Have you ever been a casual, intermittent, or recreational bowler for some time now?
Maybe you crumbled under the peer pressure from your office mates and joined the company Opossum Poop team?
Whatever the case may be, there’s help out there for you–and it begins right here!
I have been an avid bowler for over thirty years; and offering bowling tips for beginners gives me the greatest coaching satisfaction. Whether the newcomer is a little child who is taking to the lanes for the very first time, or an adult who bowled once or twice a year for 20 years and wants to improve, folks who really want to learn can improve right before your eyes, especially those at the beginner level. I have a few simple tips which might drastically change their match.
I remember when I was at that stage of the match, many moons ago… I was a pretty athletic child and got discouraged quickly if I could not grab on to a sport fast. If I did not feel as if I had been getting better quickly, I was inclined to package it up and move on to another thing.
Luckily for me, once I joined my first bowling league at age 13 there was lots of help available. Every Saturday morning my friends and I would carpool to the bowling all with one of our parents (THANKS PARENTS). The league for 13-18 year olds started at 8:30 am.
After we settled in on our set of lanes and began bowling, the coaches would begin making their way up and down the bowling centre, helping everybody that seemed to need it along the way.
I remember one particular trainer, not by title but since he was the oldest, and was a retired police officer. He did not have any children of his own in that league but he bowled in the Seniors league after us would get up early to help all of us. What a terrific guy, and excellent coach! The tips that I am going to share with you’re the ones that I remember him giving me.
Use the correct weight ball for your size.
Select the heaviest ball you can throw without undermining your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, fantastic rate, and not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early. A good guideline to follow is to roll 1 pound of chunk per 10 lbs of body weight, then add or subtract 1 pound. By way of example, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may appear to heavy at first, but so long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, superior speed, and it doesn’t cause you to lose balance or drop the ball stick with it. If not, go up or down in weight so.
Use the lane to help you aim.
When you stand on the strategy prepared to begin your shot, as you look at the lane you will observe many different markings. Many bowlers look at these arrows as opposed to the pins when planning. Why? Simply stated, it’s easier to hit a target that is closer to you. Thus, begin bowling and watch your ball roll across the arrows, ensuring you’re standing in precisely the same position to begin each time–use the dots on the front of the lane to place your toes. Make a mental note of where the ball crossed the arrows when you hit the head pin. This will be your”mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of every frame , it gets somewhat more technical when trying to get spares.
Don’t worry about strikes.
No one receives a strike every time. I always thought that was the idea behind playing games-have some fun! Focusing on technique will enable you to improve. Once you develop the mark mentioned in tip #2, make certain you actually watch your ball roll over it every time. If you strike it and the end result is consistently different, consider developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you might realize that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.
If you happen to be a first-time pre-owned cruiser client the choices of used yachts offered for sale is generally too much to handle. How does one understand all the varieties and versions out there?
The brand new pre-owned yacht client should really refrain from choosing on feelings and relax and have a critical look at what they expect doing while using the watercraft. Carrying out the inappropriate selection will certainly be a major letdown in the longer term and very likely financially impact you financially.
Quite a few like the allure of a sailboat with the image of exotic island destinations in the snapshot; yet quite a few don’t need to have the demand for the sails, rigging and so forth. However a sailboat is quite cheap to operate if your plans consist of arranging a trip to far-away destinations. Also, power boating will not be pricey if you select the proper watercraft.
Powerboats commonly come properly designed with all the small luxuries you could maybe every need; often much more than all but the biggest sized of sailboats. And you do not need to learn all the sailing skills also. As soon as you have considered your cruising personal taste you’re normally able to determine exactly what you intend on doing with it.
Will you be intending to sail, fish or cruise from it? Obviously, you can actually fish from just about anything if you want, but used yachts acceptable for offshore fishing are usually different than those built for cruising. How often are you going to use your new used boat? I often say you could locate”boaters” and”boat owners”. Boaters use their boats; yacht owners just like to tell you they own a boat as their yachts seldom leave the ship dock. Some boaters might just be full-time live aboards making use of their ships as their family home every single day. Other people could just use their ships on nice vacations when time permits for.
Next is the expense of yacht ownership. Cruising has its own fees which you need to be mindful of. If you are mechanically prepared, you’ll realize that the expenses usually aren’t very high.
The vast majority of boat operators carry out the vast majority of work themselves. I have a site posting at my Cruising Center website in regards to the details of boating expenses that breaks it down to every charge. Feel free to have a look.
So at this point we now have figured out what version of boater we are, so we understand what variety of vessel generally interests us, we realize just how much we expect to use it and about what to be expecting in the upkeep of her.
