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Motocross a My Lifestyle

There is always going to be a “bad side” to anything that we do in life. With motocross, it seems to be a very steep money mountain to climb. For starters, there is the bikes that you ride, protective gear, and the parts for the bike that will cost anywhere from 5 thousand dollars as a young kid to 15 thousand when you have the bigger bikes. Along with those costs you will also be paying for the gas to travel to the races, the fees to get into the races, and hotel or camper fees if you have a camper. As the bad side goes for a sport that is the financial side of motocross. These costs add up over years of getting new bikes, gear, and parts. These could put a toll on you and your family financially.

Though there is a major negative side to motocross, I must say the great part of motocross is the parts big and little in life it will give you. As I said before I have been racing and riding dirt bikes since I was 4 years old. This sport has been a huge part of my life and will be for the rest of it. Motocross is the part of me that will always bring out the adrenaline junkie and the little kid that is trying to fly and be just like he imagines the superstars are. Motocross has given me the feeling of flying and the crushing sensation of being driven into the earth at a high rate of speed. These feelings good and bad are something I would never trade for anything. There is nothing more freeing that being out on your bike whether it be on a track, trails, or just out in the middle of some open field and being able to go where you want or as fast as you want. The feeling that you feel as you fly 50 feet off the ground and for a 150-foot distance is like nothing else. It’s almost as if I have motocross running through my veins and I only feel this good and clear when I am on my dirt bike. After you ride so long you feel as if the bike is an extension of you. There is always the big feelings of winning races or championships but these feelings that come over you when you ride mean the most to me.

Another rewarding aspect to the sport is getting to see little kids grow and love the sport as much as I did growing up. It is always so nice to be able to help the younger generation improve by giving them tips or helping them overcome their fears. Motocross has a special way of connecting all your family and friends. Not only does your family grow closer, but with this sport you can become closer with everyone in the motocross community as you travel, ride, and compete with them. Motocross is something that brings everything out of you and lets you grow as a person and that is worth every penny to me.

Volleyball and Real World Application

Bystanders may find the sport fun and fast paced, but they rarely understand all of the effort that goes into playing it. Playing volleyball involves more than learning how court chemistry comes together and how plays are run. Playing involves learning the moves and habits of your teammates as well as gaining a sense of awareness. By practicing, a person can develop awareness and critical thinking skills that are important in the game and life.

Skills to be Successful

For a setter, volleyball is like a game of chess. It is all about reading the other players and keeping track of his or her own team. A setter has to be more aware than the other players on the court because he or she controls the pace of the entire game. To play this position successfully, a setter must be witty and smart. He or She must be able to think faster than the pace of the game. On top of that, a setter needs to be able to express his or her thoughts to teammates as well as to listen to teammates. Communication, like in anything else, is a key factor of success in volleyball. A defender must communicate with teammates about positioning. If one player cannot reach the ball, his or her teammates need to know, so they can reach the ball. Players talk to each other during a play to help make decisions about if the ball is in or out of bounds, and players will normally give advice on what play to run. Sometimes players will voice encouragements if another teammate is not playing their best. Another example of communication in volleyball is how a setter and hitter communicate effectively to set the ball along the net where it will not be blocked. Some skills that a setter needs to be successful are as follows:

• Know where everyone is supposed to be on the court at all times.
• Read his or her opponent’s behavior and make small adjustments.
• Communicate thoughts and intentions to teammates.
• Move swiftly and think rapidly.
• Plan moves steps ahead.
• Make calculated movements that do not indicate plays to defenders.

Real Life Application

Communication, strategy, and critical thinking are skills that educators work hard to teach effectively. College focuses on testing a student’s ability to perform critical thinking activities. Some professors do not understand how students are coming to college with such limited practice in this area. While students have practiced critical thinking in a classroom environment, many students have never been exposed to critical thinking in a realistic setting. Sports are a realistic outlet that can give students an opportunity to begin developing these very important skills.

When someone is able to grow up practicing these skills in a scenario that he or she enjoys, that person learns faster and gives motivation to solve complex problems in life. Passion to learn infused within these necessary skills, one is able to gain experience in a fun, involving way.

