School Sports Spotlight: European Handball

Posted: September 16, 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 European Handball.

European Handball:

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European Handball, or just handball as it is known in Europe, is a game that is played between 2 teams of 7 players.  The aim is to score goal’s by throwing the ball into a net defended by a goalie. We have modified the game from it’s original form to eliminate contact and make the rules easy to follow to insure maximum success and participation by kids of all ages and abilities. Teams work together passing the ball between teammates in order to get an opening to throw the ball into the goal for points.

Skills & Objectives:

  • Throwing and Catching
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Agility and Quickness
  • Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Game Sense and Strategy

Bring It On Sports has all of the equipment to run a game of European Handball either indoors or outdoors on a field. We can accommodate all levels of experience and the game has been adapted for both girls and boys, eliminating the exclusionary factors that some sports face. Games are fast-paced and require little setup which makes this sport ideal for a physical education program.

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

The 40 Yard Dash – A History

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The 40 yard dash has become the go-to measurement of speed used by college and professional football programs. It is a standard distance that allows coaches to compare the times of different athletes and make evaluations on their straight ahead speed. So what is the origin of this now-famous test? Bring It On Sports Recruiting wanted to find out…

The “40”:

The 40 yard dash is approximately 36.5 meters. Usually it is performed on grass, and is timed from first body movement to first body part to cross the line. In recent days, the stopwatch method has been replaced by electronic timing devices which provide complete accuracy. It is usually a good idea to do this testing when there is little to no wind, because of the adverse affect of running into the wind, and the positive effect of having the wind at your back.

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The reason that this distance is the one used today dates back to an old measurement used by special team coaches. The theory was, the average punt is 40 yards and has a hang time of about 4.5 seconds. Therefore, in order to properly cover the punt, a runner should be able to run the 40 yard dash in around 4.5 seconds. Over time, this test became more and more standard among coaches testing speed, and today it is THE test used at the NFL combine to test speed across  different athletes and different position groups.

It is rumored that the fastest time ever run my a football player in the 40 yard dash was by Bo Jackson in 1989, who ran a 4.12 second 40. Although this was timed by stopwatch, he backed up this result by running a 4.18 a week later. The fastest official NFL combine time is shared by Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson & Rondel Melendez (7th Round pick in 1999 by the Atlanta Falcons) who both ran a 2.24. Depending on which list you use, there are between 17-20 athletes to have run an official 40 time under 4.30 seconds.

40 YARD DASH AVERAGE: NFL

Quarterbacks:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.60

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.00

Running Backs:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.40

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.65

Wide Receivers:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.40

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.65

Tight Ends

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.55

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.95

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.00

Offensive Guard:

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.45

Offensive Tackle:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.00

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.30

Offensive Center:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.90

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.30

Outside Linebacker:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.50

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.90

Inside Linebacker:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.55

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.90

Defensive End:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.60

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.00

Defensive Tackle:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.90

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 5.20

Strong Safety:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.55

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.65

Free Safety:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.45

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.65

Corner:

NFL Optimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.40

NFL Minimum 40 Yard Dash Time 4.55

If you are interested in testing your skills join us at one of our Talent Identification Combines

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Why Physical Activity is Important For Kids

Posted: September 13, 2013 in School Sports Programs Sports Science & Nutrition
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Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. Physical education programs for schools and are ideally placed to foster the development of good physical activity habits early in life and to encourage families to engage in regular physical activity.

Physical Education programs should offer a wide choice of play-based, physically active learning experiences that link to children’s interests, abilities, identity and prior knowledge. Physical activity for school-age kids needs to be made up of both structured (i.e. intentionally taught) physical activity and unstructured, spontaneous activity. In addition, as active role models, educators can encourage children to participate in physical activity.