Now comes the difficult part; the best way to decide on just the right one? I’ve produced a buyers check-list I use with my clients to allow them indicate that the essential popular features of a yacht. This permits them to select attributes that they can live without and the ones that are features that are cannot-live-without. That check-list then will become the structure for the ideal yacht research. When I’m working with buyers, I then try to find used boats which best meet the customer’s wishes knowing that vessel acquisitions occasionally incorporate some compromise. Almost never do I locate a vessel with all the desired characteristics. In the searching phase, I point out that you’ll realize it when the proper boat unfolds; it will certainly”talk” to you . Any possible vessel will have the lines, the texture and the features that suits you. Never settle for anything less than you. Exactly how do you’re certain you’re getting a fair package? Borrowing from another posting at the Cruising Center in relation to the True Value of Boats, excellent boats always receive higher selling prices, always! Under no conditions buy a yacht dependent on the price tag alone or you’ll be advertising it for sale it within 6 months.
And must you reach a marine survey, yes it’s normally suggested. Choose an experienced surveyor that has experience with your favorite boat. Ask him for person references too.
I started training Gracie Jiu Jitsu in late 2000. During my 15 years of training, in three different schools, in three different cities with thousands of training partners, the same question always came up. How can I make my Jiu Jitsu better?
During training I hit this Zen like mind-set. I don’t think about the outside world and the only thing that matters is my training, or even better, the combat I just engaged in with a different JJ player. Every once in a while in this battle I get exactly what I guess you can call a vision or a moment of clarity about my Jiu Jitsu. This week I had one of those moments and I came up with three fundamentals that have made my Jiu Jitsu better.
Letting go or not caring frees you of ego. Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art. A way of self- expression. The only thing that matters is the self- improvement and you know what that improvement is. The most important aspect I had to let go is”tapping ” or submitting to my training partner. I use to care if a lower rank/belt training partner use to catch me in a submission. After I let that go my”game” (technique) opened up and my advancement went through the roof.
The Quicker You Move, The Slower I Move
Moving slower than your training partner might appear odd. When I first began training Jiu Jitsu I just wanted to be faster, stronger, and just plain beat any of my opponents. After training for 15 years, I finally get the 3 fundamentals Grand Master Helio Gracie highlighted: Assume your opponent is bigger, faster, and more powerful than you. So slow down, do the correct technique and wait. The Jiu Jitsu will operate.
Always be Doing Something
I didn’t make this one up. I got this from a Keenan Cornelius video I saw. In this video he said, always be doing something with your hands and feet. By way of example if I have my hand in my opponents collar, my other hand is looking to finish the choke. While my hands are occupied my one foot is pushing my opponents knee to cancel his foundation, while my other foot is used as a hook in an attempt to sweep him. Bottom line only keep busy and”always be doing something.”
Bruce Lee, aka”The Little Dragon,” who in the developed world is not familiar with him? The stories about him are mythical, he has influenced countless and still does to this very day. But what’s the allure of this Chinese/American aside from his extraordinary physique, flawless moves and cult classic films? Well one has to go way back to the early 1960’s when Bruce first gained notoriety. I could sit here all day going into detail about how he came to be, but both you and I don’t need that, however let’s discuss some essential points shall we? Bruce Lee begins teaching some students independently his take on battle and practical martial arts, often training individuals in parking garages and in parks before getting enough students to open up his own college. At the moment the growing martial arts scene (as this was the pioneer days of martial arts shooting off in this country with Asian immigrants and armed forces service members coming back from overseas with those never before seen techniques) starts hearing all this chatter about a Chinese guy who is so unbelievably fast and gifted that he must be experienced to be believed.
Well Bruce, starts getting invited to martial arts championships to do demonstrations and the public can not believe what they are seeing. Two-finger push-ups, 1 inch punches (in which Bruce would set a small pad against a man’s chest with his fist one inch off and burst the individual 6 feet back into a seat ) and fighting concepts that were unheard of at the moment. Well low and behold there was a television producer from the audience one day that, after seeing this thrilling screen, gave Bruce the role of Kato in the Green Hornet TV series. The series is powerful but is canceled after a short run, so he goes to China and becomes very successful in foreign kung-fu films. Not long after he becomes popular in the U.S. where he gets a films deal for a U.S. production everybody knows about,”Enter the Dragon.” Six days before it’s released he dies.