Choosing the Right Shoes

Tournaments are visited by thousands of spectators and it is deemed as a nationally played sport in many countries around the world. Just like many other sports, volleyball requires certain skills and also requires some special tools and equipment. A good example of this is the volleyball shoe.

Volleyball shoes are extremely important in the game. Although there may be a lot of sneakers available in the market, in order to play the game well, you have to make sure you take a good look at your shoes so that you are provided will all the benefits to enhance your volleyball skills. If you have just started taking up the sport and don’t know how to choose a good pair of volleyball shoes, then here are some tips to help you out.

Among the first things that you are going to need to look for when choosing a basketball shoe is lightness. Some people use basketball shoes when they play volleyball but the problem is that a lot of basketball shoes are actually a lot heavier than what you need for volleyball. Volleyball is a sport where you need a lot of quick and sudden movements which essentially means that you can be tied down by your shoes. Getting a light shoe helps you to lift of the ground easier but at the same time also allows you to make quick dashes when needed.

Another important aspect in choosing volleyball shoes is grip. Volleyball courts can become slippery from sweat because it is a sport that involves quite a lot of diving. At the same time, because you do need to make a lot of sudden dashes, you must have traction. Since a typical indoor game is done on a polished wood floor, that can be difficult if you don’t have the right grip on your shoes. Additionally, it is important to remember that grip is needed to be able to stop as well. When you make a sudden dash and need to stop to receive a ball your shoes can’t slip and the only way to ensure that is to make sure you have good grip on the shoes.

Something that is unique to volleyball is that you go through a number of motions within a game. One of these motions is jumping or diving. For activities like those, you have to make sure that your feet are supported which is why you need shoes with good shock resistance. Without it, you stand the risk of injuring yourself and that can be extremely painful. With the right support your ankles will be firmer and your knees won’t have as difficult a time keeping up.

Formula One and Indycar

Formula One racing has always been on tracks that include most of the features of ordinary motor roads, especially tight bends and moderate inclines, whereas Indy racing was for many years confined to special race tracks formed in an oval with banked curves at each end. Since 2005, however, Indy racing has increasingly included some events on road and street courses and these have come to predominate with only about one-third of races now taking place on oval tracks. In this respect, the two motor sports seem to have become more alike, but the contrast between Formula One and Indy racing on the oval track remains.

From a European perspective, sport in the USA in general seems to tend to the fast and spectacular, whereas Europeans, the British especially, take more interest in longer slower competitions with intermittent action. The contrast is perhaps most stark when comparing baseball with cricket. So it seems to be with motor racing, with the oval track in the USA allowing continuous near all-out speed, and the tight curves and chicanes of Formula One bringing the cars almost to rest, as, for example, at the Monaco Grand Prix event held annually around the narrow streets of the principality.

Indy racing on the oval track certainly presents a unique spectacle. The wide track allows several cars to race side-by-side and there is plenty of opportunity for overtaking. With the drivers maintaining almost flat-out speed, the race depends essentially on engine power. It all looks very dangerous, and this no doubt is the essence of its appeal. Crashes, when they occur, often involve multiple vehicles and are sometimes horrendous. Fortunately, with modern safety features, fatalities and serious injuries have been much reduced and this is an advance shared by Formula One.

Formula One is less visible to the spectator and the television viewer. Only at the start of the race can all the cars be seen together. For the rest of the race, the cars pass in and out of view in twos, threes and fours. Without a constant commentary it becomes impossible to know who is winning, as passing cars are soon found to be on different laps of the race. And whereas on the oval track the race leader is almost always in view, in Formula One the television cameras seem to ignore the leading car and concentrate instead on closely fought battles for fourth place or ninth place in the hope of recording a rare overtaking. Formula One presents a more difficult challenge to television, a challenge shared by Indy on-street races. For those who want shear spectacle on TV there is nothing to compare to the oval track.

Strength Is Your Foundation

The repetitions of training and the work a player does off of the court for strength are all factors that determine how well a player can move.

