Workout For Wimbledon

Workout For Wimbledon

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Top tennis players spend months preparing for the biggest tournament of the year, Wimbledon. That means that they start working out almost as soon as the previous year’s tournament ends. To succeed in Wimbledon, you have to be agile, extraordinary and determined. Now, there’s probably no one reading this article who’s competing in the tournament in July, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it as inspiration. Tennis is a great sport to take up for a variety of reasons.

First, it works out every area of your body. Swinging the racket will build up your upper arm strength and boost those chest muscles. While running around the court will increase your stamina dramatically, although the first couple of sets you’ll definitely be catching your breath.

Kids love it too so if you want to workout with your children this is a great opportunity. One of the brilliant things about tennis is that it’s easy to enjoy even if you don’t have much skill. You can send a few hits towards children that are soft enough and slow enough that they’ll be able to get the ball back across the net.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Because if you’re going to take up tennis, you need the right kit.

Perfect Racket

Finding the right racket for tennis is about two things. You need the perfect grip and a good spring in your racket. You want to make sure that you get that perfect bounce when the ball hits it that will easily send it flying at rocket speed. You might be surprised to learn that the secret behind some of the killer serves of the pros is just a great tennis racket.

Comfortable Sneakers

You’re certainly going to feel it if you’re not wearing the right shoes for the tennis court. They need to have enough give that your feet aren’t squeezed while still keeping them in place, so you don’t get blisters. Don’t forget, you’ll be diving around the tennis court a lot through a few sets even if they only last a couple of minutes. That can quickly cause agony with the wrong trainers. Luckily, Adidas online stores and other similar brands sell sneakers designed for tennis. They give you the right grip while still providing the ultimate level of comfort you need.

Energy In A Flask

Your final purchase? That should be a flask that you can store an energy drink and another one for water. You need both, one to keep you hydrated and the other to provide the kick for those strenuous lunges. You can’t jump a foot off the ground and swing the racket like lightening without the sugary goodness that energy drinks provide, that’s for sure. Don’t leave until you build up a sweat though. Those energy drinks are packed full with calories, and if you’re not working out properly, it will definitely affect your waistline.

Does tennis sound like a sport you should try this summer? We think if you give it a shot you’ll love the way it feels when you make that perfect serve.

 

America's Pastime is Back

America’s Pastime is Back

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It’s that glorious time of year when America’s pastime returns for a brand new season. Ever since I was a tiny baby, I grew up learning about the game of baseball. I can remember my younger brother and I spending hours in our front yard (back yard if it was an away game) pretending to be stars from the Atlanta Braves.  We would pretend that the leaves hanging in the trees were the fans, and the large ditch at the front of our property was the home run area.

It seems just like yesterday that I took our old Snapper riding mower and mowed a baseball diamond in our yard. I’m not really sure if my mom and dad appreciated me doing that. My brother and I loved the game of baseball, and we shared our passion together almost every day in the summer.

My parents got me involved in baseball from the time I could swing a bat. I remember playing catcher on my t-ball team, and eventually, when I moved up to kid pitch, because infatuated with pitching. It was so enjoyable to go to the ballpark on Saturday mornings for games. I couldn’t wait for the game to start.  Everything throughout the week seemed to move slowly, until it was finally game day.

There is no greater feeling than cracking a triple with the bases loaded, or making a fabulous diving catch to save a run from scoring. I experienced it all.  Good winning seasons, bad losing seasons, and everything in between. I didn’t care if we won or lost, I just wanted to suit up and play the game.

I grew up in north Georgia, so naturally everyone in my hometown supported the Atlanta Braves. If you are about as old as me, or a little older, you probably remember how terrible many of the Braves’ seasons were.  It was horrific to go to Fulton County Stadium only to find less than 5,000 fans at a game. We had years and years of misery.

The 1990s were the absolute best time to watch the Braves. From the now very famous Sid Bream slide into home to the World Series title in 1995, the Atlanta Braves experienced more success than any other Major League Baseball team. The Braves were famous for star pitching – pitchers such as Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux should be familiar names in any sports household.

When I moved to Ohio in 2004, I went to my first Cincinnati Reds game. I immediately fell in love with the city of Cincinnati, Great American Ballpark, and the Reds organization. I didn’t know too much about the Reds, except for the Big Red Machine.  After years of terrible baseball, they finally started producing winning seasons. I was able to attend several division-clinching games – one was a walk-off home run.

Although I’m a Reds fan now, there’s always a special place in my heart for the team that got me loving baseball. Anytime I watch the Reds and Braves play, it’s always a joy to think back on my childhood.

This weekend marks a brand new season. What’s NOT to love about everything the game of baseball has to offer?  The crowds, the crack of the bat, the strategy, and the push through a 162-game season, all make baseball a unique sport from all the others. Some people complain that the game takes too long. I never thought one second about the length of games when I was growing up. Escaping to a MLB baseball game for 3-4 hours was all I ever wanted to do. I never thought things would change to make the game faster. I truly hope that the league keeps those traditions alive that make the game so great.

As a daddy, I am so lucky to be so close to a Major League ballpark, as well as a minor league team right here in our hometown. Instilling a love for baseball into my kids’ lives is a real treat for me. When I see them step up to the plate, they remind me of myself.  The smiles on their faces when they get a hit, or throw a runner out, makes it all worthwhile.

