Volleyball Drills You Can Do Alone

Volleyball is a team sport. It requires the effort and support of everyone on the team in order to be successful. To this end, most volleyball drills are designed for the team to work together on. However, much like any other sport out there, the more an individual can practice, the more they will bring to the team as a whole. Because most players don’t live with each other, it is important to work on a set of volleyball drills that a player can work on when alone. These are drills that can be done between practices or even in the off season. While they are generally beginning drills, they will help even advanced players stay sharp the year round.

One of the skills taught be volleyball drills is accuracy. A good solo drill you can work on is simply standing in front of a wall and hitting a certain spot on the wall. This sounds simple enough, but in practice there is much more to it than this. The player will pick a spot on the wall and aim to hit it. They will want to work on perfect form to get the most out of this drill. While a simple exercise, the wall-hitting is one of those very versatile volleyball drills that a player can do alone. They can work on spiking, serving, and even setting. Each type of hit will present the player with a set of challenges that ensure the ball travels to the spot they have chosen.

Before leaving the wall behind, your players can use the wall for other volleyball drills too. The wall-block is a very good drill that can be accomplished solo. The object of this drill is to start in a blocking position, jump and “block” the wall at a spot that is higher than the height of the net, and land in the block position again. Players should change the height and angle of the spot they hit in order to remain flexible. One of the best parts of this drill is that it teaches your players how to block a ball without causing a net foul. If your player isn’t careful performing this drill, they will scrape their arms and elbows on the wall. Since this would equate to the net in a real situation, you will find that your players learn very quickly the correct form to use when blocking. That means that they will drag their arms across the net a lot less.

Volleyball drills for passing and setting are a staple in any coach’s repertoire. Unfortunately, most drills require at least two people in order to pass the ball back and forth. A player can work on this alone, however. The player should toss the ball up in the air and bump it back up with both arms. Then they can rotate hits, switching to individual hands, setting the ball, and even using their forehead. This will teach total and complete ball control for them. The object is to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible using only legal moves to do so. Just the ball control learned from this is worth the time invested in teaching this drill.

It is important for your players, as well as coaches, to learn that they can work on some volleyball drills on their own. The more that a player drills, the better their performance will be. A team is made up of the sum of each player’s individual performance. Using solo volleyball drills will also show the team that a player feels the sport, therefore the team, is important enough to put in a little extra effort. The effort will pay off for the team as a whole when it comes to game time.

Snowboard Tricks – Impress Your Friends!

Snowboard tricks are basically maneuvers done on snowboards during competitions or for fun. Most of these tricks are performed on handrails, ledges, jumps or other obstacles. Some tricks can even be executed on the surface of the snow. There are many tricks when snowboarding that you might want to learn and know about.

Grabs. There are a number of grab tricks that originated from other board sports. Three of the most common grabs include the chicken salad, where the leading hand passes through the legs from the front and holds the back edge of the board between the feet; the crail, where the rear hand holds the board’s nose; and the one-two, where the rider’s front hand holds the edge behind his back foot. In addition to these, there are many other types of grabs.

Tweaks. There is a wide variety of tweak tricks which are sophisticated tricks requiring considerable technical ability. There are one-footed tweaks, which refer to tricks performed with the rear foot removed from the board; shifty, where the snowboarder twists his body to rotate the board 90 degrees then returns it to the original position before landing; and tuck knee, where the rider touches the top of the board with the left or right knee.

Straight airs. Straight airs snowboard tricks are defined by how the tail and nose of the board are moved. Some examples are the Ollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air from the tail of the snowboard; the fakie Ollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air while riding the board backward; the Nollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air from the nose of the board; and the flail, where the snowboarder wildly swings his/her hands while still in the air.

Inverted hand plants. The invert refers to doing handstands on the edge of a halfpipe; the handplant, where the rear hand is positioned on the lip of the wall through a 180 degrees frontside rotation; the layback trick, which is actually a non-inverted handplant with the front hand positioned during a slide while the rider is laying back; and the eggplant trick, where the front hand holds on to the wall through a 180 degree invert and makes a backside rotation. This is just a few of many handstand tricks, most named after events and board sports.

These tricks can make your snowboarding more fun and exciting. It’s important, though, to observe safety guidelines whenever you perform snowboard tricks. Asking for tips on snowboarding from instructors could be helpful to you as could watching videos of experienced boarders performing tricks.

