Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, odds are you have heard the term, “March Madness.” Each year beginning in the month of March, for four weeks the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments to determine the national champions of college basketball, and these tournaments are nicknamed, “March Madness.”The NCAA tournament officially begins with the announcement of the bracket, which is the rankings and first game match-ups of the teams who have earned the chance to play in the tournament. The bracket also introduces which teams will play in which locations throughout the country for their tournament games.These brackets become a national basketball fan obsession, with people entering contests trying to guess the outcome of each game in the bracket, ending with the overall national champion and a tiebreaker score prediction.
Fantasy baseball allows rabid and even casual baseball fans an even more intense way to enjoy the baseball season. It’s a way for you and your friends to follow the players and the statistics and be more invested in each and every game.There are many ways to choose to play fantasy baseball; you and your group can tailor the game to whatever your preferences are at various points in the process. The first point in the process is to do a draft.The Draft The goal in drafting your fantasy team is creating the best group of players who will contribute to your team based on how well they perform in various previously agreed-upon statistical categories. It’s best to have a good knowledge of who the players are in order to craft a winning team. If you are unfamiliar with baseball and current players, you should do a bit of homework on recent events before you go into the draft.
Organized youth baseball leagues in the Cedar Rapids area have been around for decades; however there has never really been a place where multiple baseball games and practices can be held on multiple diamonds all in one centralized area.There are families who have kids that play on different baseball teams who may have multiple games at different times throughout the weekend, or even on the same day. Families travel all over town (and to other towns) to get their kids to and from the games, practices and tournaments, let alone anything else that is going on in their lives at any given moment. Isn’t there a better way to support your children in their love for baseball?Luckily for our community, there is a project in the works for a 17-field complex that is expected to be completed in 2016 that will host baseball players, families and fans alike in one convenient location.
Professional baseball unofficially begins with the annual spring training camps. The regular baseball season doesn’t officially begin until Opening Day, which typically occurs the first week of April, however before that iconic day there is usually six weeks of training that help determine how the official baseball season will go.Spring training lasts typically six weeks, from mid-February until Opening Day. The first players to report are pitchers and catchers because pitchers benefit from a longer training period to get their arms warmed up and to get into the groove. They usually get a few days’ jump on the rest of the team before team practice starts.
So you’ve got a talented athlete in the family and you’re banking on them becoming a rich and famous professional athlete. This is a wonderful dream to have, and congratulations on your extremely talented child! However for most people, as in 99% of people, this really is just a dream.Because professional athletes are the most elite of the elite and competition is fierce with thousands of people competing for essentially a handful of careers, typically only the top 1% of athletes in any given field will be accepted into a professional athletic career and see any playtime.
How much money should I spend on my pitching machine?There are quite a few different pitching machine models and they come at quite a wide price range. Pitching machines can range from $200 to $2,500. Aside from indoor practice machines and recreational (backyard) pitching machines, most coaches and parents elect to purchase a machine that will most closely simulate pitches the player will see in the game. Machines favored by coaches and youth programs generally start over $500 and represent a significant investment.
Getting kids to get up and move around can be really tough in this era where electronic gadgets magically magnetize kids to couches. One way to get kids up and moving is to add other kids to the mix. Then sprinkle in some exercise with a dose of healthy competition, and you’ve got a great recipe for getting your kids involved in a team sport. There are many benefits to kids participating in team sports, among them include social, physical and emotional aspects.
Kids participate in sports for a variety of reasons. Every kid is different, and every kid has different skill levels. Some kids enjoy the amount of social time they get to spend with their friends outside of school. Some kids love to meet new friends to play with. Some kids just love to play sports and will play any sport just to be doing something.Then there are the kids who are just plain good at baseball. Whether their talent is natural, or they have worked very hard to become good, it’s only fair to these talented kids that they have the opportunity to explore their interest in baseball and thrive in a situation where they can play against kids with the same level of interest and skill as they have. If kids are not challenged, then they will lose interest.
Different Baseball PitchesIn the sport of baseball, there is so much more to pitching than just throwing a ball to the batter. A lot of behind-the-scenes planning and practicing their craft must happen for a pitcher to become effective. In addition to learning and perfecting many different types of pitches, a pitcher must also work with the rest of his team to stop bases from being stolen and just be generally aware of where the other team’s base runners are at all times.Each type of pitch the pitcher throws differs in velocity, trajectory, movement, hand position, wrist position, and possibly arm angle. These pitches are usually just very slight variations on how the pitcher grips the ball at the point of release, however a big difference is made in how the ball crosses the base for the batter.
It is no joke that sports equipment can be highly expensive. And when a family has several kids in several different sports, it can sure seem like that’s all your money goes towards. Trying to find ways to save money is important these days, so that’s why the used sporting equipment has become so popular in recent years. But there are some things to keep in mind when purchasing used sporting goods and fitness equipment.Brand nameWhen it comes to sporting and fitness equipment, buying brand name will usually save you money in the long run. Buying cheaper equipment usually results in a lower quality item that is cheaply made and more likely to break down than a well-known brand.Is it a good deal?