No matter what sport(s) your kids end up playing and loving, be a parent that is present in their games. Support their development, encourage them when they are down, and always keep your eyes on them during the game – PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!  Kids want to see engaged parents who applaud and shout for joy – not face down in a phone. Make it a rule for everyone in the family – and stick to it!

Major League Baseball is Back

Major League Baseball is Back

Major League Baseball is Back

Major League Baseball is Back

What do you love most about baseball? Did you grow up playing the game?

 

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Sports That Build Bonds Between Dads And Their Kids

Sports That Build Bonds Between Dads And Their Kids

Sports That Build Bonds Between Dads And Their Kids

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The world is changing and equality is near leveling out, and with that has come a bigger role for dad’s to play in their kid’s lives. But evenings and weekends don’t constitute enough quality time, not when you fall into a routine of playing video games with your kids, or just watching TV.

No, the best way to bond with them is to get out there and do something together, some sort of active sport that brings you and them into the great outdoors. These are the things they will remember and the memories you will cherish. It is a chance to enjoy that all-important one-on-one time with them, to laugh with them, to huff and puff next to them, and to support them in their growth.

As such, we’ve come up with a quick list of the best bonding sports you can play with your kids. Enjoy.

Cycling

It is a rite of passage this one. There are so many things where the mummy takes the lead in their upbringing, but cycling is not one of them. That is a dad lesson, and the moment your kid starts peddling away from you all on their own is a real proud dad moment. But this should just be the beginning because nothing brings dad and child closer together than a long, muddy bike ride. Is your chance to get away from the humdrum of it all and enjoy some quality family time.

Golf

As one of the least strenuous and most all-day sports going, this provides you ample time to bond with your kid. Stood side by side at the tee, encouraging each other and helping them perfect their swing. Then there are the long walks down the fairway to talk the day away. But that isn’t all because let’s be honest, there is the chance to be a little mischievous as well, you know, on the golf carts. As such, it is well worth checking out some golf cart reviews to see which are the fastest and steadiest, because nothing is going to make you both laugh as much as doing donuts on a golf cart, let’s be honest.

Tennis

Kids seem to adore tennis from such an early day now, which probably has something to do with how light the racquets are nowadays. As such, why not get involved with their obsession. Don’t let them just hit a ball against a wall for hours; be that wall instead. Take them to the nearest courts, teach them a backhand, laugh with them, be proud of them and get fit at the same time. What more could you want from a bonding session?

Kayaking

Or canoeing, they are basically the same thing. What we are getting at here, though, is that messing around on the water is really fun, and one of the best catalysts of a long-term memory. It’s your chance to hop into a double kayak and wade through waters, chatting away as you paddle, learning something about each other in an entirely new environment. And it is bound to end in some laughs because there is a chance to splash each other.

Sports & Warts! Exercising Your Kids

It is a dreaded word for most people, let alone children, but exercise is something that conjures up images of running out in the driving rain, usually against your will. Or maybe being shouted at by a gym instructor/army drill sergeant to do 5 more pushups, when in actual fact, it’s 50 more! If you, as a parent, are filled with dread at the thought of exercise, how can you expect your kids to do it? It’s difficult as a family to find time to do anything together, but getting fit needs to be a priority, for them and for you! So here are some simple ideas to get exercising together as a family.

Make It Fun!

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The biggest trick to making children exercise is to make them think they haven’t been doing it at all! How can we do that? By making it fun! There is nothing fun about being made to run around a field, but if you add a competitive element, or turn it into a game, then it’s a great way to get your kids to run for as long as they possibly can. There is a lot more motivation for children to run away from who is “it” than it is to do twenty laps!

Get Outdoors

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Something as simple as going for a walk is a good place to start because it is light cardio and it gives everyone some fresh air. Walking is good for your digestion so it can help you with losing weight. And once walking becomes boring for the kids, go for a bike ride, which will work your leg muscles and your whole body if you live in a place with plenty of rough terrains. If you live in a hilly
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if you haven’t got any bikes at home. They are a great investment and a very simple form of exercise that is really good for your whole body.

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Once you have managed to get your kids to exercise and build up their strength, the worry is that they will go back to their old ways. Maintaining a level of fitness is really important as we go through life, and it’s all about habit. So by getting your kids interested in sports or by encouraging them to join a local team or by starting a hobby like taekwondo, they can maintain their base level of fitness without any issue. Exercise is all about habit, and once it becomes ingrained, it is something that they feel they need to do. People have a phobia of exercise because it’s hard work, but the rewards that you feel after doing it, on an emotional level, as well as a physical one, are plenty. But the hardest part is getting the kids off the couch to do it, and from there you can start to introduce healthier foods and reduce the amount of sugar intake. This means you, as a parent, need to set a good example too! So get fit, not fat!

The Best Sporting Events for Parent-Child Bonding

Sports arouse feelings of joy, sadness, excitement, disappointment, anger and even sympathy within us, and these aren’t feelings that we should experience on our own: we should share them with our children! If you feel that your child needs a proactive and engaging hobby, or if you simply want to spend more time with them, then sports could be the answer. There are a whole host of sporting events that you could take your child to witness first hand in the hope that it will inspire them to find enjoyment and stimulation — a few of them can be found below.

