February 12, 2015 - Sock it Away

I saw it again as I was walking my dog through the park housing our local Little League fields. Some coaches were having their players hit off the tee into the school fencing surrounding the ball diamonds. You could see where the fence was becoming warped and bent outward from the repetitive force of the balls. Not more than three lengths of fence away was a clearly-posted sign prohibiting this practice.

I spent eight years on my local Little League board and one of the things we worked hard on during my tenure was to ingrain into our volunteer coaches the rules and importance of following them. Damaging school property was a sure way to lose our right to use these fields. It appears my successors on the board have not made this particular issue as much of a priority.

Therefore, even though it has been years since I've attended a Little League board meeting, it is in my DNA, so I stopped and nicely informed the coaches that they ought not be doing this, and why. They took the advice/suggestion/admonishment pretty well, though one of them provided the weak excuse that they did not own a net to hit into.

Well now they know about Rukket Sports. Rukket sent us one of their "Sock it!" Baseball nets to try and it is fantastic. The biggest aversion youth coaches have to portable nets is that many are cumbersome. They are difficult to transport, set up and break down. By the time they have wrestled with all of the parts, constructed the net and then disassembled it, much of practice is already over.

But the Sock It? Could not have been much easier. It only weighs 15 pounds and comes with a handy nylon carry bag so getting in in and out of a car would be no problem. And even easier is getting it up and ready to use. The first time, we did put the net on upside-down, but after we realized the Velcro belonged on the bottom, it was an easy fix. Had we guessed correctly the entire set-up time would have been three minutes. And taking it down and storing it away is just as quick and simple.

It boasts a hefty 7' x 7' frame that will ensure no errant hits fly into an area where kids are playing. It can be used for pitching as well. The net gets its name from the large sock or pouch that conveniently retrieves all balls. And we found that its not just for baseball. My daughter is a soccer player and she can use it as a backyard goal. And when we go down to the soccer field and practice her crosses, now I won't have to run thirty yards and chase each one. She'll be able to cross right into the Sock It again and again.

Rukket is a small, owner-operated business that takes great pride in workmanship and product quality. Just like with many products we've reviewed over the years, it looks like they've got a bright future. So if you need a net, (and you know who I'm referring to), there's no longer a good excuse. Rukket's made it so that next time I walk by your practice, I can keep on walking.

Source: Rukket


Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 01:16PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference | EmailEmail

January 29, 2015 - Bungee Thumping

The folks at Bungeeclub asked us to look over their new swing training aid. We've reviewed other bungee training aids for baseball, so we know these devices work. The Bungeeclub is designed to fix multiple issues in a player's swing mechanics, most notably extension, connection and impact.


It may seem a little odd at first to hook the velcro collar around your neck, but heck, we know golfers don't care how they look as long as they look good on the scorecard. What this product promises to do is provide instant feedback on each swing so that you can feel the proper technique. Repetitive use will then reinforce these new, positive habits so that muscle-memory turns them into your natural performance. It is easy to use and works for all ages and body types. Think of it as having a golf pro you can strap on any time you'd like.


Every golfer knows that the key to practice is to get yourself into the proper impact position. This requires the hands, arms, shoulders, torso and hips to all work in concert beginning with your grip, stance and posture. The swing begins with the take-away and extension as you turn away from the ball. Next you'll need the proper extension at the top of your swing and transition back towards the ball. The Bungeeclub synchs everything up so that you know when you've hit it right and how to do it again and again. You'll correct flaws such as looking or straightening up, timing and rhything, casting and more.


If the idea of practicing with a club attached to a length of surgical tubing seems too peculiar, then how does the idea of ten or more yards on each swing grab you? We thought so. You'll do anything you can to get an edge. And that's exactly what you'll get when you jump into the Bungeeclub.


Source: Bungeeclub

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 04:07PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

January 21, 2015 - Sport Coat

If your kids are like mine, their idea of being well-dressed is wearing a pullover sweatshirt with a team logo on the front.  They don't feel comfortable in a nice sweater and will only wear one if we force them for some kind of special occasion.

We were approached by Soccerloco and asked if we'd like to try out one of their Nike performance soccer hoodies and they sent us the Flash Flood Full-Zip Hoody. We weren't expecting what we received.

