Denver, CO—May 14, 2015
Harrow Sports is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its Elite Team, Amanda Sobhy. One of the most decorated players in US Squash history, Sobhy signed with Harrow after finishing her college career at Harvard, with four individual national championships to her name.
Sobhy began her international career with a splash, becoming the only player under the age of 17 to win three major Women’s Squash Association (WSA) titles. The 2010 World Junior Women’s Champion, Amanda continues to dazzle the squash community and make history. Not only is she the only American squash player to reach the quarterfinals in the Tournament of Champions, but Amanda also took home gold at her first official event as a professional in the Texas Open last month. She is currently ranked at #10 in the world, showing obvious promise to climb the rankings.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Harrow Family,” states Mark Hayden, Harrow Sports CEO. “She is a stellar competitor and we couldn't be more excited to have a player of her caliber join us.”
"Amanda is one of the smartest and hardest working people I have met in the squash community and I am personally gratified that she has chosen to work with Harrow", added Dave Rosen, Harrow Vice President of Racquet Sports. "I've come to know Amanda and her family very well over her unparalleled career as a junior and collegiate player and look forward to working with Amanda as she continues to establish herself as an internationally renowned squash professional."
After inking her name on the dotted line, Sobhy commented “"I am really excited to be a part of Team Harrow. Signing with Harrow was an obvious choice for me as they continue to grow into one of the worldwide leaders in squash. Their support of the squash community, dedication to delivering the best possible products and their personalized service truly sets them apart from the competition. I am happy to be representing Harrow as I begin my professional career and am looking forward to working with this great company for years to come."
April 14, 2015----Denver, Colorado, Harrow Sports is pleased to announce the newest edition to its Elite Team, Marwan El Shorbagy of Egypt. Currently poised at 12th in the world, Shorbagy is the highest ranked male player to endorse Harrow products, both on and off the court.
Shorbagy made his PSA debut at the young age of 17 and has continued to make a name for himself in the squash community, being only the third player in history to capture two World Junior Championships back to back. He is also the only player to win multiple individual and team World Titles.
"We are thrilled to welcome Marwan to our team," Harrow CEO, Mark Hayden states, "He embodies what our brand is about, demanding excellence, delivering results and most importantly, growing the game of squash. We welcome Marwan with the utmost excitement and look forward to a long and successful relationship."
"I am very excited to be a part of the Harrow Team," comments Marwan after signing his contract. "Harrow has proven themselves as big squash company and I know we will enjoy a great partnership together for an extended period of time. I already can't wait to get that first racquet in my hands!"
USA Field Hockey and the Sport Development Team proudly announce the launch of a new youth development initiative, RISE Instructional Clinics. RISE, which stands for “Responsible, Impactful, Sustainable, Empowering,” was created as a next step for FUNdamental Field Hockey and other programs, such as high schools and clubs, that are looking to create the youth base of our sport (ages 11 and under) in a recreational environment. RISE Instructional Clinics not only provide young players the opportunity to enjoy a USA Field Hockey clinic with local coaches, but every registrant will receive a U-12 membership, a t-shirt and stick. Harrow Sports, which also provides the equipment for FUNdamental Field Hockey, has agreed to provide each registered player with a t-shirt and stick. Furthermore, each of our 10 RISE sites in 2015 will be awarded a Coaching Education Program Level 1 Instructional Clinic in 2016. More detailed information on how the program works is provided in the application available here.
“RISE Instructional Clinics are an important step in our sport development strategic plan for creating a recreational base of youth field hockey players in the United States,” shared newly appointed National Development Director, Kyle Boyer. “They will empower the local level to host their own events with our support of curriculum and equipment. The Coaching Education piece in the second year is imperative since as we grow the number of players, we need to ensure we grow the number of qualified coaches to responsibly grow the game.”