If you want to immerse your child in the atmosphere of a big sporting event then ‘The I-70 Bowl’, the rivalry between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs, is one to consider. These two NFL teams, when they come together and play, create an atmosphere in whichever stadium is playing host on that day that is unmatched in most other stadiums and arenas around the U.S. The atmosphere for the match up is heightened even a week before game day, so whenever it rolls around it really does a produce a ‘big match atmosphere’. Although there is yet to be a scheduled matchup between the two for the coming season, you can keep a track of the schedule and find Bronco tickets online. And then, once your week of sampling the atmosphere in Denver is done why not take an All-American road trip and make the journey to another great U.S. rivalry that can’t be missed: The New York Yankees vs the Boston Red Sox. Although these two MLB teams aren’t based in the same area, it certainly doesn’t mean that the rivalry is any less intense. Taking your child to a big sporting event like this is one that is likely to stick in their memory for years to come, so make sure to pick one that they look back on fondly.

The Best Sporting Events for Parent-Child Bonding

Why not go to a Yankees vs. Red Sox match?

But it doesn’t necessarily have to be actual sporting events that you attend with your child — you could see sports entertainment in the form of professional wrestling. If you just can’t seem to find a sport that interests your child, then attending a live WWE event could be for them — and no, it’s not just for kids, so you’ll enjoy yourself too! The best part of all: the WWE moves across the country every week to perform in arenas around the U.S. and even around the world, so you can always wait until it comes into your town. If you’re really lucky, you may even be able to grab a ticket for the grandest show of them all: Wrestlemania!

The Best Sporting Events for Parent-Child Bonding

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Sports offer up the perfect opportunity for you to bond with your child and really allow for them to find something that they can enjoy in their life both now and in the future. There are even online resources that offer you the opportunity to include a sporting event in a travel and accommodation bundle so that the perfect sporting trip can be sorted with little to no effort on your part, leaving you more time to enjoy the sporting history taking place before you eyes, and the company of your child.

How Do You Stay Up to Date with Sports News and Coverage?

How Do You Stay Up to Date with Sports News and Coverage?

If you’re a sports fan, you will want to make sure that you’re always up to date with the latest news and coverage. There is so much going on in the world of sport, and it can be difficult to keep track of all the comings and goings. To get it right, you need to have a personal plan in place. Here are some tips to help you stay up to date with all the things that matter in the sporting world.

Seek Out the Best Social Media Accounts

There are plenty of great social media accounts out there that your business can take advantage of. The best ones can offer you news and coverage around the clock, keeping you up to date no matter when a story breaks. Some of these accounts are big, others are small. Just do some digging, find out what’s out there, and then follow the accounts that are of most interest to you. This is something every sports fan should be doing because it offers the best possible way to get access to breaking news stories that you don’t want to wait to hear about.

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You’ll Be Surprised at the Niche Magazines Out There

Print media is not dead yet, and you should take advantage of this. There are so many niche sporting magazines out there, and it makes perfect sense to use as many of them as possible to get your sporting fix. They are great for people who like to read in-depth articles rather than just reading news headlines on social media platforms. There are often great interviews with sportspeople, and the people who write for these magazines tend to be specialists in their chosen field. That means that you can be sure you’re reading the best quality coverage out there.

Bookmark the Best Sites

You should also bookmark the best sports websites that you find. Because there are so many of them out there, it’s easy to discover a website with good content and then forget about it. That’s not what you want to happen. Luckily, that’s exactly what bookmarking on your web browser is for. So, next time you read some football articles that you like, bookmark the site where you read them and come back to them often. This is a great way to support smaller sites that don’t always get the attention they deserve too, so definitely try it.

Spend More Time in Pubs and Bars That Focus on Sports

Sometimes, the best news, rumors and discussion around sports are to be found in the local pubs and bars. If there is a sports bar near you, or a pub that shows sports live, you should definitely talk to the regulars and share in their knowledge. It’s also a good way to make your love of sport a bit more social, which can only be a good thing for you. If you do this, you’ll make friends and meet new people, as well as learn more about the sport or team you love.

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Golf: Get Into The Game

Golf: Get Into The Game

Golf can be a pretty tough game to get into. It is expensive, and there are other things you need to bear in mind to really get into it. Golf can be a great pass time though, and is a game where you can meet new friends and build upon a skill that really is quite addictive. There are certain things you need think about as you get into golf, and this guide can help you. You may already know most of these, but some can help you think about golf in the right kind of way.

Get The Right Equipment

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You need to get the equipment to play golf. You need clubs, the right attire and a good strong golfing bag, a guide of which can be found at GolfBagsHub.com. Don’t wade straight in and buy a set of pro clubs because it could set you back thousands. You need to be sure you’ll enjoy the sport so at first consider getting a lower range of clubs for you to try out, then if you don’t like it you would not have lost too much money. You won’t even need a full range of clubs to start out. A putter, driver and one of two medium rangers will be all you need to get started.