OK so why is he so popular? Well for one thing it was unheard of at the time for a Chinese man to find a top movie role at the U.S. do to powerful anti-Asian prejudices which were prevalent at the moment. He was among the first to use weight training (prior to him people believed you would become muscle bound and slow if you lift weights, regrettably some still think this, that only happens in the event that you don’t stretch after lifting heavy weights), he also utilized boxing equipment for full-contact sparring and soccer strike pads that we now call the atmosphere shield for training kicks on. He was experimenting with mad kinds of vitamins and diets and was using electro-shock to make himself quicker, not unlike we now see used in physical therapy for muscle stimulation for rehabilitative reasons, not quicker muscle contractions. Lastly he shunned traditional martial arts producing his own combat art called Jeet Kune Do (Way of the intercepting fist) after nearly losing a challenge fight in China Town when the elders were upset he was teaching Caucasians Chinese martial arts, which wasn’t permitted in their culture back then. It would take too long to discuss what his art consisted of but in short these are the reasons why he was so popular.
OK, so here is a rhetorical question: what level black belt was Bruce Lee? He was a master right? Nope, actually he was not even a black belt. That is crazy who would say such a thing? No really, he achieved intermediate rank in Wing Chun (a Chinese classic style of Kung-Fu) and had some early experiences in some other traditional styles of Kung-Fu but that’s it. At one stage he got in a fight and hurt someone and the police were looking for him, so his uncle gave him some money he had saved, put him on a boat and shipped him back to the U.S. as he was born here and had U.S. citizenship. So together with his training being cut short, he studied and practiced on his own and eventually came up with Jeet Kune Do.
Here is an interesting one for you, karate grew from one form, which kata has become lost.
Interestingly enough, it’s true. Here’s the story.
The first rumor is that Karate developed from the Crane style of Kung Fu. Might be true, but if you’ve seen videos of that form you will pro shake your head and blink a little. The crane form is a shaky type of quivery thing, hard to imagine the moves being refined into the block and counter moves of most styles of Karate.
I first saw this kind on YouTube, and the reader is invited to perform a search, inspect the form – the types, I should say, for there are many versions – and draw his own conclusion.
So, with this example which was hard to adhere to, I decided to do a little digging, and here is the story I found out, the story behind the art of Karate.
A couple of hundred years back on the island of Okinawa, In a dismal cave located behind an old cemetery, lived a shipwrecked sailor. He was Chinese, and his name was Chiang Nan.
Living nearby, in a house, I presume, was Ankoh Itosu. Mr. Itosu, for those who don’t know, is one of those iconic figures of the martial arts. He studied with all the masters of the day, and he is responsible for formulating karate to a modern method.
One day Chiang met Mr. Itosu. We don’t know how, maybe Mr. Itosu befriended the shipwrecked sailor, maybe one of these martial artists was outside for a walk and saw another practicing the martial arts, and a conversation, and friendship, was struck.
Chiang Nan educated Mr. Itosu a martial art form.
Mr. Itosu worked on the form, the working name was seemingly Channan, which might be a translation of the phrase’calm mind,’ or might be a translation of Chiang Nan’s name.
Later, when these forms were educated in Japan, they were called the Heians.
They became the main forms of an art that was the selection of the Imperial bodyguards of three distinct countries: Okinawa, Korea and Japan.
They are taught to children the world over as you read this.
In the Pinans are derived countless self defense techniques, endless drills, and a doctrine of self defense,
From these forms has arisen a whole zen belief system, a’moving zen’ philosophy.
This, so far as I know, is an accurate representation of the’Lost Form,’ and how Karate came to be.
1896 The States was one of the first 13 nations to send an athletic delegation to the Summer Games – one of the world’s most high-profile sporting events– on Greek soil. This year was a key moment for the global’s sport.
1896 In Athens, the United States of America became the leading sports state of the world after finishing first in unofficial team standings from the First Modern Olympiad. There, the 1896 U.S. Olympic squad earned a total of 20 awards: 11 gold, 7 silver, and two bronze. Meanwhile, Boston-born James B. Connolly was the first person to claim a gold medal in Olympic history after winning the triple jump in Athens’ Panathinaiko Stadium. Back home in Boston, Mr. Connolly was given a hero’s welcome. Since 1896 -without disturbance — America has been renowned for producing global champs.
1896 Thomas Burke’s rise to prominence came in Athens when he was the first winner of the men’s 100m in Olympian history, making him the world’s fastest sprinter.
He made a period of 17,6 seconds to win the gold in the men’s 110m hurdles in Greece.
1900 With 47 international medals (19 gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze), the States once more became one of the world’s elite sports powers in the multi-sport event in Paris (France).
