School Sports Spotlight: Netball

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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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 Netball.

Netball:

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Netball is a ball sport developed from early versions of basketball. It is played by two teams of 7 players on a rectangular court. Each team tries to score goals by passing the ball and shooting it through a goal. Players are assigned specific positions that define their roles and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can only hold it for 3 seconds before shooting or passing to another player.

Today the game is the most popular women’s sport in Australia with an estimated one million players nation wide. Although traditionally identified as a sport for women, there is no reason why it cannot be played with mixed teams, and increasingly more boys and men are becoming involved.

Skills And Objectives:

  • Throwing And Catching
  • Shooting A Ball
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Running
  • Game Sense
  • Teamwork
  • Agility

Netball for physical education can be adapted for different age levels by changing the size of the ball, use a lowered netball post, allow more time to pass the ball, use less players on each team, and many more adaptations that will help adjust the game for different levels and abilities.

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The Vertical Jump Test Explained

Posted: September 22, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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The vertical jump might be one of the most important of the combine-style tests that college athletes undergo – it is also one of the most misunderstood.

Most people have misconceptions about how the test is conducted, what the results mean, and how they are interpreted depending on the sport and the position. Bring It On Sports Recruiting wanted to take some time to explain how the vertical jump test works, and what it can tell us about an athlete.

The Test:

The Vertical Jump test should probably be called the Standing Vertical Jump test, because it is done from a flat footed position. The athlete first reaches his hand as high as it will go while staying flat-footed on the ground. A measurement is taken of his standing reach. He then attempts to jump as high as possible from a standing position, and the distance from his standing reach to his jump point is measured, giving us the Vertical Jump measurement. Usually the athlete will be allowed multiple attempts at the jump once the standing reach has been measured.

There are various ways of measuring this jump, but the most common is with the use of flags which the athlete will hit at the highest point of his jump (see picture below). These flags correspond to different measurements, making it easy to get an accurate reading, and also much easier for the athlete, who now has something to aim for when he jumps.

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The Result:

The result of the test is a measurement (usually in inches), that gives a clear picture of the athlete’s vertical jumping ability. Perhaps what is most often misunderstood about the vertical jump is that it also gives us insight into the power and explosiveness of an athlete. The ability to explode upward from a standing position translates into on the field skills such as hitting, tackling and blocking. Lineman and linebackers have as much to benefit from a good vertical jump test as do receivers and tight ends.

The world record vertical jump has been reported as up to 61″ (155 cm) by Kadour Ziani (other reports for top leaps for Kadour range from 56″/142cm upwards). He is the highest Vertical Leaper from Slamnation, and stands 5’10 tall. A vertical jump of 40 in (1.0 m) or more is considered outstanding. The best vertical jump at the NFL Combine is 46″ by Gerald Sensabaugh (FS), from North Carolina in 2005. During the past 5 years of the NFL combine, the vertical jump results have been averaging between 29-32 in.

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Six Breakfast Foods You Should Stop Feeding Your Kids

Posted: September 19, 2013 in School Sports Programs Sports Science & Nutrition
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Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast will set you up for a day of healthy eating. Breakfast is very important for children, as they need to fuel their minds and bodies for days of learning at school. However, there are many misconceptions and just plain bad eating habits when it comes to your child’s breakfast. With that in mind……

Here are the 10 worst breakfast foods to feed your children. Stay clear of these bad choices and instead reach for some nutritious whole foods.

1. Nutella

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Recent commercials have seen Nutella and other spreads being advertised as a healthy food. While hazelnuts are healthy in moderation, these products are made with an abundance of nuts, making it a high fat food. These spreads are also very high in sugar, with can make kids hyper just to have them crash later. Instead, opt for a light chocolate or hazelnut flavored cream cheese spread. Your children will be getting a good supply of calcium while keeping the sugar and calories balanced.

2. Instant Flavoured Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is a wonderful breakfast for cold mornings. They have several beneficial properties which makes them a superfood: they are a wholegrain; provide protein, are high in fibre; low in sodium and are minimally processed. They are a natural source of energy and are rich in a special type of fibre that can help to lower cholesterol re-absorption.  BUT BEWARE – There are many instant flavoured oatmeal products on the market, which act as convenient meal for busy breakfasts. These products are have added sugar making them an unhealthy option. Instead, buy natural quick oats either in convenient sachets or portion them in snack bags. You can easily microwave quick oats, making them just as fast in the morning and  they are lower in calories. You can then add your own natural flavour and sweetness by including some banana, pureed strawberries, a few sultanas or a dash of honey.

