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Maddi Doane looks to use hitting journal, toughness to continue success at plate for Syracuse

first_img Published on April 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Maddi Doane almost had no choice. Sandwiched between two brothers, there was always a sense of competition. She remembers competing against them in wrestling matches, and it only made sense she would have a future in sports. “Having those two brothers has kind of made me a tomboy,” Doane said. “I think that had a lot to do with me playing (softball).”The freshman said it was here that her toughness really began to build, something she needed as she pushed through recent struggles at the plate. As she worked to rebuild her confidence, Doane focused less on trying to do too much and more on just staying relaxed, which she is able to do by logging her feelings in a hitting journal.Doane started the season batting .359 through her team’s first 11 games, but her average has since dropped to .284. Her first career home run came April 1 against Fordham, and she had four hits against North Carolina last weekend. Doane looks to build off her recent success when Syracuse (14-19, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) travels to Buffalo, New York to face Canisius (14-10, 4-0 Metro Atlantic) on Thursday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m able to know what that feels like,” Doane said.”… know what that home run feels like and almost recreate it so that I’m feeling confident in the box.”Doane said she was feeling anxious. She was pressing too hard at the plate, thinking too much and not relying on the techniques that led her to a successful start at the beginning of the season.To combat this, Doane began to log her feelings — whether her thought process, timing or adjustments she wants to make — in a journal, an idea suggested by assistant coach Matt Nandin. Here, she can write and forget. “You want to get to a point where you’re feeling good at the plate,” Nandin said. “It’s important to write it down, what you did, what you were feeling, what your approach was, so when you do start struggling again you can look back.”Nandin acknowledged that hitters need to think. It’s when they start to grapple with a hundred thoughts before the pitch comes that it starts to become dangerous. Head coach Leigh Ross said Doane tries too hard to be perfect and needs to “just go back to having fun.” As soon as the freshman starts to think about the hits she isn’t recording, things start to fall apart. A quick look in the journal, however, can provide the confidence needed to pick things back up.“She likes to think she has a short-term (memory) but sometimes she’ll get really down on herself and that doesn’t help her,” AnnaMarie Gatti, a former high school travel teammate of Doane’s, said. “She just needs to be able to see it because she gets lost sometimes.”Gatti remembers the beginning of the school year when Doane would come into her dorm room. They would talk about missing home and support each other. If their close friendship offered a reprieve from the stresses of moving away, Doane’s hitting journal offers a similar reprieve from the doubts she is facing more of now than at the beginning of the season.After she hit her home run, Doane wrote it down. She said she made note of who it was against and that it felt good coming off the end of the bat. Now when she looks back on her home run, Doane will be able to relive what it felt like and what she did to make it happen. It’s a technique she’s used to get back on the right track at the plate, and one she’ll continue to rely on no matter her results at the plate. “It makes me a lot more relaxed also after the game,” said Doane. “If I have a bad game I’m able to get it out if I have a good game I’m also able to get it out. Just writing down… however I’m feeling in the box.” Commentslast_img read more

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Kotoko responds to GFA – read full letter

