How To Do Perfect Basketball Fakes

In order to be an offensive threat you must be able to elude your guard whether you have the ball or not. A fake is an act designed to throw your guard off balance, so you can drive past him or free yourself for a shot. Do this by faking with your head, eyes, feet, shoulders, and body. The fake drive-and-shot is designed to throw the defensive player off balance and force him back to make room for the shot. Feint a dribble around the guard, using the front foot to force him back. The offensive player then comes up to position for the shot. Any feint will produce some recoiling action on the guard’s part. The fake shot-and-drive is a maneuver in which the player with the ball fakes a shot at the basket to draw the guard close to him so he can dribble around him. When you are faking, keep the ball protected and in position for the dribble. The first stride should be a long one with the right foot if going right, placing the ball well out in front while driving by the guard. A double fake is executed by faking a drive with a deep step to the right, causing the guard to drop back a little. The offensive man then moves his front foot a bit back and poises for a set shot. As the guard comes up on his toes to stop the shot, the offensive man lowers his body and drives off his front foot, placing the ball well out ahead and drives in for the goal. To go to the right side, the deep step is faked to the left with the right foot. The shot is faked, then comes the drive to the right. A left-handed player will use his left foot as the forward foot and follow the same technique as above.

In starting a fake, a player never knows whether it will be a single or a double fake. This will depend on the action of the guard. Sometimes a guard commits himself on the first fake. If he is not fooled on the first fake, then try the double fake. A common fault of many players executing feints is that they do not allow enough time for the defensive player to “fall for” the deception. Shooting or driving too soon simply means that the deception is wasted. Dribble Tips:

1. Do not take a one-bounce dribble when you first get the ball. This robs you of the opportunity to move with it.

2. Keep your head up and eyes ahead so you can get a good view of what the other players are doing.

3. Do not try to dribble in congested areas.

4. Do not slap at the ball-push it to the floor with your fingertips.

5. When advancing to your front court with the high dribble, be sure that there are no opponents nearby who may steal the ball.

6. Learn to keep your …

Major League Baseball Sues Upper Deck Over Trademark Infringement

Fresh off its settlement with Konami over internationally traded Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards which Upper Deck admitted it counterfeited, the trading card giant is up to its neck in legal battles again. Major League Baseball, which dropped UD from its stable of trading card makers last year, is suing the company for millions of dollars in damages plus a punitive award in the US District Court in New York,. The allegation is trademark infringement. MLB licenses and very strongly protects its various team trademarks. Baseball claims Upper Deck is using those trademarks despite the fact it does not have the rights to do it as licensed by MLB, nor has it been given permission to proceed with MLB licensed trading cards.

“Upper Deck’s current conduct is reflective of a pattern of utter disrespect for the contractual and intellectual property rights of those from whom it licenses valuable trademarks,” the complaint said.

So far a spokesman for Upper Deck has no comment.

Upper Deck, based in Carlsbad, CA started making licensed trading cards of major league baseball players in 1989 when it burst on the scene as the card of the collector. The relationship was a good one and UD was credited with pushing kids trading cards into a new realm of real life collectibles. The industry, led by UD, reached over $2 billion in retail sales in the early 1990’s. Problems began surfacing in the latter part of the decade and now MLB now says UD still owes it $2.4 million in back royalties. Last year MLB and the Players Union began not renewing licenses due to the vast over production which led the category down a path of near non-existence. Topps is once again the only trading card maker of licensed baseball cards.

It is the logos and trademarks which are in question here for the most part when it comes to this lawsuit. The NFL, NBA and NHL as well as other leagues have similar restrictions. This week the NFL, which owns the rights to the New Orleans Saints’ familiar slogan “Who Dat” is using its muscle to try to halt the sale of knock off tee shirts and other items at the Super Bowl which carry the “Who Dat” statement. The NBA for years has raided swap meets and flea markets confiscating and shutting down dealers who print shirts and caps with their official logos as well.

