Dominican Republic baseball

From the sugar towns of ‘San Pedro de Macrois’ and ‘La Romana’, to fields throughout the Dominican Republic, poor children dream of one day playing major league baseball and providing financial security for their families. The DR has a passion for baseball far above any other place.

For baseball in the Dominican Republic, from the end of October to January, when the sugar mills are slow, a baseball season is born. They are the big leagues for Dominican baseball players who dream of succeeding. It’s where your fantasies can come true. To play well and be seen by major league scouts. It’s also a time when current major leaguers can come home and play in their winter season.

Since the 1950s when Ozzie Virgil made Dominican Republic baseball famous by playing in the major leagues, we’ve seen more and more players make the transition and do it well. The Alou brothers, and currently, Sammie Sosa. Who could be bigger? Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez and more.

When the Ten Years War (1868-1878) in Cuba brought turmoil to the country, many Cubans fled their country and immigrated to the Dominican Republic bringing with them the game called “Béisbol” or “Beisbol”. The Dominicans quickly learned the game and soon organized teams.

The national sport and passion of the Dominican Republic is baseball or “Beisbol” as Dominicans call it. No matter where you go on the island, you will find a baseball stadium/park, even in the poorest cities. Today more than one in six players in the American league is Latin American, most of them from the towns located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

Every year, from October to January, Dominican Republic Baseball fans support their favorite team. The games are held at the Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo and at the stadiums in Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana. If you are in the Dominican Republic during this time, you can not only enjoy the beautiful beaches, but you must also enjoy a game of ball. The passion for this sport is unique to Dominicans around the world.


Lion of the Chosen Santo Domingo Oriental Stars San Pedro de Macorís

Eastern Sugar Mills La Romana

Eagles Cibaenas Santiago

National Surveys of San Francisco de Macorís

Tigers of the Licey Santo Domingo

When the teams finish their season, the winner will play the Caribbean World Series, among other Latin countries. Not only is the season amazing, but the teams also have American players trying to make it to the big leagues. When an organization has a hot prospect and wants him to gain more experience, they will send him to a Winterball league to hone his skills. Then you will see amazing baseball with amazing players and amazing fans!

Born right the first time?

The purpose of most religions is to make us “better” than we currently are. The biblical premise is that all human beings are fatally flawed, not good enough, and in need of major improvements and control of their “human nature.” Without this continual overcoming of the evil self, growing into a better kind of person and changing, one runs the risk of not being good enough to spend eternity, due to their inability to change during a fairly short life, in a hell of punishment. . . Scripture goes to great lengths to remind us all that our fundamental human qualities are deceit, wickedness, jealousy, anger, lust, and greed. Personally, I think it is one of the most useless and controlling lies ever foisted on human beings by religion. Of course, this is how we can act, but that is not who we are at all when we are given the freedom to be authentic and feel safe to be.

We are called “worms” and least of all in this great book of encouragement. Even the earliest leaders, prophets, and apostle types knew that they had to degrade themselves as less than human to show that they understood that they were worthless as unregenerate human beings. Only when one realized that they were a piece of poo, could they guide people who were really poo. If you couldn’t utter the words, “I am not worthy,” you would never be a CEO of the Bible. The Apostle Paul pointed out that he was “the least of the Apostles” and that “the things I do not want to do, I do, and the things I must not do.” He made his problems everyone’s. He came to the conclusion that he was just a miserable human being, just like everyone else. He reminded others that they were blind, wretched, poor, and naked in heart and spirit. He even said that he had to beat himself into submission, except after preaching to others, he should go crazy and be a castaway. It appears that he did not have the confidence “in the blood” to make up for the differences between what he was and what he felt he needed to be.

Jesus is also reported to have said that humans must become “perfect, even (in the same way) as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” There is no challenge to be better than one is at any given moment! Of course, this is not possible and it is not possible or plausible in any way “I am now converted and filled with the Holy Spirit”. You have never met a Christian who has achieved this goal in life. I’ve known some who act like they have and I’ve known some who agonize over not being able to, but I’ve never met one who has actually done it, whatever that means. Actually, I think they would be a strange human being.

How did we get this way? Well, of course it was due to the “fall” in which Adam and Eve, our real and true first human parents, created by God out of clay and ribs, got nervous and ate the forbidden fruit. We have all been blamed for this event and must spend our lives under the blood sacrifice of a more perfect human/god and then continue the struggle to be “better” until we die. That’s when we discovered that we understood being bad enough to be good enough to live forever. Redemption of human beings through blood sacrifice and execution have always been the preferred solution to man’s depravity. Membership in the club usually costs ten percent or more of your material income and membership in the only true one of many churches. I am not being disrespectful to the life and teachings of Jesus, but few understand how that has been woven into a story that Jesus himself would have cringed at.

