How to Choose the Best Football Shoes for Your Upcoming Match

Football shoes or football cleats or soccer cleats whatever name we give every player needs a pair of football shoes that eases their performance in the match. Your performance in the match essentially depends on the type of football shoes you wear. Hence, it is essential to choose the model that best fits you and your requirements during match time. To choose your pair of football shoes it is essential to understand the various parts of football shoes so, that you get an idea about their price, quality, performance and durability.

Any football shoe is made up of 3 major parts they are named as, upper sole, midsole, lower sole. In addition to these major parts, we have few more additions made to the modern shoes they include vamp, cleats/ studs. Each of these parts though seems to be same they are designed differently to enhance the comfort of the wearer. The upper sole protects your feet majorly and is the one which is visible to everybody. So, choosing a pair of football shoes which has the great and impeccable look is very essential.

Next is the mid sole. The sole in between up sole, lower sole and is the area which is meant to increase the comfort of the wearer. This is also known as the insole, and can be removed and attached as per your comfort. Then comes the lower sole the underneath portion of the shoes. This part generally consists of cleats/ studs which were inbuilt in traditional shoes. Whereas now we have different varieties of shoes in which you can either keep or remove the studs/cleats.

Some football shoes even have a heel counter and cushioning at the back portion of the shoes which cushions and supports your ankles. The traditional shoes used to have all these parts attached together if a player is wearing a pair of football shoes means he was wearing all these together. However, the modern innovative shoes are coming with such designs and models which enable you to use the same pair of shoes for different purposes. You can dismantle few parts of the shoes after your match and use the same shoes differently for different occasions.

The parts that are detachable include the cleats; vamp an area at the front of the football shoes which is also known as aka the strike zone. This part makes contact with the ball. Hence, while choosing a pair of shoes keep in view that you must choose a pair which gives you grip, safety and comfort. You must choose a pair depending on the area of your match if you are going for an indoor match choose indoor shoes and same applies to the other sort of places.

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The Inconsistencies of Pro Athletes

Professionalism is the competence or skill expected of a professional. A professional is a person engaged in a specific activity as one’s main paid occupation. An athlete is or should be proficient in sports and other forms of physical activity. So, at the end of the day, professional athletes get paid to play and are expected to do so, at the very least, on a more consistent basis than that of… non-professional athletes. However, most “professional” athletes do not play consistently and should be held accountable accordingly.

Being a professional athlete is or should be the highest level of athleticism possible, but that’s not the case, because pro-athletes are always rated on the “what have you done for me lately?” theory, per-say, or the last time they had a chance to do something, what did they do? So they are constantly being rated and everything that they do, fail or succeed, is accounted for. Which would explain why there are professional stars and professionals that are not “stars”. And of course, the stars are the more consistent athletes in their particular field and obviously, they take their jobs more serious than the average pro-athlete.

Though, I’ve played on many different non-professional teams of many different sports, I have never had the opportunity to play on a professional team, but there was always an implied expectation of everyone on the team, and if a player could not live up to that expectation, then change was very necessary, because nobody wants to lose, professional, nor non-professional, recreational or any other level of play. Sometimes, no… a lot of times, I watch professional sports and I don’t understand how these professional teams tolerate when these paid professional athletes don’t play up to their expectation. When we watch sports being played on TV, we expect to see how the sport should be played at it’s best, kind of like the example of perfection.

If a sales person doesn’t close the sale, then they don’t get paid. Most doctors and lawyers only get one chance to foul up a patient or a case, then their career is, at least, seriously tainted, therefore effecting their income. A mechanic that can’t fix a flat tire is not going to make any money. None of those professions are compensated nearly as much as pro-athletes, but are held to much higher standards. Yet, somehow, a pro-athlete can drop a game-winning touchdown pass and not only keep his job, but also maintain his income while laughing and joking about how he disappointed his team and his fans. How is that? Anybody can do that. A professional baseball player that hasn’t gotten a hit in his last 15 games is still able to keep his job and his income is not effected at all. How is that? Anybody can NOT perform. Anybody can NOT live to up to the task. So, why are they still on the team and why are they still getting paid? I don’t understand. If I was the coach/owner I would be highly upset and change would definitely be necessary.

Most professional athletes take for granted the opportunity that they have been given. For every pro-athlete there are many more non-professional undiscovered athletes that could do the same job just as well, if not better. Professional sports tolerate way too much failure. There are professional teams that have never won a championship, yet they employ the same members of their staff for several years. Why do they continue to allow this to happen? Pro-athletes get paid a lot of money for doing basically nothing, enjoying their lives, playing in the backyard, and the least that they could do is take their “jobs” seriously and perform when it’s their turn to perform and set the example that is expected of them, or be held accountable for not being up to the task.

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Youth Sports Coaching 101 – Mistakes I’ve Seen

Youth sports coaches.

Youth sports coaches are also known as the men and women who volunteer their time to make lives better for young athletes. Most of these volunteers are former players, some from the high school or even college level. It’s an honorable sacrifice and we should all remember that before we begin to criticize.

However, my experience as a youth sports coach has allowed me to observe many coaches conducting practices, games, post-game speeches, and clinics. As I’ve now coached in Washington, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and 4 different counties in Ohio, I’ve watched many practices and games conducted where the athletes did not improve due to ineffective and damaging coaching. Below is the short list of most common/most damaging teaching practices and techniques used by youth coaches.

1. Wasting Time. Having young kids stand around while others conduct the drill or while the coach incessantly talks, kills their motivation and bores them. Remember that most of these students have been in a classroom all day before practice. If you spend time “lecturing,” how interested do you really think they’ll be? Then, the coach turns around and chews the kid out for making a mistake that was talked about during practice? Really, coach? There more effective and efficient ways to run a practice. Break the team into groups. Use your assistant coaches or parent volunteers to run drills keeping the kids in groups of three or less. This will provide more repetitions for each player keeping their attention and supporting progress into that learning focus.