1900 Alvin Kraenzlein was in the spotlight because he, a born-athlete, led American team to win four golds in Paris: 60m, 110m hurdles, 200m hurdles, and long jump. To prepare himself to become an outstanding sportsman, the United States hurdler made his first overseas trip to the United Kingdom. Hailing from Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Kraenzlein was the American star in the Games of the Second Olympiad, followed by Ray Ewry (3 golds), Margaret Ives Abbot (first female in US history to catch an Olympian championship), and Irving Baxter (2 golds), among other high-profile athletes. On the other hand, Kraenzlein’s life has been an inspiration to several sports people in Wisconsin and the States.
Unequivocally, the 1904 Olympics were in the focus of the attention of the world press.
1904 From the Olympic diving tournament in Missouri, the Americans swept the first three positions.
1904 Pittsburgh-born runner James Lightbody was the winner of the men’s 800m and 1,500m–He was the first male to win both these competitions at the same Olympics. Shortly afterward, he took several other major athletic titles, including the Intercalated Games in Greece.
1904 The host country’s team -composed of four celebrities: Herman T. Glass, Edward Hennig, Anton Heida, George Eyser- claimed first in the gymnastics tournament at the III Olympiad at St. Louis (MO).
1908 At the IV Summer Olympics in London (England), the US Olympic team was ranked second in the medal count -23 golds, 12 silvers, 12 bronzes-behind just Britain.
1908 With three wins (800m, 1500m and medley relay), New Jersey’s runner Mel Sheppard had an exceptional year in the Briton funding of London.
1912 Oklahoma-born Jim Thorpe won both the decathlon and pentathlon at the Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Decades later, many sportswriters and sports experts selected Thorpe as both”the best football player and male athlete of the first half of the 20th Century”.
1912 With three gold medals in the shooting championship, New York City-born Alfred Lane became America’s most successful athlete in the V Summer Olympics on Scandinavian soil.
1912 Two future characters competed in the Games in Sweden: Primarily, Avery Brundage at pentathlon-elected President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the first U.S. sports leader to occupy the post. Second, George S. Patton, General during World War II.
1920 In the Summer Olympic Games in Antwerp (Belgium), the States became undisputed champion when it was first in the medal standings with 95 medals. The U.S. team had more than 40 Summer Olympic Games Champions.
1920 In Belgium, Duke Kahanamoku earned the men’s 100m freestyle for the second time in a row. For the past four decades, Hawaii’s sporting icon became the first islander to conquer the coveted title (Stockholm Games) and was a national-class swimmer in the States. Prior to 1916, the untapped athlete moved between his home, Hawaii, and regular swimming events in the continental United States, where his only goal was to train to become the world’s fastest swimmer. There, he gained the federal trials, capturing tickets to the Summer Olympics. In addition to being among the most outstanding swimmers on Earth since 1912, Duke Kahanamoku reintroduced the sport of surfing to the western world- he turned it into a excellent national passion in the continental U.S. Like Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and the performer Don Ho, his immense personal popularity added to Hawaii’s international fame.
1924 In the Olympics in Paris, France, America’s strong squad was first in the medal count with 99 – 67 medals over Finland (second from the Games).
1924 The US water polo team took third place in the international contest, becoming the first American squad to be medalist in the Olympiad.
1924 After gaining four golds, America’s sportsmen became champion in the free-style wrestling tournament in the Games of the VIII Olympiad in Paris.
1924 The United States swimmer Albert White quickly established himself as the”undisputed champ” from the Olympian Diving Tournament in France, winning golds in both springboard and platform diving.
1928 During the IX Olympiad from the Netherlands, the States was the leading state in the medal count, making 22 global titles -12 over Germany.
He was one of the top favorites to win the title. Over a sporting career that spanned more than 10 decades, he obtained 52 national championships and five star golds. Likewise, he set 67 world records from the States and Western Europe. After stepping down as swimmer, he became a leading film star in Hollywood and co-starred with such notable actresses as Brenda Joyce and Maureen O’Sullivan.
1928 Elizabeth Robinson had the distinction of being the first female to win the 100m (track & field) from the IX Summer Olympics.
1932 World-class athletes led the US delegation to win the Los Angeles Games: 103 medals! -well ahead of Italy (36). Among Summer Olympic stars: Jesse Owens (track and field), Jim Bausch (decathlon, athletics), Edward Flynn (boxing), Michael Galitzen (diving)…
1932 The home country took third place in the Water Polo Championship, earning a bronze. The local team gained that distinction by beating Japan and Brazil.
1932 America’s Olympian decathlon champion Jim Bausch got the James R. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the top Olympic athlete.