One of the aspects in question is Upper Deck recently released both the high end Ultimate Collection and Signature Stars Baseball products. MLB says UD released these 2010 products (they were released in 2010) but on the packaging UD states these are 2009 products.

“They did put a disclaimer on the box saying the product is not affiliated with Major League Baseball,” said Dave Rodriguez of Sports Source, a baseball card shop in Burbank, CA. “It is confusing to the collector certainly and the product was solicited during 2009.”

Several distributors have also halted distribution of UD trading cards which are …

Basketball Standards, Hoops and Goals – What’s the Difference?

I work for an online sports paraphernalia company that offers a wide variety of basketball apparel and equipment. So much so that potential customers are often confused about what to buy and what will ultimately fit their needs. The majority of the confusion pertains to basketball standards, hoops and goals and what each entails. Well, here’s the skinny on each.

Basketball Standard: Basketball standards are the most expensive of the bunch. They can be either portable or stationary. When you think basketball standard you should think of the type of basketball system that is used in the NBA or out on the playground. Simply put, a basketball standard is the entire package – rim, backboard, net and pole.

Basketball Hoop: When little Johnny writes to Santa Claus telling him he wants a basketball hoop for Christmas, he means that he wants the entire package. However, a basketball hoop is not quite the entire package. A basketball hoop is the combination of a rim, net and backboard, but no pole. Think of your high school gym. Yes, you probably had a basketball standard in there somewhere which the basketball team most likely used for real games. But you also had basketball hoops on the surrounding walls. That is what a basketball hoop is – a rim, net and backboard that can be fastened to an already existing structure.

Basketball Goal: The name of this particular piece of equipment get its name from its intended purpose. The word goal is something you strive towards. In sports, the goal is usually the place where you score points. Well, the same is true in basketball. The goal is just another name for the rim.

When purchasing sporting equipment, it is good to know the difference between the various technical terms associated with each individual sport. If you don’t, you may unintentionally buy something which you did not want.…

Popular Tourist Destinations in L.a

Southern California, and specifically Los Angeles remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States today and continues to grow in popularity with each passing day. Los Angeles offers everything for everyone in the family. From Disney Land to sporting events, Los Angeles has it all. The Angels, Kings, Dodgers, Clippers and Lakers all call Los Angeles home. Los Angeles is referred to as ‘Cities within a city’ and it is where the world goes to party. Only miles from Loa Angeles are Hollywood, Orange County, Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Sunset Blvd., Venice and Marina del Rey, and plenty of tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles.

In the Los Angeles area tourists can visit plenty of sporting events for the basketball, hockey and baseball lover as well as attend concerts at a variety of venues throughout the area. Any family that wishes to vacation in the Los Angeles area might want to take more than a week when there to make sure that they hit everything that the area has to offer. For concert lovers there is the Disney Concert Hall, the Greek Theater in Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine and the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City.

Other tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles while on vacation are Disney Land in Anaheim, the Getty Museum in Santa Monica, Griffith Park in Hollywood, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the Hollywood sign in Hollywood, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Venice Beach and Universal Studios in Universal City.

For the sports enthusiasts in the family, there are plenty if stadiums and arenas to visit while in Los Angeles. Some tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles for sports enthusiasts are Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine, Edison Field in Anaheim, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, the Home Depot Center in Carson, the L.A. Coliseum in the Downtown district, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Staples Center in the Downtown district.

For the television show enthusiast in the family, don’t worry, there are plenty of tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles to view television show tapings. Tickets can be obtained from Audiences Unlimited, located in Universal City; from CBS, located on Beverly Blvd. and the tickets are for talk shows, game shows and sitcom tapings; Paramount Pictures, which is located on North Gower Street. The tickets for any of Paramount Pictures’ sitcoms and talk shows can be obtained as far in advance as five days prior to the taping of the show at their offices …

What is the Difference Between Goalrilla Basketball Hoops and Mammoth Basketball Hoops?

