Friday, 6 August 2021

Published Friday, August 06, 2021 with 12 comments

Interesting Olympic Facts



Excited about Tokyo Olympics? Here are some interesting Olympic facts you’d love to know:
  • Although held in 2021, the games are referred to as “Tokyo 2020 Olympics”. Originally set to be conducted in the year 2020, the games were postponed due to Covid 19 pandemic. But as host countries prepare well in advance for the Olympics, torches, medals, uniforms, and other merchandise was already created using the name as Tokyo 2020. Recreating everything would have not only added costs, but would have taken time also.

  • The only other times Olympics did not take place as scheduled was during World War I (in 1916) and during World War II (in 1940 and 1944). Since the first Olympics were held in 1896, and have been organized every fourth year ever since, Tokyo Olympics are officially the XXXII Olympiad.

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have five new sports added to its game-program – softball, skateboard, sports climbing, karate and surfing.

  • The Olympic torch was taken through the length and breadth of Japan, through all the 47 prefectures of Japan, by 10500 torch bearers in 121 days.

  • Tokyo 2020 is the first Olympiad to award recycled medals made of metal extracted from small electronic devices.

  • The great American “Tarzan” from the Tarzan franchise of movies during the 30s, Johnny Weissmuller, has also been the great Olympic champion. He won 5 Golds in freestyle swimming competitions and 1 Bronze in water polo.

  • Olympics for the differently abled are called Paralympics. Paralympics were introduced in 1960 in Rome. However, there have been physically challenged athletes who have competed and won in Olympics (not Paralympics). America’s George Eyser, who lost his leg in a childhood accident, won 3 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze in 1904 Olympics. Other Paralympians who have won on Olympics are South African swimmer Natalie du Toit and Polish table tennis player Natalia Partyka.

  • The Gold medals are not entirely made of Gold. Olympic Gold medal is made of six grams of gold plated on 92.5 percent silver. Although, the Silver medal is made of silver, the Bronze is a mixture of copper and zinc.

  • The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, built in 1923 in memory of fighters of the World War I, has already created history by hosting two summer Olympics in the years 1932 and 1984. The 2028 Olympics scheduled in the same venue will make it the only venue in the world to have hosted three Olympics.

  • The official marathon distance is standardized as 42.195 kms. to honor the first marathon runner who ran the exact same distance from Marathon to Athens to inform the citizens of their victory against invading Persians on 490 BC. The Greek soldier died after making the announcement.

  • One of the most inspiring stories of modern-day marathon runners is of the legendary Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila, who became the first colored African to win a gold in 1960 Olympics in Rome. What makes his victory extraordinary is Abebe Bikila ran barefoot. Bikila also won Gold for marathon in next Olympics in Tokyo 1964 which was just 40 days after he underwent a surgery for appendicitis.

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Thursday, 5 August 2021

Published Thursday, August 05, 2021 with 5 comments

13 Woes – How to Effectively Help Teen Players Sail Through

Coach Eddie Brown has been coaching football to elementary school kids for 17 years. He has seen not one, but several examples of kids becoming regressive as they hit puberty. The attitude of young athletes changes as they enter middle school, and by the time they reach high school, a lot of kids leave sports. As per a report published by National Alliance for youth sports, over 70 percent pf kids training in youth sports stop participating in organized sports by the age of 13.

Coaches who start training sports to kids from elementary school, go through the puberty woes themselves”, says Brown. “It is frustrating when a promising athlete quits because as a coach you are invested in each kid who trains with you, and when a good player quits, he takes a part of you”, he adds.

The mistake most coaches make is treat this problem as dearth of seriousness or missing focus. While it may seem like sheer laxness or clumsiness, it is actually hormonal. During the transitionary years, from 11 to 14, the child is going through major physiological, psychological and biological changes. We all know this, but when it comes to problems related to this age, we attribute them to laxity or heedlessness. When we as adults start acknowledging the obvious, kids would also find a way to channelize their morphing energies.

For instance, when kids train for sports, their mind muscle connection is set. When an accelerated growth takes place, especially in their lower and upper limbs, the mind-muscle connection weakens. To get the level of motor range that is required by an athlete, the brain would need to re-establish neuromotricity, which does not necessarily happen at the same speed as physical growth. This means that if the players are not playing to expectations, or are not being able to match their own performance, it’s not because they don’t want to, it’s because they can’t. Well, in most cases it is. Coaches, parents and other adults involved in the training also need to consider the fact that this loss of performance level can be frustrating for the child too.

If the child is really interested in playing, then the concerned adults should consider professional ways of helping the kid get through this phase. Psychological counselling and guided physiotherapy have proven to be highly beneficial. At this stage, muscle strengthening becomes paramount. The training should be focused on muscle strength and range of motion.

Diet also plays an important role. The nutrient requirement of the body increases. Preferably, a nutritionist or team coach should give individual diet charts for each player.

