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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Must Use Volleyball Shoes

The first question I asked was simple. Why are shoes so important? Shoes are some of the most important equipment that you will use. You need to have shoes that have good arch support and keep the foot stable. I know from personal experience that poor support can cause pain in the feet, knees or even the lower back. You also need to make sure that the shoe fits properly so that your foot does not move or shift around inside of the shoe. Not choosing wisely can result in injury.

Next I asked what makes them different. The sport of volleyball puts stresses and wear and tear on certain points of the shoe. For example, the toe area is reinforced which is the first area to wear out on these shoes because of the way your foot drags after serving the ball. The ventilation is also important. Each shoe has been designed with a ventilation system to help keep your feet dry and cool during the game. This helps prevent chafing and reduces the chance of fungus growth like athletes foot. They also have specially designed cushioning in the sole of the shoe. It helps to reduce impact on the athlete’s body after running or jumping. The shoes also have a specially designed rubberized out-sole that helps with traction on the court. This helps the athlete to change directions faster and more easily. Finally the support and stability of the shoe is designed around the rigors of the sport.

The final question was can you use a different type of shoe such as a basketball or running shoe? The simple answer is yes. Those types of shoes will work, but they probably won’t last as long. Also they will not perform quite as well on the court. You have to remember that basketball shoes were developed for basketball and running shoes were developed for running. Although sometimes people feel more comfortable playing in shoes they are more familiar with, that is OK even if it was designed for other sports.

Technology in Rugby Balls

The comprehensive range is available in the market from where you can pick it up for you. But, here I want to narrate the story about how the rugby ball is manufactured. This information helps you in understanding what you should keep in mind while buying these balls.

In the past, the rugby balls were manufactured using pig’s bladder. But for now, the material has been changed to leather. Nowadays, the manufacturers are developing these balls using excellent quality leather. The shape of this ball is oval with 4 panels. But, there is a problem with the leather. The leather has the tendency to absorb water. The absorption of the water eventually results in making the balls heavier. This makes the ball over-weighted making it imperfect for the game.

To cater this problem, the rugby ball manufacturers are employing synthetic leather. This doesn’t have the property to absorb water molecules. The synthetic leather is basically the polymer of hydrocarbon. This is a highly durable material and provides long life to the ball. This is basically the waterproof material and prevents the absorption of water. Another promising feature associated with this material is that it behaves more consistently in different weather conditions.

The color is very important when it comes to influence the performance of the players. The rugby balls are widely developed in those color combinations that provide good visibility to the players. The manufacturers use different patterns while developing their products in order to provide good visibility to the players during the game.

Unlike soccer balls, the rugby balls don’t contain any bladder or lining. In this, the soft foam is used in place of the tubes. So, there is no need to get these balls inflated. Owing to this soft foam, the fingers of the players don’t get hurt. The heavier balls are also available in the market that can be used for playing and practicing purposes.

The rugby ball manufacturers are creating their products using latest manufacturing machinery. In this, they are employing the latest machinery for stitching. The advanced machinery helps in providing durability & reliability to the product.

Problem Swinging Late at Pitches

  • Many youngsters in particular, have the bad habit of loading up twice. You go back once, not twice. They load up once and then they make the common mistake of loading up a little bit more. You can’t be going back toward the catcher when the pitch is on its way.
  • You are possibly taking too long a route to the ball. Be more direct when going from point A, where you are “loaded up,” to point B, where you make contact.
  • The first movement after you are loaded up should be down toward the ball and the bat should level out only at the point of contact. Many weak hitters have the bat parallel to the ground at the very beginning of the swing and this is wrong and will present many baseball hitting problems for you.
  • Another possibility for being late is the bottom of the knob of bat is facing too far back toward the catcher. This will cause the bat to have to travel a much greater distance to get to the ball and make you late on your swing.
  • Possibly the bat is wrapped too far around your head. Again, the bat will have to travel too far and you will be late on the pitch.
  • You don’t want to have your hands too far away from the body, which causes the front arm to straighten out too soon. This will cause a longer and indirect swing, causing you to be late on the pitch.
  • Maybe the bat is being held too much straight up and down. If you are doing this, try a compromise of half way between straight up and down and parallel to the ground.
  • Maybe you are gripping the bat too tightly. It’s a known fact that you can swing the bat more efficiently and quicker by not gripping it too tightly. It’s the same exact principle as a pitcher gripping the ball tighter to slow down the speed of the pitch to fool the hitter. Gripping the bat too tightly will actually slow down your bat speed just like it slows down a pitch from the pitcher.

Overhand Serve in Volleyball

Pick a target

Serving is a proactive activity and should be done with intent. At higher levels players are instructed to serve specific opposing players or locations on the court in an effort to go for aces or to put the other team under pressure. Even at lower levels, though, picking a target is a good way to get focused in a positive fashion about your serve. It helps you visualize your serve and gives you something better to think about than “get the ball in”. Much better to be proactive than hopeful.

Take your time

I see so many players serve as soon as the whistle blows, rushing their serves needlessly. This tends to lead to mistakes. Much better to take your time and get yourself focused. You have several seconds after the whistle blows, so relax. This is especially important after a long or important rally. Give yourself time to take a breath, pick your target, and visualize the serve going right where you want it.