My name is Carson Powell and I am a proud recruit of CSA. I am from a very small town in North Carolina and did not start playing softball until I was 12. Once I started playing, I knew I wanted to play at the next level. I started playing travel ball and doing what my coaches told me, which was email a few schools and let them know where I was playing. My mom and I were completely clueless at this time about the recruiting process. After a few years of this routine, we decided to look further into the recruiting process and my mom ran across CSA's Facebook page. Mrs. Cheri and my mom spoke that night and later on we decided to join CSA with Mrs. Cheri and our local advocate Erin Sykes. We chose CSA because we knew that they had a lot of expertise in recruiting due to the recruits that were already playing collegiate sports. They were in contact with us almost immediately and next thing I know, I have my very own webpage, video link, profile, and calendar. I also liked that They stayed in touch with me on a weekly basis and kept me up to date on various camps and clinics and major showcases. CSA also kept me in line on dates for all my academic testing , such as the SAT and ACT. They were proud of everything I accomplished and always post it on social media. Since joining CSA, my recruiting venture went from bad to awesome. I immediately started getting seen by some very good universities and coaches and as of today, I am happy to say I will be attending UNC Pembroke to further my academic and softball career. Go Braves!
Thank you CSA!
First let me introduce myself, so you know I am coming from a place of being an athlete when I was younger and from a family of athletes.
My back ground is also in medicine as an RN for many years, a Nurse Midwife also, and a PhD in Natural Medicine, Acupuncture & Homeopathy.
When we are stressing our bodies with exercise and performance of our sport, the body needs to repair and make new cells. To do this, it needs the proper nutrition the body requires for cellular repair.
Water is the most important substance we need to keep our bodies functioning at a high level. Every cell has to have 60-80% of the content as water. The recommended amount is to drink ½ of our body weight in water….for normal function. Due to our increase stress of exercise, we may have to drink our body weight in oz/day. The urine should be clear or slightly yellow if we are drinking enough water.
You notice I did not mention any other kind of liquid to drink. All sodas, all sports drinks and fruit juices are not just water, and many have chemicals in them that can do our body harm.
Another factor that is needed in large amounts is magnesium chloride, as it is not present in most of our foods. Taking it orally is not usually very effective as it can irritate the bowels and cause diarrhea and cramping. We have found that using it as a spray on the skin works much better. You can get the liquid in most health food stores as a Magnesium Chloride oil or water based solution. Applying it a couple of times per day is usually enough. It sometimes will relieve cramping and some muscle pains. You can use it more frequently as you will not use too much by putting it on the skin.
Nutrition is an important factor as the way the cells are made in our body is a result of what we have digested as nutrition. My rule is to try to eat food the way it is given by God to us. For instance, we don’t have potato chips growing in the garden, but we have potatoes. Another way to judge if it is good for us, is whether we are eating something that comes to us in a box or package or it is grown by nature.
There may be a need to take some nutritional supplements to make sure you have the building blocks for muscles, bones and to repair injuries. Some of the experts I have grown to trust for their advice are:
The Health Ranger, https://www.healthrangerstore.com/
Garden of Life, https://www.gardenoflife.com/content/
To keep your self from getting the flu or other illnesses, one of the easiest and least expensive way is to supplement with Vitamin C. However do get it from a respected source as the above companies.
Another tool is Colloidal Silver such as Health Max by ABL. http://www.drquila.com/ Silver kills all bacteria, viruses and yeast pathogens and is safe to use as a liquid drink or a jell used on wounds to prevent infection.
Injuries can happen in sports and I have found a few things that speed up the healing process and assist the body to heal so you can get back on the field rapidly.
See here how Abby recovered quickly and how swelling and pain can go down rapidly so you can get back to your game as shown in this picture of a swollen hand. We have seen broken bones back in the game in 3 weeks instead of the usual 8 weeks. PatchDr.com
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What are we Feeding our Student Athletes!
As parents, we hold the key to their health and to their healthy life choices. We are building their foundation for their health. We buy the food, we drive thru or choose the restaurants. It’s time for US parents to do a better job preparing our Student Athletes to be their best. The preparation of the menu tends to be the biggest challenge. Having storage containers with lids, if you can find them, and preparing them for your outings. Here’s some helpful menus items. Buy fresh fruits and meats without preservatives. Whole Foods or other natural grocery stores are great but can be costly.
Bake a whole chicken and while it is cooking grab the storage containers, add some mixed greens and slice up vegetables from the refrigerator. Add some fresh nuts like sliced almonds or pine nuts. Add some dried fruit like cranberries or blueberries. Throw in some feta or parmesan cheeses. You can then pour a little bit of salad dressing in a zip lock and put it right on top. When the chicken cools, put it in a big zip lock and put it in the cooler. Use zip locks to put bags of ice so you can spread it around the cooler. Package up some other snack foods like trail mix with only nuts and dried fruits. Add lots of bottled waters. Freeze some melon balls or grapes. They’re so fun to eat and keep your cooler cold too!
Stay away from prepackaged snack foods that have chemicals and too much salt like “snackables” or other brands that have preservatives. Stay away from the nacho cheese from the cans and the bags of chips and hot dogs sold at the snack bar. If you’re going to a tournament ask them to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetable for sale. Stay away from candy and other sugar treats.
