Sports

Sports

So You Want to Try Synchro?
It's a busy Saturday morning at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics.  Sounds of splashing and children's voices echo through the instructional pool, which is brimming with goggle-sporting...
Skiing With Your Kids
Winter is almost upon us and with it, skiing season in North America. Each year, thousands of families visit family-friendly resorts that offer activities for kids of all ages. If you are teaching...
London Olympics Sparks Renewed Interest In Synchronized Swimming
    Graceful, athletic legs and nose-clipped faces are returning to swimming pools across the country as synchronized swimming enjoys a resurgence of interest.  Newly-developed...
Introduction to Synchronized Swimming
 Synchronized Swimming is an Olympic and collegiate sport that combines the skills of swimming, dance, and gymnastics.  Synchro originated in the 1800s as a sport for men, but today is one...
An Introduction to Dragon Boat
 Dragon boat is a sport with competition of all levels, from individuals looking for a short-term hobby to Olympic-level athletes. This large variation in competitiveness allows for anyone to...
Predictions for Team USA in Olympic Swimming Trials
I try to get as close as I can in my predictions to who will be swimming what events in the summer Olympics in London. Usually, these predictions stay within my family and we just laugh about them if...
Refreshing Restart
 Every swimmer faces a point in his or her athletic career when it seems like, no matter how hard they try, they simply are not getting the results they wish to see. Some swimmers may just not...
Swim the Perfect Breaststroke Race
Diving is pretty standard for all races, and most of the time the walls and turns are the same too. But what about for breaststroke, specifically?Breaststroke is swum from between 50 and 200 meters,...
Working With Young Swimmers: How to Keep Them Motivated
I am a true believer that in life, we are only given one chance to make a first impression and after we have made our impression, it remains the same for a very long time. Being a swim coach for...
How to Dive
I've talked before about why walls are important, including the dives, but I haven't yet described what goes into a perfect dive.Anyone can learn how to dive. First, you must be comfortable jumping...
Racquetball Leagues
How to Get StartedEvery racquetball club has an introductory program to teach the basics of the game. Check to see that the club instructor is USA Racquetball certified to assure proper instruction....
Required Equipment
It's a good idea to invest in some long-lasting equipment if you're serious about your swimming career. Swimming equipment can be very expensive, so it's even valuable to keep equipment that may...
Introduction to Field Hockey
Field hockey is played on a 100 yd. × 60 yd. rectangular field. The field is broken up into four sections of 25 yards each. At each end is a goal 7 feet high and 12 ft...
Racing Strategies: Freestyle
Different coaches may suggest different strategies, depending on the swimmer and the distance. Here are some tried-and-tested guidelines for each type of freestyle race:A 50-meter sprint race:One of...
Why Walls Are Important: Starts, Turns, and Finishes
When you think about a race, you might immediately jump to the stroke or technique you'll use to win. However, there are other key factors in the race that sometimes, swimmers don't even think about...
Introduction to Archery
What's the hottest sport in America these days? Thanks to movies like "The Hunger Games," "The Avengers," and the soon-to-be-released "Brave," it's definitely archery! Considered one of the most...
Introduction to Dragon Boat
Dragon boat is a unique sport that combines competitiveness and a special type of compassion into an amazing experience to all who actively engage in it. Though originally a tradition performed in...
Introduction to Fencing
When someone hears the word fencing, one of the first things that might come to mind is a fencing sequence in a movie such as "Die Another Day" or "The Court Jester." However, Hollywood's portrayal...
Swimming Leagues
There are various competitive swimming leagues. Whether it's a swimming league for children up to 18 years old, high school teams, collegiate teams, or professional, there's a competitive level for...
Introduction to Racquetball
What is racquetball? What are the racquetball rules?Racquetball is a racquet sport played with a hollow rubber ball in an indoor or outdoor court. Joseph Sobek is credited with inventing the modern...