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Choose Your Club

You can use different grounds to play golf of course, but you will also need a membership to certain clubs if you want to play consistently. They can be quite expensive, but if you play all the time it will be cheaper than paying one off fees. Golf membership pricing can number in the thousands. Some are really exclusive too, meaning you can’t be a member without being nominated by someone who is already there as one. Only choose a club when you are pretty confident you love the sport and will play it consistently.

Beat The Learning Curve

There is a huge learning curve and you need to see if you have what it takes before getting serious. Start off down your nearest driving range and see if you can make a decent swing. Don’t expect success. It is a hard sport and you won’t be any good at first. You hand eye coordination is what is important here. If you start making shots, then you’ll be fine. But if after an hour you still can’t hit the golf ball you may want to give the sport a miss.

Time

One of the main things in golf is time. It can take an age to play a few holes depending on how good you are. The main thing you will invest is your time. You need to ensure you have it available. There is no point signing up for something and putting your money into it if you will hardly be able to play. And it is fair enough. There aren’t many people out there who have hours to dedicate to golf, so why should you? Think it through and make the right decision. If you love it enough you’ll do it anyway and go when you can. But otherwise, don’t bother.

Dads, It’s Time To Start Cycling Now

Sports that you want to be good at are the popular ones like football and rugby. Let’s face it, you don’t want to find out you’re good at figure-skating. Even as a dad you can’t help but want to be the best at the best sports. So, cycling might not be at the top of your list. You have to wear tight clothes, there’s a lot of chafing, it’s hard work: there’s plenty of reasons to be sceptical. However, as it turns, out cycling is one of the best options especially for dads. Why are dads the best candidates? Well you can find out by reading the list below. You didn’t think you were just going to get it spoon-fed did you?

It Seems Easier Than It Is

The great misconception about cycling is that it seems easy. The obvious truth is that it isn’t easy at all, in fact it’s one of the hardest sports on the planet. Still, people look at a bike and think ‘yes, I could do that, no fuss.’ Even though you know the truth, you still won’t be able to resist the temptation to get on the bike. And that is the wonderful thing about cycling: it makes you want to do it. Most dads need a lot of encouragement (understatement) to exercise more because they just can’t be bothered. Cycling is different. Until you have your first ride, you will look forward to the opportunity. And after your first ride, it only gets easier as you get fitter. So, don’t resist the temptation – embrace it!

Dads, It’s Time To Start Cycling Now

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Plenty Of Role Models

Dads don’t exercise as much when they get older for a variety of reasons. You can reel some off your head without even thinking, but one you might miss is the lack of role models. Dads are like everyone else in the sense that they need confidence before they try something new. Exercise is different. In fact, exercise is the prime example. If you’re a little out of shape, you don’t want to embarrass yourself on a bike. But, thanks to people like Bradley Wiggins, that isn’t much of an issue. People look at role models like these as see a bit of their own personality. As you start to relate, you start to think you can give it a go, too. Okay, you’re not going to win the Tour De France, but beating your own PB is a great accomplishment.

Suitable For All Ages

Stigma is a hard thing to get over when you are a dad. Because you are a bit older, you can’t help but think ‘is this for me?’ The truth, of course, is that you can do anything you want regardless of your age yet you can’t help but feel self-conscious. Cycling helps because it takes away the stigma. You don’t have to be Chris Froome to get on a bike because there is a bike for all of your needs. All you have to do is choose wisely and go at your own pace. Not only does this negate the stigma but it also helps your fitness. The more confident you get, the more likely you are to continue. By the end, you will be riding the professional bikes and won’t care what anyone thinks.

Not Dangerous

The sentence ‘isn’t that dangerous?’ is synonymous with cycling. For some reason, there is a myth that cycling is one of the most dangerous pastimes. The truth is that it is very safe. Sure, there are a lot more bicycle claims and insurance claims than in the past. The main reason for this, however, is more bike insurance is more prominent than before. You are more likely to injure yourself driving than you are cycling, yet you wouldn’t think twice about getting behind the wheel. Yes, there are dangerous aspects to cycling. But, there are dangerous aspects to almost every sport. You can get hurt playing a game of cricket, remember. As long as you know the dangers and wear the right equipment, you should be pretty safe.

It’s Cheap

One thing that all dads like to hear is the price. More specifically, they like to hear that the price is low. Well, cycling is cheap. Okay, you might have to fork out a little in the beginning, but they are one off payments. You aren’t going to buy a new bike every few months, so that is a good investment. And your equipment will last a long time if you properly maintain it. Sports generally charge on a weekly basis and cost a fortune in the long-term. Cycling costs a bit more in the short-term but makes up for it later.

Dads, rejoice. You’ve finally found the perfect way to stay healthy and save money. What a result!

Swing While You’re Winning: Golfers to Watch in 2017

We still have a few months to wait before the golf season really gets into full swing. The Masters in April is usually the time that people start to really sit up and take notice, and from there the Major tournaments come one after another until August’s PGA Championship. Now seems like a good time to take a look at who to watch out for in 2017.

