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Category Archives: Sport

The History of Greyhound Racing in Australia

Greyhound breed of dog is raised in Australia as a family pet as well as for racing purposes. Greyhound racing is popular across the country. Around $4 billion is spent every year on greyhound race betting. A majority of online sports betting sites also facilitate users to place bets on such races.

In the New South Wales, this industry generates around $335 million in revenue. More than 10,000 people are employed to train and take good care of dogs.

History of Greyhound Racing

The history of greyhound racing dates back to the 1860’s. However, at that time, sports betting was banned in the country. After the legal reforms were introduced in 1928, betting was legalised. The Dapto Greyhound Club obtained the license in 1936 to manage betting on a national level.

In 1939, the NSW Greyhound Breeders Association was formed. Greyhound betting gained popularity in Australia and new tracks began to open across the country to arrange more racing events.In 1985, a new racetrack opened at Wentworth Park. Since it could accommodate a large number of spectators, it soon became the headquarters of greyhound racing in New South Wales.

In 2009, a new legislation was passed by the government of NSW. According to this law, Greyhound Racing NSW, also referred to as GRNSW, became responsible to organise racing events across the state.

Controversies

Greyhound racing has been banned multiple times in the history of Australia. Questions were raised about the ill-treatment of greyhounds. However, these racing events are now regularly held across the country and people also place bets.

Until 1931, it wasn’t allowed to arrange greyhound races in NSW. However, the ban was reversed in 1931 under the new Labour government. This sport was referred to as a working man’s racehorse. However, betting on such events wasn’t allowed until 1970.

In 2015, another major controversy was caused in 2015. Media reports claimed that animals are ill-treated during training. Therefore, the NSW government banned the activity until July 2017. This ban from sports betting on greyhound races was reversed in October 2016 with various conditions.

The organisers were compelled to reduce the number of racing tracks, limit the number of races per year, spend more on the well-being of dogs, and take care of dogs for their entire life even when they couldn’t take part in a race anymore.

Greyhound Racing Today

Sports betting and gambling are the most popular activities in Australia. People spend millions of dollars on betting. Betting websites make it easier to bet on the sports you enjoy the most.

Betting websites offer a signup bonus and also offer attractive discount offers for registered users. This way, you can increase your earnings with the help of your sports knowledge.

Regardless of the fact that greyhound racing has been banned several times throughout the history, it’s one of the most popular sports in the country. You can easily place your bets with the help of an online bookmaker site or by visiting the racing arenas.

Commit to the shot. The way to hit a hockey ball.

There has been a huge rise in the interest in the game of Hockey that has not been seen since the 1988 Seoul Olympics when the Men’s Team GB won a gold medal. This feat has recently been repeated, and in some style by the Ladies team in 2016 and the sport is enjoying a new renaissance with many people looking to take up this ancient game. We know that the game dates back to as far back as Egyptian times as there has been archaeological evidence to show the game being played between to individuals holding the curved hockey stick. We don’t know what the rules were back then, but I’ll bet they could have benefited from watching some Hockey Drill Videos by Sportplan.net. Let’s see how we can actually hit the ball properly and firstly how we can hold the stick.

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It’s not just a case of gripping the thing any old how. You need to position yourself correctly otherwise you’ll make a right hash of it. Believe you me there is nothing more humiliating than fluffing the pass of a penalty corner. The ire of your teammates is not what you want to get let me tell you. So there are two ways to hold the stick. The first way is the upper grip. No prizes for guessing that this is at the higher end of the stick. This is where you can get the power element. You have to hold the stick tightly with hands close to by each other. In fact it’s required that there is no gap at all. The other grip is the choke grip. This is where you hold the stick at the lower end of. Again, you need to clasp the stick tightly with the hands touching so as to maintain control. If you don’t have a good grip on the stick, then the head and face of it tend to flap about. If you want to control and steer the ball, then you need to have the lower grip so that your centre of gravity is nearer the ball. For a shot or long pass and more power you’ll need the higher grip.

