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A Brief History Of Basketball

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A Brief History of Basketball

In early December 1891, Canadian American Dr. James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (YMCA) (today Springfield College) in Springfield, Massachusetts), was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day. He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot (3.05 m) elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, and balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored; this proved inefficient, however, so the bottom of the basket was removed, allowing the balls to be poked out with a long dowel each time. The peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were finally replaced by metal hoops with backboards. A further change was soon made, so the ball merely passed through.

A Brief History Of Flag Football

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A Brief History Of Flag Football

To find the origins of Flag Football we must visit the history of American Football in the 19th Century. With the early game of Football being brutally more violent than the game we know today, many players died as a result or lack of rules structure(even on the field). Colleges began to feature the sport with the first college game being played by Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. Professional Football did not surface for some 26 years later. The rules were gradually modified to protect the health interests of the participants as college football was under pressure to do so in order to prevent the banning of the game entirely.

Flag Football arose not long after Touch Football and was originally referred to as “Tail Football”. The “Touch” version was officially recognized by Webster’s Dictionary in 1933 while the “Flag” game was not recognized until 1954. Flag Football however was noted as being a popular game during the 1940’s and WWII. The game was liked mainly because it allowed Football to be played by GI’s as it kept the injuries associated with Tackle Football at bay. In fact, the birthplace of Flag Football is generally recognized as Fort Meade in Maryland.

A Brief History Of Volleyball

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A Brief History Of Volleyball

In 1895 Volleyball was invented at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. William G. Morgan blended elements of Basketball, Baseball, Handball and Tennis to create a new game for local businessmen whom participated in his classes at the YMCA that did not want as much body contact as Basketball. Volleyball was originally called Mintonette until at a demonstration of the game, a spectator remarked that the players seemed to be volleying the ball back in forth (a Tennis term), then proclaimed that “Volleyball” might be a more suitable name. The first official Volleyball game was played at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., on July 7th, 1896

The complete rules are extensive. But simply, play proceeds as follows: a player on one of the teams begins a 'rally' by serving the ball (tossing or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm), from behind the back boundary line of the court, over the net, and into the receiving team's court. The receiving team must not let the ball be grounded within their court. The team may touch the ball up to 3 times but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively. Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team is unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.

Most Misunderstood Rules Of Basketball

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Most Misunderstood Rules Of Basketball

1) It is important to know the intent and purpose of a rule so that it may be intelligently applied in each play situation. A player of team should not be permitted an advantage which is not intended by a rule. Neither should play be permitted to develop which may lead to placing a player at a disadvantage not intended by a rule.

2) A player cannot touch the ball, rim, or net if the ball is touching the rim or is within the basket. A player cannot touch the ball if it’s in the imaginary cylinder above the rim. These are examples of basket interference. It is legal to touch the rim or the net if the ball is above the rim and not touching the rim, even if the ball is in the imaginary cylinder above the rim. It is legal to hang on the rim if a player is fouled or a player is avoiding an injury to himself or herself or another player.

3) The backboard has nothing to do with goaltending. Goaltending is contacting the ball on its downward flight, above the level of the rim, with a chance to go in. On most layups the ball is going up after it contacts the backboard. It is legal to pin the ball against the backboard if it still on the way up and not in the imaginary cylinder above the basket. Slapping the backboard is neither basket interference nor is it goaltending and points cannot be awarded. A player who strikes a backboard so forcefully that it cannot be ignored because it is an attempt to draw attention to the player, or a means of venting frustration, may be assessed a technical foul. When a player simply attempts to block a shot and accidentally slaps the backboard it is neither a violation nor is it a technical foul.

Movement is an important key to health


Movement Is An Important Key To Health

Workout Approach

Movement is an important key to health, wellness and fitness. Our training incorporates the essence of human movement to produce a “more fit” individual. Through the use of both old school methods (Medicine Balls, Kettle Bells, bodyweight) and the inclusion of new cutting edge techniques we use movement to increase flexibility, decrease body fat and improve strength.

Group Exercise Benefits

Get the camaraderie and support you need from group fitness sessions. Working out in a group provides accountability and structure to help achieve fitness goals. You are more likely to get a great workout and better results from the well-rounded program that incorporates a group setting. The group setting motivates, to pick up the pace and reach beyond and break through plateaus. People who workout in groups stick to and reach their goals more consistently than those that workout alone. Working out in a group is more fun too!

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