Posted by: crd012 | May 9, 2010

My Reflection on the Coaching Project

My Final Reflection on the Coaching Project

Looking back on this project I am glad that I chose my passion as coaching. This was a rather enjoyable project for me to do because it was something that I truly love to do. Before I took this class I loved baseball and I knew that I enjoyed coaching kids the game. Therefore, when I had to do a video of me coaching kids how to pitch, a powerpoint on coaching the game, and a paper on why I love the game, it was something that did not feel like a burden.

At the end of the project I did not do everything that I would have wanted to do for presenting my coaching abilities but with the time restrictions that I had on me I feel that I did well. Ideally, I would have liked to run a practice as a coach so that I would have gotten a chance to work with players on all the elements of the game instead of just pitching and implement my practice drills. If had been able to work on all parts of the game I would have gotten to know the players better. I would have been able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and been bring about some improvements in their game. Furthermore and probably more importantly, if I had been able to run a practice I would have developed a relationship with them, instead of being a stranger that was helping the pitchers out for a day.

For my project I was able to meet up with Coach Glenn Fisher. Coach Fisher was great in granting me an interview despite his busy schedule and then on the same day providing me access to his team when he had to coach his other team. He was able to set up an hour long session with his pitchers so I could do my project and show them the finer points of pitching. I was able to have a friend film me as I went through the five steps of pitching with the pitchers. By doing the five steps I was able to identify exactly what was wrong in some of the mechanics of their pitching motion.

After working on their pitching motion I was able to watch the pitchers throw some pitches and see any issues that might develop in their throwing release. Usually when the pitcher was throwing a ball I was able to point out exactly what they did wrong and how they should fix it. Lastly, I also worked with the pitchers on throwing more advanced pitches. I taught four out of the six pitchers my changeup. My changeup is one that is rather hard for young kids to throw so I also showed a different variation of the pitch that was more suitable for pitchers their age.

At the end of the day I had about 26 minutes of raw footage which I had to convert into a video. I spent about 3 hours editing the film to make a nine minute movie which I presented to the rest of the class. The movie showed me showing the five steps of pitching and it showed the progress that I made with the individual pitchers. From there I created a powerpoint in which I talked about the importance of coaching and how I would coach. After creating that powerpoint I wrote a 10 page paper on why I love baseball, why I was passionate about baseball, how I would coach, and quotes from the coaches that I interviewed.

Looking back on this project it reinforced my desire to be in sports during my life. Although I became fatigued playing the game of baseball a few years ago I have realized that I still love the game. I want one day for my career to be in sports and I one day want to be the coach of my kid’s team. I want to be able to disperse the knowledge that I have gained from my various coaches and my father to the kids that I will teach.

Through this project I have learned that coaches have been a huge part of my development as a person. I did not really realize this until I did this project. I knew that my coaches were big in my development as a player but I did not really realize that they have helped me grow as a person. The more I coach kids the more I realize that coaches are truly the role models of their players and coaches need to act accordingly. Coaches should instill discipline, respect, and hard work. If you have a coach that does not preach these things than the kids will not develop those attributes. As a coaching you should be coaching kids how to be a good, productive person first, and then teach them the finer points of the game.

For future students that have to do this project I would recommend that you do something that you truly enjoy. I feel that a lot of the projects that were done in our class were things that people were curious about, not necessarily something that they were truly passionate about. People should do projects like mine and Matt Carr’s which are projects that we would do whether it was assigned to us or not. The one day that we had class outside I saw Matt build stick houses without having to do it. I would coach a kids team without being assigned to it. Future students should do a project that will not be a burden for them, but something that they want to do.

In the end this was certainly not the hardest final project I have ever had to do. But I might have done the most work for this project compared to other final projects. For this project I created a video, made a powerpoint, and wrote an 11 page paper but since it was something that I enjoyed it was not difficult to do. I enjoyed this project and it increased my desire to one day coach my kid’s baseball team.

Posted by: Jordi | April 30, 2010

Sunday 2-4 pm Smith Lounge


Our showcase is Sunday, from 2-4.  We were assigned Smith Lounge.  Everyone know where it is?

