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    »Setting it Up«

  • TorontoSEO 8:47 AM on September 30, 2011 Permalink |
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    Setting it Up

    The popular saying of practice makes perfect is not just something that is used for a certain set of performers or athletes. Instead, it should be used for everyone who plans on working towards winning the metal. If you are setting up a practice session, either as a coach or a player, it will be important to know what tennis moves you can do on your own and what you should drill as a coach.

    If you are advising a tennis player what to do on their own, you can show them several drills that they can do by themselves. As long as they understand the various moves that they can make, it will be easy for them to gain in their game. This begins with making the right serves. You can easily practice the serves alone by going against a wall and practicing different hits. You can also get tennis equipment in order to have something else serving to you. By doing this, you can practice the different ways to have a forehand and backhand stroke ready for the play.

    When working as a team with coach and player, you can use hitting and throwing drills instead of practice techniques. Even if you decide to play a game that consists of getting them prepared for different shots, it will help to improve what they are doing. Many times, coaches will put together a team of four in order to practice different strokes and to help players improve on one specific area of the court. This will allow the players to stay in one area and become comfortable with the types of hits that need to be made in that area.

    If you are looking for a way to prepare for the game, then practice is the key. By showing players what to do alone, and setting up the proper scenarios for group practice, all of the players will have the ability to gain the most from the time that they spend on the tennis court.


  • »Scoring and Winning«

  • TorontoSEO 8:47 AM on September 29, 2011 Permalink |
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    Scoring and Winning

    The objective of any game is not to only have fun and get a dose of physical activity, but also to find the best ways to score and win with the game. If you are playing the game of volleyball, you will want to be sure to be in tune with the techniques that you can use in order to meet your objectives. This will allow you to progress and get ahead of your opponents, leading to the final score.

    The most effective way to score is to make it impossible for the imposing side to hit the ball. This can be done in a variety of ways, and through different types of hits. Spiking the ball straight to the ground or finding an open space on the opposing side are easy ways to score. You can also get the ball close to out of bounds in order to help your team score.

    Every time that the ball hits the ground on the other side of the net, you will gain one point. Every time you gain one point, you will also gain the serve of the ball. If you don’t have the serve at the time, you will rotate the players clockwise in order to even out the court. The first team to score twenty-five points will win. If there is a tie or close game, then it will be the team to reach two points after the twenty-five points is reached. If you are playing matches, it will be fifteen points that will need to be reached, playing to whoever gets the best out of five.

    If you are looking for an enjoyable way to get physical activity, while adding in extra physical activity to the day, then working towards scoring and winning volleyball is an easy way to reach the goal. By knowing exactly where to send the ball when it gets over the net, you can easily jump up in points to win your game.


  • »Running the Bases«

  • TorontoSEO 8:47 AM on September 28, 2011 Permalink |
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    Running the Bases

    More important than the positions that your defense has on the bases and in the fields is the ability to run bases properly. If you are unable to slide into the win, then it will be difficult to win any other way. When you are thinking about the fundamentals of base running and how to coach some of the techniques, you can keep some basic ideas in mind.

    The first thing you will want to teach those that are running bases is that they will need to stay alert while they are running. It is better to be safe than sorry when they are going from one position to another. This will first mean that there will need to be training on how to keep an eye on where the ball is. There will also need to be signals that are given to the base runners while they are on the field by other players. This will help to keep the entire player’s safe when they are moving from base to base.

    When you are coaching bases, you will not only want to teach the players how to move from base to base, and how to communicate with the other players about the position, but you will also want to practice techniques for moving forward faster. One of the things to teach is how to steal bases. The best way to do this is to show players how to observe the best time to do this. If no one is paying attention to your position on the field and you know that the ball is far enough away, you can easily move into second or third base without getting caught.

