The Sports Archives – The 10 Commandments Of Surfing

  1. Don’t Drop In

One wave, one surfer. When you paddle for a wave, always look inside before you take off, just in case someone else caught it before you.

  1. The Surfer on the Inside has the Right of Way

Once a surfer is up and riding on the inside, he has the right of way.

  1. Wait Your Turn

If someone has been waiting longer than you, they have first choice for the next wave. At a pointbreak, the surfer who has been waiting longest usually paddles closest to the first possible take-off spot, which is called “the inside” of the wave. On a beach break he/she waits their turn at “the peak”.

  1. Don’t Snake

If someone’s already paddling for a wave and it’s their turn, don’t paddle inside them and try to claim the wave out of turn. That’s called “snaking”.

  1. Don’t Paddle Out Through the Break

Do not paddle out through the line-up or where the breaking area/impact zone of the waves are. By paddling around the breaking or surfable part of the wave, you will not interfere with another surfers ride.

  1. Don’t Hog The Waves

Don’t try to catch every single wave that comes through. You will only create animosity amongst the others in the line-up and will be seen as a wave pig or hog.

  1. Communicate

In case you are one of two surfers sitting in the middle of the peak and the wave opens to both sides, you should tell the other surfer if you are going right or left.

  1. Keep Control of Your Equipment

Never attempt a maneuver that will cause you to land or smash into someone else and always keep an eye on crew paddling out.

  1. Check Your Equipment

Always check that your equipment is in good shape. Try and get all dings (damage) fixed on your surfboard that has fiberglass protruding to avoid damage to yourself and others.

  1. Respect the Beach and the Ocean

Never leave garbage in the sand and water and respect all sea creatures.

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Surf Science: Learning The Theory Behind The Sport Of Surfing!
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The Sports Archives – Famous Yacht Races To Watch!

Cabo_San_Lucas Race Start 2013 photo D Ramey LoganThere are hundreds of yacht races taking place all around the world every year; many of them take place on different courses and waters. Each race represents the high quality of sailors and exciting courses with participants from racing families, sailing schools and yacht clubs taking part. Offshore yacht racing is strictly controlled with regards to safety regulations. Below is a list of the most popular races to watch, or if you are looking for a thrilling race, you should consider taking part. You do not need to be a professional to take part, just have the skill and determination to be the very best.

Olympic Games

As one of the greatest sporting events in the world, the Olympics have produced great sailing legends such as Ban Ainslee, Ian Percy and Torben Grael. It is also a great spectacle as the entire world watches the heart racing competition.

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The Sports Archives – What Afterschool Sport Would Be Beneficial For My Children?

It is important to keep kids active, even after school. Getting your children involved in an afterschool sport will not only aid in their social skills, but will greatly benefit their health. Research has proven that physical activities, especially in teams, will promote confidence as well as the ability to socially function by building upon these life skills. Physical education at school can aid in this, but afterschool sports teams can place them in an environment without the pressure of the classroom. A benefit of encouraging your children to be a part of clubs outside of school allows them to pursue their interests and try new things.
Most schools provide a range of after school sports blubs consisting of football, netball, swimming, rugby or cricket. Each one has its benefits, but what one to choose from?

Netball

BKP Netball TourneyA fantastic and fun sport, aimed at focusing on hand eye coordination and teaching ball skills, footwork and match play. Within the sport there is also a position that will suit everyone and can contribute to developing spatial awareness. Seen as more of a female sport, it can encourage young girls to take part in sports and like football it can improve the body’s fitness. It is also a fast paced, fun sport that improves the flexibility of the body and nimbleness.

Swimming

SwimmingGetting your child involved in afterschool swimming activities is an excellent activity where they can reap health benefits. An ideal aerobic exercise, the activity engages several body parts in an environment that does not stress the joints. Developing this relationship with the water and adapting to it can open up a whole range of other sport related water activities such as water polo.  The other health advantages include those with juvenile arthritis can benefit from the weightlessness of the water and allows for small, low-impact exercises.

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The Sports Archives – The Three Most Financially Irresponsible NBA Players Ever!

As it stacks up against the other major sports, no professional athlete makes more than a professional basketball athlete. According to this article by USA Today, National Basketball Association players make an average of $5.15 million. While the average career length (4.8 years) is less than that of the next two in line (Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League), the average career earnings of an NBA player is nearly $25 million, $7 million more than second most highly paid athletic profession. If this is the case, why are NBA players so likely to be in debt after their careers are over? Let’s take a few snapshots of some of the most irresponsible NBA players and you can have an idea of what goes through the minds of some of these professional basketball players.

The Answer?

