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All About FPV Racing

Drones are the new high in the world of technology and development. They have just opened the wider angle of looking at things. Further strengthening their demand in the market, the idea of FPV racing came up. It is not just a game, but a sort of sport that has been setting its feet in the western culture over the years. It is a sport wherein high-tech drones and high speed racing are both combined. Usually done in closed spaces, it is rather fun and thrilling experience to watch an FPV racing.

How to start

The basic FPV racers need to know how to fly a quadcopter since this allows them to practice a lot of flight maneuvers before they move on to the FPV racing. Therefore, start with a basic copter and you will crash a number of times before finally becoming a pro at it.

Take classes

There are classes held for training for FPV racing, wherein you are taught what to focus at and what not to. There are spec classes for the beginners and open classes, where the learned racers are allowed to use any quadcopter for the race and it is more of an open competition.

Make a team

FPV racing also has teams, just like the F1 races. The team basically handles the equipment. For example, the team Blackout is the person who uses the Blackout for the pilot (or racer).

Safety First

There are chances of people getting hurt when you are practicing or even in a competition. Therefore, it is better to take precautions. When you are a beginner, start with a micro quad rather than a mega machine racer. It is important to check that the video channel is not being used before you start using it. Also, just like real life flying and racing, never fly when you are drunk or intoxicated.

Types of races

• Rotor-cross race

In such races, two or more multi-copters are made to race through an arena and the one who crosses the finish line first wins.

• Drag Race

It is just a test of acceleration and top speed, wherein the multi-copters are made to race in short distance of 100 meters and the one who accelerates best wins.

• Time Trial

It is a speed test for the multi-copters wherein theme of finishing the race is recorded. It is much like rotor-cross racing.

It is a fun sport as long as one takes all the measures to ensure safety of another person as well as their own.


The Reason Why Picking the Right Running Shoe Is Important

More and more people are beginning to run. The reason for this is that running has many physical, emotional and social benefits. However, if you are deciding to get into the running craze, you should carefully pick out the right gear for you. You should choose the right running outfit that will let you move freely when you run. More importantly, you should pick the right shoe for you.

Picking the right running shoe is important when you are planning to make running part of your regular lifestyle. There are still a lot of people that would start running with whatever pair of rubber shoes that they already own. These are the people who will show up for a running event with bulky basketball shoes or tennis shoes. Most of the time, these same people will have the most pain after their run. Here are some of the reasons why you should pick the perfect running shoes for you.

Running pronation. A person’s running style is determined by his pronation. Pronation refers to how your foot rolls inward or outward as you run. There are three types of runners based on pronation namely; neutral pronation, overpronation and supination. Neutral pronation means that your foot’s inward rolling is enough to support your weight without causing stress to your knees and joint. Overpronation means that your foot is rolling inward too much that it passes the equilibrium point. For overpronating runners, you will need running shoes that will offer more stability. Supination on the other hand means that the foot rolls outward and not inward. For runners with supination style running, the best shoes for them are shoes that have higher shock absorption capabilities in order to reduce the stress caused by running. There are trained staffs at shoe stores that can determine you pronation.

Avoiding Blisters and Pain. Another reason why you should pick the right running shoe is to avoid having blisters and unnecessary pain every time you run. Your running shoes should fit snuggly and take the shape of your foot. Your running shoes should not be one size larger or smaller than your foot. When you do not have the right size of shoes, the constant rubbing of your heals against the rubber will produce blisters.

You should not underestimate the importance of investing on the perfect pair of running shoes for you. A perfect pair will make your running experience pleasurable.


Lessons of Life From Youth Baseball

About five years ago I was coaching my Little League team in a game that we were winning and yelled out some encouragement during an inning when the other team was rallying. My catcher called “time out” went to the mound to talk to the pitcher. Before I knew it, the whole infield was on the pitcher’s mound. I just observed and saw all six of my players conversing and nodding their heads. This went far longer than you would expect. Especially considering the ages of the kids. I was amazed at how well they were communicating with each other. I remember thinking to myself that this is what youth sports is all about. Watching the kids grow right in front of our eyes. So I decided to write down what I think are some important life lessons kids can learn from baseball. And remember for every coach or team this will vary.