Snowboarding Is A Modern Sport

Imagine yourself carving an awesome curved swath across a slope of fresh snow as skeins of sparkling powdered ice explode around you, leaving iridescent clouds of sparking ice in your wake that slowly cascade to the ground. Snowboarding is just cool.

For enthusiasts of this winter sport, those last four words explain it all. Since its humble beginnings in the 1960s as a child’s toy, Snowboarding has exploded into the Olympic event and gnarly extreme sport we know today. Snowboarding is one of the fastest growing winter sports ever, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Modern snowboarding can be traced directly to the 1965 invention of Sherman Poppen, a chemical engineer who built a new snow toy for his young daughter by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to the front end to hold on to. His daughter loved it and all her friends wanted one too, so Poppen decided to license the idea to a manufacturer. His wife came up with a name for the new product, and in 1966 “The Snurfer” became a minor sensation, selling over a half million units.

The next major development was in 1972 when Dimitije Milovich, an east coast surfing enthusiast, founded the Winterstick Company and started building snowboards. Milovich had built his first snowboard in 1969 based on a surfboard design, and by 1974 had two “Snow Surfboard” patents and was selling snowboards out of his shop in Salt Lake City.

By end of the 1970s the new and innovative sport of Snowboarding was being led by two legendary men, Jake Burton Carpenter and Tom Sims, who helped bring the sport into the mainstream consciousness. Burton was an East Coaster who refined the idea of the Snurfer and was selling what he called “Burton Boards”, while Sims was a West Coast skateboard icon selling his own version of a wheel-less skateboard-like “skiboard”. Both men were driven to market their concepts and engaged in a sometimes-bitter rivalry that propelled snowboarding into a mass-market phenomenon.

Throughout the 1980s snowboarding grew exponentially, as new snowboard products hit the market and ever-innovative snowboarders invented new ways to ride them. At first the staid world of winter sports skiing didn’t know what to make of all these scruffy young people showing up on the slopes with their boards, and many slopes actually banned snowboarders. But by the end of the 1980s all that had changed as the sport continued to explode in popularity, and began drawing major corporate sponsorship for organized competitions. By 1998 Snowboarding debuted at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and since has shown no signs of slowing down.

Snowboarding Safety To Avoid Injuries

Snowboarding is one of the fastest growing and most popular winter sports. It is a kind of sport which traces its roots from skateboarding attributing to the extreme nature of the sport. Despite the dangers, snowboarding has millions of enthusiasts who flock to winter destinations yearly. In this light, what are the things that can be done to avoid snowboarding injuries?

The main reason for snowboarding injuries is usually the player’s fault. Lack of skill coupled with carelessness is often the formula for disaster. Some snowboarders would hit the slopes without any formal training. That is why it is very important to train with a professional prior to trying out a course. Most ski resorts offer the services of professional instructors to train individuals who are new to the sports. Avoid snowboarding in bad weather conditions or when intoxicated or fatigued. Always go in pairs so that someone can be of immediate assistance if anything goes wrong. Doing warm up exercises and keeping a physically fit body also help in avoiding accidents. However, in worst case scenarios, when you are going down a slope and you can’t slow down to stop, fall down to your knees, clinch your fist, and roll to your forearm and chest.

The most common form of injuries in snowboarding is fracture on the wrist and arms. Others include shoulder and head injuries. Head injuries are usually the worst when they occur. They often occur during collision or when making difficult turns. This is the reason why helmets are one of those important pieces of equipment that a rider needs to invest in. Often, a sturdy helmet could spell the difference between surviving a hard fall or not. Make sure that the helmet is properly fitted and secured. It should not move out of place. Always look for quality certification stickers to make sure that the helmets pass the standards set for the sport. In addition, ensuring that a rider wears complete protective gear lessens the likeliness of injuries. Wearing ultraviolet resistant goggles prevents snow blindness and protects the eyes from the elements. Furthermore, wearing protective water resistant clothing provides warmth and insulates the body from the extreme cold. It is also advisable to wear several layers of clothes to further insulate the body. In addition, on top of the clothes, wear a complete set of elbow and knee pads for added protection in case of a fall or collision.

Being in the mountain setting, far from normal weather conditions are common during ski trips. Frostbites and sunburns are normal due to high altitude settings. Apply sunscreen with high SPF to fight off sunburn and lip balm to protect from frostbites. Nothing ruins a good vacation than a bad case of sunburn hurting your face or a cracked and swollen lip.