2. Resting On Past Experience. How many times have you heard the following statement? “That’s the way we did it when I was playing so that’s how I know to do it.” Likely, that coach played around 10-20 years ago. Another common one: “It was good enough for my coaches so it’s good enough for me.” Let’s think about that. Kids are clearly different now, biomechanical techniques have changed, processes have changed, regulations have changed, medical advances have occurred, conditioning and stretching (warmups) improvements have been made. One common thread among all tenured and successful coaches is this: change with the times. While your junior high basketball coach made you run “suicides” at the end of practice, it has since been identified that using that conditioning method prevents athletes from working harder during practice as they unconsciously “save their energy” for the end of practice. And when your high school football coach made the whole team run when you fumbled, what did you learn about how to protect the ball? Nothing. That technique only breeds resentment and anger. Make the correction in line with the deficiency. When a player fumbles, have him carry the ball around while other players try to knock it out of his hands (during water breaks, after practice, etc.)

3. Resistance to Learning New Things. This is something I witness in baseball more than any other sport. Down the first base line and the third base line you’ll hear from parents, “swing level,” or “keep your back elbow up.” Those are both examples of things I was taught when I was playing youth baseball, around 25 years ago. There have been MANY biomechanical advancements in that period, as well as technological advancements which afford us the opportunity to slow down the swing and examine it more in depth. We’ve found that a “level” swing is not optimal for power or contact and the back shoulder raised creates a back-shoulder dip in younger athletes with muscles not well developed. Coaches, get up to speed on the current teaching and scientific advancements in the sport you coach. You owe it to your players, even though you are a volunteer.

Coaches, please remember that you could be the adult that kids will remember forever. Youth coaches can have an amazing impact on the lives of young athletes. You more than likely remember your little league baseball coach or your first football coach, right? You’re an important part of the young athletes’ lives. Take just a little time each week to surf coaching blogs and podcasts, attend coaching clinics, read books written by prominent coaches and chase YouTube for drills. Saying, “I only coach in a youth league, I don’t need to do all of that” is not sufficient.

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Different Tips And Strategies A Defensive Netball Player Must Know

Creating opportunities by gaining ball possession is the main objective of a defensive player. Hence, this position is very imperative to putting points on the scoreboard. Defenders attack the opposing team by intercepting. This will happen not only by paying attention to your opponent but being attentive also about where the ball is at all times.

How To Become The Most Effective Defensive Player

You need to keep your eye on the ball at all times. Another skill you must develop is watching the player. You main objective is to know where the ball is as well as to anticipate where it is going by judging its distance and speed. The best opportunity for you to cover ground is offered by high, long balls. You can actually hone your skills by watching your teammates shoot during practice. You must focus on how the ball bounces off the ring. Moreover, you must anticipate where it goes depending on where it makes contact. If you make use of this game in every game, you can surely master anticipating ball movements.

Get close to your opponent. Your best friend in this support is hassling. Bear in mind that filling the spaces in the goal circle will create excellent opportunities for hassling. Make use of your outside arm. Always practice this skill anywhere you might be at.

Focus on speed and agility. These are the essential skills to a defender. It is often associated with those who are not as tall. But if you are shorter, you must practice your ups. Always remember that maneuverability is more important than height. Shorter individuals must also practice their leaping skills as this is very important in developing muscles so you can jump higher. This will help make assaulting and intercepting on shot goals a lot easier.

Learn how to anticipate positioning. Position often comes from anticipation. If you place yourself where you expect the action, you will be in the prime position to cut off an incoming pass.

Communicate with your teammates. When you see something that is very crucial to your teammates, call it out if the play is down the court. Oftentimes, defenders do not know what is happening on the other part of the court when they become completely focused on the ball and their opponent. With efficient communication, other team members will know exactly what is happening to the other world as well.

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Different Ball Games Every Family Member Can Enjoy

Imagine if there is no ball. You would not be able to play sports like tennis, bowling, soccer, basketball, and baseball. You might think that a ball is a simple thing but this plays crucial roles in many parts of life.

Games The Require The Use Of A Ball

Baseball – Two teams will alternate between batting and fielding during the course of the game. The equipment needed to play this game will include a ball, a bat, and padded gloves worn by players. A run is scored when a batter hits the ball with the bat and runs safely on 4 bases. The fielders will try to catch the batted ball and stop the runner’s progress to prevent him from reaching the base safely.

Basketball – Every team will defend the basket at its own end of the court and will try to shoot the ball into the basket at the other end. The team with ball possession is called the offense – and they will try to score. The opposing team is called defense and they will try to prevent the offense from scoring. Players move the ball up and down the court through passing and dribbling.

Bowling – This is played by rolling a ball down a wooden lane and knocking down the pins set in a triangle.

Volleyball – Two teams volley a ball in the air, back and forth over a net. The objective of this game is to force the opposing team to fail to return the ball or to play it illegally. Every team can score during a volley. A team will have a score when the ball touches the ground on the opponent’s side of the court. Another way of scoring is when a team receives a penalty or commits a fault.

Soccer – The basic rule of this game is that only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with the hands or arms and only within the penalty area. Before the game starts, the team captains will flip a coin to decide which team will kick off. They will also decide which goals their teams will defend. And at the beginning of the second half, the team changes goals.

Netball – This is quite similar to basketball but the equipment, team numbers and rules are slightly different. For instance, there is no running with the ball and no dribbling. Aside from that, the ball must be passed in 3 seconds and there must be 7 players per team. The ball and basket is smaller and there is no backboard.

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