1) Communication

One of my biggest pet peeves in the world today is the lack of or just not knowing how to communicate with each other. A famous actor once said that of life is just showing up. The older I get this has become truer every year. I’d add to it that of life is just showing up and communicating with others. How many times have we seen people not communicating properly? It can be a real estate or any business transaction. It can also be a between two countries. Most times the lack of communication will bring negative results. On the baseball field good communication will bring about good results. And coaches and parents should not be concerned about the young age of the players. We coaches have to teach our players how to communicate properly on the baseball field. Whether it is an infield fly, acknowledging a bunt sign from a coach, proper communication on the baseball field will carry on to every day living.

2) Following Rules

Our society is full of rules and laws. Sometimes I think there are too many but this is the world in which we live in. I have also observed that has somehow we have gotten away from structure. We can be flexible in the way we do things but I have found in sports the best results happen when rules are put in place and players are conditioned to follow them and play and practice in a structured manner. In pro sports, you’ll find the best athletes like organization, leadership and rules. Coaches can impose rules in a diplomatic yet stern way. Rules of the game also have to be respected and followed and sports does this. Teaching young athletes to respect rules will be a sound foundation when they out into the real world.

3) Dealing With Pressure

I have seen many parents who don’t want their kids to be exposed any degree of pressure what so ever. They will purposely make any excuse so their kids can bypass the most pressured situation. I think this is a mistake. An example I’ll give is that most youth baseball leagues do not have real parity. Most coaches and parents will always try to get the advantage when picking teams. They think nothing of having a loaded team and think it is better to go 20-0, winning each game 10-0 and win the league championship. Is this making their kids better ball players and preparing them for adult life? Wouldn’t it serve young people better if they are asked to perform sometimes under some pressure and a little duress. Wouldn’t leagues be better if teams played in their share of one and two run games and extra innings? When they are adults won’t they have to perform under pressure whether it is a presentation to their superiors or maybe emergency surgery. As a parent and coach I never wanted my kids to always take the easy road.

4) Overcoming Mistakes

Everyday most human beings are bound to make a mistake here and there. People in the medical profession can very rarely afford to make mistakes. In sports mistakes are always happening. A bad pitch, a holding call on a 3rd and 1 play, a missed foul shot. If you follow sports you are bound to recognize that one of the things that separate the best athletes is that they are able to bounce back from mistakes. Part of our job as youth baseball coaches is to instill upon our kids that if you make a mistake, forget about it and go on to the next pitch. The worse thing an athlete can do is carry one bad at bat to his next at bat. Imagine the best trial lawyer in world losing a case and quitting law? Great lawyers will evaluate where and what they did wrong and over come these challenges the next time. Youth baseball should do the same thing. A player who strikes out his first three times at bat may be in a position to win the game with a hit in the last inning. Sports teaches this to kids and we have to reaffirm this over and over again. You can overcome your mistakes.

5) Respect For People

In major league baseball there are brush back pitches, hard slides and other rough parts of the game. For the most part though players still respect the game. We have to convey to young baseball players to respect the game also. This includes teammates, parents, umpires etc. We have all seen the 12th best player get up in a situation where the team needs a hit. It is our job to get his teammates behind him and cheer him on. And isn’t it the most satisfying thing when a player of lesser talent gets an important hit or makes a play in the field. Once we teach players to respect the game of baseball they will also carry this over to respect not just themselves but to respect others in society.

Baseball teaches many things and we have to keep everything in perspective. But we also need to challenge these young players in different parts of the game so that they will also become better citizens in the world.