Boyer recently took over the sport development reigns in January having spent the past 6 years with US Lacrosse in coaching education. Harrow Sports Field Hockey Brand Manager, Alli Tanner, shared, “Harrow Sports is thrilled to partner with USA Field Hockey as the Official Sponsor and Equipment Supplier of the Rise program. Our involvement stems from our dedication to grow the game and provide young athletes with the opportunity to play consistently in a structured atmosphere. Harrow Sports now proudly sponsors three USA Field Hockey development programs including the FUNdamental Field Hockey Program, Rise and Futures.”
RISE Instructional Clinics for 2015, will be held from June through December, but in following years, can be hosted from April through November. All clinic expenses will be absorbed by USA Field Hockey including payment of sites, coaches and athletic trainers. The clinics will cost $75 per player through online registration, which will be held on USA Field Hockey’s website once the application for RISE is approved. In 2015, there will be 10 sites selected.
In anticipation of this week’s matches against Argentina at Spooky Nook Sports, I thought I’d give some insight into the history of our contentious yet budding rivalry. Games will be held February 13th (6:30pm), 14th (4pm), 16th (6:30pm), and 18th (6:30pm). Check your local TV listing for details on the live broadcast.
Our rivalry with Argentina, it’s like a modern-day adaptation of David and Goliath, only our version picks up in the aftermath of the epic showdown - the 2011 Pan American Game Final - and comes with a slight plot twist, Goliath, Argentina in our case, didn’t vanish after we became victors.
With each contest, the rivalry grows. Here’s what you need to know:
Argentina, ranked #2 in the world, is one of the most dominant nations, alongside the Netherlands and Australia, in international hockey. Their play, typical of its South American roots, is tenacious and energetic, seductively skillful, blazing with fanciful flashes of flare and fire. The crown of Las Leonas, as they are colloquially known in Argentina, glints with the gold of World Championships, the silver and bronzes of Olympics.
USA, ranked #8, is one of the emerging nations on the world hockey scene. Traditionally known for our physical prowess and relentless discipline, our typically brutish play has been technically and tactically refined in recent years. The sophistication enhances our inherent physical abilities and mental fortitude, making us, in my opinion, one of the most dynamic and interesting forces in the game right now.
The storyline hasn’t always been so riveting. In fact, until a few years ago, it was downright predictable. The trailer would’ve read something like this:
America, dutifully playing the role of pesky, Pan-American under study, valiantly takes the field to overcome the seemingly invincible Las Leonas. Chest’s puffing with the forged bravado of belief, the Americans’ style, physical and resilient, keeps the contest close, yet inevitably, the Argentines always pull away victorious.
Argentina had an edge on us. We’d try, try, try, but deep down, I think we questioned whether we belonged. Something needed to change. We needed to reformulate our strategy, figure out what was holding us back, and do something about it.
Our task was to bring Goliath, in our own minds, down to size. Because, you see, here’s the thing about David and Goliath, Goliath so believed his own invincibility, that David was, to him, a mere nuisance. Yet, David didn’t buy the bluster. He saw Goliath for what he was, a massive, skilled, trained, yet most importantly, a mortal fighter. David called Goliath’s bluff.
For years, we’d been buying into the Argentine bluff, trying, and failing, to outdo them at their own game. David didn’t beat Goliath with brute force. We had to find a way to create an even playing field, that meant playing to our strengths – using our discipline to win the small battles, and our resilience to stay in the moment, resisting the urge of getting caught up in the Argentine storyline.
Eventually, the mental block began to unravel. It didn’t happen overnight. It took patience. We lost many more games, but with each loss we learned, and in time we were able to take the field without the weight of the albatross around our necks. We were free to play the game.
In 2011, we had an historic victory over the Las Leonas in the Pan American Games Final. Since then, the scorecard has been pretty even. We won in the 2012 Olympics, tied in pool play at the 2014 World Cup, and in our last meeting, for the World Cup Bronze Medal, we lost 2-1.
With a new cast of characters, the upcoming games will open a new chapter in our ever-evolving rivalry. As they seek to stay atop the world rankings, and we yearn to climb the ladder, much still remains to be written. The only difference now is that Goliath knows the name of David. It’s the United States of America.
