The Benefits of an Outdoor Basketball Court

Most children in this modern age enjoy playing with their advance technology gadgets inside the house or anywhere they want to play. They used to carry these gadgets as long as they can bring it with them or put it in their pocket and just grab it any minute that they feel like playing or using them.

We can say that those children who play, or hold some of these advance things are advanced intellectual kids which are a good sign. But we must remember that there are also disadvantages with these gadgets. Your children may play all the time and be lazy when you asked them to pack up or fix their bed.

Some children just sit on the couch the whole day and they also forget to take their meals. They may take their meals but eat less and play more, which is a bad thing because their health is affected. Also they may use eyeglasses in an early period time of their lives. If your child is one of them, you might want to do another trick which they will enjoy and may be of help with their health.

What will you do? Try to set up a backyard court. This trick will work with your child especially when you play basketball with them as a first step. There are varieties of basketball courts but make sure that you are going to get the highest quality court for your child.

In starting to build an outdoor court, consider your own yard. Backyard sport court is a great place for your kids to hang out. Beautify backyard with a gorgeous basketball court so your family will enjoy every minute of bonding in your backyard. You may also take advantage of your wasted driveway space by turning it into a great home practice basketball court.

Get your children off the couch and play with them for an hour or more or during your rest day. Your kids will definitely enjoy this game with you and sooner with their friends. This set up is great for your child's health. If your child is lousy before, they may be able to have their reflexes back in time.

Having an outdoor or sport court will be of help to your child's health without them knowing it. Basketball is one source of exercising all your child's body parts and inner organs which will definitely make them more eager to do things in the future. With basketball as an exercise, your child will be more energetic.

By building an outdoor sport court, you have made the right choice. Because you did not just beautify your home; But you have built a perfect family spot for playing, bonding and one perfect place where you can share your precious moments with your child and your family. …

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Should College Athletes Be Paid?

College sports bring in big dollars every year on the major college level. These programs bring $30 and sometimes $40 million dollars per year to the universities and colleges and the players get nothing. These are the same players who are breaking their backs for the university day in and day out and can’t get a share of that money and, to me, that does not seem fair. I know what you may be thinking: that these student athletes are getting a free education or have gotten a scholarship to play ball at that university. To me, that’s the least they could be doing.

When I look at college football on Saturdays and see packed stadiums with cheering fans paying big money for a ticket I say, what business out there could run a company and not pay its workers? You would think I was talking about some Third World country! Pay the players now, please!

Think about this one: most of the college coaches get six figure salaries– big college programs and small ones. Some of these college coaches get shoe contracts, some get T.V. and radio contracts and many other perks along the way. Also, if they are a good coach and win games they will be offered another coaching job somewhere else with bigger money and larger perks! The student athletes get nothing and, to me, something should be done about that. Please pay the players now!

They will keep telling you that the athletes are getting the free education, free books, free room and board and the chance at a good college education that will last a lifetime. So what! Pay the players! I see this whole college thing as slave-labor! Coaches make big money on the backs of these players. You hear stories about college athletes taking money or getting paid under the table. You hear these stories of players getting cars and lots of cash, you hear stories of players getting all of this and more on the side. You hear about the player’s families getting cars and houses to attend that college program. This goes on all the time in secret!

Why do the players take this money and cars and houses for their families and much more? Well one reason is recruiting; some college programs feel that in order to get a major college recruit they have to offer these things. Some college programs (not all) have to give something to get these kids. Some of these players come from poor backgrounds, so for these kids to get some money is a big deal especially if the players and their families don’t have money anyway.

Being a college athlete is very hard. In the first placed the amount of hours that these players put in is a lot–every day of every week. They are in class all day then there’s practice after practice, they go eat dinner if they can and then go study. Now all of this may sound simple to …

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The Fundamental Skills of Basketball

To get better skills in basketball players need to first understand and master the basics of the game.

In basketball, there are 6 different fundamental skill areas that players should concentrate on in training.