Snowboarding is a very exciting sport. It promises every enthusiast a thousand thrills and pumps the blood of every adrenaline junkie. However, just like any other sports, there are dangers involved. What is important is to understand the risks involved and to prepare oneself prior to the activity. Being careful does not remove the fun from the sport. It actually ensures that you get to enjoy the sport for the coming days.

Power Up Your Bowling – Understand Your Brain

Today we are going to talk about your brain. A lot of people simply do not understand their brain fully and manipulate their brain to their advantage. People generally only understood that their brain weighs approximately 31 lbs, it is divided into two halfs, a right and a left, each half of the brain has different functions.

That’s all they know about their brain.

Do you know?
– Your mind reflects the physical brain and operates out of these two hemispheres.
– Your brain has four waves, Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta, and everything we do falls into one of these categories. We shifts from one state to another throughout our day.
– Flow Zone of Optimal Performance only exist when two halfs of our brain are balance, no distraction, no analysing and no anxiety.

Your Brain Mechanism

Your brain works on goal setting mechanism and you can think of it as a connection machine, it hardwires everything. The solid the concept is hardwired in your brain, the better you master the concept. Same thing as bowling, the better your brain hardwired your bowling skill with your mental strength, the easier you enter Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The brain sets goals, this is your right brain creativity function, it then breaks down the steps to achieve the goal, this is your left brain analytical and logical functions. Bowlers universally have the same goals, it is to bowl perfect game and to win as many tournaments as possible. The brain capture the goal then goes about working out how to achieve them.

The best bowler in the world might not necessarily the most physical talented, they do know how to manipulate their brain better though.

Left and Right Brain Dorminant Bowler

Let’s discuss how both right brain dominant or left brain dominant bowlers hinders their performance.

Many bowlers I have seen have right brain dominant, their motor skills for performance are there, they find it easy to get into their game, they don’t think too much. Their battle starts when they start to lose their sense of where they are in their innings and forget what they are working towards. The bowler bowls a ball that lets the pressure off and have not work out how to structure an over or a spell.They are habitual under achievers, they get good starts and yet cannot manage their innings or their spells..

Conversely, the left brain dominant bowlers tend to think too much of their game, and eventually paralyse themselves through over analysing what they need to achieve. Their performance gets hinder through analytical self-talk, anxiety and disrupted focus. These bowlers tend to battle to quiet their minds to bring their minds to focus. They just find it difficult to forget about their past and switch their focus.

Brain Synchrony

The world class bowlers have learnt how to balance the right and left brain and manipulate it to their advantage. They learnt how to select their goals, break them into small sequential chunks and then keep the mind quiet so they can bowl in the Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The Challenge is managing their mental state so they can manage their game.

The key take out for bowler is you have to learn how to manipulate your brain naturally and effortlessly maintain an optimal state of mind-body balance.

When your right and left brains are working together in synchrony, you are able to think clearly and calmly, make good decisions and set and complete your goals.

7 Tips for Learning to Snowboard

Snowboarding appeals to a different kind of person than skiing. But learning to snowboard is not any harder than learning to ski (or vice versa) it’s just different! The learning process for snowboarding is different – in the beginning it is a steeper learning curve, but later progression is often quicker.

Here is a selection of tips designed for newbies to the ski slopes, designed for those who don’t already know how to ski.

  1. Get some lessons – it is usually better to get lessons from a professional instructor. Learning from friends is not always easy when they can’t remember quite what it was like in the beginning. Lessons can be quite expensive, but if you are on holiday with friends who already ski or board, you can’t spend all day hanging out with them as you will hold them up as there will be a difference in abilities.
  2. Snowboarding kit – having the right clothing is important. Waterproof trousers and a jacket are important, as you’ll spend a disproportionate amount of time in the first few days sitting on the ground – either listening/watching during lessons or because you have fallen over. Because of this close contact with the snow, you’ll also want thermals to keep your nether regions warm and cosy. Take a selection of layers on holiday with you so you can match them to the conditions – ask friends what they expect to need on a particular day. Snowboarders are more likely to end up with their hands in the snow, so gloves with long cuffs and a drawstring are helpful for not getting snow up the arms of your coat. A hat and goggles completes your ensemble.
  3. Safety equipment – unlike skiers, who often don’t use much safety equipment, when snowboarding, it is a good idea to have some. A helmet and wrist guards are the usual essentials – the helmet for when you fall over backwards and the wrist guards for forward facing falls. You can get gloves with wrist guards built in to them.
  4. Fitness levels – a good basic fitness level is helpful when you are learning – there can be a lot of walking uphill with your snowboard under your arm, particularly on nursery slopes. Good fitness will ease the early stages of learning to snowboard.
  5. At the hire shop – the shop staff will fit you with boots and a snowboard that is suitable for your skill level. If you are a complete beginner do let them know, and they will set you up appropriately. In particular they will work out if you are left or right footed (known as ‘goofy’ or ‘regular’ – terms that are the same in surfing and skateboarding) and set the snowboard up the right way for you.
  6. Take a snack – eating it will give you some energy when you are tired and give you something to do during the sitting down bits
  7. Be determined – the first few days of learning to snowboard are acknowledged to be hard – there’s a lot of wipeouts and frustration. Learning to use a button lift (which is simple for skiers) is a nightmare for boarders. Perseverance here will win the day – there is often a “eureka” moment and once that happens you are on the road to progression from beginner to intermediate.