    For those players that are risking a run, you will also want to coach abilities to slide. For beginning, make sure that your players don’t try to dive into a base, especially head first. Instead, you will want to show them techniques for picking up their feet at the right pace and leaning into a slide by using their leg power. Over time, they will be able to make a smooth transition into a slide.

    If you are coaching the running part of baseball, you want to make sure that everyone is clear about the movements from base to base. The main key to having good base runners is making sure that all of the players are aggressive in moving to the next base and know when to look for opportunities to get to the next destination. By doing this, you will have the ability to continue completing to home plate.


  • »Positioning the Players«

  • TorontoSEO 8:46 AM on September 27, 2011 Permalink |
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    Positioning the Players

    As every coach or person that is involved in sports knows, positioning of the members is everything. This allows one to have the strengths in the right place, helping towards the strategy of winning the game. There are several ways to switch players and give them the best places on the court. No matter what your strategy, you will want to make sure to know exactly where everyone’s consignment is.

    The first way that you can make sure everyone has the right place is by getting some extra support for the leadership position. This will be done through assigning one of the top players as captain. It will be their job to communicate between you and the other personnel as well as see what the best strategies are while everyone is on the court. From here, everyone will have specific specialties that will be a part of the game.

    The first group of players that you will want to focus on is the ones that are taller. Usually, these should go towards the front, as it will be easier for them to spike a ball and get the other team out. These will be the attackers and blockers of your game. When thinking offense, you will want to think about players that can be used as setters, which will make sure that the volleyball is put into the right place on court, making it easier to aim to the right place on the other side. Liberos will be your more defensive personnel as they will move straight to attacking the ball after it is served. The last types of players you will have are hitters that will be on the middle and outside areas of the court. These are used to quickly go after the ball, especially after it is set by the setter.

    Once you have found the strengths of the team, you can use a variety of formations on the court to your advantage. The most popular known formation is the 6-2 formation. With this, six of the players will be ready to attack and will be closer to the front of the court. Two of these attackers will be assigned as setters in order to keep the ball over. The second common formation is known as 5-1. Instead of two setters, there will be one who is specifically assigned to this role. You can also use the 4-2 formation, which are four hitters and two setters for the game.

    After you decide on the set-ups and rotations for all of your players, you will easily be able to target the strengths of each player. By doing this, you will have the ability to set up the court on your side according to the different strengths of each player. This can help you in leading to the final hit and win.


  • »Playing it on Your Side of the Court Offensively«

  • TorontoSEO 8:30 AM on September 27, 2011 Permalink |
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    Playing it on Your Side of the Court Offensively

    The world of basketball is not only measured by the capabilities of the players, but also by the rules that are integral to making the game. If you are building a basketball team, you will want to make sure that they understand what all of the divisions in the game mean. This will give them the ability to work more effectively while they are playing, and move more accurately throughout the court.

    When you are building a team that works offensively, you will want to make sure that they understand what the different parts of the court are. When they are on their side of the court, it will be considered the offensive zone. This will be divided by the half court area. After they pass the line of half court, they will be in the opponent’s zone. When you are in this zone, you will have a specific amount of time to pass the ball, make your plays and make the basket. If you don’t shoot within this time, the ball will be handed to the other time. This concept; however, can easily change with the way that the game is played and the way that the players try to move.

    If you want to make sure that your team knows how to play both sides, you will want to make sure that they understand how to make offensive plays. This will first mean having the ability to pass to other players on their team that is open and not being blocked by the defense. It also means having the players move into different areas of the offensive zone in order to become free to take the ball. Each player’s position will include a particular amount of the court that they cover in order to get the ball and to stay open from opponents. By doing this, the players can then move easily into the basket area and make the shots that they need to in order to win the game.

    If you want to make sure that your team knows how to play, then training them to play offensively can help them when they are on their half of the court. Working on passes and different line ups for team plays can help them to maneuver properly and beat their opponents. By showing them the hoops, they will have a better chance at making their own baskets.