Always try to keep your feet as wide as your shoulders. This gives you a stable base. As you become more accomplished as a player, your base will become wider as you get stronger. If possible, keep your head between your knees when you move so that you stay balanced when moving laterally. When moving forward or backward, keep your body weight distributed evenly on your feet and not on your toes or heels. Keep your head slightly in front of your trunk. If you lead with your head, your body will follow. If you fall back with your head, your body will again follow and you will be caught out of position. Your feet should be pointing straight ahead. Avoid having your toes out like a duck or in like a pigeon.

To maintain a stable body position, keep your knees in line with your toes. Often beginners are not strong enough to hold this position. This is one of the reasons why we focus on strength being your foundation. Beginners tend to have their knees cave in and do not stay in line with their toes. Your knees should be slightly bent so that you can move easily in any direction. The size of the step you take when moving toward the ball depends on how far you have to move. It is always best to step first with the foot closest to the ball in the direction that you want to move. If not, you are most likely going to cross your feet, which gets you nowhere on your first step and costs valuable time.

When you think of the best athletes in the sport and how smoothly and gracefully they move, what do you think of? These players are so efficient in their movements that no wasted motion occurs. They seem to glide as they move. As you become more accomplished and experienced in volleyball, you will notice how much better that you will move as well. You learn that if your knees are not bent you cannot move. If your body weight is not balanced on both feet or you are leaning in one direction more than another, you do not have time to get to a ball that is moving the opposite way. This awareness comes with experience, by moving over and over again.

When moving to play a ball, try to face your target or the position or player to whom you are sending the ball. Track the ball coming toward you by focusing on the bottom half of the ball. You want to beat the ball to the place on the court that it is moving toward by working to keep the ball between you and your intended target.

Get The Big Bluegills

Bluegills are one kind of fish the big ones are the prized catch. And, if you are going to eat what you catch, cleaning the bigger fish is much easier than little ones. Let’s see if I can give you some tips to help you catch those big ones.

First of all, fishing for big bluegills is a bit like fishing for bass. Study the local water and find what feed is available – naturally. Use bait or lures that resemble the natural feed supply as closely as possible. Make your presentation of the lure or bait also as near as you can to what the bluegills would see everyday.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you can catch the little ones easily, that you can catch the big ones easily also. They did not get to be big by being stupid or biting on anything. They will be more shy than their little relatives and caution in presenting your bait or lure is a good trait to have. You will notice how wary they are when they move into shallow water to spawn – or – feed. If you can maintain some distance from their beds and reach them with your casts, you could have very good results. When the big ones are on their nests, the best presentation you can make is just your bait and a single hook. Let it fall gently onto the nest and wait! Since they are more wary at this time, they mat scatter first and then come back and strike the bait to remove it – or – to eat it – but it won’t be as quick as you might be used to when fishing for them the rest of the season. Remember, bluegills eat during spawning time. So, keep presenting that bait before them. You will get the big ones to bite. It just may take a little longer than usual.

During the rest of the season, cast for the bigger ones in the deeper water near a drop-off. If you can find a drop-off near a dock or pier, I think you will have good luck finding and catching some big ones. Sometimes, we think bluegills are a never ending source of fun fishing. But, they, like any species, can be over-fished and have their numbers diminished greatly. Be sure you are conscious of the amount you need to catch for your meal. After that, you can always catch and release if you want to keep on fishing. But, save some good ones for tomorrow – or – another fisherman.

Also, don’t pass up any dams you might have in the lake you are fishing. They often produce a small “back current” that will push bait towards the dam and/or any spillways that might be present. Since the current is almost always very slight, you can find bluegills gathered there to get the bait that comes their way. This is a good place to fish for some good sized bluegills. If there are shad in the lake, they often spawn around the dam and the big bluegills are sure it is an invitation to dinner. Try it and see for yourself.

Let’s Go Fishing

Captain George Mittler taught us about bait and trolling speeds. He commented that you want the bait to be constantly swimming with a natural presentation. Trolling speed is important when it comes to sea weather conditions. On a flat day you’ll troll about eight knots to keep that bait swimming or just skimming along on the surface. In a 2 – 3 foot sea you’ll possibly drop down to six knots. If you go any faster than that your bait is going to be flying. If it’s 4 – 6 foot seas, you’re going to be low and may be going only 3-4 knots. With that, Rebecca asked if that live bait is dead. Everybody erupted into laughter and she not only made our day but she helped soften the learning.

