Strengthening the Weaker Soccer Players – Article 8

Many young and other soccer players are timid and are afraid of some contact with the opposition. This may be most apparent and occur against some teams or towns where strong aggressive play is more common or even an accepted practice by their coaches. This is easily observed when players are seen slowing down and backing-off when simultaneously a more aggressive opponent is charging towards a “loose ball”. This occurs more often with the more timid players yet may also be seen with one’s stronger players when the opponent team intimidates them with a more aggressive behavior. Yet, good soccer players are aggressive in a sense that they usually end up with a ball when going up against another player; this does not mean however, fouling the opposition player.

The correct amount of legal aggression can be taught to all players with a certain drill called “The Shoulder Charging Drill”. This exercise is not to be thought of as one that teaches illegal soccer-play or exceptional roughness; but one that is within the fair rules of the game. The international source is FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the 2012/2013 LAWS of THE GAME states:

Law 12, page 113; FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:

Charging an opponent

The act of charging is a challenge for space using physical contact within

playing distance of the ball without using arms or elbows.

It is an offence to charge an opponent:

• in a careless manner

• in a reckless manner

• using excessive force

So within the legal limits of the law, it is permitted to make contact with an opposing player using the shoulder–this can generally mean to make shoulder to shoulder contact. But before I discuss the drill in more detail, I would like to present a little relevant history during my coaching experience with two stories:

Years ago, while organizing the Park Ridge NJ soccer league, I was approached by a middle-aged coach, coaching the house league team of an Under 10 team. It was in the middle of the season and his team had not won a single game. He also said that his players were not very soccer aggressive. So, I decided that I would personally teach his players the shoulder charging drill. For the next two practices I spent about 25 to 30 minutes with the drill, working with each player while doing the drill. About four weeks later, the same coach told me that his team had now won two games. He was happy and so was I. He attributed the wins to the new training exercise.

Years later while managing and coaching a RI Portuguese men’s team with players from the Azores, our team lost the first four matches, even though early in each game we were ahead by two to three goals, believe this or not. Our players were highly skillful, yet were not accustomed to any or much contact. They were also accustomed to play against teams with their same approach to the game. …

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Boxing – An Introduction

Man is an animal after all. His basic instinct is to fight both for offence and defense. Civilization mellows him down but at the slightest instigation he can unleash his primeval nature. When this is transposed into a sports arena, it is bound to draw attention and admiration. Boxing is one such sport.

The sport allows a boxer to release his suppressed energy through fighting. It is a power play between two participants of equal weight, so that both have equal opportunities. However, there is a limitation. Only fist fighting is allowed. Nevertheless, it gives enough room to give vent to the primitive instincts within.

History of Boxing

The earliest evidence of boxing is found in Greek records. It was accepted as a formal sporting in the Olympics of 688 B.C. That is pretty early given the amount of interest the sport still commands. Fist fighting contests were known in ancient Egypt, Minoa and Sumer too. In the 17th to 19thcenturies boxing matches were played only for money pr prizes. This was ‘amateur boxing’. Professional boxing gained grounds when it was included in the Olympics of 1908. It developed into modern day boxing as and when new rules got attached to it. Now, it is known by different names in different countries.

Rules of the Game

A boxing match is supervised by a referee. The boxers have to fight a series of rounds (normally 12) with one-three minutes intervals. One boxer wins if his opponent is knocked down and cant get up in ten counts or if he is declared too injured to carry on. Victory is also possible if the referee decides on a winner or on the scores given by the judge. Modern boxing is governed by The Marquess of Queensberry rules which have been put into effect from 1867.

In a typical match each boxer is assigned a particular corner of the ring which he can use to consult with his coach and to rest in between the rounds. A corner is also where the assistant trainer and a cutaneous doctor (called the cutman) houses themselves during a match. The former can motivate the boxer and tell him his mistakes and the latter can provide first aid in any case of bruise and bleeding on the boxer’s face.

The ring also has a referee who controls the boxer’s conduct and style of fighting. He also checks whether the blows are getting too powerful! There can be up to three judges who maintain a score cared depending on the finesse and perfection with which the boxers perform during the match.

A good performance is one that has the correct punches that connect, and also knockdowns and defense. Violation of these rules is termed as “fouls”. This is generally decided by the referee who deducts points from the boxers. Fouls may lead to disqualification of the offending boxer and hence to a default loss.