I remember as a teenager when it was “time for you to be baptized” I was told that I was all these miserable things and that I needed deep and sincere repentance and of course a savior. The minister took me through the Ten Commandments and asked if he understood that I had broken EVERY ONE of them during my short life and was therefore sentenced to death. I was an 18-year-old mother, good girl, good home, fairly accommodating, a little guilty and shamed about parenting, but not a big stoned nasty sinner with three illegitimate children. And yet here I sat convinced that I worshiped other gods (money, success, human hopes and dreams), somehow always taking God’s name in vain (Mom and Dad would have washed my mouth out with soap… I only learned swearing and such after being in the ministry) and worshiping on the wrong day of the week along with having to repent of keeping the wrong Holy Days my entire short life.

I was in some deeply perverse way a murderer, adulterer, thief, liar and covetous of all the goods of men and women. When I said that he hadn’t actually killed anyone, they told me that he hated and that’s the same thing. I admitted that I hadn’t had sex with anyone at the time, but my lust covered that up too. I wanted to say, “well, no, I hadn’t really done that either,” but that wouldn’t have been advisable if I ever wanted to get baptized and have a future with the group. He told me to come back another day and repent more deeply of my nasty, mean, wicked 18-year-old self. Of course I made it in time and joined the “you’re still not good enough” club for the next three decades as a pastor who then spread the good news of human depravity to thousands and reminded them that while they might think they’re kind people, they are under the sentence of eternal death, those stinking Adam and Eve brought us all no matter. However, I grew up a bit and concluded that the story of my guilt by association with Adam and Eve was not literally true. Human beings have evolved for the most part as good science has pointed out. I’ve had my own genome mapped back 60,000 years to all of our African origins. I don’t think it’s very fair for humans to pay a literal and eternal death penalty based on a mythical story and not literally real.

Have you ever considered the fact that you and I may have been born right the first time? What if the simplest and most spiritual goal a human being has is to become their own genuine, authentic, self? What if our purpose in life is not to jump through hoops set by others, who think they know, nor to strive and strive to dramatically improve upon who you are? People don’t change much throughout life, regardless of their religious affiliations, and while it’s an improvement to stop killing yourself with sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine along with assorted other body-killing habits, it’s okay to be yourself. .

Is it easy to be yourself? No, not in our culture and certainly not in many others where not being a mere cog in the tribal wheel can get you killed in a very bad way. One of the simple truths of life that most humans have long forgotten or never knew is that we are all one and the same and all smaller parts of one thing. I don’t pretend to know what that is, but let’s just say we are all one in the same consciousness trapped in a limited five-sensor carbon-based wetsuit for now. As Mike Adams said in a recent article on The Discovery of DNA Variability, Holographic Blueprints, and the Symphony of Life… “We are, in fact, an expression of the very phenomena we are trying to understand, and if we read poetry DNA correctly, we will realize that life itself is not about accumulating wealth, things, or power over others, but about discovering oneself. And the “I” does not exist in isolation. in every way imaginable, intertwined. We are all made of the same stuff, crafted from the same patterns in nature, and indeed formulated from the same musical notes played in five billion unique yet compatible melodies. this discovery, Western science has concluded that we are all more different from each other than previously thought, but I think it is evidence that we are all just unique verses of the same universal poem”.

That is a far cry from humans being mere wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked worms in need of major rehabilitation at the hands of prophets, priests, and shepherds. To say that we are born right the first time and that we don’t need to be born again or reborn goes against the meme, which is the mental virus that we were all taught as children. Our parents taught them and their parents before that. It is the idea that we are all defective at birth because of a non-event in the life of our first parents Adam and Eve, not literally. It’s the idea that even if you’re a pretty good person, you’re full of vanity, jealousy, lust, and greed that, unless paid for by a perfect blood sacrifice, demands that you spend eternity in hell burning forever, apart. of God or permanently. dead. It is also not true and it is not what a genuine human being actually needs to become the monkey on his back.

