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Are you a true Team Player?-->, FF Insider#100
May 03, 2011
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Please enjoy another issue packed with evidence-based information about sports performance training and news about current events at Finish First Sports Performance. If you find value in this e-newsletter, please forward this message to your teammates, coaches, or other parents of hard working athletes.

Finish First Sports Performance is the official training/performance coaching provider for the Youngstown Phantoms USHL Hockey Team, the Robert Morris Univeristy NCAA Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Team, and the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Organization.

Inside this Issue:

To bring you the very best information, this newsletter focuses on awareness of the training principles for young athletes, and how to use them to make sure your coach is on the right track. Enjoy!

1. Performance: Becoming a Better Team Player

2. Performance II: The Kinematic Sequence: Improving your golf game with an efficient swing

3. Special Announcements

4. New Performance Program: Titleist Golf Fitness

5. Motivational/Inspirational Quote

6. Thank You


Becoming a Better Team Player

By Jeremy S. Hoy,MS, CSCS, NASM, NASE, Performance Scientist

Every so often, I take a break from reading new books, and go back into my library to revisit many of the hidden gems I have collected over the years.

These gems have helped with become who I am today as a father, husband, friend, business owner, and coach. One such gem is the book, “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team,” by John C. Maxwell.

I highly recommend that any athlete, parent, or coach pick up their own copy and add it to their personal library. This book covers 17 different “Laws” that can be used to help build a powerful team, or become a better leader by being a better teammate.

It is a book full of great testimonials, quotes, and stories that support the laws and show you how others have used them to create successful teams.

What’s even better, is that it is a very easy book to read, and can be completed in less than a week, including time to jot down notes on the new ideas you will have. Without going into too much detail, I will list the 17 Laws that Mr. Maxwell lists in his book.

Again, I highly recommend this book to any athlete serious about becoming a better contributor to the team, or to becoming a better leader; also to any coach, or parent looking for ways to build a better team, or get the family to work better together.

According to Maxwell, the 17 Laws are:

1. The Law of Significance (One is too small a number to achieve greatness)

2. The Law of the Big Picture (The goal is more important than the role)

3. The Law of the Niche (All players have a place where they add the most value)

4. The Law of Mount Everest (As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates)

5. The Law of the Chain (The strength of the team is impacted by its weakest link)

6. The Law of the Catalyst (Winning teams have players who make things happen)

7. The Law of the Compass (Vision gives team members direction and confidence)

8. The Law of the Bad Apple (Rotten attitudes ruin a team)

9. The Law of Countability (Teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts)

10. The Law of the Price Tag (The team fails to reach its potential when it fails to pay the price)

11. The Law of the Scoreboard (The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands)

12. The Law of the Bench (Great teams have great depth)

13. The Law of Identity (Shared values define the team)

14. The Law of Communication (Interaction fuels action)

15. The Law of the Edge (The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership)

16. The Law of High Morale (When you’re winning, nothing hurts)

17. The Law of Dividends (Investing in the team compounds over time)

Performance II:

Kinematic Sequencing: The Key to a Consistent Golf Swing

By Brandon Monin, MS, CSCS, TPI CGFI, Performance Scientist

Have you ever wondered how so many professional golfers have such successful careers with such unorthodox golf swings? With the aid of 3-D motion capture systems researchers have been able to identify the true measurement of a good golf swing.

The answer is not how closely your golf swing resembles Tiger Woods’ swing on a video camera--the answer is in the efficiency of your swing compared to the best players in the world. What I am trying to say is this…there are a lot of ugly golf swings on the PGA Tour but they all seem to get the job done. The question you should be asking yourself is:

How can I make sure my golf swing gets the job done?

Making your golf swing get the job done lies within the kinematic sequence. This is how golfers generate speed and transfer the speed or energy throughout their body to head of the golf club.

The amazing thing is that all great ball strikers have the same kinematic sequence of generating speed and transferring speed throughout their bodies. All great ball strikers begin by generating speed from their lower body and transferring that speed through their torso into their arms and then into the club. What style you use to complete this sequence is completely unique to each player.

There are several key points that every golfer should know about the kinematic sequence:

1. There is an identical sequence of speed or energy generation for all great ball strikers. That sequence is lower body first, thorax second, lead arm third, and the club shaft last. This sequence occurs during the downswing.

2. Each segment of the body builds on the previous segment, increasing speed up the chain.

3. Each segment of the chain slows down as the next segment continues to accelerate. Think of the handle of a whip. The first thing you do is accelerate the handle of a whip to generate speed. Then you rapidly decelerate the handle to transfer speed to the next part of the whip. The same thing happens in the best ball strikers in the world. Their lower body represents the handle and the club shaft represents the end of the whip.

4. Unorthodox styles may have no effect on your ability to generate a good kinematic sequence. In other words two very different golf swings can have the same kinematic sequence.