3. Breakfast Drinks

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Grocery stores and pharmacies sell pre-made breakfast drinks like Up & Go and others specifically marketed to children – like Coco Pops & Nutrigrain. These products can be amazing for children, giving picky eaters vital nutrients however these products are deliberately loaded with sugar, to boost the calorie count. If you child is healthy and doesn’t need liquid supplements, look for other options for breakfast. If your kids like to drink breakfast, try a healthy smoothie. Blend together frozen fruit with milk or yogurt. This way your kids get great protein while filling up on fiber.

4. Toast and Jam

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Toast and jam seems like such an innocent breakfast, but it can be loaded with empty calories. Children love white bread, but it’s got almost no fiber and won’t keep your kids full. Instead, opt for a whole grain bread. Picky children may refuse to touch brown bread, but some brands offer whole grain bread in a white color and texture. Jam or jelly is also a dangerous breakfast food. Many varieties are packed with sugar and preservatives. Look for pure fruit types with low or no sugar added.

5. Pancakes

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Pancakes  are a delicious breakfast and the store bought mixes are very convenient.  You just mix the powder and water and pour it on a hot griddle. These carbohydrate laden meals will fill your kids up, but they may feel hungry soon after. Pancake toppings like maple syrup or golden syrup are high in sugar and thus high in calories. If you want to have a treat with pancakes, top them with fresh fruit and nuts for a healthier treat. You can also make pancake alternatives by mashing banana with eggs and frying the mixture.

6. Muffins

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Muffins are considered a healthy food, but they can have  more empty calories than a large doughnut. Large sized muffins are filled with more carbohydrates than two slices of bread. They are also surprisingly high in fat, being filled with butter and oil. Making your own muffins are a much healthier option than buying them. You can replace some or all of the fat with apple sauce, lifting the fiber content and lowering the calories. Make sure you use whole grain flour to keep up the nutrition.

A Reasonable Physical Activity Program For Your Kids

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How much physical activity do children need?

Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.

This may sound like a lot, but don’t worry! You’ll soon  encourage your child to participate in activities that are age-appropriate, enjoyable and offer variety!

Just make sure your child or adolescent is doing three types of physical activity:

1. Aerobic Activity

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Aerobic activity should make up most of your child’s 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week.

2. Muscle Strengthening

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Include muscle strengthening activities, such as gymnastics, sit ups or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes.

3. Bone Strengthening

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Include bone strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or running, at least 3 days per week as part of your child’s 60 or more minutes.

How do I know if my child’s aerobic activity is moderate- or vigorous-intensity?

Here are two ways to think about moderate- and vigorous-intensity:

  1. As a rule of thumb, on a scale of 0 to 10, where sitting is a 0 and the highest level of activity is a 10, moderate-intensity activity is a 5 or 6. When your son does moderate-intensity activity, his heart will beat faster than normal and he will breathe harder than normal. Vigorous-intensity activity is a level 7 or 8. When your son does vigorous-intensity activity, his heart will beat much faster than normal and he will breathe much harder than normal.
  2. Another way to judge intensity is to think about the activity your child is doing and compare it to the average child. What amount of intensity would the average child use? For example, when your daughter walks to school with friends each morning, she’s probably doing moderate-intensity aerobic activity. But while she is at school, when she runs, or chases others by playing tag during recess, she’s probably doing vigorous-intensity activity.

What do you mean by “age-appropriate” activities?

Some physical activity is better-suited for children than adolescents. For example, children do not usually need formal muscle-strengthening programs, such as lifting weights. Younger children usually strengthen their muscles when they do gymnastics, play on a jungle gym or climb trees. As children grow older and become adolescents, they may start structured weight programs. For example, they may do these types of programs along with their football or basketball team practice.

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Aussies Abroad: Jamie Keehn

Posted: September 17, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Over the next few months as part of Bring It On Sports recruiting services, we will be highlighting Aussie players who are currently playing college football in the United States. Our goal is to double this number each year by sending the best young gridiron players this country has to offer to play college football on a scholarship! Enjoy this blog series….maybe someday soon we will be doing a feature on you!

Jamie Keehn

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Jamie Keehn is a punter for Lousiana State University (LSU), where he is majoring in Sports Administration. He replaces another popular Aussie Gridiron player, Brad Wing, who has gone on to the NFL. Jamie did not play Gridiron in school. In fact, his first game of American Football was against North Texas in 2012. During his school years, he excelled as a Track & Field athlete participating in the Javelin throw among other events. Jamie is slated to be the starting punter for LSU, who play in the SEC (South Eastern Conference), commonly referred to as the most talented conference in all of American College Football. Jamie will be the oldest player on the team as he starts the 2013 campaign.

Achievements:

  • High School National Title in Javelin Throw 2005, 2006 and Rowing 2006
  • Represented his state at the Australian National Championships in Track & Field (Javelin & 110 Hurdles) 4 years in a row
  • Placed 7th at the World School Games in Greece in 2006
  • Won the 2006 Oceania Under 18 Javelin Title