What a liberation it is to simply recognize that we are all one and the same smaller parts of one big thing. It is just as difficult to live an authentic life as it is to live a life of false submission to the will of others. It’s easy or not easy depending on the need to please everyone or seem to agree when you don’t, be true to yourself and for yourself, I don’t mean ego. I mean faithful to the conscience that dwells in the container that we too often confuse with the self. You are not your body. That’s just shipping and a container for a short time. You are not your brain. That is a receiver of information and memories that can, in fact, come from outside of a larger you and me than we can imagine. You are not your mind, which is that thinking brain that spins into the angry past or projects itself into the anxious future when it has nothing better to do in the present.

How much misery and striving to be all one can really be has religion heaped on the faithful. Not many will leave the warmth and comfort of the boxes they were born into by chance and explore ideas that are not acceptable to the tribe or the church. But some will. They could be labeled “heretics” or perhaps more benevolently, “ahead of their time.” In the past, those who were ahead of their time were often burned at the stake. Getting out of the box of religious dogma is difficult and many times you are left alone and on your own. The ones in the last box don’t usually follow them. You can be your authentic self as it presents itself to you and risk a lot but gain a lot, or you can put on the mask and be more comfortable but devouring antidepressants for the rest of your life. That seems to be the way to the fact that being oneself is the simplest spiritual truth that exists for a genuine human being.

Politics, fear, guilt and shame are some of the reasons why human beings behave badly. Feeling insecure can cause a lot of damage. All of Iraq is falling apart because of fear and self-preservation, not because of some inherent evil that is the true, ongoing, daily nature of man. When people feel safe, appreciated, respected and listened to, you will be amazed at how much good can be achieved. If Chicago were Baghdad, these same fears and survival skills would rear their ugly heads in the neighborhood.

What is the simplest spiritual truth that a human being can come to recognize? While there may be many, the simple acknowledgment that being authentic in thought, word, and deed is okay is near the top. If even the fact that I tell you that makes you feel uncomfortable, then you can know that it is not far from being a truth that you, as a sentient being, must consider in the time you have left to live in your limited five senses, moist to carbon base. follow.

Andre Iguodala Dunks or how to increase the vertical jump

Have you seen Andre Iguodala in the 2006 NBA Slam Dunk Contest?

The 24-year-old forward delivered the best dunk of the contest in the first round, if not one of the worst of all time! He caught an Allen Iverson pass on the back of the glass and flew under the backboard and rim for a reverse shot on the other side.

Even Josh Smith, the 2005 Slam Dunk champion, admitted that the dunk was insane and that he would never attempt it, even after seeing it complete.

“That occurred to me one day over the summer. I was in the gym and this guy told me I couldn’t touch one side of the backboard and go to the other side and dunk the ball, and I did it.” – Andre Iguodala

By the way, did you know that Iggy had more dunks (120) last year than LeBron James (108), Josh Smith (108), Vince Carter (86) or Kobe Bryant (59)?

In case you were wondering what its vertical is, it’s 34.5 inches.

For now, you may think:

And that? It’s great for him, but what can I do to improve my vertical?

First of all, you need to work on your overall fitness. You have to lose the extra pounds and your legs have to become strong enough to accept a vertical program.

To do this, jog and jump rope 3 times a week (jog: minimum 45 min. 3 times a week; jump rope: 100 jumps 3 times a week)

Jumping rope not only gives you explosiveness and calf strength, but it’s also a great way to build endurance and work on overall leg strength.

Other very effective exercises are calf raises and squats, as they train the most important muscle groups in the jumping process. Do these exercises from time to time (on days you don’t run).

But don’t overdo it (max. 1 set of 8 repetitions 2 times a week)!

After 2-3 weeks your legs should be ready for a vertical program.

Now you can start with a combination of weight training and jumping jacks.

Weight training gives you strength and jump training gives you the speed you need to quickly get your body into the air.

Weight training (twice a week) consists of exercises like calf raises, squats, but also lunges and leg presses. Use 2 sets of 10 reps per exercise.

Jump training (2x per week) consists of exercises such as lunge jumps, calf jumps, and hoop jumps. Use 2 sets of 15 reps per exercise.

Try to measure your vertical every week and take care of your diet. Skip the fatty things and try to eat a little less than usual, especially at dinner.

If you are really interested in improving your vertical and you are looking for a good vertical program, I can definitely recommend Go Up Strong, it gives you everything you need to improve your vertical.


Many people think that they can learn to nail in two weeks or less. That’s garbage! Just look at the progress you make each week, your best moments (maybe you can already shoot a tennis ball), and the motivation will last.

The midpoint of the baseball season is July 4, not the All-Star Break

The All-Star break has always been considered the midpoint of the baseball season, but the fact is that every team has played more than half of its games a week earlier. A more accurate marker of the midpoint of the Major League Baseball season would be July 4.

