is used, roughly, once a week in certain seasons. Weekly, regularly, millions of citizens stream into these concrete doughnuts, pay handsomely, are alternately hushed and awed and outraged and screaming mad. (They demand from time to time that certain sacrificial personages be “killed.”) You see that the figures in the rituals have trained themselves superbly for their performances, The combatants are dedicated. So are the dancers and musicians in tribal dress who occupy the arena before, during, and after the combat. p. 29.

“Religions are built upon ascesis, a word that derives from the disciplines Greek athletes imposed upon themselves to give their wills an instincts command of their bodies; the word was borrowed by Christian monks and hermits.” p. 29 Hence “ascetic.”

“Sports are the high point of civilization–along with the arts, but more powerfully than the arts…” p. 42.

“The heart of human reality is courage, honesty, freedom, community, excellence: the heart is sports.” p. 42″

I have never met a person who disliked sports…who did not at the same time seem to me deficient in humanity. I don’t mean only that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, or Jill a dull ms. I mean that a quality of sensitivity, an organ of perception, an access to certain significant truths appear to be missing. Such persons seem to me a danger to civilization. I do not, on the whole, like to work with them. In their presence, I find myself on guard, often unconsciously. I expect from them a certain softness of mind, from their not having known a sufficient number of defeats. Unless they have compensated for it elsewhere, I anticipate that they will underestimate the practice and discipline required for execution, or the role of chance and Fate in human outcomes. I expect them to have a view of the world far too rational and mechanical. p. 44.

Novak provides a definition of unit cohesion in sports which is also critical to the armed service–and may explain why Congress routinely denies allowing homosexuals to serve in the military,

Millions of men look back nostalgically on their days in active athletics precisely because they experience there, as at few other points in their lives, a quality of tenderness, a stream of caring and concern from and toward others, suh as would make the most ardent imaginers of the androgynous ideal envious. Male bonding one of the most paradoxical forms of human tenderness: harsh, hazing, sweet, gentle, abrupt, soft. Blows are exchanged. Pretenses are painfully lanced. The form of compliment is, often as not, an insult. There is daily, hourly probing as to whether one can take it as well as dish it out. It is a sweet preparation for a world less rational, less liberal, than childhood dreams imagine. Among men, sports help to form a brotherhood for which, alas, sisterhood has no similar equivalent, and which is a highly human imperative to invent. p. 46.

Novak invokes a Biblical analogy, to take away the heart of stone and give a heart of flesh, “For gentleness of demeanor, I will take the athlete eight times out of ten. For hardness of heart, I have learned to fear the man who has always hated sports.” p. 46.

“There is no rage like that of the pacifist insisting on nonviolence…” p. 85

Novak quotes William Phillips, “Pro football is the opium of the intellectuals…” p. 88.

Novak cites Hegel where human life is a butcher’s bench. p. 89.

“In the United States…the essence of the symbolic form of football is liberation: breaking away, running for daylight, escaping containment.” p. 93.

Sports provide roots, “The human spirit needs roots, because the pretense of infinity…The human body cannot bear infinity.” p. 146.

“To win, one must defeat both the other team and Fate.” p. 149

“The most satisfying element in sports is spirit. Other elements being equal, the more spirited team will win.” p. 149.

“Half the pleasure of football is the contest between wit and brawn.” p. 149.

“The great [athletes] attempt what the good ones let go by.” p. 150.

“If I had to give one single reason for my love of sports it would be this: I love the test of the human spirit.” p. 150.

“Coaches and scouts seek out desire. Athletes with lesser talents but great desire are better fitted for actual contests than men [and women!] of vast ability but psychological reluctance.” p. 155.

“In sports, dynasties rise and fall. No one dares to be too arrogant too long. Hubris and nemesis…” p. 158.

We are equal in the eyes of the Creator. But not to each other,

Each athlete in every sport discovers very early that others, in this way or that, are his superior. Each finds what he can do best. Each picks his level. Each labors to learn all that he has talent, endurance, and will to learn. Each must, sooner or later, cease pretending to be what he is not, cannot be, and rejoice in playing up to the limit given him. Life is not equal. God is no egalitarian. Prowess varies with every individual. p. 159.

