Famous for his SNL stint, cult movies, voices in kid’s movies and the age-old Chanukah song, Adam Sandler is hard to resist ¡ª and hard to escape. How much do you know about the Brooklyn-born everyman who just happens to be worth $300 million? Let’s find out!
Playing sports is one way to introduce kids to different physical activities. Playing sports help kids learn skills, including how to dribble a basketball, kick a soccer ball or leap over a hurdle. Learning such skills doesn¡¯t happen overnight. It takes discipline and hard work. Also, involvement in sports can introduce kids to a new group of kids — teammates — who have at least one common interest. Equally important, research indicates that playing sports can benefit teens, who during times of hormonal changes and challenging social relationships can benefit from the stability of having constant teammates, a trustworthy coach and a focus on something outside of themselves.
Research published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine on a study of early teenagers found that children and adolescents are largely sedentary, but found that this trend was troubling, since according to the survey responses of the kids, they have higher self-esteem when they are involved in more intense physical activity. The researchers observed that increased high-level physical activity is an important part of helping kids develop self esteem. As such, parents should encourage kids to get active and get involved as higher self-esteem can help kids be better grounded and better stand up to peer pressure.
Former professional soccer player Eddie Henderson discussed the impacts of involvement in sports in an interview with the U.S. Department of State. In his interview he observed that life often involves competition — for jobs, work and for better lives — and noted that sports can prepare children for dealing with adversity by setting goals and accomplishing goals. This strategy can be applied to help kids deal with life goals, too.
According to sources cited in a study on girls in sports published by the United States Sports Academy, before the 1990s the main factor contributing to a girls¡¯ self-esteem was physical attractiveness. The paper¡¯s author, Allison M. Schultz, noted that helping young women deemphasize beauty and realize the power of physical competence is an important benefit for girls participating in sports.
The same literature review also found that membership in sports also offers girls ¡°a greater pool of adult role models from where they can draw guidance and support.¡± The author also noted that girls can make new friends through the setting of sport, and that for teen girls, this sense of friendship is essential, with girls sometimes ranking being liked by other girls as something more important than being perceived as smart or independent.
Though it can be good for kids to be involved in sports, hold yourself back from being too pushy and from prioritizing the wrong things. Your child should be interested in the sport because it seems fun. If you constantly nag him, he probably won¡¯t get so many positive benefits from playing, and could get burned out and also could come to resent you for turning his fun pastime sour. Keep in mind that, according to figures cited in a Slate.com article on parents, kids and sports teams, just 1 percent of sports-playing kids end up earning scholarships. So keep the focus where it belongs: on the fun of the game.
Volleyball drills for middle school girls are designed to improve their form and technique as well as their agility on the court. While individual skills can be improved through drills, other drills work on improving team chemistry and communication. Volleyball drills range from service drills to spiking drills.
Serving drills will help improve your accuracy and power behind your serve. At the middle school level, developing a consistent underhand serve will help you keep the ball in play. Underhand drills can be performed by serving the ball to three spots on the opposite side of the net. Mark these spots by placing hula hoops at three different distances on the court. Practice hitting the ball to each of these spots, 10 times in a row. Keep track of your score while competing against other servers to see who has the most consistent serve. In addition to serving drills, strengthening drills such as curls and bench presses will help strengthen your arms, indirectly improving the velocity of your serve.
Reduced team drills are a way to focus on specific portions of the game that you need to work on. In addition, reduced team drills help improve teamwork. Instead of six-on-six simulation games, try removing two players from each team. With this four-on-four arrangement, play a regular volleyball game, with the back-row players playing the middle of the court as well as the back line. This drill will improve your agility in the back line as well as your defensive speed.
Setter drills are designed to improve your consistency and accuracy while setting the ball. An eye-check drill trains the setter to pay attention to what is happening on the other side of the net. Have your coach stand on the other side of the net while a tosser throws the ball to you. As the ball is tossed, look across the net at your coach to see if he is making a rock, paper or scissors shape with his hand. The unique shape he makes forces you to focus on his hand and identify a shape by saying it out loud before setting the ball. Once you have identified the shape of his hand, focus back on the ball and set it.