An intentional foul disqualifies the participant who perpetrates it. Accidental fouls may lead to a …

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The 7 Keys to Martial Arts Speed

Regardless of your martial arts style or method…speed is critical for success in competition and self-defense. Razor-sharp reflexes are often the sole difference between winning and losing a physical confrontation.

By accessing the seven keys to martial arts speed, you can maximize the benefits of your training and improve your skills for competition and self-defense. The absolute best vehicle for accessing the seven keys to martial arts speed is the Speed Loop(TM) training system.

The Speed Loop is comprised of the seven components of speed and their relationship to each other when applied in competition or self-defense. The Speed Loop training system is designed to isolate, transform, maximize, and integrate the seven attributes of martial arts speed, including:

  1. Visual Reflexes: This component focuses on the training methods that will increase your ability to spot openings and track movements. Exceptional visual reflexes allow you to recognize, track, distinguish, adapt to, and counter movements with precision and confidence. In the martial arts, visual reflexes are primarily utilized during long-range fighting. In addition, visual reflexes are critical to the success of world-class athletes in all competitive sports.
  2. Tactile Reflexes: This component focuses on the training methods that will develop your tactile (touch) reflexes. With practice, you can learn to instantly feel what the opponent is attempting to do by quickly interpreting the direction of his body force. You must anticipate the opponent’s every move when you are in the grappling or trapping range. Ninety-five percent of all fights end up in close range. Be prepared!
  3. Auditory Reflexes: You can improve your auditory reflexes by enhancing your listening skills. It is important to react quickly to what you hear. In a situation where you must defend yourself against multiple attackers, you will more than likely hear the attack before you see it. If you have ever experienced blind sparring, or fighting in the dark, you know the importance of this attribute.
  4. Adaptation Speed: This component deals with your mind’s ability to instantaneously select the perfect action in response to an attack or opening. You should develop the ability to instantly select the most effective movements to use at any point during a physical confrontation. Highly developed adaptation speed will allow your reflexes to carry out the movement selection process automatically. With training, you will learn to respond quickly, accurately, and seemingly without thought.
  5. Initiation Speed: You must focus on the development of your explosiveness, once you have chosen the correct action to initiate. It’s not how fast you move, but how soon you get there that really counts. Your attack may be very fast in flight, but a slow takeoff will severely reduce your chances of effectively landing that attack on target. Train yourself to make your movements felt before they are seen by developing a flawless poker face and the ability to relax at will.
  6. Movement Speed: Movement speed is the ability to quickly transfer part or all of your body from one place to another.

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Nike

Nike, Inc.  (NYSE: NKE) is a major publicly traded sportswear and equipment supplier based in the United States. The company is headquartered in the Portland metropolitan area of Oregon, near Beaverton. It is the world’s leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel[2] and a major manufacturer of sports equipment with revenue in excess of $16 billion USD in 2007. As of 2008, it employed over 30,000 people world-wide. Nike and Precision Castparts are the only Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state of Oregon.

clubwear”http://www.himfr.com/buy-clubwear_top/”clubwear topThe company was founded in 1962 as Blue Ribbon Sports by Bill Bowerman and Philip Knight, and officially became Nike, Inc. in 1978. The company takes its name from Nike (Greek pronounced , the Greek goddess of victory. Nike markets its products under its own brand as well as Nike Golf, Nike Pro, Nike+, Air Jordan, Nike Skateboarding, Team Starter, and subsidiaries including Cole Haan, Hurley International, Umbro and Converse. Nike also owned Bauer Hockey (later renamed Nike Bauer) between 1995 and 2008.[3] In addition to manufacturing sportswear and equipment, the company operates work camps in third world countries that exploit underprivalaged people so the western world can wear the latest sports apparel and has retail stores under the Niketown name. Nike sponsors many high profile athletes and sports teams around the world, with the highly recognized trademarks of “Just do it” and the Swoosh logo.

Nike, originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports, was founded by University of Oregon track athlete Phil Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman in January 1962. The company initially operated as a distributor for Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger, making most sales at track meets out of Knight’s car.

The company’s profits grew quickly, and in 1966, BRS opened its first retail store, located on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, California. By 1971, the relationship between BRS and Onitsuka Tiger was nearing an end. BRS prepared to launch its own line of footwear, which would bear the newly designed Swoosh.[4]

The first shoe to carry this design that was sold to the public was a soccer cleat named “Nike”, which was released in the summer of 1971. In February 1972, BRS introduced its first line of Nike shoes, with the name Nike derived from the Greek goddess of victory. In 1978, BRS, Inc. officially renamed itself to Nike, Inc. Beginning with Ilie Nastase, the first professional athlete to sign with BRS/Nike, the sponsorship of athletes became a key marketing tool for the rapidly growing company.