Dribbling

Dribbling the basketball is done to move the ball around only when a passing isn’t a better option and a lane isn’t available. Both new and experienced players make the mistake of dribbling the ball when it isn’t needed. Ask any collage or professional basketball coach – they will all tell you the same thing. Dribbling should be done when the player (you) have some purpose to forfill. Dribbling while looking for an offensive option is a good way to lose the ball. When you are looking for that option, take the ball in a firm grip and put your body between you and the defender. Regardless of how good you are at dribbling, the defense will always have a greater chance for a steal if you are dribbling the ball instead of gripping it in both hands.

Passing

Passing is the number 1 option for moving the ball around the court on offense. Passing is quicker than dribbling and so it is a deadly offensive tool for reaching that open man so they can have the shot. Good passes are the hallmark of good teams because most offensive plays are set up by good passes.

Shooting

Shooting is probably the most practiced skill for new and experienced players. Yet so many people still practice it wrong. In practice all drills should be done at game speed and done as you would under pressure. Players are usually too lazy to do this and instead of practicing the sweet jump shot that they are constantly doing in the game they lazy-it-down to a hop-shot. Instead of jumping to give power they use their arms for the power and the legs give the rest. Practicing the wrong way to shoot is something that players do all the time yet they do not understand why they miss all their jump shots during the game…

Rebounding

Rebounding can come in two forms – offensive and defensive. Lots of newer player look at rebounding and immediately think that it is a big mans area. Yet this is not so. Rebounding is more than just being big. It even surpasses just jumping ability. To be good at rebounding you need skill and dedication. Skill is mainly the ability to position yourself and read the shots – something that comes quickly with practice. Dedication is probably the most important factor in rebounding. The person who gets the ball is the one with the most hunger for the ball and who is willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

Offense

Offense is a fundamental which encompasses all aspects of the offensive court. Shooting has already been covered (and is covered more in the basketball website listed below). Yet moving off the ball to give offensive options to the player with the …

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Basketball Fitness Training – Why Every Hooper Should Hill Sprint

Serious basketball coaches are always looking for ways to get an edge on the competition – to gain an advantage. It’s why you spend so much time researching methods of training that will make your players faster and stronger – and jump higher – without taking up too much time to get results.

That’s why I believe that running hill sprints (which includes running bleachers and stairs) is a must for any basketball player.

This is because hill sprints provide a number of benefits to the basketball athlete. Here are the Top 6:

1. Hill sprints provide the perfect combination of strength and speed training.

It’s like lifting weights and sprinting at the same time. The hill gives resistance to your athlete’s sprints, making them more difficult while being shorter in distance and duration. Including hill sprints in your training program can bring great results in as little as 15 minutes 1 or 2 times per week.

2. Hill sprints build stamina.

Endurance is something that every basketball player needs – but it is a special kind of endurance. If you want your athletes to perform at their peak, then low, slow distance types of cardio just won’t work. Their endurance training needs to mimic the demands of the game. Those needs being – short bouts of intense exertion broken up by periods of lower intensities.

Hill sprints provide just this type of interval training. They will take your players’ hearts and lungs to intensities far greater than those found in jogging or traditional types of endurance training. Their body will become used to reaching these higher levels, and recovering quickly in between the “sprints.”

More and more scientific studies are showing that VO2 Max (the traditional measure of aerobic endurance) is improved as much – or more- by using high intensity interval-type exercise like hill sprinting.

Want your team to have their “wind” at the end of the game? Hill sprint.

3. Hill sprints increase ankle strength – helping to prevent one of the most common injuries in sports – the ankle sprain.

Ankles are made stronger due to the need to push off harder when sprinting up the hill. Because of the incline, more drive is needed than when sprinting on a flat surface. Improved ankle strength also leads to the ability to push off harder during the game – benefiting a player’s important “first step” and lengthening their stride when sprinting in a breakaway on the court.

4. Hill sprints increase basketball players’ speed and explosiveness.

This is because hill training promotes two key factors in running faster and jumping higher. First, it forces proper knee lift – essential for driving the legs downward and back for more force. Second, hill sprinting makes the sprinter dorsi-flex their foot while running. The closer the toes are brought to the shin, the more force they can apply on ground contact. Think of dorsi-flexing as loading your foot – then unloading it into the ground – pushing you forward.

