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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 7, 2016
Mighty Fine Mentors and Leaders for Our Children

Soccer Brings People Together!

Birds in our Parks

Ami: How to Enjoy Being Wrong

Christine: Antibiotics Changes Children's Gut Bacteria

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  Mighty Fine Mentors and Leaders for Our Children

(A July) Bird_Acorn_Woodpecker.jpgI just discovered the Big Basin Birds pamphlet.  I had no idea there were so many different birds in our parks.  The list is very helpful for collecting our sightings!  I've only seen 21 of the many on the list.

I've known some of our county's art, music, science, languages and sports teachers for about 20 years.  Being in the business of guiding children for that long means they are doing a lot right!  Paul Holocher is one of those natural, quiet leaders dedicated to helping children enjoy soccer as much as he himself does. I hope you enjoy his story.

Ami convinces me it's okay, even fun to be wrong. I'm so glad because I am good at making mistakes!  You?

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

Have a fabulous weekend with the family! Parmalee

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  Soccer Brings People Together!

(A July) paul-holocher1.jpgAn interview with Paul Holocher, founder of Catalyst Soccer

How old were you when you first became involved with soccer?

I was hooked on the sport of soccer ever since my Dad signed me up to play at age 7.  I still remember my first game I ever played  for my team called the Kingfishers, and the excitement I had putting on my uniform about three hours before the game. I couldn't wait to play or go to the next practice.  I loved it all: getting on the field,  seeing my teammates,  playing games or practicing skills,  or just even being outdoors and smelling the grass, knowing that I had run, used my body and my brain to play a game.  Now as a coach and developer of players, I still have that same passion for the game and especially helping young players and coaches reach their next levels.  This is what inspired me to start Catalyst Soccer here in Santa Cruz County back in 1999 as young coach.  We have a wonderful soccer community here in Santa Cruz County, many good avenues to play and enjoy the game and we wanted to create a place that was purely for player development.

(A July) Paul_College.jpgI played my college soccer at Santa Clara University and was lucky enough to play for tremendous coaches and a great group of teammates.  This allowed us to win the NCAA National Championship in 1989.   After college I began a seven year professional career, starting here with the San Francisco Blackhawks before going to Europe to play for Admira Wacker in Vienna Austria, and then eventually returning back to the States for the first few years of MLS, playing with the San Jose Clash.   I retired from playing at 28 to begin my formal coaching career and began Catalyst Soccer, along with coaching at UC Santa Cruz for seven years.  Those early years of coaching were very special time for me, as I was coaching on the field with a wide array of ages and abilities. This helped to develop and refine my coaching and developmental philosophies and methods.   Players need to develop technically and tactically at all age levels. Coaches need to understand the varying needs of differing ages yet maintain consistency in building skills development and above all share the joy.

How did Catalyst get started? 

When I first arrived in Santa Cruz County about twenty years ago I was asked to coach a lot of teams.   I think from my playing experiences it was natural for me to enjoy this coaching.   But as I coached the teams, I also felt that we could make a broader stroke on the county, by opening up and developing a training program for all kids, regardless of club, ability level or finances.  We wanted to be a place where if you loved soccer and wanted to play, this was a place to do it in a fun, supportive environment.  We are a developmental supplement to other fine soccer training and playing experiences.

(A July) Catalyst_LittleKidds.jpgCatalyst Soccer was founded in 1999 here in Santa Cruz County.  Now we have programs in Monterey County and throughout the Central Coast.   We exist for the individual player's development.   In particular we want to develop their skills and tactical understanding at each of the game levels, with a focus on ages 4 -14.  We believe having fun and engaging effort are the key ingredients to learning.

Did you have to do side jobs in order to grow your soccer business? 

Yes! As a young coach first starting up Catalyst Soccer, I had 3 or 4 jobs to make it all work.  I was a PE Coach, the Head Coach for UC Santa Cruz and also DOC here in Santa Cruz. After seven years, I moved onto Cal Poly to be their head coach and had an amazing experience there, and now I am the Head Coach for the Quakes Academy for MLS (Major League Soccer).  It is kind of full circle for me to return to Santa Cruz, a place that is in my heart, and to be coaching for the club where I started my professional playing career.

What are your guiding principles in running a business, in working with children? How do you select coaches? What qualities do you (A July) PaulHolocher_twogirls.jpglook for in them?   As a not-for-profit youth mentoring program our guiding principles are to provide youth with excellent teaching in this beautiful game.  We coach and teach them the game and we look for coaches who understand this. Many of our coaches are young college players who have a growing passion for coaching.  We provide training in core games and themes for each age group.   This is not about winning or losing. This is purely about the development of the individual. Our number one focus is on skill development and becoming more comfortable with the ball. We provide scholarship if a family is in need and never turn a player away from the opportunity to come and play if they have the desire.  Seeing a young player learning, having fun and being positively challenged to a new level is rewarding.  This is what a developmental coach is all about.

What have you learned about life from soccer and how has it benefited your family, your lifestyle, your children?

