RICHMOND, VA (August 24, 2020) –  The Elite Clubs National League will host an educational webinar “Resilience in a Crisis” on Thursday, August 27, 8 PM ET, providing strategies to cope effectively and support players during times of COVID-19. 

The webinar will be presented by the ECNL Chief Mental Performance Advisor, Dr. Cristina Fink, and moderated by ECNL Boys Commissioner, Jason Kutney.  Dr. Fink will share thoughts and strategies on how to help players deal with uncertainty, anxiety and stress.

Coaches, administrators and parents are encouraged to join and gain insights to support our nation’s youth athletes who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. The ECNL has coordinated this education session in response to recent studies that have shown that the rates of anxiety and depression among youth athletes have significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During the webinar Dr. Fink will share tips and tools that she has used to help world-class athletes manage uncertainty, anxiety and stress, including four R’s to resilience:

  • Recognize: Acknowledge your emotions, understand what is causing your emotional reaction
  • Regain Control: Take a time out to manage the emotions you have
  • Rationalize: Restate the situation as objectively as possible using facts, not emotions
  • Re-focus: Re- focus on the goal, others involved, a possible solution…

Cristina Fink 

Cristina Fink, PhD, is a highly experienced performance psychologist with over 25 years of experience in teaching, counseling and sport administration. Counseling clients include Olympic Medalists and World Champions as well as professional and national soccer teams. She was the Sport Psychologist for several teams in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She competed in two Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) and held the Mexican High Jump Record with a 6’4” (1.94) jump for 22 years. 

Cristina is the author of a number of published papers and books, and a keynote speaker in many national and international conferences. She is the Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Welfare at Rowan University. She works with INFP (International Network of Football Psychologists) where her peer group includes sport psychologists from top professional European clubs. She is in charge of Performance Psychology for the Football Science Institute FSI.

Jason Kutney is the ECNL Boys Commissioner, a position he took in early 2019 with a focus on expanding the League to meet the needs of the nation’s top youth athletes.  Previously, Kutney was the Sporting Director and CEO of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 for his involvement in the Highmark Stadium project, after a 9-year professional playing career in the A-League and USL.

Pre-registration is required: CLICK HERE

Event: ECNL’s “Resilience in a Crisis: Strategies to Cope Effectively and Support Players”
Date: Thursday, August 27th
Time: 8:00 PM EST 


About Elite Clubs National League Girls: The Elite Clubs National League Girls (ECNL Girls) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL Girls is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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About Elite Clubs National League Boys: Elite Clubs National League Boys (ECNL Boys) was founded to provide a top class, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players in the United States. The mission of the ECNL Boys is to improve the landscape for players in the United States through innovative, player-centered programming that raises standards of quality and improves the player experience in all aspects of the game. The ECNL Boys is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by PUMA North America.   

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Mary Conway