Has Hockey Become an Elitist Spectator Sport for the Rich

unduhan (73)As a kid in the sixties and part of the seventies there were six teams,Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadians, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. I loved hockey collecting player cards, traded them, and knew all my Montreal players stats and shirt numbers. Even other team favorites like Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Stan Makita, Phil Esposito, and Jacque Plant. Professional hockey players of the sixties were heroes playing for the love of the sport, minimal equipment, and substandard salaries compared to now. Many of the present players don’t hold a candle to those of the past. As a kid I played a lot of hockey, imagining while in a game being my favorite players. My friends and I used play taking on player’s names when in street hockey games!

I loved watching Hockey Night in Canada with Dick Irvine and Danny Gallivan, great voices, knowledge, and passion for the game. As soon as we heard the Saturday night Hockey Night theme music on television it was exciting, now they’ve changed the tune. If it was a Montreal Boston game everyone looked

Field Hockey Drills That Make Practice Time Fun

overlapdiamond1Practice time for field hockey should be fun just like the game itself. As a coach for a team, it is your responsibility to choose the drills and routines for your players. You cannot simply let the players go through the same hockey drills every time they practice. Choose from the many available drills out there and implement and mix them into your practice routine. That would make everyone enjoy the practice session.

Listed below are three of the most fun and exciting field hockey drills that you can let your team perform.

1. Diamond Drill – this drill will improve passing and defensive skills

Let four players form a diamond shape on the field and another two players standing in the middle. The two opposite players in the diamond shape together with one of the players in the middle will be on the same team.

Start the drill by giving a ball to one of the players forming the diamond shape. The player will then try to pass the ball to his team mate in the opposite

Hockey Greats Three Players to Know

unduhan (72)Ice hockey is a North American sport that is descended from a similar European sport. Like American football and baseball, it took root in the new world and became more popular than its ancestor. The official birth of the game dates back to Montreal, Canada in 1875 where it was played on a rink the same size as the ones used today. In over a century of competition, many titans of the game have ascended and dominated to take their place in the pantheon of greats. These three titans stand out among all the other luminaries as the best to ever lace up a pair of skates.

Wayne Gretzky

You don’t get the nickname “the great one” for nothing. Wayne Gretzky isn’t the Michael Jordan of Hockey, Michael Jordan is the Wayne Gretzky of basketball. He dominated his sport like few other athletes. Gretzky notched over 200 points (goals plus assists) in a single season in four separate years; no other player has done it once. He won the Stanley Cup four times and was named most valuable player

The Story Behind Two Important Pieces Of Hockey Equipment

phoenix-coyotes-premier-away-hockey-jerseyIce hockey is an intense, high-contact team sport that originated in Canada during the 19th century. Today, the National Hockey League is the most popular professional ice hockey league in the world, with 30 teams from both the United States and Canada. Most sources agree that the first organized game of contemporary hockey was played in Montreal on March 3, 1875. Since then, the rules of the game, the style of play, and even the protective gear players use have evolved significantly to reach their current state. When it comes to hockey equipment, there are two pieces of hockey equipment that stands out: the jersey, and the goaltender’s helmet. The former is important for carrying the team’s logo and its use as a fashion item among fans. The latter is famous for the backstory that led to its widespread adoption by all goaltenders.


A traditional jersey, also known as a sweater, serves multiple purposes. It’s designed to keep the player warm and to also represent their team, including any special designations the player may have. For example,

Plan Prepare Succeed in Your Upcoming Basketball Season

unduhan (71)Coaches, I can’t believe it’s already that time of year again… the basketball season is just around the corner! It seems the triumph of winning or the agony of defeat at the end of last season is still fresh in our mind as we gear up once again for months of intense battle, sleepless nights, long bus rides, sweaty locker rooms, big hugs, high fives, chest bumps, intense moments of anxiety, and sweet moments of satisfactions. We are a crazy lot aren’t we… but it’s in our blood and we love it!

If you are anything like me the next few weeks are going to be extremely busy for you as you try to organize your thoughts around the upcoming season. Dreams of this year being THE year keep you up at night and you have that far away stare that only a coach can get as he or she can’t stop thinking about different combinations of players, plays, and situations.