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Tiger Woods

No one has done more to revolutionize golf and give it mainstream appeal than Tiger Woods. His return in 2017 has already drawn a lot of attention. Many had already written him off, and it’s been a number of years since he’s been close to winning a Major but can we really discount him altogether? As Roger Federer showed us at the Australian Open, form is temporary but class is permanent. Could this be the year that he finally silences his critics and makes the comeback that golfing fans around the world have all dreamed about? I can’t wait to find out…

Rory McIlroy

By this man’s exacting standards, 2016 was a bit of a disappointing year. No Majors to show for it and not even a Ryder Cup as consolation. Having said that, he still won his home Irish Open and the Tour Championship, netting several million dollars in the process so he’s not done too badly really! However McIlroy has always set his sights high and seems determined to join some of the sport’s most legendary names so I’m sure there’s plenty still to come from this man. Remember, he is still just 27 years of age…

Jordan Spieth

There’s no doubt that this man is a truly special talent and he seemed completely unflappable until his unbelievable collapse at last year’s Masters. However, there’s no doubt that he is the complete package and will continue pushing to add to his collection of Majors. The Masters in particular is where he will want to prove himself again and there are still plenty of opportunities to book a Masters golf package so you can see him put in his best efforts to do just this.

Hideki Matsuyama

One of the most talented Asian golfers for a long time, Matsuyama had a spectacular 2016, though he really should have topped it off with his maiden Major at the PGA Championship back in August. Nevertheless, at only 24 years old, his best golf is very much still in front of him and the world top 5 beckons.

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston

A firm favorite with fans all over the world, Beef may not look like your typical golfer but boy can he play! A debut European Tour win and a top 10 finish at The Open Championship showed this and with his legions of fans behind him, who knows what this man can achieve? He’s ready to take on the PGA Tour in 2017 and he really does seem like a warm and easygoing figure. Long may his success continue!

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Money-Saving Tips For Dads Who Love Sports

Money-Saving Tips For Dads Who Love Sports

In the past, getting tickets for the match was no big deal. But with pressure on wages, more and more dads are wondering whether their money could be better spent.

For those who love their sports, this is really bad news. After all, sport is our way of relaxing and spending time with the children and the family. It’s also a chance for us to escape the world of work and really get down to what matters in life. As a result, it’s worth getting a little creative about how to save money on sports.

Here are some money saving tips for dads who just love sports.  

Get Into Alternative Sports

The price of a football season ticket often runs into the thousands of pounds. Even a ticket to a cricket game can cost more than £80.

The three biggest spectator sports in the UK – football, rugby and cricket – also happen to be the ones that charge the highest prices. It’s worth remembering however, there are plenty of other games which don’t command the same attention that are much much cheaper to attend.

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For instance, how about tennis? Even at grand slams, day ticket prices can be as little as £15 for ground admission. If you are looking for something even cheaper than that you can try attending a regional tennis match.

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It’s also worth pointing out that there are lots of other exciting sports, including things like kayaking, motor racing, and even Red Bull events, many of which are free.

Follow Charity Events And Champion Tours

This year in the UK, there are hundreds of opportunities to get involved in free, local community sports events. These include the likes of the London Marathon and the Yorkshire three peaks weekend for WCRF. There are also plenty of chances to get involved in sport yourself, including Nightrider in London and the Alzheimer’s Society Midnight Challenge.

 Watch Bottom League Clubs

Attendance at clubs that are lower down the league tables is expanding right now, thanks to grassroots support from professional organizations. Lower league clubs are seen as farms for generating new talent that can then make its way into professional teams. If you can’t afford a ticket to see Chelsea FC play at home then why don’t you go and see Brentford just down the river for a fraction of the price?

 Get Clever With Ticket Purchases

How do you get the cheapest tickets? There are two methods. One is to buy tickets right at the last minute when sellers are trying to recoup their costs. When sellers only have a few tickets left before the game, they often worry that they will not be able to sell their tickets in time before the match starts. As a result, it is very easy to haggle down ticket sellers in the moments before a match begins. Ticket sellers are often willing to sell their tickets a far below the face value of the ticket, so long as you are able to make a deal at the opportune moment. This way, you can get the cheapest baseball tickets, football tickets and cricket tickets.

It’s also worth thinking about going to games during the middle of the week. Weekday games are frequently the cheapest, with tickets regularly selling for less than half their regular price on the day. Rival tickets will tend to be more expensive, but will also cost a lot less on the day of the game.

 Go To Training Camp

Baseball fans are already well-known for going to catch a glimpse of their favorite players during spring training season. Now, many fans from other sports are doing the same thing, watching players as they try to save money on match day tickets.

Many clubs, including Brentford, open their training grounds up to fans free of charge. Brentford say that they open up their training ground when they hold elite development squad fixtures. Check with your club’s social media to see whether or not they are holding a free training day.

 Split Season Ticket Prices With A Friend

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The real price of a season ticket isn’t just the cost of buying it: it is also the cost of travelling to each of the games. Often people will buy season tickets, but they will not make maximum use of them since they will not be able to travel to all of the games on the calendar. This is why many people now share a season ticket with a friend. They might go to all of the home games and then pass the season ticket over to their friend who then travels to the away games. This helps not only to reduce costs but also generates conversation when your friend reports back to you what they saw at the away game.