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The National Women’s Lacrosse League has announced a partnership with Harrow Sports starting immediately. John McCarthy, commissioner of the NWLL, had this to say about the partnership.
"We are very pleased to enter into an agreement with Harrow Sports,” stated McCarthy. “They have been very proactive with the NWLL, and with the growth of our league, it's a great time for both of us to partner. I'm confident that this will be a genuine win-win partnership."
Harrow Sports has been a leader in the women's lacrosse industry since they introduced one of the game's first carbon graphite shafts in 2003. Harrow has continued to innovate from that day forward and believe that their product offerings are among the most technologically advanced in the market. With the personalized service, custom craftsmanship, and a team of passionate and dedicated employees, Harrow Sports is changing the Sporting Goods industry
Keith M. Krasney, the director of sales for Harrow Sports, had this to say about the partnership with the NWLL.
"We are extremely excited about our new partnership with the NWLL,” mentioned Krasney. “This partnership continues our commitment to women's lacrosse and elevating the sport's presence throughout the world. We look forward to providing our innovative equipment and apparel to all the athletes."
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When developing your players for maximum performance, what really pushes them to an elite level?
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recently published a report based on a survey distributed to nearly 2,000 U.S. Olympic athletes. The survey intended to gauge what the USOC could do to improve the quality and effectiveness of programs focused on talent identification and development.
What do the Olympics have to do with your team of players you don’t choose and whose motivation varies? This information can help coaches of any sport and any age group guide their teams to success.
According to the USOC report, the top two reasons Olympic athletes gave for pursuing elite levels of performance were “intrinsic love of activity” (they liked being active) and love of the sport. What does that tell me as a coach? It’s my job to get my players to love being active and to love lacrosse.
It’s my job to make it fun.
Format your practices so that the mindset of the athletes becomes, “I want to go to practice,” as opposed to the all-too-often-heard, “I have to go to practice.” Get your players addicted to lacrosse. Implement drills with a fast pace, high touch counts and opportunities for frequent participation.
Another factor contributing to the desire to achieve at the highest level, according to the USOC report, was multi-sport athleticism. College lacrosse coaches almost universally prefer athletes who play multiple sports in high school. The data collected by the USOC reinforces that preference. Most Olympians did not specialize in their sport until very late in their development. Even then, some continued to participate in other sports.
It is downright painful to hear a 9-year-old say he or she solely plays lacrosse year-round, switching between teams based on the season. Research shows the best athletes in the world participated in at least two sports through high school. Ninety-seven percent of USOC respondents who followed that path credited multi-sport participation directly for their success.
If you ask your players to commit to lacrosse full time, you are holding them back and limiting their upside.
In his book, “Outliers,” Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000-hour rule that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. We might be tempted to interpret this to mean we must constantly practice one thing to become excellent at it. But would you want an athlete who 10,000 hours playing wall ball or one who divided 10,000 hours between basketball, hockey and lacrosse?
We can teach kids to catch and throw. Some say we can’t teach them to be athletes. I refute that. If we encourage and expect multi-sport participation, we indirectly teach them to be athletes.
The USOC surveyed more than 300 athletes who competed in one or more Olympics between 2000 and 2012 to identify the factors and circumstances surrounding their success.
Intrinsic love of activity – 4.32
Love of sport – 4.309
Early success – 3.583
Parental influence – 3.489
Coaches recruitment – 3.400
Peer recruitment – 2.805
Sibling recruitment – 2.557
PE teacher influence – 2.299
Coaches that can infuse competition with athlete-centric success and fun will set up athletes for a great experience.
Age U10 – 3.11
Age 10-14 – 2.99
Age 15-18 – 2.2
Age 19-22 – 1.27
Age 22-older – 1.31
The findings indicate that Olympians were involved in an average of three sports per year until age 14, which belies the notion that early specialization is critical to long-term success. Multi-sport play appeared to be beneficial to these Olympians.
Over to you. How would you identify the factors that influence your lacrosse player’s sport decision? Is it one or more of the eight above, or something else? Let us know in the comments section.
