July 3, 2015 - Our Cup of Tea

Four the third time in four years these two familiar foes will face each other with a ton at stake. In the last World Cup, Japan upset the United States and took home soccer's most coveted prize. A year later it was the Americans prevailing in the 2012 Olympics. Now, they meet again on the soccer's biggest women's stage as the two battle it out for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The only thing that could have been better for the Unites States was to play a day earlier, on the Fourth of July, but since that is the date scheduled for the third place match (Germany vs. England), they'll clearly take the game on the fifth.

Women's soccer is exciting and riveting, and growing worldwide. Here in the states, it is the largest sport for girls by far. Hopefully the excitement of our women's World Cup Championshp, (we're optimistic!) will lead to an even greater popularity of the sport and opportunities for women to advance and even thrive in a professional environment at home. That's when the cup would runneth over.

Source: FIFA

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June 30, 2015 - Step Into the Trap

Most of the products we review these days have accompanying marketing videos. Some are quite effective while others are...not so much. Zoid Fitness is a product that is easy to understand in concept so you'd think a video touting its benefits might not be necessary. But we're glad they made one. Because after we watched it, we were blown away.

 

My daughter will soon be playing college soccer. She frequently works on her agility through solo training. A year or so ago she asked for an agility ladder, which we bought for her.

 

So when the folks from Zoid contacted us and asked us to try their agility training system we were excited to see if this was something new and different. When it arrived and I asked my daughter to check it out, I have to admit she didn't see the point. She said she had an agility ladder and that was good enough. Then I asked her to come over to the computer so she could watch the video.

 

Like most teenage girls she isn't big on admitting she was wrong. It only took about a minute for her to say she “got it,” and understood now what the big deal was. The beauty and power of Zoid is its versatility. There's no other product out there we know of that can do so much.

 

Instead of one long and one-dimensional ladder, Zoid is a set of twelve extremely heavy-duty rubber trapezoids which can be arranged in a nearly infinite number of patters. We had assumed that these would be light weight and flimsy, maybe like workout cones, but the product is thick and very durable. This, of course, means that no matter how many times they're stepped on, tossed around and otherwise abused, they'll still be in perfect shape year-after-year.

 

They can be used in nearly any sport and on any surface. You can download a tutorial from their website on how to set up many, various patterns and do multiple training exercises. There really is no way you can become bored and there are so many skills you can develop. Coaches can use their creativity in designing challenging, custom regimens. Patterns like snakes, circles, hopscotch – some connected some segmented – each one developing different muscles and strengths. Every personal skills trainer should own a set.

 

But again, if you're still not sure...go take a look at the video. If it convinced my daughter, there's a good chance you'll be sold too. The beauty is you don't have to be a genius to use this product. But the folks who thought it up sure were.

 

Source: Zoid Fitness

 

June 22, 1015 - Pitch Perfect

More great stuff from JUGS Sports. This time we bring you their Perfect Pitch baseballs and softballs. Here's what a lot of youth coaches don't understand: They'll tell their pitchers to throw strikes. That's it. That may be well and good at the youngest levels when kids are really lucky just to get it anywhere in the zone.

But as they get older, just throwing it somewhere over the plate shouldn't be good enough. In fact, much of the time, you don't want it over the plate.

The truth is that for every count a pitcher faces, from 0-0 to 3-2 and everything in between, there should be a thought process and purpose. The location should vary depending on whether you're ahead in the count and have the hitter at a disadvantage, or you're behind and need to get back on even ground.

The Perfect Pitch system comes with fifteen baseballs or softballs. That's one for each of the twelve possible counts on the batter and three changeup balls. On each ball is printed that count, (i.e. 2-1) and then a grid showing eleven possible pitch locations marked by two that would be acceptable for that scenario. The practicing pitcher should decide on one of those locations, (say, high and inside or low and outside), then aim to locate the ball there.

This is an ingenious self-training tool, and we're all about those. We love the idea of kids being able to work on their own, when their parents or coaches aren't around. And the combination of the visual graphic and ease of understanding means that youngsters using this system ought to have every pitch count and ideal locations memorized in no time. So now, when they're on the mound, no one has to say, "Throw a strike." If the player knows the count, he'll also know where he needs the pitch to go. And for a youth baseball coach, that's perfect.

Source: JUGS Sports

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June 16, 2015 - Get With the Program

So you're a high school or college coach. Or, worse for you, you're a parent of a high school or college athlete and you've been conscribed to head up the team's fundraising efforts. Your baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer (etc.) team needs to raise money for travel, equipment, coaches stipends...the list goes on and on. Unless you're one of the top 100 D1 schools in the nation, that budget from the school doesn't go very far.

So what are your choices? You can hold events, try to sell items, beg for donations, or sell expensive spirit wear. Some of these options may have worked in the past but here is an idea whose time has come. There's a way for you to raise money without going out and selling things and collecting money, without doing any of the unpleasant and/or time-consuming activities mentioned above.

Eteamprograms is a revolutionary fundraising idea you need to try. They create programs (think roster, photos, schedule and more) that are attractive souvenirs parents, players and family will treasure. What's so unique about a program book you may ask? Well, as the name implies, these program books are electronic which provides two key advantages. One, there is no risk to you to have them make a program for your team. If they were going to physically print your programs there would be minimum orders and inventory for you to try to unload, all of which means there's a chance you could actually lose money. But since eteamprograms are electronic, there is no set number to buy...in fact you don't buy anything at all...they do the program for free. The other advantage is that an eteamprogram can be accessed on a computer or mobile device which means parents in the stands who want to know who number 23 is can easily access the information any time.

How does it turn into a fundraiser, you ask? This is the best part. Eteamprograms will provide you with a forum to have your team's parents, grandparents, local businesses, anyone really, go onto to a custom page they build for you and order shout-out or business ads at a reasonable cost. Eteamprogram keeps a small portion of the funds they collect to cover their costs and sends the rest to you. You don't have to do anything except promote the progam.

When you're planning your next season, plan to make a little money the easy way. You're too busy to be trying to dig up money. Eteamprograms doesn't mind doing it for you.

Eteamprograms

June 12, 2015 - Get the Ball Rolling

We're big on training devices and this one is sure to strike the fance of golfers who want to improve their efficiency on the greens. If you're not good at reading lies and judging speeds, The Perfect Putter will point you in the right direction. 

It's easy to use: Simply set up the device by aiming it at the hole. Then roll the ball down the hill, like a mini roller-coaster. Once you've figured out the right lie, you can mark the ball with the included "H" so you know where to aim. The idea here is that sinking putt after putt will gain you confidence and teach you how to read greens without the device.

You can also use The Perfect Putter to judge green speed, but that involves a little math and a calculator is not included. There is a laser apparatus as well. All in all, you'd have to be nuts about golf to invest in a Perfect Putter. But, good news for them, we know many of you are.

Source Perfect Putter

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