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Understanding American Football's Downs, Yardage, and Stuff

The down system in American football keeps the game interesting. After all, if the offense kept running plays but never got anywhere, the sport would be really boring. Using the down system, the offense [more…]

Choosing a Formation in Soccer

Formations are the way a soccer team lines up its defense, midfield, and forward line at the beginning of the match. If you want to get technical, you could produce dozens of formations due to the mathematical [more…]

The Lines and Dimensions of a Basketball Court

A basketball court has symmetry; one half of the court is a mirror image of the other. The entire basketball court (see Figure 1) is 94 feet by 50 feet. On each half-court, painted lines show the [more…]

Choosing a Tennis Racquet

Yes, you can dust off that racquet that you played with five years ago and give it a glorious return to the court — if it feels good in your hand and it gets your shots where [more…]

Filleting Your Fish

It takes a certain amount of touch to fillet a fish, but expending a little more effort at the cleaning stage is worth it because it means no bones at the eating stage. When you get the hang of filleting [more…]

Choosing the Best Walking Shoe for You

A good pair of walking shoes runs you anywhere from $40 to $100. They should have good shock absorption and should be stiffer and more supportive than running shoes, despite having a flexible forefoot. [more…]

Your First Run: Starting Slowly but Surely

Whether you're taking the first run of your life, returning to the sport after a long layoff, or coming back from an injury, a great way to get into running and quickly build your mileage is to start with [more…]

Keeping Score at Golf

Scoring is another great thing about golf. You can easily see how you're doing because your score is in black and white on the scorecard. Every course you play has a scorecard. The scorecard tells you [more…]

Becoming a Better Lacrosse Player

To play lacrosse successfully, you need physical qualities, such as strength, endurance, quick-as-a-cat agility, flexibility, and quickness. In this article, you'll discover how to improve these qualities [more…]

Knowing When and How to Dribble in Soccer

The most basic of all soccer skills is dribbling, the ability to carry the ball past an opponent while being in control, whether by using a series of simple taps or a fantastic move around a foe. If a [more…]

Controlling a Power Play in Hockey

A player from the opposing team has just received a penalty for tripping, and for the next two minutes, your squad has a man advantage. Congratulations, you're about to go on a power play! [more…]

Positions on a Girls' Lacrosse Team

One of the significant differences between girls' and boys' lacrosse is that more players take the field in a regulation game on a girls' team. The following are the positions in the girls' game and the [more…]

Sizing Up Your Running Posture

Running posture is similar to the posture that your mother nagged you about when you were growing up: It's how you hold your back, shoulders, and neck. What position is your back in when you run? To find [more…]

Pressing the Opposing Team in Basketball

Press is short for pressure. Often called a full-court press, this is an attacking defense employed in the backcourt, where the objective is to force a turnover. Usually used after a made basket, the pressing [more…]

Understanding Basketball's Nonfoul Violations

Referees whistle most nonfoul violations against the offensive team. Here's a quick overview of the types of nonfoul violations that a referee can call: [more…]

The Differences between Softball and Baseball

Baseball and softball are nearly identical in many respects, but you'll notice a few major differences between the two sports when you begin to compare. You need to know the differences if you're planning [more…]

Purifying the Water While Camping

Don't assume that water at a campground is safe to drink, even if it comes from a spigot. The water in lakes, rivers, and springs may look crystal clear but often contains various bacteria that can cause [more…]

Understanding How Lacrosse Is Played

Lacrosse has many similarities to both basketball and hockey. Simply put, the lacrosse team that ends the game with the most goals wins. A game clock dictates the length of the game, and scoring goals [more…]

Recovering after Your Marathon Is Over

Although you can't predict how you'll feel after your first marathon, you can plan a few activities that can help you to heal and, perhaps, look forward to your next one. Chances are, right after your [more…]

Developing a Soccer Coaching Philosophy

Creating a coaching philosophy is fairly simple. Living up to it all season long is the tricky part. What's a coaching philosophy? Basically, it reflects the standards you set for yourself and your team [more…]

Introducing the Players of Field Lacrosse

While box lacrosse is played mainly in Canada, an outdoor version of lacrosse is more popular in the United States. Field lacrosse is most popular in the northeastern U.S. [more…]

Mastering the Two-Handed Tennis Backhand

You can hit a backhanded tennis shot with two hands on the grip or with one hand, depending on which way feels most comfortable to you. The strokes look very different, but the mechanics are similar. Each [more…]

Bunting in Baseball

Bunting occurs when a batter holds the bat in the hitting zone and, without swinging, lets the ball make contact with it. The idea is to deaden the ball so that the baserunners can advance [more…]

Loading Your Camping Backpack

Before you start jammin' goodies into that backpack, you need to decide whether to go with an internal frame or external frame (see Figure 1). [more…]

Understanding Baseball's Balk Call — and How to Avoid It

With runners on base, after the pitcher goes into his wind-up or makes any movement associated with delivering the ball to home plate, the pitcher must not interrupt his motion or the umpire can call a [more…]

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