Basketball – The Power of Symbolism in Free-Throw Shooting

As a Coach and teacher for some 40 years or so I have learned a few things myself. Learning is a fascinating thing and yet I think some of us take this for granted. “Life” itself is a tremendous journey filled with constant learning, to help us improve our station in life, hopefully make a good respectable living, and survive to the end in every aspect of life. Learning helps us make the decisions that we become accountable for whether right or wrong.

The power to ‘chose’ is probably the greatest power we have in life. Every single thing we do can be traced back to a thought and then a choice which ultimately lead to a destiny. I don’t want to philosophize too much here but ultimately this article is about leaving an impact through visual symbols which will possibly last a lifetime.

Charles Garfield once said, “A key to self-management is the capacity for self-observation. It is important to realize that self-observation is not the same as over criticism, judgmentalism, or paralysis by analysis. It is rather a consistent monitoring of one’s own performance”.

Another reason I am writing about symbolism is that the greatest teacher of all Jesus Christ taught in parables and symbols and if these parables and symbols left long lasting impressions in my mind then I hope it will have some effect on you the reader.

Over the many years of teaching I have found that I have used more and more visuals or symbols to help the students to possibly see what I see. Another teaching tool like an overhead projector projecting a picture on a screen. There’s a visual right there. It seems we get on the same page faster.

Here are 4 reasons why I use symbols in my coaching methods.

  1. Symbols create visuals which help recall important concepts.
  2. Symbols can represent and create feelings we can control.
  3. Symbols can teach varying principles according to personal readiness to learn or upgrade.
  4. Symbols can possibly expedite learning by clarifying imaginary visuals or pictures.

As I have said before when it comes to shooting free-throws in a superbly consistent and efficient manner it takes more than just ‘being a human’. You must become a ‘human doing’. Shooters are not born. They are made. So the first key is to find your maximum capacity as a free-throw shooter by learning what your maximum best average is from the line. If the best in the world namely the NBA players average about 72%, you can measure yourself along those numbers which really are very mediocre for a skill that is so simple and repetitive.

William James authored this comment which is perfect for my message. He stated, “A mind once stretched by a great idea or new understanding will never fully return to its original dimensions”. That’s why once you hit 90% from the line you won’t go back to 70% ever again. You will respect the changes you have made to elevate your numbers …

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Supporting Your NCAA Pride With Your Team Colors

Saturday gets a little bit sweeter when the brisk fall rolls in and the season tickets are ready, having fans tied up for the rest of the NCAA college football season. For diehards, it can even be a little tricky working in the holidays with all of those bowl games to keep you busy. It is all about showing off that college team pride.

Tailgating. It is a must. In fact, it is almost a weekly ritual. Pop up the tent, turn on the grill, play a few tailgate games and though it seems like it is not soon enough, it is game time! So get ready to cheer on your tigers and chant about your razorbacks or get ready to roll tide. Whoever your NCAA sports team is, you have almost everything on your checklist.

However, there is one thing missing. What to wear to your NCAA college game or even to hang out with the buddies to watch the game is almost comparable to how a woman might pick out her outfit on any given day. It takes thought and care. Shall you wear your jersey or your lucky old Clemson t-shirt that seems to bring a big win despite the fact that it has more holes than Swiss cheese?

Do you go to the stadium in your full war paint? Maybe your game is even on a big local network and the shirt has come off and the letters of your favorite sports network are painted across your chest. Sure, this is acceptable … if you are a student still. It is not very likely that the average adult NCAA college football fan goes to the games sporting paint and team tattoos and spray painted hair when they have officially retired from that stage of their life. Come on, you want to look classy and somewhat normal even.

Let us consider proper attire for NCAA football games. It is borderline chilly weather with a little bit of brisk breeze, generally, though it depends on the reason. It is the beginning of fall for goodness sake and yes, you will have the opportunity to tailgate and even look a little bit tasteful. But first, let us think about some of the traditional college costumes that NCAA football fans across the United States have adapted. Many styles are specific to the regions and where schools are located. Fortunately, some of those styles become fads that pass within a couple of years while others maintain tradition.

