Entries in Tennis (19)

August 10, 2017 - Simply Fill It and Drill It

We've said for years that sometimes the most simple tools are the best. And we've also been lauding the products from Unique Sports and their Tourna line for their quality and simplicity. The Fill-N-Drill in another example of a terrific invention that doesn't over-complicate. 

It is a tennis ball on an elastic string, fixed to an anchor, or, base. Sounds pretty basic. But then you dive into the details. The anchor is built with a handle for easy carrying. The string is stored by wrapping about the base and the ball locks into a pocket. It's compact, it's portable. 

How does the anchor keep from moving? Simple. Just fill it with water and you've got the weight required to allow beginning and intermediate players to hit shot after shot virtually anywhere, with no need for a net or a partner. When you're done you can drain the water on some nearby plants, wrap it and snap it and the device will be out of your way and ready for the next use. 

Did we mention that you get all this for the price of a few cans of balls? That's what Unique does. They figure out a better way, they make it, and then they price it so everyone can enjoy their great ideas. When it comes to training tools, there's nothing better than value and utility. Except maybe that killer backhand.

Source: Unique Sports

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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

October 21, 2017 - Catching Cold

You're a high school baseball coach. You have a pitcher who has thrown close to 100 pitches in the fourth inning and it's time to take him out. He tips his cap to the appreciative crowd as he strides into the dugout, his day over. Now it's time for him to ice that shoulder and elbow to facilitate healing and prevent soreness and injury.

Except, wait. There's no ice. The field is so far away from the school no one thinks to bring a cooler full of ice to the diamond. Now, your pitcher must wait another few innings, maybe more if the game goes extras, and he has to stay around after the game to help rake the mound and do other field maintenance. By the time he gets home and ices his arm, (if he even does at all), its hours since he threw his first pitch.

But if you had the Pro Ice Shoulder/Elbow Cold Wrap in the dugout, he'd have the benefit of immediate icing, with no cooler, no water, no hassle.

Pro Ice is a proven, non-toxic pain reliver for acute injuries, It also is a great preventative for people who have overused their arms – like pitchers.

Simply place this reusable cold pack around the shoulder and elbow. The windowpane format will conform to the body and the compression straps will boost the benefits of the cold therapy unit. The single ice insert will maintain a consistent temperature for an hour. Coaches can keep it and other wraps in a convenient, freezer-friendly neoprene cooler and simply store it in their freezer at home or at the school, then grab it along on the way to the field before the game. The wrap stays cold, out of the way, and easy to access and wear.

Every coach, high school and college, baseball, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey and nearly any others you can think of, needs Pro Ice. You'll use no water, no plastic wrap, you won't have to lug a cooler anywhere and, most importantly, you'll be sure to have ice available if there is an injury or any muscle stress. This is one cold, you'll want to catch.

Source: Upstart Sports

 

September 23, 2016 - Carbon Footprint

 

Most athletes who are working their way up from youth leagues to high school and college believe that sports science is stuff reserved for the people who play on television. And for the most part, they're right. But VKTRY insoles has delivered a product that brings the best of research and technology to anyone from the pros to the common player.

The majority of sports insoles are made from foam and plastic #and provide virtually no energy return. VKTRY insoles are made from aerospace grade carbon fiber which runs from heel to toe and provides true energy return to athletes as they push off. They're designed to both make you faster and help protect the foot, ankle and knee from injury.

VKs return energy back to the athlete because of the unique and patented shape, the full-length carbon fiber base, and the specially engineered construction. As you know, all athletes have different bodies and different needs. That's why, VKs are available in an unprecedented five different degrees of flexibility based on the athlete’s weight and sport. Along with athlete weight, foot size and sport, their proprietary algorithm determines optimal “Pro” level based on how much deflection force an athlete can comfortably exert on the VK. The incredible level of thought and science that has gone into the product is what makes it exceptional.

VKTRY insoles were conceived, designed and invented by Matt Arciuolo, Certified Pedorthist of the USA Olympic Bobsled Team. And what sport do you know that needs more explosive initial burst than bobsledding? And it's all well and good to hear claims of performance, but testing has borne out their theories. In trial after trial, athletes using the VKTRY soles improved speed times rather dramatically. In baseball, the difference between running a 6.8 and a 6.6 60 time might be the difference between a scholarship, between a pro contact. In football, nearly all college and pro teams begin their talent assessments with a 40 time Run a 4.6 and you're one of a million. Run a 4.4 and you're one in a million. Imagine if you could gain that slight edge by simply slipping top-of-the-line science in your shoe?

Though the initial incarnation of their product was outstanding they, just like the clientele they serve, were always striving to do better. Recently they reversed a common trend in manufacturing by moving their manufacturing from overseas to the United States where they were able to take advantage of improved processes and produce an insole that is 30% thinner and 40% more lightweight. So slip them in and lace them up. Those faster times you're running? Those will just be because of your two little secrets.

Source: VKTRY

June 11, 2016 - A Lasting Legacy

Want to hear about the biggest win-win-win we've ever found for you at SPR. It's the Upstart Sports Bleacher Seat program. This is a way for high schools and colleges to raise money while honoring current and former players and improving the quality and comfort of their facilities at the same time.

All a school has to do is send out an email, provided by Upstart Sports, to all current players and alumni as far back as they'd like, asking if the player (or player's parents) would like to purchase a beautiful stadium seat for the school's bleachers. The seats are made of a comfortable polypropylene material that will install on any surface easily. They are especially perfect as an upgrade to the typical aluminum bleachers you see at most high school and small college fields.

On each seat will be embossed the current or former player's name, years they played, and uniform number. A super cool tribute and way to honor a legacy for years to come. The best news of all? Through Upstart Sports' online platform this can all be done without anyone at the school having to collect money and keep track of sales. Orders come in and the seats go out, they come in school colors, are installed in a matter of minutes and turn an ordinary facility into a real stadium. Fans love the comfort they bring to the game-watching experience. Schools actually raise money as they profit from each seat sold, meaning the stadium upgrade is not only free...its a fundraiser. And opposing teams immediately know they're playing at a place where they take their athletics seriously, lending a terrific home field advantage.

We can't figure out why any school wouldn't take advantage of this opportunity, it's such a no-brainer. In fact, with as many benefits Upstart Sports Bleacher Seat program brings, its a win-win-win-win-win.

Source: Upstart Sports

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