Here alone in 2016, every team has played at least 83 games, with most hitting 90 before the All-Star break. Two clubs, the Toronto Blue Jays and the San Francisco Giants, have already played 85 games. By next Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at San Diego’s Petco Park, both teams will have completed nearly 60 percent of their seasons.

The Fourth might be a better indication of the midway point of the season, but it provides a very inaccurate picture of which teams will be champions of their divisions. Rarely do teams in first place on Independence Day end up there at the end of the season.

In the past five seasons, only nine division champions have held the top spot on July 4. The other twenty-one division champions were looking at at least one other team at the midway point, and some were even as low as fourth place.

In 2012, none of the teams in first place in the Fourth managed to win their division. Even more incredible, four of the eventual division champions (Detroit, Atlanta, Oakland and Baltimore) were in third place at the halfway point that season.

The change at the bottom happens less often, but still more than half of the teams in last place on July 4th end up in the basement at the end of the season. Of the thirty clubs that placed last on the Fourth of July over the past five seasons, seventeen have ended up moving up at least one rung in their divisions.

For three of those seasons, exactly half couldn’t get out of the basement. But just two seasons ago, the bottom six at the midpoint finished ahead of at least one club in their divisions.

Chances are, the clubs that are at the top on July 4 are likely to be replaced at the end of the season. That fact should change the way clubs have traditionally viewed the baseball schedule.

Instead of waiting until the All-Star break in mid-July, teams’ front offices should start preparing for the second half at least a week in advance. The teams in first place right now have less of a chance of finishing on top than one of the teams currently chasing them, a scary thought for GMs who have so far considered 2016 a successful season.

The groundhog day technique

I have found an interesting technique that is helping me improve my life. I got some of this technique from the book Awakened Imagination by Neville Goddard.

It has a chapter on giving of yourself and recreating your day, as you would have liked it to be, in your imagination. What I have discovered over the last 16 years is that visualization and imagination are very powerful. By closing my eyes and seeing the day, as I want it to be, I am, in a sense, rewriting my reality. It’s like being in the movie Groundhog Day.

In that movie, the main character, Bill Murray, constantly relives Groundhog Day. Every morning he wakes up at 6 am to the same music, and it’s Groundhog Day again. It is one of my favorite movies. He goes through many different experiences. He realizes that he doesn’t have to suffer any consequences because the next day he can start all over again.

Therefore, he is pleased with all kinds of food and cakes. She finds out personal details about a woman so she can convince her that they went to the same high school for her to sleep with him. In later days, he starts breaking the law and ends up in jail, but in the morning, he wakes up in the hotel and it’s Groundhog Day all over again.

He later tries to commit suicide. She does it many times but the next day she wakes up in the same bed. After hundreds of days of the same day, he begins to become a better man. He starts saving people, takes piano lessons, starts learning the names of all the people in the city. Eventually, he is able to get the girl from him, but only when he gives up on that goal, through manipulation, and instead is just doing good deeds, all day. She ends up liking him for the man he became. He previously tried to seduce her knowing all her interests but she did not fall for it.

It’s a wonderful movie and even has some funny moments. I don’t understand why people call it comedy. It is actually a drama and a deep spiritual story.

In essence, we have our own Groundhog Days every time we wake up. We can choose to live our lives and make the most of them or be like Bill Murray at the beginning; very negative

This has nothing to do with morality. We should not do things just because they are right, but because that would give us the most enjoyment and satisfaction in life. Try not to be enslaved by false morality. Determine your own morals. Morality is a man-made creation; sometimes they are right and other times all they do is limit your freedom unnecessarily.

To learn more about this, read the amazing book How I Found Freedom in a World Without Freedom by Harry Browne. I have given this book to many of my friends, it is liberating. There are many concepts there that can totally change your life. I like to reread it at least once a year.

In other words, you are not improving yourself for some moral reason, but because it would bring you greater happiness. Sometimes we think we are happy watching TV or doing other things that are of little consequence to our goals. However, you may find that you would actually enjoy your time much more and feel a tremendous sense of self-worth if you accomplished significant things in your life.

So, this is what the Groundhog Day Technique can help you do, among other things. Just visualize your day as you would have liked it to be. Do you wish you hadn’t done or said something? Do you wish you had worked on a project instead of surfing the TV channels for 4 hours and not seeing anything interesting? Just look at your whole day and see areas of your day the way you wish they were. Make it come true in your imagination. Even if you have negative news, play it back in your imagination in a positive light. This is not the time to be realistic because your reality is created first, in your imagination.