Call The Ticket Office For Promotions

Many of the top league teams know that the recent recession and declining incomes has hit their fans hard. As a result, many of these teams are responding with promotions and trying to get more people through the doors of their stadiums. For this reason, it is a good idea to call the box office to see if your team is currently running any specials. For instance, many premiership teams are currently running half-price offer on next year’s season tickets.

According to data provided by the BBC, ticket prices vary dramatically over the country. Hull City and Liverpool currently offer the lowest ticket prices, asking fans for just £9 per ticket. Hull also has the lowest-price season ticket at just £252. Other low-price season tickets include Manchester City at £299 and Stoke at £294. Arsenal has the highest ticket prices in the country, with day tickets costing more than £97 and season tickets standing at over £2,013.

 Go To College Events

Although the standard at college events is not as high as it is on the professional stage, it’s still a great chance to get your sporting fix. Becoming a fan for your nearby college will help integrate you into the local community. Often tickets for collegiate sports, including football, are much less expensive than their professional counterparts.

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What Are You Going To Do If Your Kids Don’t Like Team Sports?

What Are You Going To Do If Your Kids Don’t Like Team Sports?

As a sports-loving guy, I know the benefits of playing in a team and getting involved with sports of all kinds from an early age. The exercise, the teamwork, the self-esteem – it’s all there for your kids, and incredibly beneficial. But what happens if your children don’t take any interest in sports? Or, worse, if they just can’t stand the thought of playing basketball, soccer, football or hockey?

It happens to plenty of kids. And as hard as it might be for sports-loving parents, it’s important to understand the mere fact that certain kids don’t get on with team sports. Everyone is different, and pushing them towards doing something they despise is never going to end well. Instead, parents should take a sensible approach – and try other tactics to instill the importance of regular exercise and healthy activity.

Here are a few ideas that should help you meet the challenges of how to get – and keep – your sports-averse children exercising and enjoying physical activity.

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Don’t force the issue

First of all, if your children genuinely don’t like a sport, don’t twist their arm to continue. The simple truth is that some kids – the more shy and introspective types – tend to prefer activity on their own or in smaller groups. As we all know, the big game team sports like football and baseball involve a lot of people, and unless your child has an extrovert side, it can be an unnerving experience. It can be disappointing for parents who have dreamt of guiding their son or daughter to pro level – we’ve all been there! But remember – your child is not you. And no matter how much you want to relive your life through them, it’s never going to happen – particularly if you push them into something they don’t feel comfortable with!

Look at the alternatives

Just because your kid doesn’t like team sports, doesn’t mean they will dislike all sports. And let’s be honest, there are hundreds – if not thousands – of different options for children who prefer solitary activity. Swimming is a good start, but if they don’t like the water, why not something like a martial art? Tennis is another excellent sport for children, as it is much quieter than the boisterousness of team sports. Sure, some kids might find the tennis court a little stuffy, but if they love hitting balls, they can get a bit more ‘street’ with something like pickleball. A quick glance over at wolfesports.com and it’s clear to see that kids will love the bright colors and interesting designs of the bats and balls. Not to mention the fact that you can play pretty much anywhere you like. Finally, get your kids riding a bike as soon as possible. Not only will it help them start enjoying being active, but they will also get a sense of freedom. Teaching your kids to ride a bike can be a long-haul, but you only need to do it once – and you can all enjoy family bike rides together for many years to come.

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Lead by example

Don’t forget, your child’s activity levels are your responsibility, so it’s important to lead by example. Is it much of a surprise if your child doesn’t like physical activity if you spend all your time sitting on the couch watching TV? So, get outside and be a lot more active with your children. Keep things fun at all times, and try different things like rollerblading, hiking, or even jogging. At some point you will find something that your kids love to do – and that’s your chance to make the most out of it. Who knows, maybe you will find an inner passion that you didn’t know existed? By making sure you do a broad range of activities as a family, you are more likely to uncover a hidden talent or love for something active.

The alternatives to sports

When we think of being active, a lot of parents only consider sports. But there are many other areas to explore, which can still help your child live a physically active lifestyle. Go to any kids drama class in your community, for example, and you might be surprised at how physical it is – perhaps your child will have a love for the stage, rather than the field? Dancing is another excellent activity for children, which will help them with flexibility, strength, and coordination. Even something like video games can be a healthy experience, as long as you choose the right games. As venturebeat.com point out, the Wii U encourages lots of jumping and dancing with some of its games, and it’s fun and exciting way for kids to get a little exercise indoors. The point is, just because your children don’t like team sports doesn’t mean they will be inactive – you just have to be a little more creative with how you approach exercise and activity.

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Don’t let your emotions take over

As mentioned earlier in this post, it’s easy for parents to feel disappointed if their kids don’t pursue a particular sport. As a society, many people look up to athletes and have fantastic memories of playing team sports as a kid. That’s a pot3ent combination, and many moms and dads dream of having kids and giving them the same experiences. But the truth is that all children are unique, and although they will share some of your traits, no gene fires off an interest in the same sport you loved as a child. In fact, the chances are that their interests will lie in completely different areas, and you are going to have to deal with your disappointment. Be honest about your feelings, of course, and talk about them with your partner and your kids. And, finally, put those disappointments to one side – for good – and support your child in the activities they feel comfortable with. Who knows – perhaps your child will spark an interest and love for an alternative sport that you never knew existed?

