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Category Archives: Sport

Tips Dribble Basketball Better

One of the most overlooked aspects of dribbling a basketball is keeping your head up. This is one of the differences between a great ball handler and a good ball handler. If you want to dribble a basketball better you have to keep your head up. When you have your head down looking at the ball, you may telegraph your moves which makes it easy for the defender to steal the basketball, and it makes it difficult for you to see the court when your head is down. At first it may seem challenging or even impossible to dribble with your head up but if you really want to handle the ball better, you have to dribble with your head up.

Another great tip to help you handle the basketball better is to dribble low and hard. There are two obvious reasons why this is important. If you dribble the basketball low, your defender will have a hard time stealing the ball and if they do try to steal the ball it can give you an opportunity to drive to the basket or use a crossover dribble move. If you dribble the ball hard and low, not only will it be tough for your opponents to steal the ball but they will also be somewhat intimidated to steal the ball because you’re dribbling the ball low and hard which would make it grueling to time a steal.

If you really want to handle the basketball better you will need to master stationary and speed and movement ball handling. Stationary dribbling would be like dribbling the ball standing still whether you’re doing a regular dribble, a crossover dribble, or a between-the-leg dribble. And speed and movement dribbling would be dribbling a basketball up and down the court as fast as you can. Some people only master one type of dribbling, and it’s usually stationary, but you need to master speed and movement dribbling as well.

Once you can handle the ball with your head up at all times, dribble hard and low and work on stationary and speed and movement ball handling you will start to notice an improvement in your basketball handle. Like I said before perfect practice makes perfect, so if you want to handle the basketball better you have to practice the right way. Implement these tips every time you dribble a basketball and you will improve your game.

Basic Learning Scuba Diving

Stage 1: Understanding the theory of diving

Once you enroll for diving, you are given literature and DVDs to understand diving. You can study on your own or there is the option of classroom study. Online courses are also available. Various institutes provide e-learning material to their students. The study material basically contains information about basic diving techniques, effects of diving on the body, diving safety, selection of diving equipment and its maintenance, etc. After the completion of the course, a test is held. Passing the test prepares you for the next stage.

Stage 2: Training in Confined Waters

After you understand the concepts of diving completely,you are ready to be trained in confined waters like a swimming pool or a calm beach. The first stage of underwater training is ideally done in shallow waters where you can stand under water. After training, you will gradually gain the confidence of staying under water. Then you can venture into deeper confined waters. Once you are comfortable under water, you are ready for the next stage.

Stage 3: Open Water Diving

All the preparation finally culminates into achieving the main objective of scuba diving in open waters. Open water diving is diving in big seas or oceans. Initially, open water diving is done by going down with diving instructors. After a few such sessions, the person is ready for independent scuba-diving.

Some training institutes offer the facility of ‘referral training’. Referral training is when you can complete the theory and the confined water training stages at your home location, and have the flexibility to complete the open water stage at any location of your choice.

Improve Smash in Badminton

Firstly, getting the right direction to the smash. This comes down to court awareness and the position of your body and leading arm. Get any of these wrong and you won’t hit the part of the court you were aiming for.

Secondly to get more power, you need the strength and power in the muscles that contract in order to play the shot, so the shoulders and forearm muscles need to be worked. To help keep balance and direction strong core muscles are also vital for stability.

Thirdly you need to hit the shuttlecock at the right point. To do this you should always be behind the shuttle, so that you make contact with it directly in front of you, ideally hit at the highest point forwards of your racket shoulder.

Your wrist should be ‘cocked’ or bent backwards before the shot and then snapped forwards at the point of impact to hit the shuttle with maximum power. This should resemble a whipping action.

Finally in order to get in to the right position, you need the fitness and speed to be able to move in front of the shuttlecock to be able to hit it properly.

To do this you’ll also need to ensure that your feet are in a ‘front to back’ formation with your weight forwards so that the thrust can be made from the back leg which will propel you forwards as you hit and follow through with the smash.

One final tip that you can use for developing power in your smash is to try watching the racket actually hit the shuttlecock, this way you might be able to see where things are going wrong.

These are some useful tips for how to improve your smash in Badminton, but ideally you should work with a coach or invest in some training DVD’s to see exactly how to play the shot properly.