The Reasons Why Scuba Diving Is Awesome

As the weather begins to heat up a little, our thoughts turn to Summer activities to fill our time. One of the most exciting things you can take up this year is scuba diving! The best thing about it is that not only do you get to explore a whole new world beneath the waves, but literally anyone can enjoy scuba diving regardless of their age or fitness level so it is something that the whole family can participate in together.

5 Reasons Why Scuba Diving is Awesome

Some people are still a little bit afraid or wary about trying scuba diving, so let’s take a look at 5 reasons why scuba diving is awesome!

1 – You Will See Parts of Our World No-one Else Can

Did you know that over 70{2281a464b0db6d821f967ee4c31842ef432e8153e986fd396ff458e4f3c84c77} of the Earth is actually made up of water? That means that most people only have access to a tiny portion of our world! However, as a scuba diver you will get to access those beautiful places under the water where most of your friends will never get to visit.

2 – You Can Get Close to All Sorts of Animals

When you go scuba diving you will get to meet sea animals in their own natural habitat. You will never get this up close and personal with sea life at an aquarium.

3 – You Get to Pretend You Are an Astronaut

We would say that this one is for the kids, but who are we kidding? Adults are going to love it too! Once you are under the water you will discover that the rules of gravity no longer apply to you! This is because you will master neutral buoyancy which is the closest thing to experiencing zero gravity in space!

4 – It’s So Relaxing

We all lead such busy lives these days that it can be difficult to just stop and slow down. Diving gives you a unique opportunity to experience a serene world that you did not even know existed. You will find being underwater relaxing and calming – it is every bit as effective as meditation!

5 – It Is Liberating

Something that many people find amazing about scuba diving is that once you are under the water you will get an incredible sense of freedom. There is a common misconception that being under the water feels claustrophobic, but in reality, once you are used to the breathing apparatus you well feel liberated. Being able to breathe underwater feels a lot like being a superhero!


All About Total Control Balls

Total control balls are designed to help develop strength and drive within the hitting zone. They are considered one of the best training aids on the market, but are widely under-utilized. Softball and baseball players alike must develop a consistent approach toward hitting and coaches need a more efficient method for training their players to improve their strength and extension.

Why Traditional Batting Practice Does Not Work Anymore

Traditional batting practice can be wasteful and requires players to run back and forth catching balls while one player takes batting practice. While it is a common method for training, not all teams have the resources to focus on outfield, infield and hitting at the same time; nor can they afford to waste hours simply on hitting alone.

Some coaches rely on their players hitting short toss into a net. Unfortunately, this does not allow the players to truly assess their swing or the power behind it.

How Total Control Balls Correct Swings and Improve Hitting

Total control balls can be purchased in a variety of sizes and weights depending on the player’s need. Their weighted design requires the player, no matter how experienced, to put extra force behind their hit.

Doing so offers:

• Improved Strength and Performance – When a player is forced to swing and feel the impact of that swing, they will immediately learn the importance of driving through the ball.

• Real Feedback – Unlike hitting into a net, these control balls give players true feedback and allow them to see how the ball would travel if it was a real baseball or softball being thrown to them.

• Limited Space Needed – If your players are practicing in a smaller field or even their backyards, they do not need the same field length as they would with traditional batting practice.

• Durable – While they are used for batting practice, they are extremely durable. They are also safe for all bat types, so you do not have to worry about damaging delicate wooden bats or an aluminum bat damaging the ball itself.

Some more benefits of total control balls are that one doesn’t need any pitcher on the mound, players in the field or even a machine to conduct batting practice.

Whether you are training players in softball or baseball, how you structure batting practice will make a difference on the field at your next game. Instead of wasting time with traditional balls, look into a total control ball and see how much more efficient your batting practices can become.


When Raw Potential and Talent Not Enough

Martin Nessley was a 7’2″ 280 lb. lumbering mountain from Whitehall-Yearling High School in Columbus, Ohio. Along with his size he brought impressive credentials as a McDonald’s All-American and a Parade All-American. What’s not to like? Coach K went after him and he committed to Duke in 1984. Coach likely believed he could get Martin into weight training and conditioning and speed the guy up-give him a vertical leap of at least several inches.