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Ok so you’re ready to hit the ball. You must have your head right over it at all times and then make sure it is line or just slightly beyond your left foot. Grip it, pull back to the required amount and swing through the ball. Commit to the shot otherwise you’ll just not hit I hard enough. Keep it up, practice makes perfect.

Proper Running Shoes

Increase running efficiency

Scientific research has shown that a person running with a proper pair of running shoes uses a lot less effort and energy compared to those that run barefoot. A major reason for this is the extra cushioning in the shoes. For the barefoot runner, it is necessary to expend more energy and use the leg muscles more because of the missing cushioning.

Protection

A well made pair of shoes includes extra protection to avoid issues of discomfort or pain while the feet are under more stress. A midsole section helps to give protection against hard surfaces or objects that are run over. The softer the midsole the greater protection and cushioning it can provide. But, the soft midsole is not the most durable and means it is necessary to replace the running shoes more often.

Controls overpronation

Overpronation relates to rolling the foot too far inwards while running, which also flattens the arch of the foot. It helps to avoid this foot position because it can jar the knee and tilts the leg inward. The risk of running in this fashion can lead to foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis and shin splints. There are plenty of running shoes that are made to fix this specific type of problem. Most of these shoes include a stronger piece of material on the inside edge of the midsole which prevents the foot from rolling.

Fixes supination

A high-quality pair of running shoes is also used for fixing issues related to supination which is when the foot rolls outward when running. A downside of running like this is the extra stress put on the bones and ligaments on the outer side of the foot. The best shoes to give protection for supination include those with cushioning in the front and heel, as well as the soft midsole.

Become a Professional Basketball Player

Get your current priorities in order. Committing yourself to do what it takes to become a professional is no small order. One of the greatest sacrifices you’ll need to make is one of time and how you decide to use it. And the more obligations in your life, the trickier it gets. If you’re in school, you need to work your basketball schedule around classes, homework and studying, not the other way around. You don’t want your grades to slip. You might have work, a family or both. There’s a number of things that can factor in dividing your time. The biggest thing is making sure you understand what’s most important and moving forward from there. Students fail, marriages fail and plans to go pro fail when players allow basketball to overshadow the more important responsibilities. Don’t let that be you. Prioritize your life and work basketball into it.

Work your butt off. This seems like a no-brainer, right? It’s almost as if telling you to work on your game doesn’t need to be discussed. But you’d be surprised by how many people say they want to be in the pros, yet their work habits mirror none of their claims. Some people are turned off after they hear “Get your priorities in order”, so if you’re still serious about making it professionally, you need to be in the gym! Know what you’re great at, good at and not-so good at. Spend some time on the great, more time turning the good to great, and extra time getting the not-so good to a respectable level. After you’ve prioritized, you now need to maximize the windows of time that you’ve blocked off solely for basketball and get to it. Track your progress so you know you’re improving. Don’t forget weights and cardio training. Find someone to work with you. Do whatever you have to do to improve. Just make sure you’re working when you’re supposed to, and not TV binging on the couch.

Be relentless. This scenario is sadly, yet fairly common: Guy hits his workouts hard and is motivated to get better for a couple of weeks. The next week he hits it hard and is motivated for five days. The following week it’s three days. The pattern continues until he’s back to working out when he gets a chance, rethinking the path he wants to take in life. That’s some heavy stuff, but it happens. Look at new year’s resolutions. The success stories aren’t as prevalent as the ones that let it go not even a month in. If you’re going pro, you need to stick with it whether you feel like it or not! There will always be days when your body or the majority of your mind tells you “not today”. Guaranteed. However, that small light in your brain that reminds you it’s work out day is what you need to listen to. If you only work on the days you feel like it, you’re selling yourself miles short of where you could be. It’s said that 90% of success involves just showing up. Get yourself in the gym, and everything else will follow once you’re there.

