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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Why Is There a Dirt Strip Between Home Plate & the Pitcher’s Mound?

These are the days of lush green grass on baseball fields, but some ballparks still have a dirt strip between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. There are reasons for the “keyhole,” which is the shape created when you connect the strip of dirt with the mound and the batter’s box, and there are many […]

School Athletic Grants

Grants for your school’s athletic programs can be obtained from an array of sources and can play a significant role in helping your school’s sports programs continue in times of economic hardship. Foundations often support teams in specific cities or states, or sometimes support the purchase of sports equipment. In addition, consider reaching out to […]

Soccer Drills for 9- & 10-year-olds

Children should play soccer solely for exercise and fun at young ages. Once they reach about 9 or 10 years old, they can begin to focus on the technical aspects of the game. Soccer drills help children improve their soccer skills and can help catapult players into higher levels of play as they mature. Combine […]

Hurdle Training Without Using Hurdles

Whether you’re an experienced hurdler or new to the sport, you won’t always have hurdles available to practice with. You can do several types of exercises to improve your skill and strengthen your legs without having to go over hurdles. Conducting intermittent hurdle-free training sessions along with your normal regimen can improve your agility and […]

Outside Field Day Games for School Kids

Generally, field day occurs at the end of the school year and allows kids a way to celebrate a job well done. A typical field day will have numerous outdoor activities and games for the children to play. It is similar to a carnival without the rides. Selecting games that mix the fun of being […]

Space Collisions: Tunguska, Andromeda and You

What happens when worlds collide? A distant star suddenly burns a little brighter. NASA throws another psychedelic photo gallery up on the Web. Star junkies get in a tizzy. Like a well-meaning dad taking a whiffle bat to the groin, collisions between cosmic bodies are amusing as long as we’re not on the receiving end. […]

Baseball Arm Strength Exercises

Throwing a baseball consistently at high velocities produces a great deal of stress on the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the arm and shoulder. A baseball player with a strong, healthy arm will be more likely to find success than a player with a sore arm. There are exercises that every baseball player — especially […]

Pop Warner

During the 1920s and 1930s, the two most famous and respected football coaches in the nation were Knute Rockne and Glenn “Pop” Warner. Despite their success, the two were complete opposites. Rockne was extroverted, inspirational — a motivator who radiated warmth. Warner was cerebral, inventive — a tactician described as “gruff, sometimes almost surly and […]

How Does a Soccer Ball Air Valve Work?

For a soccer ball to work properly, it needs the right amount of air inside. To inflate a soccer ball, you need to locate the air valve, which is usually marked by a tiny black hole on the surface of the ball. The hole allows the valve, which is located inside the ball, to open […]

Turbo Javelin Throwing Information

The turbo javelin, first marketed under the name TurboJav, is the creation of Tom Petranoff, two-time world-record holder in the javelin. As a training aid, the turbo javelin is used at all levels to teach the correct throwing mechanics required by many throwing sports such as baseball, football and the javelin throw. Its light and […]


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