It’s vital to encourage your children to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. But pushing them into a particular sport that you love and they don’t is more likely to backfire than not. Be open to their suggestions, and encourage them to find an activity they enjoy, and you can ensure they lead a healthy life and a fun childhood. Good luck!

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4 Sports You Don't Know Enough About That You Need To Try In 2017

4 Sports You Don’t Know Enough About That You Need To Try In 2017

Whether you are a potato coach or a fitness addict, the new year is the perfect time to change your habits and start a new sport. After all, it’s never too late to learn something new! Besides, as a parent, it is important that you find ways of developing your child’s interest for outdoors activities, especially at a time when video games have taken over children’s spare time. The most effective way to create an interest if to introduce your child to an unknown or misunderstood sport. So, it’s time to pick up your gear and learn more about the following five sport activities.

Golf, The Unsung Hero Of The Past

While golf is generally seen as a modern activity favored by businessmen and celebrities, records as old as the 15th century show that golf was already practised in Scotland. The USA will wait until the 19th century to see the first golf club! Since, the specific vocabulary and set of rules have not ceased to interest more and more players across the world, while still confusing the amateurs who find it a complex game. Online information, such as on BestGolfStuff.com, can help newcomers to find their place in this world that is century-old!

Club Swinging, An Alternative To Rhythmic Gymnastic

Club swinging is a rather unknown sport that used to be part of the Olympic games until 1932. Created in 1904, this sport consists in holding and swirling clubs, that look a little like bowling pins, while standing erect. The best routine gets the highest score, similarly to rhythmic gymnastic events. Club swinging classes are difficult to find in the US, but they are a few sport schools that offer training to amateurs and professionals.

Roller Hockey, A Disco Approach To Hockey

Roller hockey appeared in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympic games and was never seen again in Olympic events. The game follows the same rules than ice hockey but uses roller skates instead of ice skates. This is still a much-loved sport in high schools where you can find entire teams of roller hockey athletes. Very similar to its cousin on ice, roller hockey, or inline hockey, is a sport that requires strength, agility, and power to combine high intensity and ability on the floor. You will have no difficult to find classes, as this is still a national sport in the USA. It’s great to develop strong team spirit!

Trampoline, More Than A Backyard Game

Trampoline has needed many years before being accepted as an official sport; it’s even part of the Olympic games since 2000. Contrary to the common belief, being a good trampolinist requires more than a good pair of legs to bounce up and down. It’s about being able to execute figures, that demand a high level of technique and body control. While it looks more fun for kids, trampoline is actually a sport that is aimed at adults who want to maintain their flexibility and motor skills through time. You will find accessible beginners’ classes everywhere in the US, for example have a look on Skyzone.com to find the nearest club.

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Dizzying Highs And Heartbreaking Lows: How We All Learn From Sports

Dizzying Highs And Heartbreaking Lows: How We All Learn From Sports

Sports are a major part of the fabric of any country. They give people something to rally around – heroes to cheer and enemies to boo. They also give people something to aspire to. As kids, we all have our idols to look up to.

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When you tell people you’re into sport, some people will ask “Do you play?” and then you know they see sport as something you do. Another will ask “Who do you cheer for?”, then you tell them, then they say they’re a Steelers fan and obviously you never speak to them again! (Kidding).

But it does make you think. There are some sports you do, and some you watch. Unless you’re a sports addict, you probably don’t watch much Ten Pin Bowling. Unless you’re a millionaire, you don’t drive a Formula One car. Outside of this, is it OK to be an armchair fan? Or is that living vicariously?

Watching Sports: The Good Side

Sitting in front of the TV or in the bleachers and watching your team is a good metaphor for the human condition. You have your highs and your lows. But you can’t live forever on a win and nor can you dwell on a defeat.
As a kid, sports can help you to learn how to deal with disappointment, and how to win or lose with grace. An excellent sporting role model like Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts can be a great influence. He could have left college to play in the NFL and missed his senior year. But he stuck around another year to get his degree – and then still turned pro.

The Bad Side

As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes watching sport brings out the worst in us. If your team loses and you sulk about it, it sucks the fun out of it for those around you. Getting too invested in a team, or a player, can mean that once February (or October) comes around, you feel at a loose end. Sport should never matter so much that you feel withdrawal.

Playing Sports: The Good Side

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It’s important to have an active life – exercise doesn’t just keep your body healthy, but your brain too. Maybe you can’t run all that fast. No problem! Take up golf, download the best golf swing trainer and get good at that. It doesn’t matter what sport you play – but playing can certainly enhance your enjoyment of watching. And it’s a good example to set to kids.

The Bad Side

There are very few downsides to playing sports – as long as you don’t expect to be as good as the professionals. These people have immense natural talent, the best coaches, and the finest equipment. You have what God gave you, plus whatever you can afford.

The one thing to look out for is an excessive competitive streak. If you find yourself trash-talking a friend, maybe ease back on the adrenaline. If you find yourself ankle-tackling your son, stop altogether. It’s gone too far.

Sport can be one of the most life-affirming ways of passing a few hours or one of the most spirit-crushing. It’s up to you and your attitude to make it the former rather than the latter.