Goalrilla Basketball Systems and Mammoth Basketball Systems Similarities:

Goalrilla and Mammoth goals have essentially the same target market. These types of basketball hoops are high-end products for a home sports court. Both systems use either a 5×5 or 6×6 inch square steel pole; both systems use a J-Bolt anchor kits to attach the goal to the ground; both systems have glass backboards; and both have 54-inch, 60-inch, and 72-inch backboard sizes. These poles have similar grades of steel and both have limited lifetime warranties. So, the more important question to be considered are the differences.

Differences Between Goalrilla and Mammoth:

These several have several important differences. The first of these differences is the thickness of the glass backboard. All Goalrilla backboards are 3/8″ thick; whereas, Mammoth basketball backboards range in thickness from 6 mm to 8 mm (.236″ to.31″). The increased thickness in backboard provides both better rebound and more durability. Another differences is the method of height adjustment.

Both Goalrilla and Mammoth systems are height adjustable from 7.5 ft. to 10 ft. The Goalrilla uses a turn crank mechanism to adjust the height. The Mammoth system uses a squeeze handle to adjust the height. While both mechanisms are going to provide infinite adjusts in rim height, the Mammoth Rapid Cam mechanism is much easier to use. The last major difference applies to only the 60-inch backboard model.

The Goalrilla 60-inch model has a 6×6 square steel pole. The comparable Mammoth goal has a 5×5 square pole. The larger pole provides greater stability to the Goalrilla than the Mammoth goal.

On average, the Goalrilla models are going to sell for about $250 more for the same sized backboard. Both basketball goals are excellent for a home basketball court. The differences mentioned above may or may not be worth the increased cost for the Goalrilla systems. Hopefully these differences will help in your shopping research.…

How to Care for Your Basketball Jersey

There are two very important things that are involved in caring for a basketball jersey. The first step is involved in washing the basketball jersey. The second step is involved in storing the basketball jersey.

Washing the basketball jersey

There are several steps in the process of washing a basketball jersey. The first step is to know what kind of material that the basketball jersey is made of. Most of the time, the jerseys are made of polyester knit or mesh. This is because these type of materials are easier to take care then cotton.

The second step is to presoak that jersey. This is one of the most important steps in keeping the jersey clean. When you get home from the game, put the jersey into a sink to wash off as much dirt as you can. Then you will need to fill up a large sink with warm not hot water. Then add a capful of your favorite heavy duty laundry detergent along with a cup of baking soda. The baking soda will help to take the odor out of the jersey. The jersey will need to soak for at least an hour but it will work better if it soaks overnight. It is also very important to know whether you have hard or soft water. This is because if you have hard water, it will not remove the soil like it is suppose to. In order to remove as much soil as possible you will need to add a water conditioner to the sink. This will just help the laundry detergent work the best it can.

The third step is to not use a chlorine bleach. This goes even if it is a white jersey. This is because it will not work on the type of material that the jerseys are made of. Plus it could damage the jersey over time. It is best to use an oxygen or all fabric bleach to help to whiten and brighten the jersey. The jersey will need to set in the bleach for about an hour.

The fourth step is to make sure that you wash the jersey all by itself. It is very important that you do not wash the jersey with any of clothes. This is because the cotton that most clothes are made out of will leave lint on the jersey. The lint will show up more on the kids’ numbers and letters on the jersey. After you are done soaking your jersey, fill up the washer with cool water and laundry detergent and wash it like you normally would your other clothes.