“Each sport is for most a teacher of humility and reconciliation.” p. 159

“None of us [kids on sandlot-neighborhood-sports] played in college. We had had our day, met our limits,”

Yet I would be astonished if [my childhood sports friends] and all the millions of others like us didn’t still watch…Namath, Unitas, and all the Sunday heroes with exquisite pleasure, admiration, and beauty-scorched memory. What we wished to do, strove for–what do I mean? still strive for, still emulate–they do as gracefully as gods. We were for a season gods, or at least boys with dreams; we still are. We went to our limits, as they go to theirs; and if theirs exceed ours, we regard them not with envy but in brotherly participation. p. 161

“I relate this memory [of succeeding in sports at some level] indulge these dreams, only to indicate the pleasure that recognition of limits brings.p. 162.”

“A great rival is a great gift. How can one extend oneself into fresh heights if there is no on to force higher? An artist of any sort who has no peers suffers from the lack. Great peers make one greater than on could become in solitude.” p. 162.

Novak quotes Albert Camus, “Sport was the main occupation of all of us, and continued to be mine for a long time. That is where I had my only lessons in ethics.” p. 172.

Novak quotes Billy Graham, “There are probably more really committed Christians in sports, both collegiate and professional, than in any other occupation in America.” p. 172.

Novak quotes Maurice B. Mitchell, in College & University Business (1973),

Not enough young men and women who come to a university have ever had a punch in the nose, not enough have ever had a black eye, not enough have ever been involved in contact sports or personal physical combat…I think it would be good for us if we had some of those participant activities where everybody gains a sense of his own physical feelings–what it feels like to hurt a little, what it feels like to get bumped, what it feels like to be able to run faster, or to get caught, or to lose. p. 174.

Novak quotes Red Smith,

I had a bartender friend in Philadelphia years ago, a devoted baseball fan, who told me, and he said this with tears in his eyes, that the most beautiful thing in the world, more beautiful than any blond, more beautiful than a mountain lake at sunset, was bases filled, two out, three and two on the hitter and everybody moving with the pitch.

Novak quotes Isaac D. Balbus, in The Nation (1973), “If the link between sports and “maleness” is as deep as I think it is, it is not surprising that homosexual or bi-sexual men are probably less caught up in sports than the average male heterosexual.” p. 180.

Novak quotes Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will (1975),

[There is] a new female recognition (something men have always known) that there are important lessons to be learned from sports competition, among them that winning is the result of hard, sustained, serious training, cool, clever strategy that includes the use of tricks and bluffs, and a positive mind-set that puts all reflex systems on “go.” This knowledge, and the chance to put it in practice, is precisely what women have been conditioned to abjure. p. 182.

“In her work …at Arizona State University, Doloris K. Suddarth discovered striking differences in personality traits between male and female athletes…The male[s]…were high in ego strength, somewhat reserved, dominant, adventurous, tough minded, likinig group action, self-sufficient, relaxed, and unfrustrated…The female[s] …were lower in ego tender-minded, zestful, liking group action, group dependent, tense, and frustrated.” p. 192

Novak quotes Doloris K. Suddarth, “Many traits expected of the successful athlete by coaches and sports psychologists are in direct conflict with traits associated with females by parents, teachers, and peers.” She reportedly contends that a woman athlete has, in effect, a split personality. “On the field she needs an athletic personality; in the social situation, she cannot be successful without a complete reversal of traits.” p. 192.

If we were to design a new game there should be , “A certain degree of “violence”–of hard physical challenge, of being hurt and taking pain…” p. 198.

“The spirit of play is the invention of rules. At the heart of play is love for the finite, the limited, the bounded. “Out-of-bounds” is the primal cry of play. The description of a fixed universe is the first and indispensable step of every free act. For human beings are embodied spirits.” p. 224.

“Perhaps what one learns best in sports are habits of discipline and poise under fire. Having faced often the prospect of the death that comes comes through defeat, one tends not to panic when things go badly.” p. 227.

