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Finish First Insider, Issue #62
June 22, 2009
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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.

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Take a moment and let them know they are appreciated. In honor of Father's Day, I am not posting any new articles today--so I can spend the rest of the day with my wife and children. However, I will post a light article that I posted before--it's worth reading again. Have a great week.

Stay On Course

By Coach J. Hoy, CSCS, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

Over the last few weeks, I wrote several articles about goal setting for sports success. It is important to know that as you set your goals, write out your steps, and act on them, you will be headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, as you attain your goals, not everyone in your circle of friends will want to celebrate with you. Dr. John C. Maxwell, in his book “Your Roadmap For Success,” says that there are two types of people: firefighters, and firelighters. Firefighters are those people who want to put out the fire you have for your dream. They have negative and poor attitudes about your success. Firelighters are those you want to help you and are willing to do what they can to take your success to a higher level. You will need to embrace those who are firelighters and surround yourself with positive thinkers and positive attitudes.

Dr. Maxwell gives a funny story to illustrate this point.

“A Canadian bird decided that it was too much trouble to fly south for the winter. He said to himself, “I can brave a winter. A lot of other animals do it. It just can’t be that hard.” So as all the other birds flocked away toward sunny South America, he stayed behind and waited for winter.

By the end of November, he was having serious second thoughts. He had never been so cold, and he couldn’t find any food. Finally, he broke down and realized that if he didn’t get out of there soon, he wasn’t going to make it. So he started flying south all by himself. After a while, it began to rain. And before he knew it, the water was turning to ice on his wings. Struggling, he recognized that he couldn’t fly any longer. He knew he was about to die, so he glided down and made his last landing, crashing to the ground in a barnyard.

As he lay there stunned, a cow came by, stepped over him, and dropped a plop right on him. He was totally disgusted. Here I am, he thought, freezing to death. I’m about to die. I’m on my last breath, and then this! What an awful way to go.

So then the bird held his breath and prepared himself to die. But after about two minutes, he discovered a miracle was happening: He was warming up. The ice on his wings was melting. His muscles were thawing out. His blood was flowing again. He realized that he was going to make it after all. He got so excited and happy that he began to sing a glorious song.

At that moment, the farm’s old tomcat was lying in the hayloft in the barn, and he heard the bird singing. He couldn’t believe it; he hadn’t heard anything like it for months, and he said to himself, “Is that a bird? I thought they’d all gone south for the winter.”

He came out of the barn, and lo and behold, there was the bird. The cat crossed over to where he was, pulled him gently out of the cow plop, cleaned him off—and ate him.”

Dr. Maxwell points out three morals to this story:

1. Not everyone who drops a plop on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who takes a plop off you is your friend
3. If somebody does drop a plop on you, keep your mouth shut

The same things can be true for you as you realize your goals. Some of the people you consider your friends will be the firefighters (fighting your success), while others will be the firelighters (supporting you). Don’t let the firefighters get you off track in your journey to goal attainment.


Due to the volume of athletes currently using the Finish First Sports Performance world training headquarters, all athletes are required to schedule all sessions prior to arrival. In the future, if an athlete shows up without first scheduling for a session, there is no guarantee that s/he will be able to use the facility at that time. If the facility is at capacity, the athlete will need to come back for his/her session at a later time. At Finish First Sports Performance, we are taking all measures necessary to prevent overcrowding and help ensure the safety of the athletes and the quality of the programs. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to continuing to serve you.

How to Schedule Workouts Using the Online System

Due to the volume of athletes currently using the training facility, and the expected returning college athletes over the summer, you will need to begin scheduling your workout sessions in advance. It is recommended that you do so online. The Finish First Sports Performance coaches will have access to the sessions calendar to see when you are scheduled. When you arrive to the facility, it is also important to use your fingerprint to check in to the system. Below, you will find the correct way to schedule online. It is also now possible to make payments online, and check your training history. Please call if you have any questions.

1. Go to

2. Scroll down the left and under “Additional Services” you will see MEMBER LOGIN—click on that

3. A new window should pop up and on that window click on ATHLETE

4. Unless you have logged into the system before, your login ID is: last name-first name, and your password is: last name. So for John Smith, his login ID would be smith-john, and his password would be smith. You will be prompted to change your password so that only you may know it—write it down and don’t forget it—if you do forget it, please let Jeremy know so he can reset it.

5. Once logged in, on main screen you will see a box/button on the right titled “REGISTER FOR CLASSES”—click on this.

6. You can register or change your scheduled time up to 24 hours before the session. Any changes that need to be made within 24 hours of the session need to be made by calling Jeremy at 412-787-5070.

The online system works best with Internet Explorer (most recent version).

Motivational Quotes

"To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourself."
-- Chinese Proverb

"Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average"
-- Jim Rohn

"You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done."
-- Charles Yeager

"What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do."
-- John Ruskin

Township Of Moon 4th of July 5k Run & Walk

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2009

Time: Race Day registration at 6:30 - 7:30 am 5k Run starts at 8:30 am 5k Walk starts at 8:40 am

Location: Cherrington Corporate Center/Commerce Park 1700 Beaver Grade Road Moon Township, PA 15109

Fees: 5k Run $15 through June 15, 2009 $20 after June 15, 2009 & race day $15 for 5k Walk

Register or find more info at

(1998) Team Pittsburgh Aviators Golf Outing Fundraiser

For more information, please see contact info below.

1998 Pittsburgh Aviator 2009/2010 Fund Raiser Golf Outing - Hickory Heights Golf Club Monday, July 20, 2009, 11:00a

Registration Form

Contact Name:


Daytime Phone:


Player Name:

Player Name:

Player Name:

Player Name:

Check one
 $125 per individual

 $500 per foursome

 $150 Tee Sponsor (sign wording)

Make checks payable to: “Pittsburgh Aviators” – Memo: 1998 Birth Year AA Fundraiser (Tax ID 43-2109948)

Return this form with full payment by June 30th, 2009

Chris Alger
1998 Aviator Fundraiser
119 Yorktown Road
McMurray, PA 15317

412-721-8954 (cell); 724-942-6944 (fax); (e-mail)

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Yours In Training,

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

Finish First Sports Performance

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