How to Improve Your Volleyball Skills

If you are looking for the magic bullet to take your Volleyball Skills up a notch, I am sorry to disappoint you. There simply isn’t a ‘get pro fast method’ in Volleyball. Talk to the professionals, and they will all tell you that it takes the right technique combined with hours and hours of solid training. Of course, there are longer ways to go about getting good at playing Volleyball. If you are learning the wrong technique then you will certainly take longer to get good than those that have the right technique from the beginning.

You wouldn’t believe how much the attitude and mental side of sports plays in learning, improving and performing at your best. There are coaches that focus entirely on this side of sport, and its worth looking into. Above and beyond that though, it comes down to your attitude to putting the hours in, and ensuring that you are learning the right technique.

I will suggest that placing a video camera on a tripod during every game (well away from anyone that could run into it) and recording each game is the fastest way to improve. You can watch the whole game, and if you do it soon after then you will remember the individual moments. Its easy to see on camera silly mistakes that were made, and you can easily correct these majority of the time. Even better, if you watch it with your team then you will be able to constructively criticize their performance, and they can do the same to you. Of course, you have to be careful this doesn’t get too serious that people are put down, but creative and intuitive suggestions are usually welcome amongst team mates.

The other thing to remember is that if you really want to get good you just copy someone else. Go to as many top level Volleyball games and watch what the players do. You will very quickly see how the best of the best play, and they have done the hard work. There’s nothing wrong with copying them either, its the fastest way to learn and you will even surprise yourself!

Above all though, have a positive attitude, be willing to listen to others and spend a lot of your time implementing good suggestions. If you have a good coach, then you will have no problem in taking huge steps forward with the right attitude. I’d also recommend combining the Volleyball Skills with weight training to ensure you are fit and perform at the highest level possible.

Protection While Snowboarding

Snowboarding is one the most popular winter sports. Just like any other adventure sports, the risks of injuries are associated with snowboarding as well. Getting seriously injured and not being able to ride again is the worst thing that can happen to a passionate rider. Thankfully, there are several snowboard protection equipments that can take care of your safety while you enjoy a risk-free snowboarding experience.

A beginner is naturally prone to falling again and again as compared to an experienced rider. However, the seriousness of injuries is usually low for beginners. They usually lose balance while snowboarding and fall with a lot of pressure on their butt and wrists. Therefore, snowboard wrist guards are the most important protection equipment for beginners. The rider can choose to buy an independent snowboard wrist guard or one attached to the gloves. Wearing a well-padded and durable wrist guard minimizes the risk of sprains and injuries in wrist to a significant level. Butt-pads are also recommended for beginners. Nowadays, a lot of comfortable and lightweight butt pads are available that fits in the body like a boxer shorts. These are very helpful in keeping your coccyx, a lot safer.

Experienced and advanced snowboard riders that usually drive with high speeds and try different kind of stunts are prone to more serious injuries. They need advanced snowboard protection for the entire body. Just snowboarding wrist guards are not enough for them; they need full body pads for complete protection. Full body pads can give safety and confidence to these riders. Many big names in the industry of protective gears have now launched full body pads that are extremely flexible and comfortable. Snowboarders can continue riding within the same comfort zone but with advanced protection.

Regardless of the level of riders, one thing that is an essential part of snowboard protection is a helmet. You can consider all other pads optional, but wearing a helmet is simply mandatory. Head being the most delicate part of human body needs extra care and cannot be put to risk. Therefore, it is crucial that you own a right snowboarding helmet before embarking on the fun ride.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, it is better to always ride within your own limits. Don’t take your experience as a license to drive crazily. Drive safely and with proper protection. You may not like to wear snowboard wrist guards and all other protective accessories, but it is nice to own some so that you can at least wear them in case of dangerous rides. Also, prefer riding in groups so that in case of injuries, there is somebody near you to help you. Ride safely and have fun, Good Luck!

Snowboard Tricks – Impress Your Friends!

Snowboard tricks are basically maneuvers done on snowboards during competitions or for fun. Most of these tricks are performed on handrails, ledges, jumps or other obstacles. Some tricks can even be executed on the surface of the snow. There are many tricks when snowboarding that you might want to learn and know about.

