School Sports Spotlight: Zumba

Posted: October 17, 2013 in School Sports Programs
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Bring It On Sports teaches many activities and sports, all with the goals of physical education in mind. We thought that we should spotlight, each week, a different sport or activity that we currently offer our schools so that you could get a better idea of the skills and outcomes that we strive to provide through teaching it. This week we will focus on Zumba:

Zumba:

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Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba sessions are typically about an hour long and are taught by instructors licensed by an organization called Zumba Academy.The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training. For Kids, Zumba creates an exciting, fast-paced environment that will keep them active and having fun the entire class. Zumbatomic is a class designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12. It has the same dance and music styles as a regular Zumba Fitness class, but has routines designed specifically for kids.

Skills And Objectives:

  • Dancing & Movement To Rhythm
  • Agility and Body Position
  • Balance
  • Creativity
  • Self-Esteem and Self Awareness

To book Bring it on Sports for your school please contact us. #bringitonsports #schoolsports #zumba

School Sports Spotlight: Basketball

Posted: October 8, 2013 in School Sports Programs
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Bring It On Sports teaches many activities and sports, all with the goals of physical education in mind. We thought that we should spotlight, each week, a different sport or activity that we currently offer our schools so that you could get a better idea of the skills and outcomes that we strive to provide through teaching it. This week we will focus on Basketball:

Basketball:

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Baseball is a game played on a rectangular-shaped court between 2 teams with 5 players on each team. The object of the game is to advance the ball down to your opponents end of the court by either dribbling the ball or passing to a teamate, and then to put the ball into the oppoent’s basket by shooting the ball through the hoop. The game is scored with different points awarded for shots inside (2 points) and outside the arch (3 points). There are plenty of mini-games and alternate versions of the game that are suited for different age groups and ability levels.

Skills And Objectives:

  • Passing and Catching
  • Shooting A Basketball
  • Dribbling
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Agility and Body Position
  • Running
  • Game Sense
  • Teamwork

Basketball for physical education can be adapted for different age levels by changing the size of the ball, the height of the goals, or the length of the court. There are also alternate versions of the game that can be played while learning the full rules and skills needed to play the complete game. This ability to change aspects of the game for different levels makes Basketball a great game for physical education.

To book Bring it on Sports for your school please contact us. #bringitonsports #schoolsports #Basketball

The Pro Agility Test Explained

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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The Pro-Agility Shuttle is a key test used by coaches and scouts to evaluate football players at the NFL Combine, college pro days and other football combines across the country. It is a great way to assess a player’s quickness and ability to change directions, which are fundamental skills for success on the gridiron. The short shuttle does a good job of measuring lateral quickness and mobility in short bursts of speed and acceleration.

How It Works:

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Three marker cones are placed along a line five yards apart. The player straddles the middle line and puts one hand down in a three-point stance. The player can start by going either to the right or left direction. For example, on the signal ‘Go’ the player turns and runs five yards to the right side and touches the line with his right hand. He then runs 10 yards to his left and touches the other line with his left hand, then finally turns and finishes by running back through the start/finish line. The player is required to touch the line at each turn.

The Results:

Although it is not an exact science…here is a breakdown of where the times rank as far as evaluating talent.

3.9 to 4.0 – Elite
4.0 to 4.2 – Pro
4.2 to 4.6 – Good
4.6 to 5.0 – Ok
5.0 to 5.4- Below Average
5.4 and above – Poor

You can use this scoring system to see how you rank. Remember, technique as much as anything is responsible for increases or decreases in time, so make sure you do your research, practice good form, and increase your Pro Agility time to at least an OK level for college level athletics and hopefully to a Good or better level for scholarship consideration (depending on your position).

Below are the 2011 NFL combine 20-Yard Shuttle (Pro Agility) Times.

Are you interested in seeing how you rate? Test your Pro Agility at our next Talent Identification Combine in October.  To book your place click here:  http://www.bringitonsports.com.au/recruiting/talent-identification-combine/

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5 Healthy Snacks For Kids

Posted: October 3, 2013 in School Sports Programs Sports Science & Nutrition
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One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to help you kids develop healthy eating habits. Research has shown that many of the eating habits we develop at a young age stick with us throughout life. Today we are going to be taking a quick look at some healthy snacking options for your kids. Bring It On Sports wanted to give you some inspiration so that you could make the best decision regarding your child’s nutrition and help him/her develop a healthy lifestyle from a young age.

Here are 5 fresh & healthy snacking alternatives that are sure to become household favorites.

1) Fresh Fruit

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Make fresh fruit portable and easy to consume. Think about the size of the fruit and the firmness of the fruit. Will your child physically be able to hold this fruit? Cut up fruit is a great way to increase the amount of fruit your child will consume.