The fifth step is make sure their is no heat around the jersey. This means that you do not need to put your jersey in the dryer. This is because the heat could cause the jersey to shrink and fade the colors out. It could also make stains stay on the jersey. It is best to hang up the jersey and let it airdry. …

The Division I Syndrome: Sports and Identity

Déjà Vu

As I began my first few days as a Health & Physical Education Teacher, something seemed very familiar. I made my way to the gymnasium purposely wearing my The College of New Jersey Alumni sweater attempting to entice students into asking me about the college experience. I was eager to enlighten these energetic young men about the importance of education and the unlimited opportunities available to them during their college years. Instead, my first interactions with my students seemed very familiar. The initial questions that I was asked were, did you play basketball in college? Is The College of New Jersey Division I? Did you start on the basketball team? Is The College of New Jersey even a real school? These inquiries continued from my students as I wore apparel from other schools like Kean University, Erskine College, and Virginia State University. I could not help but think to myself, this experience seems very familiar.

Hoop Dreams: My Story

During my middle and high school years, I was a nationally ranked basketball player. Division I became a part of my vocabulary and focus at an early age. My determination and effort increased as I was invited to the prestigious Nike Basketball Camp. There, I found myself competing with and against current NBA players such as, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Ishmael Smith (Philadelphia 76ers), and Spencer Hawes (Charlotte Hornets) to name a few. With letters of interest pouring in from major colleges and universities, I believed that my dream of being a Division I basketball player was becoming a reality. To substantiate my belief, I received personal phone calls from a former head coach at Stanford University among others. My family and I were convinced that I was going to be a Division I basketball player. However, my dreams of becoming a Division I student athlete took many detours and never went as planned.

Detours and Disappointments

As my athletic career unfolded, I was left without a Division I scholarship. It seemed as if my basketball goals would never become a reality. Therefore, like many other high school senior athletes who seek additional exposure, instead of enrolling in my first year of college, I attended prep school hundreds of miles away from home. The idea was to attract the attention of Division I coaches one last time. When the scholarship still did not come, I was heartbroken, embarrassed, and felt like a failure because I had worked so hard at becoming a Division I athlete. Not wanting to give up on my dreams, I tried to join the basketball team as a walk on at a Division I institution. However, walking on did not work out and once again I felt I had let myself down. Interestingly, I began to question my motives for wanting to become a Division I athlete. I wondered why my disposition seemed to be tied to the concept of Division I.

The Division I Syndrome

Becoming a Division I …

Trophies For Sports and Other Events

Trophies can be in the shape of a cup or feature a figurine on top of a column with the sport or activity. Youth sports through professional level athletics offer trophies. Trophies are usually crafted out of metal, plastic, acrylic, glass, or other materials. In most cases, trophies and awards are engraved with the name of the recipient, year, and type of achievement.

The trophy is a cherished reminder of achievement and is usually displayed in a trophy case. Many schools and organizations proudly display trophies won throughout the years in glass trophy cases along with other memorabilia. Medals, Plaques and Ribbons are other forms of awards that are often presented.

Famous sports trophies presented throughout the world include:

  • The Stanley Cup: Hockey Trophy
  • Heisman Trophy: College Football Trophy
  • FIFA World Cup: Soccer Trophy
  • Vince Lombardi Trophy: Football Trophy
  • Commissioner’s Trophy: Major League Baseball Trophy
  • Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy: Basketball Trophy

Other trophies and award presented for TV and film include – Academy Awards, Grammys, Emmys, etc.

Trophies are also given virtually in video games. The Super Smash Bros. Series from Nintendo has been giving trophies since 2001. A character who has been given a trophy can be revived by having a living person touch their trophy stand.

In hunting and fishing, sometimes traditional sporting trophies are presented. But, the trophies can also be the head or other part of the hunted animal that is preserved and/or mounted.

There are many uses for trophies and new awards presentations are always being organized. People will always love winning trophies!…

Bixby Knolls History & Things to Do

Bixby Knolls is a pretty area of Long Beach. This place is surrounded by North Long Beach, Wrigley on the south and California Heights on the east side.  In our modern day, Bixby Knolls has rich Restaurants, business and retail stores. A few years ago, Bixby Knolls used to be a different place. Rancho Los Cerritos used to be the historical center of this area.