The biggest problem you probably have is being able to gather all of your thoughts into one place in an organized manner. Every year I would

How to Become a Professional Basketball Player

images (22)Basketball is still the third most popular sport in the world, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Why would it when the world’s number one professional basketball league (NBA) keeps bringing in loads of freakishly talented players year after year? It’s undoubtedly a joy to watch. But even more than the NBA, we can now find gravity-defying leapers and ball handling artists at the click of a button. Believe it or not, with the help of technology and a thing called viral videos, these unknown phenomenons are quickly becoming more popular than the pros, at least on the internet. Sadly, though, these same highlights performed by single-faceted players have become a bar of sorts for younger players who dream of making the big league. Single-faceted player? These are the players who have one aspect of this vast game of roundball that they know pretty well. Unfortunately, if they step outside of that, they’re as lost as a needle in a haystack. You might not see them playing at a level any further than college or semi-pro. However, they’re also the most likely to have a video on

Basketball Jumping Drills to Improve Your Vertical Leap

unduhan (70)Many athletes dream to increase their vertical jump especially for basketball players who would like to be able to dunk.

The height of our vertical jump involves our explosion and overall leg strength. By having a strong core strength, is also an important factor to our vertical leap. As such, you need to condition your core muscles as well. These are some exercises that you can do at home or gym to improve your vertical leap.


Having flexibility is important to jump high. You need to do stretching daily which will improve and strengthen your muscles to give your body to gain flexibility. It is recommended to stretch before and after workout.

Keep Jumping:

You can use a jumping rope which is an amazing exercise to train your vertical jump. The movement of the jumping rope will also help to improve your jumping explosion. At the same time, it help to pump your heart and train your cardio together. You can put on a pair of ankle weights to your routine but do remember to be cautious in order to avoid injury.

How To Shoot a Basketball

unduhan (69)Seems sort of trivial to do a “how to” on shooting a basketball, you pick it up and shoot it at the basketball, duh. It may seem like an easy task but if you ask almost any good player today they will tell you that at some point in their life they were taught by someone, either formally, as in a coach or, informally, as in a friend or relative how to shoot a basketball properly.

So how do you shoot a basketball properly? The rest of this article I will try to breakdown the necessary steps to shooting a basketball the proper way, so let’s get right into it.

The first part of this deals with your shot stance and how you hold the ball just prior to taking a shot.

Step 1. Make sure you have a good stance when shooting the basketball. If your stance is week it makes it hard to get a good feeling shot off. If you keep your legs locked you are more prone to becoming off balance, and even though some of these NBA players make off-balance shots

Nine Simple Tricks to Protect Yourself From Chlorine

unduhan (68)While some took a fancy to dancing, fitness, aerobic and all other sports, I’ve always been drawn to the waters. If not for that knack for self-preservation, I could have taken to surfing. I just love the smell of chlorine and the serenity that surrounds a pool when you’re about to dive in and race back and forth. For me, it had to be swimming or nothing. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been that kid ready to jump into those speedos and dive into the pool. My parents hoped puberty would rescue me from my madness, but I was literally in love with this beautiful sport and nothing could change that.

For a long time, I dived into the pool completely oblivious of the dangers lurking in the water. Chlorine. I actually came to like the smell and I completely ignored the risks it poses to my health and to the health of so many swimmers.

But is it really wise to ignore those risks?


How Does Swimming Help Your Fitness?

unduhan (67)How does swimming help your fitness level?

Do you recall the feeling of looking for something that is lost? Maybe you feel victimized or plagued with the responsibility you may have shirked. It is not fun admitting you made a mistake of misplacing the item. Perhaps you feel embarrassed or in jeopardy with accordance to your loss. This can be similar to no knowing if swimming can help your fitness. You may hope it will work, but are uncertain and that can leave you feeling crazy.

Your hope can be realized through learning about swimming. When watching swimmers swim, it looks so easy and effortless. It seems like you wouldn’t gain a great workout. But, the opposite is true. Swimming has turned other athletes into a more dynamic and overall fit person. It has been known to increase their abilities in other areas. Swimming uses different muscles than the muscles you use on land. This enables the body to become a fearless force to be reckoned with.

My first attempts at swimming were pretty pathetic. I didn’t even want to put my face in the water.

What You Should Know About Swimming Safety And Pool Aesthetics


Pools are a vital investment for any home or commercial property. Whether for recreation or geriatric training, these structures are designed to help people alleviate tension and stress. While these units come in an array of sizes and shapes, it is essential to protect pools from harsh weather elements and debris. According to industry experts, there are several covers that offer optimal protection across the board. While tarps and canopies are certainly available, not all can withstand the gusty winds and torrential downpours that can lead to overflow.