A Simple Approach To Snowboarding

Snowboarding has become one of the most popular winter sports created. The main reasons for its quick ascent to popular acceptance and endorsement is that it is more than a sport.

Its multi-faceted appeal moves it into the realm of an alternative lifestyle that many people are drawn to. Not only is it fun but it also combines elements of skill, danger and excitement while looking fashionably cool on the most popular slopes of the world. Its wow appeal is witnessed by onlookers so the Olympic athlete no longer has a monopoly on being a star on the slopes.

Initially considered to be an annoying pastime on the ski slopes, snowboards were banned. This did not deter snowboarding enthusiasts. Instead, it served to fuel their fire. By 1989 the ski resorts changed their policy and welcomed snowboarders since the sport had grown massively popular. This legitimized snowboarding and its popularity and skill involved prompted the International Olympic Committee to add it as a competitive sport in 1994.

The first snow boarding events took place in 1998 in Japan for the Olympics. Today, it is a modern dynamic sport that is well entrenched in the mainstream of winter sport experiences. It continues to offer plenty of room for self expression and the growing number of instructional methods attest to its ongoing popularity.

Snowboarding can be taught to the entire family and every age group. An individual can learn to snowboard within their first day if they follow a basic simple approach. A straightforward three step program has been designed where simple drills have the newbie snowboarder sliding downhill their first day. They are taught how to avoid any breakages by learning how to have balance and confidence on the board.

The equipment must fit and work. It is important to take the time out to research what is recommended and experiment with the demo models.

There is also an online snowboarding coaching program available. Initial free lessons are provided to learn the basics. One that has been achieved the learner can download videos to move into the next level of snowboarding.

One program is terrain based where the beginner learns techniques to accelerate their learning. The internet provides necessary preparation prior to going on the snowboarding slopes.

The newbie snowboarder discovers their capability for increased physicality on the slopes. The sport allows them artistic license to express themselves in a way no other winter sport on the slopes can offer.

How To Be a Good Volleyball Coach

Connect positively
Connect in a way that is encouraging and that proves that you have got the very best interests of the players at heart. Communicate with mothers and fathers, officials and also other coaches in a proactive, respectful and constructive method.

Teach volleyball essentials
Instructing method and form now prevents players from creating undesirable habits. Remember that we desire the players to like volleyball and have fun. Include things like games into just about every practice to ensure that players have fun and learn skills.

Coach the rules and method of volleyball
Teach the rules of volleyball and include them into individual instruction. We likewise want the players to grasp the way to shake hands pre and post matches, the way to switch sides, how to rotate and how to understand the referee’s signs. You need to plan to look at the rules any moment an opportunity occurs in practices.

Direct players in competition
Your duties include figuring out lineups, conversing with officials and rival coaches and players, and making reasonable tactical choices during games (when you should call a time out). Do not forget that the main objective isn’t on winning at all costs, but on coaching the kids to participate good, do their utmost, increase their volleyball skills, aim at win within the rules and above all, enjoy it! We would like you to encourage the players to try and use three hits on a side mainly because in the long-term that is the way they will be competitive. A team concentrating on this method could actually win a lower number of games than a team that simply plays the ball over. But remember, our club chooses to develop players to be good when they’re more mature therefore being focused on three hits is going to be emphasized during the entire season.

Be a fantastic role model
To players in elementary school, older people and high school players are observed closely and imitated. These players will recall their coach for a long-time (maybe a life time). They will remember the pros and cons. Remember to set a great example for the kids: be positive, be diligent, be excited and be encouraging.

