All the years I coached Little League, softball and travel ball, I was looking for things my players could do to improve their hitting during practice. No one likes to see a team with a coach on the mound, throwing pitch after to pitch to one hitter at the plate, while the other eleven kids lounge around in the outfield picking clovers, waiting for an occasional ball to roll up to them.
I wanted to create hitting stations which would allow multiple players to be swinging a bat simultaneously so that every kid got in a ton of cuts. But here was the key – and the challenge. These stations had to insure safety not only for the hitters, but for the other players in the field. Little League parks are small and kids that age are not the most aware or careful. We couldn't have hard balls flying around from various locations.
I wish Shuttle Baseball had been invented then. This is the perfect compliment to any youth baseball or softball practice. Shuttle Baseball is a foam ball; not squishy like a Nerf, but not hard enough that it would seriously hurt anyone. By itself this ball would travel great distances and could leave a good welt if it hit a youngster point-blank. But what makes this different is the addition of the badminton shuttle-cock. This brilliant combination means the product is safe and multi-dimensional.
The wind-drag caused by the shuttle, or tail, slows the hit ball and virtually eliminates roll. This means that if a coach sets up a station where kids hit these off the tee, they are not having to chase them for miles and there's nobody who is going to get tagged by a hard line drive. But the design also makes this a great training tool. Since the tail causes the ball to fly according to how it is hit, serious players can use it to work on their swings, getting instant feedback from the ball's flight.
This is a rare product that can be used to teach beginners to catch, hit and throw. It is perfect for school playgrounds. Want your aspiring star to be able to hit off the tee at home but don't have a lot of space or a big net? He can hit Shuttles all day long in the back yard or even the garage, no other equipment required. There are so many ways it can be used, you'll surprise yourself at your inventiveness. Which is what the folks at Shuttle Baseball had in mind when they invented it in the first place.
Source: Shuttle Baseball
There are few pairs of legs in the world that are as precious as Lionel Messi. Many defenders in the world cup will have their eyes on Messi's legs as they attempt to stop the Argentinian striker from putting the ball past their goalkeepers.
So, how does Messi protect those golden legs, without hampering his speed and dribbling ability? The answer, the Adidas F50 Pro Lite Messi Shin Guards.
As their name suggests, one of the extraordinary features of these shin pads is their extremely light weight. They obviously come with Adidas unique techfit upper, this provides natural comfort and support for a seamless sock like fit. The snugness of the fit is a beautiful balance of comfort without hampering circulation. This is because the sock like guards act as a compression sleeve, which adidas have engineered to circulate blood back to the center. This improves performance where other builds of shin guard may hamper it.
The protection offered by the adidas F50 Pro Lite Messi Shin Guards is on par with industry standards and ensures that players legs are well protected. The no strap construction is also an advantage of these shin guards that most professional players are finding highly beneficial. No straps means no itchiness or uncomfortable velcro digging into the players legs. The design is inspired by Lionel Messi, so you can rest assured that there is speed, agility and ultimate performance in mind.
The aesthetics of the shin guard will also be appealing to many players. The allover print is very funky and will make any player stand out at training. This all round brilliant shin guard is sure to aid performance and provide protection ensuring that players stand out on the field of play too.
Eighteen months ago we did a review of Pro Ice, a product we loved so much it made our 2012 Product of the Year list. With four athletic kids who are always getting dinged up, we use it in our personal lives all the time.
What makes Pro Ice so special and unique is that there is no water melting, no mess; all of the cold comes from the dozens of small pockets nestled inside a cozy, comfortable, compression wrap that maintains a constant temperature and creates a more thorough, longer-lasting cold experience.
When my soccer-playing daughter came up hobbling from a bad ankle, I noticed that the larger wraps we had did not fit perfectly around her foot. The good folks at Pro Ice wanted us to fall in love with the product all over again so they kindly sent not only ankle wraps (pictured), but another full cooler with wraps to take care of backs, knees, elbows – you name it. She loves the ankle ice and uses it if she's having pain, but also therapeutically after practices and games, even if it doesn't hurt.
What I don't understand is why every high school and college doesn't have these cooler packs on hand for each sport. My son just finished his high school baseball season. On their team and, on nearly every high school and travel team anywhere, whenever a kid at bat jumps out of the way of a pitched ball instead of “taking one for the team," the guys in the dugout yell out with derisive humor, “We got ice.”
Well, no they didn't. There was no cooler of ice in the dugout. What this means is that if someone were to twist an ankle, get hit by a ball, anything that would call for immediate ice treatment, there was nothing available. I guess in an emergency they could try to trek to the school, find a container and an ice machine and lug it back, but that never happened. And pitchers? Shouldn't all of them ice their arms after every outing? Our pitchers didn't have access.
All a team would need is a Pro Ice Cooler, two or three of their pitchers shoulder wraps and 2-3 of the basic wraps that work on elbows, knees, backs, and even rap around those ribs that get plunked by a fastball. Simply put it in a freezer a few hours before a game and then bring it to the field each game and practice. No need to waste gallons of water, lug a huge cooler filled with heavy, wet ice. Pro Ice is the obvious solution not only for baseball but for football, soccer, lacrosse, - you name it.
We love spreading the Pro Ice gospel, because we love the product. If you're skeptical, just start with one of their wraps. Stick it in the freezer for a few hours then take it out and wrap it around what hurts. You'll be sold within minutes of feeling that cooling relief.
Source: Pro Ice
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.
By Dovber Chaiton
The FIFA World Cup Soccer is around the corner. The beautiful game is at its beautiful best. It truly is a spectacle of color, flair and flavor as the world watches with excitement.
Color, flair and flavor are also on exhibit when it comes to the soccer boots that the players wear in honor of this spectacular event. When it comes to soccer boots, one of the newest brands is Warrior. Warrior Football is producing trendy and high performance football footwear.
In time for the World Cup they have released their newest soccer boot, the Warrior Second Generation Skreamer. As the name suggests, the second generation Skreamer really does attract a lot of attention and for all the right reasons.
The second generation Skreamer is reduced in weight. They are not to be taken lightly though. The Skreamer has a unique Arrowhead Vamp, this gives soccer players maximum power and precision. The Vamp along with the S-Lite upper means that you have a soccer boot that has power and precision without compromising on delicate and deft touch play.
The Warrior second generation Skreamer delivers when it comes to comfort too. The DeepLace configuration means that the boot always has a snug fit around the player’s foot. Warrior have gone all out on comfort with a Skreamfree stitchless internal make-up on their boot, this means no stitches cutting into player’s feet. There is also an Arrowbed insole, this promotes circulation for additional comfort during the game and quicker recovery after it.
The good soccer boots are separated from the mediocre ones when it comes to grip. The studs or blades are an essential part of the boot. Warrior has developed a technology called ClawTek. It is a technology that has introduced unique studs on Warrior boots, and it is winning rave reviews from players sporting the Warrior boots. The Skreamers are no different.
With bright neon colors and even better performance, it is no wonder that players like Vincent Kompany will be sporting Warrior Skreamer boots.
Source: Warrior Football