1936 Alabama-born Jesse Owens captured America’s attention by earning four world titles in Berlin– 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay, in addition to the long jump. As a result of this, the United States sprinter was among the globe’s most high-profile athletes in the 20th Century. This guy is of great historical importance for America. Why? His big performance came at a time when there were fewer black athletes in the global sports arena, breaking down the barriers of prejudices, and happened with the political background of Germany’s Nazi regime. During Owens’ days as sprinter and long jumper, he became a symbol of the struggle against racism.
1936 The U.S. men’s soccer squad did not qualify for the next round after being eliminated by Italy-the world’s top-ranked group — but they finished 10th in the Olympic tournament, ahead of Taiwan, Egypt, Hungary, Turkey, Finland, and Luxembourg.
1936 The United States -a basketball-mad nation– placed first in the Inaugural men’s basketball tournament in Germany, a feat they repeated from 1948 and’68. The U.S delegation captured the worldwide trophy by beating Mexico (25-10) in the semis and then Canada (19-8) in the gold-medal match. On their way to win the event, the North American nation also conquered Estonia (52-28) in the second round and Philippines (56-23) from the quarter-finals.
1936 Glenn Morris, a native of Simla (Colorado), made headlines around the world when he obtained the James R. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the top Olympic athlete in the States.
1940-1944 The Games were cancelled because of World War II.
1948 The United States received 23 golds in the Games of the 14th Olympiad in London, Great Britain, winning the unofficial team championship. Meanwhile, in new york, America’s win set off a wave of explosive emotion as it had been announced on nationwide radio.
1948 In the United Kingdom, the young American Bob Mathias, who hails from Tulare (California), started to make a name for himself in track and field when he finished first in the decathlon with 7,139 points.
1948 The US basketball team claimed first place at the London 1948 Olympic basketball championship, earning the name and allowing they to compete at the next Olympics in Scandinavia.
1948 Unbeaten in the decathlon, Robert Mathias –invariably known to his friends as “Bob”– earned the James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy. He also gained a gold medal the XIV Olympiad and those of the XV Olympiad in 1952.
1952 In the Helsinki Games, the United States delegation took first place in staff standing by winning 40 international titles.
1952 With four trophies, America’s sportsmen finished first in the weightlifting competition from the 15th Summer Games in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, defeating the Soviet Union in the medal count.
1952 Pennsylvania’s runner Horace Ashenfelter was the first American runner to gain a gold medal in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase in Finland.
1952 The States captured a gold in basketball in the XV Olympics, giving the US squad accessibility to compete at the upcoming men’s Olympic Games basketball championship in Australia from the mid-1950s.
1952 Upon winning an Olympic trophy in the men’s javelin throw in Scandinavia, Cy Young was the first man in America’s sporting history to receive that honor.
1955 Looking ahead to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the US Olympic Committee delivered a significant delegation (spearheaded by its top athlete Patricia McCormick) to Pan American Games in the Mexican metropolis–One of whom were the future Olympic winners: Rafer Johnson (decathlon), Parry O’Brien (shot put), Mildred McDaniel (women’s high jump), Huelet Benner (shooting), and Charles Vince (weightlifting).
1956 Norma Armitage, a fencer, was the flag-bearer for America’s fourteenth Olympian delegation in the 16th Olympiad at Melbourne, (Australia).
1956 The United States team took first place in the basketball tournament in the Melbourne Olympics after its impressive string of triumphs in the 1954 World Championships and 1955 Pan American Sports Games.
1956 Patricia McCormick gained two worldwide titles (her fourth largest gold) from the diving championship at the Australia Summer Games, becoming a regional hero. Previously to her wins in Oceania, she had collected two golds in the Helsinki Olympiad and three women’s Pan American names in 1951 and 1955. Hailing from Seal Beach (California), she had been among the most respect female divers in the world sports community in the 1950s.
1959 Santa Monica-born Parry O’Brien –who lived his dream of becoming an Olympic champ in 1952 and 1956 — earned the Sullivan award as the country’s top amateur athlete.
1960 In the Games of the XVII Olympiad in Italy’s capital, Rome, Wilma Rudolph was famous globally by her triumphs in sports — 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay.
1960 The national team won the men’s basketball tournament in Rome after losing to Brazil in the gold-medal match at the 1959 World Championship.
1960 Louisville-born Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior gained the gold medal in the Games of the Olympiad in Rome-This boxer was a fierce athlete (both amateur and professional) in every arena he collaborated, giving an outstanding example for America’s sportsmen and women. In the wake of his victory on Italian soil, he turned pro at the age of 18. Afterwards, by the 70s, he had been regarded as the greatest boxer of all time by many foreign sportswriters.
