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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy Birthday BALL Legend Vin Scully!

Happy Birthday to the best in the business...

 In the 2005 book “Voices of Summer” by Curt Smith, Scully was named as baseball's all-time best broadcaster based on “longevity, continuity, network coverage, kudos, language, popularity, persona, voice knowledge and miscellany.” Each criterion was rated from 1-10, with the perfect score being 100. Scully was the only broadcaster to reach that number.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving thanks to the United States

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

I just watched the movie "Lincoln" with my family last night, on the eve of America's celebration of Thanksgiving. The movie was about an extraordinary man who took extraordinary measures to ensure the Union's survival...sometimes blurring the line between what was constitutional (or not) in order to advance his belief that it was America's destiny to be a land for all people to be free.

"The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty . . is finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American People."
- George Washington 

The Founding Fathers established these United States in what became known as as the ultimate "Grand Experiment". I am so thankful that we had the wisdom and guidance of these flawed but extremely thoughtful men.  230+ years later, it still works.  Not always with the result that I want, but, like baseball, every man gets his chance.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I work with a loose bunch of kids...

Most of you know that I'm a Vanguard University baseball coach.  The players on the team decided to put together a video based on the One Direction song "What Makes You Beautiful" that rivals Harvard Baseball's "Call Me Maybe".  Honestly, I thing Vanguard's is better. 

Here it is:

By the way, Vanguard is a faith-based Div 1 NAIA scholarship school that is located a few minutes away from the most beautiful beaches in the United States.  If you know athletes that are solid character kids, you can't beat the combination of a great education, quality sports, a Southern California lifestyle, and a focus on the Greatest Story Ever Told...

Make each day your masterpiece!

Ted Browne
Chief StoryTeller
Beyond Athletic Life Lessons ("BALL")
Ass't Baseball Coach
Vanguard University 
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

What colleges want...

I recently sat down with a dean of a local university to chat.  Our conversation turned to generational changes as it related to education.  Interestingly, even though we were teaching kids at different age groups, we shared remarkably common viewpoints that applied to both younger and older kids.  It really drove home the key takeaway we try to make at BALL: Emotional Intelligence matters.  Coach Wooden got it right.

When I was at Babson getting my college teaching certification a few years back, we had long conversations about this very topic.  Much has changed in the 30 years since I entered college.  Grades are important, but with increased financial pressure on dual income families, single parent families, and an increasingly instant-gratification societal mindset, kids today have different stressors.  Perhaps a growing percentage of parents are relying too much on outside resources to instill the emotional depth that is necessary for a child's proper emotional development.  This is highlighted when the child eventually goes away to college.

As a result of this trend, many college administrators are searching for more ways to differentiate prospective students. The "Big Thing" at upper tier universities these days is measuring Emotional Intelligence.  Entrance interviews key on how well-rounded and socially-adjusted kids are.  There are even Emotional Intelligence tests that are given to prospective students at these institutions.  In some cases, these tests are weighted more heavily that SAT's!

It seems that youth athletics, if handled properly, is an excellent training ground for reinforcing and even developing, Emotional Intelligence.  The key, however, is getting parents on board early and often, and engaging the youth at an early age.  For BALL, this is the legacy we hope to leave.