I’ll bring some refreshments.

I’ll bring a set of peer evaluation forms for everyone.

Posted by: seanmking | April 20, 2010

Reignting the Passion! Questions

Below are the sample interview questions I will ask the professional athletes I interview.  I would appreciate any feedback  the class has on questions you would like me to ask that would pertain to this project.

Possible Interview questions regarding Monetization of Passion:

1)      Growing up, did you play multiple sports or just (sport)?

  1. If multiple -> When did you decide to focus solely on (sport)
  2. Did you choose to play (sport) because you had the most passion for it or because you were best at it and saw a future in it?

2)      Did you always want to become a professional (sport) player?

  1. If no -> When did you figure out that you were good enough to play professionally?

3)      How many years have you been playing professionally?

  1. What teams have you been on and for how long?

4)      How has your passion for (sport) given you the chance to be successful in ways that the vast majority of players were not able to be?

  1. Do you think you still have the same intense drive today that once allowed you to excel beyond everyone else?

5)      Do you view (sport) the same way now (meaning, now that you are a professional) as opposed to when you were just an amateur?

  1. If no -> What is different?
  2. Is there more pressure?

6)      Now that (sport) is your livelihood, do you find yourself thinking of (sport) as a job, and practice as work?

  1. If yes -> Does that remove some of the element of the sport that you once loved?

7)      Professional athletes are arguably some of the most competitive people on the planet; however, changing teams and cities may remove some of the team aspect from the game.

  1. Do you think players feel the same connection to their professional team as they did towards their college team or youth teams?

8)      Would you say you embody the hacker work ethic? (Hackers work insanely hard, but they are passionate about their work and enjoy it.)

Posted by: lindabundy | April 20, 2010

Volunteering Update


I have conducted all of my interviews, which is a nice milestone to have behind me. Some of the responses were as I had anticipated, but some of the responses really surprised me. I have set up a format that I like for my newsletter. (I’m not completely satisfied with the lay-out/aesthetics, but I’m hoping to have the appearance as I want it by this weekend.) I’m working on rough drafts for all of the articles, and ironing-out the flow of articles within the newsletter.

Posted by: Jordi | April 19, 2010

Important Information for Week of 4/19-4/26

Hello all,

Here is what I got out of our “frank” conversation Friday about your projects.  There are three topics: how to evaluate your project, how the showcase will work, and how to update this blog for your and our benefit.  This post EXPECTS some feedback from you either in the comments here or in an email to me.  Read it carefully.

A)    Evaluating your hacker project.

  1. Part of grade will be from peer evaluation from the showcase.
  2. We did not discuss the weight.  I suggest 30%.
  3. We will need a peer evaluation form.  Please look at the project guidelines  handed out and that are a page on the blog.  Based on this, what criteria would you be looking for in your peers?  Please respond by Thursday on the blog.
  4. The evaluation I will do will be on a contract basis between you and me.  To do this, you will need to look over your copy of The Hacker Ethic as well as the project guidelines and your own proposal.  Your goal is to have a complete set of criteria by which you and I can assess your project.  You need to email me by Thursday afternoon a draft contract of how you expect to be evaluated.
    1. i.      This should include the following: the purpose of your project; the specific elements or components you will do; how you will share it in the showcase.  You can include anything else you think relevant in evaluating your project.
    2. ii.      These should lead to a set of criteria for evaluating your work.  Some examples might include: clarity of idea, originality of thinking, thoroughness of research, completeness of project, quality of interactivity, quality of multimedia, accuracy of writing and/or communication; degree that project enabled you to experience your hacker passion; degree that other elements of hacker work ethic are evident (solving a problem; using a community to solve; having a nethic of information sharing).  I am looking for how the idea of the hacker ethic is evident in your proposed contract.
    3. iii.      For each criteria, please specify 3 levels of quality.
  5. I will look over these Thursday night and reply by email with a proposed final version.  Friday, we will use part of class for us to meet individually to finalize these.

