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.…

7 Deadly Myths That Can Stop You From Succeeding

Few people alive or dead have enjoyed the height of success that Nelson Mandela has attained. In my opinion, (and going by the definition provided in the quote below credited to Emerson) Mandela’s type of success is one that everyone should aspire towards – because it is arguably the most balanced and complete.

That probably explains why this great man is admired the world over by some of the greatest people from all walks of life. When I talk about success therefore (be it in business or life) I want the reader to know that I refer mainly to the Nelson Mandela type of success i.e. the one which leads to IMPROVEMENT in the lives of others.

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just in case you wonder how the above can be applied to business considerations, I’ll elaborate – briefly: An entrepreneur can use his/her business activities to make the lives of others better even as s/he makes profit in the process. Here are two additional quotes, this time from an entrepreneur of proven competence and repute, to support what I have just said:

Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.” – Richard Branson

I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.” – Richard Branson

Anti-Success Myth No. 1: If You Don’t Get Along With Everyone, You Cannot Succeed

Very untrue. First of all, as Dan Kennedy once wrote, you don’t need anyone’s permission to succeed. You must remember that sometimes what you hope to succeed at, might imply some people with (possibly selfish) vested interests will lose out or earn less than they currently do. Keep in mind the fact that sometimes you may need to change the status quo in order to succeed.

It does not matter how skilled you are in interpersonal relations. It does not matter how likeable you are or can be as a person. Unless you are not fully committed to achieving your purpose, you may HAVE TO step on toes and hurt some people’s feelings in order to SUCCEED in bringing about what could be badly needed change/improvement.

Read through the above quotes credited to Branson again. Then …

Rugby League Shirts – Their History and Design

Rugby League Shirts have changed greatly since the sport was first introduced in 1895. In the past full sleeve shirts were worn made of cotton which became very heavy when wet and were traditionally designed with a v shape or printing on them to distinguish them from their Rugby Union counterparts.

Today Rugby League Shirts are made of synthetic materials such as polyester. This makes them far lighter, and less absorbent meaning they will not become heavy when wet. Rugby League shirts today are also very tight fitting and slippery due to their synthetic material. This is to make them less easy to grab making it easier for players to break tackles.

Rugby League is often considered to be more of a working class sport. Played in over 30 countries it is only played professionally in the UK, France, Australia and New Zealand. This is somewhat ironic as although other countries have the sport at a semi-professional level the sport is routed in it’s allowance of the professional game.

After the first divergence of football codes the Rugby Football Union was formed. This organization had a very strong amateur policy not allowing players to be compensated for time off work while playing or training and also disallowing entrance fees to matches being charged.

This lead to the Northern Rugby Football Union being formed as many of the teams in the North were made up of working class people who couldn’t afford to take time off of work to play. Later the Northern Rugby Football League was formed with play rules being a modification of the Northern Rugby Football League’s.

In summary the Rugby League shirts of today are as different to their historical counterparts as the game is. …

7 Tips For Dribbling a Soccer Ball

One of the first skills youth soccer players learn is how to dribble a soccer ball. The unfortunate thing is, many player never get beyond very basic dribbling. When it comes to changing directions, or making a feint on an opposing player, they are at a loss. Your job as the youth soccer coach is to give them the tools to take their dribbling skills to the next level.

Here are 7 tips you can use to help your players develop this valuable skill.

1. Maintain Your Balance

As you dribble the soccer ball it is important that you maintain your balance. Keep your feet wide enough that you can quickly stop, start, and change direction. When you play off balance it is impossible to do anything except move forward in a straight line without losing possession of the ball.

2. Keep Your Head Up

When players first learn to dribble they have a tendency to watch their own feet. Unfortunately when they have their head down they cannot see anything that is going on in the field. They have no idea where their teammates are, and they don not see approaching defenders.

Make sure that you work with your players to keep their head up when they are dribbling. Watching their feet is a horrible habit to get into, and it will hamper your players development in other areas of the game.

3. Look Where You Are Going

While it is important to look around to see what is happening on the field, you should not lose focus on where you are going with the ball. When a player stops paying attention to where they are going they can quickly get into trouble. When they see what is in front of them they can make better decisions about what to do with the ball.

4. Study Your Opponents

As players begin to develop they will start to be able to spot the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents. Players have tendencies to play a certain way, and if you are aware of those tendencies you can use that knowledge to your advantage during the game.

For instance, if you see that a player has trouble defending attackers that move to the left, you can instruct your players to cut the ball to the left when they face that defender. While this may not be useful at lower levels, it can give you a nice advantage in older youth soccer games.

5. Use Both Feet

Players that can dribble with both feet are much more difficult to defend. Using both feet give the ball handler the ability to shield the ball better, and they are able to change directions with the ball much more quickly.

