Good Judgement

The Need for Good Judgement

catching a fly ballIt was a high, very high fly ball. We called them sky scraper fly balls. One of my teammates in the outfield moved to position himself under the ball and waited for it to return to earth. He was in the right spot, but his glove was just slightly off from where it should have been and the ball skimmed off the top of his baseball glove and hit him square in the nose. His judgment was a little off and it resulted in an injury as he ended up with a broken nose. Continue reading Good Judgement

Spiritual Momentum

A Running Start

runner sprinting fastIt’s true that Bob Beamon was the first person to jump over 29 feet in the long jump, but he needed a running start to do it. Michael Jordan and Dr. J have both taken off from behind the free throw line to dunk a basketball in a slam dunk contest, but they both needed a running start to do it. Renaud Lavillenie has pole vaulted over 20 feet, but he needed a running start to do it. Continue reading Spiritual Momentum

Spin

Spin

Flaming Basketball!The idea of putting spin on a ball has been around for years. Pitchers use different spins to throw curve balls, screwballs, drop balls, and fastballs. Ping pong players use it like crazy to make the ball drop, curve, and to make it take wild bounces that are hard for opponents to control. Soccer players sometimes use it when kicking a soccer ball. Quarterbacks use it to throw spirals, and tennis players use all kinds of top spin, side spin and back spin slices that make the ball drop, curve, and bounce faster, slower, or at an angle. Continue reading Spin

Small but Big

I Discovered Basketball

young boy with a basketballIt was the summer before my freshman year of high school that I discovered the game of basketball. Not that I had never heard of basketball, I played on a middle school team, but I had not yet discovered the way it could be played when skills were fully developed. I knew from watching basketball on TV that basketball could be played with a high level of skill, but I had never seen it up close in real life. This would soon change. Continue reading Small but Big

The Changeup

The Changeup

pitching a baseballIn baseball, pitchers will sometimes throw a changeup. They don’t usually throw it on the first pitch to a batter. They try to get a batter accustomed to a fast pitching speed. A fastball is generally fast enough so that the batter must anticipate a little bit in order to swing in time. Once they start anticipating and grow accustomed to a fast pitching speed, the pitcher winds up and goes through a pitching motion like he’s going to throw a fastball, but he lets up on the pitching speed and throws a slower pitch. If the pitching strategy works, the batter will be programmed to swing way too early. He will swing before the ball actually gets to him and miss the ball for a strike. Continue reading The Changeup

A Destiny and a Challenge

A Destiny and a Challenge

barbellHe was 15 years old when he walked into a gym for the first time and saw men working out with weights. After one look he knew instantly that this was his destiny. He was going to be a weight lifter and work on building his body. Many people would run from the thought of straining under a heavy weight and pushing themselves to work out hour after hour, day after day, but not Arnold Schwarzenegger. To him it was a challenge to accomplish something great and do something he loved. He loved the atmosphere of the gym where men were not afraid to sweat and push themselves to improve their physical abilities; even  if it meant enduring some pain. The pain felt good to him, it meant progress. It all seemed right. He knew this was for him and that he would be coming back to this place often.  Continue reading A Destiny and a Challenge

Playing Hurt

Playing Hurt

2 kids playing hockeyOf all the sports I played while growing up, the sport that led to more blood and injuries to the head or mouth was hockey. To be honest, most of the kids in my neighborhood didn’t even play that much because most of us weren’t in a hockey league. The hockey league players could play indoors, but the rest of us had to hope for the right conditions that allowed the local park to be flooded and form ice that was smooth enough to play on. The right conditions usually amounted to a short outdoor hockey season, but during those short seasons, I saw more busted lips, chipped teeth, and bruised shins than when playing any other sport. Perhaps we didn’t wear enough protective equipment, or we just didn’t play enough to learn how to control our bodies and our hockey sticks. Continue reading Playing Hurt

Better Than a Championship Game

Going to the Championship Game

girl soccer playerAs I write this blog on July 2nd, 2015, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team has defeated all of their competition and they are on their way to a championship game against Japan for World Cup Soccer title. It’s always exciting to qualify for the championship game, but who will win? If we all knew the answer to that, it wouldn’t be exciting. Continue reading Better Than a Championship Game