Quick Strategies To Improve Your Bowling Game

It may be hard to believe, but there is considerably more to bowling than tossing a ball down the lane to take out the pins at the end. It takes technique and skill to bowl a good game, and any fan of bowling will tell you this. So how do you improve your game? You can become a much better bowler by following a few tips.

Making sure that you have a good grip on your ball is very important. A bad grip will lead to loss of control when trying to release the ball after your approach. You could end up throwing it into the air and never touching the lane – also known as lofting. The ball could end up flying way from the lane by accident. You could end up injured! If you want to have a good grip on your ball you need to make sure that the holes are the perfect size, not too big and not too small. It is important that you are comfortable with the weight of your ball as it is a critical factor. Insert tape is placed on the thumb holes by certain players. The tape allows your thumb a better grip as it features a textured surface. Having something textured to hold on to as you bowl can really help you improve the control you have over the ball itself.

Believe it or not, one important factor in your bowling score is your overall level of fitness. This means that if you bowl regularly, it’s a good idea to work at getting and staying in good physical shape. Many beginners at bowling overlook this fact. There is little doubt that bowling utilizes the muscles of the upper body. Lower body strength also plays a crucial role in your bowling game. If you let your physical health slide you will throw your entire game out of whack. Going to the fitness center regularly is not only good for your health, but for your bowling score.

How much power you put behind the ball is also an important factor. Many individuals use a lot of strength when they throw the bowling ball. But some just put a little strength behind their toss and get the results they want. Many people find they have better control of how the ball travels if they don’t heft it very hard. There are a lot of different techniques to master as you learn how to become a great bowler. It is important to remember to keep trying. If you let yourself get psyched out, you could adversely affect your performance. Always remember to keep a positive outlook and to remember that practice can, indeed, make perfect-especially as you are learning to be a better bowler.

Tips on Freestyle Snowboarding

Snowboarding is quite a popular sport done mainly for recreation though it is also done professionally. It is estimated that about 3.4 million people in the United States snowboard. There are three basic snowboarding styles:

Free ride snowboarding

This is the best style to start with if you are a beginner in snowboarding. Basically, it involves standing on the board and riding down the mountain or hill. The snow boards used here are longer and narrower.

Alpine snowboarding

This is snowboarding done with the focus being making clean, curved turns.

Freestyle snowboarding

It is the most popular snowboard style where the snowboarder performs jumps, spins and other acrobatics. It is mainly used in competitive snowboarding.

How to dress for Snowboarding

It is vital to dress appropriately before you begin snowboarding as this helps to avoid injuries. Warm clothing is essential to protect yourself from the cold weather. Ensure you have a snow coat, snow pants and thermal layers. The clothing should be insulated, lightweight and waterproof. The snow coat should be long enough to cover your midriff and the snow pants should fit loosely so that you are able to move your legs easily. Snow gloves are also needed. Some snowboarders may prefer mittens instead of gloves but whatever your preference, it should have insulated liners to absorb moisture and perspiration and should be waterproof. Wrist guards may be worn especially by the beginners under the gloves so that in case they fall, they are protected from injury. Snow goggles are essential to protect the eyes from direct sunlight, ultraviolet radiation, wind and particulate matter. It is also mandatory to wear a crash helmet whether you are a beginner or an expert in order to protect your head. Most snowboarding helmets have inbuilt insulation to keep your head warm. Ensure that your helmet fits properly.

Freestyle Snowboarding equipment

The actual snowboarding equipment consists of the boots, the bindings and the snowboard. There are specially designed snowboarding boots with either step in or strap in bindings used to attach the boots to the snowboards. One should ensure to wear the boots properly. Boots can either be hard or soft.

For this style, soft boots are preferred as they provide the rider with comfort, great support and more ankle flexibility. The freestyle snowboards are shorter, wider, flexible and more stable allowing the snowboarder to jump, spin or try any other trick he wishes.

How to approach and practice freestyle snowboarding

Before you can snowboard using the free style, it is important that you train yourself mentally and physically. Before you can try out a trick, visualize it. When training, train with a specific trick in mind. Physical training will ensure that you are in a good shape that that your muscles are flexible. You could go to the gym, run walk, bike, do squats, push ups or stretch your entire body to build your body’s strength and make it more flexible in order to execute your tricks.

