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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.

Run Bases in Softball

Tactics for running from home to 1st base is quite similar to baseball, as far as running hard through the base, never slow as you approach the base, and veering to the right after hitting the bag, as an overthrow will be to the right side of the runner’s view.

The same tactic for an extra base hit, of swinging out towards the dugout, hitting the inside of the base and taking a straight line to second base, is identical to baseball.

Once on first base, the goal of advancing is identical to baseball, but the tactics utilized are totally different, as leadoffs are not allowed in softball. There are two methods of getting a good leadoff and jump on the ball to advance to second base.

The first thing to remember is the runner can not leave the base until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand, so timing is critical. This applies to every base, not just first base.

The first method is to place your left foot on the back half of the base, your right arm leading towards second base as your body is cocked towards the pitcher. As the pitcher releases the ball, push off the base with your left leg, take three steps forward, always facing and looking at the ball, hop, hop and stop, always being prepared to advance to second on a ground ball or passed ball, or to get quickly back to first base.

The second method is to place your right leg against the front of the base leading with your left arm. Take three steps, hop, hop and stop. Either one of these methods are fine, unless there’s a particular reason for using one or the other, it’s a matter of personal choice.

To lead off of second base you use one of the two methods described for first base, but the path you’ll choose to third base will determine where you’ll take your lead to.

If you’re looking at a situation where it is imperative you reach third base as quickly as possible, such as in a sacrifice bunt situation, you will take your 3 step, hop, hop, stop lead in a direct line to third base. The old “shortest distance between two objects is a straight line” rule.

However, if you’re in a normal situation of scoring being your ultimate goal, you will take your normal lead off, except you will not go in a straight line to third, but rather veer outwards toward left field. This will allow you to approach third base, on a hit, in a manner in which you can ” Cut ” the base by hitting the inside corner of the base with your foot, and project a straight line to home plate.

Leading off third base, again uses the identical sprinter’s start. The runner will take their three step, hop, hop, stop lead, however when they stop their lead, it is critical the runner’s shoulders are square to the infield, as they must be able to quickly return to third base. Should their shoulders be square with the catcher, they most likely will be thrown out by a good catcher, because they won’t be able to turn their body around and return to third before the ball arrives.

Batting Cage Nets in Softball

1. They help to contain the balls during batting practices

It can be quite difficult and tiring to gather stray balls during practice. However, the tunnel ensures that the balls are contained within. This makes gathering the balls much easier and therefore enables the practice sessions to continue smoothly.
The containment of the balls within the tunnel also ensures that they are not lost when hit far away or out of the field. You can therefore save a lot of money by simply ensuring that balls are contained.

2. They protect any spectators from injury

The tunnel is very important for the protection of spectators and other people that may be in the area. It keeps the balls contained during the practice session. This prevents the balls from flying and hitting other people who are in the area. This is especially important when training as a team as you will protect your other players from injuries.

The tunnel also ensures that you do not damage other equipment or property that may be nearby.

3. It helps to improve the quality of practice sessions

The tunnel will ensure that the balls are contained and players can give it their best at every practice session. They will not be worried about injuries, damage or scattering balls. They can therefore go all out.

4. It enables players to practice in a small or limited space

Batting cage nets make it possible for you to practice in a small or limited space. It is therefore possible to give it your best shot even when training in your backyard. You would not have to worry about injuring anyone or damaging anything that may be within easy reach.

Learn to Bunt in Baseball

Not what the coach had hoped for. Not what you had hoped for. You are feeling down and wishing the coach had never called for the bunt. You know you have let your team down. Why did he ask me to bunt? I can hit the ball and I was due. I would have been the hero.

Do you ever want this to happen you? No, everybody wants to be the hero. The game was close and the coach knew that even good hitters only get a hit three out of ten times. A good bunter can lay down a sacrifice bunt eight out of ten times. So get prepared. Learn the proper mechanics of bunting and practice, practice, and more practice. If you get that bunt down and get the game tied up, you would have been the hero. They would have called you a great team player.

Bunting a baseball is a skill that all players can master. Not all players can hit with power, or hit for a high batting average. But bunting is a baseball tool that every player should have. There are no good excuses for not knowing how to bunt. And once you learn how to get a good sacrifice bunt down, you might even learn to bunt for a hit. Being able to get on base by bunting will help your batting average rise significantly. Strive to be a complete player and add bunting to your arsenal of baseball tools.

Over the last twenty plus years, Tom Read has been a coach, parent, and a fan of organized baseball. He has shared this experience with his sons and many other players on his teams. Many have gone on to play at the college level.

