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There's a great new way to be entertained at the beach, lake or pool. If you spend any time near the water, go to Ripper Ball.com and spend a few bucks. You'll get your money's worth the first time you play with it.
What is, “it”? Water Ripper looks and feels just like a HackySack toy. But this one is amphibious. Essentially it is a fun little ball that will float, skip, hop and ski across the top of any water surface. It takes water play to a whole new and exciting level.
They sent us a few to try and we tested them in a backyard pool. It skips like a rock but you catch it like a bag. When my kids were young we always took things like tennis balls to pools or the ocean. The problem with those is that if you missed a throw and took a shot to the nose, it was no fun. And if the ball got away it would roll forever and we always worried about it conking someone innocent. Also no fun. The water ripper won't leave a mark. It's harmless. And because it is a beanbag, if it gets tossed out of the pool it stays pretty much put, which means more water time, less time running and reaching under someone's deck chair.
There are so many things you can do with it. Try water bowling or soccer. Have skip contests, keep track of consecutive catch rallies. Bury buckets in the sand and roll or kick it in like golf. Do tricks like you would with a frisbee or play keep away. See who can skip it the longest or, at the ocean, who can get the most air on a skip off a wave. Develop your catching and throwing skills in a safe and entertaining way. Surfers, paddlers, boaters, floaters, swimmers of all ages will have hours of fun The possibilities really are endless.
When you pack your beach bag, right there next to the paddle game, water football, bucket and shovel, needs to be a couple Water Rippers. Once you start skipping it around, you'll never want to put it down.
Source: Water Ripper
You've got pride in your school, true school spirit, right? What would you say if we showed you how you could create sharp, eye-catching shorts, T's, jackets, sheatshirts -- virtually anything you can imagine wearing, with your school's name and in your school's colors...for free?
There is an ingenious and user-friendly website manned by the folks at Ares Sportswear that does just that. Anyone from an individual user to a school athletic department can quickly access the site and design away. A school or team can use it to quickly create an entire store stocked with everything anyone might want, add a little mark-up on each item, and use it as a fundraiser.
Coaches love Ares Team Store because now, instead of having to order team apparel, collect checks, do sizing, receive orders, take care of handing them out, misfits, etc. they can simply direct their team to the store they've created and everyone will be able to order what is required and have it shipped directly to them. Coaches can get on with the job of coaching, not stocking a retail clothing store out of the back of their car.
Even an individual can order an item. See a cool jacket or hoodie that no one else has? Want to wear it to school and get everyone to ask where you got it? Let your imagination go wild!
Ares does quality work with professional customer service at terrific prices. They've built their business on the satisfaction of the thousands of organizations they've benefitted. Its true what you wear says a lot about you. Ares wants to help you say it in style.
Source: Ares Sportswear
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
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.
Is there anyone who doesn't like the smell of cedar? And is there anyone who does like the smell of old, musty, sweaty sports gear and or shoes? We first reviewed Stuffits five years ago when they sent us out a pair to try. Since then they've grown by leaps and bounds and we couldn't be prouder of their success.
Stuffits original product, the classic, is a tightly-sewn case of anti-microbial fabric "stuffed" with delightful cedar. Cedar not only imparts its fragrance in anything it touches, but it is a natural moisture absorber. Stuffits claimed that when you placed their product inside shoes that were smelly or wet -- or both, that they would freshen and smell better, last longer.
We have been using the same pair for years and they work great. Get caught out in the rain and your shoes are soaked? In the past that meant you may as well throw them out because of how they'd smell forever after. But now, just let them sit overnight inserted with Stuffits and tomorrow they'll be dry and redolant of sweet cedar.
Stuffits now makes their product for gloves, gear bags and helmets too. Just about anything you can think of that gets wet, sweaty and stinky is a prime candidate. All you need to do is try it once to believe it.
So don't fear the wet, the sweat, the smell. Just stuff it and tomorrow you'll feel like you're walking through a cedar forest. And who cares if it starts to rain?