Snowboarding Is A Sport For All

The sport of snowboarding has really taken off since the late 1990s, due to new athletes coming into the sport, and what they were able to do on the snowboard. This helped the sport gain notice, and it began appealing to younger audiences as well, who would try to mimic the moves of their favorite athletes.

Additionally, the athletes which were being promoted on TV, were average everyday guys; therefore, this appealed even more to the viewers and enthusiasts of snowboarding, because they felt it was a sport they could tackle and do well in.

Snowboarding is great for all age groups, genders, body types, and fitness levels. Unlike in other sports where you have to weigh a certain amount, or be a certain height to play and perform well in, this is not the case in snowboarding.

Although a little coordination and training never hurt anyone, there really is no desired “typical” body type which individuals who want to participate in snowboarding have to fall under.

This is one of the main draws to the sport, anyone, no matter how they look, or how tall/short they are, is able to get on the board and perform.

Snowboarding has also struck interest in individuals who want to participate in the sport because of the moves they see their favorite athletes doing on TV. It is pretty impressive what can be done on a board in the ice. Although everyone can snowboard, not everyone can snowboard like a pro unless they are willing to put in the training and work that the pros put in. Yes, it is possible to learn a couple tricks just fooling around with friends, but many tricks shown on TV take plenty of time to master, and the boarders practice and train on a daily level to reach those skill levels. This isn’t to say that you would not be able to do any of the moves seen on TV, it is possible, but you will have to train and properly learn the mastery of snowboarding to do the moves.

Whether you are just looking for an alternative to skiing and are looking for a new sport; or, whether you are just attracted to the sport because it really is something that anyone can learn with a little training and effort, snowboarding is a great sport for all individuals.

Snowboard Tips For Safety

The first and most important safety tip when it comes to snowboarding is to always be aware of your surroundings. This means looking around as much as possible to see what riders are around you and what kind of terrain is in front of you. You would think that because you are on a mountain the chances of you running into someone is very unlikely but the truth is that collisions between snowboarders happen everyday in the mountains. The reason people collide so often is because they aren’t using they’re common sense and looking around in all directions to verify what is around them at that moment in time.

Dressing warm every time you go snowboarding is absolutely essential because you never know how the weather might treat you that day until you get up there. Many times you will find yourself on the mountain when it is bright and sunny and then a few hours later you will be stuck in a blizzard. No one wants to be stuck in a blizzard with a t-shirt on so always be prepared with warm clothes and a pair of snowboard goggles.

Avalanches are common on most mountains after a snow storm. Most mountains will have ski patrol throw dynamite in avalanche zones to prevent anyone starting it while they are riding. This does not mean that it is impossible to find yourself a loose patch of snow that can create a avalanche. If by any chance you ever find the snow beneath your feet sucking you down the mountain you should immediately do your absolute best to traverse horizontally out of the avalanche zone and wait for the snow to settle. If you can not get out of the avalanche zone in time you should try swimming with the snow as it takes you down so you do not get buried. When snow moves that fast on top of itself it turns into a solid within seconds meaning you can not move if you are stuck under it.

If you are new to park style riding in snowboarding you should always start small and work your way up to bigger and better things when you feel comfortable. The most common way people injure themselves in the park is trying something that is completely out of they’re league. Just because you see other people doing it doesn’t mean that you are ready to try it!

Snowboarding revolves around two things and that is having common sense and experience. I hope that with these snowboard tips you will find yourself avoiding any type of injuries or accidents on the mountain. Remember to be safe and enjoy yourself while riding your snowboard.

How to Move to a Mountain and Snowboard Everyday

So, you’ve decided you really like snowboarding. You’ve been riding at your local resort/hill every chance you get and you want to take it to the next level. You may have just finished school or be in between jobs, whatever the case, you have the winter off and you want to snowboard everyday. Here’s how you do it.

Where to go?

One of the major decisions you’re going to have to make right off the bat is, if you don’t already live in the mountains, where you will move to. This article is assuming you are moving to a ski hill as there are several other options for snowboarding everyday but that is a topic for another for another time.

