July 21, 2015 - Hoop and Go Seek

Just when you think you've seen it all. Now here is a way that folks can still get in their hoops fix even under the specter of grinchy homeowners associations or in racquetball courts.

Originally manufactured for exterior use on residential properties, Auto Hoop now offers models for interior use including racquetball and squash courts. This amazing device hides behind a wall until activated. Then the “hidden” door opens and out slides the hoop. Push the button again and it hides away until the next game.

Homeowners who don't want to or can't have a basketball court on display 24/7 can now keep the hoop under wraps until needed. Racquetball and squash courts can now become basketball hoops without a permanent basketball assembly interfering with the play of the game. This gives the court owner the best of both worlds – the ability to keep all wall finishes flush in the court and the option to simply push a button to temporarily convert the space for basketball.

Just give the innovative folks at Auto Hoop a call and you'll be balling in secret in no time. Simply install, plug it in, and you're ready to go. Included in the package are the basketball backboard, breakaway rim, net, the Auto Hoop mechanical/electrical apparatus, and the wood door. Basketball and mad game sold separately.

 

Source: Auto Hoop

July 16, 2015 - He's Got a Kannon

That's baseball vernacular for having a good throwing arm. Since I throw a lot of batting practice to my boys, my arm is still in pretty decent shape. So if we take the pooch, Lucky, to the beach or the park I don't need one of those plastic whips I see people with that help them throw a tennis ball.

With that said, I still might just pick up one of these K-9 Kannons from Hyper Pet. It's probably a good thing these weren't around when I was a kid or I might have gotten into a lot of trouble. But before you get too excited, or worried, the Kannon isn't firing with explosives that might be dangerous or scare your pet...it uses a spring-load pull back and fire mechanism that is safe and quiet.

The Kannon means lots of launch and fetch fun for everyone. It offers hands-free ball pick-up and extra tennis ball storage. If you don't have a great arm or you just like packing heat, this is perfect for you. So, next time your dog brings the ball and drops it at your feet expectantly you've got to ask yourself, "Do you feel lucky? Well do you?"

Source: Hyper Pet

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July 9, 2015 - Indoor Soccer

This is from the file, "Why didn't we know about these guys when our kids were little?" Diggin Active make a large area of cool, fun, interactive sports toys and games that youngsters would love. This one, the Soccer Challenge appears to be one of the best in their extensive line.

I have not actually played with it myself but have watched a video demonstration and I wish I'd had one of these when my daughter was just starting in soccer. It would have been tons of fun to challenge her to a match and try to beat her up to 100, all the while stoking that competitiveness in her and improving her fine motor foot skills.

The device is simple, but exciting like an arcade game. The object is to kick the ball that is provided towards the mat, which you've hung on a wall so that the bottom is flush with the carpet. If the ball hits one of the white numbers  you get an electronic crowd cheer and that point score is added to your total. Hit one of the red numbers and a buzzer sounds and those points are subtracted. The designers were smart enough to put the higher point totals on the spots of the mat that coincide with the toughest shots for a goalie to defend, encouraging kids to learn superior shot placement.

Would this be exciting for kids past the age of, say, eight or nine? Probably not. But kids these days start playing soccer as young as four and a parent could get many years of fun and real training, indoors no less which means 365 days a year. This is a great way to play a game with your child but at the same time, actually have them practicing valuable skills.

Source: Diggin Active

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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

 

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