B)    Showcase- Sharing your Projects

  1. The basic format is that everyone will have some sort of visual/interactive aspect of their project to share.  This should take whatever form is most important for your project.  If you need any copying, especially large format, I will need to know by Thursday April 28.
  2. We agreed that the showcase would be Sunday, May 2 in the afternoon.  What time?
    1. i.      1-3?
    2. ii.      2-4?
    3. iii.      3-5?
  3. I will find a space.
  4. I’ll take care of some Sunday afternoon food and drink.
  5. Since this is when you all will be evaluating each other, I propose we divide it up so that for half the time half of you wander around and see what your classmates have done.  For the other half, the other half will wander.  When it is not your wandering time, you can be at your “station” where you will have whatever you are showcasing from your project.  This can be a poster, parts of your paper, examples of the work you have done, a laptop with relevant elements and so on.
  6. Anyone can invite other folks if they want to.  I know some of you are doing projects that I can think of people who would be interested.

C)    Updates on the blog:

  1. Some of you need to update your page with what your project is.  You do not need to add things if it is pretty clear.  Some of you are still kind of amorphous about what you are doing and its final form.  This is the time to fix that.  The idea is that this is a reference for any of us to know what you are doing.  Done with page: Heather, Alison, Linda, Ross, Mike.
  2. By this Thursday, post an update of how you are doing and what you will do next.
Posted by: crd012 | April 19, 2010

Coaching Decisions

So I have decided to one write a paper about coaching. This paper will include about how I feel the best way to approach coaching baseball to kids, practice and game strategies, why I like coaching baseball, comments from the coaches that I interview and probably problems that coaches run into or mistakes they make. On April 27th I have a meeting with Coach Glenn. If that meeting goes well and I can get a bullpen with his pitchers as soon as possible I will video tape that and showing the drills and things that I change of the mechanics for the pitchers. If he lets me know that I can not get a bullpen with his pitchers quick enough I will do my own video of me pitching showing my pitches, various drills that I do, the stretching and warm ups that I do, and explanations of what to do after you have pitched.

Posted by: seanmking | April 15, 2010

Reigniting the Passion!


UPDATE ( April 14th)

As we discussed in class, I am going to look at if professional athletes are still as passionate about their sport as they once were.  Every year millions of kids start playing basketball, soccer, baseball, etc.  Beyond innate ability, there is a drive in some kids that allows them to succeed in ways that 99% of us don’t.  I plan on looking at when they realized that they were good enough to turn their passion into a career.  I also plan on asking them how being paid to do something that most people do for fun has changed their attitude towards playing their sport.  As the one presenter said, they found what they loved and “monetized” it.

As part of the collaborative, open-source ethic that we read about, I would like to ask the class for any professional athletes that they know and I could possibly get in contact with.  If you know anyone that would be willing to talk with me for a short amount of time please either comment on my post or bring it up in class, it would be much appreciated.


After digesting your comments I have decided to go ahead with my original idea.  According to The Hacker Ethic, the primary motivation for hackers is to create something that will be seen as valuable by one’s peer community.  A lot of the comments that I received were from people who have gone through the same realization that I have.

I think my project could take a two-pronged approach.  First, look at what makes professional athletes able to put in hours that the average athletes does not.  Second, to see how athletics play a role in the lives of former student-athletes.  At this point I’m planning on writing a paper combining the research I do along with research that is already out there.