For those football fans in the southwest, good food and good weather is what they have in store for NCAA football games. They might just have their fitted hats, their university t-shirts with cut off sleeves and board shorts. And southwest region football fans will not forget the eye black paint under the eyes in case of that ever so bright glare.

On the west coast, specifically the mid-Pacific region, the male football fans are just a little bit more on the preppy but …

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Basketball Backboard Materials – What Will Your Basketball Hoop Be Made of?

When you set out to buy a basketball hoop for your driveway, there are a lot of decisions to make, and a lot of options. One of the most important is what kind of material that you will use for your backboard. The backboard material is very important because it will determine both how durable your entire system is going to be as well as the quality of the rebound (i.e. how well the basketball bounces against the backboard). Here are the five major types of backboards and what you have to know before you buy.

Molded Plastic

Molded plastic is generally what you see on the cheapest basketball systems, and it is really only suitable for small children or for people who only play occasionally. While it is a fine and durable material for young or inexperienced players, people who want a basketball hoop with a little bit better rebound should set their sights a little higher.

Acrylic

The most common material that you will encounter is acrylic. It is remarkably inexpensive, but still gives you great durability and rebound. The only thing you really need to look out for is the fact that acrylic tends to yellow after being left out in the sun for a few years. Also, acrylic, while it can be a rigid material, is simply not quite as rigid as glass, so you should opt for that material as good rebound is important to you.

Poly Carbonate

Polycarbonate functions just like acrylic, but it has the advantage of being a whole lot stronger. In fact, it is approximately five times more durable. Generally, when you are looking at two nearly identical systems for similar prices, and one offers a polycarbonate backboard and the other an acrylic, you should opt for the acrylic. Please note that some basketball hoops that say they have a “polycarbonate acrylic” backboard is just really polycarbonate.

Glass

Glass is the basketball backboard material that the pros use, and it should also be at the top of your list if you really want a pro feel. They are the material of choice because nothing matches their pure rigidity. If you really want the same kind of material that is used in the NBA, you should get a glass backboard that is seventy two inches wide and half and inch thick..

Steel

While steel basketball backboards are almost always found on commercial basketball goals, a few people just like the look of a painted metal backboard. While steel backboards don’t really offer you greater rigidity than your typical acrylic backboard, the main reason churches, schools, and outdoor public parks favor them is their incredible durability. They can literally last for decades, even when used extensively.…

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Sports Betting Tips – How to Bet on Futures

You may or may not have already learned that future bets are wagers placed far in advance of a sporting event after reading our Overview of Sports Gambling Bet Types. The basics are all there, so the purpose of this article is to explain why futures offer such strong value and give tips on improving your chances to win when betting futures.

The main advantage of futures is that you can get appealing odds by betting when oddsmakers first release them or well before an event is decided. For example, placing a future wager on the Kentucky Derby a month ahead of time can get you a much better price on a horse than betting much closer to the race when the real contenders are revealed for all to see. Future odds are not set and can be adjusted by sportsbooks periodically, but the odds at the time of your wager are the odds you are locked into.

A futures bet example with major team sports would be NFL futures, where you often can get much higher odds on a team by betting before the season starts. An NFL future bet on a team to win the Super Bowl might be 20/1 in the preseason, but by midseason, those odds might decrease to 10/1 if the team turns out to be a legitimate championship contender.

It’s important to note that sportsbooks can change futures at any time, and they are available to be bet all the way until the event gets underway. Future bets are also not restricted to the championship game, as you can bet on who will win a conference or division too.

Future bets in NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball and MLB baseball are team-oriented in that you bet on the team’s performance while proposition bets on non-team future events that involve individuals like boxing, tennis, golf and NASCAR are also available. Keep in mind that with futures you are always betting that the event will happen, on whether the team will accomplish something such as a championship and not against their chances of doing so. For example, if Duke is 5/1 to win the NCAA Basketball Championship, you can bet $100 on Duke and will win $500 if they win it all – but with standard future betting you cannot bet against Duke winning it all.