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The World’s Five Worst Olympic Countries

1. Cuba- Drugs & Scandals

Unfortunately, Cuba is already a nightmare in the Olympic Movement. Why? Since 1964, Cuba has produced athletes with a huge superiority complex and strong anti-American feeling. They have showed this anti-Olympic feeling many times. Angel Volodia Matos Fuentes, a Cuban taekwondo athlete, is the only athlete in the Olympic history that has hit a referee. This sportsman kicked a referee in the face after he lost a match at the 2008 Olympics. “We didn’t expect anything like what you have witnessed to occur. I’m at a loss for words. This is an insult to the Olympic vision, an insult to the spirit of taekwondo and, in my opinion, an insult to mankind”, said Yang Jin-suk (World Taekwondo Federation secretary). Angel won a gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in 2000.

In Atlanta in 1996, the Cuban’s women’s volleyball team quarreled with the Brazilian team during the semi-finals. This is why Regla Radameris Torres Herrera, who has received several offers to become a top fashion model in Italy, was suspended and could not play for several months. Cuban players of women’s volleyball are famous for their aggressiveness against rivals.

Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor Sanabria will be remembered as one of the worst examples in the world sports community. In 1988, Prensa Latina -Cuban news agency- announced that in its annual poll of sportswriters Javier Sotomayor was named “Cuban Athlete of the Year”. He beat out Felix Savon (boxing), Jorge Fis (Judo), and Ana Fidelia Quirot (track & field). Javier, known as “Soto”, was one of the most successful athletes in the history of the Cuban Revolution.

On September 8, 1988, Javier -whose country had boycotted the Summer Olympics in 1988- set a world record in the high jump. A year later he set another world record (2.45 m / 8′ 1/2″). Under the direction of Jose Godoy, a Soviet-educated professor, he won almost all his competitions in the 1990s.

In 2001, Javier Sotomayor, in one of a series of exhibitions tournaments, tested positive for a muscle-building steroid. “The decision to let him compete again is like a hit in my face”, said Arne Ljungqvist (vice president of the IAAF).Two years ago, Javier also had tested positive for drugs at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg (Canada). However, he had been exonerated by the Cuban Olympic Committee. Furthermore, Fidel Castro Ruz -Cuba’s dictator- denied that Javier had taken cocaine. In an article in Granma (Communist party daily), Javier said ” I’m innocent. I have only seen that substance in the movies. I´m the victim of maneuver, a dirty trick”.

Unlike Ben Johnson and Linford Christie, Javier received a special treatment by the IAAF. He was banned by the IAAF for only 11 months. Thanks to this, Javier Sotomayor could compete at the 2000 Olympics, where he won a silver medal. Three European countries, Norway, Finland and Denmark, criticized this controversial decision. “If you test positive and get suspended, you shouldn’t get a reduced sentence just because …

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How To Do Perfect Basketball Fakes

In order to be an offensive threat you must be able to elude your guard whether you have the ball or not. A fake is an act designed to throw your guard off balance, so you can drive past him or free yourself for a shot. Do this by faking with your head, eyes, feet, shoulders, and body. The fake drive-and-shot is designed to throw the defensive player off balance and force him back to make room for the shot. Feint a dribble around the guard, using the front foot to force him back. The offensive player then comes up to position for the shot. Any feint will produce some recoiling action on the guard’s part. The fake shot-and-drive is a maneuver in which the player with the ball fakes a shot at the basket to draw the guard close to him so he can dribble around him. When you are faking, keep the ball protected and in position for the dribble. The first stride should be a long one with the right foot if going right, placing the ball well out in front while driving by the guard. A double fake is executed by faking a drive with a deep step to the right, causing the guard to drop back a little. The offensive man then moves his front foot a bit back and poises for a set shot. As the guard comes up on his toes to stop the shot, the offensive man lowers his body and drives off his front foot, placing the ball well out ahead and drives in for the goal. To go to the right side, the deep step is faked to the left with the right foot. The shot is faked, then comes the drive to the right. A left-handed player will use his left foot as the forward foot and follow the same technique as above.