First off you are going to have to decide if you will be travelling to another country. If you are in a place like Australia, which happens to be host to a lot of travelling snowboarders, you will likely be travelling. That’s not to say there are not ski resorts in Australia. Here’s a list of a few popular countries for snowboarding and what they have to offer.

Canada

Arguably, the best snowboarding in the world. Canada’s cold temperatures and typically wet climate make it a winter wonderland. The peaks of western Canada boast some of the deepest powder on earth and you have lots of great resorts to choose from, all which receive annual snowfall over twelve meters!. The mountain communities of Canada are used to travellers from abroad coming to work and play at their homes so you will find it easy to make friends and meet fellow snowboarders. If you are into going where the action is you might choose to live and work at a resort like Whistler, or Big White. However, if you like things a bit more quiet where the powder stays fresh a little longer you may want to try Whitewater, or Kicking Horse. If you want to go riding in Canada make sure you bundle up because it can get chilly at first but once you are used to the cold you start to crave it, it means better snow conditions!

United States

The US has many great resorts similar to Canada as they exist in what could be called the same mountain ranges (some mountain ranges run through both countries). Being a bit further south, the climate is warmer, although, can be comparable at elevation. There are some big mountains in the western United States that receive annual snowfall also in the 12 meter range. Some of the resorts here see a lot of action due to tourists and a large local population. Jackson Hole is a great place to ride with huge annual snowfall and lots of night life. The resort usually sees over half a million skiers per year! Alta ski resort in Wyoming is a high elevation resort that receives big snowfall and is one of the oldest resorts in the US! There are many great resorts to pick from in the United States if that’s where you choose to ride.

There’s lots of other countries you can move to if you want to snowboard all winter but we won’t get into them in this article, just do a quick Google search of an area that interests you.

Okay so you’ve picked the resort you want to live at now lets talk about some of the other choices you are going to have to make.

How much money will you need?

Ski resorts are expensive places to live, they’re resorts so they have to charge a premium on everything in order to extract as much money as possible from all the tourists and families that visit every year. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be a smart snowboard bum and live on a budget that enables you to ride more fresh powder than most people can dream of. The lifestyle that you choose will ultimately determine how much riding you do. Let’s look at some of the essentials.

Lift Pass

This is the whole reason you are going. If you want to ride lots, you’re going to need a season pass, you have a couple of options. You can buy one for between $750 – $2200, depending on the resort you choose and ride until your heart’s content. You’re other option is to work for the resort. Most places will give you a seasons pass and take payment for it from your paycheque gradually over the course of the season. This is sort of like a payment plan for people who can’t put up the cash and are planning on working while there. The only problem with this option is that if it snows 30 cm and you call in sick to go slash pow, they will suspend your pass for the day and you will be stuck at home while your friends have the time of their lives.

Season Pass = $1000 (common smaller resort pass price)

Housing

You will likely be renting a room in a large chalet or mountain house with a bunch of other travelling snowboarders. This is the only way most people can afford to live full time at a resort as renting your own place can cost several thousand per month. Typical rent for a room in one of these shared houses is around $500 US per month. Some places you will be paying another $50 in utilities so let’s call it $550. Assuming you will staying an entire season you will probably be showing up Mid November and staying until Mid April.

5 months x $550 per month = $2750

Food

Another annoying thing essential to human survival. Food on the mountain is overpriced just like everything else. There are usually small grocery stores but they will set you back about double what you would pay for the same product in the city. If you find a ride down to the city that is close to your mountain you can buy food cheaper there but typically you will be paying resort prices for groceries and if you are eating out much you can say good bye to your funds rather quickly. If you live off cases of instant noodles you can save a lot of money but let’s assume you want to eat a balanced diet while you are breaking down your body, snowboarding everyday. Groceries for a single person will typically run you about $75 per week.