Tips to Win

The key to betting futures is realizing their true value and using the right Tips to Win. The most important consideration is determining what changes a team has made to enhance their chances of vying for a championship like the Super Bowl or World Series. Draft choices, coaching changes, free-agent signings, trades and returning starters all impact a team’s ability to compete, so each aspect should be considered when making your future bet.

The Draft

The draft is a much bigger factor in NBA basketball and NFL football since a rookie can approach superstar status much earlier (i.e. LeBron James) than other sports like …

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Do Your Basketball Shoes Improve Your Game?

If Basketball is your sport, you know it can be hard on your body, especially your feet. Playing this sport requires you to be in the best physical shape you can possibly be in. In a swift, fast-paced game of basketball, which can be hard on your joints, muscles, and especially your feet – You need to be flexible, as well as fast, when it comes to moving the court, keeping your balance steady while playing, passing and scoring.

Besides walking and running on and across the court, high intense jumping will score you points, but the added strain on your feet, requiring a responsive, comfortable, yet sturdy shoe made with the most advanced engineering will move you forward in the game. Just think about how much stopping and starting that you do during an intense 5 minutes of hard play. Are you an indoor player, maybe that lives on the east coast somewhere? Or, do you play outdoors all year round. If so, durability may be your number one concern. This is something to think about while deciding what type of basketball shoe is best for you. Do you need extra ankle support, or is cushioning your biggest preference?

If you’re looking great styling, and performance (and have to have a Nike shoe), Jordan’s are a definite favorite. With many models, colors and styles to choose from. Some insist that Jordans 23 (Jordan XX3) is by far the best Jordan basketball shoe ever to come out. A truly superior basketball shoe. The styling, support, revved-up performance, and luxury feel make this a must have. Other’s say the shoe is uncomfortable in the outer toe area. Still those who favor these shoes, say you can’t get performance, gripability, and technical design anywhere else.

Many Adidas basketball shoes are a first choice for style and comfort on and off the court. It all depends on your personal preference, and the shape of your foot. The Adidas commander is a favorite among many players, with sleek styling, superior cushioning, support and non-marking traction control. If you’re looking for a lightweight shoe, The Adidas Commander LT will perform excellently in cross-court maneuvering, with it’s lightweight feel, and slick design. These are breathable shoes, with padded insole, herringbone pattern outsole for steady breakaways. The Adidas TS Bounce Commander has similar styling, with Bounce cushioning technology for responsive, springy feel and steady performance.

Another popular basketball Jordan shoe is Jordans 6 Rings, which combines details from all of the Jordan shoes that Michael wore during the winning NBA Championships games. So take your pick. Buy your old favorite in a new color, or try something new, and see how your game improves. Feel the response, comfort and power in your shoes, and just focus on the game. That’s what it’s all about.…

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A Story From The Stands – What Have Former Nebraska Football Players Learned From The Game – Frosty

GREAT PLAY FROM A GREAT NAME

You can be sure plenty of folks will remember “the play.” It came in the second quarter of the 1973 Orange Bowl game against Notre Dame when Johnny Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Frosty Anderson.

“I wasn’t supposed to be in for that play,” Frosty Anderson said. “We knew the play would be there and it would be an easy six.” It was and the rest of the night was a disaster for the Fighting Irish. But, that’s not the game that Frosty thinks of as his best game.

“The Wisconsin game was my best game,” he said. “We kept getting behind and then I finally scored and put Nebraska ahead. I thought that would do it but Wisconsin came back and scored. That’s when Tony Davis went to work with one of his three rushes for about 30 yards each.” Nebraska won.

“Someone came up and made a comment that I had something like nine catches and 160 yards,” Frosty said. “I didn’t think much about it even though it turned out to be an I-back type of performance.”

It’s not surprising Frosty might turn in a memorable performance against a Big 10 team. He comes from Big 10 roots. His father, Forrest, Sr. who was better know as “Forddy” coached basketball at Michigan State. The family moved to Scottsbluff where his dad accepted a basketball coaching position. Frosty became a standout for Scottsbluff and caught the eye of Nebraska coach Jim Ross during a Scottsbluff-Fremont game.