The quality was immediately apparent. As was the styling. This garment is better described as “apparel” than “sportswear.” However, as classy as it looks, it still maintains an athletic appearance and feel. My son, a twenty-three year-old athlete now has a girlfriend and they go out occasionally. I doubt he ever had any self-awareness about his Tampa Rays pullover sweatshirt he wore everywhere. But maybe she teased him about still looking like a little kid in it, because he loves the Flash Flood and now wears it every time they have a date. And he looks good in it.

The French terry fabric is durable – thick enough to provide warmth when it's chilly, but with enough flexibility to move around freely and not feel bundled up. In really inclement weather you can zip up the chin region region. Maybe best of all, the jacket holds its shape. this is perfect for my son as I doubt he has hung it on a hanger once, but it never appears wrinkled or worn. It looks great with a pair of jeans and wouldn't be out of place on the sideline over sweat pants.

This is the perfect addition to the wardrobe of any coach or player who wants to dress sharp but athletic, regardless of their sport. There are a couple of pro football coaches you've seen on television famous for their pullover sweatshirts. Do you want to look like that? We dare you to slip into this one and see if you ever want to take it off.

Source: Soccerloco

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 02:28PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

January 14, 2015 - Take Your Seat

With four children who are all involved in sports, my wife and I attend a lot, and I mean a lot of games. And, until my kids make it far enough that they're playing in sold-out arenas with comfortable stadium chairs, we're mostly sitting on wood or aluminum bleachers. I can remember being at one night game recently when it was so cold that I shivered uncontrollably all nine innings and had to continually get up and walk around because the metal stands were causing numbing pain in the posterior.

Sports Unlimited asked us if we'd like to try their patented, wide stadium chair. We replied in the affirmative pretty quickly. If you haven't gotten a stadium chair yet, you need to do so immediately. And if you do have one already, you'll like this one better.

The fact that it is extra wide means that it works for any type of body. But even smaller folks will appreciate the roominess it offers. It is designed to fit virtually any type of bleacher - wood or metal, new or old and is made of a Cordova canvas that resists mildew and that cleans easily. The bungees on the bottom offer terrific support and keep the seat elevated and provide a cushiony feel. It comes in a variety of colors and is sturdy and durable. And the chair is lightweight, easy to fold up, store and carry. Sports Unlimited will even customize your seat. Adding a school name, logo, team or player's name or number make it a special gift that any parent or grandparent fan will treasure.

We keep ours permanently in the trunk of the car so that we're never stuck sitting on those uncomfortable wood or metal planks. Few things in life are as enjoyable as watching your kids or grand kids playing the games they love. But if you're uncomfortable, some of that enjoyment is lost. Thanks to Sports Unlimited, now you can be sitting in the bleachers while your rear end thinks it is in the owner's luxury suite.

Source: Sports Unlimited

January 7, 2015 - Start the New Year Off On the Right Foot

For many of us, getting into shape is a common New Year's resolution. But isn't it funny how when we go to work out, we walk into the gym on our feet, but then end up exercising nearly every part of our bodies except them? Why wouldn't we also be just as concerned with the proper care and maintenance of our calves, ankles, toes and feet when we know that if they aren't working properly, none of the rest really matters?


There are ways to stretch and strengthen the lower extremities, but nothing is as all-encompassing, easy to use and plain inviting as the Foot Gym. It combines six stretches along with a heated or chilled massage feature, to allow you to speed up your recovery from injury or surgery, or help prevent either from happening in the first place.


Combining an angled foot pad with resistance band tubing, one can employ the device for toe curls and toe extensions, dorsiflexion stretches, Plantar Fascia stretch and effective calf stretches. Or, fill the removable roller ball with either cold or hot water and pamper yourself with a luxurious foot massage.


My soccer-playing daughter uses it to stretch her calves and improve her ankle strength, which has always been an issue. I recommend simply putting it under your desk at work, kicking off your shoes and letting your feet do their thing on it throughout the day. You'll be amazed at how much better your feet, toes and ankles feel in a short period of time because they've been “working out,” and getting massaged instead of just sitting there.


Whether you've had foot injuries or just want to prevent them, or even if you like the idea of rewarding your hard-working tooties with a roll over a massage ball while you work, you won't go wrong with this innovative product. For the New Year, it's time you let those feet have their own gym membership. Because if you take care of them, they're going to take care of you.


Source: Foot Gym

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