The week before class begins, Betty Baum (owner of LLGF) sends you a wealth of information for review. This includes: agenda, fishing terminology, knots, information regarding the Friday Party Master Chef Potluck Appetizer Contest, directions for the event and recommended lodging, silent auction, optional fishing for Sunday, and cancellation policy. Basically everything you’ll need to know before class starts.

The event kicked off on Thursday night with an appetizer contest and silent auction. Appetizers included: mini meatza pies, mock oyster dip, chicken, salsas, stuffed cucumber, and a watermelon boat with little gummy fishes; at the Stuart FL event. Buckets filled with fishing gear, fishing trips, clothing, rods, and jewelry were just a few items in the silent auction. It’s a great way to network with classmates.

Friday morning at 8:00am class begins with an introduction to fishing. Captain George clarifies a fishing pole is really called a fishing rod. Companies make fishing lures for fisherman. If they catch fish with them, that’s a bonus. The best place to buy your rod and bait is from a local tackle store. You get knowledge of what’s biting and the right type of bait to use. A great way to learn what works best with fish for bait is to open the guts of fish you catch and look into their stomach. For example, if you see squid or shrimp, then you know they’re going deep at night. Cobia loves crab and shrimp.

“You have to learn what to fish with as well as the how-to,” says Jodi Girourd. “There’s three different kinds of reels: bait caster, conventional and spinner. The waters are tantamount to the way you catch a fish because you need to know the waters and how to read them.”

A bait caster reel is a conventional type of reel for casting lures or bait in both salt and fresh water. On the conventional reel, the biggest mistake we make is to tighten the drag. To control the drag on a conventional reel use your thumb. For a spinner, use your hand. For example, if the fish wants to take off, release your thumb off the conventional reel or your hand off the bale on the spinner. According to Captain Melinda Buckley, the moment you drop your tip you’re dropping the tension on the line. That’s why you lose fish. Without tension the hook keeps rocking in the fish’s mouth and falls out. So keep your tip up and wind down.

Water to Ice

We are anxious to get out on the ice. Is it thick enough? Ice fishing is one of the most dangerous methods of fishing. Caution must be taken, especially when we are so eager to get started. There have been many accidents on our lake. Unfortunate stories have been told of hummers, trucks, cars, snowmobiles, animals and of course people breaking through the ice. A sure way to start the season off on the wrong foot. Some fisherman risk walking on ice at two and a half inches, when experts recommend a minimum of four inches. Ice thickness varies, especially in lakes with greatly varying depths. Our lake can drop twenty feet in a lateral distance of eight feet. This means the ice thickness will vary greatly early in the season. Six inches is recommended for sleds and snow mobiles. Ten inches for smaller vehicles and at least 16 solid inches for full sized trucks. In our seven years on the lake, the ice thickness was over 10 inches only once.

There are other risks to be aware of when out on the ice. Frostbite can occur from prolonged exposure to wind and the low temperatures. Proper winter clothing is essential. These days there are great huts, tents and shelters that can be quickly erected for escape from the harsh temperatures and biting winds. Some ice fishermen have more permanent shelters, usually on wheels, that can be towed onto the ice. These shelters often have bathrooms, stoves, beds and even satellite television. If you have a shelter with heat, proper ventilation is critical. Some fishermen lost their lives on the ice due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The greatest risk and most deaths have occurred from hypothermia. This is when the body temperature falls too low. It is important to educate yourself on hypothermia and all the other potential risks prior to heading out onto the ice. The goal is to have fun and be safe!

Time to fish. There are many different approaches to ice fishing. All approaches have some factors in common. Fish do not expend much energy under the ice. No need to have your bait do so either. In fact, too much motion will actually deter the fish. Depth is critical. Do a little research prior to heading out on the ice. The species of fish determines the depth of the fish. For example, crappie and bass will be found at different depths. This is one time a bobber is important. Use a slip bobber to set the proper depth. The bobber will also serve as a good visual for when there is action below. Fishing for bluegills and perch? Send the bait to the bottom. Some bouncing action will entice them to your bait. Chum is a good way to attract some attention too. This activity created by other fish feeding can draw lower energy fish to the site. In shallow waters, it is a good idea to cover your fishing hole. Light penetrating through the hole can scare fish away from your bait. There you have it – the rest is up to you. Have fun and catch some fish!

