Volleyball Drills and Routines

Most of the school-going kids enjoy playing volleyball. It is one of the most refreshing games and can be played by youths as the best overall physical exercise. Many kids have the flair of playing exciting games like volleyball quite efficiently. Some of them also get serious about pursuing volleyball as a career. Along with getting familiar with volleyball terms and rules, such kids also need to polish their volleyball skills and start practicing as hard and as soon as they can. This very fact is really crucial for middle school as well as high school volleyball players. Performing drills of this game is the best thing to increase stamina, brush up skills, and build an excellent team of volleyball players.

Volleyball Drills for Middle School Kids

In order to learn how to play volleyball, you need to make yourself aware of all the volleyball rules and positions first. Once you do that, then you also need to make yourself strong enough to play a great game of volleyball. Volleyball drills fall under the developmental category of volleyball skills. During drills, players need to practice

How to Build a Balance Beam at Home

Still can’t figure it out? All right, here’s the answer for you. All three ladies happen to be legendary gymnasts, and each one of them has won a bagful of medals at international sporting events. Nadia Comaneci, in particular, took the world by storm at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, when she won three golds and achieved a gymnast’s perfect score of 10.0 a whopping 7 times, all at the tender age of 14. Since then, she has been the perfect role model for young gymnasts all over the world. Some young girls who were inspired by her feats ditched their skipping ropes for the double bars, while others opted for the balance beam over their seesaws.

Speaking of which, how many of you are aware that you could build one with your own hands in a very short span of time? Yes, now that I have your attention, let me demonstrate this simple process in the following section.

Making a Balance Beam

Procedure
Professional balance beams are manufactured using a variety of synthetic material in addition to wood. However, since we are building one for

Become a Professional Boxer

Planning a career in a sport is never easy. There are plenty of uncertainties and the time required for achieving success in sport can be very long. This is true in popular and widely played sport like boxing. If you are thinking is it hard to become a professional boxer, then the answer is YES. Even the top boxers of today took many years to achieve fame on the international stage and hence, one needs to be patient and dedicated throughout his career. Here are some guidelines that will provide you with the right direction for this career.

Start Young
The time taken to become a professional boxer entirely depends on the individual’s ability and performance in tournaments. History reveals that boxers who start practicing and learning the basics of boxing at a very young age make it big in the long run. So, start your boxing sessions under professional guidance and be consistent with your practice.

Exercise
As you are growing up, you should take your exercise regimen more seriously. To become a professional boxer, you need to train under the guidance of an

Getting Paid for Each Race

While looking for ways to earn some money, I thought about getting into sports betting. I considered betting on football, but I saw a better opportunity in Formula One betting. It gave me a chance to watch a sport that looked fun while making money predicting the race standings. I learned more about each of the drivers to properly make bets on who would be the cream of the crop for each race. It’s easier than it sounds and goes a long way when compared to making bets at random, which may or not pay off because of how uncertain it is.

I walked away with a nice sum of money after betting on my first race. I was so happy that I put down some more money on the next race and made even more. By that time, I pretty much had a system for betting, and my friends would start coming to me to help them make bets on the next race.

How to hit a Hockey ball really hard.

Hockey is a very ancient game that can trace its origins back to Ancient Egypt. There is a famous stone crafted picture of two figures holding curved sticks preparing to knock a ball about. It’s a very skilled game and if you have a team then it’s a good idea to check out some Hockey Drill videos like the ones available at https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey  The game is growing in statue and numbers in both women and men. The success of the GB women’s team has fuelled an interest back into the sport which is very welcome.  One of the most rudimentary skills of the game is how to hit the ball properly. Let’s have a look at how this can be achieved.

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It’s easy to focus on the power element and think this is the most important part. Naturally how you strike the ball is very important but there has to be a degree of control. As with football the ability to “dribble” is a highly prized skill. Let’s concentrate first on how to hold the stick. There are two positions the first is at the upper end

Playing Tennis

Basic Rules of Tennis
One player hits or serves the ball from a corner of a marked out area called a court, that is divided down the middle with a three feet high (0.914 meter) net. The opposite player’s goal is to return the ball, bouncing it no more than once in his own court, aiming for the other player to not be able to hit it. A point is gained when a player is not able to return the ball at all or he hits it out of the court. The ball is always served cross court or diagonally.