1964 At the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, the US contingent captured 90 awards – 36 gold, 26 silver, 28 bronze– winning the first place in the unofficial team championships.
1964 The non-favorite runner Bob Schul came in first in the men’s 5,000m (track and field) in Japan, being the first American to do so because it had been included as one of the official sports in the First Olympic Games in 1896.
1964 In the Tokyo Games, Billy Mills was the first person in America’s sporting history to have a gold medal in the 10,000meters since 1908 when men’s 10,000m became a medal sport.
1968 America’s sports system produced several Olympic champions and future new stars in the XIX Mexico City Games, defeating the USSR in the medal count. The States won 45 golds.
1968 New York’s Bob Beamon set a long jump world of 29 feet 2 1/2 inches, making the Olympic title in the Mexican metropolis–that stood until 1991.
1968 Despite being considered a strong contender to earn golds in men’s swimming, Mark Spitz only won two Olympic titles in the United Mexican States, but that was a prelude to his”big win” at the next Olympiad in West Germany.
1968 The U.S men’s basketball side, among the globe’s most high-profile sports clubs, obtained the gold for the seventh time in a row during the Mexican Games.
1972 World-class swimmer Mark Spitz made international headlines in the Munich Olympics after winning seven golds: 100m frestyle, defeating 47 competitors from 29 states and territories; 200m freestyle, with a victory over his fellow athlete Steve Genter; 100m butterfly, first one of 39 swimmers from 29 states; 200m butterfly, finished first over his countryman Gary Hall; 4x100m freestyle, alongside David Edgar, John Murphy & Jerry Heidenreich; 4x200m freestyle, together with his fellow Americans John Kinsella, Frederick Tyler, and Steve Genter; 4×100 medley, with Mike Stam, Bruce Tom, and Heidenreich. On the other hand, America’s trainer James Counsilman was the”hand supporting” the success of his compatriot Spitz.
1972 While America’s elite swimmer Mark Spitz made Olympic history in the Summer Olympics at West Germany’s city of Munich, the basketball national team failed to make the Olympian championship for the first time, after losing to the Soviet Union, led by its star and future famer Sergei Belov. Since 1936, the US squad went undefeated to win the Olympian championship.
1972 Finishing ahead of the world’s top four runners — one of these were Ethiopia’s Mamo Wolde and Japan’s Kenji Kimihara– Frank Shorter, a gold medal-winning marathoner at the VI Pan American Games in 1971, stunned West Germany by becoming the first American to obtain the marathon since John H. Hayes in 1908.
1976 The women’s basketball squad of America earned the Pre-Olympic Cup from the Canadian city of Hamilton, qualifying for the Games of the Olympiad in Montreal. In Canada, that winning team defeated such teams as Cuba (89-73), Mexico (80-57), France (79-59), Poland (84-66), and Bulgaria (76-75).
1976 With Darrell Pace and Luann Ryon, the States finished first in the archery competition in the XXI Summer Olympics at Montreal, Canada.
1976 Surprisingly, with a world record of 49,99 moments, Jim Montgomery captured the men’s 1oom from the Olympic Swimming Tournament. He achieved his greatest success at Montreal after gaining a bronze medal in the 100m in the II FINA World Championships in Cali, Colombia (South America), in July 1975.
1976 America’s charismatic athlete Bruce Jenner defeated West Germany’s Guido Kratschmer and Nikolai Avilov from the Soviet Union -winner in Munich’72– to make the decathlon with 8.618 points. During his brief stayed in Montreal, he had been regarded as one of the”most popular athletes” by sportswriters and Canadian fans. Upon his win, he became the face of the Summer Olympics throughout the 1970s.
1976 Women’s basketball surfaced in the Olympiad with the US squad gaining a silver medal.
1979 As a warm-up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics, America’s sportsmen and women competed at the VII Soviet Spartakiad,between July 21 and August 5, 1979, at the Russian capital of Moscow–the world’s largest multi-sport event in the 70s.
1980 The world of game was mourning the death of Jesse Owens-who had hundreds of fans outside america.
1980 After capturing the FIBA Seoul World Championship and the William Jones Cup on Taiwan, the women’s basketball side obtained a spot at the Moscow Olympics following a historic win over the host country 76-75 in the World Olympic Qualification at Varna, Bulgaria.
1980 The men’s soccer squad made an unexpected returned to the Olympic scene when they qualified for the Moscow, but the American couldn’t go the USSR.