Lastly, it’s important that all details are noted down. Each week players must record their height, weight and vital stats. This information should be maintained in a chart which will come in handy for professionals like the physiotherapist, the dietician, the coach etc.

Entering teenage is a delicate time for kids. While some may decide that they are no longer interested in continuing sports, there would be others who would be willing but struggling to keep up. In either case, coaches and parents need to help the child understand what they actually want and help them tide over the troubled waters.

We at InstaTeam are happy to help with any team issues. Our experts have varied experiences of managing different aspects of youth sports.

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Monday, 26 July 2021

Published Monday, July 26, 2021 with 11 comments

RIP Greg Knapp


Greg Knapp, who died recently after being hit by a car while he was riding his bike, has left us an illustrious history in pro football.

The veteran New York Jets assistant coach spent 33 years coaching pro football which included an impressive 24 years in NFL. The likes of Jeff Garcia, Matt Schaub, Matt Ryan, Steve Young, Rick Mirer, Peyton Manning and of course Zach Wilson were coached by Greg Knapp.

Knapp joined the Jets only recently; previously having worked with Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans amongst other NFL teams. It was under the able training of Greg Knapp that Denver Broncos won the 2015 Super Bowl. Before getting into coaching Greg Played as Quarterback with Sacramento State from 1982-85, and then switched to coaching for Sacramento State as running backs coach in 1986. There-on started a legacy in the making, of exceptional coachingand mentoring for many successful NFL teams and players.

Greg Knapp, you will be remembered for the coach, professional, colleague, father and person that you have been. The NFL, football fans and enthusiasts like ourselves at InstaTeam along with young budding players, all of us will continue to learn from your coaching and your zest for life.

RIP Greg Knapp. You will be remembered.

 

 

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Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Published Wednesday, July 21, 2021 with 4 comments

Healthy Summer Food Recommended For Young Athletes


 

A healthy diet is an absolute essential for young athletes. During Summer it becomes all the more important because as temperature soars, body tends to get dehydrated and energy levels tend to deplete. Eating heavy food only makes it worse.

Eating the right food can ensure your body is adequately charges and overall affects performance. Here are some things that will help you stay on top of your game during summers.

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt not only helps keep your body cool but is also an excellent probiotic – food containing good bacteria which helps promote digestion and keeps your gut happy and healthy. Plus, frozen yogurt is very versatile too. You can have the flavored yogurt for dessert, or use unflavored as dip with veggies or nachos, or use it as a dressing for salads.

Tender coconut Water

Tender coconut water is a great source of many essential nutrients. It’s a delicious natural hydrant that helps restore electrolytes, regulates bowel movements, is naturally rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium. The antioxidant properties neutralize oxidants in the body helping you stay healthy and active.

Melons

Water based melons are not just great coolants for the body but have great health benefits too. These fruits are rich in dietary fiber which keeps the gut healthy. The nutrients in melons are especially good for the eyes.

 Cucumber

Another great summer coolant, this food is also naturally rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and lime juice in diced cucumber and this can be a great anytime summer snack.

Mint

While mint is not food but is an herb, it can be a great condiment which can be used in a variety of things. Add mint to summer beverages to make them more refreshing, top it on salads to add a zest and use it for garnishing your desserts. Mint helps improve digestion and strengthens immune system. The refreshing smell helps relieve stress and rejuvenates the mind.

Lemonade

One of the best natural sports drinks, lemonade is also one of the most popular. Instead of expensive sports drinks, have your child carry lemonade to practice and games. Add a little salt along with honey to lime juice and top it with water and crushed ice. This coolant will also help replenish electrolytes lost during excessive sweating.

 



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Thursday, 15 July 2021

Published Thursday, July 15, 2021 with 9 comments

Tips For Creating Tournament Schedules


Creating the tournament schedule is different from creating team schedules. In a tournament, there are several teams involved and the schedule has to take care of everyone’s need. Managing tournaments requires taking into account factors like balancing the division of games, venue availability, lighting adjustments, blackout dates etc.

 

Here are a few tips to help you create a functional, efficient schedule for your tournament.

 

Start with the facts you have in hand. Jot down all of these things:

 

·         Tournament start and end date.

·         Blackout dates including Holidays, rest days and other incidental days when games cannot be scheduled due to various reasons.

·         Available game venues along with the dates and time slots the venue is free.

·         Light conditions for the available venues to help ascertain if the game can be held in the evening or at night.

·         How many teams can be accommodated in the season as per the field capacity?

 

Once you have the count of the resources available, your scheduling will become a lot easier. InstaTeam’s automatic scheduling feature will take care of the scheduling by itself. You just need to check the schedule against the data you have written down – vis-a-vie the field is available for the dates, no game is scheduled on the blackout dates and so on.

 

Check the schedule thoroughly before freezing it and circulating it.

 

Use volunteers and club staff to micro manage the schedule. Also, have 2-3 management/admin level people work with you. Just in case there is some last minute exigency, there should be people who can immediately step up. Plus having more people brings in more ideas, more experience and delegation. Remember, you need to have patience, technology will come to your rescue.