Equipment
The right equipment is essential for a good game of tennis, along with demarcation of the court according to international standards. Here are the specifications.
Tennis Court

Tennis is required to be played in a regulation size tennis court. This means that it has to be 78 feet long (23.77 m) and 27 feet (8.23 m) wide (for singles matches) or 36 feet (10.97 m) wide (for doubles matches). The court must have a 3 feet (0.914 meter) high net (with 3 ½ feet net posts), dividing it down the center. The type of court floor varies. It may be asphalt,

History of Shotokan Style Karate

Shotokan is a widely known style of karate typically characterized by the long, deep stances involved, use of linear movements; and the absence of body conditioning and supplementary training exercises which happen to be the characteristic traits of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate. Even though the circular movements typical to Okinawan styles of karate are seen in Shotokan karate, the use of these movements is minimal here. While the history of martial arts in particular is a subject of debate with historians coming up with different claims, no such confusion prevails when it comes to Shotokan style karate history. One of the four major schools of karate in Japan, Shotokan karate was developed by the ‘father of modern karate’ – Gichin Funakoshi, back in the beginning of 20th century.

The History of Shotokan Karate

Okinawa-Te or Tode was the collective term for three branches of self-defense – Shuri-te, Naha-te and Tomari-te, each of which was named after the Okinawan towns wherein they were developed. As time elapsed, these three branches of self-defense developed into two main styles of karate – Shorei-ryu and Shorin-ryu. Even though the ban on martial arts, which was in place since the 17th century Japanese invasion of Okinawa, did pose

Golf Tournaments

Organizing a golf tournament is already one of the most trying experiences that you’ll go through, without having to worry about what gifts you can give to the people participating and winning the said competition. But since you have organized the tournament, it is expected of you to have some really good gifts lined up for the winners. What else is supposed to serve as an encouragement for them? Even if it is a charity tournament, meant only to raise money for a cause, there’s got to be some sort of incentive for the competitors to want to win, right? And since golf is not a sport for anyone and everyone, these gifts have to be something that represent only golf and make the receivers think of the tournament every time they see it. This Buzzle article will give you an idea of some of the probable items that you can think of using as golf tournament gifts. You have an array of items to choose from, so don’t worry. Plus, they’re so varied even in costs that you’ll have no trouble choosing something that fits your budget. Have a look and see what suits your interests best.
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How to Play Basketball

Basketball is a great sport that is loved by many people around the world, and there are many people who are constantly looking for tips and secrets on how to improve their basketball game. The very first thing that an individual needs to do is improve his physical fitness and endurance, because basketball is a high intensity contact sport that requires a player to run up and down the court many times in a match. People who are not physically fit will find it very hard to keep up in this game, and this is their single biggest disadvantage.

Someone who has played a lot of official matches and tournaments will certainly know some of the secrets to have a better game, but there are many other things that a beginner can focus on as well. The rules of the game should be crystal clear to a player, and this requires consulting someone who is aware of all these rules, or reading an official rulebook. Further tips will involve shooting techniques, dribbling moves, passing accuracy and defending efficiency, and these can all be learned through some physical drills, and by actually playing the game against a skilled opponent.

How to Shoot a

How to Choose the Right Soccer Ball

Soccer, also known as football in some countries, is believed to be one of the most popular sports in the world. Watching professionals play this game is certainly fun. Many people are impressed by the skills and stamina involved in this game and decide to start playing. However, you need to know that professional are trained athletes who have the best coaching and gear. If you are thinking about starting to play soccer, the first thing to do is to choose an appropriate ball. Though it may seem that all balls are the same; they might differ in size, quality, and some other factors. Beginners might go for a particular ball by looking at its color and design, which is not a good way of choosing the perfect ball.

Tips on Choosing the Right Soccer Ball

Seasoned football professionals say that there are four factors in determining a good soccer ball: the type, size, the bladder and brand.

Type of Soccer Sport
You need to decide on the level of playing you would be opting for, that is outdoor playing or indoor playing. Outdoor balls are made as per professional soccer standards and the wear and tear they happen to go through.

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is a contact sport which is played on ice, and the objective of the game is to put the puck in the opponent’s net more times than them. Being an avid fan or an aspiring fan of ice hockey, familiarizing with the game play terms mentioned here would be highly helpful in understanding the game better. Since the game is played on ice, it is popular in Arctic countries and places where there is a seasonal ice cover. Canada, northern parts of the United States, and some European countries are heavily involved in the sport of ice hockey. The terms and rules are easy to understand, and aids one in understanding the game accurately.

List of Ice Hockey Terms

Here are some of the most commonly used terms and phrases for you. These cover the basic aspects of the game, and come in handy when you are watching a game of ice hockey and wondering what the commentator is saying.

ASSIST: A pass to a player who immediately scores a goal. The player with the most assists is obviously the most creative one on the team. Also known as an apple, 2 assists can be granted per goal.