Three things that lead to efficiency breakdowns:

1. Poor Mechanics Use video swing analysis to isolate mechanical breakdowns

2. Poor Conditioning Use physical screens to isolate any limitations in the body,p>

3. Poor Equipment Use club fitting to determine the best specifications for the player

Keys to ball striking:

• Good Kinematic Sequence- this is the key to consistency and accuracy

• Good Segmental Stabilization (strength)- this is the key to power

• Center Face, Square Face Contact

If you have any questions about how to better utilize kinematic sequencing for a better golf game, please contact a TPI certified golf fitness specialist. You can reach Brandon at


  • Thank you to all the hockey players and parents at the USHL combines in April...thank you for your attention during the presentations and thank you for your questions regarding off-ice training programs for improved performance. Thanks again to the USHL for inviting me to speak as a representative of the Youngstown Phantoms coaching staff. I look forward to helping to elevate the performance of athletes all over.--Coach Hoy
  • Finish First Sports Performance is currently working on our website--expect some changes over the next few weeks---changes that will make it easier to navigate and find what you are looking for! Keep checking back as we update our content.
  • Finish First Sports Performance is also currently working on our first podcast, a downloadable auido file that will provide training tips, coach interviews, athlete interviews, and other useful information. If you have any ideas or questions that you would like to hear addressed in any of our podcasts, please email them to Jeremy at
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  • Finish First Sports Performance is making progress on the new World-Class training facility and there's already a buzz in the Pittsburgh area about it...drawings and details to come in the next few weeks.

    Finish First Sports Performance will be having an Elite NHL (pro) style hockey camp in 2011. Mark your calendar for August 1 - August 5th, 2011 for the most comprehensive and educational camp available...and finally making a home in Pittsburgh. Camp features daily on-ice sessions with Pittsburgh Penguins Power Skating coach Marianne Watkins, NHL veteran Jay Caufield, and NHL veteran and coach Rick Tocchet. Of-ice instruction will be led by Finish First Coach Jeremy Hoy, with nutritional coaching by a licensed sports dietitian, a daily training table (post workout nutrition)...and many other included items and performance related benefits to be announced soon. The camp will be limited to a select number of roster spots and players will be selected based on experience, submission of a completed application, and coach recommendation. More specific details about this camp will be revealed soon. Just a reminder...mark your calendar and stay tuned--this is a don't-want-to-miss camp!

    The camp flyer and application is completed and the early application deadline is arriving soon---please send in your completed app as soon as possible. If you need info, please email Jeremy at

New Performance Program:

Titleist Golf Fitness

Golf Fitness Training Evidence Based Customized Programming By a Certified Titleist Performance Institute Specialist

Why should you use a Titleist Performance Institute TPI certified specialist?

A TPI Golf Fitness Specialist is trained to identify and correct any physical limitations that may be causing faults in your swing. This is done by a thorough golf specific evaluation and properly implementing various golf specific exercises and stretches.

What are the benefits of customized golf fitness training?

• Decreases the risk of injury—play golf longer and live healthier

• Increases Power—drive the ball further

• Increases Strength—provides more force and stability for a more consistent swing

• Increases Endurance/Stamina—maintain power, strength and stability throughout the game

• Increases Flexibility—utilize a full swing, prevent injuries, and help increase power potential

• Increases Coordination—get better control of all movements required in your swing

• Increases Postural Stability—maintain proper golf posture throughout your swing

• Increases Mobility—unlock your joints to improve movement and decrease swing faults

How does the process work?

The process begins with a thorough golf specific evaluation to identify any physical limitations that can be causing faults in your swing. Our certified specialist will then use the information gathered to develop your customized training program. Your program will be tailored to fit your schedule and any other conflicts or limitations that you might have. Simply put, you will begin with an exam, then choose your training option.

Golf Fitness Fees

Initial Exam: • Initial Evaluation $99

• Initial Evaluation + Take Home Training Program $250

You will be given an individualized training program based on the results of the evaluation to be done on your own.

Training Options:

Sessions Packages:

• 8 Workout Sessions $320($40/Session)

• 16 Workout Sessions $560($35/Session)

• 24 Workout Sessions $720($30/Session)

All of the training sessions are 60 minute semi private sessions. Our coaches will implement and progress you through your personalized training program established from the evaluation.

All packages include an all access pass to the Titleist Performance Institute website and a FREE ($99 VALUE) re-evaluation at the end of your sessions. ,p>

For more information, please call Brandon Monin, our TPI Golf Fitness Specialist at 866-468-2231 x820. Or visit us at our website , or email at

Motivational Quote

"Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds."
-- US Navy SEALS Team Saying

Thank You for Your Support

Thanks again for subscribing to this free e-newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. I look forward to your feedback as I continue to research to bring you the most current scientific training information available.

Should you have any specific article requests or questions, email me at Please visit for detailed sports performance training information and programs offered exclusively by Finish First Sports Performance.

Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

Finish First Sports Performance

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