Grabs. There are a number of grab tricks that originated from other board sports. Three of the most common grabs include the chicken salad, where the leading hand passes through the legs from the front and holds the back edge of the board between the feet; the crail, where the rear hand holds the board’s nose; and the one-two, where the rider’s front hand holds the edge behind his back foot. In addition to these, there are many other types of grabs.

Tweaks. There is a wide variety of tweak tricks which are sophisticated tricks requiring considerable technical ability. There are one-footed tweaks, which refer to tricks performed with the rear foot removed from the board; shifty, where the snowboarder twists his body to rotate the board 90 degrees then returns it to the original position before landing; and tuck knee, where the rider touches the top of the board with the left or right knee.

Straight airs. Straight airs snowboard tricks are defined by how the tail and nose of the board are moved. Some examples are the Ollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air from the tail of the snowboard; the fakie Ollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air while riding the board backward; the Nollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air from the nose of the board; and the flail, where the snowboarder wildly swings his/her hands while still in the air.

Inverted hand plants. The invert refers to doing handstands on the edge of a halfpipe; the handplant, where the rear hand is positioned on the lip of the wall through a 180 degrees frontside rotation; the layback trick, which is actually a non-inverted handplant with the front hand positioned during a slide while the rider is laying back; and the eggplant trick, where the front hand holds on to the wall through a 180 degree invert and makes a backside rotation. This is just a few of many handstand tricks, most named after events and board sports.

These tricks can make your snowboarding more fun and exciting. It’s important, though, to observe safety guidelines whenever you perform snowboard tricks. Asking for tips on snowboarding from instructors could be helpful to you as could watching videos of experienced boarders performing tricks.

Snowboarding Is A Modern Sport

Imagine yourself carving an awesome curved swath across a slope of fresh snow as skeins of sparkling powdered ice explode around you, leaving iridescent clouds of sparking ice in your wake that slowly cascade to the ground. Snowboarding is just cool.

For enthusiasts of this winter sport, those last four words explain it all. Since its humble beginnings in the 1960s as a child’s toy, Snowboarding has exploded into the Olympic event and gnarly extreme sport we know today. Snowboarding is one of the fastest growing winter sports ever, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Modern snowboarding can be traced directly to the 1965 invention of Sherman Poppen, a chemical engineer who built a new snow toy for his young daughter by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to the front end to hold on to. His daughter loved it and all her friends wanted one too, so Poppen decided to license the idea to a manufacturer. His wife came up with a name for the new product, and in 1966 “The Snurfer” became a minor sensation, selling over a half million units.

The next major development was in 1972 when Dimitije Milovich, an east coast surfing enthusiast, founded the Winterstick Company and started building snowboards. Milovich had built his first snowboard in 1969 based on a surfboard design, and by 1974 had two “Snow Surfboard” patents and was selling snowboards out of his shop in Salt Lake City.

By end of the 1970s the new and innovative sport of Snowboarding was being led by two legendary men, Jake Burton Carpenter and Tom Sims, who helped bring the sport into the mainstream consciousness. Burton was an East Coaster who refined the idea of the Snurfer and was selling what he called “Burton Boards”, while Sims was a West Coast skateboard icon selling his own version of a wheel-less skateboard-like “skiboard”. Both men were driven to market their concepts and engaged in a sometimes-bitter rivalry that propelled snowboarding into a mass-market phenomenon.

Throughout the 1980s snowboarding grew exponentially, as new snowboard products hit the market and ever-innovative snowboarders invented new ways to ride them. At first the staid world of winter sports skiing didn’t know what to make of all these scruffy young people showing up on the slopes with their boards, and many slopes actually banned snowboarders. But by the end of the 1980s all that had changed as the sport continued to explode in popularity, and began drawing major corporate sponsorship for organized competitions. By 1998 Snowboarding debuted at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and since has shown no signs of slowing down.

Power Up Your Bowling – Understand Your Brain

Today we are going to talk about your brain. A lot of people simply do not understand their brain fully and manipulate their brain to their advantage. People generally only understood that their brain weighs approximately 31 lbs, it is divided into two halfs, a right and a left, each half of the brain has different functions.

