The Sports Archives – A Glimpse Into The Life Of Referees

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When you were a kid, you always hoped and wanted to be the centerpiece of the team and by that estimation, the match also. You wanted to play a pivotal role that could make or break your team’s hopes and dreams. Alas, most of us realized that we couldn’t play the quarterback in football, or the striker in soccer, or the pitcher in baseball. There were simply other guys out there more talented than us, that also understood the game better. So we tried to compromise and find a role that could hopefully one day allow us to get to that role. It was a mindset that we had to adopt, to beat the other guy. That’s what we need to think about more in sports, is the mindset of the different roles. Very rarely do we ever get to see what goes on in the life of the forgotten hero in all sports; the referee. They ultimately hold the most power in the game, but they don’t get the praise and fame of the top sporting athletes in sports. It’s because their mindset is to bring order to a game so that right and wrong can allow those athletes to play a fair game.

Serious business

Referees have to go to school, specifically for learning the rules of a sport they intend to referee in. This is serious business because as well know the sports industry is worth billions of dollars. Referee training is done in accordance with the rules and regulations set by a governing body of a large corporation. For example, the FA is an English soccer series, which is also a member of UEFA and FIFA. The require all referees to be knowledgeable about the FA’s own rules but keep in accordance with the larger entities of professional soccer. This often means that just because a referee has passed an accredited training course, doesn’t mean they automatically will be hired by a series or corporation. It takes years and years of hard work and due diligence of enforcing the law on the pitch to be recognized by a larger professional body.

Starting off

Referees have to apply for jobs just like the rest of us. They need to work a lot of different games all throughout the week. Everything from the minor and weekend local leagues, to the semi-professional and professional tables. It’s a demanding job as traveling around can take its toll. However, with referee scheduling software, one can organize their entire schedule, write down notes about the teams, game, and matches, as well as get a new level of access to further jobs. You can see the different jobs and their requirements all on your smartphone thanks to the software being on iOS and Android. There are no hidden fees and it’s available on both the App Store and Google Play.

Refereeing is not for everyone. Rather than play the game they are the individuals that allow the game to happen inside the rules. They don’t take the accolades of glory home with them, but they do make sure that fairness is implemented in sports. Their training is rigorous and their way to the top challenging. But with new software to help referees find jobs with the swipe of a finger, new opportunities are just seconds away.


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The Sports Archives – The Best Way To Be An Interactive Member Of Sports

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Sports have remained the most consistently viewed section of media and for good reason. Sports companies know the importance of staying welded to the fans. Social media has been an immeasurable force for good that allows fans to interact with each other and even their favorite sporting stars. No wonder the viewing figures of sporting organizations like FIFA, NFL, and FIA have continued to soar since the turn of the decade. Wherever you are in the world, no matter what it is you’re doing, you are literally a few seconds and a couple of swipes of a smart phone away from being informed about the latest scores, latest news, and scandals. So what exactly is the best way to be in the know?

Talking matters

We don’t all have the time to sit and watch the sporting events that we want. The grind of life just gets in the way and you have to stay late after work to cover for someone, or you get stuck in traffic and maybe perhaps you had other family obligations. Nevertheless, an app like Sleeper gives you the news and highlights of the day’s sporting spectacles and with the ability to enjoy the coverage with other fans. It’s a large community with one goal in mind, and that’s to fan the flames of conversation with the opportunity to build your own identity. Chat with other like-minded individuals that may give you a different perspective on things. The most liked, shared, funny and educated responses are loaded to you straight from the app so you instantly see what went on in the community while you were away.

Instant scores

Once upon a time, it was a megalith of sport but then went into a decline when its primary function as a sporting company came second to its political news reporting. However, it seems to be making somewhat of a comeback. ESPN is remaining at the forefront of sports and its app is one of the best on the downloadable stores. ESPN and ESPN+ update fans about scores in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and college sports. So if you have a favorite team and want to be instantly updated about the scores, the in-game decisions, the changes and more, this app is perfect. The coloring scheme is great and akin to the company colors. The navigation is easy to understand and you can personalize everything to your specificity.

News updates

Yahoo sports is one of those news websites that unfortunately couldn’t keep up with the general new cycle. It’s not revered in the same light as other 24-hour news outlets but one thing it can do is quickly post new articles of sports. The talk of transfers, buying, and selling of players, the news of managers being hired and fired, as well as the financial side of sports is all reported in quick fashion. So if you want to know the workings of sports then the Yahoo Sports news is something you might want to bookmark in your browser.

If you’re just reading the news and watching highlights of sports without interacting with other fans, you must drag yourself into the modern-day. There are lots of apps that can keep you more than informed and allow you to speak your piece as well.


