25
Jul
2014

Difference Between Men's & Women's Tennis

Difference Between Men's & Women's Tennis
Tennis is a highly popular sport around the world, and surprisingly the gender of the players isn’t really a deal-breaker when it comes to the watchability of the sport. Both men and women enjoy levels of fame and financial success in the sport, and history has shown that through the years both men and women have equal chances of winning against each other, making for a fairly level playing field when it comes to a mixed-gender match. ...
30
Jun
2014

Indoor vs Outdoor Volleyball

Indoor vs Outdoor Volleyball
Volleyball is a sport beloved by many and can easily be played year-round. However, if you have the chance to hit the court outdoors when the weather’s good, why wouldn’t you try to get in some fresh air and sunshine while you play the game you love? There are differences between indoor and outdoor (sometimes called “sand”) volleyball. These differences are not enough to be real game-changers, but there are some things to be aware of depending on your volleyball environment. ...
27
Jun
2014

History of Tennis

History of Tennis
Tennis is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages around the world with varying degrees of athleticism. Some people enjoy leisurely hitting the ball back and forth over the net, while some people earn their living playing professional tennis. The exact origins of the sport of tennis aren’t exactly noted, however some historians believe it dates back to Ancient Egypt, while others believe it originated in northern France in some monastic cloisters in the 12th century. No matter what area or century the original game was founded, it appears all agree that the original game of tennis was played without rackets, but using a ball struck with the palm of a bare hand, much like modern-day handball. ...
17
Jun
2014

Programs on a Budget

Programs on a Budget
Costs to participate in youth programs, like all other costs, have been soaring over the past several years. Everyone is on a budget, including the youth sports program your child is involved in. Just like it is fiscally responsible for individuals to live within a budget, youth sports programs need to live within a budget. A vast majority of these programs are non-profits, so they are spending the parents’ of the children in the programs hard earned money. Each youth program should be have a board of directors that is responsible for managing the program’s funds. There are a few things youth programs can consider when purchasing to save money. ...
17
Jun
2014

Equipment Preparation

Equipment Preparation
Now is the time of year that a majority of college and high school baseball teams across the nation are coming to an end. That means the teams will be packing up their equipment until next season. Probably the last thing on most coaches’ minds is preparing for next season. Preparing for next season can come in a lot of forms. It can be going to clinics to learn the newest coaching theories. It can be going on the recruiting trail for those college coaches. It can also mean taking an inventory of equipment and making sure everything is in working order before the start of the next season. ...
17
Jun
2014

Importance of Youth Coaches

Importance of Youth Coaches
The job of a youth coach may be the most important coaching job that exists. The pay that is received doesn’t quite match up to the importance of it! A youth coach is more often than not the very first coach and teacher a child has. It is very important for a child to have a good first experience in order for them to continue playing their chosen sport. I am under the belief that knowledge of the sport is secondary to knowing how to have fun with the kids and keeping them interested in the sport that is being coached. Making practice fun while teaching the basics of the sport is very important. Kids will want to continue playing a sport if they find the sport fun. I remember my first youth baseball coach, he was limited in baseball knowledge, however made it fun and I developed a baseball for baseball that year that still exists today. ...
17
Jun
2014

Unique Perspective: Practice Pitching Mounds

Unique Perspective: Practice Pitching Mounds
In the last few years I have discovered the benefits of using a practice portable pitching mound. A regulation high school or professional pitching mound is to be raised 10 inches higher than home plate. A practice-pitching mound is only raised 4 inches above home plate (or ground level). The dimensions of a typical practice-pitching mound are 4 inches high by 3 feet deep by 3 feet wide. You can get “game” portable pitching mounds much closer to the regulation dimensions of a real pitching mound, however the big difference between these and a practice mound is price. A practice mound can be purchased in the $300-$400 range and a portable game pitching mound will be in the $800-$3,000 price range. ...
17
Jun
2014

Unique Perspective: Pickup Basketball

Unique Perspective: Pickup Basketball
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. ...
16
Jun
2014

Choosing a Batting Glove

Choosing a Batting Glove
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. ...
16
Jun
2014

How It's Made: Baseballs

How It's Made: Baseballs
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. ...

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