20 weeks x $75 per week = $1500

Going out

Although it doesn’t seem like it, this is likely going to be your biggest expense. You’re living at a resort, people are there to party, not to mention, everyone is transient so people are more willing to step outside their comfort zones. You will be living in a house full of new friends and there will always be something going on. You will have to choose your nights out wisely because this one factor can be the deciding one in how much you have to work to get by instead of slashing fresh pow. A typical night out will cost you about $100 if you do some pre drinking at home and don’t get too fired up. Some weeks you might have two of these nights some weeks, one. Let’s average it out and say 1.5 nights out per week.

30 nights out x $100 per night = $3000

These are just essentials, there are always unexpected costs but this will give you a good idea of what it takes to live at a mountain resort and snowboard everyday.

Total for 5 month season = $8250

Now that we know the numbers we should talk about your two most obvious lifestyle choices since they will be the biggest factor effecting your season. Although not available to everyone, the thing to do that will afford you the most fun and freedom is to save up $10000 to cover all of your expenses and have all the free time to do what you want. That means riding when you want, going out whenever you feel like it and most of all never missing a pow day! When you live at a mountain, it’s all about the powder days. Things can get tracked out quick and it really sucks when it snows and you have to go to work. Watching friends and all the other random people have the time of their lives, while you can’t participate, will give you a burning feeling like no other.

That brings us to your other option, the one most people in your shoes take. Get a temporary job at the resort your moving to. This has it’s perks as well such as meeting people, earning money and perhaps getting to learn a new skill. Not all businesses on the resort land will be part of the resort itself. Although, if you go to work for the resort you won’t have to worry about buying a pass as the resort will provide you with one. Typically this will be on a payment plan that they will automatically take off of your paycheck. Just remember, if you are getting a “free” pass through your job, they will be in complete control. Any powder days that you decide to call in sick will see your pass suspended for the day rendering you unable to ride anyways.

Many of you can’t save up that much money and will be forced to take a job if you want to do something like this. In that case, the job you choose will also play a major roll in how much you get to ride. Night jobs are great because you can ride during the day, if you can get up. You could take a cheap course and become a ski/snowboard instructor; then you would get paid to be on the snow. Only, you wouldn’t be doing what you want to do and hitting the spots you want to hit, you would be teaching mostly beginners the basics all day. Just make sure you choose wisely, some of the best jobs are the least sought after.

What You Need To Know Before You Fish in Bay Area Houston

If you’re a fan of going on fishing trips, then you’re the kind of person that will do all you can to make sure that the trips you take are noteworthy. You leave no stone unturned, which means that you’ve no doubt decided to take a trip to fish in Bay Area Houston. In fact, you’re banking on your trip to southeastern Texas to be one you’ll remember for a long time.

But what exactly is so special about taking a trip out to Bay Area Houston? Well, this is what the collective area between Houston and Galveston is known as. Because of its proximity to bodies of water, with the most notable being the Gulf of Mexico, water-based commerce and shipping are king.

Whether you are an experienced angler or a relative newbie to fishing, you still understand that every new place to cast your line will present its own unique set of challenges. If you’ve never been to Bay Area Houston, what you’ll be encountering may get you to have to re-think your approach down to the type of bait you use and how you’ll handle wind (April winds are notorious for making even experienced fishermen get frustrated).

Here a few things you need to know if you plan on making Bay Area Houston your next fishing destination:

Chartered Fishing Trips – It is amazing how many chartered fishing trips you can go on. Not only are the trips well-organized, but the people taking you out on these trips have been fishing the area for decades, which means you’ve got some good fishing to look forward to.

Many Choices of Fish – You might find it nice to cast a line at a local watering hole for one type of fish. However, a trip to Bay Area Houston will yield chances to catch a lot of different types of fish including but not limited to: speckled trout, black drum, flounder, and red fish.

An Enviable Coastline – There aren’t a lot of places that have thirty-five miles of coastline at their disposal, but Bay Area Houston isn’t just any place. You also have the popular Clear Lake, as well as Trinity Bay, Galveston Bay, East Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico.

A Different Kind of Water – Because of the geographical make-up of Bay Area Houston, many of the bodies of water you’ll be working with have what is known as brackish water. Brackish water is, in essence, a combination of fresh water and salt water. This presents its own challenges to anglers, but it can also provide some very nice rewards.