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The Sports Archives – Paintball Protective Gear

If you are new to paintball or have already dabbled in it a few times, you are likely wondering exactly what you should be wearing while immersed in the thick of battle. Even experienced paintball players are always on the lookout for gear and clothing suggestions for additional protection and comfort. While there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to this dilemma, there are a few ways to make your experience a safe and enjoyable one while of the paintball field. Players of all levels can always benefit from a bit of preparedness.

Layers are your friend.

Everyone knows that paintball is not for the faint-skinned. There are guns and, well, paint balls. And they can sting when you get shot. And you will get shot. Happens to the best of us. When you’re out on the paintball playing field in shorts and a sleeveless shirt – you’re going to have a bad time.

But what clothes are best suited for a dynamic paintball game? First of all, think layers. Opt for thick shirts and pants. These pieces can absorb the impact of a paintball that strikes your body at a high velocity. But always have an additional T-shirt or thin shirt underneath your hoodie or sweatshirt to further mitigate the hit

Adding as many layers as possible can help you minimize the impact of the paintballs when they hit your body. The extra layers will add space between your skin and the outermost layer of clothing. This “in-between” material will accept the brunt of the paintballs‘ impact and won’t hurt as much.

Naturally, don’t overdo it. Especially, if you’re playing in the summer or in hot weather.  This is an effort to prevent overheating.

Cover Up.

It’s not your modesty we’re concerned about, but the parts left uncovered will take quite a bit of damage. Do not leave any skin exposed. Paintballs sting when they come into contact with unprotected skin. If you are hit in an unprotected spot, a paintball can even leave a welt on exposed skin. Sometimes, they even sting when hitting skin that is protected. Your paintball experience will be as pain-free as possible if you put forth the effort to dress appropriately.

Going the Extra Mile.

If you still feel like you could use the extra protection, there are several options. Soft body armor, arm pads and ghillie style suits will all keep you safe and unharmed while you enjoy your game. Other players also opt to wear shin pads as well. On top of that, consider purchasing some “slider shorts” that are designed specifically for paintball players. They are perfectly padded to provide ample lower body protection.

Choosing what attire to wear to play paintball might be a daunting process. But a little planning goes a long way in staying safe while enjoying your favorite hobby.


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The Sports Archives – 5 Steps To Becoming A Sports Coach


So, you want to become a qualified sports coach? It’s a great line of work to get into as you can expect some fantastic career progression opportunities once you have some experience under your belt. As it is such a popular career, though, you will have to face some strong competition once you try to land your first job as a sports coach. Here are the necessary steps you will need to take. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with this process so that you can try to stay one step ahead of all the other candidates!

Decide On Your Sport

Most sports coaches specialise in a specific sport. For instance, you might want to focus on training young children in football or tennis. Alternatively, you might prefer to work in a gym and teach fitness classes to adults. Either way, it is important that you decide early on what sport or fitness class you want to specialise in as this can shape the rest of your career journey.

Hone Your Skills

Next, you need to make sure that your fitness is up to scratch. All sports coaches will be expected to be a lot fitter than their clients, so this is something that you can’t ignore. Plus, if you want to become a coach for a particular sport or fitness class, you will need to make sure that your skills are finely honed. After all, it will be your job to teach others how to do your chosen sport!

Research The Industry

It’s always good to be up to speed with all the ins and outs of any industry that you want to work in. That way, you will have a good idea of how likely you will be to find a job shortly after qualifying. One way to research the industry is to read blog posts, such as 6 Key Issues In The Future Of Sports Administration, so that you get a quick overview of the various issues and factors affecting the industry right now.


Get The Necessary Qualifications

Before you do embark on your new career, you will need to work towards some qualifications. You might want to look into some sports-specific qualifications or look at more general ones. While you are studying for these qualifications, you will learn everything you need to know about coaching others in various sports as well as plenty of health and safety tips.

Decide On Where You Want To Work

Finally, you need to make a decision as to where you want to work. If you would prefer to be employed full-time, then you should look for jobs in schools, fitness centres, and gyms. However, there are some sports coaches who like being self-employed and sourcing their own clients. In this case, you would need to look into setting up your own business.

So, are you still interested in becoming a sports coach? You just need to follow the five steps above, and you will eventually get to where you want to be!

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The Sports Archives – Airsoft, Geocaching And Other Outdoor Activities To Help You Stay Fit

Let’s be real; no one likes to exercise day in and day out! It gets boring to follow the same routine and the gym is not exactly a fun place to be all day long. But healthy, fit people don’t stay like that because of their gym subscription! They keep in shape because they find fun activities that keep them moving and enjoying life!

