Attention Members –
Due to the severe thunderstorms today, April 26, 2017, the 9:00 AM Aqua Aerobics class has been cancelled.
WHEN: Every Tuesday, April 11 – May 21, 2017
5:00 – 6:00 PM Ages 3 -4 years
6:00 – 7:00 PM Ages 5 – 6 years
COST: $60 for all six sessions – Soccer skills teaching academy
WHERE: Kids Fit Fun FACtory Gym
EXTRAS: Games played on Sunday – Fundays at Brunner and Lay Comets Soccer Fields, Springdale, AR
REGISTRATION: Go to www.arkansascomets.org or click on this link.
OVER 100 PLAYERS FROM THE ARKANSAS HAVE PLAYED AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL!
Click here for a pdf of the Arkansas Comets Spring Season flier.
FAC Spring Basketball League 2017- Game Schedule
Date 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Tues 4-11 5 v 6 2 v 1
Thur 4-13 3 v 8 7 v 4
Tues 4-18 3 v 5 4 v 1
Thur 4-20 7 v 2 8 v 6
Tues 4-25 5 v 4 1 v 3
Thur 4-27 8 v 2 6 v 7
Tues 5-2 2 v 6 4 v 3
Thur 5-4 1 v 7 8 v 5
Tues 5-9 6 v 4 5 v 2
Thur 5-11 1 v 8 3 v 7
Tues 5-16 3 v 2 6 v 1
Thur 5-18 7 v 5 4 v 8
Tues 5-23 2 v 4 3 v 6
Thur 5-25 8 v 7 5 v 1
*Playoffs will begin the week of 5-30-17. All Teams will make the playoffs.
Generally you will find yourself in one of four situations prior to playing a tournament match:
1.) You are playing someone you do not know anything about
2.) You are playing someone you know and are expected to win on paper or have won in the past
3.) You are playing someone you know and are expected to lose on paper or have lost in the past
4.) You are playing someone you know and both players have won before and the match up is fairly even
What should you do?
A.) Start every match playing high %. Play yourself into a rhythm. Lots of cross court ground strokes. Lots of spin first serves. Returns deep down the middle. Play path on approach shots and passing shots.
B.) Do your own analysis. Do not rely on what you hear from other people (outside of your parents and coaches). Do not think about rankings, seedings, or common opponents. Start analyzing your opponent from the moment you see them, begin the match playing high % with your best strategy and tactics, and quickly identify a weakness to exploit. Often times the information you hear from others is unreliable for a number of reasons. Trust your own ability to breakdown your opponent. Regardless of what you do or do not know about your opponent, give them respect prior to the match. Speak positively about their abilities as this will take pressure off you. Avoid thinking things like “I hate playing this person,” or “this person is a cheater,” as these thoughts do not benefit you. If you are playing someone who you have played before…remember…they have likely spent time working on their weaknesses since the last time you played – so continue to analyze them until the same weakness or a new weakness is found.
C.) On the big points — have a very specific plan. Start with where you are going to serve or return, then decide if you are going to play offensive or grind, and then rely on your tactical instincts during the point.
D.) If you are playing someone who you have beaten in the past…remind yourself that deep down your opponent does not believe they can beat you. Expect them to begin the match playing very well since they will have “less pressure,” so do not panic if they start playing very well. Start playing high %. Weather the storm and then when their level drops, seize the momentum of the match.
E.) If you are playing someone who you have lost to in the past…remind yourself that you have put in a lot of hard work since then and that they will have “more pressure” on them. Start the match playing high % and do not give them too much respect by overplaying. Demonstrate through high % play and lots of positive emotion that it is going to be a fight and you expect to win.
Things to ask yourself before a tournament…
1.) Are you prepared?
2.) Can you figure out your opponent?
3.) Do you know yourself?
4.) How well do you handle momentum swings?
5.) Can you finish matches?
PEAKING @ QUALIFIER
Goals for next 2 months:
1.) Improve overall offensive skills
2.) Improve inside out and inside in forehands
3.) Improve backhand down the line
4.) Improve ability to slice on both the forehand and the backhand
5.) Improve confidence in coming forward and volleying short
FAC is offering 2 types of Adult Basketball Leagues for our Spring Season.
Adult Basketball League and 40+ Adult Basketball League.
Registration deadline: March 30, 2017
Questions? Email Hal Freeman, League Director – Sports@nullfayac.com
Goal: Work on playing aggressive during practice.
Why: It will give you something specific to work on during practice that should help take your mind off pre tournament nerves. It will also prepare you in case you need to play fearless yet in control in an aggressive way during the weekend. Most players will separate themselves from their primary strategies and tactics by doing this and therefore will be more concerned with being prepared for the event rather than “how they are playing.”
(1) Start with having an aggressive mentality — in other words: come to practice with the understanding that you will be aggressive; start the warm up with all closed stance
(2) Hit big shots to safe targets — you do not want to miss consistently by trying to hit the ball “to good,” you should always have a safe target
(3) Stick with it even if you do make some mistakes
(4) Be at peace — if you go for some shots and lose some practice matches, no big deal
(5) Sneak in some serve and volley and return and come in
Keep in Mind: Just because you are working on playing aggressive the week before a tournament in practice does not mean you should be super aggressive at all times during the weekend. Work on the skill of being aggressive the week prior and then manage your aggression v high % tactics based on the situation.