Choosing to fish in Bay Area Houston means you’ve decided that you want what some would argue is the best fishing in the state of Texas. The great thing is that no matter the level of fisherman you are, you are sure to find the right place to cast your line.

The 4 Best Saltwater Fishing Lures for Fishing Panama’s Tuna Coast

Cedar Plug

Made from lead and cedar wood, many professional anglers who the fish tuna coast swear by this simple lure. First, the line is run down the center and then attached to the hook, which extends up into the lure. Although it is a simple design, this is one of the most successful lures around. Many anglers like to attach multiple cedar plugs in a daisy chain. As the lure bobs up and down in an irresistible jiggling motion, the tuna can’t help but bite. Cedar plugs are offered in a rainbow of color designs, but most people wanting to fish the tuna coast prefer the simple, unpainted variety.

Salas Jig

On the West Coast, anglers refer to metal jigs as “slinging iron”, using the lures to catch everything from barracuda, albacore, sea bass, and marlin to tuna. The first iron jig ever invented was called the Salas jig. First invented in the 1950s by the renowned Salas fishing family, today’s Salas Jigs are no longer made out of iron. Modern Salas Jigs are constructed from different metals, each one custom-designed for density and weight. At the bantam level of the scale is the Light 7X, which swims enticingly on the surface of the water. Heavier Salas Jigs include the 6X and 7X, which are more suitable for deep sea fishing in Panama Tuna Coast. Coming in a riot of colors and designs, including the famous Senorita and Nacho models, the Salas Jig is perfect for catching fish off the Tuna coast of Panama.

Rapala Magnum

In the early 1930s, a savvy Finnish angler named Lauri Rapala began studying how schools of fish move through the water, and discovered that game fish were more attracted to bait fish that swam in a slightly irregular motion. After taking this knowledge home and designing hundreds of lures, he perfected the Rapala Magnum. Shaped like a minnow, the Rapala Magnum is now available in both freshwater and saltwater versions. While competitors now offer plastic versions, experienced anglers who love to fish Panama prefer only Rapala Magnums made from wood.

Diamond Jig

In 1929, an avid fisherman named John Schumke decided to fashion a four-sided metal lure. Banking on his experience working for the Bridgeport Silvercare Company, this dazzling lure was originally known as the Bridgeport Diamond Jig. By 1955, the popularity of this lure grew so much that Schumke sold the rights to the Bead Tackle Company. Today, all Diamond Jigs are still manufactured in New England, and are some of the highest quality lures available on the market. Anyone interested in fishing the Tuna Coast should expect great success when employing the Diamond Jig, as these fish find the sparkling lure enticing.

How Volleyball Is Played

Compared to other team sports, volleyball may involve less physical contact but it is still a challenging sport for the reason that the game entails constant motion. Being purely a rebound sport, no player can hold the ball but can only pass, set, hit, spike or block the ball.

The court

Volleyball is played by two teams on a court which is divided crosswise by a net. The offensive goal of each team is to send the ball – without holding the ball — in such a way that it lands on the ground of the opposing team.

The players

Each team consists of 6 players who must rotate in a clockwise position every time the team wins back service time. Three players are at the net positions and the other three are at the back. Only the players at the net can block or spike near the net. Those at the back court can also block or spike provided that they jump from behind the three-meter-line, also known as the attack line.

The starting line-up usually includes such specialists as the setter, two center-line backers, two receiver-hitters and what is known as a universal spiker. In 1998, the International Federation of Volleyball introduced a new specialist player position called the libero who is the only one that does not take part in rotation.

The libero serves a critical role in receiving service and playing defense in the backcourt. Although he cannot serve, spike or rotate into the frontline, he holds the key to making his team run a successful offense by a combination of excellent passing and ball-handling.

Scoring

Volleyball has adopted since 1998 a standard scoring system known as the Rally Point System which allows a team to score a point regardless of whichever of the two teams is serving. This is unlike the traditional scoring system in which only the team at service can score.

The ball is hurled into play by a service. Each team is allowed only 3 hits in the service reception. The ball is volleyed back and forth in what is known as a rally. The rally goes on until the ball gets grounded on the playing court, goes out of the court or is not returned properly. Whoever wins a rally scores a point.