Must Use Volleyball Shoes

The first question I asked was simple. Why are shoes so important? Shoes are some of the most important equipment that you will use. You need to have shoes that have good arch support and keep the foot stable. I know from personal experience that poor support can cause pain in the feet, knees or even the lower back. You also need to make sure that the shoe fits properly so that your foot does not move or shift around inside of the shoe. Not choosing wisely can result in injury.

Next I asked what makes them different. The sport of volleyball puts stresses and wear and tear on certain points of the shoe. For example, the toe area is reinforced which is the first area to wear out on these shoes because of the way your foot drags after serving the ball. The ventilation is also important. Each shoe has been designed with a ventilation system to help keep your feet dry and cool during the game. This helps prevent chafing and reduces the chance of fungus growth like athletes foot. They also have specially designed cushioning in the sole of the shoe. It helps to reduce impact on the athlete’s body after running or jumping. The shoes also have a specially designed rubberized out-sole that helps with traction on the court. This helps the athlete to change directions faster and more easily. Finally the support and stability of the shoe is designed around the rigors of the sport.

The final question was can you use a different type of shoe such as a basketball or running shoe? The simple answer is yes. Those types of shoes will work, but they probably won’t last as long. Also they will not perform quite as well on the court. You have to remember that basketball shoes were developed for basketball and running shoes were developed for running. Although sometimes people feel more comfortable playing in shoes they are more familiar with, that is OK even if it was designed for other sports.

Be A Better Baller

Improving your game is actually very simple. What you want to do is practice the fundamentals of basketball daily. Michael Jordan was able to great things on the basketball court because he mastered the fundamentals of basketball.

Doing simple ball handling, shooting, and defensive drills make a big difference when done on a consistent basis.

When you master the fundamentals, your understanding of the game of basketball increases dramatically.

For example, think about when you first learned how to walk. At first, you had to crawl, then you started walking, then you could jog, and then you could run. Eventually you started dancing and now you can play the game of basketball.

The reason you were able to accomplish all those feats is because you mastered the fundamental of walking. You mastered it because you practiced every day without fail. What if you decided to practice the fundamentals of basketball every day without fail?

Target And Eliminate Weakness

Be honest with yourself.

What are your weaknesses?

Identify those weaknesses and attack them daily.

Can you handle the basketball with both hands?

Can you finish at the rim with both hands?

Can you hit the wide open three?

Get rid of your weaknesses and your performance on the basketball court will be noticeably better.

Mental Toughness

One of the fastest ways to improve your game is to change or improve your mentality. Believe that you’re unstoppable on the basketball court, and act as if you’re unstoppable.

In order to increase your self-belief, you have to act as if you really are the best. Take control of the things you can control. Out-hustle, out-think, and out-perform your opponent(s) in every situation possible.

Don’t just attempt to do your best, instead aim to go above and beyond what you thought you were capable of. Most basketball players are contempt with doing the best they can, but what you want to do is set yourself apart from the rest.

Vertical Jump

First day

(sets by reps)

Pistol squats (3x 10)

Depth jumps (3 x 15)

Rim Jumps (4 x 10)

Second day

Bulgarian split squats (3 x 10)

Chair rockets (4 x 15)

Lunge jumps (3 x 15)

(You should alternate day 1 and day 2 every two to three days, depending on what your body is telling you i.e. soreness)

This would a good place to start. Just make sure you’re eating the proper diet afterwards! If you don’t know what to eat, you should look into muscle building nutrition, it’s very basic stuff, but I’ll explain the surface.

Muscle building involves tearing down micro fibres in order to rebuild them stronger than before. So to rebuild them, you need protein. Not only that, there are many other foods you should be eating to speed the process up, and many other foods you should be avoiding that could be hindering your success. Some of these foods are sugar, saturated fats, and according to some individuals, gluten. Stay away from these and eat foods like salmon, broccoli and bananas and you should be good to go. Other than that, stay away from soda drinks and replenish your body with water before and after your workouts.