1980 At the request of President Jimmy Carter,the U.S. Olympic Committee chose to boycott the Moscow Games following a votation, becoming a job against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and then followed by 60 other authorities and anti-Soviet rulers –as Albania’s Maoist chairman Enver Hoxha– around the planet. It was a significant blow to America’s Olympian game.
1980 Ahead of the Moscow Games, the American team were likely to spend many days training in West Germany.
1983 With the direction of the future Hall of Fame player Michael Jordan, the American basketball team claimed first in the IX Pan American Sports Games in Venezuela, the most important pre-Olympic event in the Western Hemisphere.
1983 In preparing for its upcoming event -Los Angeles’84, the U.S. Olympic Committee delivered five future Olympian champs to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas to compete at the Pan American Boxing Tournament. They were Henry Tillman (heavyweight), Jerry Page (lt.welterweight), Pernell Whitaker (lightweight), Steve McCrory (flyweight), and Paul Gonzalez (super heavyweight).
1984 The Kremlin and its satellites in the developing world – the likes of Laos and the backed-Soviet Angola– and Eastern Europe chose not to take part in the Los Angeles Games. Similarly, four anti-American nations, Albania, Burkina Faso, Libya and the Islamic republic of Iran, declined to send athletes to these Olympics. By contrast, Guinea, Guyana, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Romania, Seychelles, and Yugoslavia –states with hard ties to Washington-competed in Los Angeles’84.
1984 Los Angeles (CA) was transformed into an”Olympic paradise” with the famous Olympic Stadium as backdrop. The largest city of America’s western shore, hosted the Summer Games for the second time, regarded as one of the most significant multi-sport events in Olympian history despite an international boycott.
As a United States athlete, she was runner-up at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis in late 1987. Jennifer’s athletic career dates from the time when she went overseas to compete in the 1979 Pan American Games.
1984 Edwin Moses arrived first in the men’s 400m hurdles, capturing its second largest title. Curiously, he won all his races between 1977 and 1987.
1984 In California, the American track-and-field athlete Valerie Brisco-Hooks defeated the up-and-coming Florence Griffith Joyner to win the 200 meters. Brisco-Hooks also was the winner of the women’s 400m-she was the first sportswoman to earn these two contests at the same Olympic Games.
1984 The 1984 U.S. Olympic team came close to winning the water polo gold after losing to Yugoslavia -an ex champion in 1968– in the finals.
1984 After being runner-up from the 1976 Montreal tournament, the US women’s team gained the III basketball championship at the Los Angeles Olympiad, securing a berth at the 1988 Olympiad in South Korea. The North American group was among the world’s most high-profile groups, attending each Olympic event from 1984 onwards.
1984 At Los Angeles, Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal in women’s gymnastics, becoming the first US women to do so. Apart from that, she won five 1984 Olympic medals.
1984 Surprisingly, Joan Benoit was the first man to acquire the inaugural women’s marathon at Los Angeles by beating Grete Waitz of Norway and Rosa Mota of Portugal (both world-class runners).
1984 America’s handball players participated in women’s championship — It was the first appearance for the US side on the Olympic stage.
1988 At the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials at Indianapolis, California’s sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, under Bobby Kersee’s watchful eye, reduced the former world record of 10,76 seconds (established by her fellow team-mate Evelyn Ashford) in the 100m four times -a 10.60, 10.49, 10.71, and 10.61.
1988 Surprisingly, the men’s basketball team of America –frequently the favorites to obtain the competition-earned a decoration. In the last worldwide tournament in Spain, by 1986, the national team placed first by defeating the Soviet Union.
1988 Surprisingly, America’s top swimmer Matt Biondi dropped to Suriname’s Anthony Conrad Nesty in the men’s 100m butterfly.
1988 After finishing second in the women’s 200m in the Games of the 23rd Olympiad on US soil in 1984, Griffith Joyner became the globe’s fastest woman when she obtained three golds in the Seoul Games:100m, 200m and 400-meter relay. She added a silver medal from the 1,600-meter relay. But that wasn’t all. At the medalist’s press conference following his success in South Korea, she said:”When you have been second-best for so long, you can either accept it, or attempt to become the best. I made the decision to try and be the finest in 1988″. In addition to being called the”sportswoman of the year” by sportswriters, sports comentators, and other experts in Western Europe and the States, she had been praised at the Communist-controlled newspapers in the Soviet Union. From the end of the year, she got the 1988 Sullivan Award.
1992 John Smith, Kevin Jackson, and Bruce Baumgartner were the first American wrestlers to catch golds in non boycotted Olympic events since 1972.