Even if events happen, you can take the sting out of it by visualizing a positive outcome. Let’s say you had an argument with someone at work. You can visualize the experience as if it had continued without any kind of confrontation. The funny thing is that your visualization will affect the other person on a subconscious level. I have proven this in my own life repeatedly. We are all spiritually interconnected. If you send out positive vibes, only good things will come back to you. You don’t have to react to circumstances, you can create them instead.

If you visualize bad things, then the bad things will come back to you. Don’t get angry quickly because it will come back to you. Your thoughts are very powerful, you must be careful with them. Be careful how you talk to yourself, in your inner dialogue. What you say will manifest in some way in your life. It can simply manifest itself in limited thinking and therefore limited results.

Now to the second part of the technique: I start my day in the morning by visualizing how I would like my day to go. You can visualize the things you hope to do. You can also visualize meeting people or having a day of adventure. You will certainly have a better chance of attracting these things into your life if you wait for them to happen. You can even tell yourself that you are going to have a wonderful day. Try it, it works.

I have been getting fantastic results. I have been becoming much more accomplished. Also, my day is now suffused with the magic of imagination. I am living the life I have imagined and it is extremely enjoyable. Visualization is equivalent to programming a computer, except you are programming your own mind. It’s a great way to get yourself to do more of what you really want to do, even if you have some initial resistance or bad habits.

I just do a short reading from a spiritually inspiring book and then do my visualization for 10-15 minutes. Then at night I do another visualization as I go to bed and relive my day as I would have liked it to be. But as I get better, I find less of a need to review the day because I’m happier with the way my day is going.

You could shorten the technique even more if you do it at night in bed while you’re falling asleep. Then in the morning, visualize your day going the way you want it to go while you’re still in bed. Even if you only put in 5 minutes a day, morning and night in total, the technique is effective.

Another thing you can do is review past events that are still bothering you. They could have been from years ago. However, if you have guilt or anger about a past event, this can slow down your progress in your current life. You have to forgive in order to move on in life. Anger and feelings of guilt attract discord and negative outcomes in your life. That is why it is not good to be argumentative or to be pessimistic. You attract into your life what you imagine and what you THINK you are. Why not be optimistic instead? You will find that you have a much more positive and magical life when you do this.

Tips for Choosing a Lower Back Tattoo Design

With all the tattoo membership sites you can choose from online today, it can be quite difficult for you to search for the exact lower back tattoo design that best suits your tastes. The hard part here is the decision making, especially among women because they tend to be very quiet about what design they would like to have. Women are very picky about their shoes, so it’s natural to be picky about something that includes inking your body.

Lower back tattoos are becoming more and more popular among women due to the location. The lower back is considered the most sensual part of the body to get tattooed and because it is very practical to get tattooed there. Why? First of all, it is the part of the body where you can get a tattoo and it has less chance of being deformed due to the flexibility of the skin in that area. Second, you will have the option to hide or display it as easily as 1,2,3. If you want to show it off, just wear low-waisted jeans. Even without pairing it with a hanging top, having this type of jeans would allow you to show off the tattoo to whoever you want to show it off. Hiding it is very easy, giving advice on how to hide it is like teaching the alphabet to a 10 year old.

There are many feminine lower back tattoo designs that are available online. It can be easy to look it up if you already have an idea of ​​what are the best designs that women get. Here are some of the most popular lower back tattoo designs for a heads up.

1.) Dolphin: These cute little guys are a favorite among women, especially those who are romantics. Dolphins are believed to be the most loyal lovers of all sea creatures.

2.) Flower – One of my favorites, I have one on my ankle, but it is also one of the best options for a lower back tattoo among women because maybe it is due to the femininity of the design.

3.) Tribal – an option for women who have strong personalities

4.) Dragon: The dragon design is the best choice for women who want to express freedom and especially for those who take risks.

Having a tattoo is something that needs your full attention and requires a lot of research. It’s not something you can decide easily. Not only does it hurt to have one, it is also expensive to remove and skin that has been inked will never be the same. With that being said, you really need to be decided on what design you would like to put on your skin. It really is best to think hard and do some extensive research so you don’t regret your decision.

Literary Review – A Game of Giants by Wole Soyinka

The play, a play of giants, was written by Wole Soyinka to present a savage portrait of a group of African dictatorial leaders cornered in an embassy in New York City, United Nations. The play was written on purpose to show the resemblance between recent historical figures/African leaders and old or former leaders in Africa who were known for their authoritarian or tyrannical rule and these include: Macias Nguema (deceased) of Equatorial Guinea, Jean Basptiste Bokassa from the Central African Republic, Mobutu Sese Koko from Congo Kinshasa and the Hero of Heroes, Field Marshal El-Haji Dr. Idi Amin from Uganda.