This drill works on lateral movement while doing a forearm pass. Place two dotted lines on the courts about 10 feet apart. Stand at the center of one line while your partner faces you from the other line. Pass the ball to your partner and shuffle to your right until you touch the sideline. Shuffle back to your original position quickly enough to receive a pass from your partner. Once your partner executes a pass, she must shuffle in the same fashion, returning to her spot in time to receive your pass. Repeat 10 times before shuffling to the opposite side.
Football is a dangerous game because of the high speed and collisions. Players regularly suffer knee, shoulder and ankle injuries and the possibility of catastrophic injury is one that players and their families must consider. Players prepare to play football by getting in excellent physical condition. Despite the dangers, football players enjoy greater strength and cardiovascular health, not only during the regular playing season, but during the off-season when in training.
Football players work on improving their cardiovascular condition throughout the season. One of the ways this is done is with interval sprint training. Coaches line their players up at the goal line and sprint to the 10-yard line and back, the 20-yard line and back, the 30-yard line and back and then the 40-yard line and back. After completing these sprints, players get a one-minute break and repeat the sprints.
All football players lift weights and do exercises to get stronger. This is especially essential for linemen and linebackers. Lifting free weights helps players build explosive strength, and some of the top strength-building exercises include the bench press, arm curls, dead lifts and lunges. Players also do pushups, burpees and bear crawls to build strength that can be used in games. When players increase their strength and power levels, they can make explosive movements on the field that can increase the likelihood of big plays.
The most effective players are the ones who have the most speed and quickness. This is especially true of running backs, wide receivers and defensive backs. Increasing speed can be done by running hills, running with resistance and plyometric training. Hill running will build strength and power when you run uphill and balance and technique when running downhill. Resistance training can be provided by running with a parachute attached to your back. Box jumping will give you a significant plyometric workout and build up the key speed-building muscles in your calves, hamstrings and glutes.
Whether a player is a starter or a bench-warmer in football, going through the process of training to get ready for a full season is a confidence builder. You will go through strenuous workouts that not everyone can finish successfully. The work you do will help you get bigger, stronger and faster and this will pay off in confidence in everyday life. Walking through your daily activities with confidence can improve your mental outlook and help make you happier and healthier.
No matter how much you improve your condition, football remains a dangerous game. This is especially true of players who play at the high school level and above. Players at those levels are fast, strong and powerful, making collisions more violent. Never lead with your helmet when tackling, don’t take anabolic steroids to build strength and don’t over-train. If you are lifting weights three times per week, you won’t get twice as strong by lifting six times per week. That will overwork your muscles and lead to injuries and cause your muscle fibers to breakdown.
John Havlicek played 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics. He scored 26,395 points, made first-team All-NBA four times, contributed to eight championship teams, and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. Not bad for a guy who took seven seasons to crack the starting lineup.
Havlicek was good enough to start sooner, but because he was so effective as the sixth man — giving his team a burst of energy when the starters sagged — Celtics coaches Red Auerbach and Bill Russell saw little reason to mess with a good thing. “Guarding John Havlicek is the most difficult job I have in a season,” said Bill Bradley. “Havlicek’s every movement has a purpose.”
Born and reared in the steel and coal country of eastern Ohio, Havlicek had an easy way with sports. He excelled at baseball and basketball and was an All-State quarterback at Bridgeport High, from which he graduated in 1958. At Ohio State University, he stuck to basketball — to the dismay of Buckeyes football coach Woody Hayes. Despite four years away from the gridiron, Havlicek was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 1962 NFL draft.
The Browns wanted him to play wide receiver. He survived until the last cut of training camp. Havlicek’s mother was Yugoslavian, his father Czechoslovakian. Some people struggled to pronounce his name. A fellow high school player dubbed him “Hondo” because, said the player, Havlicek resembled John Wayne, star of a Western movie by the same name. The nickname stuck.
Havlicek’s autobiography, penned in 1977, is called Hondo: Celtic Man in Motion.
Havlicek didn’t invent the role of sixth man — the Celtics’ Frank Ramsey was a super-sub in the late 1950s — but he did pioneer the role of the NBA small forward with his ability to counteract bigger players in the front court. “Havlicek is one of those rare players who force rivals to alter their regular methods in deference to him,” wrote Sports Illustrated’s Frank Deford in 1966.