Coach Devaney knew Frosty’s dad from his days as an assistant football coach at Michigan State.

“I always assumed I would be headed for Michigan State but when the Nebraska offer came, I thought what the heck and signed,” he said. Not bad decision when you consider that only two years later, the young Scottsbluff star would be wearing a National Championship ring.

Like all freshmen players in those days, Frosty started in the Nebraska freshman football program. That team only had one loss. “We lost to the Kearney State first team,” Frosty said.

“Jim Walden was our freshman football coach,” Frosty said. “He was my first experience with a ‘south-mouth’ and he preached three things: be ag-ile, be mob-ile and be hos-tile. Frosty red-shirted his sophomore year.

“I’m what was known as hope of the second team,” he said. “To play at Nebraska, you have to be top-notch, be accountable for what you do, and be patient. That’s just the way it is.” Frosty got knocked around on the scout team and was “Blackshirt bait” before he earned his day in the Memorial Stadium sun.

His first varsity touchdown came on a Van Brownson pass during a Utah State game. “It was off of a hook pattern out and up,” Frosty remembered as a smile came across his face. “He almost overthrew me and I had to lay out for it but I got it.”

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The Secrets to Grow Taller – Start Increasing Your Height Today

Height can be a sensitive issue for many men. Most men feel they need to be a certain height in order to be accepted. The last thing any guy wants is to be shorter than his girlfriend or wife. And you may have tried lifts in the shoes and various supplements with little to no results. But do not give up. There are many other things you can start doing that will help you increase your height naturally. All you must do is continue reading.

The first thing you will want to do is eat better. Changing your current diet will be priority one. You will want to create a well balanced and healthy diet. It should include things such as fruits, green vegetables, milk and lots of protein. By choosing foods like these more often will help you start increasing your height. It will be important that at this time you stay away from junk food. No more eating those foods high in sugar and fat. They will do no good for your health or height. In fact what they will end up doing is stunting your growth. And that is not what you will want at this time.

Once you have created a well balanced diet you will want to begin exercising. Exercise is a big part of getting taller. You will need to start getting active a few times a week. This can include doing things such as swimming, playing basketball or doing yoga. Sports that help you extend your body vertically like basketball are great. Why do you think basketball players are so tall? It’s because they have learned how to extend their muscles vertically. And this is something you will need to begin working on. So make sure you start getting out there and shoot hoops with friends.

The last thing you will want to do is alter your sleeping patterns. You will need to be getting enough rest each night. And the average amount you will need is around 8 to 9 hours. What resting will do is help relieve stress and other strains from your body. And those are two things that can cause interference with growth.

So if you want to start increasing your height naturally then you need to start using these tips. Diet, exercise and proper sleep is what it will take to help you get taller. You will no longer be known as the short guy on the block. Instead you will soon be able to increase your height by a few inches.…

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Airsoft Vs Paintball – Which Extreme Sport is More Dangerous?

Many people think that airsoft and paintball are dangerous, but the truth is neither one of these extreme sports produces more injuries than a common club sport (ie. basketball, football, baseball, etc). If you are thinking about joining either of these sports, all the power to you. However, while both sports are safe, airsoft is considerably more intimidating than paintball. The fire rate for airsoft guns is usually around 300-450 fps. Paintball guns rarely reach 300 fps, in fact, most paintball fields have restrictions that disallow players to have a fire rate above 300 fps.

Airsoft bb’s can pierce objects, including human skin. Paintballs are designed to inflict as small amount of pain as possible. Which is why a paintball is wider, and more blunt. Because of a paintballs large surface area, the force of a paintballs impact is distributed over a larger target area. Which causes there to be less pain in one specific area.

So while you will never receive an injury from a paintball making contact with a skin protected body part, airsoft bb’s can, and do, occasionally injure skin protected body parts. The reason for this, is because a paintball will never reach past the skin, but a bb can hit the bone. Airsoft bb’s rarely cause bone injuries, but there is documented evidence that these injuries do occur. Which does not apply to the friendly game of paintball. The most typical injuries from both sports are ankle and eye related. And for both sports, these injuries occur in the same way.