Based on your specific needs, there are other options and choice to consider. This includes glass enclosures, which can completely or partially encompass the pool. Made from durable sheets and components, these units seem to offer better protection than conventional tarps and traditional covers. While your pool may not be expensive, most glassy installations tend to be pricey. There is also a strong need for maintenance and cracks prevention, which can result in out of pocket expenses as well.

When considering investing in these brands, there are several aspects to

5 Easy Swimming Tips for Summer

images (21)Summer is the perfect time for a swim. And while you’re at the beach or the pool, why not improve your swimming technique? You don’t need extra swimming lessons or to be buddies with Aquaman, there are simple ways to make you a better swimmer. Whether you swim for sport, fitness or as a hobby, take note of these easy swimming tips.

Redefine your Swim Kit
If your swim kit includes just any other swim wear, aqua shoes or slippers, most likely you’ll be ‘just any other swimmer’. Take it a notch higher by choosing high performance stuff in your swim kit. For instance, Speedo swimwear is known for enhancing swimming performance. Its swimsuits are designed to be hydrodynamic, allowing you to swim through water with the least possible resistance. The swimsuits are lightweight and durable too.

Invest in some goggles, too. If your eyes are sensitive, a pair of goggles can protect your peepers. Some pools have high chlorine content so goggles are a good idea. You can check out goggles, Speedo swimwear, as well as aqua shoes and accessories at your trusted online shop.

Don’t Give Up on Yourself How to Rediscover Your Love of Running

runningYou laid out the perfect plan to achieve your goals and everything was progressing according to your plan. You could see the physical improvements, and you were developing a mental toughness and mindset that nothing was going to get in your way. Until “it” happened…

“It” comes in many forms and when you least expect it – disguised as a family crisis, work demands, or a nasty case of plantar fasciitis. Clearly it’s not something you expected to encounter, but it derails progress toward your intended goal. Although it may be disappointing to backtrack to re-gain fitness, re-lose weight, or simply gut out a less-than-ideal situation to get through your intended race, there is comfort in knowing that: “I did it before, so I can do it again!” While that may not be the most comforting thought, sometimes it’s enough to get you through the moment (e.g. workout, training plan, or even the race) – and that’s all you need.

Let me share with you some experiences and see if you can place yourself any of

7 Surprising Ways to Become a Better Runner

unduhan (64)You don’t have to go to great lengths to be a better runner. However, there’s no ala-Captain America super serum either, just a bit of work and some nice tricks on the side. Here are 7 surprising ways to become a better runner.

Go Fishy

In order to become a better runner, you have to recover stronger after a run. Your muscles are inflamed from all that work, so eating fish rich in Omega-3 helps. Omega-3 decreases inflammation and protects you from heart ailments too. You can also pop a fish oil capsule. Just be sure its high grade.

Go Online

No, don’t play online games, silly. Browse your trusted online shop and look for a running shoe that has great technology. You’ll need a shoe with the right specs to help you run better and more comfortably. Going store to store can waste a lot of time. Sales staff may not be familiar with the shoe tech. Going online can get you all the specs, plus it gets delivered to you for free. New runners may check out Diadora shoes at their favorite online

Marathon Running and Vegan Diets For Beginners

unduhan (63)Perhaps you’re considering going on a vegan diet, but can’t see how you’ll ever get there. Maybe you’ve dreamed about running a marathon, too, but abandoned it as impossible?

If so, just ponder the expression by William Arthur Ward:

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

Five short years ago, I had not begun a vegan diet, nor had I run more than an occasional 1-2 miles on the running machine (staring at the wall at the fitness club, it felt like a death sentence). Growing up, I had been a miserable athlete, skipping all PE classes from 9th grade onward to avoid humiliation.

Just as a plant-based diet often begins with small steps, such as avoiding meat one meal a day (or one day a week) or eliminating a single kind of meat from your diet, until you’ve actually begun running, it’s totally natural for you to believe you’re not capable of getting in shape to run a marathon.

Only after you have run around the block or survived 5 minutes on

9 Ways to Make Your Runs Easier

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Runs, as wonderful as they are at times, seem to be more difficult for some people. If you are one of those people, check out these 9 ways to make your runs easier.