The company’s first self-designed product was based on Bowerman’s “waffle” design in which the sole of the shoe was inspired by the pattern of a waffle iron.

By 1980, Nike had reached a 50% market share in the United States athletic shoe market, and the company went public in December of that year. Its growth was due largely to ‘word-of-foot’ advertising (to quote a Nike print ad from the late 1970s), rather than television ads. Nike’s first national television commercials ran in …

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Learning English Impacts Sports – Importance of Learning English For Athletes

You are watching television. You see your favorite foreign boxer, Manny Pacquiao, who again just knocked out a titled contender. With a bloodied face and a dislocated nose, the opponent is still uncoordinated from the dizzying blows he received. You rise from your seat and shout in victory with your idolized athlete. And then, after the initial victory cries and congratulations, it is now time for the interview.

The interviewer asks, "So Manny, what can you tell us about your fight?"

Manny answers, "I umm .. ahh .. am happy about fight."

Your favorite champion stutters and speaks in an English you can not understand. You are disappointed and your confidence and awe for him is diminished. Indeed, in news, statistics, interviews and write-ups – the English language dominates the world of Sports.

Here are the reasons why learning English is important for the sports athlete:

  • As an athlete grows in achievements and fame, he is more exposed globally with fans that come from different countries and with different nationalities as well. With English as the most spoken language in the world, being able to express one's self with an easy to understand English enables the athlete to communicate more effectively to fans. Moreover, he can reach more people, express his passion, and even educate listeners through his experiences.
  • Having a good grasp of English lets an athlete communicate better with his staff and coach. It is not uncommon for athletes who are non-native English speakers to have coaches and managerial or promotional staff who have English as their native language.
  • Learning English lets athletes have more opportunities to make money through advertisements. Most international companies like Nike use English as their medium for advertisements. It is common that they take in international sports athletes for their advertisements – sometimes requiring these non-native English speakers to utter a few lines to promote their products. Having a good grasp of English or at least an acceptable accent makes the athlete and the product he endorses more saleable. It will be difficult for people to buy sports drink from a sports figure who can not even pronounce the product correctly.
  • It makes travelling and staying in other countries more enjoyable and comfortable. It is quite difficult and a bit of a drag to have a translator always following you around. You also do not get to talk to your promoters and business partners directly. It is possible that you may miss out on important details that your translator may fail to include in his translation.

Athletes must therefore not only excel in the sports they do – adding good English to their repertoire may not increase the level of their athletic performance. But, the English language will certainly add to their reputation, fame, salability to the public and the satisfaction of their fans who want to know them better. Learning English is easy and hiring a tutor is something a successful athlete can easily afford. For athletes who are just starting with …

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Hey Parents, are you Looking at Temecula Homes for Sale?

Do have kids and did you want to buy a home in Temecula California? If so then please let me introduce you to Homes in Menifee California. Menifee is 16 miles north of Temecula. Both cities are located next to the freeway, and are 10-15 minutes apart. Most people know more about Temecula than Menifee. Menifee began to take shape in the 80s. At the point of this writing in 2007 I want to share about a particular place in Menifee because not all of Menifee is ideal, but there is one place where all the local professionals, police and fire officers and teachers go to raise their children and it has everything! So much so that I wish I grew up in a place like it. There is more in this place being offered to children for FREE than was offered where I lived in Los Angeles and Orange County growing up. The place I want to talk about is my listing in Menifee Lakes California.

I am currently selling 30486 Lake Watch Court, Menifee, CA 92584. As an Orange County and Los Angeles person, which is where I grew up mostly in Southern California, Temecula and the IE (Inland Empire real estate which includes Riverside County and San Bernardino County, Temecula is a city in Riverside County as is Menifee) meant everything east of the 57 Freeway and everything west of that was the main area where things were happening. Extremely recent changes in the California real estate market have changed all that. The Inland Empire no longer stands for the desert or a place where nothing exists. the IE is no longer a phrase for similar small town living outside the city. Now the IE is a country. So many people now live and work here. It has it’s own cities, it’s own regions, it’s own diversity, a rich diversity of city life, country life, suburban life, singles life, and all walks of life now live here.