Help players become excellent team members
Train them to cheer for each other, back one another up, talk with each other, support each other and celebrate together. These intangible characteristics are no less necessary to teach than the skill of hitting the volleyball. For example, in teaching very good team defense, stress to young players the relevance of playing within the rules, displaying respect for their competitors, and learning how to back each other up.

Care about your team and players
An additional crucial aspect is to have authentic concern for your players. Make an effort to know every player on your team and exactly what drives them best. Remember that your players are learning brand new skills and it may perhaps be hard for them. Be understanding, encouraging and passionate. Address your players as you would like to be treated. Show that you get pleasure from coaching and spending time with the team both on and off the court.

Create Great Experiences by Choosing the Best Bowling Balls

Many people love bowling, but have you ever wondered how you can actually be good at the game? It all depends on the bowling balls. It is obvious that a bowling ball is the bowler’s best friend and as such, should be selected carefully so as to ensure that it serves its purpose and serves it well. The bowling ball is responsible for knocking down the pins within a bowling arena, making it an essential part of the game. You cannot enjoy the game without a ball.

It is important to appreciate the fact that there are different kinds of balls even in a bowling alley. These balls are not the same. However, most people do not know this fact and most do not really grasp just how important choosing that perfect ball is. If you do not make a wise selection, then you will have a poor game.

There are lots of things that determine the outcome of a bowling game and they include skills, expertise, and practice. All this has got fundamental roles in the game, but you should be able to have a ball that will elevate you to the level that follows. If the ball doesn’t match with what you can do, then you will definitely lose.

For the beginners, the normal bowling ball can be used as it can give you the much-needed practice. There are people who still use the house ball in different competitions and in many other games as they feel that it may actually help them with issues of grip. These are a good choice before one decides to get one that is personalized to their needs. If you want to be a member of a club or if you have the desire to enjoy bowling from time to time, you need a ball that matches the style that you love. This helps you to be consistent as you will be able to maintain the ball that you feel comfortable with throughout the game.

Some factors to consider

There are three very important factors that everyone should have in mind when they are selecting that perfect bowling ball. They are:

• The price and the weight of the ball

• The coverstock

• The hook potential

Most adults are comfortable with the 15lbs ball. Most women, senior bowlers, and juniors prefer the 14lbs. For those that struggle with high weights of the bowling ball, then 12lbs is a good choice. Having a ball that actually fits can offer surprising results.

Usually, manufacturers offer versatility and performance in different price ranges. You can get an entry level ball for beginners or even the best performance ball that offers a great ball reaction.

You should also be able to match any new ball you have to the conditions of the lane and therefore you should find a coverstock for the dry, the medium dry, and even the oily lane kind of conditions. Different coverstock comes with different features so choose carefully.

Snowboarding Is A Sport For All

The sport of snowboarding has really taken off since the late 1990s, due to new athletes coming into the sport, and what they were able to do on the snowboard. This helped the sport gain notice, and it began appealing to younger audiences as well, who would try to mimic the moves of their favorite athletes.

Additionally, the athletes which were being promoted on TV, were average everyday guys; therefore, this appealed even more to the viewers and enthusiasts of snowboarding, because they felt it was a sport they could tackle and do well in.

Snowboarding is great for all age groups, genders, body types, and fitness levels. Unlike in other sports where you have to weigh a certain amount, or be a certain height to play and perform well in, this is not the case in snowboarding.

Although a little coordination and training never hurt anyone, there really is no desired “typical” body type which individuals who want to participate in snowboarding have to fall under.

This is one of the main draws to the sport, anyone, no matter how they look, or how tall/short they are, is able to get on the board and perform.

Snowboarding has also struck interest in individuals who want to participate in the sport because of the moves they see their favorite athletes doing on TV. It is pretty impressive what can be done on a board in the ice. Although everyone can snowboard, not everyone can snowboard like a pro unless they are willing to put in the training and work that the pros put in. Yes, it is possible to learn a couple tricks just fooling around with friends, but many tricks shown on TV take plenty of time to master, and the boarders practice and train on a daily level to reach those skill levels. This isn’t to say that you would not be able to do any of the moves seen on TV, it is possible, but you will have to train and properly learn the mastery of snowboarding to do the moves.

Whether you are just looking for an alternative to skiing and are looking for a new sport; or, whether you are just attracted to the sport because it really is something that anyone can learn with a little training and effort, snowboarding is a great sport for all individuals.