Aug. 13, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team arrived on campus to open preseason training camp on Tuesday, August 7 with a series of meetings. On August 8-9, the Friars took part in a two-day leadership development and team building opportunity with "The Program".
The Program, an organization based in Woburn, Mass., was founded in 2008 with the mission of providing high schools, professional and collegiate teams and corporate organizations with the best leadership and team building development in the country. The Program's mission is to create better leaders and more cohesive teams. The methods with which they are able to promote this mission are by creating adverse physical and mental situations, and forcing the participants to perform outside of their comfort zone. The adverse situations help set a standard of operation for the participants, which ultimately binds them together and promotes the development of better teammates and leaders. This fully enforces the idea that, when working together as one unit and attacking the mission, success will always be within reach. The Program staff members who came on campus to work with the Friar field hockey team were Jake and Genevieve.
"Judgment Day was an incredible way to start our season," Head Coach Diane Madl said. "It allowed us an opportunity to truly see who we are and the possibilities that exist when we work together and take care of each other. Judgment Day set our team compass pointing toward our mission in the BIG EAST and our student athletes are all in. We are confident that we will build on the lessons provided through this experience."
Day 1 of the program, known as "Judgment Day" took place on Lennon Family Field, which is the home venue of the field hockey program. The session, which featured a military-style approach, lasted approximately three hours and consisted of calisthenics, activities and competitions using sandbags and log poles, challenges and various lessons in team concept. During the session, many of the players were asked to take on leadership positions. Teammates also were challenged to become better teammates and attack every "mission" 100%.
Day 2 of the program was spent entirely in the pool, as the team began its training session at 5:00 a.m. The premise of the training remained the same, but consisted of treading water. Keeping in mind, not everyone on the team is an accomplished swimmer, the training forced the team to attack the exercise using teamwork. The exercise also required the players to wear sweatpants and sweatshirts, adding additional weight to their bodies. The sweatpants and sweatshirts actually served as tools for some of the challenges presented by The Program staff. At the conclusion of the session, Jake and Genevieve wrapped up with the team and then spent time debriefing with the coaching staff.
"Judgement Day couldn't have come at a better time, for not only our 2012 team, but our Providence Field Hockey program in general," Assistant Coach Lisa Wasser said. "The approach 'The Program' used to build leadership, team cohesiveness and discipline was different than anything they have ever experienced. It was beyond my expectations. The discipline instilled in our team will go beyond the two days we trained together. It will impact our everyday approach to field hockey and our daily lives."
Providence will continue its preseason training camp, leading up to its season opener on Tuesday, August 28 against Maine. The game is scheduled to be played in Orono, Maine at 4:00 p.m. The Friars will host Boston University it their home opener on Friday, August 31 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
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