Exercises You Should Try Before Game

Knowing the rules and regulations of playing netball is a must if you are serious about being good in this sport. Having and wearing the right sports attire and other essential items and gears is important as well to make sure that you safely play this game. And before you play a practice game or a real one, there is also one thing that you need to do as well: the right warm up exercises.

Warming up properly can help condition your body and mind for an upcoming netball game. It is also a reliable way of avoiding and preventing injuries.

Below are some of the most recommended warm up exercises you should do before a game of netball:

• Lightly jog around the court for a few minutes. This will condition the muscles in your leg and feet for all the running you will have to do during the game.

• Stretch your toes. Do this by drawing circles clock and counter-clockwise with your toes. Repeat this exercise at least 4 times. Next, point your toes out straight for 5 seconds and then lift your heel up in the air for 5 seconds. Do this with each foot at least 3 times.

• Work your calf muscles. Place one foot in front of you. With the other foot behind you, press your front foot forward into the ground until you feel some pressure to stretch your calf. Don’t stretch too hard since you could injure your calf. Maintain this position for at least 10 seconds then swap over to the other foot and stretch the other calf.

• Stretch out your hamstring or thigh muscles. Start by holding on to something steady to keep your balance. Bring one leg up behind you so you are holding your foot up to your bottom. Hold this position for 10 seconds. You will start feeling some pressure in your thigh muscles. After 10 seconds, do the other leg.

• Stretch your arms up to the sky. Hold this for 5 seconds. Repeat this exercise at least 5 times.

• Pull one arm across your chest while hold your elbow with the other hand to stretch your shoulder muscles. Count to 10 and repeat this position with the other arm.

• Roll your shoulders in circles, clockwise and counter-clockwise. Do at least 10 circles for each shoulder.

• Shake your arms and legs to loosen the muscles in these body parts.

Benefit of Playing Indoor

It must be stated that every child has the right to play and needs to have fun all the time. It is during their age they don’t think much and they don’t worry – just sheer, pure fun. Based on studies, kids must be physically active since the day they were born. It is important for kids, as they grow up, to engage in physical activities with their parents or playmates at least 2-3 hours a day.

As a matter of fact, paediatricians recommend to always make sure that your kids are on their active state because kids become unhealthy whenever they feel laid back or inactive for more than one hour. When your kids enter school, always encourage them not only to excel in class but also in extracurricular activities. However, many families are ar struggling to let their children enjoy free play today. Houses are getting smaller and outdoor play spaces are getting smaller and smaller in urban areas, so movement of children can be limited. The increasingly unpredictable weather and public security concerns have also made the task of giving the little ones roam around can be challenging.

Many parents choose to hold trampoline parties in indoor parks to offer their kids and their kids’ friends the best of both worlds: the freedom to move and the safety and security they need while doing so. A trampoline indoor park, is a great solution because it offers a safe and supervised way for children to be physically active. Jumping on the trampolines can give children and adults alike a great whole body workout that’s healthy as well as undeniably fun. The quality of the trampoline installations, the safety of the materials, the genius engineering of the trampolines and the imaginative designs of the park all offer the young and the young-at-heart many hours of interesting, mentally refreshing and emotionally balancing play.

As an added safety measure, you will also be guided when choosing the type of activities and play areas available in the park, depending on the age and capacity of the children (and adults) you plan to bring. When you choose to visit a reputable trampoline park, you can expect the staff to be highly trained and experienced in making each visit to the trampoline venue more organised and enjoyable at the same time.

Teaching the value and joy of play is one of the best gifts you can ever give to your children. Fortunately, helping them develop their physical, emotional and mental well-being and balance is as simple as taking them to a trampoline park to enjoy some bouncing fun.

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Coaching Diversity in Sports

Sports is the pinnacle entertainment around the world and especially in America but an issue that has been ongoing for quite some time now is how small the diversity is among coaches on teams. Most of the pro sports teams and collegiate level sports coaches’ demographics is middle age white Anglo-Saxon men. In 4 major sports leagues the percentage of minority coaches is at most all together about 20 percent which is a very small number. In the NFL, MLB, and college football minority head coaches represent about 3-10 percent while the NBA has the biggest representation which is about 12-40 percent which is a gradual big difference. This is taken to account all minorities specifically black but other minorities like women, Latinos, and other races percentage representations are even smaller than that. In the society that we live in today where barriers are breaking literally every day this number is appalling. In recent years’ sports commissioners have tried to diversify their coaching in their leagues we have more minorities being hired but they are basically replacing the ones that are getting fired.