6. Don’t Be Predictable

As players start to learn more moves with the ball, some of them will have a favorite move that they use during the game. While this is understandable, it can lead to trouble if they rely onb a single move too …

How to Do Snowboard Tricks – 7 Grabs You Need to Master

If you want to learn how to do snowboard tricks then you should start with grabs. Grabs allow you to amp up your style when riding. It is like putting your personal trademark on each trick that you do. If you want to see your friends jaws drop, then take some notes and pull off a couple of these grabs on your next day up at the hill.

Grabs are a great start to learning how to do snowboard tricks. Take some big air and try each grab out before picking your favorites.

Indie: Your back hand grabs the toe side edge between the bindings.

Mute: Your front hand grabs the toe side edge between the bindings.

Melon: Your front hand grabs the heel side edge between the bindings.

Stalefish: Your back hand grabs the heel side edge between the bindings.

Tail: Your back hand grabs the tail end of your board.

Nose: Your front hand grabs the nose end of your board.

Method: Just like the melon grab except you pull the board up and stick out your back leg (bone out).

If you want to learn how to do snowboard tricks, then grabs are the perfect place to start. Although most riders want to start by learning how to spin, a stylish and balanced grab can really amp your style.

Now that you have grabs down, it is time to learn some new tricks. Check out the resource I found below that actually shows you how you can take your skills to the next level. You do not want to miss out! …

How to Get a GOLF Scholarship and PLAY in College – Part 10

This is part 10 of a series of How to articles that will help your junior golfer achieve their dream of playing golf in college and get a college scholarship.

I am going to take a break from the rankings and schedules to discuss your Resume. The resume is an ongoing process and it will include the results from your tournaments. So, it seemed like a good time to get you started on this.

Take this opportunity to tell the schools that you have an interest in who you are and why you would be a good fit for their program. College coaches want to know more than your scores. They want to know about your civic involvement, your character, your work ethics and more importantly your academics. Coaches are excited to have academic scholarship money available for those players who qualify so that they can stretch their golf scholarship money further. It allows them the flexibility to offer you as much scholarship money as possible.

The basic information will include the following:

Name, Address, Telephone, Birth date, Social Security Number, Height, Weight, Name of High School, Month and Year of Graduation, Grade Point Average, Class Rank, SAT or ACT Scores, USGA or State Handicap Index, High School Stroke Average, List Other Sports and Extracurricular activities

Now for the most important part, you need to list your tournament results and highlights:

Event name and location

Number of players in the field

Your finish

Course rating and distance

Unusual weather for the event

Yardage for the course

This part of the resume is where you show a college coach how well you play tournament golf. You may want to break this down by year, so coaches can see improvement from year to year.

If you are currently playing at a Junior College you will need to submit a resume to your next school of choice that you wish to play at during your junior and senior year.

Now go make some birdies!…

What You Should Know About Diving This Year

Tips On How To Buy The Ideal Scuba Mask.

When you consider a case where you will be buying a scuba mask, several decisions will need to be considered. Ensure that you will be able to familiarize yourself with the mask first before you get to buy it. This will be the best way for you to know which is able to suit you so well. You will find that here are some of the factors which will need to be considered in the given case here.

The very first thing that most divers worry about is if they have to buy or rent the masks. When you look at diving, it will be best to own your equipment which will be the right idea. You will find that in this case you will be able to get the one that suits you well as well as your preferences in this case. When you look at the kinds that people rent, you will find that in many cases they get the deal that are not too pleasing to them. If you happen to forget your mask when traveling then that would be an option for you to rent but for everyday use you will be required to invest in the right kind.

When you walk in the market you will come across scuba masks as well as swim masks. The two should not be confused for each other since they are made differently. The swim masks and the scuba masks are very different in the way they are made since the latter has a way to hold on the pressure which comes with the diving.

You will find that they will tend to have a very strong tempered glass for that purpose which is not the case with the swim mask. You will also find that they do have an air mask for balancing the pressure when under the water. This are very important features that any diver should look for in a scuba mask which will not be the case found in a swim mask.

Consider how well the mask will be able to fit in this case. There should be no gaps found when the skirt of the mask is wrapped around you. This is because you will not want water flowing inside the mask which can lead to choking and drowning in some cases. That is why you have to look for a store that they give the fitting measurements for their customers before the buy. Consider a case where the given pool will be right when you look at it in the way that they will have to use the large water bodies in this case.…

Photo Football Heisman Candidates

As the NCAA College Football gets into full swing, college campuses nationwide are filled with the buzz of who might win this year's Heisman trophy. Honoring the best player in college football each year, the award went to sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida last year. While Tebow returns to lead the Gators, there are a number of other contenders for the trophy this year.

Coming out of (seemingly) now last year, the Missouri Tigers rose to the top of the Big 12 pack, approaching a number one ranking until their loss in the conference championship game to perennial power Oklahoma. Led by two Heisman contenders, senior quarterback Chase Daniel and true sophomore receiver Jeremy Maclin. With a top 10 rating and early season success, if this Tigers go all the way, then either of these players are capable of bringing home the hardware.

