My name is Matt Kushi and welcome to my Athletics and Coaching Lessons site. I am from a small, but busy, farm town on the shores of the Connecticut River called Hadley, Massachusetts. With a passion for agriculture and sports, my interests are diverse.
Anyone who has spent time with me knows that I have had a lifelong love affair with sports, especially baseball. Like many others, my best playing days are long behind me and were not that spectacular to watch. However, the lessons and opportunity that sports have provided to me are invaluable and ones that I will take with me always.
Athletics are not merely an activity that one partakes in. Rather it can be a world of lessons and opportunity for those who wish to learn from athletics and utilize the outlet that it provides. Athletics can teach us not only about games but how to lead a healthy lifestyle. It teaches us about physical education. It teaches us life lessons and exposes us to values such as teamwork, independence and hard work. If you are good enough, you can make a living out of your particular sport. Furthermore, with the heightened exposure of athletes in today’s society, you can raise awareness and aid causes.
In order for this all to work, people (both athletic participants and society) need to understand the role that athletics plays in society. Athletes need to be aware of what athletics can provide them. There also need to be coaches providing a proper education of the lessons to be learned and the fundamentals of the game.
The following is my own athletics game and lesson plan that I think is a good way to view athletics and enables a team to succeed as well as an individual. The postings will be aimed at teaching the role of athletics in society, teaching the fundamentals of sports (all games) and the life lessons that can be learned from athletics. By no means am I always right and disagreeing is alright. Please read and take what you may from the website.
My lessons are built upon hard work and a firm but open approach that focuses on game fundamentals and strategies, self awareness, teamwork and a successful mentality that is applicable in developing in life as well as on the athletic field of play.
Aside from my playing experience (youth through high school and a local amateur baseball league), I worked as a student manager for the UMass Baseball for 4 years and as a volunteer staff member for a 1/2 year where I also helped with the summer clinics. I have also studied different theories of coaching and taken note of lessons I have learned through experience and in my time as a Sport Management major at UMass.
I have served as a coordinator/site supervisor for Hadley’s Park and Recreation Department where I supervised instructional league athletics. Currently, I am working on this Athletic Coaching site.