“Havlicek is 6 feet 5 1/2 and weighs 205 pounds, and he has unusual speed, strength and agility for a man that size. He is too fast for most forwards and too big for most guards to cope with.”
In addition to his versatility, Havlicek had incredible stamina. Late in the game, when other players began tugging at their shorts, Hondo continued to go full bore.
Opponents and fans marveled at how he never seemed to break a sweat. Away from the court, Havlicek had a reputation for clean living. He didn’t smoke, he seldom drank, and he was habitually organized. He kept his body in peak condition and rarely missed a game.
He began his NBA career in 1962, on a team that included Russell, Bob Cousy, K.C. Jones, and Sam Jones among its members. He hustled his way into the hearts of Celtics fans in 1965 when he stole Hal Greer’s pass in the Eastern Conference finals against Philadelphia, securing victory for Boston. “Havlicek stole the ball!” rasped Celtics announcer Johnny Most. “Havlicek stole the ball!”
As the Celtics nucleus aged, Havlicek’s responsibilities increased. When Tom Heinsohn replaced Russell as coach for the 1969-1970 season, Havlicek moved into the starting lineup. That season he led his team in scoring, rebounding, and assists — an extremely rare feat in the NBA. Hondo led the league in minutes played the next two seasons while averaging 28.9 and 27.5 points, respectively.
Boston’s 1972-1973 team, featuring a front line of Havlicek, Dave Cowens, and Paul Silas, was among the best in franchise history, winning 68 games during the regular season. But Havlicek suffered a shoulder injury in the third game of the Eastern finals, opening the door for the New York Knicks, who won the series in seven games. Boston bounced back with championships in 1974 and 1976. Havlicek played two more seasons before hanging it up at age 38. He had become the first player to score 1,000 or more points 16 consecutive seasons.
It was April Fools’ Day, 1973, and the joke was on the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. Boston had defeated Atlanta five times in six tries during the season, and it had won 24 of its last 26 games leading up to the playoffs.
Led by Havlicek, the Celtics put on a fastbreak clinic, overwhelming the Hawks 134-109. Hitting all manner of transition baskets and draining his patented lean-in jump shot, Havlicek scored 54 points, then the fourth-best effort in NBA playoff history. He tallied 24 field goals, a playoff record that’s never been broken.
If you have watched a professional basketball game since 1997 or a college basketball game since 2012, you may have noticed a semi-circle in the foul lane. This area on the basketball court is known as the restricted zone. If a defensive player is inside the restricted zone, an offensive player who makes contact with him cannot be called for a charging foul. This rule change was added to make the game safer, more fair and easier to referee.
A charging foul is an offensive foul that occurs when illegal contact is made by pushing, moving or charging into a stationary defender. This violation most often occurs when a player is dribbling the ball to drive to the basket and “charges” into an opposing player near the basket. The defensive player must be set in position and cannot move laterally in order for a charge to be called. A charging call results in a change of possession and counts as a personal foul toward the player who committed the violation.
Prior to the addition of the restricted area semi-circle in 1997, professional defensive players were planting themselves close to the basket, compromising the safety of offensive players trying to attack the basket and score. To remedy this situation, the NBA rules committee voted to add a 4-foot semicircle inside the foul lane with its apex 3 feet from the center of the basket. If an offensive player makes contact with a defensive player in this restricted area, it is now a defensive blocking foul resulting in free throws.
In 2009, college basketball experimented with dotted semi-circles to determine if the restricted area was a good idea for their game. Two years later, the NCAA once again experimented with a 2-foot wide circle, which was determined to be way too small for officials to make consistent charging calls. After the 2010-2011 season, the NCAA voted to add a 3-foot wide charge circle, which was implemented at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season. Currently, defensive players with even a foot inside of the restricted area are not able to draw offensive charging fouls when an offensive player is making a move to the hoop.
The International Basketball Federation, more commonly known as the FIBA, is the organization that governs international competition. FIBA rules are employed during competitions such as the Olympic games. In 2008, the FIBA announced its adoption of the restricted area semi-circle and copied the NBA’s restricted area rules. Other than the NCAA, other amateur basketball organizations such as the National Federation of State High School Associations, which makes the rules for high school hoops, have not yet adopted the restricted area rule.
