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November 4, 2016 - Go Ahead. Make My Day

One of the things we don't do often enough is say thanks. Thanks to loved-ones, friends, and even complete strangers. And for those of us with kids who play sports, one of the most important "thank-you's" is reserved for those who coach our youngsters. 

And even if you do, as you should, take a moment at the end of the season to shake their and thank them for their efforts, how cool would it be to send them a card to let them know you really appreciate what they do? 

We know. Sounds like a hassle. And what kind of sappy card will you find at the store anyway. And you'll look like a putz sending it, right? Well not if you use Greeting Card Universe. Check out these cards for basketball coaches. They are classy, elegant, topical, appropriate and would make the day of any volunteer or professional coach. Amazingly, Greeting Card Universe will let you customize the inside of the card and mail it for you all for around five bucks - total. You can go online choose your card, order through their secure site and in less than two minutes you go on about your day knowing you're about to make someone else's. 

They have cards for soccer, football, baseball, cheerleading and 24 other sports...in other words, whichever sport your child plays. So there is no excuse, now that you know, to not show you care. It may seem like a small thing, but in today's world of texts and emails, getting a real card in the mail is all the more special. You can make it seem like you put in a lot of effort, without lifting more than a couple fingers. And for those coaches who really did put out a ton of effort, isn't that the least we can do?

Source: Greeting Card Universe

April 8, 2016 - Water Volume

Here's a can't-miss, no-brainer of a product we're proud to bring you. It's the Action Audio waterproof action sport audio system. If you surf, paddle board, jet ski, swim or just about anything else in the water, you can do it to a soundtrack of your choosing from now on.

The action audio system includes a stylish, comfortable and functional rash guard that contains a secret compartment for an IPX8 waterproof Action Audio player with 4GB of memory. The rash guard is 80% Nylon, 20% Elastane, It's cut long on the bottom to keep from riding up over stomach and has a loose fit for plenty of range-of-motion. The audio player slides into a slot in the collar and the headphones thread through the collar and out the front for easy access. Because of the snug fit, there is no way your device ever gets lost, not matter how hard you get tossed. The front of the shirt also offers a smart, velcro fastener to keep the headphones in place when not in use.

Threading the headphones into the collar was no problem, and we aren't even good at lacing our own shoes. Getting the hang of the three buttons on the audio player when inserted into the small pouch took a minute, but there were no issue after that.

What else can we say? The rash guard feels good and the positioning of the audio player is convenient, the headphones are comfortable and the sound is terrific. It is easy to load songs onto the device and it holds enough to form a playlist for any session you have in mind. And with all this going for it, it's much more affordable than most waterproof MP3 players on the market that simply clip onto a shirt and can easily get jettisoned with a hard crash into the surf.

So if you plan to go into the water tomorrow, don't go in silence. Load your best tracks, slip on your stealthy, secret shirt and make everyone else wonder what you're listening to. We just recommend at least one Beach Boys tune.

Source: Action Audio

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.


June 5, 2014 - Put Your Head Down and Go

I'm not the world's best swimmer. When doing research for this product, I read that it is well known that head position is key to developing good swimming technique. I didn't know that. Apparently swimming with the head up is known as “uphill swimming” Your hips drop and you do more work to swim slower. That's exactly how I feel every time I'm in the water. Maybe I should get myself a Headstrong Posture Trainer.


The Headstrong Posture Trainer is used to correct body position in the water. Place the headstrong trainer where the skull begins to curve, making sure the unit is centered. Test to see if it is in the proper place by nodding your head back so it hits the base of your neck in the center. Next, rotate your head side to side to be sure it doesn't hit your traps and shoulders, so you know you've got it at the proper height. By wearing it on the forehead, Headstrong can also be used in the front to detect head position and the arms crossing over upon entry.


When swimming properly, with the neck relaxed, the hips are at the surface and there is no strain in the back. The body is in the same plane, leading to an efficient stroke. This is the position in which Headstrong teaches you to swim. You can now more easily roll your hips to maximize efficiency and use as few muscles as possible.


While the Headstrong is designed to help competitive swimmers, it can even help hackers like me. It's a simple device that has a simple effect on anyone who uses it. If you're going to go for a swim, whether you want to fast or not, you might as well do it right. The Headstrong Posture Trainer is like having your own personal coach strapped on your head.


Source: Headstrong

July 11 - No More Running

waterbells.gifMy neighbor, Janet, down the street is always running or playing tennis so I asked her if she’d like to have a set of Water Weight Boots and Bells from Hydro-Tone (www.hydro-tone.com). Based on her excitement, you’d have thought I just handed her the winning lotto ticket.

The bells are shaped to create natural resistance in the water and can be used filled or empty, depending on the kind of workout you’re after. The boots offer three-dimensional W-shaped resistance blades and come with a thick foam comfort pad. They secure above the ankle with two-inch wide velcro straps, and push back against the water, allowing your legs to work along with your arms.

I saw Janet out on the street last night and asked her about the Boots and Bells set. She said she LOVES them, and so does her daughter. Apparently they both do 30-minutes in the pool most evenings. I guess that explains why I haven’t seen her running as much lately. Thanks to Hydro-Tone she can get a good, low-impact workout right in her own backyard.

Source: Hydro-Tone

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