I have learned so much from the sport of soccer.  As a young player growing in the game I learned the joy of playing and the rewards of working hard to improve.  As a player, and as a coach in soccer, especially in competitive soccer, I learned how to deal with ups and downs and also how to prepare, be it in the details of an upcoming training or in how to live a healthy lifestyle.  I am also always learning about how to keep perspective on what is most important in life, which is my relationships with family and friends.   My wife and boys have been great supporters, along with many great friends I have made through the game over the years.  Soccer really does bring people and the world together.

What is it about Catalyst that makes it special for children?

One of my former college coaches once called me a "catalyst' and it resonated and stuck with me.  A catalyst instigates change in some form.   I have had the opportunity to coach at every level of the youth game and I feel confident all these experiences have prepared me well to coach effectively at any level. My platform has been the sport of soccer and in this respect our goal has always been for Catalyst Soccer to be an arena for young kids to be inspired in the game, whether it is a summer soccer camp or a mentoring program.  If we can make it a special and fun and even spark a fire or passion for the game, we will have reached our goals.

 

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  Birds in our Parks

(A July) Bird_stellarjay.jpgIn the Big Basin Birds pamphlet, there's a handy, extensive checklist of birds.

"Many of these birds can be found near the campgrounds and headquarters (these are labeled HQ ), but you'll need to search more than one of the park's major habitats to find them all. Some species are here year-round thanks to the mild winters in the Redwood Forest, but others are migratory and are just passing through. Spotting birds and other wildlife can be thrilling, but it is an activity that requires careful observation and some patience."

Saturday, July 9, 9:30am What's that Bird? Big Basin.  This easy, one-mile stroll with Docent Karen DeMello will introduce you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them-but they're not required. Meet at Park Headquarters.

Saturday, July 9, 8am  Birding in Waddell Valley.  Beginners and advanced birders alike are invited to join us for an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife in Waddell Valley. We will take our time and move slowly. Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp spring day. We will meet at the deck in front of the Nature Center. Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport. 427-2288.

 

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  Ami: How to Enjoy Being Wrong

By Ami Chen Mills-Naïm

Most of us hate to be wrong. Being wrong seems like some kind of weakness. It's embarrassing to be proven wrong. We thought we were so right, convinced we were! And then some new fact, or piece of information punctures our self-righteous bubble.

(A July) AmiChen_Outdoors2.jpgFrom my view, one of the best things in life is actually to discover that you're wrong! Especially in families, we carry thoughts about ourselves and others: "My husband doesn't really care about me," "She will never change," "There is no solution to this," "My children have too many problems," "My children are being disrespectful," "My children are not smart ... My children-etc. etc."

And then there other thoughts, about ourselves: "I am not good enough"  ... "I am not a good parent" ... "I am not a good husband/wife/employee/business owner," or, "I am not OK. I am not worthy" or "I am not going to be OK."

What if we are wrong about these thoughts? What if the thought, "My husband (or wife) doesn't care about me," has more to do with our own narrow interpretation of events, rather than what is true?

Even if my thought is ostensibly "positive"-about how superior I am (or my family is), the attitude of superiority can render us rigid, constantly looking for ways to prove that we are better than others, unable to truly connect.

What if we are wrong?

What a relief!

What if we are simply in the same boat with all the other human beings around us-sometimes correct, sometimes incorrect-living lives that are often beautiful and loving, and sometimes messy and a bit crazy.

Willing to be wrong means willing to go into the unknown. Perhaps my child is being disrespectful, but why? What is going on inside of him? Perhaps, he is just testing a new boundary, growing in a healthy way. If we stop gathering evidence for our own position, we may begin to truly see.

Willing to be wrong means opening up to new possibilities, new thoughts, new insights, new views of life and new solutions to old problems. With a little practice, we can come to enjoy being wrong. Admitting to being wrong means that we have stepped back into learning, and seeing life with new eyes.

So, be happy to be wrong! Be quick to admit the error of your thinking. And you will find that life rewards you with the blessing of seeing and feeling life anew again and again.

Ami Chen Mills-Naim is a family and individual well-being coach, and global speaker. She is author of The Spark Inside and State of Mind in the Classroom. She leads a monthly drop-in class at Santa Cruz Yoga, second Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 pm. Next classes are: this Saturday, July 9 and Aug. 13. See www.AmiChen.com and "Events" for more info on this class and global events.

 

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  Christine: Antibiotics Changes Children's Gut Bacteria

(A July) EColiBacteria.jpgHere is information from yet another microbiome study that seems to show that killing off our friendly local bacteria is bad for us.

Researchers in Finland followed 39 babies from birth until they turned 3 years old. (I suspect they are still monitoring the little cherubs.)

However, at age 3, the scientists looked at the resident microbe population. Every human has a huge resident population. These do many useful things such as aid in digestion. The study showed that among these children, half had 9-15 antibiotic treatment and half had none. The children without antibiotics had a much more diverse and more stable community of microbes. Read more>>>>

Christine is a local mom and scientist who enjoys making complex science understandable for all of us!  Catch her website for lots of neat scientific information!

 

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You're invited!

Join Ami Chen Mills-Naim at Second Saturdays for Mind & Spirit at Santa Cruz Yoga.

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Come as you are!

Saturday, July 9, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Santa Cruz Yoga
402 Ingalls St
Santa Cruz

Drop In $15.

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