That’s all they know about their brain.

Do you know?
– Your mind reflects the physical brain and operates out of these two hemispheres.
– Your brain has four waves, Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta, and everything we do falls into one of these categories. We shifts from one state to another throughout our day.
– Flow Zone of Optimal Performance only exist when two halfs of our brain are balance, no distraction, no analysing and no anxiety.

Your Brain Mechanism

Your brain works on goal setting mechanism and you can think of it as a connection machine, it hardwires everything. The solid the concept is hardwired in your brain, the better you master the concept. Same thing as bowling, the better your brain hardwired your bowling skill with your mental strength, the easier you enter Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The brain sets goals, this is your right brain creativity function, it then breaks down the steps to achieve the goal, this is your left brain analytical and logical functions. Bowlers universally have the same goals, it is to bowl perfect game and to win as many tournaments as possible. The brain capture the goal then goes about working out how to achieve them.

The best bowler in the world might not necessarily the most physical talented, they do know how to manipulate their brain better though.

Left and Right Brain Dorminant Bowler

Let’s discuss how both right brain dominant or left brain dominant bowlers hinders their performance.

Many bowlers I have seen have right brain dominant, their motor skills for performance are there, they find it easy to get into their game, they don’t think too much. Their battle starts when they start to lose their sense of where they are in their innings and forget what they are working towards. The bowler bowls a ball that lets the pressure off and have not work out how to structure an over or a spell.They are habitual under achievers, they get good starts and yet cannot manage their innings or their spells..

Conversely, the left brain dominant bowlers tend to think too much of their game, and eventually paralyse themselves through over analysing what they need to achieve. Their performance gets hinder through analytical self-talk, anxiety and disrupted focus. These bowlers tend to battle to quiet their minds to bring their minds to focus. They just find it difficult to forget about their past and switch their focus.

Brain Synchrony

The world class bowlers have learnt how to balance the right and left brain and manipulate it to their advantage. They learnt how to select their goals, break them into small sequential chunks and then keep the mind quiet so they can bowl in the Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The Challenge is managing their mental state so they can manage their game.

The key take out for bowler is you have to learn how to manipulate your brain naturally and effortlessly maintain an optimal state of mind-body balance.

When your right and left brains are working together in synchrony, you are able to think clearly and calmly, make good decisions and set and complete your goals.

Snowboarding Safety To Avoid Injuries

Snowboarding is one of the fastest growing and most popular winter sports. It is a kind of sport which traces its roots from skateboarding attributing to the extreme nature of the sport. Despite the dangers, snowboarding has millions of enthusiasts who flock to winter destinations yearly. In this light, what are the things that can be done to avoid snowboarding injuries?

The main reason for snowboarding injuries is usually the player’s fault. Lack of skill coupled with carelessness is often the formula for disaster. Some snowboarders would hit the slopes without any formal training. That is why it is very important to train with a professional prior to trying out a course. Most ski resorts offer the services of professional instructors to train individuals who are new to the sports. Avoid snowboarding in bad weather conditions or when intoxicated or fatigued. Always go in pairs so that someone can be of immediate assistance if anything goes wrong. Doing warm up exercises and keeping a physically fit body also help in avoiding accidents. However, in worst case scenarios, when you are going down a slope and you can’t slow down to stop, fall down to your knees, clinch your fist, and roll to your forearm and chest.

The most common form of injuries in snowboarding is fracture on the wrist and arms. Others include shoulder and head injuries. Head injuries are usually the worst when they occur. They often occur during collision or when making difficult turns. This is the reason why helmets are one of those important pieces of equipment that a rider needs to invest in. Often, a sturdy helmet could spell the difference between surviving a hard fall or not. Make sure that the helmet is properly fitted and secured. It should not move out of place. Always look for quality certification stickers to make sure that the helmets pass the standards set for the sport. In addition, ensuring that a rider wears complete protective gear lessens the likeliness of injuries. Wearing ultraviolet resistant goggles prevents snow blindness and protects the eyes from the elements. Furthermore, wearing protective water resistant clothing provides warmth and insulates the body from the extreme cold. It is also advisable to wear several layers of clothes to further insulate the body. In addition, on top of the clothes, wear a complete set of elbow and knee pads for added protection in case of a fall or collision.