The play began with three of the dictatorial African leaders, Kamini, Kasco and Gunema, who plan to get a life-size group sculpture of the ‘crowned heads’ in their likeness. They intend to make their statues part of other statues that would be placed in the UN stairwell passage. Their discussion on power and governance was interrupted by the presence of the president of the Central Bank of Bugara who brought the news of the World Bank’s refusal to grant the country of Bugara the required loan on the basis of unsatisfied conditions to which the president of Bugaran, The president for life, Dr. Kamini, replied that the president should come back and accept any conditions put forward by the World Bank, even at the expense of the body and soul of the people of Bugaran.

However, the president’s response to the president regarding the printing of Bugaran currency by his Central Bank, saying that such printing would make no difference to ‘toilet paper’ caused him to be severely punished by flushing the toilet on his head. at the feet. of the dictators.

The leaders continued their discussions as the Ambassador came in to brief them on his idea of ​​where to place the leaders’ statue. They all agreed with this and continued their discussion of power emphasizing the importance of voodoo. This conversation was closely followed by the topic of the speech to be read, who will prepare it, who will edit it, and the importance of reading it for the leaders present to hear before the final or actual reading at the UN.

The sculptor was the next victim at the hand of Kamini, who treated him badly through the hand of Task Force Specials for saying that Kamini’s statue is not worth standing in front of the coin but rather sitting in Madame Tussaud’s Chambers of Horrors.

The fourth leader entered the scene at the end of the first part, General Barra Tuboum of Nbangi – Guela, whom Kamini called Alexander the Great. After a brief discussion of the rebellion and the war, the Honorable Mayor of Hyacombe and his party arrived preceded by Professor Betey; his arrival changed the point of contention to the imperialist conspiracy, calling names like Alexander, Napoleon and all sorts. The mayor came with golden keys.

The second part opened with the launch organized by Kamini for other African leaders with the introduction of the Secretary-General, who is a senior official, who missed Kamini’s dreaded wrath when he said that the sculpture was supposed to be statuettes, small in size and put on shelves like Beethoven, Shakespeare or Lenin and then distributed in copies. The sculptor was seen in bandages from head to toe, the work of Kamini TF Specials.

The conversation continued when two Russian and American delegates each arrived with a short interval before Betey ran in alarming that a coup had been staged in Bugara. Not long after, TF Specials were asked to plant the weapon, including the Bugara missiles, which would be used to destroy the UN, fueled by news that the Secretary-General had escaped and the belief that the delegates had participated in the attack. blow. This was followed by the aggression of some people who gathered outside the embassy, ​​protesting (singing) that Kamini should leave (surrender).

The play ended with Kamini’s cry: Fire! Fire!! Fire!!!

Fun facts about Springfield, Missouri

The state of Missouri joined the union in 1821 as the 24th state. Springfield is the third largest city in the state and is the county seat of Greene County. Here are some fun facts you may not have heard before about the Springfield area.

  • The highest temperature ever recorded was 113 degrees.

  • The coldest temperature was -17 degrees on a day in February.

  • Bob Barker attended high school in Springfield.

  • The area known as North Springfield was once called Moon City.

  • Springfield is sometimes called “The Birthplace of Route 66,” due to its early part with the U.S. Route 66 designation. The Missouri Route 66 Association gave the city of Springfield a sign in Park Central Square for his prominent role in the early days of Route 66.

  • Famous Springfield politicians include John Ashcroft, former US Attorney General, and Roy Blunt, US House Minority Whip.

  • Famous entertainment professionals include Aaron Buerge, “The Bachelor” in 2002, Brad Pitt, actor, Kathleen Turner, actress, and Lou Whitney, musician, record producer.

  • Famous sports figures are Josh Kinney St. Louis Cardinals major league roster, Payne Stewart, professional golfer.

  • Other famous people are Jimmie Angel, aviator, discoverer of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest free-fall waterfall, Janet Kavandi, astronaut, J. Alan Groves, Biblical Hebrew scholar, editor of Groves-Wheeler Hebrew morphology.