Novak reminds us that athletes are different from non-athletes,

Those who have not known the rigors of competitive team athletics do not easily find other social and institutional frameworks in which such skills in self-knowledge may be experienced and perfected. That is why there is a special comradeship among former athletes, a bond of thrust within which athletes understand one another swiftly and with few words. And why there is a silent tension between athletes, who have known these fires, and nonathletes, or anti-athletes, who have not. The latter seem not to live as gracefully with defeat, humiliation, or self-betrayal, they seem less conscious of their own complicity in weakness–in other words, with their own sense of being sinners. They pretend more. They have been defeated less. p. 228

Is it better to listen or to watch? Novak explains,

The ear, not the eye is the organ of human fact. And also of thought. The ear is personal (it carries tone and “voice”), holistic, stimulative. The eye distances, makes flat, kills, tames. To hear a great mind lecture is to have access to his though–and to his heart and seat of judgment–that reading his books does not supply. The liturgy of the churches, is, wisely, centered on the spoken Word. So ought the liturgies of sport to be…The eye is the most superficial sense. Television, the medium of the eye, cheapens us. p. 251.

“The politicization of almost everything is a form of totalitarianism. The preservation of parts of life not drawn up into politics and work is essential for the human spirit.” p. 278.

“There are not many activities that can unite janitors, cafeteria workers, sophomores, and Nobel Prizes winners in common pleasure.” p.292.

“Like the other fruits of civilizations, sports are not productive; they are expressions of liberty.” p. 299.

Novak quotes Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part 1: “If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work.”

Novak predicts the challenges basketball standout LeBron James faced as he left Cleveland,

We are expected to sympathize with Larry Csonka when he abandons the Miami Dolphins for the World Football League and $3 million. “I have to think of my family,” hes says. His family was not starving. If ballplayers cannot say no to money, if they will take the highest offer they can get and move away accordingly, they invite contempt. What they do is understandable enough, but wrong. It flies in the face of the rootedness and the fan’s identification with them which gives their professional inner power. If they think so little of their profession, why shouldn’t fans? p. 306

“The British are an older, wiser culture, given to a certain matter-of-fact toughness and pragmatic amorality.” p. 310.

“Baseball without cunning, trickery, and pressing for advantage would scarcely be a contest. Our sports are lively with the sense of evil. The evil in them is to be certain, ritualized, controlled, and channeled.” p. 312.

‘How many men can a girl have before she becomes “that kind of girl”? Lou Grant of the Mary Tyler Moore show has an answer: “Six.” p. 318 Novak was doing numbers on the correct number of professional sports teams. The analogy works in the original.

“Sports for women should be more realistically encouraged, and new sports invented.” p. 334. Women did not crew competitively at the time Novak was researching a literature review. Rowing and collegiate crew are popular competitions for women today.”

“Sports are not merely entertainment, but are rooted in the necessities and the aspirations of the human spirit…Sports do provide entertainment, but of a special and profound sort.” p. 338.

“Aristotle once said that young men cannot understand ethics or metaphysics until they reach the age of fifty.”

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Jack and Charmaine also blog at Reasoned Audacity and at Management Training of DC, LLC.

Thank you (foot)notes,

Hannah Ruth Yoest, Student Athlete, Curriculum Vita

Junior Varsity Baseball Tryouts by John Wesley Yoest III

June 22, 2010 | By | No Comments

This is a guest post by John, The Dude. It was my Father’s Day gift. Better than a tie.

Two points:

1) His self-confidence and self-esteem does not surprise anyone, and

2) John is the only teenager in our neighborhood who knows how to handle a lawnmower, leaf-blower and edger.

Somehow the two are related.

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Junior Varsity Baseball Tryouts by John Wesley Yoest III

john_yoest_JV_baseball_2009.jpgI can’t sleep. It is the night before my big tryout and I cannot sleep. I have thrown and hit today, so I feel exhausted. Yet I cannot find the comfort of sleep. My mind keeps racing! Baseball, it is all I can think about. Will I do well? Will I make it? What if, what if, what if? I can’t sleep.

Yorktown High School has a peculiar policy on certain sports, which allows 8th graders to try out for Freshmen/JV teams. Since Arlington Middle Schools don’t offer certain sports like baseball or football, Yorktown allows 8th graders to participate in High School sports. JV baseball has the highest competition. Over 60 people try out for a team that might take 22. Generally, the JV team takes one, maybe two eighth graders. My odds of making it were slim at best.

