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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Technical Diving

To start basic tech diving, you need to:

• Have PADI advanced open water diver or equivalent certification
• A minimum of 10 logged dives.
• You should be at least 18 years old.

In order to become a proficient diver, you need:

1. Equipment:

a. Twin cylinders or closed circuit re-breathers (CCR)

b. One or more additional tanks each with different gas blends.

c. Two or more independent multi-gas dive computers and regulators.

d. Back-ups of other dive gears.

e. In addition to this, the diver will need basic equipment such as

• Primary mask
• Fins
• Wing Typed BCD and Harness
• Submersible pressure gauges.
• Dry Suit, etc.

2. Planning:

Tech diving requires a lot of planning. You will need to know how much gas you need for the dive and equip yourself accordingly. You need to carry enough gas for the whole dive and carry reserve for emergencies.

Since you will be diving to great depths, you need to double-check the condition of your diving equipment.

3. Skills required:

The basic skill set required for tech diving are:

a. The divers need to complete the following checks before attempting the dive.

• Pre-dive check: Once completely dressed for a dive, each team member should check his equipment.

• Descent check: Depending on the site’s condition, each team member inspects the equipment of other team members to look for leakages and entangled equipment.

• S-Drill: This entails each team member running a gas sharing procedure with another team member.

b. Develop finning techniques and improve trim/ buoyancy control.

c. Practice valve drills.

d. In order to improve muscle memory, you need to practice removing and replacing stage/deco cylinders.

e. Practice deploying a lift bag and running a reel.

f. After every dive, time should be allocated to discussing the highs and lows of the dive.

Must Improve Basketball Game

Hustle – Some of the best players may not have the talent of the most talented, but are renown players for hustle. Always moving is a huge key to playing the game, if you can control this you can destroy anyone.

Playing competition – to really improve your game you must improve your level of play. What better way to do that than to play players at your level or better than you. Many camps are devoted to this, leagues, clubs etc.

Athleticism – This is what often sets good players apart from amazing players, a scout or anyone will instantly notice the athleticism of a player. Athleticism, whether we like it or not is a huge part of making it anywhere in sports today. So, I advise getting into a good total body strength program and converting it into quick, explosive energy.

Visualization – visualizing the basket or the outcome of any play before it happens can make you amazingly succesfull. You also need to keep a positve attitude throughout the whole game and constantly tell yourself that you will dominate. Those in great control of the mental game are the best players to ever step onto the court by far.

Basics of Effective Sliding in Baseball

  • Know where the ball is: it is important to be aware of which side of the base the throw will be coming in from
  • Begin the slide eight to ten feet before the base
  • Make sure to commit and follow through with the slide once you decide to do it — otherwise, your cleats will get caught in the dirt
  • Keep your eyes — and focus — on the base all the way through the slide
  • Keep your arms and hands off the ground

Feet-First Slide: Used when the base runner needs to beat the throw on a force play

  • Fall to either the right or left side, whichever is most comfortable or appropriate for the situation
  • Extend both legs
  • The slide should be on the hip and the side of the back

Hook Slide: Used when the base runner is trying to avoid the tag

  • Learn to hook from either side so that you can use the appropriate one for the given situation
  • Take off on the left foot when hooking to the right side, making your body fall to the right, with the right hip and thigh taking the fall
  • Take off on the right foot when hooking to the left side, so that your left hip and thigh absorb the fall
  • Point your toes and extend your legs
  • When hooking to the right, the left toe should catch the outer edge of the base
  • The body should slide to the right side of the base, maintaining a flat position
  • The slide will be extended over a further distance if you bend the left leg instead of extend it

Bent-Leg Slide: Used when the base runner wants to slow down by sliding and be able to rise quickly and run to the next base (usually when there is no threat of defensive play on the runner or the ball has been thrown wild)

  • Start the slide on either leg
  • Keep one leg extended with the other leg bent
  • The weight should be absorbed by the outer side of the lower bent leg
  • The extended foot should catch the base, allowing the runner to straighten the bent leg to stand up

Body Types For Badminton

Something you may notice is that very few professional mens singles players are much taller than 6 feet. This seems to be the height at which you start finding fewer and fewer players. Each inch taller seems to be something of a disadvantage on the whole. There are of course some advantages to that extra height like the extra reach it provides, but in a sport that demands so much agility, it proves to be more of a burden. Going the other direction you find very few mens singles players that are much shorter than 5 foot 6 inches, or perhaps even 5 foot 8 inches. At this point your court coverage is going to start being hindered compared to the other players. There are of course examples of players who have been outside this range, like Ong Ewe Hock who was 5 foot 3 or 4 inches tall, and Thomas Stuer Lauridsen who was 6 foot 3 (I thought he was much taller, but wikipedia argues otherwise). Thomas Stuer was a great player, but he also battled with injuries that were no doubt caused by his size.

If you go into the other events you start to see a lot more variation is the heights of players. In mens doubles you see small players like Yap Kim Hock player with a much taller partner, Cheah Soon Kit. Yap was a lefty, and Cheah was a righty. While Cheah was the big gun from the back, Yap was a force at the net. In mixed doubles Zhang Jun won the Olympics in 2004, and if you were to see him outside of badminton with no knowledge of his sporting success, you would assume he was terribly out of shape. He is a very stocky guy, and while he will never cover the court like Lin Dan does, he is ridiculously strong. I’m sure nobody looks forward to returning a smash from Zhang Jun.

So with these professional players in mind, what should an aspiring badminton player such as yourself do? How should you adapt your style to your build? Well if you’re like me, short stocky, you probably need to rely more on defense. You should focus on deflecting and absorbing your opponents attack in order to tire them out, and seek opportunities later in the rallies. To go too aggressively at your opponent will tire you out quicker than them most likely. Playing flat will eliminate their reach advantage over you, and since you’re shorter, you’re more likely to be able to steal the attack during flat play.

If you’re tall and lanky you want to take advantage of the extreme angles you can produce. Push the play deep to all four corners of the court, your opponent who is shorter than you won’t appreciate the extra steps they have to take. Also, from the back court your drops and slices will be a source of frustration for your opponent who’s standing too far back because they’re afraid of your smash.