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Host a Workshop to Help Your Teams Get a Mental Edge

Christie Southern

In this 60-minute workshop Christie Southern, of HeadCoach Performance, teaches what Olympians and professional athletes have known for decades – how to train themselves to be mentally strong so as to successfully pull out their very best performance even in the pressure cooker of competition... when the stakes are high! Christie will share an overview of the mental strength skills training approach used by current Olympic, professional, and elite athletes as well as a summary of the most up-to-date exciting neuroscientific research being done in the area of “peak performance” in sport.  Her workshop concludes with a relaxing guided imagery and visualization segment specifically designed for paddle tennis players – allowing participants to experience first-hand the powerful impact of this technique which has been proven to literally re-wire athletes’ brains for more consistent play and success on the courts.

Christie’s degree is in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Human Performance. She is certified by the American Council of Sports Medicine, and is a member of the American Association of Applied Sports Psychologists. She trained under two of our nation’s leading sports psychologists, including Jack Lesyk, Mental Performance Coach to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Christie is a two-time keynote speaker at the nationally recognized TopSeed Paddle Tennis Camp for Women and a frequent contributor to APTA’s Platform Tennis magazine. This fall she will be joining Geri Viant for her live-stream coverage of the Chicago Charities Tournament.

Christie’s ongoing study incorporates the latest in Cognitive Neuroscience and proven methods of sports performance with the ageless wisdom of the East (University of Massachusetts “mind based stress reduction,” meditation, and visualization).  Her client list ranges from recreational to highly competitive high school, college and adult athletes involved in national level competition.  

Workshops cost $35 per participant, with a minimum attendance of 15 athletes. For more information contact Christie at: (847) 224-6766 or at



Welcome to the 2017 Fall Session!!  I hope a lot of you were able to get out last week and participate in Court the Cure.  It was a perfect paddle day and a great way to begin the season, while supporting a wonderful cause.  Thanks to Debi Learner and Linda Ball for chairing the event.

The North Shore Women’s Paddle League continues to be one of the largest leagues in the country.  We received six petitions for non-entry level teams and four entry level petitions.  The League added another level to the Southwestern Series, giving it a Series 12 and Series 16.  These two series are made up of teams solely in the Southwestern suburbs and the new series brings the total teams to fifteen.  Prairie Club added two new courts and Lake Bluff Park District finished their fourth!  Wilmette Park District will have two new courts ready for the Winter session, as will Westmoreland

As we have been discussing for several years, we moved all series back to ten teams.  This move helped alleviate the court congestion and the calendar crunch.  I feel the smaller series will promote even more competitive matches.  Thanks for being supportive and patient as we realigned all of the series.

I would like to thank all the league players and the many volunteers – captains, facilitators, club coordinators, tournament chairs, and my Executive Board (Karen McGowan, Lisa Murray and Leslie Parsons).  You all make my job easy and keep our league running smoothly! 

Be Fair, Play Hard, Have Fun!!

Terri Karst, President, NSWPTL

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