Scoring over 24,000 points and averaging over 26 points per game over his career, no one will ever question Allen Iverson’s ability on the basketball court. But, like many athletes it isn’t the on-the-court performance that gets them into trouble, it is off-the-court. Iverson’s infamous line of “We talkin’ about practice,” after missing practice in May 2002, is iconic to Iverson’s brainless actions when not in uniform. Making over $200 million over his 17 seasons, Iverson was banned from casinos across the United States, he pays over $125,000 in credit card payments per month, his large home in Atlanta was foreclosed on, and he pays about $10 grand going out to restaurants. Perhaps he should have practiced some basic personal finance strategies.

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The Sports Archives – The Golfer’s Weapon of Choice: Getting a Handle on Golf Clubs!

Antique Golf Clubs

Antique Golf Clubs

From its Scotland roots amid the 1400’s, golf has developed into an international sporting phenomenon, and has achieved status among millions of people from various age and ethnic groups. However, despite its acquired positive reputation, millions more still remain perplexed by golf, or find it so odd that they dislike the sport entirely. While golf, at a glance, may seem straightforward, it is actually an incredibly complex sport, composed of just as many (if not, more) intricacies as more renowned sports, such as football. Once of these intricacies revolves around the primary tool utilized by the golferthe golf club.

All types of golf clubs are composed of the same key components, including the lance (the shaft by which the player wields the club) and the head (utilized in propelling the ball itself). However, the effect on gameplay is directly linked to the varieties of each component and how they work to benefit the golfer in a diverse selection of scenarios. Most people know that the goal of golf is to get the ball from a starting tee to an end hole. In this instance, the type of golf club controls the ebb and flow of that process, in which the golfer must move his ball to the goal. While additional types have occasionally been suggested or mentioned, there are but 4 official categories defining a model of golf club, classified by their general focus in-game and differing function/appearance: Woods, Irons, Wedges and Putters.

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The Sports Archives – When1913 Umpire Bill Klem Had Last Word!

Umpire MeetingWe all understand the importance that umpires and referees play in the outcome of sports games.  We have seen the defining calls that have turned games lopsided and while half the spectators agree on the call when it is in their favor; the other half now have someone to blame for their team’s woes.   We have all been in that situation.

Bill Klem, the father of baseball umpires, in 1914

Umpire Bill Klem in 1914

It was the early stages of the 1913 baseball season during a scoreless match between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies when Home-Plate Umpire Bill Klem did what he felt was the right call.

It was the 10th inning and the New York Giants had runners in scoring position with a chance to win the game.  The Giants sent Frank McCormick up as a pinch hitter to finish the Phillies off.  In those times, it was the Umpire’s job to announce a change in batters to the crowd.

What followed next is one for the record books.  Umpire Bill Klem turned around so that he can announce Frank McCormick.  Whether McCormick was ready to hit before or after Klem turned his back is irrelevant, because Philadelphia star pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander was eager to get on with it.  Alexander pitched a fast ball which McCormick jumped on before Klem got back to calling balls and strikes.

The ball sailed into left field for a hit and the Giant’s Fred Merkle scored the winning run before a startled Bill Klem.  McCormick was on his way to the celebration committee when Klem called him back to the batter’s box.  He ordered both teams back on the diamond and explained that his introduction of Frank McCormick as a pinch hitter was deemed a timeout and that the ball was dead until he announced it was back in play.  Umpire Bill Klem would have the last word and the play was officially nullified.

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The Sports Archives – How to Help Your Kids with Their Soccer Training!

Youth soccer IndianaExercise is a very important part of a child’s development. As well as keeping them fit and healthy it is a great way for them to make friends, to develop leadership and communication skills, and to learn about winning and losing. Soccer training is generally only once of twice a week and there are a number of things you can do to guide and encourage your kid while they learn to play.

Be Part of the Training Sessions

The greatest way of instilling a love of Soccer for Kids is to engage with them and with it. So instead of simply driving those to the Kids Soccer Training session go with them. Stand on the sideline and watch them, your kid is more likely to be excited by the sport if he or she thinks you are too.

Take Some Lessons Yourself

Have a chat with your Kids Soccer Training coach. Most of these coaches teach multiple sessions for multiple age groups, you may be able to join a beginners group or even book a private one-to-one taster session. This is great way for you to improve your own fitness and gain an understanding of the basic rules of play, which will allow you to train with your kid at home.

Go To a Professional Game

Soccer is one of the most popular and widely played games in the world and most cities have a professional football team. As a treat, take your kid to one of these games. By now you should have a basic understanding of the rules and seeing a professional play the sport, with his or her own eyes, will spark their imagination and show them the potential for success this game has.

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