  • »Playing from the Sidelines«

  • TorontoSEO 8:30 AM on September 26, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , moral support, Playing from the Sidelines, reverse, , , Sidelines, , , ,   

    Playing from the Sidelines

    If you are like most adults, you want to make sure that your players and your children succeed in the games that they are playing. When they win, you see how much better they feel about themselves, and you can see the potential that you know they have really coming out. Even if your intentions are at their best when you are working with your child in a sport, you want to make sure that you know just how far to go.

    Every child that is playing a sport will need the moral support from both parents and coaches. However, there is a thin line between offering the moral support and stepping over it to expecting the children and youth to do specific things. As soon as you, as a parent or coach, begin to expect things from the child and tell them that they need to do better or win the game, it causes the game to work in reverse. Instead of the child gaining the self-esteem and better image of themselves that they need to, they reverse and think worse of themselves.

    If you want to make sure that you are not stepping over the thin line, you can keep a check list for how you are responding to the player or child. The first item to check is to see how involved you become in the games. You will first want to ask yourself how much time you are spending on the child’s sport. You will also want to see how emotionally involved you become in the child’s activities. This is especially important if you see yourself pushing your child to be better, become more committed or play more games.

    If you are working on helping your child to develop a physical activity and to stay active in a sport, it is important to know what your role is. You will want to make sure to hold an attitude towards the game that is positive and helps your child to gain new abilities. By doing this, you will be helping them recognize that the sport is fun and simply is giving them physical and mental abilities. The number one rule for any coach or parent to remember is that it is just a game.


  • »Players Safety and Injuries«

  • TorontoSEO 8:30 AM on September 25, 2011 Permalink |
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    Players Safety and Injuries

    In every game, there is always the possibility of running into an injury instead of the goal line. If you are affiliated with sports as a coach, you will want to make sure that you help your players to stay safe and avoid possibilities for injury. By keeping a checklist in mind of what the players need and how to meet this, you will have the ability to keep them going in the game.

    One of the most important factors that relates to children’s safety and injuries is related to the growth of the child. Because they are not fully developed, an injury can cause problems not only with the pain at the moment, but also with potential future problems. There are several who have found the various reasons for the injuries, many which could be prevented.

    The number one cause for injuries in sports is related to a lack of education. Children will go without wearing the proper safety gear, or will take a wrong move that could have been prevented if they knew it would injure them. Because this is the number one reason for injury, it is important for coaches to inform every player of the importance of safety gear and educating them on ways to prevent injury while playing.

    A second factor related to sports injuries is from children who do not receive the proper conditioning before they go to play a game. They should be practicing scenarios of the game as well as learning techniques that will help them to reach the goals of the game without making a wrong move. Once you learn the basics of maneuvers for games, it is your priority to make sure that all of your players understand why the moves are set rules.

    If you are looking at the different possibilities to help your players stay healthy and safe in practice and in a game, then it is up to you to step up to the plate. Making sure that they receive the proper education and observing their use and understanding of safety gear can help save children from the fall.


  • »Lining into the Correct Basketball Positions«

  • TorontoSEO 8:30 AM on September 24, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , Basketball Positions, , , Lining into the Correct Basketball Positions, , , shooting guard, , , , ,   

    Lining into the Correct Basketball Positions

    Even though a team only has five players, each of these players has a specific position that they need to stay in. All of these will help the team to work together when the ball is in their court, or to defend the game by being on the opposing team’s side. In order to make sure that everyone has an equal chance to play, you will want to have everyone in the proper position and ready to go with their responsibility as a team member.

    On each of the teams of five players, you will have everyone in a position that will help to both defend the other team from making baskets as well as help your team keep the ball. The first is the point guard, which will control the ball and make sure it stays in one side of the court. Usually, a point guard will be seen further back on the court than the other players. The second is a shooting guard, which will focus on making the baskets for the team from the possible distance shots that are available.