first_imgAsante Kotoko have written a long riposte to the Ghana Football Association in response to the decision to ban them from playing at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi following acts of hooliganism.Below if the full letter to the GFAWe refer to your letter of 15th May, 2013 on the above subject and with reference number GFA/PLC/AK/VOL 161.Our understanding of your letter is that the Executive Committee of the GFA purports to ban our club from using the Baba Yara Stadium until such a time that the Executive Committee decides otherwise, for alleged acts of violence and misconduct perpetuated by its supporters on 8th May, 2013 at the venue in question.The Executive Committee seeks to invoke the powers vested in it by Article 15 (2) of the GFA Regulations and has then requested the Premier League Board to determine alternative venues for our home matches in accordance with article 15 (3) of the GFA Regulations. It also seeks to refer the misconduct of the club to the Disciplinary Committee as the club is being held liable for the conduct of its supporters per Article 35 (4) of the same regulations.We would like to point it out to the Executive Committee that a true, uncolored and proper interpretation of Article 15 (2) would show the Executive Committee acted beyond the powers vested in it by the said Article. By purporting to ban Kotoko from using the stadium they have attempted to usurp the powers of the Disciplinary Committee of the FA to punish clubs for misconduct or violence as foreseen by Article 39. Article 15 (2) states that:“The GFA may order the closure of any league center where the safety of clubs, match officials or spectators cannot be guaranteed”This regulation anticipates a situation where either due to structural deformities to the stadium or an inability to arrange adequate security means that participants in football matches organized at this center cannot be assured of their safety. In such a situation closure of a league center means it is closed to all football related activities, no matter which club is involved.The GFA can close a venue without recourse to a club based on Article 15 (2) since it is the safety of everybody using a particular ‘unsecured venue’ that the GFA seeks to protect. Closure of a stadium on safety grounds is not meant to be the punishment or part of the punishment for the misconduct of supporters and that is why there is no link between Article 15 (2) and Article 35 on Offences or Article 39 on punishment. Any attempt to link Article 15 (2) and Article 35 (4) would be a misinterpretation of the GFA Regulations.It needs to be pointed out that closure of a league center is not the same as banning a club from playing its home matches at a particular league center. The GFA cannot ban a club from using a venue without finding them liable for an act of misconduct by the club, its officials or supporters as provided for by Article 35 (4) and following the steps outlined in Article 35 (8) stated below: “Any club, Director, Official, Referee, Assistant Referee, player or Member charged with any act of violence or misconduct under this Article shall be furnished with details in writing of such act of violence or misconduct at least three (3) days before the date the Club, Director, Officials, Referee, Assistant Referee, Player or member is requested to appear before the Disciplinary Committee or any special Committee set up for that purpose of answering charges(s) relating to the act of violence or misconduct.A letter delivered to the accredited representative of a club or any official of the club shall be deemed to have been served on the club or official or player thereof”. (Article 35.8)A club can only be found liable for an act of misconduct or violence after being duly charged with these acts and being found liable by the Disciplinary Committee or a Special Committee as provided for under Article 35 (8) and given the punishment in article 39 (1) (d).The Emergency Committee cannot be considered as a Special Committee in this instance since it is a Statutory Committee of the FA and it was not set up to investigate individual instances of misconduct or violence as foreseen by Article 35 (8). Even if it were to act as a Special Committee to investigate the incidence it would have to give the affected club a right of hearing before it can pass its judgment.In this particular instance the Executive Committee can order that matches involving Kotoko be shifted to other venues only if the stadium is closed to all football related activity (as foreseen by article 15 (2) and which the same committee purported to have done in the case of Robert Mensah Stadium in March 2012). This would include matches involving all teams that use the Baba Yara stadium as their match center. Otherwise the Baba Yara Stadium can be considered to be safe for the playing of football matches and Kotoko is being banned from using the place only because of the misconduct of their fans. The right to punish Kotoko for the misconduct of their supporters lie solely within the purview of the Disciplinary Committee or any other Committee provided for under Article 35 (8). The framers of the regulations anticipated that the GFA Executive Committee could be made up of people with self-interest in the punishment meted out to one club based on competition for league positions, reason why it does not give the power to punish clubs to the Executive Committee. The current composition of the Executive Committee does not give us any comfort that the framers of the regulations were wrong.By choosing to exceed its powers and purporting to ban Kotoko from the use of the Baba Yara Stadium without due process the Executive Committee has buckled under pressure from the public and self-centered individuals who are focused on ensuring that Kotoko fails in its attempt to defend its league title. Their calls for Kotoko to be banned should have been considered alongside what the regulations of the FA provide for. The Executive cannot re-write the regulations because it suits the interest of some people.We are by this letter indicating to the Executive Committee that it was wrong in exceeding the powers vested in it by Article 15 (2) based on wrong advice from people with little or no understanding of the letter and spirit of the specific FA Article. We would not be part of an attempt by the Executive Committee to undermine the powers conferred on the Disciplinary Committee or prejudice the outcome of the Committee’s investigation. If the Executive Committee cannot close the stadium to football related activities, they need to wait for the outcome of the Disciplinary process, just like they did in the recent Berekum Arsenal case. By banning us for the alleged misconduct of our supporters and asking the Disciplinary Committee to also ‘hear the case’ of alleged misconduct amounts to double prosecution, leading to the possibility of double punishment for the same offence.We are in no way, by this response justifying hooliganism of any form perpetuated by any set of fans, being it ours but we believe that the right process must be followed so that justice is not only done but is seen to be done. In effect the Executive Committee should either close the stadium to all football related activity in accordance with article 15 (2) or allow Kotoko to use the stadium pending the outcome of the Disciplinary process. The Executive Committee at this stage should be collaborating with the clubs in seeking alternative solutions to incidences of violence as its current strategy of ‘educate your supporters’, ‘shifting of match venues’, ‘closure of stadia’ and ‘fining clubs’ seems not to be working. The Executive Committee should lead this crusade for more effective solutions.We await your response. Yours faithfully,Benjamin NtiKotoko Administrative ManagerFor: Executive Chairmanlast_img read more

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