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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Improve Skills on Volleyball Court

Court etiquette is also very important. Volleyball is a fun sport, requiring very little equipment, and it can be enjoyed by anyone, but that does not mean the rules should be ignored. By being respectful of your team members and opponents, and by playing properly and following the rules, everyone will be able to enjoy the game. If you are a courteous player, your popularity as a player will increase, you’ll be invited to play more, and therefore your skills will improve. No-one likes to play with a sore loser, or with someone who ignores the rules. If you are new to volleyball, take some time to find out about the rules. Make friends with a player who has some experience and learn from them.
Volleyball is a fast sport, and the faster it gets, the more exciting it is to play and watch. Practise your moves as often as you can. Again, strength and focus come in to play. You need lightning speed reactions to win at volleyball. Practise as often as you can so you develop the ability to make a decision, call out your play, and play with accuracy – all within seconds!

Millions of people all over the world enjoy playing volleyball. People play it for fun on beaches, indoors, as part of clubs, and in team tournaments. It is a sport that is even enjoyed by families when they are outdoors simply having fun. Whatever level you are playing at, you will benefit from perfecting your skills. It will improve your game play and it will increase the enjoyment for you, your team, and your opponents.

If you want to learn more about volleyball, the best way is to join a local club. Searching online will reveal where there are clubs in your local area. Most clubs cater for all age ranges so you’ll be able to play with people of your own age and ability. While it is regarded as a young sport, players of all ages enjoy it all around the world.

Volleyball is a great way to make friends, improve your health and fitness levels, and perfect your game playing skills. Playing takes skills and tactics, quick thinking, stamina and fitness. So, you’re not just playing around with a ball on the beach, when you play volleyball you are actually improving your body and your mind!

Tips Pick Glove Baseball

First Base Gloves

First base mitts are larger than all of the other gloves. They are generally 12″ – 13″ in size. Using a first base mitt for any other position is illegal in baseball. First base mitts are bigger than other gloves to help out the first baseman when scooping and catching.

Infield Gloves

Infield gloves are smaller than other baseball gloves. They are generally 11″ – 12″ in size. Middle infielders tend to use 11″ gloves while the third baseman typically uses a 12″ glove. Infield gloves have small pockets to help with a quick transfer and throw to get the base runner out.

Outfield Gloves

Outfield gloves are larger than infielders’. They are generally 12″ – 12.75″ in size. Youth outfielders should get a smaller glove however. A glove that big would be detrimental to the youth baseball player. Outfield gloves have large pockets to help with catching fly balls.

Catcher Mitts

Catcher mitts are heavily padded and are also very large in size. This helps to withstand the force from the pitcher. Catcher’s mitts are a must for anyone playing this position including youth players. Without a catcher’s mitt, being a catcher would hurt.

Price Range

The typical price for a glove is $25 – $200. I would not recommend buying a mitt for a youth player for $200. When players are around 8, I recommend a $25 glove. When they reach the ages of 10-12 a more expensive one should be purchased depending on their skill level and competitiveness. Also, make sure your youth baseball player is interested in the game before you buy him a $200 one.

Playing Like a Pro in Baseball

We’re going to concentrate here on the footwork used to make the DP from this strategically important infield position. Primarily, three things are involved: get to the base quickly so the shortstop or third baseman doesn’t have to hold up his throw. Tag the base while in possession of the ball. Make a strong throw from a point away from the base.

The third item is the toughest, although the professionals make it look easy. The professional can use six or more different steps to make the DP. The amateur should learn at least three.

The spot where the shortstop fields the ball generally tells the second baseman which step he must use; it indicates whether he is to go “inside” the diamond to make his throw, “out” (toward center field), or “back” (toward right field).

Second basemen use several combinations of steps to make a put-out and relay of ball to 1st for DP. To go “inside,” the second baseman puts his left foot on the bag and propels his body into the diamond as far as possible. Naturally, he lands on his right foot. As he does so, he shifts his weight to that right foot, then strides left toward 1st and makes the throw.

To go “back,” the second baseman puts his left foot against the bag. After catching the ball for the put-out, he pushes back into right field, landing on the right foot, stepping left for the throw. He can go “out” by placing the left foot against the center field side of the base; pushing toward center after the catch, landing right and stepping left to throw.

Some managers first teach the second baseman to step on 2nd base with the right foot and to throw off that foot. This may be alright if the ball arrives at 2nd long before the runner. If it’s going to be close, however, the second baseman will often find the runner between him and 1st, blocking both his vision and throw.

In addition, he’s apt to be knocked down by the runner. All of these moves should be part of a continuous motion. If, however, the second baseman gets to the base and the shortstop fumbles the ball, he can straddle the base with the left foot on the 1st base side and the right foot on the opposite side. (Like the first baseman, he has to “know” where the base is while awaiting the throw.) When he catches the ball in this position, he can touch the bag with the inside of his left foot and throw off the right.

If the runner is sliding (as he should be on a close play), he can raise the left leg to “let the runner in.” With the base between the runner and the throwing foot, the second baseman avoids being spiked, or otherwise injured. (When there’s no opportunity or need to throw to 1st, second sacker can play the base as the first baseman would, pushing toward the throw.)

Break In a Slowpitch Softball Bat

The bat should be clearly marked on the label, whether it is made of alloy or composite materials. When in doubt ask the person selling you the bat, the type of bat it is. If your bat is composite, it is time to start the break in process. In simple terms, using your bat is the most effective way to break it in, but we will give more detail on how to do this in a way that makes your bat last longer and be more effective sooner. You will need a few things: your new composite softball bat, real softballs (not rubber or softer training balls), another person, a softball field or baseball field and a pitching screen (optional).

To begin, set up the other person sitting on a chair or bucket in front of the pitcher’s mound and behind the pitching screen if they choose to use one. Get the person to underhand, softly toss you pitches over home plate. Use your new softball bat to swing at each pitch. Use about half of your normal swing power with each swing and rotate the bat a quarter of an inch in your hands between each swing. The bat rotation will allow the bat’s barrel to be broken in evenly. If you only hit on one side of the bat during the break in process, then your bat will crack on that side quicker than you would like. Hit fifty to one hundred pitches in this way and rotate your bat barrel between each swing. It is best to focus on contacting the pitch on the composite barrel each time. You may want to take a break or pitch to your partner for the next round of pitches.