While Heisman winners generally play for national contender teams, there are a number of impressive players who play on good, but not great, teams. South Florida Quarterback Matt Grothe is an outstanding athlete, as is Boise State running back Ian Johnson who could run for over 7,000 yards in his college career.

There are a number of competitive quarterback sin this year's class ranging from the impressive first-year USC starter Mark Sanchez, Texas' Colt McCoy, the efficient passer Todd Reesing of Kansas and the talented Ryan Perrilloux of LSU.

Texas Tech also featured two top-tier Heisman candidates in quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree who treated 21 touchdowns last year. While Tech is in a competitive conference, the combination of Harrell and Crabtree could propel them to the top tier this season.

Among top running backs, Chris "Beanie" Wells leads last year's runner-up Ohio State where he ran for over 1500 yards and Wisconsin's PJ Hill will put in a competitive season for the Badgers. Texas running back Jamaal Charles is one of the fastest players in college football, and should put up some impressive numbers this season.

This year's Heisman competition features one of the more talented classes in recent history, and should make for an exciting year heading into the BCS. …

Sales Tips for The Average Joe

Bulk Buying of Basketball Apparels and Gears If there are events such as basketball conferences, training cores, schools and foundations promoting basketball, it is acceptable to choose ordering in bulk for basketball apparel and gears. Having to buy basketball items in wholesale is such a good way to have the significant amount of items in a cheaper price. Because of the effectiveness of the complete cost of the order if you purchase basketball items in bulk, collective buyers prefer to buy this way. Almost all of the wholesalers for basketball items as well as retailers would give discounts as the number of the items bought is increasing. Placing more orders means heavier discount. While on a personal approach, the normal usage will not require to buy more than one or two basketball items. For instance, a basketball coaching center, it will be obligated to buy several number of basketball items for its trainees and students for their game education. Sellers that offer wholesale orders of these basketball item make good business keeping these type of users in mind. There are several sporting item shops out there that offers good price for wholesale orders of basketball items such as basketball nets, small indoor nets, and other sports goods. As said above, as the amount of basketball items bought increases, the price will go cheaper. Each colorful inside or outdoor unit basketball would amount for around $4 – $5, if an order is placed for a minimum of 500 balls. If the orders will make it to 2000 balls, they are guaranteed heavier discounts. A single colored outside ball for basketball can cost $4 per piece if it can reach 500 balls all in all for a single purchase. For large basketball retail merchants, this scheme is ideal.
Why No One Talks About Gear Anymore
There are wholesale dealers who do day to day sale of full range of sports and non-athletics goods too that can be able to provide you bulk orders of basketball items aside from athletics dealers. There are small retailing shops too that sells returned or overstock items. Because of the low cost on overstocked or refused items, and second because of the discount presented on bulk orders, basketball items here expanse with bigger discharges. There are also shops that offers basketball items on factory outlet prices if bulk leverage is involved. It is definitely true that several basketball shops or athletic shops presents heavy discounts on wholesale orders. Buying basketball gears and apparel in wholesale is very ideal for those people who want to save money and be dispensed from the trouble of ordering regularly and placing orders through several various sellers if a huge number of items is in need.Why People Think Sports Are A Good Idea

Why Sports Aren’t As Bad As You Think

Where to Buy your Sports Apparel When you plan to get into shape, this doesn’t mean that your only option is going to the gym. Some people actually prefers the option of joining to a new sport. But whatever the kind of physical activity you wish to engage in, using the right outfit is really essential for you to do well. Department stores doesn’t really have these kind of items all the time because there are cases to where the whole product line is not always made available or that it is always offered and a good place for you to buy them would be the sporting goods store. A department store may have these items, but because the whole product line is not always being offered, the sporting goods store will be the best place to go. These can be found at malls or other places where there are many people who hangs out. You can find jackets, shirts, shorts, pants and other kind of accessories that you need for whatever kind of sport. These stores also possess novelty items for a particular team or a particular person. This will be able to give you a certain connection with someone that you look up to. Wearing an outfit that is the same like your favorite team or player greatly helps to brighten your day.
How I Became An Expert on Sports
The sport stores in fact have evolved a lot ever since and increased on its demands in the market. One example to this is with its recent addition on the product line for the ones who engage in activities that are considered to be extreme or expensive.
Jerseys – Getting Started & Next Steps
This also includes wetsuits like scuba diving and jumpsuits for the ones that wants to go snowboarding and also flight suits for people who wish to go skydiving. If in case a customer could not locate the appropriate size or perhaps wants to see whether this is available in various colors, it is best that you ask the sales clerk. There’s a chance to where there’s a stock at the back or that they can call their nearest outlet in order to check whether there’s available. For people that are trying a new kind of activity and have no idea on what they should wear or on how to use it, the sales clerk is going to give good advice based on the health, budget and weight. Research will show that this kind of customer service will in fact entice the individual in buying more than one item, which is in fact what the initial plan is if they consider going to the store. The designs and colors may change, but one thing is going to remain the same and that the individual should acquire the right apparel so they are able to excel or to stay fit when they join in the sport.…