Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and pitcher Dylan Floro both took Ravizza’s sports psychology classes while they were student-athletes at Fullerton.“When you think things are so terrible for you, he was able to give you a perspective to make you feel like what you’re going through is not really anything bad at all,” Turner said. “It could be way worse. It was an iconic voice. If he was in another room and you heard him talking, you knew exactly who it was. ‘Yo – JT! Ya workin’ it?’ Nothing like it. An incredible guy.”Ravizza earned a Ph.D. from USC in 1973 and began teaching on the Fullerton campus in 1977. His courses included stress management, applied sports psychology and the philosophical and historic perspective of human movement. He also served as an adviser to undergraduate and graduate students of applied sports psychology.“He was one of Fullerton’s secret weapons,” former CSF gymnastics coach Lynn Rogers told the Southern California News Group in 2014.In 2004, a Fullerton baseball team featuring Turner and seven other future major leaguers won the College World Series. After a slow start to their season, Turner said the Titans began keeping a miniature toilet in their dugout to “flush away” bad at-bats. “He had a lot to do with our championship,” Turner said. “We started off 15-16 that year and had many, many Ken Ravizza sessions. … He put the little portable toilet in our dugout, talked about flushing away the bad at-bats, flushing away the bad results and moving on, getting to the next pitch. A lot of things I still talk about on a daily basis here are directly from him.”A scholarship for kinesiology students at Fullerton, the Ken Ravizza Scholarship in Performance Enhancement and Sport Psychology, was established in 2015.Ravizza and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon worked together for 30 years, according to the team’s official website. Maddon was responsible for bringing Ravizza to the Cubs’ staff after both worked for the Angels and Tampa Bay Rays. The Cubs won the World Series in 2016.“I think he’s one of the best in the business,” Maddon told SCNG in 2017.“His impact on so many is immeasurable and his legacy will be a lasting one,” Angels VP of Communications Tim Mead wrote on Twitter. “Ken used not only his professional skills, but his genuine compassion, honesty, and caring for each individual he connected with.”Ravizza and Dr. Tom Hanson co-authored the book Heads-Up Baseball 2.0 in 2017, which outlined many of Ravizza’s techniques for athletes of all ages and ability levels.“What I took away from him I still do it to this day,” Floro said. “If you watch me with my glove, I use his breathing technique. I get set, take my deep breath and focus every now and then when I need to I find my focal point. Those are things I took from him.”“Ken Man was a true pioneer in the mental skills field for baseball and someone who I continually credit for helping me get where I am today,” Giants third baseman Evan Longoria wrote in a social media post. “I’m eternally grateful for the things I learned from him. The baseball world lost a good one.”Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story.This morning the sports world lost one of the best mental game coaches to ever do it. There’s no doubt in my mind I would have never made it to the big leagues without @KenRavizza1. He always had a different perspective and I’ll never forget his voice! #YouWorkinIt RIP Kenny— Justin Turner (@redturn2) July 9, 2018 We will miss our Ken Ravizza! Big loss for all. We are grateful for every minute you spent with UCLA SOFTBALL! My favorite Ken Ravizza message to every hitter, “Walk slowly to the plate … and be BIG in the box” & say “Get on the rubber !&?$”. It’s works. 💙💛— Kelly Inouye-Perez (@Coach_Inouye) July 9, 2018 Ken Ravizza was my mentor, a friend, and I loved him. He took me under his wing when I was 21 and never stopped helping me. Our last conversation was on Sunday. He made sure that I was “still working the process and learning every day”. I’m devastated that we won’t talk again. https://t.co/kOogjqxgBw— Andy McKay (@AndyMcKayHG) July 9, 2018 I was saddened this morning to hear of the loss of Ken Ravizza. Ken Man was a true pioneer in the mental skills field for baseball and someone who I continually credit for helping me get… https://t.co/rmYKyakJpy— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) July 9, 2018 Dr. Ken Ravizza, a sports psychologist whose work touched generations in Southern California and beyond, died Sunday. He was 70.Ravizza taught in the kinesiology department on the campus of Cal State Fullerton over parts of five decades. His professional clients included the Angels, with whom he began working in 1985. He had been a consultant to the Chicago Cubs since 2015.A resident of Redondo Beach, Ravizza met with players from the Dodgers and Cubs in person during a series at Dodger Stadium in June. On July 2, Ravizza was hospitalized after suffering an apparent heart attack.Ravizza was a pioneer in the field of applied sports psychology consulting. The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology cites him as having started consulting in 1973. His clients included amateur and professional athletes in a variety of sports. Since 2010, Ravizza was also the sports psychologist for the UCLA baseball team.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going to have a tough time convincing homeowners in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in the city that more than doubling trash-collection fees is a good idea. For decades, free trash collection was a sacred cow in Los Angeles – the one benefit ordinary people got while city officials and their pals looted the treasury. Streets, sidewalks and sewers were allowed to rot and police services to deteriorate even as city employees, developers and contractors got rich. Then, at the first sign reform was taking hold, City Hall imposed a small “equipment” charge for the new trash cans for recycling. Next, officials raised the fee sharply. And now the mayor wants to jack up the $11-a-month fee by $17 over four years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventVillaraigosa swears every cent raised will go for the one thing just about everybody wants: more cops; 1,000 more. But even this popular mayor is going to have a tough time convincing the Valley. Look at it this way: More than half of those Valley residents voted to secede from the city. The primary reason was that for all the tax revenue the middle-class Valley sent to City Hall, it received a disproportionately low share of services. To many, it seemed like all the Valley got out of the deal was “free” trash hauling. Now Villaraigosa wants to take that away and make homeowners pay dearly for hauling away their trash. He swears he’s going to resist city unions’ demands for whopping pay increases. He insists he’s going to be a fiscal conservative, demand efficiency and accountability throughout City Hall and deliver “a more responsive government.” And he promises that the Valley will get a fair share of the extra cops, especially in the higher crime areas. At the moment, Villaraigosa offers no guarantee other than his word. That’s not good enough, because political promises too often are broken, and there are plenty of people who have access to the ultimate $127.5 million siphoned into the general fund. Most notably, the 15 members of the City Council. If this plan seems terribly familiar, that’s because it is. Three years ago, Mayor James Hahn proposed raising the trash fee from $6 to $11 a month to hire 320 new cops. After a protracted fight, the full council soundly rejected Hahn’s plan. But members kept that $5-a-month fee hike all the same, and squandered it in their usual manner. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton makes a strong case for more cops and the need for a dedicated revenue stream to get them. Crime is down and his credibility is up, so he’s worth listening to. The problem is City Hall has betrayed the people time and again. The same people who have thrived at the public trough for so long are circling City Hall again. So for the mayor to even stand a chance for serious consideration of his plan, he needs to provide firm benchmarks on city spending, on employee salary and benefits costs, on adding officers. And he needs to firm up his commitment to end the use of Sunshine Canyon Landfill and make every community, including downtown, pay its fair share for city services. Without those guarantees, it will be a tough sell indeed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!