Despite the odds, I began my preparation for the tryouts with complete dedication. I got cut from the Middle School basketball team. So instead of dribbling and shooting lay-ups I took ground balls and hit soft-toss. I began in early November. Six days a week for the next five months I practiced baseball. Anything and everything: if it involved a baseball, I practiced it. My dad and I developed a little motto: “A little bit every day, makes you better and better, in every way.” It might sound a little corny; but it worked for me.

When it began to snow, I took practice indoors. This was not easy to do at all. My dad would toss ground balls to me inside our living room! I can’t even count how many lamps, glasses and cups we broke that winter. Eventually my mom kicked me out of the house. Determined to get better, I threw the baseball with my dad in the snow. My neighbors thought we were crazy. But I was on a mission.

The largest thing that kept me going through these tough practices was my dad. Every day he would remind me to do some drills. Some days I felt awful. I didn’t want to practice, or I was just plain tired. My dad didn’t want to hear any of that nonsense. Rain or shine, feeling good or bad, we found some way to keep working.

I got sick after practicing out in the rain and cold. It was just a little coughing and sneezing, but I felt really bad. All I wanted to do was sit in bed and sleep. I remember getting in bed with chicken noodle soup, and feeling like I never wanted to get out ever again. Instead of going out and doing the drills, my dad brought the drills to me. I sat in bed and tossed the baseball against the wall. I did this for hours. When I couldn’t run and jump, I practiced my hand quickness. Just simply tossing the ball around in my glove. It might seem a little silly and repetitive, but I’ve seen countless routine plays messed up by a bad glove to hand transition.

Basics are the most fundamental parts of baseball. That’s what I practiced the most. I didn’t practice the diving plays in the outfield, or the ridiculous backhand catches. I practiced fielding ground balls and catching easy pop-ups. Those simple, easy fundamentals will make you a great player. With time, those ESPN highlight tape plays will appear, but if you can’t field a normal ground ball, I realized I’d never become great. Or even make the team.

Without even realizing it, February came around. I kept getting better and better, stronger and faster. But on Valentine’s Day, it all turned around. My mom was diagnosed with cancer on February 14. This was only a few short weeks before my tryout. The pain and devastation I felt when I was told nearly ruined me. For the first time, I did not want to keep on practicing. I felt weak and destroyed. But my parents were still there for me.

My mom sat with me and talked with me. I was certainly sad and I couldn’t imagine the thought of her losing her hair. She told me not to worry. She said she would be fine. The biggest thing she said to me however, was that she wanted me to keep on practicing, and to make the JV team. . . for her.

The very next day, you can imagine I was working as hard as ever. I ran, I hit, I ran even more. I did not stop. I could not afford to be cut. I threw every single day with my dad. On Sundays, we went to the track to run. The intensity picked up, until the day before the tryout.

The Sunday before the tryout my dad talked with me. The tryout was in less than 24 hours. I remember it so clearly in my mind. My dad told me he was proud of me. He told me he loved me and always would. But he looked pained. He told me that today was the last day he could be my coach. I almost cried because I knew it was true. I had grown up. I was trying out for High School Baseball. My dad said he couldn’t keep up with me, and that whether or not I made the cut, I had grown up beyond his level of expertise. He said we could still do drills and such, but today was the last day. At that moment, I knew I was ready.

I shined my cleats, I oiled my glove, and I bought loads of sunflower seeds. I stashed my glove underneath my bed for good luck, and I laid out all of my gear in my room. I had all of my sets of baseball pants with belts set out in a row, with baseball shirts corresponding to each. You know what they say: An ounce of appearance is worth a pound of performance. In order to play your best, you have to look the best.

The week of tryouts that ensued flew by me in such a flash. To be honest, I can’t tell you a single thing that happened that week. All I knew was that I was competing for a spot, and I would try my hardest to show that I deserved it. And so I did. I competed. The week flew by me right before my eyes. I saw some of my closest friends get cut from the team. There were now 15 8th graders, and only two would make it. I was very sad, but I only strove harder.

The second to the last day was killer. We worked outside in the batting cages, and we ran quite a few miles. After doing the running for about an hour, everyone was dead tired. Every single person was sweating profusely. But instead of letting us take a break, we went down to the track, and ran even more. I logged so many laps at the track prior to the tryouts. Even though I was pretty much dead, I found a way to keep afloat. Did the coaches notice my hustle? Would my stamina hold? I could only hope and wait for the answer.