Ankle injuries cannot be avoided in any sport. If a player accidentally twists or rolls in an unnatural direction, an injury may occur. Ankle injuries happen in paintball and airsoft, but they also happen in just about every sport. Nothing we can do about these. For eye injuries, if a paintball or bb pellet contacts an unprotected eye, serious damage can be inflicted. The difference between eye injuries for airsoft and paintball is that paintball will usually leave temporary damage, but an airsoft bb in the eye will almost always cause permanent damage.

An experienced player from both sports knows that eye protection is an absolute must. And when the proper precautions are taken, both sports are very safe. That being said, airsoft will be too painful and scary for many prospective players. If the absence of danger and pain are your main criteria for airsoft vs paintball, then paintball is your best option.…

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The Importance of Wearing Proper Basketball Attire

There is a reason why every sport has a uniform. Many people only see one or two reasons why there is a uniform and even more often people simply do not care why there is a uniform. Over the years uniforms have become more of a fashion statement then an important aspect of the game.

In reality, uniforms are important for the team and the players. There are actually four reasons why players are required to wear uniforms. Players should understand these aspects and learn to respect the uniform a little more.

The Basic Uniform

The basic uniform for basketball includes:

– a loose fitting jersey, usually sleeveless

– loose fitting shorts, usually at a length to the knee or slightly above

– good fitting shoes with good ankle support

Each element of the uniform is important and serves a purpose. The following outlines the purpose for the uniform and is something that all players should understand and respect. Teaching players about the reasons why they need to wear a uniform can cut down on players mistreating the uniform, forgetting parts of the uniform and simply ignoring uniform rules. Learning these can be especially important for children who are just learning to play the game with a team.

Movement

The loose fitting nature of the uniform allows a player to move quickly and without hindrance. Additionally, the fit of the shoe helps to ensure that the player has the right range of movement in their ankle to be able to be agile on the court. Movement can be restricted by tight clothing and binding uniforms which can really affect how good a player can play.

Safety

Uniforms also protect players. The right shoes will protect a player from common ankle injuries. A good fitting uniform will help to keep players from getting tangled in their uniform or otherwise getting hurt due to an ill fit.

Better Playing Ability

Weaving a uniform allows a player to focus on what they are doing instead of how they look. Too often people get up in their own appearance and forget what they are doing.

Weaving a uniform allows a player to focus solely on their game and being the best player possible. When they have a uniform, it is made to fit them and work for them. They will not have to worry about shoes that are too big or a too tight pair of shorts because they have the right uniform with the right fit.

Team Unity

Lastly, uniforms create the visual appearance of a team. Looking the same and all being in the same uniform helps to create that team mentality that makes for a great team that works well together and produces results on the court.

Fans immediately recognize the team by their uniform and for many fans they make it their uniform too, showing the team support by wearing their jersey.

Uniforms are important, as you can see. They are not just a way to make everyone look the …

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Sports Trophies

Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Bowling and Soccer teams are very popular with adults and kids of all ages. Trophies, medals, plaques, and awards associated with sporting events are cherished keepsakes.

Championship trophies are the perfect way to celebrate a victory. But, even if your team does not win the top honor, they should still be rewarded for their time and effort. Each player is showing winning spirit by participating in a league or team. Give all your participants a memento from the season.

Trophies are available for most team sports for as little as $ 3 a piece. Both male and female figures in different poses can be placed on a trophy base. Column trophies can be built with one simple column, or in two and three tier combinations. Columns are available in a variety of colors and styles. A special silver Trophy Cup or wood Plaque engraved with their name shows appreciation for a team captain.

Medals and Dog Tags are a low cost way of presenting a token to all participants. These items can be purchased for under $ 1 per piece. Many styles are available, and medals can be customized with different ribbons.

Whatever trophies or rewards you choose, you can be sure that the recipient will appreciate being presented with a special item. Everyone is a winner when they know that their efforts are recognized. Not only the MVPs are crucial to the game – each and every player is a valued member of the team. Show them with a trophy! …

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