If having to eat at a multiday event, consider some restaurants that have worked for me. Panera, McAllister’s, even Starbucks in major metros has a deli of fresh foods, or other restaurants that have healthy choices. Go to a grocery store in the town and load up on some fresh foods instead of eating at fast food restaurants that have high fat and high sugars.
Now it’s your turn. What do you pack or prepare? What tips do you all have for preparing healthy tournament meals and snacks?
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It’s been just over a year that Ka’ena has given her verbal to Coach Bob @ the University of Hawaii! We are beyond blessed for what Cheri has done for our ‘Ohana.
I would like to say it was hard work for us, but honestly it was a breeze…. Well for my husband and I anyway.
Cheri went to work with the Coaches and advised us which tournaments to play to showcase her skills. She is like Super Woman, constantly networking and reaching out to her Ka’ena had to have a consistent plan on how to expose herself via emails, videos, and tournament play. Being just a freshman that was a huge responsibility. She was accountable for any missed opportunities. The best thing about Cheri and her Student Athletes is COMMUNICATION. Every player must check in with her every Tuesday, even if it’s just to say ‘HELLO”. All practices, locations, games, times had to be uploaded and kept current in the CSA calendar. Grades and Test Scores had to be updated as well. YES… Cheri is on you like a Hawk! And to think once you are committed is OVER… WRONG. The contract with CSA over once the Student Athlete has successfully completed COLLEGE. But hey… you get what you pay for right?!
Speaking of Cost. Hawaii is very expensive and trying to get recruited and attend numerous camps is very costly.
Here is the scenario for 1 exposure camp for players of Hawaii:
2 Roundtrip ticket from Hawaii to California: $1300.00
Luggage fee for bat/ catcher’s gear etc.: $25.00
Rental car 4 days X $50 per day: $200.00
Lodging 4 days X $80 per day: $320.00
Miscellaneous expenses: $300.00
Softball Camp fee: $250.00
For an average working family in Hawaii, this is very expensive. But, as parents we will do almost anything for our children. The only thing that we ask in return is, do it Whole Heartedly with 100% with passion and purpose. Education is and will always come 1st, Softball is an added bonus.
We currently Coach and manage Team KULIA 16U in Hawaii and we knew the commitment we made with the Team and our daughter would be a challenge. Team KULIA was our # 1 priority as well as our daughter and in most cases you trying to juggle both is very stressful, however in our case we wanted both. We compromised and hired Cheri Naudin- CSA to do the work. And with that said, we officially signed the contract between, CSA, Ka’ena and (We) her parents. We signed in April and Ka’ena 2016 gladly verballed 5 months later in September 2016.
There is no right or wrong way to get Recruited. In fact there are many ways to get recruited, but at the end of the day the Goal of getting Recruited remains the same. Cheri and the CSA family, was the most cost and time effective way that WORKED and continue to work for us.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
I’m going to start blogging about Good Health since it is the foundation of a HEALTHY Athlete!
One of the biggest lessons I learned being a parent of Student Athletes was how important Nutrition is to their success. It’s not about being Fat or Skinny, it’s about fueling their bodies properly.
Kris Massaro, Softball Strong, https://softballstrong.org/, recently developed The Athlete’s Guide for Heathy Eating for our Collegiate Sports Advocate (CSA) Student Athletes and when we announced it we asked for the families to email us for a copy to see how many really engaged in the opportunity. Only 10 families asked for the plan out of 198. It shows us that the families are NOT very engaged in doing the most important thing that they can for their Athlete! So, I’m going to continue to FORCE FEED the families until they understand how important it is. We learned from our daughters when they went to college and had to perform at the highest and they discovered how important it was to eat properly.
PARENTS! You are in charge... yes, your teenagers don’t dictate what you buy at the store or what food you purchase for them. Take CHARGE it is the best habit you can form for your entire family. It’s about good health, not rewarding them with tasty treats. I can testify after doing the Whole30 program for a month now that sugar and other treats are less interesting. I think many of us feed our families out of convenience and lack of knowledge, at least it was for our family.
I must give my disclaimer… I’m not a nutritionist, my degree is in business not medicine. This is just my experiences. Always consult a Doctor especially if you have Diabetes or other medical conditions.
Let’s start with Hydration. So many families go right to the “Sports” drinks. The brand doesn’t matter, READ the label. I was raised by a mother who calls herself a purist. Eat only what is made by GOD! She always said “if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, BEWARE.” Sports drinks have their place as a replenishment but are usually so full of sugar and unneeded calories so know when are why you’re drinking them. https://www.drquila.com/
It is also my belief to hydrate several days before a major event. It is safer to say “Just drink water”. Flavor it with fresh fruits. It is so refreshing to add a slice of lemon, lime or some berries.
One of my CSA Student Athlete’s mom, Christina Pruitt bought me a Swell Bottle. It keeps it cold or hot whichever you pour into it. I carry it with me everywhere I go. https://www.swellbottle.com/
These metal containers also limit the amount of chemicals you’re exposing yourselves to by drinking water from a plastic bottle. Most cancers are believed to be caused by the chemical and poisons in our food and water.
Dehydration can sneak up on an Athlete as they’re putting their bodies through extreme workouts, training and competing. Know the signs of dehydration. Keep your Athlete hydrated with water and watch for the signs. Drinking enough water is a challenge for the average person. Limit the products that detract from proper hydration, sugar, caffeine.
My goals in these blogs is to share as much information and inspire you to investigate, learn and be in charge of your Student Athletes great habits for their futures.
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