1. Shoes

Do you feel pain on your feet mid-run? Or does your feet feel hot and get tired easily? Most likely, the problem is with your shoes. Running becomes harder when your feet either gives up on you or is being subjected to a lot of stress. Worn-out, as well as incorrect shoes, can definitely do that. Let your feet be as comfortable and safe as possible. For example, wear shoes based on your gait. Choose shoes which are made of breathable materials. If you want to try something different, pick up a pair of Diadora running shoes. The Italian brand is known for quality and technology. Lotto, another Italian brand, is also a good option.

2. Rest

Like any hobby or sport, too much can burn you out. If you feel that runs are becoming harder, especially after pushing yourself even more, then it’s time to rest a

5 Tips to Prevent Injury in Badminton

prevention-4There are many possible injuries one could potentially get as a result of playing badminton. The common ones are lower back pain, sprained ankle, tennis elbow and ligament tear.

If you are a serious badminton player, you should take precautions to prevent these injuries. The more intense you are during your game, the higher chance that you’ll get these injuries.

1. Warm Up/Warm down and Stretching

The reason why professional badminton players spend about 30 minutes in total to warm up/warm down is because they know the risks involved if they skip their warm up sessions.

Failure to warm up and stretch before exercise might result in muscle pulls. Not only does warm up and stretching help prevent muscle pulls; it will also help increase your performance when you play.

Therefore, do not get too eager to start playing when you reach the badminton court. Spend a few minutes to warm up and stretch so that your muscles are loosened and are more flexible during your badminton session.

2. Correct Technique

It is also important

Badminton + Speed = Speedminton

5f738d3f11There are definitely those who will argue that Speedminton and Badminton are only distant relatives and that the two games are not so similar as the equipment similarities would lead you to believe. Whatever you believe, know this, Speedminton is a total blast. Viva la difference!

Speedminton uses a heavier birdie (or shuttlecock for those who are more serious sports fans). The Speedminton shuttlecock is known in the vernacular as a “speeder.” It travels faster with less wind resistance than the badminton birdie.

Speedminton is set-up free so it can be played easily in anyone’s backyard or driveway. We’ve even caught videos streaming from Europe showing games blasting over apartment roof tops in major European cities.

Speedminton was created in 2001 by Bil Brandes, a German, explaining some of the intensified popularity in that country. It may have been born there but Speedminton fever is catching on like wildfire.

The rules are basically the same as Badminton but a few differences do exist. Rather than standing on opposite sides of the net, players inhabit 18-foot squares divided by 42 feet of out-of-bounds area. Each player defends

How to Play Badminton Like a Pro 5 Badminton Tips to Improve Your Game

unduhan (61)Many people who don’t get coaching miss out on the opportunity to learn the correct techniques.

The badminton tips below will help you play like a pro. Here’s how to make it seem like you received professional coaching. Are you ready to step up your game and impress others?

1. Correct Forehand Strokes

The badminton forehand stroke is used most often during a badminton game. In order to play like a professional, perform the correct forehand stroke technique.

After you master this stroke, you can perform many types of shots, such as the badminton clear, drop shot, and smash.

After those shots, you can learn more complex shots, such as the badminton jump smash, attacking clear, and badminton drives.

2. Maximizing Wrist Action

You might have heard people mention that badminton is ALL ABOUT THE WRIST. Well this is true, but it’s only HALF true.

The power comes from your wrist action AND your swing (badminton stroke).

The KEY to maximise your badminton wrist action is to not grip your racket too tightly. When you are holding your racket too

How To Choose A Badminton Racket

unduhan (60)Of all racquet sports, badminton has the thinnest, most lightweight of all rackets. As such, the sport which features singles or doubles games to drive a “bird” or shuttlecock over the net is considered the fastest game all over the world of sports. Therefore it’s imperative that you choose the right kind of racquet based on your skill level so you don’t ruin the experience of playing the game. To choose the right kind of racquet, here are some factors you need to consider: frame construction, grip size, balance and string configuration.

Step 1
First up is frame construction. According to Hart Sports New Zealand, the most affordable types are made from steel but they do come heavy. Lightweight aluminum rackets offer more control while graphite models are the lightest and should give off excellent speed, handling, and control. Experienced players will find graphite rackets fit for them while beginners ought to start with steel or aluminum.

Step 2
Grip size is also an essential element to the game. Make sure your hand fits around the handle of your racquet choice perfectly by trying it out before