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??A?sk any?one what the Super Bowl is, and they’ll tell you it’s ?the final game of the National Football League (NFL) season that decides which team goes home with the Vince Lombardi trophy. There’s no disputing this. But a more detailed answer reveals that the Super Bowl has become much more than that. It’s a media spectacle, with pregame concerts and activities, days of partying, interactive exhibits and, come game time, a showcase for the biggest and best TV commercials on the air.
In recent years, car manufacturer Toyota has made its mark on the advertising world by shooting some of the most dangerous ads ever attempted. Precision drivers put their lives on the line in real-life demonstrations that test the truck’s mettle. The idea is to show the TV viewer something that can’t be faked — no camera tricks?, no computer effects and no post-production gimmicks. The ads have been a hit, but with that kind of success comes the pressure to try and top each one with something bigger and better.
hello and welcome to a new edition of “the favorite is hard, but then wins.” today, in the programme: argentina, the 118. minute switzerland toss him out.
after the gegentor, switzerland has two chances. džemaili, posts, džemaili, over. it’s a free kick, wall clock. he hitzfelds career as coach is closed.
a great coach, ottmar hitzfeld. thank you. # wm2014 # argsui pic.twitter.com / 9actf5py0m
benjamin bruni (@ benjaminbruni) july 1, 2014
highlight in the other game, it is also to the extension involved: belgium uses two counter, on the other hand, schlenzt bradley in the penalty area, green hits the ball right, and makes it the connection. all the beautiful gates.
quote “four neighbours from dortmund, none could he.” commentator thomas wark
otherwise, all gruppenersten are lost in the quarter finals, the first time in a world cup.
in addition, cameroon football association is manipulationsvorwürfe against the team.
knowledge of quarter finals: argentina against belgium. but now until friday backlash. puh.
it was clear. as argentina this crazy game, 118. min and then hop the schwiez the dumbass played the americans also had to bite the bullet: at this world cup, there is an unwritten law: gruppensieger come on.
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Position: Outfielder Teams: Newark Eagles, 1942-1943, 1946-1947; Cleveland Indians, 1947-1955; 1958; Chicago White Sox, 1956-1957, 1959; Detroit Tigers, 1959
Born Lawrence Eugene Doby in 1924 in Camden, South Carolina, Larry came from good stock: His father had been a semipro ballplayer. Dad died when Larry was just eight, however, and the family moved to New Jersey. A three-sport all-stater in high school, Doby reached the Negro Leagues at age 17 under an assumed name while he was attending Long Island University.
After two years of military service, Doby became a star for the Newark Eagles in 1946, batting .341 as their second sacker and finishing just a single home run behind Josh Gibson and Johnny Davis for league leadership. He was batting .414 in August 1947 when Bill Veeck signed him to join the Cleveland Indians. He thus became the first African American in the American League, just four months behind Jackie Robinson in the National League.
Doby became the Indians¡¯ center fielder for the next season, and he stayed there ?powerfully for the next eight years. He led the American League in RBI, runs, on-base average, and slugging percentage once each during that time, and twice (in 1952 and ¡¯54) he topped all junior-circuit sluggers with 32 home runs.
Doby was a vital member of the Indians¡¯ pennant winners in 1948 and ¡¯54. In the ¡¯48 World Series, he socked a game-winning homer off Johnny Sain in Game 4. In the latter season, he garnered two legs of the Triple Crown with 32 homers and 126 RBI. He was named to seven consecutive All-Star teams.
Doby received as much verbal abuse and physical threatening as the AL¡¯s black pioneer as Robinson had in the NL. The difference was that few ever heard about what Doby went through, because, as Larry himself put it, ¡°The media didn¡¯t want to repeat the same story.¡± Unlike the fiery Robinson, Doby stayed cool and let his lumber do the talking. ¡°My way to react to prejudice was to hit the ball as far as I could,¡± he said.
After his playing career (including a season in Japan) ended, Doby served as a coach for Montreal, Cleveland, and the Chicago White Sox. He replaced Bob Lemon as White Sox manager in 1978, thereby becoming the second African American (after Frank Robinson) to serve as a major-league manager. Doby was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.
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