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Monthly Archives: February 2017

All about Ball Handling

As you go through the work out, I want to remind you of one of the most important things, and that’s making sure you’re focusing on quality over quantity. Make sure and start each drill by going slow and concentrate on doing the drill correctly while not losing control of the ball. If you need to start out looking at the ball during the drill, that’s okay. Focus on getting the coordination down first, making sure you can do the drill 10 times in a row – without messing up – before you start working on your speed. Once you get comfortable with the movement, then work on your quickness and hand speed. At that point, don’t worry if you mess up because you’re suppose to. If you don’t mess up then you’re probably not going hard enough. When you do mess up, just pick up the ball and keep going where you left off.

This is something I used to do before every basketball game. And it’s something I’ve got my son doing. In fact, he’ll do it any time he’s about to handle the ball and he wants to make sure his handles are “super-tight!”. Before a game, I head to the bathroom, and make a b-line directly to the sink. I turn on the hot water, let it get as hot as I can take it, and then I let it run over my hands and wrists for 12 seconds. Then, I turn on the cold water and I let it run over my hands and wrists for 8 seconds. I do two more cycles for a total of 3 times of hot and 3 times of cold. Now, I’m no scientist and not really sure what this does, but what ever it does I like! I’m always amazed about how good the ball feels in my hands after I do this. Give it a try. You’ll love it!

The results you can expect from any program is entirely dependent on how hard you work. You must give a strong, high-intensity effort on each work out. Practice outside of your comfort zone by going faster than what you are used to. Strive to go faster than you did the workout before. If you practice only things that are comfortable, then you will never improve.

Be Safety for Beginner Snorkeler

First, be aware of the elements. Check the weather before you go out just in case something new has begun brewing. This is very important especially if you are planning on going quite a distance off shore. The weather can change quickly so be prepared if it does. Know the currents. If the waves look rough and the water isn’t clear then don’t go in. Ask locals if they know of spots that are better than others, look for flags and signs that direct you to areas that are considered safe for swimming and snorkeling. Look for lifeguards on duty or go out with reputable snorkeling companies who will put your safety first.

Second, select a location worth seeing! If you don’t do your research and just grab your snorkel gear and go you might just see sand, for miles leaving you wondering what the hype is all about. Be sure to select a location full of life making it a jaw dropping experience, but don’t lose your snorkel. A coral reef will offer you a plethora of colors and countless fish, manta rays, turtles, moray and other exotic creatures depending on the location. Now that is the kind of sightseeing to write home about. You don’t have to go to a reef to find interesting underwater adventures though. Some other ideas are shipwrecks that have great stories, locations where your favorite marine animals swim and beaches that have a trademark like shark teeth hiding throughout the sand.

Last, be good to yourself and the ecosystem. You need to make sure you are well hydrated and are wearing proper sunscreen. Some sunscreens are harmful to the marine ecosystem, especially the coral reef, so be sure to use eco/marine safe or biodegradable sunscreen which is now becoming a requirement for some countries like Mexico. Make sure your equipment fits good and isn’t bothersome while you are trying to enjoy your adventure. Be sure not to touch the animals, as safety for them and you, and remember not to stand on the coral reef as it is living too. Unfortunately, much of the reef has been dying due to people not knowing or caring enough to change their actions.

Badminton Drill

Let me give an example from my own style of play, I invariably have my racquet ‘down’ either to the side or in front, even when at the front of the court. But a far better position for the racquet and me as I’m well over six foot, is to have my knees slightly bend and the racquet head raised to shoulder or head height. I need to Drill this habit into my head. So my partner and I play the ‘patty cake’ game, both stand just back of the front service line and try hitting the shuttle as horizontal and as close to the net tape as possible.

It becomes a ‘game’ when there are no rules, i.e. freedom to hit shuttle on either forehand or backhand. It becomes a Drill when you continually just do forehand. It can be further broken down into say, near forehand and far forehand.

Badminton drills are better than practise as they are more specific to particular areas and should be done over a considerable amount of time. An hour spent on a particular Badminton drill is nothing, and what’s more it should be regularly repeated throughout the training regime.

Another Badminton drill might be ‘mid court backhand cross net return’, bit of a mouthful that, but if your partner can deliver the shuttle to the right area this is easily practicable, but the main purpose of the drill could be to get you to change from a forehand grip to a backhand grip!!..

A Badminton drill is a very useful training technique and is simply a repetition of a small but necessary skill.

Tips Players to Bat in Tee Ball

The very first decision to make is what size bat to use. The team coach should ensure the player has a bat smaller enough to be swung easily.

The next is the grip. Note these points:

• The hands should always be together with little or no gap between them.
• For a right hander, the left hand is on the bottom and the right hand on top. The reverse is true for a left hander.
• The bat is held vertically well back behind the player’s head
• The player must use his/her fingers not the palms to hold the bat.

Often players have difficulty controlling even the smallest bat. Here are some suggestions to help overcome this problem

1. Shorten the grip I. e. move the player’s hands up the bat towards the middle of the bat. Their hands must remain together.

2. Don’t let the batter have practice swings. (What happens is the bat gets lower and lower. So when they swing,they hit the tee).

3. Now let them line the ball up; bring the bat back as far as possible in an arc until the bat is vertical and then swing the bat down and flat through the ball.

The next issue is the stance. Here are some ideas on this.

1. Make sure the head and eyes are pointing down at the ball.

2. The feet should be apart (about shoulder width) with the body weight evenly distributed on both feet.

3. If the player steps to swing, it should be a short step only with the front foot. A large step will result in a swing under the ball at the rubber on the tee or the bottom of the ball pushing it up into the air for a simple catch.

4. The front foot should be placed just behind the tee* to allow the ball to be hit in front of the body. This allows the hips to open up giving more power.

5. Both feet should form a line parallel to the edge of the batter’s box.

6. A follow through is essential.

7. Make sure the player practises dropping rather than throwing the bat after contact with the ball. (Throwing the bat is often an automatic out).

8. Once the ball is hit, the batter must run immediately in a straight line just outside the line to first base. He/she must not watch the ball.

The swing of the bat is the next important issue. Here is what to emphasise to your players.

1. Before the swing begins, the bat should be held as far back behind the player’s as is comfortable.

2. Hands held together on the bat with the bat vertical.

3. The swing, on nearing the ball, must be horizontal (flat) and travel through the ball.

4. The eyes must be on the ball all through the swing

*At different times of the game, the coach will want the player to hit the ball to a specific area of the diamond to help the batter get on base or to progress the runner. There are two specific areas where the coach might want the player to hit the ball.

1. Hitting to the area between second and third base:

For right hander, the batter stands further back in the batter’s box than suggested above. This means the ball is hit late in the swing at an angle pushing the ball towards that side of the diamond. This will give the batter a better chance to reach first base.

2. Hitting to the area between first and second base:

For a right hander, the batter stands towards the front of the box, just ahead of the tee, so that the ball is hit earlier in the swing sending the ball towards that area. This will help advance runners on second and third base and perhaps a runner on first base if the ball is hit into a gap.

For a left hander, the reverse is true. The players need to practise these two techniques.

Finally, it is important to note some common errors players make batting. They are:

• Trying to hit too hard. This often means the bat does not make sweet contact with the ball as the player often overstrides hitting the ball low and skying it for a catch.
• The second is looking up to see where the ball is going before actually finishing the swing.
• Another is the tendency to begin running before finishing the swing in an effort to get on base.