So, if you want to get fit but don’t like to play with heavy dumbbells, here are five outdoor activities to try on.

#1: Hiking

It’s a fun activity, it gets you outdoors, and it gets you burning calories with every step you take – what could be better? Furthermore, if you take a tent and a sleeping bag, you can transform it in a fun camping trip!

The cool thing is that, if you are heavier, you will burn more calories on a hike! For instance, a 160 lb person burns about 430+ calories, whereas a 200 lb person may get to burn over 550. Of course, the more you weigh, the more difficult the trail may seem, but after a while you’ll get used to it.

Another interesting fact about hiking is that you can regulate the pace as you need. If you feel you’re going too fast, you can slow down and admire the nature.


#2: Nature Walking

Speaking of nature, it is scientifically proven that a walk in nature will reduce stress, calm down your anxiety, and make you feel happier about yourself. Furthermore, walking is one of the most recommended forms of exercise because it doesn’t wear off the joints and it doesn’t require any special physical fitness. This makes it available to all types of people, of all ages and levels of fitness.

Specialists say that a regular pace, that’s not too slow or too fast, will burn about 100 calories per mile for a person of 180 pounds. If you’re lighter you will burn fewer calories, but you’ll still tone the muscles and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of Mother Nature.

#3:  Airsoft or Paintball

If you like working both the body and the mind, we recommend a game. Airsoft and paintball are the first on the list because they both make you run, crawl, walk, hide, and overall keep you alert. Airsoft is more demanding on both fitness and strategy, so if you’re looking to sharpen leadership and teamwork skills, this is the game to choose.

For both games you need protective gear and specific guns, but airsoft is (again) more demanding. However, the gear is not expensive and there are plenty of airsoft guns to choose from (check for more on this).

#4: Geocaching

If treasure hunting is more up your game, geocaching is a wonderful outdoor activity! If you’re not familiar with the game, you should know it involves walking, exploring, and finding hidden objects in an outdoor environment.

The game can be played in teams or you can join in as a single player, and it has reached global coverage! It is usually played in urban areas, but you can put a team together and play it locally, if you don’t have access to the app.

#5: Cycling

While it may be the last on our list, it should not be so on yours! Cycling is a fantastic sport, with plenty of physical benefits and a reputation for good cardio activity! It is light on the joints, doesn’t require too much gear, and burns a lot of calories.

Not to mention that it can be a faster way to move around in a busy city and it is the ecological way to drive.

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The Sports Archives – How to be a Real Soccer Fan

With World Cup fever reaching its height and the whole world being interested in soccer like never before, even people who’ve never really had much of an interest in the sport are starting to get a little excited by all the fun. You should definitely think about taking more of an interest in the sport and following it more closely going forward if you’re one of the people getting excited right about now. It’s such an incredible sport with so much to offer newcomers like you.

But where do you start when you want to become a real soccer fan and follow the support more closely? That’s a good question because there are lots of things you can do that act as answers to it. We’re going to talk about just some of the things you can do to start on your path to becoming a real and dedicated fan of the sport. So read on now and put what you learn into action as soon as possible.

Follow a Particular Team

First of all, you need to decide precisely which time you’re going to follow as a fan. After all, every fan needs to have a team that they can call their own. If you don’t have this, you will end up watching games as a neutral, and although that can be fun and entertained, it doesn’t have the emotional attachment that comes with being the fan of a particular team. So find one that’s close to you if you want to attend soccer matches in person on a regular basis.

Analyse the Tactics

As you start watching more soccer matches, you should find ways to assess and analyse the tactics. You will learn so much about the sport and how it’s played if you know how tactics work and what makes the most successful teams successful. The coaches and managers that rule the world today are the ones that have a close and intricate understanding of tactics that work in both attack and defense. It’s fascinating to learn how all this works when you dive in.

Track Breaking News Throughout the Day

One of the things that’s most fun about following a sport is following all of the news as it happens. In the world of soccer, it’s particular fun to watch all the transfers heat up in the summer. After the World Cup is over, this is where most fans will turn their attention. Which teams will add stars to their lineup? And which teams will come out of the summer and into the season with a weaker side than last year? Track the news as it break, and you’ll find out for yourself.

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Know the Stats

A big part of the modern game of soccer is statistics. If you’re used to following American sports where statistics have been established as an integral part of the game, this will be an easy thing to pick up. Everything from pass completion percentages to shots on target are tracked and analysed. Most interesting of all are the possession stats. So often you find that more possession doesn’t mean more goals or wins. Teams can conserve energy by letting the opponent have the ball and then hitting them on the counter.