TJ Buchanan is the coaching education content manager at US Lacrosse.
Denver, Colo. – Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - The 2014 Wadi Degla Women’s World Squash Championship match between #1 Nicol David and #3 Raneem El Welily came down to mere minutes and inches. With relentless spirit, David saved four match-balls to capture the 2014 title over home favorite El Welily. World No.3 El Welily was truly remarkable on the court winning the first and third game to give her an early 2/1 advantage but fell just short against David. Another Harrow highlight featured Omneya Abdel Kawy playing against Low Wee Wern in the quarterfinals. Kawy won 12/10, 11/3, 11/4 against Wern before meeting Nicol David in the semifinal. Omneya Abdel Kawy was up 2/1 after 3 games, but David finished the final two games to end the competitive match. Congratulations to Raneem and Nicol for playing a historic 66 minutes of squash! We would also like to congratulate all of our Harrow Pros on a superb squash weekend in Cairo.
#USJO14 - This past weekend junior squash players from thirty-five countries met to compete in the 2014 U.S. Junior Open Championship. Roughly one thousand athletes took center stage on 43 courts to participate against the best. The U.S. Junior Open is a World Squash Federation Circuit tier two level tournament and features all age divisions. Congratulations to the following 2014 U.S. Junior Open Champions: Walid Hedia, Stefanoni, Abbas, Watanabe, Sedky, El Torkey, Yacout, Elmashad, Ilbrahim and Brownell!
Urban Squash Toronto - “They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes an entire community that bands together to create long lasting change,” said Shivani Ruparell, Program Director of Urban Squash Toronto. Harrow Sports has been a proud partner of Urban Squash Toronto since its inception. Urban Squash Toronto helps motivated and talented students reach their full academic, athletic and personal potential. The program provides squash training, academic tutoring, mentoring, community service, cultural trips and much more. Check out this awesome video from @UrbanSquash_TO featuring @harrowsports http://bit.ly/16NxJo9
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Denver, Colo. – Thursday, December 18, 2014 - The women’s squash elite traveled from Canada to Cairo last week to compete in the Wadi Degla Women’s World Squash Championship. Round two featured a 64-minute Harrow battle between Low Wee Wern and Joshana Chinappa. Chinappa took the early advantage but Wern, World #7, ultimately regained the upper hand to record her 3-2 victory. Also in round two, Omneya Abdel Kawy beat Nouran Gohar in straight games to solidify her slot in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal matches are set to begin today. Low Wee Wern will play against Omneya Abdel Kawy and Raneem El Welily will square off against Nour El Tayeb. Good luck to Team Harrow!
#PSAWORLDTOUR - Andrew Wagih Shoukry captured his second PSA World Tour Title in two weeks when he upset Kristian Frost Olesen in the final of the PSA Valencia Open. This marks Shoukry's seventh PSA World Tour Title and extends his current unbeaten streak to eight matches.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONALS - The Australian Nationals were in full swing this past weekend at the Mulgrave Country Club for the first time since 2009. Rachael Grinham beat Lisa Camilleri 3-0 in the finals to capture the 2014 Title. Congrats to Rachael and Lisa for an impressive tournament!
WORLD’S BEST ON BOARD - The squash elite have claimed their spots in the 2015 JP Morgan Tournament of Champions. The Tournament of Champions has been an important part of the PSA circuit since 1993 and takes place in Grand Central’s gorgeous Vanderbilt Hall. The 2015 Championship features Harrow Pro’s Karim Abdel Gawad, Chris Simpson, Raneem El Welily, Low Wee Wern, Annie Au, Omneya Abdel Kawy and Rachael Grinham. We look forward to an exciting event and watching Team Harrow compete throughout the week!
HARROW HOLIDAY - We’ve got a great idea to help your shopping list! The Vortex is our most technologically advanced and tested court shoe. The eye-catching design, soft breathable mesh and upper rubber makes the Vortex the ultimate holiday gift. #TeamHarrow #UnleashYourGame