The Label Brand of Badminton

Then again, the company is most dominant in the game of badminton. Yonex is well-known for their badminton rackets and shoes. They may not be the most economical in terms of price tag, but the high cost certainly equates to top quality. The Yonex badminton brand would not be as popular among a lot of Olympians and professional players if gears are not as effective and would easily wear and tear.

Probably the most admired of the Yonex badminton products is their badminton rackets. Not only do they appear innovative, they are very efficient from the latest technologies used too. Some of the technologies and innovations are Nanoscience, Elastic Titanum, New Grommet System and Solid Feel Core. The badminton rackets have the Nanoscience technology wherein the head of equipment is lighter and thinner. This allows players, whether beginners or advanced, to swing easier and maximize their power. Also, the frame of the racket is stronger and not as stiff from the Elastic Titanum innovation.

The New Grommet System of the Yonex badminton rackets make for better string tension. This produces better shots. A technology called Solid Feel Core reduces the frame vibration as well. This curtails human error and results to more accurate swings. Besides badminton rackets, Yonex is also proud of their badminton shoes. Just like with the rackets, the shoes are made in innovative designs and from advanced technologies. A few of these technologies and inventions are Power Cushion, Ergoshape, MSLite and Double Russel Mesh. The Power Cushion feature presents to absorb and reduce as much shock. The cushion can be found on the underside of the heel area. While other brands utilize urethane, this Yonex technology is 3 times more of a shock-absorber. The Power Cushion insole gives the feet additional support as well.

Yonex badminton shoes also have an Ergoshape innovation. It simply means that these Yonex shoes are particularly tailored for the game of badminton. This gives the shoes a contour or shape to make wearing and playing comfortable for players. On the other hand, the MSLite design makes the shoes more lightweight yet stronger compared to other brands. As the sport is known to involve fast-paced footwork, the lightweight quality is very advantageous.

The MSLite technology allows the shoes to preserve its original contour for a longer period too. Therefore, Yonex badminton shoes are very durable. There is also the Double Russel Mesh which permits the feet to ‘breathe’. This innovation provides the shoes of improved air exchange and makes it eight times more breathable. As a result, a user’s feet will have less moisture and would perspire less. This greatly enhances a player’s comfort and prevents blisters.

Cast Fishing Line

You can use an open-face, closed-face or spin-cast reel for spin casting.

Hold the rod at about waist level, grasping it so that the reel is below the rod, and the stem of the reel feels natural between your fingers. The bait or lure should be hanging 10-18 inches below the end of the rod.

Hook the line with your forefinger, and open the bail, continuing to hold the line.

Pull the rod tip back so the tip sweeps over your dominant shoulder, and then bring it forward swiftly pointing the rod tip at your target. As the rod comes forward of your shoulder release the line with your finger so the weight of the lure pulls line off the reel. Close the bail with your hand, and you’re ready to reel the lure back in again.

SET THE DRAG ON A SPINNING REEL

The drag is simply a pair of friction plates inside of fishing reels. If the fish pulls on the line hard enough, the friction is overcome, and the reel rotates backwards, letting line out, preventing the line from breaking. You want to set the drag on a fishing reel before your first cast of the day. Adjusting it while fighting a fish can be difficult. Also fishing reels are not designed to be adjusted while fishing, so doing so could cause damage.

The easiest way to set the drag on a spinning reel is to first test it by pulling on your line directly above the reel.

Tighten the drag a few clicks to the right, if the line pulls out too easily. If it’s too hard, loosen it one or two to the left.

If you don’t feel you can judge the force accurately, a small spring scale can help, such as the ones used in Boca Grips or other fish handling devices used in catch and release.

It’s better to have your drag too loose, and have to fight a fish a little longer than to have it too tight, and break off a big one.

If you are fishing with braided fishing line rather than monofilament, you’ll want to take a few wraps of line around the handle of your fishing pliers or a pencil instead of using your bare hands to test the drag. Braid will slice right into your fingers if you pull with too much force.

Once you’ve learned how to set the drag on a fishing reel, you’re ready to start casting.