Looking for a Field Hockey Stick?

Field Hockey Sticks shares a detailed review of their choice for top 2018 field hockey sticks and equipment.  Here are some of the categories that they reviewed:

  1. Best field hockey stick by brand
  2. Best field hockey stick for goalies
  3. Best youth field hockey sticks
  4. Best hockey sticks by position
  5. Best field hockey shoes
  6. Best field hockey stick bag and backpack reviews
  7. Field Hockey accessories

They gathered data by compiling a list of over 200 top ranking international players and verified the most current stick each player used.  The players included in the data compilation are both male and female and come from  8 strong field hockey countries.

For details:  The Best Field Hockey Sticks of 2018

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How Do You Cool Down Your Horse After a Hard Ride in the Winter?

Horse Nation shared an episode of SmartPak’s, “Ask the Vet” video series.  SmartPak staff veterinarian and medical director Dr. Lydia Gray responds to fan questions in an easy to understand manner using research-based evidence.  Here are some of the questions she answers:

  • How do you cool down your horse after a hard ride in the winter
  • Should you remove wolf teeth and if so, when?
  • Is corn oil beneficial when added to horse feed?
  • Are joint supplements necessary and beneficial for my horse?
  • Is there more than one type of colic that my horse can get?

See the video: SmartPak Monday Morning Feed: Ask the Vet, February Edition

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STEM Activities to Weather the Winter Blues

STEAM Powered Family shires some fun STEM activities that you can do with your children to whittle away the cold indoor days.  Some of the activities suggested include:

  • Create Ice lanterns
  • Bottle up equal amounts of snow, ice and water in separate bottles and discover if they have the same amount of H2O
  • Explore how salt affects ice
  • Grow crystals
  • Make a winter lava lamp
  • Discover the Winter Solstice with Earth Sky
  • Build ice sculptures
  • Read books about winter

For detailed information:  30+ Winter STEM Activities -Cool Hands – on Learning

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When Was the Last Time You Tried to Juggle?

Juggle: verb, juggled, juggling.
1. to keep (several objects, as balls, plates, tenpins, or knives) in continuous motion in the air simultaneously by tossing and catching.

There are recordings of juggling in ancient civilizations that include Eygpt, Rome, China, and Greece. The earliest record of toss juggling an be found in a painting of an Egyptian tomb. The history of juggling is filled with colorful highs and lows. Juggling became associated with circuses when Philip Astley, “father of the modern circus”, included jugglers in his London circus in 1770.

Enjoy some great juggling acts in this century!

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Did You See Caroline Garcia’s Amazing Shot?

Caroline is a 24 year old French tennis player who attained her best WTA singles ranking of world No. 7 on January 29, 2018, and in 2016 she was No. 2 in the doubles rankings, tied with fellow Frenchwoman  Kristina Mladenovic.  See Caroline Garcia’s amazing shot at the 2018 Qatar Open.


Spending the Time but not Getting the Desired Results?

Eduardo Briceño in his TED talk on “How to get better at the things you care about” shares insights as to why you may not be improving at the things you care about despite the time and energy spent.  Eduardo shares his perspective on how successful people and teams  purposefully alternate between the zones of learning and performance.  In the learning zone, the goal is improvement.  In this zone, you work on activities to strengthen areas and because they are less familiar territory, it is expected and accepted that you will make mistakes from which you will learn.

When in the performance zone, the goal is the execution of your best self and the minimization of mistakes.

“Performance zone maximizes our immediate performance while the learning zone maximizes our growth and future performance.”  Do you know how to spend the right amount of time in each zone to be the best that you can be?


Acquaint Yourselves with NYC Theater Festivals

BroadwayCon is an opportunity for fans to meet Broadway stars and it happened the last week of January, so if you missed it, OnStage blog shares interviews with some of the distinguished leaders of the most lauded theater festivals in NYC. If you haven’t heard about these festivals here is a chance to find out:

  1. Planet Connections Theatre Festival is celebrating it’s 10th year anniversary and is held in early July.  The festival this year “can be about anything under the sun,” while stating that they believe “that theater artists are the perfect people to motivate philanthropy, community outreach, environmental awareness, and social change. Every production in the festivity does work to support a charity of their choosing.”  Applications for their 2018 festival are open now.
  2. Downtown Urban Arts Festival takes places before the start of the summer and presents a wide variety of works, that highlight urban life in America and promotes the underrepresented communities in the arts, including women playwrights, playwrights of diverse racial backgrounds, and LGBTQ playwrights.
  3. Fresh Fruit Festival highlights LGBTQ playwrights from all over the world.  “The festival is specifically designed “from the very earliest planning stages to be inclusive of all genres of LGBT arts and aspects of LGBT life, with a diverse array of artist ethnicity and viewpoint.”  This year’s festival dates are July 9 – July 22. Late Submission Deadline: Monday, February 26th. ($35 Late Reading-Fee due)
  4. New York New Works Festival include current and previous Broadway and television panelists who volunteer their time “to review the work of aspiring writers. The festival for writers “is a chance, and that was the objective of this project: to give people a legitimate opportunity.” Application deadline:  July,15,2018

For in-depth information:  Festivities Galore: An Inside Look at Some of the Largest Theatre Festivals in NYC

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Some Tricks Don’t Need an Introduction

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl


Speed and Agility Drills for Soccer Players

Watching soccer is exciting and lots of fun and fans are full of cheers and jeers.  The underlying truth is that every player on the field has earned their spot on the team with hard work and dedication.  In soccer, turning quickly and sharply are valued skills.   CoachUp Nation shares some drills that you really need to incorporate in your training sessions:

  • cone drills – great for improving speed and agility
  • cone-line drill – helps improve muscle memory
  • weight training – very young players should avoid weight training but it can improve explosiveness in more developed players
  • pylometric exercises – can improve speed by developing certain muscles

You can incorporate these exercises in training sessions with your team or on your own.  However, it is recommended that you ask your coach to give you guidelines to maintain proper form.

Read more:  Improving Your Soccer Speed and Agility

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Golfers: Tips for Driving Farther

Practical Golf shares some tips for all the golfers that want to increase their drivers by as much as 20 yards.  Jon Sherman, Practical Golf, got these tips from a fellow golfer, a Florida State University golf team alum.  Despite being 15 years out of his career, he was still able to catapult the ball 250-300 yards and break par without breaking stride.

So I asked him, “How do you do it and what am I not doing right?”  “He simply said, “you need to hit up on the ball, and your setup is all wrong.” I hadn’t realized it but over time I had let my tee position with my driver shift more towards the middle of the stance, and was teeing the ball way too low (these were the other suggestions he made to me).”

  • Hit up on the ball – learn more about the angle of attack
  • Tee the ball higher
  • Move the ball closer to your lead foot (just inside the heel)
  • Lower your trail shoulder so your spine angle is pointing to the sky a little more
  • Try different drills
  • Work on getting feedback

For more details and videos:  How to Hit Your Driver 20 Yards Farther (Seriously)

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