Sooner or later, there were only a few select people left. There were about 30 people left trying out for the team. All 30 were good enough to play in All-Stars. 15 of the 30 were 8th graders; only two would make it. While 10 or 11 of the other 15 Freshmen and Sophomores would make it. Most of them were my best friends. But the last day of tryouts had finally come. I would soon know if my hard work would pay off.

The last tryout was at an indoor training facility. I was excited because all of my practicing had been indoors. Indeed, I played quite well that last day. But was it good enough? We hit in batting cages, we took ground balls, we did everything for about two hours. Finally, the coach called us in. The moment of truth had finally come.

The first thing I remember was being in a room with the 30 players and the coach. The coach asked for all the returning JV players to leave the room. They left the room and waited outside. To this day, I do not think my heart has pounded as hard as it did then. I was quite literally shaking, from the anxiety. The coach was being slow and careful. He looked around, deliberately making eye contact with every player.

He then called a few names and asked them to join the others who had left: . . . Young, Mellin, Fallon, Herold, Marshall, Yoest. I did not even know what to think. I left the room with the players and walked outside. . . to the smiling and happy faces of our new teammates.

High fives were exchanged, and everyone was just happy. I made the team! I could hardly believe it. All my hard work had finally reached fruition. I was officially a member of the JV squad. Everyone laughed and joked about “initiations,” but that is a whole different story.

I’ll never forget making JV baseball as an 8th grader. It was hard. But I loved every second of the preparation, the toil and the reward. I went home and told my folks. I think my mom cried she was so happy. During the tryouts she had gone through surgery, and her future was looking bright. My dad was so proud of me he didn’t know what to say.

I go to bed happy, yet nervous. Will I play well during the season, if I play at all? Will the coach like me? What if he changes his mind? What if, what if, what if? I can’t sleep…

The Wonder Crew, by Susan Saint Sing; Selected Quotes

June 15, 2010 | By | No Comments

wonder_crew.jpgThe Wonder Crew, The Untold Story of a Coach, Navy Rowing, and Olympic Immortality, written by Susan Saint Sing published in 2008 is the story of Coach Richard Glendon at the Naval Academy winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 1920 in crew.

The tale is set, “In a time when when admirals thanked rowing coaches for helping to win world wars.” p. 6.

Sing quotes Admiral Cyde Whitlock King, 1920 Navy stroke man,

Of all sports, I think rowing is the greatest…because it is a man’s game in every sense of the word.” p. 21

Rowing is the oldest intercollegiate sport in the USA as well as the oldest international collegiate sport in the world. It uses an eight-oared shell that is some 58′ long, weights 200 pounds, with a top speed of 18 knots. To power the small boat, Coach Glendon, “Was in pursuit of the ancient, elusive arete, the ancient Greek pinnacle of perfection, strength in grace of physical, mental and spiritual balance.” p. 22.

Glendon was building team, not nine individuals,

It wasn’t just a matter of who among them was the best. The individuals were less important than the whole – the [Naval Academy] brigade was the focus, not any one standout. No war was ever won with only one man. Though a brigade would follow the leader of one, that one needed a brigade to follow him. So, too, in rowing. The fundamental question was always “How did the crew look? And the crew was not just each man in seat; it was eight men rowing as one. The boat and the crew at large were a unit, the gestalt was the final equation, not the individual parts. In rowing truly the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Author Sing further explains rowing and Coach Glendon’s philosophy,

A good man on a rowing machine, in training on land or in a weight room, might not help a boat go fast. p. 26

The rowers respected Coach Glendon, “He was the orderer of their chaos.” p. 26.

Appearances matter. Sing quotes Glendon, “You can tell a good oarsman sometimes just by the way he sits up straight in the shell.” p. 82.

A crew will pull some 200 strokes over a 2,000 meter course. “The shell capable of accelerating to 18 knots generates the most horsepower of any human-powered watercraft.” p. 88.