Growing up, soccer was my passion.  Every day, my brother and I would come home from school and spend hours in our backyard pretending we were our favorite soccer players.  We would practice ridiculous plays, joke around, and fully take on the hacker ethic in our ‘training’.  Many of the moves we practiced could never be used in a game, but rather were shown before practice or in-between games to gain status among other players.
Some time during my college career, soccer was no longer the sport I loved to play.  The creativity and passion was gone and it became my duty to play.  During my four-year career I have seen players quit because it felt like a job, and other players that only stayed on for the camaraderie.  Their lifelong passion was gone, but they loved the team too much to quit.
For my project I would like to talk to scholar-athletes–from all different types of sports–that have graduated and see how much their former passion is still a part of their lives.  I plan on asking them how much they play their particular sport, in what form, and why they still play.
Also, I plan to ask my brother and his teammates on the Seattle Sounders if they still have the passion for the game or if they just play for the paycheck.  I think this will be particularly interesting because almost everyone would love to be a professional athlete.  In professional sports you can see how the players that that make it to the top and stay there are the players that keep the passion and love the sport they play.  This is obvious from watching players like Zinedine Zidane and Michael Jordan.  These players always played with smiles on their faces and rose to the top of their respective sports and will remain there as legends.
The ultimate goal of my project is to see how former student-athletes transitioned from playing competitively in college to playing for fun—even if its semi-competitively—in the real world.  I hope that from talking with former student-athletes, to be able to regain my love for playing soccer and the passion that used to captivate me when I was younger.
By April 9th I would like to have the list of questions I will originally ask the former student-athletes as well as the set of questions I will ask my brother and his teammates.  By April 16th I will—either through email or phone interviews—have asked my interviewees my questions and analyze the responses that have come in.  If necessary, I will follow-up with some of the interviewees and begin incorporating the responses into a final paper and presentation to the class.

Posted by: mmagill | April 14, 2010

My Final Project Proposal

My plan for this project has taken new shape and I am ready to move forward with my plan. I have always enjoyed playing and listening to music. One of my favorite activities/hobbies is finding new artists and learning more about them. I have been fascinated with the music industry my entire life and would love to ultimately make a living working in the industry.

My initial plan was to create a business model that involves music in some way or another. I had come up with a plan for an open source music development site which has been started (see: Next, I thought about creating a microfinance service for musicians as a means of starting tours, recordings etc, this too has been started (see:

Obviously this was a bit frustrating in terms of trying to develop my project goals. After meeting with Jordi I have decided to move forward with a project that will explore the current state of the music industry. What I hope to gain from this project is a greater understanding of some of the most recent trends regarding: intellectual property rights, recording, financing, touring, popular music, independent music, and hopefully a few other aspects of the industry. I would like to investigate the success of and in terms of success rates, usage and popularity. I would like a portion of my project to be dedicated to my personal analysis of these sites as I was initially interested in creating something along these lines.

I see my project taking the form of a “docu-presentation.” This format will resemble our 1st paper but will likely be more polished and potentially involve audio and video formatting. I plan on writing a narrative to be synced with my presentation.

I plan on conducting a great deal of research next week and would hope to start writing by the end of the week. I would like to get started on creating my presentation the following week.

In terms of sharing my work with others I am fine with the idea of a showcase where we can invite friends. I like Linda’s idea and agree that this will be best on a Sunday or a weekday.

Posted by: Jordi | April 14, 2010

Each Person has a Page

I set up a “page” for each of you to give us the blueprint/schema/outline of your project.

I explained this in the email.

Would that be helpful for your project and to follow others’?

Posted by: lindabundy | April 8, 2010

Final Project Presentation Idea

In thinking about how we could present our artwork at the end of our projects…

Could we hold a showcase event on May 2nd (maybe a mid-afternoon event) in an open venue (maybe the LC center room, or Larison Dining Hall, or some spot that can open like these)? We could all give a brief synopsis of what our work has entailed, and then there could be time for the audience members to go around to each of us (who would ideally have some sort of material with us…maybe pictures, maybe posters, maybe a laptop set-up, maybe stick houses, etc.) so we could talk about our projects more in-depth and answer any questions. The entire event could be advertised along the lines of “Being a hacker? Isn’t that illegal?”. We could advertise it to the campus at large, but we could also invite people personally that may have a vested interest in our project. For example, since I’m doing a project focusing on volunteering, I may personally invite Poppy Goforth and Janice Butler and maybe even management faculty involved with MGMT 101. Whoever is doing the baseball project may want to invite local tener league baseball coaches. And so forth.

I’m not sure if there’s anything really viable in this idea, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to throw it out there. Thoughts?

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