In starting a fake, a player never knows whether it will be a single or a double fake. This will depend on the action of the guard. Sometimes a guard commits himself on the first fake. If he is not fooled on the first fake, then try the double fake. A common fault of many players executing feints is that they do not allow enough time for the defensive player to “fall for” the deception. Shooting or driving too soon simply means that the deception is wasted. Dribble Tips:

1. Do not take a one-bounce dribble when you first get the ball. This robs you of the opportunity to move with it.

2. Keep your head up and eyes ahead so you can get a good view of what the other players are doing.

3. Do not try to dribble in congested areas.

4. Do not slap at the ball-push it to the floor with your fingertips.

5. When advancing to your front court with the high dribble, be sure that there are no opponents nearby who may steal the ball.

6. Learn to keep your …

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Basketball Standards, Hoops and Goals – What’s the Difference?

I work for an online sports paraphernalia company that offers a wide variety of basketball apparel and equipment. So much so that potential customers are often confused about what to buy and what will ultimately fit their needs. The majority of the confusion pertains to basketball standards, hoops and goals and what each entails. Well, here’s the skinny on each.

Basketball Standard: Basketball standards are the most expensive of the bunch. They can be either portable or stationary. When you think basketball standard you should think of the type of basketball system that is used in the NBA or out on the playground. Simply put, a basketball standard is the entire package – rim, backboard, net and pole.

Basketball Hoop: When little Johnny writes to Santa Claus telling him he wants a basketball hoop for Christmas, he means that he wants the entire package. However, a basketball hoop is not quite the entire package. A basketball hoop is the combination of a rim, net and backboard, but no pole. Think of your high school gym. Yes, you probably had a basketball standard in there somewhere which the basketball team most likely used for real games. But you also had basketball hoops on the surrounding walls. That is what a basketball hoop is – a rim, net and backboard that can be fastened to an already existing structure.

Basketball Goal: The name of this particular piece of equipment get its name from its intended purpose. The word goal is something you strive towards. In sports, the goal is usually the place where you score points. Well, the same is true in basketball. The goal is just another name for the rim.

When purchasing sporting equipment, it is good to know the difference between the various technical terms associated with each individual sport. If you don’t, you may unintentionally buy something which you did not want.…

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What is the Difference Between Goalrilla Basketball Hoops and Mammoth Basketball Hoops?

Goalrilla Basketball Systems and Mammoth Basketball Systems Similarities:

Goalrilla and Mammoth goals have essentially the same target market. These types of basketball hoops are high-end products for a home sports court. Both systems use either a 5×5 or 6×6 inch square steel pole; both systems use a J-Bolt anchor kits to attach the goal to the ground; both systems have glass backboards; and both have 54-inch, 60-inch, and 72-inch backboard sizes. These poles have similar grades of steel and both have limited lifetime warranties. So, the more important question to be considered are the differences.

Differences Between Goalrilla and Mammoth:

These several have several important differences. The first of these differences is the thickness of the glass backboard. All Goalrilla backboards are 3/8″ thick; whereas, Mammoth basketball backboards range in thickness from 6 mm to 8 mm (.236″ to.31″). The increased thickness in backboard provides both better rebound and more durability. Another differences is the method of height adjustment.

Both Goalrilla and Mammoth systems are height adjustable from 7.5 ft. to 10 ft. The Goalrilla uses a turn crank mechanism to adjust the height. The Mammoth system uses a squeeze handle to adjust the height. While both mechanisms are going to provide infinite adjusts in rim height, the Mammoth Rapid Cam mechanism is much easier to use. The last major difference applies to only the 60-inch backboard model.

The Goalrilla 60-inch model has a 6×6 square steel pole. The comparable Mammoth goal has a 5×5 square pole. The larger pole provides greater stability to the Goalrilla than the Mammoth goal.

On average, the Goalrilla models are going to sell for about $250 more for the same sized backboard. Both basketball goals are excellent for a home basketball court. The differences mentioned above may or may not be worth the increased cost for the Goalrilla systems. Hopefully these differences will help in your shopping research.…

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How to Care for Your Basketball Jersey

There are two very important things that are involved in caring for a basketball jersey. The first step is involved in washing the basketball jersey. The second step is involved in storing the basketball jersey.

