Sports Equipment Journal

  • ANSI Vest and Jacket Regulations: What Do They Mean?


    In Michigan, and most other northern states, summer is known for two things: Beautiful weather and construction. Since there is such a small window of opportunity to get these construction projects done, workers are often on the job until well past sundown. For late night, long-term projects like this, you need to make sure all of your workers are safely outfitted. To ensure the proper equipment is being used, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sets guidelines for everything from livestock production to construction equipment. Continue reading

  • Quick Drills to Help Improve Your Basketball Handling

    The offseason is the perfect time to have your players work on specific aspects of their game. Though it may be difficult for them to find people to play with during the summer, dribbling is one aspect of basketball that they can work on solo. On top of that, only a few items are needed to be able to run a collection of ball handling drills. Below are a handful of examples, in order from least difficult to most, along with the requisite tools. Have your players try them out! Continue reading

  • How to Manage Crowds During Summer Events

    crowds of peopleWith the summer comes warm weather; and with warm weather comes outdoor events such as parties, festivals and concerts. When events move outside, you may find that it becomes increasingly difficult to corral and organize your crowds. Here are a few tips on how to effectively and safely manage the crowds at your event this summer:

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  • 4 Easy Tips On Keeping Your Campers Hydrated This Summer

    Keeping track of one kid’s hydration can be tough. Keeping track of a whole camp’s hydration? Nearly impossible.

    When camp counselors and administrators are planning out logistics, they often think of things like registration, housing and activity-planning. Unfortunately, one of the most important aspects of running a camp often gets overlooked; keeping the campers properly hydrated.

    According to a Harvard School of Public Health study in 2015, most kids do not drink an adequate amount of fluids on a daily basis. That same study found that as many as one-quarter of children and teenagers between ages 6 and 19 don’t drink any water as part of their daily fluid intake.

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  • Gymnastics for Beginners

    When people think of competitive sports that can lead to a lifelong career, gymnastics doesn’t often rise to the top of the list. However, consider the best sports for little ones just beginning their fitness routines, and it’s hard to ignore the ease of tumbling equipment and the benefits found through childhood flexibility. Kids are far more flexible than adults, and flexibility is a key component in many youth activities for this reason . As we age, sedentary or otherwise inactive lifestyles affect our body’s ability to maintain muscular elasticity. Incorporating proper gym equipment can help, but tight hamstrings and tendons are controlled by our nervous system, and that’s something we simply can’t force without causing serious potential health problems. Hence the power of early age gymnastics.  Continue reading

  • Cool Outdoor Obstacle Courses

    Summer is a welcome break from the rigors of school... and it's a great opportunity for kids to pick up some new healthy habits through fun warm weather activities. Even kids who aren’t into traditional team sports want a outlet for their abundance of energy. And that's where the obstacle course comes in. All you need is patience, space, basic outdoor equipment, and a plan.

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  • 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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  • Indoor Fitness: Stationary Bike and Elliptical

    Busy work schedules, getting kids to and from their activities, and sudden or unexpected weather changes can really get in the way of your plans for outside exercise. Indoor activities are often more challenging, but they don’t have to be. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise and 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly. This equates to 45 minutes of activity, 5 days per week. An easy way to track your progress and achieve that goal is to simply move your outdoor activities inside.

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  • Ultimate Frisbee 101

    When people think of summertime fun, many minds focus on a specific warm-weather activity for the whole family: Frisbee, the name given to Wham-O’s flying disc toys in 1957. Originally, flying discs were made of wood and created around the nation’s obsession with UFOs. By the early 1950s, the material changed to plastic and Wham-O took over on the manufacturing end. In the early and mid-1960s, the nation was consumed by single and paired play with the inexpensive disc toys. The sport took on a whole new look by the end of the decade with the birth of Ultimate Frisbee. But what’s so ultimate about it and how exactly does it differ from the original purpose of the game? Continue reading

  • Miniature Golf: Just for Kids?

    While golf has been a popular sport in Europe since the 15th century, the first golf course in America wasn’t created until the end of the 19th century. The game has evolved from its primitive roots to become one of America's favorite sports, as reflected by the $23 billion industry’s 10,752 clubs and courses across the nation. The formal game of golf doesn't appeal to everyone… that's why there's miniature golf. Continue reading

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