The list could go on and on, but here are some fun facts that we hope will pique your interest and entice you to this great city and all that Springfield has to offer.

defensive basketball techniques

The defensive techniques used in preparing for football matches can be applied to those used in basketball. In soccer, the goal is to use schemes, formations, and techniques that limit the forward movement of the ball. One technique is to identify trends and find ways to counter them. For example, in basketball, if you find a way to lower your opponent’s shooting percentage by five percent, that could create a difference of six to eight points. That is a worthy achievement.

Let’s start by looking at man-to-man defensive techniques. One of the first determinations is your opponent’s dominant hand; either right or left handed. This is the shooting hand, and it determines how you protect your man and how you obstruct the path of fire. The next determination is which foot is the pivot foot. This can change with possessions and determines the tendency of the driving side, often to the side of the non-pivot foot. Another indicator is the position of the hand on the ball. Throwing your hand behind the ball indicates that you are preparing for a shot. Hands to the side of the ball indicate that they are preparing to pass. The hand on top of the ball indicates that you are preparing to dribble and which hand indicates to go left or right.

Another indicator is dribbling patterns. Players who dribble between the legs or behind the back do so in repeated patterns before shooting or driving to the basket. Knowing that bias gives the defensive player a slight advantage, a fraction of a second to contest the shot or dribble. Contested shots or drives decrease the goal percentage and how much depends on the agility and quickness of the defensive player. It also depends on the player’s ability to read and react to the indicators.

Reading tendencies can also help steal. By observing dribbling rhythms and patterns, the defensive player can predict where the ball is going to be and can push that spot to deflect the ball. Such movement requires knowing at what point to attack and, with practice, becoming instinctive rather than mental. Aiming too early allows the opponent to redirect the dribble and too late puts the defender out of position. The point of attack is usually when the dribbled ball rises into the opponent’s hand, where a dribble follows a predetermined pattern. Stealing the ball in this way not only damages the opponent’s confidence, but also adds two points to the scoring differential. Stops a scoring attempt at an average of one point per possession and allows a scoring opportunity by the defense at an average of one point per possession.

Team defense combines the above techniques but adds coordinated helping moves. This could be imminent or cut off the passing lanes or even catch a stationary player and obstruct the passing or shooting lanes. Other times it’s correcting a mismatch like a short player guarding a tall one, or an exceptional shooter versus a mediocre defender. Assisting is a constant risk-reward choice, as double teaming can have positive results or it can leave an opponent wide open. Therefore, assisting requires all five defensive players to work as a team. This means that when one player moves to help, the defensive responsibilities of the other three change.

How it changes depends on the skill set of your opponents. For example, a low-percentage outside shooter requires less attention than an interior center who dominates painting, scoring, and rebounding. Such a player would require special treatment including double teaming, flaccid defense and/or being denied the ball.

A major defensive issue is dealing with screens, take-offs, and the resulting mismatches. This is where trend analysis can become a huge advantage. Do they use the screen to set up an open shot or a shot? Or do they use it as a sliding screen where the screener comes off toward the basket? How you defend him depends on his tendencies and the goalscoring threat of the players involved. A good defense requires making calculated decisions that result in the best outcome.

Any defensive team will not be able to shut down an offense. Instead, the goal should be to limit points per possession. Defensive rebounding plays into this scenario, as limiting second chances greatly reduces points per possession. While the defense has an advantage by being closer to the basket, it can increase this advantage through strong rebounding techniques. Blocking your opponent is basic, but defending potential landing spots is just as important. For example, missed jumpers from midrange land closer to the basket than long 3-pointers. Layups and pullbacks are even closer. Using this information can increase bounce rates.

Also, rebounding position is more important when facing taller, more athletic players. Blocking is not enough, one must keep the opponent off balance by maintaining contact and restricting his jumping ability.

Switching is another defensive plot where players pass the responsibility of guarding to another player. This could be a verbal or non-verbal exchange and is commonly employed in high screen pick and roll situations. The biggest problem in this area is that the change is not final and one or both offensive players have an advantage. Players get caught in that zone of indecision and offensive players are left unchallenged. Communication is an essential remedy for such situations. Also, moving to a mini zone defense helps correct these mismatches and allows players to regroup.

In a zone defense, players are assigned an area to protect instead of one player. Players generally move in a leaning formation towards the ball with little separation between them. This spacing reduces dribbling or shooting. Thus, the offense is relegated to passing the ball to an open man and taking mostly long shots. One strategy in this defense is to encourage low-percentage shooters to shoot and play for rebounds. Another strategy is to dispute the shots of the probable shooters, thus reducing the percentages.