ATTACKING ZONE: The opponent’s

Table Tennis Serves

Before you learn how to serve properly, you need to understand the grip and the four strokes – the forehand push, the backhand drive, the forehand drive, and the backhand push. It’s important to learn the different serving techniques like the spin and the top spin. You also need to watch out which way the ball spins, so that you can return the ball efficiently. You should try to keep your opponent unbalanced through your returns and serves.

How to Serve
Try to follow the exercise mentioned below, so that you know the basic technique of serving.
While holding the racket, you should hold it in an open angle. It should seem as if you are playing a backhand push. With the other hand, grip the ball with the help of the first finger and thumb at about 30 cm above the racket.
Let it drop, and then serve.
While serving, make sure that the ball bounces on your side first, and then bounces on the opponent’s side after crossing the net.
Repeat this exercise several times, till you are successful consistently.
After you have got used to this technique, you can stand away from the net, and then practice the

Horse Racing Industry

Horse racing has become a symbol of aristocratic lifestyle. It is a magnificent game, enjoyed by wealthy people. Horse racing is being enjoyed for centuries. It used to be a part of the life of kings and knights, and it still continues to hold a big influence on those who belong to the creamy layer of the society. The history of horse racing as a sport dates back to the 12th century, when English knights returning from the crusades used to bring swift and stout Arab horses with them. As more and more Arab stallions were imported to England and bred to English mares, exclusive racing horses that exhibited superb speed and endurance were produced. Slowly, two-horse races to find out the fastest horse became a popular sport activity of the noble families. The history of the horse racing industry informs us that horse racing became a professional sport in the 18th century.
Horse Racing
Historical records show that horse racing (chariot and mounted horse racing) was common in the ancient cities of Babylon, Greece, Rome, Syria, and Egypt. Chariot racing and mounted horse racing were included in the list of events in the Greek Olympics, organized in 648 BC.

Wrestling Moves

A host of potentially useful moves and their variations are prevalent in wrestling. It would be nothing short of a book if all of these are to be mentioned. So here are the 3 basic wrestling techniques, and a few moves within them.

From The Top
Moves from the top are executed when a wrestler is in the top position. More often than not, these are either used to pin the opponent or get some quick near-fall points. A couple of widely known moves from the top are the wrist-and-half-Nelson and cradle. In the cradle, the wrestler who is on top hooks an elbow behind the knee of the opponent, and keeps one behind his head. Then he locks the hands for almost folding the opponent in half. The move is finished by sliding one knee into the back at a high level for bracing the opponent in the air and rocking him back on his shoulders. On the other hand, the wrist-and-half-Nelson is used for getting the opponent on the mat, which makes it easier for the other wrestler to attack him. Moreover, the opponent has no scope for defending himself by standing up, do a switch or a roll.

Cricket has a history

The origin of cricket is a contentious issue. Historians and researchers have slightly different theories about the origin of the game. But some conclusions were drawn based on historical evidence, that traces the sport’s origin to England. The word ‘cricket’ may have its origin in the word ‘cric’. Crics were wooden staves carried by shepherds. The game developed in the grasslands of Kent and Sussex, where it was a sport played mostly by kids, and not taken up seriously by adults. The first written record of the game can be traced to 1598, when a mention of the game ‘crekett’ or ‘crickett’ was found. Slowly, it became popular among adults, only to be suppressed by the clergy. In 1611, two men were prosecuted for playing cricket instead of going to church.
The Beginning
The new puritan government of England clamped down on the spread of cricket. It had become a major pastime in the 1600s among the labor class and peasants. The 1680s saw the end of the puritan regime, and monarchy was in power again. The new rulers themselves were fond of the game, and hence, it gained popularity and respect. In spite of betting and petty violence associated

Female Weightlifters

It is said that a healthy man can sustain only 45 Del (unit) of pain. But at the time of childbirth, a woman experiences almost 57 Del of pain, which is equivalent to the pain one will experience if he/she breaks about 20 bones at a time! Women are a lot stronger than most men imagine them to be, then what’s wrong if women use their strength to lift weights? Why do people question or pass silly comments? Even those people who say such silly things don’t have answers to these questions, and yet they utter them.
Well built body
The reaction of female weightlifters to this statement would always be, “aarrrggghh”. They have a ‘well-built’ body and not ‘well-toned’ body. If it was possible, they would happily have the word ‘toned’ removed from the vocabulary.