Bixby Knolls had a Jonathan Temple which was responsible for adobe Hacienda, more than a hundred years ago. In 1844, this adobe served up as the headquarters for the cattle ranch. The temple then sold the huge ranch to the Bixby family for the development of the area. This place was blessed with the oil boom. This also led to the growth of population and trade. Today, Bixby Knolls million dollar homes, landmark building, restaurants, stores, dealerships, and elegant shops. This place is truly provides wholesome shopping delight.

Some people find the place traditional and reflationary. Bixby Knolls is in the vicinity of the Virginia Country Club and the Los Cerritos Ranch House. This site is now converted into a public museum. Now, the neighborhood has a large Jewish population. The Richard Goad Theatre is a historical society here. You would love to shop at the Bixby Knolls shopping Center. The Long Beach Virginia Country Club golf course is a popular site. Other amusement centers include the Bixby Knolls Park, the Somerset Park and the Cerritos Park. The Somerset Park is located at the Bixby Terrace neighborhood. The Cerritos Park is located in the Los Cerritos neighborhood.

Bixby Knolls is also popular for its happening nightlife. Attractive night clubs, bars and restaurant fill life into the place. The bottom’s Up Karoke and Sports bar is one of the best bars here. This is the best place to hang out with your friends. You would love to socialize here.  Great staff, beautiful women, drinks and sumptuous cuisines, this place just rocks.

Other important bars and restaurants include the Main O’ Main. Whether you are alone or with a group of friends, the drink menu is not going to disappoint you. The DJ is rocking. Dance to their tunes and enjoy the night in Bixby Knolls.

This place is also a fun destination for adventure sports. You can also engage yourself in other recreational activities like biking, boating, fishing, and camping, hiking, The Long beach sort adventure and other sports like baseball, Soccer, racing and basketball.…

The Secrets To Becoming An Unstoppable Basketball Player

Want to know the secret to becoming an elite basketball player?

Want to be “the go-to-player” on your team?

Okay well it is my pleasure to reveal to you, the secrets to becoming an unstoppable basketball player.

What Kind Of Player Are You?

First thing you need to do is put yourself in one of the categories. Which one of the following categories describe you the most.

Are you naturally talented? You don’t really practice much but you can still ball.

Are you skillful? This means that your hours of practice have paid off and you didn’t have natural talent for the game of basketball without endless practice sessions.

Are you athletic? You’re that guy that can jump higher than everyone else, run faster than everyone else, or you’re quicker than everyone else.

Are you a scrub? You’re not good at basketball yet but you’re willing to develop yourself into the skillful and athletic categories.

The Best Players In The NBA

The second thing you need to do is understand what makes an unstoppable basketball player.

Currently (year 2014) the top NBA players are Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant and the G.O.A.T. (greats of all time) is Michael Jordan.

What do they all have in common?

They all possess high level skill, athleticism, and basketball IQ.

So, if you want to be unstoppable you need to develop your skills, athleticism, and basketball IQ.

It’s not enough to have one or the other, you need to have them all.

What You Need To Do

Work on your game daily. You need to develop your skills by practicing daily. I’m not talking about going to the basketball court and shooting random three-pointers all day, instead, you need to go to the basketball court and work on your weaknesses and make your strengths even stronger.

Work on increasing your athleticism weekly. Incorporate vertical jump, quickness and speed, training into your weekly training routine. Athleticism will make all your developed skills look even greater.

Play as much basketball as possible and study the game of basketball. The more you expose yourself to basketball, the more you will understand it. Basketball IQ is simply the amount of understanding you have for how the game of basketball is played.

If you want to be an unstoppable basketball player you need to combine the attributes of high skillset, freaky athleticism, and unbelievable basketball IQ. These are all attributes that you can develop from scratch, which means you can transform yourself through hard work and determination.

Don’t be good. Don’t be great. Be unstoppable.…