As warmer weather sneaks up on us, many of us are turning our attention to summer activities. Amidst camps, family reunions, vacations, conferences and retreats, and the myriad of other things that we plan to do or get done over the summer, there never really seems to be enough time in those brief 10 weeks to pack in everything we want to do. Amid all of your other activities, you may be involved in summer sports. Depending on the particular activity, you may have already begun to practice.
If you are considering coaching a sport this summer, there are many things to take into consideration. You probably know the group you want to join already, but maybe you are just looking for something fun to be involved in, either so you can get back into a sport you used to enjoy but just haven’t had time for, or so you can be involved in your child’s favorite activity. If you are looking to spend more time with friends, a spouse, or your whole family, getting involved in a club team is a great way to do it.
Look around your community to see which clubs are available. The local YMCA is a great place to start. Many religious organizations have leagues as well. Whatever the organization is that you decide to join, they will be thrilled to have you. Most of these groups are just dying to find people who want to dedicate their time to coaching a team. Make sure that there is someone in charge of the organizational and administrative side of the project. You don’t want to have a bunch of practices only to have no one to play a game against. Additionally, you want to make sure that you have adequate practice room. If you always practice at the local school gym or church building, make sure you double check to make sure that there will not be any repairs or scheduling conflicts that could leave you without a place to practice.
If you are coaching, make sure that you have appropriate activities planned. Check out sites like Tennis Drills HQ for ideas on how to teach others to play and to keep your own skills sharp. Coaching a team is a great way to make friends and stay in shape. So what are you waiting for? Find or found a local team, and get going!
Are you looking for a sport that you can pursue for your entire life? What about one that increases your overall fitness, endurance, and strength? What about a sport that can be pursued either independently or socially? If this sounds like a good deal to you, you should try cycling.
Cycling is a great sport on any level. If you are just starting out and want to have a little bit of fun with it, you can enjoy cycling around your neighborhood. It’s a good alternative to the treadmill at the gym. Cycling gets your heart rate up and is a great cardiovascular workout. Obviously, it works your leg muscles as well, strengthening them over time. If you live near where you work or go to school, you might want to try cycling there. Many large cities are increasingly making room for cyclists on the road. We are seeing more bike only lanes on the street, and some cities are really encouraging people to bike more. Because the populations of some cities grow faster than the infrastructure can keep up with it, the cities are often left with impractical highway systems and tons of pollution. Convincing some commuters to transfer over to cycling helps to alleviate that problem somewhat. Plus, there are many governments internationally and here at home that are trying to persuade people to live a more active lifestyle. With the rising cost of healthcare that is often due to ill health, people want to try to keep their employees and citizens healthier longer.
Cycling might be a great solution for you if you are trying to work fitness into your daily routine. We all know what a hassle it is to try to make it to work or school on time, go about our day, and then go to the gym afterward. If you use cycling as a frequent mode of transportation, you can cut down on some of the time you spend trying to fit in the gym. Depending on how bad the traffic is on your daily commute, you might not actually lose that much time taking the bike, and you can work in a good workout at the same time. For getting your bike, try a site like RoadBikePros.com. Some bikes, like the Giordano Rapido, are great for those wanting to cycle on the road. Cycling is a great way to save money and get fit.
Are you a tennis coach? Maybe you volunteered to help out the local community league, or to teach your child’s team. It’s a great way to get involved, make friends, and stay in shape. But now that you have the charge of this group, what do you do? Often, team coaches are recruited and not given much guidance or direction about what they are expected to do. To remedy this, it’s often a good idea to think about the team you are coaching. Are you all serious about your sport and hoping to qualify for major competitions? Or are you coaching absolute beginners who just want to have some fun? Whatever your experience level, you will need some good drills to go over with your team. Try it.
For beginners, they suggest a variety of drills that help to build motor skills and basic knowledge about the game. If you have a more intermediate team, you can practice working with a team to get a good doubles game going. You can also get into more sophisticated game strategy. Whatever your situation, use this great opportunity as a coach to grow your own ability at your sport.