Becoming bulky
Female weightlifters work out to stay healthy, not beef up. People believe the myth that building muscles makes one bulky. The reality is that people who work out follow a proper diet and hence don’t bulk up. The other myth is if one stops working out, his build up muscles turn into fat, which is absolutely not true.
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Baseball Drills

For any child wishing to play college or professional baseball, these baseball drills can come in handy. These are aimed at conditioning a person to play this highly popular and lucrative sport, and even make a career out of it. As is the norm with any other sport or profession, practice and conditioning are the only ways of getting better at them, and without some committed baseball training, a future in that respective field is virtually impossible.

The only way to develop technical abilities of the sport is to do many baseball drills. High school is usually the best place to start as the time, resources, and expertise are easily available there in order to carry out these drills. High school students, moreover, are young and enthusiastic and their bodies respond very well to these drills and exercises. The various drills focus on one aspect of the game at a time, be it batting, pitching, fielding, or just general fitness.

The importance of these drills is well-known amongst all baseball circles, and famous baseball players have been practicing them for many years with unflinching commitment. In order to reach that level of skill, a baseball player must strive to get better and

Basic Cheerleading Stunt

What do you remember when you think about a sports ground? Players, referee, audience and yes, cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are among the most enthusiastic people on the sports field. They encourage the players, make the environment more colorful and amaze the audience with some extraordinary stunts. Cheerleading started in America and then got world wide recognition and appreciation. It is no more just a fun game, as many people take it as a career option too. Starting with the cheerleading stunts for beginners to the most difficult stunts, everything whatever they do is beautiful and full of energy.
From high school sports team to the international sports teams, in US, every team has their own cheerleaders. These teams have a wonderful history of cheerleading and it is also one of the most coveted activities. It is a great combination of dance, gymnastics and athletic activities. To start as a beginner, you need to first make up your mind about it as it looks very easy but is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, if you have decided and are mentally prepared for this enthusiastic sport, then you need to start with the cheerleading stunts basics.
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Badminton Court

Badminton is a game that demands strength, agility, and precision. It is one of my personal favorites. To build a court for this game, one needs knowledge of the standard dimensions. The right dimensions ensure the right playing space. This article is aimed at discussing these court measurements, decided upon by the international body that regulates affairs, related to badminton.

The game has its origins in colonial India and has a special connection with the city of Pune, in India, where it was first played. A badminton court is designed for singles and doubles plays. It is sectioned in a fashion, that’s similar to a lawn tennis court, but the measurements are different, along with the rules.

It is necessary that the dimensions of a badminton court are standardized, as it is a game played at the international level. That’s why, if you are building a new court, it’s necessary that you have the right court size. It ensures that the court can be used for tournaments and gives it wider recognition. Precision matters when it comes to badminton and the same goes for the court dimensions. The rules are set by the Badminton World Federation.
Standard Badminton Court Dimensions
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Performance Anxiety in Sports

Did You Know?
Gregory John Norman, a.k.a Greg Norman is an Australian golfer who retained the world number 1 ranking for almost a year. His aggressive golfing style and looks earned him the nickname of “The Great White Shark.” He has a glorified record, winning over 80 championships. However, he is also popular not just for his golf, but also for the game of 1996 Masters in Augusta, where this seasoned professional player gave in to performance anxiety and “choked.”
The world of sports has drastically changed from being the entertaining realm, to an ambit of pugnacity. In a competitive game, all physical and mental limits are stretched, providing the inevitable gap for anxiety to fill in. The pressure to retain the top spot and dominate the sport can get to you.

The coordinated movement that is required for athletic events becomes tough if your body is in a tense state. Certain amount of worry is okay and can help your performance, but too much of it can induce negative thoughts, affecting your self-confidence. If your performance during practice sessions and competitions displays a significant difference, anxiety may be affecting your performance. Although you may not totally get the better of

The Crucial Fight for Fairness

Off to a Slow Start
The next games, in 1900, saw female athletes included in tennis and golf, although the winners never knew they were Olympic champions. The games were held in Paris that year alongside the World’s Fair, and many events were shared between the two venues. It was only recently discovered that the golf tournament was, in fact, on the Olympics program, making winner Margaret Abbot the first female Olympic champion.
In 1912, the first female swimmers were admitted to the games. America did not send any competitors however, because American women were not allowed to compete in events that did not allow them to wear a long skirt. Fanny Durack of Australia became the world’s first Olympic gold medal swimmer.
Early Heroes
In 1928, women were allowed to compete in track and field events, and 16-year old Elizabeth Robinson, the only American competitor, grabbed the gold with a 12.1 second 100 meter dash. A few years later, she became the first female letter-man at Northwestern University. That same year, champion javelin thrower Lillian Copeland was unable to compete in the javelin throw because it was closed to women. So she threw a discus instead and won the