Hand Pass a Volleyball

Now a hard driven ball is exactly what it sounds like. The ball will be coming towards you at full speed, so you must be ready to dig it instantly. Place your hands up early, in front of your forehead. Note that when you set a ball, you try to make the shape of the ball so you can absorb it, then push it out. However, when volleying a spike it is very difficult to absorb the ball, so instead we place our hands in a flat but firm position.

As the ball comes to you, do not try to absorb it. Instead, push a little towards the ball. The idea here is to not have a “clean” volleyball. If you hear a small thump, that’s a good thing. With a volley-set, you should aim to make contact with the ball at your finger tips. This may not always happen when volleying a hard driven pass and that is OK. Your palm, or fore-fingers may also make contact.

Lastly, it is important that you direct the ball towards where you want it to go. You will most likely not have time to shift your body to face your target, so instead we compromise and follow through with our hands towards where we want the ball to go. Additionally, step with your front foot towards the target.

4 main steps listed above:

1. Maintain a balanced posture with your weight forward and your feet staggered about a foot and a half apart.

2. Place your hands up early and hold them in a flat but firm position.

3. As the ball comes towards you, do not try to absorb it but instead push towards it. This will not be a “clean” volley. You should hear a thump.

4. Follow through with your hands, and step with your front foot towards your target.

Basketball Rebounding

Practice proper timing. It has been said that the guy with the highest vertical jump is the guy that will get the most rebounds. Now, that can be true at times, but timing is actually a lot more important than jumping ability.

You can have all the hops in the world, but if you have horrible timing, you won’t find much success with grabbing rebounds. If you jump too early you won’t get the rebound, if you jump too late, you definitely won’t get the rebound. So, make sure to always estimate the proper timing of your jump before you decide to just jump in the air and hope to catch a rebound.

The second tip to improve your rebounding is, always box out your opponent. This is a crucial component to successful rebounding. When you box out your opponent you increase your odds of getting a rebound, and you decrease the odds of your opponent getting a rebound.

Boxing out is also used to aggravate your opponent and it can also be used to intimidate softer players who try to avoid physical contact. You need to assert yourself when there are loose ball opportunities. 9 times out of 10, the guy who boxes out his opponent effectively will end up with the rebound.

Lastly, you need to have a high belief that every rebound is yours. That means you need to use your full effort to go and get a rebound regardless of how difficult it may be to actually get the rebound.

Sometimes you can look at the way a shot was taken and realize that the basketball is going to end up in the opposite direction of where you are, but that shouldn’t stop you from boxing out your opponent and making an attempt to get the rebound.

Basic Skills Used in Volleyball

Passing – Passing is the act of directing a ball coming from the other team in the form of either a serve or other non-attack form of play toward the net where it can be set. Quite often these passes are executed using the forearms (sometimes known as bumping), but they can also be done overhead (at least in the indoor game).

Setting – After a ball is passed (or dug) on the first contact, a second one is used to provide an attackable ball to a hitter. This set is usually executed overhand in the indoor game, though can also be accomplished using a forearm pass. You will see the latter – generally referred to as a bump set – in the beach game quite often where the restrictions on ball-handling are somewhat tighter.

Hitting – Also known as spiking, hitting is the process of attacking the ball into the opponents court. The objective is to score a point by causing the ball to land on the floor or to be played out of bounds by a defending player. This is generally accomplished by jumping and hitting the ball above the height of the net with a downward trajectory.

Blocking – The first line of defense against a hitter is the block. In blocking, a player (or players) attempt to prevent the ball from being played into their court by stopping it from crossing the net at the point of attack. This is executed by jumping very near the net and extending the arms above the head, and into the opponents side of the court for those with the height and/or jumping ability to do so.