April 21, 2017 - On the Rebound

There are some people who never would think of new products and just assume that what's out and available must be the sum of all the good ideas. Then there are others who imagine things that would be useful, but never go beyond the idea stage. 

Then there are people like Soccer Innovations who have built a terrific business by envisioning new and innovative (thus the name) products, and then actually bringing them to market. 

The Handheld Soccer Rebounder is a good example. I've seen many goalie coaches working with keepers on quick reaction drills. The keeper or another player throws the ball out to the coach who then tries to quickly volley it back. The idea is that often a goalie in a real game will deflect a shot, only to have it instantly driven back to the goal. Being able to practice defending these rebounds is invaluable. 

But it is not always easy to connect foot to ball and often the rebound isn't on target, this leads to lots of wasted time and energy from both the coach, and players. The Handheld Rebounder eliminates this issue. It's wide surface and two handles make it not only easy to send the ball back towards where it came, but easily control it's direction allowing the coach to determine the degree of difficulty.

The Rebounder can be used in many different ways. Ironically, when I first saw it I had essentially the opposite application in mind. My daughter is a Division One soccer player and when she and I go down to the field I will let her shoot on me in goal. When it's coming right at me, it's scary. You might  think it would be no problem to just knock it down but with the velocity and movement her balls have, if you don't get it just right you can end up with a jammed finger or sprained wrist. This rebounder would not only be a great line of self-defense, but could also teach her to follow her shots and finish balls the goalie deflects. 

Everything you'll find at Soccer Innovations is tremendous quality and value. If you've ever wondered, "what if" about anything soccer, check them out. They've probably already dreamed it, tested, and perfected it.

Source: Soccer Innovations

April 7, 2017 - Swaggy Sleeve

We already told you about Lefty Swag's terrific training bats, but did you know that they make a heck of a sleeve that not only looks great but feels like a million bucks? Or does it feel great and look like a million? 

Either way, they sent us a few to try out and my baseball-playing sons loved them and argued over who got which one. They are not super-thin like some sleeves that essentially give no warmth or support and make you question their reason for existence, and they're not so thick as to be cumbersome. 

These are perfect for protecting your arms and elbows when sliding, while providing warmth on a cool day yet without being too hot on a warm one. The Dri-Fit fabric is moisture wicking so you won't get sweaty wearing it.

If you're looking for a great sleeve that's going to last a long time and stand up to the elements, this is a terrific choice. Hey, and if it makes you look like a winner too, you know you'll take that.

Source: Lefty Swag Bats

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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

March 26, 2017 - Slide and Shoot

Short on space but would like to add a basket for the kids to shoot on? Maybe you're a shool that has limited resources and a permanent goal wouldn't fit the budget or would be in the way of other activites. The folks at Bison have a terrific solution. 

You'll love their Removable Practice Basketball Goal Package. The bracket mounts easily on any flat surface. Then simply slid in the rim and, viola! instant hoops! This and many other great sporting goods ideas can be found on their website

Bison is committed to creating great products and developing the best facilities money can buy. Whether you have limited funds or an NCAA D1 powerhouse budget, they have what you need to get the games going.

Source: Bison

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March 9, 2017 - Smart Mouth

Just another mouth guard? You might think so at first glance. The PRO-TEC Series mouth guards from XCELER8 Athletics don't look much different than the average guard you might see any any store. But looks can be deceiving. And you'd be smart to look a little closer at this one.

The PRO-TEC has been carefully designed for the youth athlete 14 years and younger. It is made of the safest materials and the dual-layer absorbs impact from the initial point of contact, while the specialized soft gel lining provides a custom secure fit.

They sent us a couple to try and after easily forming it into the mouth you can just feel the sturdiness, the protection. It's not just a piece of molded plastic. This one can obviously take a hit. The air-infused outer layer absorbs and distributes impact. The inner layer soft gel offers extra protection and makes molding easy. Four integrated breathing channels allow for air passage when your mouth is closed and, maybe most importantly, the air chamber cushion pads interlock the top and bottom molars which keep the jaw secure.

Made of top compliance FDA approved materials (BPA, PVC, and Latex Free) the PRO-TEC Series mouthpiece is durable and long lasting, which means instead of being a gnarled hunk of chewed plastic at the end of the season, this one will still be in great shape and ready for the next game. Just pop it in its handy ventilated case and it will be ready when you are. 

Want further proof? Well, they put their money where your mouth is. Every mouthguard comes with a $5,000 dental warranty and is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. And speaking of money, after all this build-up, you're probably afraid to hear the price. Don't be. With the PRO-TEC you get the best of both worlds: Top-of-the-line quality at a price that's not much more than you'd expect to pay for an average mouthpiece. 

When it comes to protecting those teeth, you don't want to skimp. And you don't have to. The smart money is on PRO-TEC. 

Source: XCELER8 Athletics

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