A receiving team which wins a rally not only gains a point but also wins the right to serve and the opportunity to rotate clockwise.

Matches

Matches are staged via best-of-five sets. The first four sets are all played to 25 points while the last or fifth set is played to only 15 points. A team wins a set if he out scores the opponent by at least 2 points. As there is no ceiling point, a set continues until a team wins by 2 points.

Uniform

During the early years of volleyball, the usual attire consists of baggy shirts and shorts. Today, volleyball uniforms are less baggy and more formal-looking. Shirts could either be sleeveless, short-sleeved or long-sleeved and paired with either trousers or shorts. Players also wear volleyball shoes.

How to Increase Your Speed in Volleyball

Volleyball is a game which requires a lot of skill and good reaction time. The extra second it takes for you to get on the ground and bump the ball up could be the difference between losing a set or winning it. In many situations, Volleyball games are extremely close, meaning the sets are played almost point for point. Make an error that could have been easily avoided and you will regret it! There are many ways in which you can improve your speed in Volleyball, and I’d like to share them below.

The first, and most obvious thing to do is practise. The more balls you have hit at you the faster you will be able to react. If you are finding you still take too long to decide whether to bump or set the ball, you need more practice. It’s just a matter of dedicating that time to practice, and you will increase in leaps and bounds.

One of the biggest problems I see regularly is the position that players stand in. In Volleyball, they often call it the ‘ready’ position, because you have the best posture for moving at the blink of an eye. Try this little experiment – stand up straight and put the weight on the rear of your feet, and have someone yell go when you aren’t expecting it. Time how long it takes you to move to a set position, whether that be forward, to the side or backwards.

Next, try the same experiment but instead of putting the weight on the rear of your feet, stand on your toes and lean forward. You will notice that you can move much quicker. Even better than this, you should be standing crouched down a little bit, with your feet spread apart and the majority of your body weight on the front of your feet. Have a look at the professionals – they all stand with the weight forward so that they can react within the shortest time.

You will find that the more time you spend leaning forward the better your posture is, and the more comfortable you become. I guarantee with practice and the correct ‘ready’ position you will be able to move considerably faster than any other technique. Most of all, don’t give up. Everyone can react quickly with the right training, and its just a matter of getting to the stage where it is second nature!

The Basic Skills Used in Volleyball

There are six primary skills in the sport of volleyball. They are as follows:

Serving – Every play in volleyball starts with the serve. It is the only skill of the game which is completely in the control of the individual player. The serve may be executed either from a standing position or while jumping. The two primary types are float serves, which are hit with no spin so as to knuckle in the air, and top spin serves, which are struck so as to cause the ball to dip down toward the end of its flight.

Passing – Passing is the act of directing a ball coming from the other team in the form of either a serve or other non-attack form of play toward the net where it can be set. Quite often these passes are executed using the forearms (sometimes known as bumping), but they can also be done overhead (at least in the indoor game).

Setting – After a ball is passed (or dug) on the first contact, a second one is used to provide an attackable ball to a hitter. This set is usually executed overhand in the indoor game, though can also be accomplished using a forearm pass. You will see the latter – generally referred to as a bump set – in the beach game quite often where the restrictions on ball-handling are somewhat tighter.

Hitting – Also known as spiking, hitting is the process of attacking the ball into the opponents court. The objective is to score a point by causing the ball to land on the floor or to be played out of bounds by a defending player. This is generally accomplished by jumping and hitting the ball above the height of the net with a downward trajectory.

Blocking – The first line of defense against a hitter is the block. In blocking, a player (or players) attempt to prevent the ball from being played into their court by stopping it from crossing the net at the point of attack. This is executed by jumping very near the net and extending the arms above the head, and into the opponents side of the court for those with the height and/or jumping ability to do so.

Digging – Executed in a similar fashion to passing, digging is the handling of an attacked ball. It can be done either using a forearm pass or overhead, though generally speaking the ball is coming at a more rapid pace than in the case of normal passing. The idea, however, is the same in terms of playing the ball in the direction of the net to then be set.