Attend More Live Matches

Attending live matches is always more fun and more interesting than doing it as a fan on the sofa. So no matter what level of soccer your local teams plays at, do your best to attend matches and see the game played in person. Nothing beats being in the stands and seeing it all unfold in front of you. You’ll soon grow to realize that watching sports from your armchair simply can’t beat this way of appreciating the beautiful game.

Display Your Team Allegiances and Loyalties

Once you have a team that you call your own and you want to follow them closely going forward, you need to make sure you show the world your colors. This is what following soccer is all about. You can get badges, patches, shirts scarves and a million other items. So don’t be afraid to show your allegiances and loyalties to the rest of the world. It’s part of what makes following a soccer team so much fun; your team becomes part of your identity.

Learn About the Sport’s History

Every sport has a history, and the history of soccer goes way back to the 19th century. There’s so much to learn, and the sport really took off and started impressing people with its complexity with the Hungarian team of the 1950s, and then later the great Brazilian teams the Total Football side of the Dutch, featuring Johan Cruyff. There’s so much to learn, and you could even simply focus on learning about the history of the sport in your particular part of the world.

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Explore the Soccer Culture in Various Nations

Another interesting thing about soccer is that each nation has its own culture and its own way of playing. As mentioned earlier, the Dutch way is associated with Total Football, which England has historically been more direct. Then you look to the intricate play of Brazil, which has always managed to excite fans all over the world. Every country has a different approach and that’s all part of what makes it the most popular sport on the planet.

Understand Those Big Rivalries Better

When you’re new to the sport, one of the things that you will need to try to do is understand the rivalries that take place in soccer. The incredible rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham or Barcelona and Real Madrid can’t be topped by any other famous rivalries in other sports. They’re sometimes based on location, and other times based on a competitive history that goes back a century or more.

Soccer is the most popular sport on the face of the earth for a reason, so if you’re just get started with following it or you’ve been spurred on by the World Cup, use the tips and advice here to take your interest in the sport further. It’s very rewarding to do so, so you certainly won’t regret it.

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The Sports Archives – 3 Tips for Improving Your Athleticism in a Hurry

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You’ve been noticing for a while that your general-purpose fitness isn’t quite where you’d want it to be, but it’s only when you’ve made a commitment to get involved in more physical pursuits and hobbies that you’ve actually noticed just how much your level of conditioning is holding you back.

Maybe you’ve started playing a regular game of tennis with some friends, or maybe you’ve joined a martial arts class, but have discovered in either case that you just can’t keep up and find your enjoyment of the activity severely diminished by the fact.

You know you want to get fit, but you don’t want to have to struggle through months of training before your conditioning improves. Is there any solution?

Luckily, yes. Here are things you can do to improve your athleticism in a hurry.

Focus on HIIT workouts

HIIT, short for High-Intensity Interval Training, is a form of exercise which emphasizes short bursts of activity done to absolute failure, followed by periods of rest, and then repeated for circuits.

Sprinting to one end of a field, walking back, then sprinting across again, is an example of a form of HIIT training.

Recent research has found that just a few minutes of HIIT — 10 minutes, or in some cases, considerably less — can be as, or more effective than traditional jogging done for much longer periods of time.

HIIT also seems to have positive effects in terms of boosting metabolism and protecting and promoting muscle growth, whereas more drawn-out, conventional forms of cardio typically lead to chronically elevated levels of stress hormones and reduced muscle mass.

There’s a reason, after all, why professional sprinters always appear much more muscular than competitive endurance runners.

By doing a couple of HIIT workouts a week, you can expect to see rapid boosts to your cardiovascular fitness. Though you may want to consider using a pair of insoles from for added comfort.

Perform resistance exercises that demand serious exertion and endurance

It’s possible to weight train in such a way that your heart rate never really increases substantially.

This is likely to be the case if, for example, you do isolation exercises only and stay well clear of training to failure.

To boost your athleticism, however, you should ideally emphasize those resistance exercises that demand serious exertion and also endurance, so as to train both your muscular endurance, while also encouraging strength gains, and improving your cardiovascular conditioning.

Kettlebell swings and squats are good examples of such exercises.

Improve the way you’re fuelling your body

Sometimes, poor athletic performance is largely due to the fact that you just haven’t given your body the fuel it needs to operate at its peak.

If you eat at a caloric deficit, you will always have less energy and drive in the gym. If you eat a low-carb diet, you won’t have the glycogen stores available to power you through a full-force anaerobic workout, and are likely to hit the wall much sooner than you would otherwise.

Try eating significantly more food, and a wider variety of foods, for a week or so and see how your performance is affected.

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