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5 Keys to Keeping Your Sports Equipment Safe and Intact 1

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Dixie Somers

5 Keys to Keeping Your Sports Equipment Safe and IntactNo one wants to pull out their sports equipment just before a game only to notice mold, mildew, cracks, termite holes, or other forms of damage. That is why you should spend some extra time cleaning and correctly packing all of your gear. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your sports equipment safe and damage-free.

Deflate All Balls When Not Being Used

Just before packing away all of your gear, you need to deflate any balls that are filled with air. Those balls contain a flexible air bladder that becomes weaker over time. Taking a few pounds of air out of a ball will increase its lifespan and prevent it from becoming lopsided.

Wipe Everything Down

Sports equipment is often caked in sweat and mud by the end of the season. Most gear is designed to stand up to that grime, but it needs to be thoroughly cleaned before packing it away. A damp towel and some warm water can be used to clean most sticks, bats, and pads. Once you are done cleaning the gear, you should wipe off all excess moisture. Read the rest of this entry →

5 Ways to Deck Yourself Out for Outdoor Sports 0

Posted on May 12, 2018 by Dixie Somers

5 Ways to Deck Yourself Out for Outdoor SportsThere’s nothing like the feeling of the sun on your face and the wind in your hair during a refreshing hike, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Before you set off, however, make sure that you’re prepared for whatever the great outdoors can throw at you.

Rain Protection

You never know when the sky will open up, but you can reduce the unpleasantness of a rainy day by including some waterproof gear with the rest of your camping or trekking equipment. If you’re going for a short trip, a hooded poncho might be enough. If you’ll be miles from civilization when a storm hits, you’ll want a jacket made from high-quality nylon or polyester canvas with a breathable lining.

Navigation

Some people like to follow old-fashioned paper maps. Others prefer the ease and convenience of technological gadgets like handheld GPS systems. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to how you comb through the wilderness, but make sure that you have everything you need to utilize your chosen tools. For example, if you’ll be using electronic navigation devices, you’ll want to bring along solar charging equipment as well.

Cold Weather Gear

It’s always a good idea to pack a few pieces of cold weather gear if you’ll be spending a long time outdoors. Even if the forecast promises sun, a breeze or high altitude might make you shiver, and temperatures usually drop at night anyway. Stick a few long sleeve performance shirts in your backpack to keep yourself warm no matter what the weather or terrain is like. Read the rest of this entry →

5 Tips to Picking out the Best Pool Cues 0

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Dan Parker

pool-cuesQuite often pool enthusiasts wish that playing pool was as easy as grappling a cue and striking the cue balls. As a beginner, you’d be forgiven for such naivety, but you’ve come to the right place to take in a thing or two about choosing the perfect pool cue.

First, experiment with various cue sticks while examining their weight, length and individual diameter of their tips. Opt for the cue you feel most comfortable using. Let’s explore in detail the fundamentals of choosing the best pool cues.

1. Your skill level

Prices vary from one manufacturer to another; however, there are pricing specifications that help you select your cue depending on your expertise. Supposing you’re getting started, look ahead to spending roughly $100 on a stout amateur cue.

Once you up your game, and more so when you start contesting, you’ll want to improve on your cue to something a bit ampler. Intermediate to advanced gamers can look forward to spending sum of $150 – $500 for a suitable cue. Upon attaining a professional level, cue prices start at about $500.

2. Weight and balance

A standard cue weighs roughly between 18 to 21 ounces. Cues usually have numbers on them indicating the aggregate weight of the cues. The most common and often the perfect weight is 19oz.