Sing quotes Brad Brinegar, from Dartmouth, p. 115,

The oarsman is not a man alone. If his crew is to suceed he must become perfectly synchronized with the other men in the boat. Sometimes, for thirty or forty strokes–more if the crew is really good and well matched–all men in the boat will move together. Every move the stroke makes will be mirrored by the men behind him. all the catches will hit hard and clean…when that happens the boat begins the lift up off the water, air bubbles running under the bow, and there is an exhileration like nothing else I have ever experienced…literally like flying.

The personalities of each seat position are reviewed,

Bow should be neat and easy with his movements, above all a good waterman.

Two [seat] is ditto, but slightly heavier and stronger.

Three, four, and five the most powerful available.

Six seat should be a cleaver oarsman as well as being powerful, and of course…reliable.

Seven should be the most finished oar in the boat.

Stroke (eight) is the most difficult man to find, as he must combine so many qualities, but first and foremost he must be a man of the right personality, a real leader who will not be discouraged by adversity. His weight is immaterial. p. 162.

“A clean boat is a fast boat!” p. 187.

The 1920 USA Men’s Olympic crew was a barrier breaking performance, “Akin to what philosopher Michael Novak describes as the power of athletic achievement in revealing moments of perfect form.” p. 218.

“Rowing is not a game, it is much more akin to riding, skating, or dancing, or any other form of locomotion developed into an art.” Gilbert C. Bourne, A Textbook on Oarsmanship, p. 71

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Chester Nimitz was the Fleet Admiral of the American Navy in the Pacific in WWII. He commanded over two million men, 5,000 ships and 20,000 aircraft. p. 23. Nimitz had said, “Dick Glendon, by what he put into successive generations of Navy midshipmen, undoubtedly helped us win the naval battles of World War I and World War II.” p. 242

Susan Saint Sing includes among the photographs a picture that hung in Coach Richard Glendon’s house. It shows Admiral Chester Nimitz signing the Japanese surrender documents on the deck of the USS Missouri ending WWII. It is inscribed, “To Dick Glendon with best wishes and warmest regards.”

The photograph is signed, “Nimitz–Fleet Admiral, stroke 1905.” It is not clear of which Nimitz might be more proud: ‘Admiral’ or ‘stroke.’

Hannah & John Yoest Take First Place in Triathlon

August 25, 2009 | By | No Comments

Please forgive the ‘day-in-the-life’ of Your (Insufferable) Business Blogger(R). Our two oldest offspring took home blue-ribboned medals at a triathlon.

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Yorktown High School Students Win OuterBanks Triathlon

Hannah and John

Nags Head, NC. Sunday August 23, 2009, the Outer Banks Triathlon Club sponsored their annual Swim, Bike, Run Sprint Triathlon. Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA was represented by Hannah Yoest, 16, a rising junior and John Yoest, 14 a rising freshman. Each took home First Place medals for their age categories. There were 204 competitors who braved the threatening Hurricane Bill.

“The weather was perfect,” says Hannah. “It was exhilarating – cloudy, low heat and sea air.” Hannah had been training on her bike by riding to her driver’s education class 7 miles a day and running to 6 miles her summer school classes.

Her brother, John was excited. “The bikes held up and the crowd was a blast.” John had trained for the event with a 60-mile bike ride with his church group.

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The Yoests participate in a number of team sports.

Hannah rows varsity crew at YHS and was named Most Valuable Rower in 2008 by her coaches. She was seated in First Boat last season.

John is a returning quarter back for the Freshman Football team. He also played Junior Varsity Baseball where he pitched a no-hitter as an 8th grader.

This was Hannah’s third triathlon event. She completed the 26.2 mile Marine Corps Marathon at 14.

Hannah is Vice President of the Student Government Association for her junior class.

Parents Jack and Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. are proud of their two oldest children’s high school achievements. “They both have an inner drive and are self-motivated,” says Jack, consultant and adjunct professor of business at the Northern Virginia Community College.

“It was their idea, they kept at us to take them back down to the Outerbanks for the meet,” says Charmaine, CEO of the public interest law firm, AUL.

Jack and Charmaine have completed three marathons and attempt to take their five children where ever they travel. “Hannah and John are getting old enough now to compete in adult events – without us,” says Jack.

“But,” says Charmaine, “I wish they would clean their rooms…”

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Ever see a woman cry for 4 miles?

