Entries in Basketball (54)

October 13, 2017 - Pole Position

The folks at Bison want you to play. Play soccer, basketball, volleyball...a host of sports. But they also want you to be safe. One of the products they offer that keep us out of harm's way is their Outdoor Safe Stuff Pole Padding. It's one of those things you don't see around that much, but once you know it exists you can't understand why they aren't everywhere. 

When I coached rec basketball we ran our practices outdoors at the typical school playground courts. I can't tell you how many times I cringed and held my breath as a kid drove to the lane, found contact with another player, and both hurtled toward the metal pole holding up the goal. Luckily I don't remember anyone ever really going hard into it. But how many times has it likely happened over the years? 

This soft, padded pole protector would definitely cushion that blow. Add to the fact that they'll make them up in your school colors and emboss a nickname or other verbiage and they elevate themselves to give the playground a "cool" factor that fosters school spirit. Concerned that you don't have a way to secure your playground at night? No problem. They easily install and uninstall with velcro so at the end of the school day it would take only a few minutes to remove them and store for the next morning. 

Aside from the potential liability issues these could head off, isn't it worth a few dollars and minutes each day to make sure that kids aren't injured while trying to have fun? Think about it. Because just like with all their products, Bison already has. 

Source: Bison

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 02:38PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

October 6, 2017 - What's in the Cards?

You'll find out soon enough if you order a CoachDeck. Their handy, deck-of-card set of 52 color-coded drills come in five different sports: Baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and football and are perfect for volunteer coaches who either lack experience or time to prepare to run great practices. Below is some of the feedback from their Amazon reviews:

Excellent product. I have used many of the drills with my 9-10yo with great results. 

Great cards, very useful 

Started using these for my u8 soccer team on wensday and I love them. 

Great items, able to pull some cards our and keep in pocket throughout practice to reference if needed. 

This really helped with having new drills to keep the kids engaged. They really like when I let them pick from the deck. They feel like they are coaching themselves. 

I have played basketball my entire life but I am only on my second year coaching for my son and daughter's basketball team and these cards are very useful. Great ideas on drills to run to improve overall skills while keeping it fun. 

I use these cards all the time to come up with different drills for practices for both of my co-ed recreational soccer teams. They love the varying practices. 

Great holiday gift for my co-coach. He enjoyed using it to help arrange our practices. 

A perfect practice is in the cards with CoachDeck!

Source: CoachDeck

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 01:42PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

August 25, 2017 - Behind the Back

Fisher Athletic makes a ton of tremendous products that institutions like high schools and colleges use for their sports facilities. Here's another great one that every athletic director should see. The Fisher Vinyl Chair Backs will spruce up your gym on game night and give it that "something extra" that most of your opponents don't have. 

The concept and the process are simple: The vinyl seat covers can be custom made with your school colors and logo, or you can get a corporate sponsor to buy in. Either way it's a fantastic addition to your basketball and volleyball programs. Having these seat covers turns an ordinary-looking gym into a high class auditormium. Getting a corporate sponsor would mean the extra benefit of bringing in much-needed revenue for the school.

Once you see the sideline festooned with these seat covers you'll think ordinary folding chairs along the edge of the gym floor look bush league. Elevate your team's status and maybe raise a little money along the way? That's a slam dunk.

Source: Fisher Athletic

May 12, 2017 - No Palm Ball

The folks at Unique Sports love to find solutions for common, everyday sports problems. The Ball Control training device is a simple, yet excitingly easy-to-use device that will quickly transform your little hoops player into a ball-handling and scoring machine. 

If you've watched novice youngsters play basketball they all have one thing in common: When they try to dribble or shoot the ball, they tend to use their palms. They think they that need to slap at the ball to make it bounce and there is no shooting touch, it is more like a shooting hoist. 

The Ball Control is a soft leather strap that fits on any hand which, via the knob built into the palm, helps create the good habits of dribbling and shooting with the fingers, not the hand. The knob forces the ball out away from the palm and onto the fingertips where it belongs. 

This is just one of many products we've written about from Unique Sports and there will likely be many more to come. If it isn't broken, don't fix it. Or, in the case of a little one's mechanics, if it is broken, now you can fix it.

Source: Unique Sports

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 03:51PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

March 31, 2017 - TCU Going to the Big Dance

We wish. Not because we're TCU basketball fans necessarily. But here's why: We've saying this for years and years around this time....wait. Before we get to that...

Did you know what happened in TCU basketball last night? We'd be surprised if you did. You'd either be a hard-core TCU basketball fan, a incredibly well-informed sports fan, or just happened to read the sport page from front to back, including the fine print. Last night, TCU won the National Invitation Tournament, (NIT). This used to be the most prestigious tournament in college basketball. Now it's an afterthought. In fact that's a generous description. 

And we have an idea for making it more interesting, making it relevant. The winner of the NIT automatically qualifies for a berth in next year's NCAA Tournament. If that was the case, many more people would have watched last night's game. The drama, (well, it was a blowout, but regardless) would be much more significant, or...existent. Teams snubbed by the tournament selection committee would have a reason to compete in the NIT with a vengeance. It all makes sense...unless to those who matter apparently. 

So, congratulations, TCU. We don't want to take anything away and hope you are proud of your accomplishment. You should be. We just wish there was a little bigger reward for your achievement.

Souce: NIT

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