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If You Play Football, You Should Know Calder Hodge

Calder Hodge was born with fibular hemimelia, a very rare birth condition.  This meant that at age 3, his legs were amputated because he had no tibia bones in his lower legs.  He lost both his legs to amputations above the knees.   Daily, Calder wears prosthetics but when he’s on the football field he wears ” two prosthetics called “C-Leg,” which is a computerized knee that offers more stability and control”.  Calder is striving to be the first double amputee quarerback in the NFL.  Today, he is 14 and he recently won an ESPY award and is an inspiration to many.  On August 2, 2019 at the Detroit Lions practice, Calder threw a touchdown pass.

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For full story:  Double amputee throws TD, wows Stafford, Lions

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Life Lessons Football Teaches

USA Football shares some life lessons learned while playing football that go beyond the field.  Here are some other ways to look at football and what your children gain from playing:

  • establishes competitive skills – study your competition and improve your own abilities to be a better individual and team player
  • builds discipline – requires discipline for rigorous practice and game schedules all while  managing academics, as well
  • develops the ability to follow – one must learn to know when and how follow
  • grows leadership skills – learning to follow well can shape strong leadership abilities
  • broadens the understanding of accountability – every player is integral to the team and each player’s actions affects the team whether in wins or losses
  • teaches the value of practice – the more you practice the better you can get
  • develops an understanding that there are no shortcuts – practice, sacrifice, endurance, dedication, etc. is required

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For full article:   15 life lessons from football that shouldn’t be overlooked

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FIFA Women’s Soccer Highlights

Just in case you missed watching the 2019 FIFA Women’s Soccer games in France, check out these videos:

2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions USA has record-setting winning margin in opening victory against Thailand

Chile vs. Sweden

Germany vs. Spain

Japan vs. Scotland

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From Softball to a Career in Baseball

Yahoo Sports shared an article by Justin Barrasso, Sports Illustrated, about Jessica Mendoza a former softball star who was a four-time First Team All-American outfielder for the Stanford Cardinals.  Jessica was also a member of the US women’s national softball team from 2004 to 2010.  In the 2004 Athens Olympics, she won a gold medal followed by a silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Jessica’s work with baseball amplified with her broadcasting job with ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

The most recent news-breaking story is that “Jessica Ofelia Mendoza has accepted a position within the New York Mets organization this past offseason, reporting directly to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen as a baseball operations advisor. In doing so, Mendoza once again raises the standard for women in baseball.”

“I’ve understood from the beginning that I would be representing a lot of girls and women,” said Mendoza. “There is nothing more I want to do than impact girls.”  Not only that, “In addition to calling games for ESPN, Mendoza’s position with the Mets will allow her to highlight that baseball is a business where success is determined by results instead of gender.”

For more details:  ‘This Is Bigger Than Me:’ Jessica Mendoza Embraces Role as Trailblazer in MLB

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Who Dove Away with 3 Golds in the Buenos Aires Olympics?

Olympic.org shares a tribute to China’s 17-year-old Shan Lin who won 3 gold medals in the diving competitions at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.  Shan Lin revealed. “I’m scared of heights. I just jump and don’t think about it.”  Her fear did not stop her from winning the gold for women’s 3m springboard and 10m platform.

Shan Lin’s third gold medal came in the Mixed International Team event that she shared with Colombia’s Daniel Restrepo García.

For more information:  Lin dives to triple gold at Buenos Aires 2018
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Who will represent the US in the 2018 Youth Summer Olympics?

USA Diving shared that Team USA announced last week that Jack Matthews (Powell, Ohio) and Bridget O’Neil (Southlake, Texas) will compete for Team USA at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, in Argentina.  Mandy Eby (Powell, Ohio), coached both divers and their qualification was  based on their performances in group A competition this summer at Junior World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.

Matthews, who finished 11th in the group A men’s 3-meter and 16th in the group A men’s platform in Kiev, will compete in the men’s 3-meter and platform events. “I am extremely excited to be able to represent my country and compete against the best kids in the world,” Matthews said. “I am also very grateful to have this opportunity.”

O’Neil placed sixth in the group A women’s 3-meter at the Junior World Championships and will represent Team USA in the women’s 3-meter in Buenos Aires. “I am extremely grateful for another opportunity to represent the United States at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games,” O’Neil said. “Good luck to all the Team USA athletes!”

Diving competition will begin October 13, with Matthews competing in the men’s 3-meter on October 14 and the men’s platform on October 16. O’Neil will compete in the women’s 3-meter on October 15.

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For more information:  Matthews and ONeil to Compete in Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

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Meet the Boston Slammers, Champion All Girls’ Travel Baseball Team

The Boston Slammers is an all-girls’ travel baseball team that usually plays in the co-ed division of the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League in Massachusetts.  The Boston Slammers celebrated its second year by becoming the  2017 Baseball For All 11U National Champions held in Rockford, Illinois.   The same Rockford, Illinois which was the home to the Rockford Peaches (1943-1954), an all-girls’ professional baseball league team that was portrayed in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”

The team was also the first all-girls’ team to participate in the Mayor’s Cup baseball tournament and made it through the quarterfinals and appeared in the semi-finals.

 

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Interesting High School Soccer Stats

Here are some of the results of the 2017-18 annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations in relation to soccer highlights:

  • Boys’ soccer registered over 6,000 additional participants while no other boy’s sport gained more than 4,000 participants
  • Soccer is only one of four sports that is offered to both boys and girls in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • Soccer ranks as the 5th most popular boy’s sport when ranked by participation
  • Soccer ranks as the 4th most popular girl’s sport when ranked by participation

For more information:  National Federation of State High School Associations

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Do You Understand How Diving is Scored?

Realbuzz.com shares the basics of how dives are scored.  First, let’s understand the basic parts of a dive:

  1. Approach to the dive –  a smooth and straight approach to the end of the board is what is expected with good posture, with arms either straightforward, to the sides or over the head
  2. Take-off — following the approach, the diver comes to the end of the board, taking off from one foot and landing on two feet, and then departing from the board and the take-off must clear the board by a certain safety margin
  3. Execution – this is the dive, where proper technique needs to be executed and the dive’s components must be performed with control and held long enough for the judges to clearly identify them.
  4. Entry — the point at which the diver makes contact with the water either feet-first or head-first, with the ideal entry being with the body nearly vertically straight, feet should be together and toes pointed and the less splash created on entry the better.

How does the scoring work:

  • In competitive diving, points out of 10 are awarded by each of the judges. In an Olympic competition, there are seven judges, who each score a dive based on the 4 basics outlined above.   At other competition events, it is customary to have five judges. Each dive is considered without regard to the degree of difficulty of the dive (tariff)* which is factored in later.
  • The highest and lowest marks are disregarded, and the scores from the remaining judges are added together. This score is then multiplied by the degree of difficulty (or ‘tariff’) of the dive, which is based on the number and types of maneuvers attempted, such as somersaults, pikes, tucks and twists.

*Degree of dive difficulty (tariff)
The degree of difficulty is a numerical value given to a dive, which is multiplied by a judge’s score of a dive. The degree of difficulty is based on a formula that adds together the different components of a dive. Obviously the more moves attempted in a dive, the greater the tariff and therefore the greater the potential for scoring more points, however, with this comes the potential for more going wrong.  The degree of difficulty ranges from 1.2 to 3.6.

For detailed information:  How Scoring Works in Diving

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