Nessley was placed on a strict diet. Alarie recalls that the guy hardly ate anything besides maybe a salad at the training table. Yet he couldn’t even drop a pound. Marty didn’t play much as a freshman-too slow. Then knee surgery limited him as a sophomore.

Sumner describes one evening between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. Amaker, Nessley’s roommate, was awakened by a knock at their door and then some muffled conversation. As Amaker tried to doze off, he heard movement coming from the other side of the room. He turned on a lamp and found Nessley gulping a large pizza under his blanket. Surely Nessley had to know that the Duke trainers would have satisfied that hunger with plenty of protein drinks and low-fat meats packed with protein. But maybe his drive to excel wasn’t powerful enough.

Finally, as a senior Nessley played in every game, started four, blocking 24 shots—not bad. The best game of his career was at Harvard with 25 points and 8 rebounds. But that was the extreme exception. It seems as if that 7 foot 2 frame of his could have achieved a whole lot more. He played a little NBA ball for one year.

Randolph: Bad Breaks or Bad Attitude?

Shavlik Randolph became an instant star at Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. His high of 56 points in a game broke Pete Maravich’s record at the same school. With that sort of play it should not be shocking that he was a McDonald’s All-American, a two-time Associated Press North Carolina player of the Year and a two-time Parade All-American.

The kid got off to a terrific start at Duke with a team-high 23 points and 7 rebounds in the first game against Army. Two days later he had a double-double against Davidson. Then suddenly Shavlik almost dropped out of sight. He scored in double figures only five more games that season and struggled a bit with injuries. Over the summer he had to rehab after successful hip surgery. As a sophomore he played in all 37 of Duke’s games, averaging a ho-hum 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Then he seemed to come alive for the NCAA tournament run, playing great against both Alabama State and UConn.

During his junior year his averages were slightly lower than his sophomore stats, but he sat out four games recovering from mono. Still, he averaged almost 20 minutes of playing time per game. Then, unexplainably, after his mediocre junior year, Randolph decided to opt out of his senior year and declare for the draft. Through the years he’s bounced back and forth between brief stints with NBA teams followed by play in European leagues.

Price: One Terrific Year

Ricky Price played three years of high school basketball at St. Anthony’s and his final year at Serra High School in Gardena, California. One thing that became obvious during Price’s high school career and later at Nike camps is that he was fully capable of taking over games and carrying a team on his back. A McDonalds All-American Slam Dunk Champion, he was unanimously named a USA Today/AP/Parade Top 5 player in the nation.

Price started 14 games as a rookie during that nightmare season without Coach K. Then he had a breakout sophomore season with 29 starts in 31 games. He starred as the go-to guy in close games and he won several in the final seconds. Against Virginia he went crazy with 28 points. Everything was coming up roses for Price until shortly before preseason of his junior year when he broke a finger and began having trouble with his outside shot. He only started 11 games that year. Definitely a disappointment.

Then as he entered his fourth year, this should have been his golden chance to well exceed his stellar sophomore stats and make NBA scouts salivate. However, he was caught plagiarizing and declared academically ineligible following his junior year. He had to sit out the fall semester as a senior. In December when he could resume play, Coach K was apparently not very impressed because he got only one start-on Senior Day against UNC. Price ended up playing professionally overseas.

Sheer Talent not Enough

Nessley, Randolph and Price arrived at Duke with accolades and awards rivaling some of the best recruits ever. Veteran scouts raved about them and they were voted prep school All-Americans. Their pure potential seemed almost unlimited. Some may blame injuries but many Duke players have fought through injuries and still put together a sterling Duke career. When guys show up at Duke, success isn’t even close to being inevitable. They have to stretch for excellence, fight for minutes, slave away at strength, speed and conditioning. They have to play for the team, learn from the coaches, and outplay their opponents. Nothing is guaranteed in sports. That’s why it’s a fierce competition to the end.