Zone defense requires discipline to maintain space and move to the ball decisively and confrontationally. Here again, passing patterns soon emerge that predict scoring opportunities and which players are likely to shoot and when. This information allows the defense to increase the matchups at such times. Such intense defense can be exhausting and requires moments of recovery. These can be taken as offense by walking the ball down the court, taking time off the clock, and shooting later during the shot clock. Maintaining a high-paced game can be regressive and detrimental to a winning cause. Therefore, attention to recovery is imperative.

On defense, you have several allies, namely the sidelines, the five-second rule, and the shot clock. When opponents get close to the sideline, it’s like you have another defender on them as they can only go sideways. And if they’ve used their dribbling, it’s a tense moment that could lead to a turnover. Similarly, when pressed, they can be pushed back out of bounds. Therefore, taking your opponent to the sidelines is a good thing and creates more chaotic moments for the offense.

Taking advantage of the five-second rule on out-of-bounds throw-ins can be critical in tight matches. Taking more than five seconds results in turnover. When the offense has to spread down the floor, you can take risks and go for a quick changeup. As such, the defensive lineup that stifles the throw-in needs to be a quick build-up of defenders. First one, then two, and quickly three, all blocking every possible passing lane, creating a chaotic challenge for the passerby. Does the pass have the possibility of an interception or does he have time to call a timeout?

In college, the five-second rule also applies to an offensive player who is closely guarded by a defender and does not advance the ball to the basket. This rule eliminates a dribbler who runs out of time without trying to score. Here again, when defenders stifle the dribbler and obstruct passing lanes, such action can result in a violation and fumble.

Being mindful of the shot clock can also produce positive results, as with five to seven seconds remaining, the offense is forced to shoot. This is the time to interrupt the flow and pace of the defensive attack. By inhibiting passes to primary shooters, more time is wasted and therefore poorer shooters are quick to make bad shots. Such a strategy requires the defense to know the offensive players’ skill set and shooting percentage, and then defend accordingly.

While scouting strategies are common in soccer, knowing and applying them in basketball can be a game changer. These strategies could come from studying opponents’ stats and videos, or through in-person observations and scouting reports. By countering tendencies, the opposition’s skill sets, a team can gain an advantage against formable opponents. Knowing what your opponent is likely to do is smart basketball. However, you need to know what trends to look for and how to incorporate the right countermeasures into your game plan. That’s not just smart basketball, it’s also brilliant.

The author wrote a companion article on the offensive aspect titled “Basketball: 5-Player Schemes Promote Winning Ideals.”

The 3-4 defense for Pee Wee football

The 3-4 defense has been used to great success, especially with the Steelers in the NFL. I have used the 3-4 with 5-year-old flag players and 14-year-old travel plate players, as long as it has been modified for the level you are training.

Similar to the 5-4 defense, the 3-4 will confuse many coaches in youth soccer. A crucial component when setting up a difficult defensive system, such as the 3-4 defense, is making sure it has been adjusted to the level you are training. If he’s coaching a young team, he won’t need any of the fancy blitz packages at 3-4. Stunts, spins, charges, and corner schemes come in many varieties in the 3-4 defense. Many of these will have to be omitted or heavily modified if you want to use them at the pop warning level.

The lean used by the defensive line should be used at all age levels. This devastating technique will make your defensive line mess up your opponent’s blocking schemes and they won’t even realize you’re doing it to them.

With proper preparation, including a full scouting report on your next opponent, you should be able to use tilt to confuse your opponent’s blocking schemes. The beauty of the 3-4 defense is that you should be able to wreck your opponents’ entire offensive line using just three players. Hopefully you’ve scouted your opponent and have a good idea of ​​the blocking styles he’ll try to use against your team. Using defensive line leans, you’ll be able to occupy all five offensive linemen with just your nose guard and two defensive tackles. You will be able to play most of the game with a two man advantage. We show all the mods for defensive line leans and stunts in our Youth Defense Playbook 3-4.

For over 20 years, the 3-4 defense has been my go-to defense. I have installed it with 14 year old travel level rigs as well as 5 year old flag rigs and have had tremendous success. I’ve coached in the smallest city in my conference and have rarely allowed more than two touchdowns in a game. In almost half of my games we have eliminated our opposition and I have a winning percentage of over 80%. I believe in minimal blitzing, if any, and like to use defensive line tilt to keep the opponent’s offensive linemen away from my linebackers. Unlocked line sponsors run free to make plays and I want my best athletes to run free.

In conclusion, the 3-4 is a wonderful defense to use at all levels of football as long as coaches use a modified version applicable to the level they are coaching.