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.

Gear for the Sport

Comfortable Fit

Such items need to be very comfortable for them to wear. The materials shouldn’t be itchy and the clothing shouldn’t be falling down as they move with it on. The material needs to be breathable because they are likely going to sweat in it during practice sessions and games. Your players can easily be distracted by items that don’t fit them right.

You need them to be fully focused on the game. You need them to work as part of the team. Spend money on items that they can enjoy wearing and they are proud to put on. Rule out those materials that seem to be hard to keep clean or tend to irritate the skin.

Visually Appealing

Every team out there wants to look professional, on target, and ready to play the game. They want to show they have worked hard and they are ready to take on any opponent. With a custom sports kit, they will look visually appealing out there. It can build their confidence too so they are playing with all they have.

Long Lasting

Consider it an investment with custom sports kit products and they should be long lasting. They should be able to stand up to movements, to regular washings, and to wearing them for the duration of various sports events. Take your time to find a company offering well made products. If they fall apart soon after you buy them, it isn’t going to be worth the money spent.


You may be saying you can’t afford to go with a custom sports kit for each player on your time. However, it may surprise you to discover just how affordable they are. The cost will vary depending on what you get, where you buy them, and other factors. It doesn’t hurt to look around and to get some estimates.

Some companies will offer you a discount if you buy over a certain number of custom sports kit products from them. The larger your team is, the more you may be able to save with this type of offer. It is certainly worth checking into it!

Tricks Jump Higher in Basketball

While shooting is great and makes you a star, being able to jump high and dunk the basketball in style makes you a neighborhood superstar. Dunking is usually referred to big players, but not anymore. Follow these tricks and you will know how to jump higher in basketball.


Flexibility is necessary in every sport including basketball. With it you’ll be able to maximize your potential and also to reduce the chances of an injury. You should start stretching at least 5 times a week. You should also warm up before stretching to avoid possible injuries.


You can warm up your body with jogging. Jogging is great for losing fat and increasing the cardiovascular level of the body. It is enough 30 minutes 4 or 5 times a week. It is a great exercise for increasing the vertical leap.


No matter what people say abs are playing a major role in achieving a high vertical jump. Abs will help you with your coordination on the playground. You’ll be more agile which combining with explosion leads to a perfect athlete who is able to dunk on many occasions.

All about Deep Diving

Helium is expensive for most divers. You could pay as much as $200, or more, to fill a set of doubles. This is something hard to sleep on for some divers. Diving has not been only a rich man’s sport. Many of the original pioneers were average wage earners.

Trimix adds a safety margin to diving deep that is worth considering. Experience divers can figure out the narcosis level where they are the most comfortable at depth. With gas mixing software, they can mix a tank to get the helium/oxygen/nitrogen mix to meet this level. They call this the Equivalent Narcotic Depth (END).

For example, you’re most comfortable with the narcosis level from nitrogen at 80′. You are planning a dive to 180′. You can blend a trimix mix to have the similar narcosis feeling from nitrogen if you were at 80 feet while at the depth of 180′. Nitrogen narcosis and decompression sickness (DCS) risk factors are greatly reduced. This definitely makes the dive safer and more enjoyable.

Why would someone not want to dive trimix? This is a very good question.

  1. The cost of helium could prohibit people from diving deeper. There is so much to be explored by every diver.
  2. Logistically, some local environments do not reach depths that become risky where trimix becomes a requirement.
  3. With experienced divers, the added risk is marginal and is calculated. Honing your skills makes deep air diving tolerable and safe.

For example, Midwest shipwreck divers have to bring a shovel with them to get to 100′, or in some cases 130′. The dive profiles for these depths are more of a multi-level dive. Unless someone is on a project of some type, they are not consistently at the maximum depth, working hard, for any extended period of time. There are exceptions to the rule, here. I’m just speaking in general terms that it is a non-issue.

Most technical divers always practice and hone their skills to be better and sharper as a diver. Deep dives require practice to become proficient. The more you practice, the easier deep diving will become.

Using any gas as a technical diver is just a tool in the toolbox.

In order to build a house, you will need a hammer. Picking a hammer to use will be determined by the task at hand. Through preparation, logistics and experience, you can figure out which hammer to use for the job.