Some recent success has been the NBA hiring the first ever full time assistant coach for an NBA team the San Antonio Spurs Becky Hammon has been a trailblazer and climbing up the NBA ladder. Even in football women are becoming a more familiar face to see on the sidelines not as coaches but as trainers, strength and conditioning type roles so some progress is being made but a lot of work still needs to be done. I think the root of the issue with sports not being so diverse is that the people in power of these sports leagues and teams are old school men raised up in the 40’s and 50’s who are wealthy owners that just have not got with the times of the new age. These men are set in their ways and until new blood comes in they will stay stuck in their ways and little progress will be made.

Some ideas to move sports leagues into being more diverse is maybe giving a quota that their needs to be this percentage of minority coaches in leagues or the whole league gets fined. This idea forces leagues to recruit and seek minority coaches and in a lot of times minority coaches are highly qualified more qualified than the majority coaches but are never given the chance. There is so many different ideas we could try to fix this issue just by giving those deserving and qualified members a chance to prove themselves as coaches. Also, with more diverse coaches comes different styles of play and ideas for those coaches to influence their teams making competition more exciting to watch and attract more people that maybe sports don’t attract, just because they have a woman coaching a male team or a Black or Latino coaching a team like BYU or Yale. The more spectators and higher TV ratings the more money that the teams and their owners are making and that’s really all the wealthy old owners care about in the end is making money.

In the end a solution and progress needs to happen soon with the recent current events that are going on in society today sports are one the last sources of entertainment that has been around the longest that needs to conform and start making these changes for the better because they will not hurt in the long run sports has stood the test of time.

Why You Need Sports Video Analysis

Sports Video Analysis or “Tagging” is a way of marking events in a videoed sports activity. Examples of events might be line-outs, scrums, goals, fouls, red or yellow cards, tennis serves, volleys, in fact any event in any sport.

Events are recorded in a timeline showing the exact points in the match video the events happened, the timeline also shows how long each event lasted.

An example of this might be volleys that happen in a tennis match. The analyst would be able to see how long the volleys lasted and generate reports as to which player won most of the volleys. This information could be used to ascertain the strength or weakness of each player’s volley skills, and over time map improvements due to training etc.

Events are tagged using a code window. When an event happens in a match the analyst clicks a button in the code window that represents the event. If a “home line-out” happens in a rugby match the analyst would click a “home line-out” button in the code window.

The code window event button may have other buttons associated to it that describe the event in more detail, in rugby this might be “home line-out -> Catch & drive” or “home line-out -> Off top”. In some software used to analyse matches the “Home line-out” would be an “Action” and the associated “Catch & drive” or “Off top” would be “Tags”. This terminology varies but the idea is the same. This prevents mistakes being made like “Red card -> Catch & drive” – in rugby this doesn’t make sense.

Code windows are usually created by the analysts tagging a match; some code windows are very basic and others can be incredibly detailed. There isn’t a set code window that analysts use for any given sport although some software used to analyse or tag matches do provide default code windows to get you started.

Once an analyst has tagged all the events in a match the data can be used to generate reports similar to the tennis report previously mentioned. Reports might contain home possession and away possession percentages, home score and away score, home penalties and away penalties etc. The reports would be relevant to the sport being analysed and they can be as detailed as the analyst wants them to be.

So why tag matches? Sports video analysis provides measurable performance gains as well as easy to understand visual feedback for coaches, players and athletes. Analysis is a very effective way of pointing out praise worthy moments as well as possible team weakness and areas that may need improving. It helps to assess game plans, sometimes of both competing teams to gain the competitive edge.

Sports Video Analysis is now seen as a crucial part of coaching and training in a wide range of sports including football, rugby, hockey, cricket, baseball, soccer etc, not only for elite athlete’s and teams but also for universities, colleges, private school and grass roots sports clubs.