Being in the mountain setting, far from normal weather conditions are common during ski trips. Frostbites and sunburns are normal due to high altitude settings. Apply sunscreen with high SPF to fight off sunburn and lip balm to protect from frostbites. Nothing ruins a good vacation than a bad case of sunburn hurting your face or a cracked and swollen lip.

Snowboarding is a very exciting sport. It promises every enthusiast a thousand thrills and pumps the blood of every adrenaline junkie. However, just like any other sports, there are dangers involved. What is important is to understand the risks involved and to prepare oneself prior to the activity. Being careful does not remove the fun from the sport. It actually ensures that you get to enjoy the sport for the coming days.

Tips For Putting Spin on a Bowling Ball

Throwing a hook ball or spinning the ball when bowling is all about trying to create right to left motion (if you’re right handed) as you throw the ball down the lane, in order to knock as many pins down as possible. The hook creates some room for error so that you don’t necessarily have to strike the head pin in the perfect spot to knock the pins down.

Determine Which Grip to Use Based on the Type of Bowling Ball

When you go to the bowling alley if you don’t have your own and have to use the house ball, you want to use what’s called a conventional grip. To do this, hold your hand to the side of the ball, your fingers need to be in the ball all the way up to the second knuckle. Spread your index finger out a bit because that will help the ball hook more. Support the ball with your other hand by placing your other hand on the side.

If you are using a Finger-tip ball, which is better for throwing hooks than the house ball, put your fingers in the holes only as far as the first knuckles — this is called the Fingertip grip. Make sure to spread your index finger out and support the ball with your other hand.

A reactive resin ball is best for throwing hooks. Use the aforementioned Fingertip Grip, cup your wrist a bit, spread out your index finger and support the ball with the other hand on the side of the ball and you’re ready to throw a hook.

Mastering Your Release

The hook happens at the release point and your goal is to try to get your hand to rotate counterclockwise at the point of release. Your body position plays a big role. You want to have your head right over the ball or slightly on the outside of the ball, and your elbow on the inside of the ball. Your hand should come from the back of the ball. The important point is to create somewhat of a shelf for the ball in the palm of your slightly cupped hand.

Rotate your hand about half a turn, and let your hand go from slightly cupped to un-cupped. Release the ball by collapsing your hand and elbow. This will create RPMs and side rotation — the rotation causes the ball to roll in a different direction than the ball is traveling.

Picking the Best Bowling Balls

If you enjoy bowling and have a desire to optimize your performance, it is important that you learn the steps that are involved when it comes to picking the best bowling balls. Not only can having the right ball ultimately improve your overall score, it will allow you the capability of consistently achieving a certain score. Despite the fact that it may appear simple to choose a ball for bowling, many new players often discover that it is a relatively challenging task that requires patience, a working knowledge of the game as well as the mechanics of the game, and a bit of time. In this guide, you will learn the top steps involved in picking the best bowling balls.

Ball Weight

When choosing a bowling ball, the first consideration that needs to be made is the actual weight of the ball. There are many different weights that you may choose from. As a general rule, it is always best to choose balls that are no heavier than a total of ten percent of the actual body weight that you have as an individual. You should never attempt to play serious bowling game with a ball that exceeds sixteen pounds. The secret is to consider how much weight you will be comfortable when it comes to the process of throwing the ball during game play. You should never allow yourself to feel pressured to play with a heavy ball simply because of the fact that others play with a heavier ball.

Choosing a Type of Cover Stock

When picking the best bowling balls, it is important to ensure that you are familiar with all of the options that you have. This means that you should know what cover stock is and you should learn what your options are when it comes to cover stock. This stock type is the material that is located on the outermost surface of the bowling ball. Typically, there are four individual types of stock that you may invest in. These include particle, plastic, reactive resin, as well as urethane. You should learn as much as you possibly can regarding these types of stocks and you should also learn the mechanics of the stock when it comes to direct contact in the lanes that you will be playing with. This will allow you to know which types of cover stock are appropriate when it comes to your game play style and your overall bowling and mechanic expertise.