As a Southern California Real Estate Specialist I would like to contend that Riverside County may even be more happily diverse than Los Angeles. There are people from many different cultures living side by side in Riverside County. Why? The houses. They’re nice. They’re affordable. They’re….bigger? Better? Taller and wider than the OC and Los Angeles?? Yes, yes yes! They are nicer and no matter where you seem to go you have your own space, your own personality within that space. You can be a true individual out here, a true family unit. You can fulfill all your fantasies of what a home should be in the Menifee Lakes community especially.

Menifee Lakes is a community of old family values and similarities with a slight twist, the kids that grow up in this community are self aware, abundant, really cool and plugged in to their community. Yes, finally a community that takes care of their own that’s not wierd. The kids here do not act like community droids like you …

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Amino Acid Products For a Boxing Training Program

Amino acid products are becoming a very popular component of a boxing training program. Athletes of all shapes and sizes can make use of amino acids because they provide a huge range of benefits. They are of course natural compounds, and your body utilizes them in a near infinite amount of ways. Take a look at how you can benefit from them as a piece of your boxing training program.

When most people think about amino acid products they think about building muscle and strength, and this is true. Aminos are the building blocks of proteins, which are the building blocks of muscles. They are necessary for muscle repair, growth and recovery, and if you want to build new muscle mass you need to be ingesting enough amino acids.

As mentioned, most people realize that but what most people don’t necessary think about is that they make for excellent muscle recovery supplements. They will help your body repair your muscle mass in less time, allowing you to get back in the gym and back to training. You will also be able to prevent injuries from reoccurring, and you’ll notice less pain and nagging strains as well.

In addition to serving as muscle recovery supplements, they can also help to improve the strength of your entire frame. They target the bones, joints, ligaments and cartilage, providing an all-over boost to your strength and fitness. You will immediately notice the difference in your performance and what you’re capable of.

With amino acid products this is still really just the beginning. They can be used for just about anything. Some can actually serve as a natural energy booster, while other products and supplements can help your focus and concentration. You can find both complete amino acid products and those that offer or specialize in just one key amino acid. The most popular of these products are those focusing on L-Glutamine and L-Arginine.

It’s also important to realize that many of these are actually essential for your diet, which means that your body can’t produce them and therefore needs to ingest through through diet and supplementation. Therefore, using some of these products will enable you to meet all of your dietary needs, which can have a wide range of health benefits as well.

For a boxing training program, your body and your performance can reach entirely new levels as you take advantage of amino acid products. As muscle recovery supplements and in many other ways, they will increase the results that you see and keep you in action for more of the time with less pain and aggravation.…

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Benefits of Victory Softball and Baseball Uniform

Victory Custom Athletic, Inc. has since 1988, specialized in manufacturing custom baseball uniforms and softball uniforms through their Los Angeles based manufacturing operation. The company provides a lifetime construction warranty to support their claim to have the highest quality baseball jerseys and baseball pants, softball jerseys and softball pants, and basketball uniforms within the entire athletic uniform industry.

The increasing number of professionals and people who swear by the Victory baseball uniforms and softball uniforms stands testimony to their quality and the comfort they provide. The Victory trademark has grown in stature significantly since 1988 and this is not just due to advertising and marketing initiatives. On the contrary, the ever-rising popularity can be attributed to due to the word-of-mouth praise of numerous satisfied customers; the friendships and relationships the company has established with coaches and players; referrals from these same individuals; and most importantly from the incredible loyalties of their customer base.

Victory has been the custom uniform supplier to some of the finest and most successful baseball and softball teams, including independent professional organizations, college, high school and travel teams. From these relationships, we have formed advisory boards comprised of a virtual “Who’s Who” within baseball, softball and basketball at all levels.

The company’s ability to get to the grassroots programs for baseball, softball and basketball has created name recognition for its product line early on for the young athletes adorned in Victory apparel. This continues to feed to the growth as well, as both coaches and players alike advance in their athletic careers. The company’s first impression has almost always been a lasting one.

In addition, the Victory label has been associated with successful athletic programs from coast-to-coast, and include College World Series Champions (USC, Rice), to NCAA Softball World Series top finishers (Stanford, Hawaii), to ASA Travel Team National Champions and Top Ten finishers every year since Victory softball started in 1999, to National High School Baseball Champions (Chatsworth CA, The Woodlands, TX) and numerous League, State and Regional Champions in numbers too large to mention. All of these programs having recognized that playing well and looking good go hand-in-hand.

