With the NBA playoffs underway and summer steadily approaching, it’s an exciting time for youth basketball players to get outside and once again enjoy playing pickup basketball. If you’re not familiar with pickup basketball, it’s most simply defined as a less structured version of the game. With no referees and a make your own rules mentality it often becomes a very physical game.The lack of organization can cause some parents to become concerned that this style of play will lead to bad habits in young basketball players. With basketball season and tournaments lasting the better part of the year, we feel it’s important to let kids enjoy the less structured fun of pickup basketball with friends while encouraging them to follow some simple guidelines.
Choosing a baseball glove can be a daunting task. The glove must not only fit well, but also be functional for the position it is going to be used for. Before purchasing a glove, the player must know what position they will be playing, as different gloves are suited to different positions.In deciding between a right-handed or left-handed glove, players keep their dominant hand free so they can throw the baseball, therefore the non-dominant hand will be the one wearing the glove.Sizing the gloveMeasuring your hand size is a good start to figuring out what glove is right for you. Use a measuring tape and measure from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your palm. Youth gloves typically measure between 8 and 11 inches, and adult sizes range from 12 to 14 inches.
Sitting in the stands, enjoying America’s pastime gives many people great enjoyment. And when you’re watching a baseball game there is no greater sound than the crack of the bat hitting the ball straight on. And the sound that is produced is a wonderful combination of bat against ball working perfectly together.Although versions of our modern baseball have been around since the beginning of the 19th century, the smallish, hard version we know today was first used in 1845. Despite the fact that some people claim baseballs have changed in recent years due to increased periods of home runs, Major League Baseball officials claim the baseballs have not been altered in any way in recent decades.
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.