Perhaps you prefer a lighter or heavier cue, but 190z is the ideal medium for a newbie. Also, keep in mind that your height greatly affects your cue balance. In the case that you are shorter than average, house cues may seem heavy for you, and this dramatically affects your game than you might realize. Instead, opt for forward-weighted cues. Some cue designs enable for weight to be removed or added. Read the rest of this entry →

What to Know about Getting a Tennis Court on Your Property 0

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Dixie Somers

What to Know about Getting a Tennis Court on Your PropertyIf you are a professional tennis player at heart or you simply love hitting aces to get your daily cardio and stay physically fit, you may be toying with the idea of installing a tennis court on your property. One thing all homeowners need to get a court within their property bounds in uninhibited space. Once you have space, the rest of the feat is in the planning and the physical labor. Here’s what you should know before you start buying decor to make it look like you have Wimbledon in your backyard:

Start with the Zoning First

The very first thing that any property owner needs to do when planning to install a tennis court is to get approval by the city zoning officials or by the Homeowners Association. If you live in a neighborhood without an HOA, the first step would be to contact the city you reside in for information on zoning restrictions and how to apply for a permit.

If you live in a community where there is an HOA, you will need to review your bylaws first. These bylaws will clearly lay out restrictions and what is needed to get approval to build a tennis court. Since the zoning and permitting process can take a significant amount of time, it’s wise to start this early on with the city. Read the rest of this entry →

Superior Sports: 4 Signs of a High-Quality Athletic Field 0

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Kara Masterson

Superior Sports, 4 Signs of a High-Quality Athletic FieldThere’s nothing quite like throwing around a football, baseball or another ball when it comes to having fun with friends. However, you need to make sure that the field you use is suitable. It should be properly maintained and feature the proper materials. Here are four signs of a high-quality athletic field.

Size

You need to have enough room to move around the field. If your field is too narrow, it’s going to cause some problems. Depending on what kind of sport you’re playing, you might need a larger field. It isn’t worth compromising on your goals as an athlete. A field should provide you with as much room as necessary to play freely. Look at as many as possible to find the best one for you.

Cleanliness

An unkempt field is not just unattractive, it can also be dangerous. If there’s garbage scattered around, it could hurt you. You should make sure that everyone is wearing shoes to avoid things like broken glass. If the field is constantly full of litter, you should look elsewhere. Part of having fun on an athletic field is being able to play without worries of danger that might be lurking. The field should also be free of wild animals that could pose a threat. Read the rest of this entry →

Slide Into The Sports Industry By Rebranding Yourself 0

Posted on January 27, 2018 by John Harris

Finding a new job is probably the most boring, exhausting and daunting things that you could be doing with life after college, but switching careers from a secure job to another industry? That’s a huge challenge! When you’ve been working in a particular career for a long time you could become too comfortable, and while this is great for your business, it’s not going to be good for you if you aren’t entirely interested in what you’re doing. If you wanted to move into a career in sports because you love it so much, and your resume doesn’t have much on it that includes sports involvement beyond cheering on your team, what do you do?

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Well, you need to think of your brand. You may well have been running your own company with a good PayPal working capital that keeps your branding and marketing going, but that doesn’t mean you have any idea what it means to brand yourself. A lot of people base their own brand on what they do for a living, but if you’ve never worked in sports before you’re going to need to know how to rebrand yourself to be attractive to recruiters. It’s important to look at your resume for exactly what it is: a way to market yourself. Your resume isn’t your job application, it’s your document that explains exactly who you are and what you can do. If you’re an artist who is looking to move into a creative marketing role in the sports industry, make yourself shine by showing your own logo and design the company you’re hoping to move to a funky new artwork for their logo, too. Those who want to be sports readers could start up a vlog on YouTube reporting the local sports results and giving commentary on games. You could provide your interviewer with a link on your resume and they can watch how confident you are on camera. Read the rest of this entry →

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      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was an 11-time American League All-Star at one of the most demanding positions in baseball, yet outside of Detroit his exploits have been largely forgotten.

      For more than a decade, Bill Freehan was the rock behind home plate for the Detroit Tigers. In addition to earning All-Star honors 10 straight years and 11 times overall, Freehan was a five-time Gold Glove winner and in 1968 finished second in the American League in the MVP voting.

      A true “Michigan Man”, Freehan played his entire sports career representing teams from Michigan.

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