The company’s product line has been endorsed by current and former Major Leaguers, as well as some of the finest college baseball and softball coaches to ever hit the diamond. Not to mention, being the exclusive supplier to several independent Minor Leagues and the U.S. Military Baseball All-Stars, by far America’s real team. The Victory Advisory Boards and Press Releases speak for themselves.…

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The Benefits of Summer Basketball Camps

Summer basketball camps are one the best places for our young aspiring athletes to improve on their basketball skills, gain a better understanding of the sport and an even greater appreciation of the good moral values that comes with the sport. Basketball camps are also a great way to introduce all the new comers to one of the greatest sport ever played in the world.

During their stay in these facilities they will all enjoy a fun, intense and vigorous training. Every aspect of the game will be tackled during their summer training making sure that all the trainees will gain new athletic prowess and abilities, responsibility, sportsmanship and a deeper understanding of teamwork. Also it’s a great way for our young athletes to meet and greet new friends who shares a common love of the game. The fun activities and workout drills will also help those children who need to get in better shape and at the same time improving their self-discipline and increasing their self-confidence as well.

These summer basketball camps will focus on every aspect of the game. Each child will learn the basics of the beloved sport of basketball. Their ball handling skills will be one of the main focuses of the training course, an intensive one handed ball control training drill and one handed moves will give our aspiring athletes an advantage and a deeper sense how to play the game properly. This is just one of the trainings your children will gain, for each day they will learn more and more of the skills they will need in order to be a responsible honest and a well-developed athlete.

The staff members of the summer basketball camps will our athletes the drive and motivation they need to improve themselves both physically and mentally giving them the edge they need in this competitive sport. The camp counselors will help each camper even those who might need special attention. They will be given extra attention trough one on one counseling by doing so they may identify what the child needs to improve on and help them gain more confidence trough dedication and hard work.

Each facility has a group of professional staff members on board with occasional guest speakers to teach and motivate every young aspiring athlete on camp. Each of the staff members are all trained in basketball and physical exercises to insure that during the campers stay on summer basketball camps they will experience a fun and learning environment.…

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Football Vs Soccer – How They Are Related, and How They Are Not

Two of the most beloved sports Football and Soccer have much in common. Lately, many are wondering why there is such an international pull for soccer while football remains an American sport. This articles intent is to bring out some of the similarities and differences between soccer and football based on: history, team size, and fan size.

History: Football vs. Soccer

Football is actually a relative from soccer. Though the date is unsure of when the sport was first known to be played, there were many professional teams starting to spring up in the late 1800s. It was not that much different from its closer cousin rugby, but was showing some far different plays from soccer already.

Here is an interesting fact. Soccer or “football” as is as known in most European and South American Countries is actually the founder of both rugby and football. The major disconnections occurred when the rules for soccer changed to a “no hands” rule. At this point rugby was born. Later as rugby split into two different kinds of play: traditional rugby which allows drop kick goals and more footwork, and American football which has kickoffs and field goals (reminiscent of its soccer days) tackling and hand offs (similar to rugby) and forward passing, options, and other additions.

Soccer on the other hand has a long history, according to the Munich Ethnological Museum there is a Chinese text dated around 50 B.C. talking about “soccer” games in china. Though it is unsure how similar these games were to what we know as soccer today.

Team Size: Football vs. Soccer

There is a tremendous size difference between football and soccer. In football you not only have players that make up a team, but you have specific teams within your team. There are three major teams that consist of a football team: The offense, the defense, and special teams. Each one has a specific objective. The offense with a quarterback, receivers, and guards’ objective are to score touchdowns, while the defensive team’s job is to stop the opposing team from scoring by tackling the quarterback, runners, or blocking passes. Special teams deal with punts, field goals, and kickoffs. All in all there are anywhere from 30 – 60 players that combine to make a football team.

Soccer is a continuous sport. Meaning unlike football where you have set plays and an offensive and defensive team, in soccer the ball is always going. That being the case there are still offensive and defensive parts to the play of soccer. One can tell whether a team is on the offensive or defensive by where the ball is on the field. If the ball is on your side of the field then you are on defensive, if it is on your opponent’s side then you are on the offensive.

Fan Size: Football vs. Soccer

Determining which sport has a greater or more loyal fan base is difficult. Here in the United States American football by far has the larger …

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