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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Good news...ESPN's Rick Reilly came through AGAIN...

Reilly is soooo clutch...

Literally minutes after asking him via email, Mr. Reilly hit us back with the green light to use his article "I Believe in Tim Tebow" for a new BALL Challenge lesson. And it was SUNDAY, during the football playoffs!

If you play flag football, you can get a preview of the new Challenge lesson by clicking here...Note that he doesn't necessarily believe in Tebow's prospects as a front-line player; rather, he is sold on Tebow's character and sincerity.

The Wooden Maxim? "Help Others", one of his "7 Points" we had any other choice lol...

Ted Browne

Reilly does it again...

Those of you that use our BALL lessons know that we start off each season with "A Paragon Rising Above The Madness", Rick Reilly's poignant recollection of Coach Wooden's essence. It's the best piece of short sports journalism I've ever personally read.

Well, strap on your helmet...Rick's done it again.

BALL usually waits for history to vet the athletes we feature. We do this because life has a way of shining a bright light into a public personna's dark corners. That said, we implicitly trust Reilly's judgement on this one. And the thing about it is, it's not even about a particularly good professional football player. The kid routinely throws dying quail and lame ducks each Sunday. Yet somehow, some way, he and his team find a way to win. But that's not the point of Reilly's quill.

So much is made of a player's charactor on the field. Rarely is his life off the field as remarkable. Check it out here. If it doesn't put a lump in your throat - even if you're a Tebow Hater - check your pulse. You might be dead.

Thanks for another gift, Rick!

Make each day your masterpiece!

Ted Browne

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cressey knocks it out of the park (again!)

This week I, along with a few thousand or so other baseball coaches, attended the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) convention. The keynote speaker for Friday's session was none other than Eric Cressey.

For those of you not affiliated with the baseball modules of BALL, Cressey trains pro athletes (he handled Curt Schilling's rehab) and high level amateurs at his Cressey Performance training facility near Boston, MA. Through his numerous articles and videos both in magazines and online and our "BALL Presents Eric Cressey on (topic)", Cressey has taught thousands more parents and baseball athletes about the nuts and bolts of proper arm care and complete body conditioning.

Yet for all the videos and articles he's written, this 40 minute presentation was even more impressive. There's something magical about watching an entertaining speaker who knows his stuff give you a multi-media presentation about a subject that could be so dry. Arm health? Joint treatments? Watching videos of people do core exercises? In the wrong hands, this can make for a very long evening. In Cressey's, he left us wanting more.

And so he gave it to us.

Directly after the presentation, he made himself available for a separate Q&A on the topics. That session lasted longer than the presentation. And unlike many "experts" in the baseball industry, he had no ulterior ax to grind. He wasn't selling books or videos or consulting services. He just wanted you to get better.

BALL is blessed to have Cressey as a valued resource. Last night simply drove that point home.

For a wide range of strength and conditioning topics and a priceless education that could literally save you or your child's athletic life, get lost in his website here. His content is free.

Make each day your masterpiece!

Ted Browne