COLLEGE PARK, Md. - With the opening of the 2011 season just a week away, the Maryland water polo team held a two-day training session last week for the body and mind.
The program's first-ever 'Judgment Day' was a leadership development and team building training directed by collegiate/professional athletes and special operations warriors.
The program aimed to make each team better by challenging student-athletes to commit to three core principles:
1.) To Be Mentally and Physically
2.) Never Make Excuses
3.) To Work Hard By Doing One More
"This challenge was an invaluable experience that has totally changed our team" assistant coach Serela Kay said.
"Through this challenge our girls gained a better understanding of what it means to be mentally and physically tough, they are more aware of preparation and how important the 'little things' are, and they are more united as a team. This has been an incredibly positive experience for both the players and coaches that our team refers back to daily."
Carl Salyer, who is about to enter his seventh season as head coach of the Terps, found it to be valuable experience for his team which lost just one senior from last year's squad.
"The Judgment Day staff taught and reinforced the attributes that the girls need to be able to play at the highest level," Salyer said.
"They set a great tone for the start of our season. At the end of the two-day training, the program's leaders honored two student-athletes. Sophomore Allison Campbell was honored as the student-athlete that best exemplified The Program's ethos and core principles, while the Judgment Day staff deemed freshmen Maddie Murphy `most athletic.'"
Release courtesy Maryland Athletic Communications