 

If you need any further assistance with your scheduling, we at InstaTeam will be glad to help. Reach us via the app or via our website www.instateam.net.

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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Published Wednesday, July 14, 2021 with 3 comments

How To Fix Website For Sports Teams


Between handling practices, athletic training, games, tournaments and anxious parents, streamlining the team website seems like a minor concern for coaches and administrators. Plus, with social media being the preferred channel for all - team administrators, players and parents, maintaining the website may seem like a time-consuming, complicated task. Fair point. But here's the deal, fixing the team website and keeping it updated doesn't have to appear that uphill a job; it can be quick and easy too.

 

Here are some quick tips for fixing your website:

 

Update the site

If a potential parent visits the website for further information and they find pictures from 1997, their first impression won't be that the club's too busy to update it; their first thoughts would be that the club's too lazy to update info, or they are unprofessional or worse, they don't have any new achievements to show.

 

Update information on the website, put in all the latest team photos, news and maybe a blog or two about an achievement or a lesson-learnt would be good. Put some team players to the task of writing up the blogs or ask team-parents to do it. Put in a lot of pictures, and make them sharable on social media. Parents love to see their kids' photos, and as they share the pics on social media, you'll have online marketing for your website done for free.

 

De-clutter

While you are uploading new content and photos, make sure you remove the old ones. Unnecessary data will use up all the space, thus affecting the smooth functioning of your website. Plus, clutter on the website looks very unprofessional, not the impression you want your visitors to get.

 

Make Your Website Mobile Responsive

Most people do not use computers or wait to get to their laptops to access information; most of the work is done on smartphones and tablets. A mobile responsive website will adjust its tech-specs to the screen it is opened on. While one may think that videos adjust to the screen automatically, so can a website; but websites are different. Websites have navigation bars, links that can be clicked, and a mix of content like text, pictures, and videos arranged in a certain way by program. A responsive website is programmed to access the user's screen size and adjust all the content accordingly. So basically, people will be able to open their website on their smartphones, tablets, laptops or any other screen they wish to use.

 

Simplify

The last thing you want is for users to get lost while they visit your website. So have the information arranged so that the user can easily find what they are looking for.

 

Apply the 3-click rule – anything the user may want to look for should be accessible within three clicks or less. To achieve that, the navigation bar should be well defined, and information should be properly sorted and arranged. For instance, the navigation can have the following options – Home | About Team | Events & Updates | Gallery | Reach Us. For a new user, it is easy to figure out where the information about the latest tournaments can be found and where can team photos be found. However, it is frustrating for a user to keep looking for information and not find it.

 

Think of your user visiting your website like a potential client walking into your office; you wouldn't want an untidy office ridden with old files, cluttered with unwanted stuff and difficult-to-walk-in kind of arrangement. It's the same thing in the virtual world; your website's that virtual equivalent of physical space.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your website, please feel free to contact us. We at InstaTeam will be more than happy to assist you.

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Sunday, 11 July 2021

Published Sunday, July 11, 2021 with 18 comments

Youth Sports: Surviving The Heat


New school year, post lockdown-break sports season and a extraordinarily hot summer – looks like a challenging time ahead for kids. But the one thing pandemic has taught us, we can face any challenge given we brace for it.

 

While the kids sweat it out to get back in form, here are a few tips to help them brave the heat.

 

1.      Keep the kids hydrated. They should always have their water bottle handy. You can choose to give them a sports drink. You can also try giving them lemonade with some salt added to it, its natural and way healthier than your expensive sports drink.

2.      Ensure the kids are wearing caps and sunscreen when they are playing out in the sun.

3.      Don’t over stretch. If you see it’s getting tough for a kid, let them stop. Pushing hard is not always the best strategy.

4.      Never leave your kids, pets or old people in the car, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Temperature inside a parked car can double up very quickly.

5.      Make the kids wear single layer of clothing that too of a good absorbent material, preferably cotton. Avoid synthetic, tight fitting clothes.

6.      When the child feels exhausted due to heat, make the child sit in cool shade. Spray water mist on the head, face and rest of the body. Make them drink sports lemonade or ORS.

7.      Make kids eat light before they go for their practice but make sure they have eaten something. Playing on an empty stomach make the kids drain out faster on the field.

8.     Take breaks more frequently while practicing or playing. Do not over-expose kids to the sun.

9.     Muscle cramping is an early sign of heat-related condition. When a child complains of muscle-cramping, immediately give them heat first-aid and call 911.

10. When in doubt call 911.

 

When suspecting a heat related illness – 

 

Take the affected child to a cooler area. Use the following techniques till help arrives:

·         Give them a cold-water sponge bath immediately or put water on them via garden hose.

·         Place ice packs on head, neck, and armpits.

·         Use fans to circulate air around them.

·         Do not over crowd the place.

·         Do not leave the child alone. Heat related illnesses can worsen very fast.

·         Try and keep the child cold and ventilated till help arrives.

 

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