    From here, the positions that are on the team will move inwards. The first of these is a small forward which is responsible for scoring points that are closer to the basket. Defensively, the small forward will be the one that gets up closer to the members in order to steal the ball from the team. The power forward is the second position that is closer to the basket and will usually be seen waiting right under the basket in order to protect the team from taking the ball and to make closer shots. In the middle of all of this, you will have the center. This particular position is used as a connection between the outer positions and inner positions, which helps to guard the ball and shoot.

    When all of these positions in a team work together, they have the ability to maneuver the ball both offensively and defensively to the position that they want. This will allow them to build strategies that are best for their team to win. By making sure everyone understands their role and positioning in the game, you can be certain to create a dynamic set of players for the right amount of teamwork.


  • »Keeping Score«

  • TorontoSEO 8:30 AM on September 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    Keeping Score

    Half of the fun of playing against opponents on court is seeing who will win the game. Of course, if you aren’t playing in a tournament, you will want to make sure you know how to keep the score. Not only are there possibilities for opponents to cheat, but you can also help in building a different kind of game by keeping track of the points.

    When you begin keeping score with your opponents, you can expect a series of things to be broken down numerically. First, if you are in a match, you can expect the match to be divided into either three or five different games. The winner will be the one who wins the most points out of all three or five of the matches. The first player who wins at least four points in every match will be the winner. If the opponent is keeping up with the other side, then the winning points will be determined by being two ahead of the opponent.

    Of course, the points will be stated differently when you are playing. If you have one to three points against the opponent you will hear it as either love or zero. After this, every three points that you gain, will show up as fifteen, thirty and forty. If you are tied with the opponent, you can expect to have the number deuce as the point definer. If you are only one point ahead, it will be called advantage, ad or ad out.

    If you are coaching, then keeping score during a tournament can help you to make sure that everything is in line and will help to determine what the next strategy should be for the player. This is especially important if there are problems such as the opponent being up only by one point or keeping the game tied. When this happens, you should be aware of some next steps to take in order to settle the score.

    Once you understand the logistics of the scoring system of tennis, it allows you to make sure you know what needs to happen for the win. By keeping track of what is available to you, there will be the possibility to make sure that you are always one step ahead.


  • »Implementing Positive Practice«

  • TorontoSEO 8:29 AM on September 22, 2011 Permalink |
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    Implementing Positive Practice

    You have welcomed the new members to your team and are ready to make the best of it. You have a list of things that you want to teach them, ranging from the basics of the sport to the different techniques that individual players can use. You already have everyone’s position in mind and know exactly how you want the games to look. All of the children and youth are looking at you for the next direction. It seemed so easy when it all began.

    After a specific amount of time, it becomes hard for children and youth to continue to stay on the path that you have so carefully laid out for them. Some may get distracted, others may get bored, and some will get frustrated. After weeks and hours of not getting the perfect position, throwing the wrong ball, or just not being pushed into the right spot, it is easy for kids to loose the interest that they first had in the sport.

    The first thing to do is recognize that this reaction after several weeks of practice is natural. Children and youth are naturally curious and are interested in learning about new things. At the same time, it is easy to become distracted if something just isn’t working right. You will need to come into the practice with fresh outlooks and new attitudes in order to help the children and youth develop.

    One of the ways that you can be sure to keep the attention of the youth is to keep everything with a fresh and new perspective. If you know that they have been working on specific techniques in one way, you might want to try to give them a new insight into the same technique with a different drill. You can also make sure that you are bringing yourself into check and bringing in a positive attitude for the players. This will help them to stay excited about the game and continue to learn and develop their techniques.

    If your players are like most, they just want to play the game. Making sure that they stay excited while they are playing and helping to keep them encouraged and offer insights into improvement can help to keep the level of fun that they thought about when they began the sport. It will be part of your job as a coach to make sure that all of your players walk away feeling like they’ve learned something new and had fun doing it.


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