The benefits of being active for young children include:

  • promoting healthy growth and development
  • helping to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • building strong bones and muscles
  • improving cardiovascular fitness
  • improving balance, coordination and strength
  • maintaining and developing flexibility
  • improving posture
  • assisting with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills
  • providing the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills
  • helping to establish connections between different parts of the brain
  • improving concentration and thinking skills
  • improving confidence and self-esteem
  • relieving stress and promoting relaxation
  • providing opportunities to develop social skills and make friends
  • improving sleep

Bring it on Sports offer a range of activities to playgroups, preschools, primary schools & high schools.  They will also be offering school holiday programs for January 2014.  For more information please visit our website: www.bringitonsports.com.au

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Tips for Post-Workout Recovery

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Sports Science & Nutrition
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Recovery

Eat Right After Your Workout: In the 15-60 minutes immediately following a workout, your muscles are primed to receive fuel to start the repair process.  Eat (or drink) your recovery meal right away, within the first half hour after the workout is complete.

Find Food & Drinks That Are Easy To Digest: Your muscles need blood to deliver nutrients to them.  The more of that blood that’s tied up in digesting a hot dog — sorry, any solid food — the less that gets to your muscles.  Ideally, you should get your immediate post-workout fix in liquid form.  Here’s the first strike against chocolate milk: Dairy is extremely hard to digest.

Consume .75 grams of carbohydrate per pound of bodyweight. Your carbohydrates should include high-glycemic index carbs, like glucose (dates are a good way to get it), and some slower-release, even fibrous, carbohydrates as well.  And don’t forget the fat — include about half as many grams of healthy fat as you do protein.

Get out of the acid state with greens or other vegetables and fruits. Intense exercise creates an acidic environment in your body.  If you don’t neutralize the acid with what you eat, your body will use the calcium from your bones and nitrogen from your muscle tissue to neutralize it.  Greens, sprouted vegetables, and certain fruits like lemons and limes have a neutralizing effect on your body.  (Yes, I know it’s weird, but lemons and limes are considered alkaline, not acidic, in the body.)  Strike 2 for chocolate milk, as animal protein is acid-forming.  So are heavily-processed protein powders.

Drink 2 cups of water per pound of body weight lost during exercise. What else is there to say?  You need water, or you’ll die.

Replace lost electrolytes. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes, the little conductors that transmit electrical impulses throughout your body.  So you need to replace them.

Recovery doesn’t stop with your post-workout meal; you’ll want to eat again an hour or two later, this time focusing more on quality protein.  And there’s more you can do that doesn’t involve food — stretching, self-massage and foam rolling, rest, and even wearing compression socks.

Use these tips to make sure that your post-workout recovery is just as productive as your workout!

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Aussies Abroad – Scott Harding

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Hawaii 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!

Scott Harding:

Scott Harding

Scott Harding is a Wide Receiver for the University Of Hawaii. Born in Brisbane, Scott graduated in 2004 from Anglican Church Grammar School. He was a member of the AFL National Team at the age of 15. He also played for the QLD State Team for the U16, U17 and U18 teams. Prior to attending the University Of Hawaii, Scott played 6 seasons in the AFL. 5 of them were spent with the Brisbane Lions and 1 with the Port Adelaide Power. He was drafted in 2005 out of a local Brisbane club, Morningside.

Scott earned a scholarship to Hawaii in 2011, where he played in 12 games as a slot receiver and returner. He appeared in 12 games in 2012 as a Sophmore, with 8 starts and was the team’s starting punt returner in all 12 games. Scott also played 3 games that year as the punter and the holder.

Achievements:

  • Selcted to the AFL Junior National Team
  • Played for the U16, U17 & U18 Queensland State AFL Team
  • Drafted by the Brisbane Lions and played 5 seasons in the AFL
  • Played 1 year in the AFL for the Port Adelaide Power
  • Selected to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team
  • Selected to the Tahoo! Sports Freshmen All-America second team as a punt returner.
  • His Freshman Year (2011) he return 19 punts for 141 yards and a 7.4 average, which ranked third in the WAC.
  • Named to the 2012 College Sports Madness All-Mountain  West First Team as a returner
  • Maned to the All-Mountain West Academic Team