Marine Corps Marathon.

Marine Corps Marathon training.

Hannah finishes

Marine Corps Marathon.

Finish Strong

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The Pill For Minors (and Your Mother Need Not know…)

March 24, 2009 | By | One Comment

George Weigel says that the real winner in the last election was…

the 1960′s.

The Woodstock-er Flower Power, Free Love-Hippy-Hypocrites are having children and presidents of their own.

Love Hypocrites? Yep.

If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with!

Sex sells as nothing else. But only sex. Nothing else.

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Your Business Blogger(R) was at a local high school sporting event in the stands next to another doting dad who truly cares about his daughter. (Note: this story is essentially true; some details have been changed for obvious reasons.)

I know about the daughter. A lot. Too much.

Charmaine and I regularly monitor The (teenaged) Dreamer’s and the Dude’s Facebook friends. And saw pictures of someone else’s daughter that would not get her hired in any company I advise.

I gently suggest to the Dad that Facebook is a good source to learn if teenage daughters are well, “active.”

He says. “I don’t want to know.” I am perplexed.

He smiles, “They are just going to do it anyway.”

He didn’t want to know about his daughter’s (potential) amorous adventurous.

But he might get concerned…

If he learned that she might be smoking.

And without a doubt, if her football friends were drinking and driving.

Sex: OK anytime.

Smoking: BAD anytime.

Drinking: BAD while driving.

Facebook: WHAT?

Woodstock-ers don’t mind if their daughter’s are sexually active, as long as they really care about their health: no smoking and don’t drive while drunk.

(I’m still waiting for the public school system Safe Smoking Class; the Safe Drinking Class.)

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The contraceptive pill known as Plan B soon will be made available without prescription to minors without parental consent . . .

This is Woodstock-ing your children.

NATASHA SINGER writes in The New York Times, Contraception Pill Strictures Are Eased by a Judge

A federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration on Monday to make the Plan B morning-after birth control pill available without prescription to women as young as 17….

The agency has 30 days to comply with the order, in which the judge also urged the agency to consider removing all restrictions on over-the-counter sales of Plan B. The drug consists of two pills that prevent conception if taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse…

Not until 2006 did the F.D.A. rule, saying that the drug could be sold without a prescription only to women over 18. In order to enforce the age restriction, the agency also ordered that Plan B be stocked behind pharmacy counters, in contrast to other over-the-counter contraceptives like condoms.

Americans United for Life Condemns Ruling Increasing Minors’ Access to Dangerous Plan B

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York unilaterally determined in Tummino v. Torti that 17 year old girls should have unrestricted, over-the-counter access to Plan B or so-called “emergency contraception.” In doing so, the court overruled a previous decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring that minors first obtain a valid prescription for the potentially dangerous drug.

The Obama Administration is widely expected to welcome the ruling and not pursue a meaningful appeal in the case.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President & CEO of Americans United for Life said, “Given legitimate concerns about the safety of self-medicating with Plan B, it is incomprehensible that we would allow a minor to walk into any pharmacy and obtain this drug without medical oversight or parental involvement.”

So where did this new nonsense originate?

Sam & Dave sum it up,

I was educated at Woodstock

When I start lovin’, oh, I just can’t stop


Join Fight FOCA Maybe the Obama administration is right:

Kids are going to do it anyway:

They just can’t stop.

But they better not have a cigarette after…

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The Woodstock-administration is working to promote prescription pills to underage girls.

Abortions are coming next.

Stop the Woodstock-ers.

Fight FOCA.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Some versions From the Blues Brothers have,

I was educated from good stock

When I start lovin’ I just cant stop

The Woodstock-ers have created the party of death.

Alert Readers know that Your Business Blogger(R) spent a number of decades in pharmaceutical and medical device companies and had to work with FDA requirements.

The FDA has its reasoning upside down, backwards, wrong.

That is to say: They are making political — not a medical — decision.

The normal contraceptive Pill requires a prescription from a licensed physician.

Plan B IS the Pill, except much, much stronger.

Now Plan B will require no prescription, but its stronger dose twin does?

This is lunacy. This is anti-science. This is anti-health.

This is the new administration.

See Truthspeaker’s Weblog

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