The Benefit of Stretching

Ever wonder what does stretching do and why is it important? Do you stretch before working out? Health experts recommend stretching each major muscle group at least twice a week for 60 seconds. If you exercise regularly, you should do it more often. Stretching helps you stay flexible and prevent injuries. It also prepares your muscles for a challenging workout. By stretching before working out, you’ll move better and relax tense muscles.

What Happens When You Stretch Your Muscles?

Stretching is important for everyone, especially for athletes, runners, and bodybuilders. This basic activity prepares your muscles and joints for the strain that is about to come. It increases your flexibility and strength, improves circulation, and lowers the risk of injury. Regular stretching is just as important as exercise.

This training method involves stretching a specific muscle or tendon in order to increase its flexibility and range of motion. It’s also a good way to relieve cramps and back pain. When practiced regularly, it can help you achieve comfortable muscle tone and improve joint mobility. Compared to other forms of exercise, stretching is a natural activity that occurs instinctively.

Research indicates that stretching exercises can improve athletic performance, relieve muscle stiffness, and increase length and/or flexibility of muscle tissue. They may also increase your range of motion after a single bout of stretching, which helps prevent overuse or acute sports injuries. Many runners claim that stretching reduces soreness and muscle tears.

The Benefits of Stretching For Runners

Running may seem fairly simple, but it’s actually very complex. This sport requires upper body strength and back support as well as cardiovascular endurance and leg strength. Running long distances can put strain on your muscles and cause injuries. Over time, some muscles can become stronger and less flexible. Regular stretching can help prevent and reduce muscle pain, soreness, and loss of flexibility.

The benefits for runners are huge. This activity improves physical performance and keeps you safe. It also reduces muscular tension, increases coordination, and decreases your risk of lower back pain. Other key benefits include:

  • Improved balance
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased neuromuscular coordination
  • Lower risk of injury
  • Increased movement efficiency
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Improved range of motion
  • Greater flexibility
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Increases blood and nutrient supply to muscles
  • Assists in correct posture
  • Relaxes tense muscles
  • Relieves stress
  • Alleviates back pain
  • Prepares the muscles for use
  • Helps the muscles stay limber after a workout
  • Helps prevents delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Increases mobility

Stretching before and after exercise will improve your running performance. This activity should be a key part of your routine, regardless of how fast you run or how fit you are. Stretching after a run helps pull out and lengthen the muscles that have been used during training. Stretching before running helps warm your muscles and get them ready for exercise.

Types of Stretching

There are many stretching techniques, and each has unique benefits. Based on your goals and fitness level, you can try the following:

  • Dynamic
  • Static active
  • Static passive
  • Neuromuscular
  • Neurodynamic
  • Self-myofascial release
  • Active isolated
  • Isometric
  • Ballistic
  • Resistance

Some stretching techniques improve soft tissue extensibility and neural muscular control, while others correct muscle imbalances and postural distortions. Recent studies have found that dynamic stretching is more effective than static stretching. Runners who perform dynamic stretches before a race experience fewer muscle tears and pulls. Examples of dynamic stretches include leg swings, side lunges, knee raises, mountain climbers, and arm swings. This form of stretching involves dynamic movements with the full range of motion through the joint.

Static stretching is beneficial too. This training method involves stretching your muscles while the body is at rest. For example, you can try standing wall stretches, ball stretches, chest stretches, side bends, and calf stretches. While dynamic stretching focuses on challenging and repetitive moves, static stretching is all about relaxing the body part being stretched.

In general, static stretching is recommended post-run, while dynamic stretching works best pre-run. For instance, athletes can perform walking lunges, inchworms, reverse lunges, high knees, and butt kicks before running. As soon as you’re done training, do static stretches such as the pigeon, the quad stretch, or the frog stretch. Other moves recommended to runners include standing calf stretches, kneeling hip flexor and hamstring stretches, wall push-ups, and heel-to-buttock stretches.