Custom Fitting

If you want to optimize your success in bowling by improving your overall score, it is important to consider getting a bowling ball that can be custom fitted to your hand. All too often players choose general balls that simply are not appropriate for their personal playing style as well as the shape and contours associated with their fingers and their hand in general. If you get your ball fitted, you will find that it is easier to handle and easier to throw. If you follow the tips outlined in this guide, picking the right bowling balls will be a simple task.

The Best Snowboard Tips For Beginners

First you have to find the perfect stance on your snowboard that you feel comfortable with. Most professional snowboarders would recommend having your bindings set as wide as possible at a 15 degree angle. Having a wider stance gives you more control of the board and allows you to execute your tricks much easier.

Taking baby steps is the most important part of snowboarding because if you are trying anything new that is way out of your league you are risking some serious injuries. Always start off on the bunny slopes and move your way up to the next biggest thing once you feel completely comfortable with what you are doing.

Learning to carve and stop on your snowboard isn’t rocket science but it does take time to perfect. In order to get the perfect carve down you have to practice going back and forth from your heels to your toes and vice versa until you get the feel for it.

Always remember to be aware of your surroundings and use common sense at all times on the mountain. It is common sense that will make you or break you as a snowboarder. The biggest problem when people try to snowboard is that they over think the situation and make it harder than it really is.

The most basic things you learn in snowboarding are the most important things because everything you do in snowboarding is completely based off of the basics. The most basic and important move that you will need to learn on your snowboard is learning to pop up on your board or “ollie” as most riders would call it. Learning this basic move will allow you jump onto jibs and jump off of jumps with ease. In order to learn this I would recommend finding a nice area of grass and strapping into your snowboard. Once you can get a foot off of the ground a couple of times you will be ready to try it on the snow.

When you are learning how to jump onto rails and boxes you need to remember that balance is key. If you let your snowboard lean too much toward your heels or your toes you will slip off and fall. The key to hitting jibs is keeping the bottom of your board flat on whatever surface you are on and balancing it out. It takes a lot of practice to get it down so don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t get it right away.

Quick Ideas For a Better Bowling Game

Anybody can master the techniques to take their bowling to an amazing level. There are a lot of different tips and techniques that you can put into practice to help you improve your score. Bowling is an entertaining hobby for every age, making it an ideal family pastime. The whole purpose is to have fun but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to improve your game by using various methods. Improving your score will only mean that you will have even more fun when you go out bowling again! A high score when the game ends is the ultimate satisfaction.

One thing new bowlers in particular should learn is to keep their bowling arm as relaxed as possible. Having too much tension when you bowl can both lower your score and make injuries more likely. It’s especially important that your thumb stay relaxed when you grip the ball. If your thumb doesn’t fit well into the thumb hole of your bowling ball you won’t have a proper grip. If your grip is too tense or not comfortable you’re likely to use more force than is necessary when you release the ball. This, in turn, causes you to lose control and your ball will not end up where you want it. You could send it flying right into the gutter!

The ideal way to get a straight throw on your ball is to hold it so your palm is facing up beneath the ball. Ideally, your grip on the ball should be as though you slid your hand beneath it and lifted it up from there. With your ball positioned, swing your arm and release the ball, making sure your arm is aimed toward the pins you want to knock down. You can help to stop your ball curving this way. However, if you want the ball to curve a little then you’ll need to tilt your hand slightly until your thumb is almost pointed toward you on the side. Using this technique can help you send your ball in a bit of an arc to reach a specific target. If you’ve noticed that your aim is sometimes off to the left or right, then you can use this curve to correct your aim and make it easier to hit the center pin more often.

You can gently and slightly twist your fingers during release, and this will help the ball gently curve away from the gutter. You can ‘steer’ your ball into the pin center by putting some ‘hook’ into it. That’s what you’re doing with the slight finger twist. Be careful not to put too much of a twist on your release or you will just send your ball hurtling toward the other lane gutter. Becoming an expert bowler involves much more than this, though. Always remember to keep at it. You can prevent frustration from affecting your scores just by relaxing and going with the flow. Consistent practice and keeping a positive mental approach will always do wonders for your game. Persistence pays off eventually.