Movement in Volleyball

Always try to keep your feet as wide as your shoulders. This gives you a stable base. As you become more accomplished as a player, your base will become wider as you get stronger. If possible, keep your head between your knees when you move so that you stay balanced when moving laterally. When moving forward or backward, keep your body weight distributed evenly on your feet and not on your toes or heels. Keep your head slightly in front of your trunk. If you lead with your head, your body will follow. If you fall back with your head, your body will again follow and you will be caught out of position. Your feet should be pointing straight ahead. Avoid having your toes out like a duck or in like a pigeon.

To maintain a stable body position, keep your knees in line with your toes. Often beginners are not strong enough to hold this position. This is one of the reasons why we focus on strength being your foundation. Beginners tend to have their knees cave in and do not stay in line with their toes. Your knees should be slightly bent so that you can move easily in any direction. The size of the step you take when moving toward the ball depends on how far you have to move. It is always best to step first with the foot closest to the ball in the direction that you want to move. If not, you are most likely going to cross your feet, which gets you nowhere on your first step and costs valuable time.

When you think of the best athletes in the sport and how smoothly and gracefully they move, what do you think of? These players are so efficient in their movements that no wasted motion occurs. They seem to glide as they move. As you become more accomplished and experienced in volleyball, you will notice how much better that you will move as well. You learn that if your knees are not bent you cannot move. If your body weight is not balanced on both feet or you are leaning in one direction more than another, you do not have time to get to a ball that is moving the opposite way. This awareness comes with experience, by moving over and over again.

When moving to play a ball, try to face your target or the position or player to whom you are sending the ball. Track the ball coming toward you by focusing on the bottom half of the ball. You want to beat the ball to the place on the court that it is moving toward by working to keep the ball between you and your intended target.

Tricks Hand Pass Volleyball

As the ball comes to you, do not try to absorb it. Instead, push a little towards the ball. The idea here is to not have a “clean” volleyball. If you hear a small thump, that’s a good thing. With a volley-set, you should aim to make contact with the ball at your finger tips. This may not always happen when volleying a hard driven pass and that is OK. Your palm, or fore-fingers may also make contact.

Lastly, it is important that you direct the ball towards where you want it to go. You will most likely not have time to shift your body to face your target, so instead we compromise and follow through with our hands towards where we want the ball to go. Additionally, step with your front foot towards the target.

4 main steps listed above:

1. Maintain a balanced posture with your weight forward and your feet staggered about a foot and a half apart.

2. Place your hands up early and hold them in a flat but firm position.

3. As the ball comes towards you, do not try to absorb it but instead push towards it. This will not be a “clean” volley. You should hear a thump.

4. Follow through with your hands, and step with your front foot towards your target.

Info of Muscle Building for Rugby Players

Having the biggest muscles on the pitch is not going to make you, by itself, a better player. However, having bigger stronger muscles than you currently have, especially if you have developed the correct muscles can significantly improve your “on pitch” performance.

For rugby you need to work on your main muscle groups with a view to developing explosive power. Doing set after set with light to moderate weights will do little to improve your performance levels, but doing intense exercises that target your legs, back, shoulders etc., if done correctly will produce amazing results. These intense exercises do not necessarily need to be based solely on lifting weights. The key is “resistance” high intensity resistance. This can be achieved in a number of ways ranging from dragging tyres across a field, to running while carrying your team mates, to weighted dips, press ups and chin ups. The possibilities are endless but the key to tangible muscle growth in them all is intensity and DO NOT over train. Over training can be as bad for muscle growth as not training at all. Let your body fully recover after training before training the next time if you really want to maximise your muscle growth.

The key to all Rugby Training, as with training for any sport is that the training should improve your performance when in real match conditions. For every sport there will be people who excel at training sessions yet cannot put the training into practice in a match. In rugby you will often see people who are very skilled at mastering complex training passing movements, but when match time arrives they cannot adapt what they have learned onto the pitch.

The nature of the game of rugby means that you have short bursts of very high intensity followed by periods of lower intensity. This being the case, it would seem logical that High Intensity Interval Training was the basis of any training protocol, both for fitness and of course muscle building.

The Tabata method of High Intensity Interval Training has been used successfully for years for fitness. It involves a 20 second burst of maximum intensity followed by a 10 second recovery phase – repeated for seven times. Done correctly this can have the most amazing results. For rugby training this exercise protocol should be adapted to core exercises such as the Squat, Front Squat, Deadlift, Dips etc etc.