Washing the basketball jersey

There are several steps in the process of washing a basketball jersey. The first step is to know what kind of material that the basketball jersey is made of. Most of the time, the jerseys are made of polyester knit or mesh. This is because these type of materials are easier to take care then cotton.

The second step is to presoak that jersey. This is one of the most important steps in keeping the jersey clean. When you get home from the game, put the jersey into a sink to wash off as much dirt as you can. Then you will need to fill up a large sink with warm not hot water. Then add a capful of your favorite heavy duty laundry detergent along with a cup of baking soda. The baking soda will help to take the odor out of the jersey. The jersey will need to soak for at least an hour but it will work better if it soaks overnight. It is also very important to know whether you have hard or soft water. This is because if you have hard water, it will not remove the soil like it is suppose to. In order to remove as much soil as possible you will need to add a water conditioner to the sink. This will just help the laundry detergent work the best it can.

The third step is to not use a chlorine bleach. This goes even if it is a white jersey. This is because it will not work on the type of material that the jerseys are made of. Plus it could damage the jersey over time. It is best to use an oxygen or all fabric bleach to help to whiten and brighten the jersey. The jersey will need to set in the bleach for about an hour.

The fourth step is to make sure that you wash the jersey all by itself. It is very important that you do not wash the jersey with any of clothes. This is because the cotton that most clothes are made out of will leave lint on the jersey. The lint will show up more on the kids’ numbers and letters on the jersey. After you are done soaking your jersey, fill up the washer with cool water and laundry detergent and wash it like you normally would your other clothes.

The fifth step is make sure their is no heat around the jersey. This means that you do not need to put your jersey in the dryer. This is because the heat could cause the jersey to shrink and fade the colors out. It could also make stains stay on the jersey. It is best to hang up the jersey and let it airdry. …

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The Division I Syndrome: Sports and Identity

Déjà Vu

As I began my first few days as a Health & Physical Education Teacher, something seemed very familiar. I made my way to the gymnasium purposely wearing my The College of New Jersey Alumni sweater attempting to entice students into asking me about the college experience. I was eager to enlighten these energetic young men about the importance of education and the unlimited opportunities available to them during their college years. Instead, my first interactions with my students seemed very familiar. The initial questions that I was asked were, did you play basketball in college? Is The College of New Jersey Division I? Did you start on the basketball team? Is The College of New Jersey even a real school? These inquiries continued from my students as I wore apparel from other schools like Kean University, Erskine College, and Virginia State University. I could not help but think to myself, this experience seems very familiar.

Hoop Dreams: My Story

During my middle and high school years, I was a nationally ranked basketball player. Division I became a part of my vocabulary and focus at an early age. My determination and effort increased as I was invited to the prestigious Nike Basketball Camp. There, I found myself competing with and against current NBA players such as, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Ishmael Smith (Philadelphia 76ers), and Spencer Hawes (Charlotte Hornets) to name a few. With letters of interest pouring in from major colleges and universities, I believed that my dream of being a Division I basketball player was becoming a reality. To substantiate my belief, I received personal phone calls from a former head coach at Stanford University among others. My family and I were convinced that I was going to be a Division I basketball player. However, my dreams of becoming a Division I student athlete took many detours and never went as planned.

Detours and Disappointments

As my athletic career unfolded, I was left without a Division I scholarship. It seemed as if my basketball goals would never become a reality. Therefore, like many other high school senior athletes who seek additional exposure, instead of enrolling in my first year of college, I attended prep school hundreds of miles away from home. The idea was to attract the attention of Division I coaches one last time. When the scholarship still did not come, I was heartbroken, embarrassed, and felt like a failure because I had worked so hard at becoming a Division I athlete. Not wanting to give up on my dreams, I tried to join the basketball team as a walk on at a Division I institution. However, walking on did not work out and once again I felt I had let myself down. Interestingly, I began to question my motives for wanting to become a Division I athlete. I wondered why my disposition seemed to be tied to the concept of Division I.

The Division I Syndrome

Becoming a Division I …

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