2) Trail Mix

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Before taking this delicious trail mix to school, make sure your school does not have a nut free policy. Nuts can be substituted for a seed mix and still provide a high protein, high fibre and delicious snack.

3) Light Yoghurt

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Dairy is essential during this developmental stage. Yoghurt is a simple, tasty snack that can be tossed in lunch boxes very regularly. It is high in protein and calcium so will help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

4) Baked Apple Crisps

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These delicious snacks are guaranteed to be popular at any time of the day. They can be eaten by themselves or topped with a nutritious savoury or sweet topping.

5) Low Fat Smoothies

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Fruit smoothies are a great after school snack. The kids can choose the fruits they want and you can provide a high calcium, high protein snack that is creamy and will satisfy until dinner time.

The New College Football Playoff: What You Need To Know

Posted: October 2, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Starting next year in the 2014-2015 college football season, the unthinkable will finally take place. Yes that’s right, Division I college football will be moving away from the BCS rankings system and going to a 4 team playoff.  Bring It On Sports wanted to give you the rundown on what you can expect next season and also pay homage to the college football system you will be leaving behind…

History of the Bowl System:

The game credited with the beginning of the bowl system was held in 1902. It was dubbed the Tournament East-West game and was sponsored by the Tournament of Roses Association. In that game, Michigan beat Stanford 49 – 0. The Tournament Of Roses would go on to sponsor an annual contest in 1916 East-West Game. In 1921, the Tournament Of Roses Association realised that the place they were holding the game could not support the crowds of over 40,000 and decided to build a stadium to host it’s game. In 1923, the first Rose Bowl was played at Rose Bowl Stadium. Coincidentally, the name “bowl game” gets its name from the Rose Bowl Game, which in turn got its name from Rose Bowl Stadium.

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After the success of the Rose Bowl game, other regional festivals were developed to capitalise on the value that a college football game brought to tourism in those reigions. The “bowl” label was attached to the names of these contests, perhaps as a way to feed off of the momentum of the Rose Bowl. Many of these games were not played in bowl-shaped stadiums. Bowls were usually held around the new year, mainly because these bowls began as a way to promote tourism in warm climates during the winter months of the northern hemisphere. Perhaps another reason was that before air travel, it took a long time for someone to travel to the games. Scheduling them a month after the season ended insured plenty of time for fans to make arrangements for travel to the game.

The Rise Of The Bowls:

Until 1930, The Rose Bowl was the only major college bowl game. By 1940, it was joined by the Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl & Sun Bowl. By 1970 that number was 11, and in 1980 there were 15.   As of 2010, there were 35 bowl games in total.  Up until the 1950’s, games were played only on New Years Day, unless the holiday occurred on a Sunday. After the 1950’s, more bowls were being played earlier in December.

As the number of bowls has increased, so has the number of wins required for a team to be invited to a bowl game. With a 12 game schedule, a team is deemed “bowl eligible” if it finishes with 6 wins or more.

The University of Alabama has played in 60 bowl games, which is more than any other school. They also hold the record for most  victories with 34. Nebraska holds the record for longest streak of consecutive bowl game appearances with 35, which ended in 2006. The longest active streak is Florida State with 32.

The BCS Systm:

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The current system, in use since 1998, is the Bowl Championship Series, a selection system that creates five bowl match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams, including an opportunity for the top two to compete in the BCS National Championship Game. The BCS relies on a combination of both the traditional polls and computer models to determine relative team rankings, and to determine the top two teams to play in the National Championship Game. Nevertheless, the system of bowl games has been challenged often.

The Future Playoff System

“In 2012, the commissioners of all eleven football bowl subdivision conferences, as well as the athletic director from Notre Dame, met and reached a consensus to refer a four team, seeded playoff to the BCS President Advisory Committee. On June 26, 2012, the presidents approved the playoff structure, to begin at the end of the 2014 regular season.”  – From the FootballCollegePlayoff.com website.

For the first time in the history of the FBS Sub-division of Division I college football, a playoff will be used to determine the national champion. The playoff will consist of 4 teams that play in 2 semi-finals games with the winners advancing to the new College Football Game. 6 current bowl games (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta & Peach Bowls) will rotate each year as hosts for the semi-final games. The championship game will follow on the next monday after the semi-finals, with the location decided by a selection committe similar to the Olympics. Unlike the current BCS systems or prior bowl systems, the new format will not use computer rankings or polls to select the teams that will represent the teams selected to compete in the playoff system.

The four-team bracket will pit the No. 1-ranked team against No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3. The selection committee will seed the two semifinal games to prevent the top two seeds from playing in a “road” environment. There will be no limits on the number of teams per conference, in a change from previous BCS rules.

This new system is sure to provide added excitement and a more fair conclusion to the college football season. So stay tuned for 2014!