Team Sports & ID

  • Tennis: Fitness for Beginners

    Tennis is a great way to stay in shape. Whether just starting (or just starting again), understanding the fundamentals will help you make the most of your time on the tennis court.

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  • What is the FIFA Women's World Cup?

    Summer is a favorite season, especially for soccer fans. Kids across the country pull out their soccer equipment and dust off their cleats in preparation of practice and group fun. Parents and coaches collaborate to get teams together and ensure the sports equipment lockers are stocked and ready to go. But soccer fun goes far beyond kid play and potential coaching gigs. As FIFA fans know, women’s soccer is a non-stop roller coaster of emotional energy and excitement, and nothing proves that more than the current excitement over the FIFA Women's World Cup.  Continue reading

  • How to Enroll Your Child in Youth Soccer

    Youth soccer is one of the most popular sports in the U.S. In 1974, about 103,432 American kids participated in recreational soccer. In 2014, nearly 3.1 million U.S. children were playing! Getting your child involved in this fun, beneficial sport is easy - here's what you need to know:  Continue reading

  • Are Hockey Fans the Most Loyal of Them All?

    Every sport has its own unique history and rule book, and hockey is certainly among them. What sets hockey apart, however, is its special fan following and the general mood surrounding those associated with the sport. Few things are as impressive as a player decked out in full-on hockey equipment: sticks, pucks, skates, gated masks, and padding. And then there's the sheer rawness of the game. At a live ice hockey game, the air just seems to crackle with energy. Bottom line: hockey fans are among the most eccentric sports fans on the planet. Continue reading

  • Most-Needed Equipment for Coaches and Referees

    Sports, equipment, players, coaches, and referees. Participating in sports boosts mental, physical, and social skills, and motivates participants to meet new challenges year after year. You can train your kids from morning until night, stick them in the most expensive schools, and hook them up with first-rate sports equipment. But if they don’t have proper coaching or the right referees, it's all for naught. Good coaches and refs are worth their weight in gold. They keep the teams motivated, honest, competent, and properly equipped. And they, too, require high-quality sports equipment. But what exactly is standard gear in a coach’s or referee’s arsenal? Continue reading

  • Little League Baseball Scandals Continue

    The media have shared countless examples of cheating, bribery and general bad behavior among professional, and even collegiate, athletes. When the ugliness touches our kids, however, we become a little more sensitive to the influence of sports on future generations. The Little League World Series broke our hearts, but it won't break our spirit or our determination to preserve the game of baseball for our children. Continue reading

  • 5 Best Spring Sports

    Budding athletes at every age dream of reaching the big time through their favorite sport. Yet, one cannot climb Mt. Everest without first being able to walk around the block. Summer and winter seasons contain some kids' most popular sports for kids to consider, but spring offers some fantastic options, too! Like these:   Continue reading

  • What Is the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup?

    Sports are serious business and hold an essential place in American culture. While few sports have been created on American soil, most have adapted with modern sports equipment or been adjusted to the desires and demands of the national residents. Forty percent of Americans still say football is their favorite sport to watch, but 8 percent openly lean toward soccer as their main vice. Soccer’s popularity in the states grew by 300 percent from 1974 – 2014 and shows no signs of slowing. Add the fact that young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 are 10 times more likely to play soccer than any other age group, and it’s pretty clear the nation is looking at a potential new sport to shadow American football as the national pastime. Professional soccer matches, such as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, help the sport gain new enthusiasts and players annually. But what is the Lamar Hunt Open Cup and why is it such a big deal?

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  • How Sports Balls Are Made

    You dribble, pass, hit, serve, and slam. But how much do you really know about that pigskin or vinyl? Chances are you have a crate, locker, closet, or room somewhere in your home stocked with physical education equipment and a variety of sports balls: baseballs, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, and volleyballs. Have you ever wondered how those balls came to be? We're here to tell you. Continue reading

  • 4 Classic Baseball Blunders

    Americans are obsessed with sports of all kinds, but the nation's proudest pastimes is baseball. There’s just something about pouring into the stands, waiting for the charge call, and watching nine innings of the best game ever invented. Even overpriced hot dogs, stale popcorn, and flat beer can’t take away from the joy the game brings to true fans. If anything, it all just adds to the experience. The players are paid to be as professional as the fans demand, but sometimes they’re not all that well-behaved.  When sports equipment and giant egos are involved, you’re bound to find monumental errors in judgment that make your own mistakes look like child’s play. Just check out these classic baseball blunders: Continue reading

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