A five-minute jog is not enough to prepare you for running. If you want to stay safe and achieve your fullest potential, stretch your muscles properly. Generally, all types of stretching can enhance your performance and prevent injuries. The key is to try different exercises so you can figure out what works best for you.


Guide to Teaching Players to Bat in Tee Ball

Tee Ball is a game relatively new to many Australians where Cricket is “King” in summer sports. It is, however, a sport that is becoming more popular in schools because every player bats and fields. Hitting the ball off a tee is somewhat easier than hitting one bowled. Being able to hit the ball means the player gets more involved in the game and is more successful.

This article developed out of experienced gained in creating a league in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane with players and parents who had no experience of Baseball/Softball.

The very first decision to make is what size bat to use. The team coach should ensure the player has a bat smaller enough to be swung easily.

The next is the grip. Note these points:

• The hands should always be together with little or no gap between them.
• For a right hander, the left hand is on the bottom and the right hand on top. The reverse is true for a left hander.
• The bat is held vertically well back behind the player’s head
• The player must use his/her fingers not the palms to hold the bat.

Often players have difficulty controlling even the smallest bat. Here are some suggestions to help overcome this problem

1. Shorten the grip I. e. move the player’s hands up the bat towards the middle of the bat. Their hands must remain together.

2. Don’t let the batter have practice swings. (What happens is the bat gets lower and lower. So when they swing,they hit the tee).

3. Now let them line the ball up; bring the bat back as far as possible in an arc until the bat is vertical and then swing the bat down and flat through the ball.

The next issue is the stance. Here are some ideas on this.

1. Make sure the head and eyes are pointing down at the ball.

2. The feet should be apart (about shoulder width) with the body weight evenly distributed on both feet.

3. If the player steps to swing, it should be a short step only with the front foot. A large step will result in a swing under the ball at the rubber on the tee or the bottom of the ball pushing it up into the air for a simple catch.

4. The front foot should be placed just behind the tee* to allow the ball to be hit in front of the body. This allows the hips to open up giving more power.

5. Both feet should form a line parallel to the edge of the batter’s box.

6. A follow through is essential.

7. Make sure the player practises dropping rather than throwing the bat after contact with the ball. (Throwing the bat is often an automatic out).

8. Once the ball is hit, the batter must run immediately in a straight line just outside the line to first base. He/she must not watch the ball.

The swing of the bat is the next important issue. Here is what to emphasise to your players.

1. Before the swing begins, the bat should be held as far back behind the player’s as is comfortable.

2. Hands held together on the bat with the bat vertical.

3. The swing, on nearing the ball, must be horizontal (flat) and travel through the ball.

4. The eyes must be on the ball all through the swing

*At different times of the game, the coach will want the player to hit the ball to a specific area of the diamond to help the batter get on base or to progress the runner. There are two specific areas where the coach might want the player to hit the ball.

1. Hitting to the area between second and third base:

For right hander, the batter stands further back in the batter’s box than suggested above. This means the ball is hit late in the swing at an angle pushing the ball towards that side of the diamond. This will give the batter a better chance to reach first base.

2. Hitting to the area between first and second base:

For a right hander, the batter stands towards the front of the box, just ahead of the tee, so that the ball is hit earlier in the swing sending the ball towards that area. This will help advance runners on second and third base and perhaps a runner on first base if the ball is hit into a gap.

For a left hander, the reverse is true. The players need to practise these two techniques.

Finally, it is important to note some common errors players make batting. They are:

• Trying to hit too hard. This often means the bat does not make sweet contact with the ball as the player often overstrides hitting the ball low and skying it for a catch.
• The second is looking up to see where the ball is going before actually finishing the swing.
• Another is the tendency to begin running before finishing the swing in an effort to get on base.

What each of these scenarios do is to prevent good, firm contact with the ball. As in all ball games, it is important to remember and stress “The eyes have it”.