Should College Football Players Skip Bowl Games?

Should College Football Players Skip Bowl Games?

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We see it almost every season. A standout college football player decides to forgo his team’s bowl game to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft. There are points to be made on both sides. I’m going to talk about how I feel about it tonight and will invite your side of the story.

I believe that the player has every right to skip a bowl game. If he is expected to go quickly in the draft, why risk injury in a pointless game and potentially lose out on an NFL pay-day?  It’s hardly anyone else’s decision to be made other than the player. It’s his career and his future.

There is more for a college coach to consider than there is for the player. He must consider what’s best for the team and the school. When his top player decides to sit out, it puts a lot of pressure on him strategy-wise.  But, the coach is also responsible for the welfare of his players’ future. Most college players come in with the expectation to take a shot at the NFL. Very few actually make it, and being in the spotlight of a college game today may be the only shot a player may get to hit the next level.

A lot of NFL players have recently come out to say they think these players are soft. I would think that of all people, current and former players would understand the struggle necessary to get to where they got. I get it. Many think that players are being selfish at the time of year when they are fighting for a bowl win. They think that everyone has to play as a team, and that’s understandable.

We’ve got to put more emphasis on what’s best for the player. The player aspires for more, so why can’t his team help him get there? It’s a tough world in college. I never played college sports, but I can imagine it’s a difficult decision for anyone. When the school gives you a full ride to play football, many will argue that the player is obligated to suit up. Will we see future players be held under contract to prevent them from darting off to the NFL? It’s highly likely.

What do you think? Is it in the best interest to allow a player to skip out on their bowl game?

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#CleanOldFashionedHate #UGAvsGT

#CleanOldFashionedHate #UGAvsGT

I’ll always sing “Glory, Glory” and wear my red and black with pride, but today’s #UGAvsGT game made me realize how glad I was that this season had finally ended, and all that is left is a mediocre bowl game. As an avid #UGA football fan, I am not used to them losing games that they should be winning.  We lost to Vanderbilt, people. VANDERBILT!  We lost with 4 seconds left on a Hail Mary pass by the #Vols.  We were clobbered by Ole Miss, who got clobbered today by Mississippi State.  Florida has had our number for several years in a row. And now, Tech, the team we aim to kill every season, beat us in the final quarter. Enough is enough.  I’ve guzzled down an average of one to two extra beers per game this season because I just can’t watch the bad football being played.  But hey, at least the 2 hour drive south to Lexington was fun – we won that one with 3 seconds left.  That was great!

My #GeorgiaBulldogs played their hated rival, the Georgia Tech Sillynannies today and somehow found another way to lose. Was I shocked that they would lose? Not really.  Was I shocked that they lost it in this fashion? Not really. Blowing leads has been Georgia’s specialty this season.

Georgia started off very hot with their ground game.  Both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel ran the ball very well with the opening drive, but the drive stalled.  Michel ran it well over 150 yards today – if I had to pull anything out of this loss that was a positive, that was it!

Tech took their opening possession quickly down the field and managed to go up 7-0.  The triple option is hard to defend, but #UGA made #GT look like a professional team with the way they started off covering it.

#UGA quickly answered back and tied the game 7-7.  I quickly realized at that point that it was going to be a back-and-forth game all day long, and I was right for the most part.

#UGA took a 13 point lead and kept it most of the game, until the 4th quarter.  They have had all kinds of trouble this season in the 2nd half – especially against bad teams.  I won’t mention #UT or #Vandy in this conversation.

Jacob Eason played as I expected a true freshman to play in his first rendition of the rivalry game. He threw a pick at the worst possible time, though, and I don’t necessarily blame him because it was clearly a bad call on the offensive coordinator’s call. Why he elected to throw the ball on 2nd down when #UGA was trying to run out the clock was beyond me. Just plain poor coaching. But, the QB is going to take the heat for it because the ball is in his hands.

I was very surprised how quickly the tables turned in this game.  #GT scored 14 unanswered points to win the game 28-27.  I’m disappointed in the way this season turned out, but I am not overly surprised at it.  We have a brand new head coach and a true freshman QB at the helms.

Fans are going to be called for Kirby Smart’s head early on, but I think that giving him one season to turn things around was asking too much of him. Mark Richt was a solid coach. He took the #Dawgs to bowl games year after year, but could never win the big games. I think the coaching change was necessary, and I also have high respect for Kirby. We have very good potential even with the threat of Chubb possibly leaving early for the #NFLdraft.

We went 10-3 last season, which included a bowl win. We are 7-5 at this point with a possible bowl game in January. I hope the #Dawgs can pull together, forget about this loss, and try to get to 8 wins. I’m looking forward to the 2017 season.  We’ll have a sophomore QB with a year’s worth of experience, and a head coach with an okay first year in the #SEC.

My head is held high and I still get goosebumps whenever I see Sanford Stadium and the sea of red. I love the late Saturday afternoon sun with Uga sitting in his doghouse.  It’ll never get old and it’ll always be a special time when the #Dawgs take the field.

Here’s to a season that started off great, but quickly went down the drain, and the promise of a better 2017 season. GO DAWGS!

 

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