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The Top Figure Skaters at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Figure skating is always one of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics. Picking out the figure skating medal favorites from the field of hopefuls can be a challenge. But with new judging requirements [more…]

Fielding Positions in the Game of Cricket

Don’t know your deep fine leg from your silly mid off? Never fear. This diagram shows you all the commonly used fielding positions in cricket. The figure assumes that a right-handed batsman is standing [more…]

Umpiring Signals and What They Mean in Cricket

The officials in charge of a game of cricket are called umpires, and they have a whole array of signals to indicate the decisions they make during the course of a game. These are the most important. [more…]

The LBW Law Made Simple

For a batsman in a cricket match to be given out leg before wicket (LBW) a strict set of rules apply, to do with where the ball has struck the pitch and then hit the batsman’s pad. This figure takes you [more…]

International Game Formats for Cricket

International cricket has a variety of the game for everyone, from the five-day tactical tension of the Test match to the bat-swinging fireworks of Twenty20. The following are a few simple clues to help [more…]

Cricket For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cricket is basically a simple sport. Each team takes its turn to bat (scoring runs) and bowl (getting the opposition batsmen out). The team with the most runs at the end wins. Unless the game is drawn, [more…]

How Women’s Field Lacrosse Differs from Men’s Field Lacrosse

Women’s field lacrosse is exploding in popularity — there are three times as many women’s collegiate lacrosse programs today as there were in 1990. The women’s field game differs from the men’s field game [more…]

The Field Lacrosse and Box Lacrosse Positions

The easiest way to know the positions on the field and in the arena is to know the responsibilities that come with them. In a nutshell, players have three main assignments that come with their positions [more…]

Lacrosse For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports around. But it’s actually three games in one: men’s field lacrosse, women’s field lacrosse, and box lacrosse. The women’s field game differs from men’s field [more…]

The Football Pitch, or Field of Play

If you’re going to understand football as those in the UK see it, you need to find your way around the pitch the game is played on (or playing field in American English). This diagram is here to help. [more…]

Explaining the Offside Law: Law 11

The offside law (Law 11) is the most argued-over law wherever in the world the game of football is played, even though it’s pretty simple. Here’s how it works. [more…]

Refereeing Signals in Football

The referee controls a game of football, implementing the laws of the game (whether the sport is played in the United States or the United Kingdom). Perhaps no other team sport leaves such a wide margin [more…]

Stretching for Football Warmup

Different players in the UK have their own personal stretching routines, depending on their physical make-up. A qualified fitness instructor can plan a bespoke programme for you, but there’s no need to [more…]

Football For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Football is an easy game to understand. It’s also the most popular team sport on the planet. Whether you’re watching or playing in the UK or the United States, you may still feel the need for a helping [more…]

Responsibilities of Base Coaches in Baseball

Baseball coaches are responsible not only for the play of the team as a whole, but for coaching players when they reach first and third base during a baseball game. The responsibilities of coaching each [more…]

How to Deliver the Pre-Game Talk as a Baseball Coach

As a baseball coach, you talk to your players at every practice, but your pre-game talk is your last chance to get your players ready for their upcoming game. The pre-game talk is your chance to remind [more…]

How to Deliver the Post-Game Talk as a Baseball Coach

As a baseball coach, you enjoy when your team wins and suffer when they lose. Win or lose, though, you need to talk to your players after the game. After the baseball game is over, your post-game talk [more…]

How to Build Players Up as a Baseball Coach

As a baseball coach, you’re an important person in your players’ lives. You teach them the rules of baseball and you have a hand in developing them as players and as people. Use the tips in the following [more…]

What to Bring to Practice as a Baseball Coach

As a baseball coach, you not only have to lead your team, you have to bring the supplies for practice. You may want to augment the following list, but it contains the basics to bring to every baseball [more…]

What to Bring to Games as a Baseball Coach

It’s game day! As the coach of your baseball team, you’ve done your best to get your players ready to play, but you have additional responsibilities. You have to bring equipment for your players and information [more…]

How to Make Baseball Practice Fun

As a baseball coach, you not only have to teach your team the fundamentals of the game, you have to make learning those fundamentals fun so that your players stay interested and engaged. Use the tips in [more…]

Sample One-Hour Baseball Practice

Most of a baseball coach's time is spent in practice, so structuring that practice to make the most of it is important. The following list offers suggestions for how much time to spend on which activities [more…]

Coaching Baseball For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Coaching baseball is hard but rewarding work that requires a variety of skills. You have to be organized enough to bring what your players need to practices and games, knowledgeable enough to make practice [more…]

Camping Checklist

To go camping on short notice with the least hassle, keep the items in the following list assembled, packed, and ready to load into your vehicle. A large plastic cargo box is a good container. [more…]

How to Load Your Vehicle for Camping

Getting ready for a camping trip involves lots of packing — clothes, camping gear, food and cooking equipment, as well as sport and game equipment. When it comes to loading up your vehicle, use the following [more…]

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