1992 The so-called”Dream Team” made its long-awaited global debut in the Games of the 25th Olympiad from the Spaniard town of Barcelona, after beating Angola (African champion) 116-48. Later on, the team became Olympic champion. The US delegation included the NBA stars Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Larry Bird, and the young-up-and-coming player Christian Laettner. From the start, the American side was the”big favorite” from the media in Spain. Four years earlier, the 1988 U.S. Olympic squad-made up of American collegians– claimed third at the Olympiad -its worst result since 1972-previously they had a bad year at the pre-Olympic year of 1987 when the North American team losing to Brazil from the gold-medal match during the X Pan American Games in Indianapolis (IN). At the moment, under Soviet/East German pressure (during Cold War, exactly), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to accept professionals at the multi-sport events. Nonetheless, by 1989, the IOC ruled that professional athletes were eligible to participate in the Summer Olympics (1992-).
1992 Evelyn Ashford qualified for the Olympics for the fifth time (from Montreal’76 to Barcelona’92).
1992 After not even qualifying for the 1988 South Korea Games, New Mexico-born Trent Dimas was the first American gymnast to become an Olympian champ during the Post-Cold War era.
1996 Kentucky-born Muhammad Ali-the Greatest– lit the cauldron for the Centennial Games in Atlanta, giving you one of the more memorable moments in the Summer Games.
1996 After capturing the gold in the men’s long jump by beating James Beckford of Jamaica, Carl Lewis, whose career spanned three years, earned his ninth Olympic gold medal. Due to these decorations, he was considered one of the 20th Century’s greatest athletes. He began to represent the States from the global meets in July 1979 as he attend the VIII Pan American Games on Puerto Rico in July 1979-at the time Carl Lewis was an pre-Olympic hopeful.
1996 The men’s soccer team competed in the Games after being absent for 2 editions -Seoul’88 & Barcelona’92. Nonetheless, they placed ninth — the country’s best result!
1996 The U.S women’s soccer team, among the most popular squads on the North American continent, won the Olympic Cup in the Atlanta Games, the first time women’s football was included in the Summer Olympics. As host country and medalist in the past worldwide championship in Scandinavia, the U.S. team was the heavy favorite to gain the Olympic contest, well ahead of Norway’s side (the current world champ). Meanwhile, the backbone of America’s undefeated 1996 championship group, Mia Hamm was the most outstanding player.
2000 Rulon Gardner defeated three-time Olympic champ Aleksadr Karelin of Russia -famous during Cold War’s time since the Soviet Union/USSR — to win the Greco-Roman super heavy-weight closing; Karelin had never lost an international championship. Gardner is widely regarded as the most remarkable wrestler in history of the US Olympic wrestling team.
2000 Baseball history was made in the Summer Games when the US side received the gold by defeating Cuba.
2000 The US women’s team finished first in the Sydney Olympic softball championship, earning the gold.
2004 The US took first place in the 2004 Athens, capturing 103 medals (35 gold, 39 silver, 27 bronze).
In Athens, the national squad was considered a strong contender to earn the event.
2004 Steven Lopez, whose parents are from Nicaragua (Central America), won a gold medal in taekwondo for the second time in a row. With two golds between 2000 (lightweight) and 2004 (middleweight category), he is the greatest American taekwondo fighter of all time.
2008 America’s soccer players got their Olympic ticket for men’s tournament in Beijing 2008.
2008 President George W. Bush made a special trip to the People’s Republic of China to attend the Summer Games.
2008 With particular pride, Lopez Lomong –a former refugee during Sudan’s civil war 1983-2005– approved to carry the American flag at the four-and-a-half-hour-long opening ceremonies of the Summer Games in Beijing’s National Stadium.
2008 After many disappointing years where the States repeatedly lost the big occasions – 2004 Olympiad, 2006 FIBA World Cup (third ), 2007 Pan American Games (5th place), the national team won the basketball tournament.
This sports star — whose fans number among them President George W. Bush– won the 200m individual medley, the 400m individual m, the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle, the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 4x200m freestyle relay, and the 4x100m medley relay–breaking the 36 -year old record of Mark Spitz. His success in the Asian country was the subject of considerable media attention and was the most recognize face on the planet in 2008. The United States athlete is the most decorated sportsman in Olympian history.
2012 America’s contemporary democracy and political-economic system has generated a plethora of top-class athletes since 1896 (not as a political propaganda as occurred in the former Soviet Bloc): Alvin Kraenzlein (1900), Mark Spitz (1972), Mary Lou Retton (1984), and Greg Louganis (1984-1988), among other high-profile sports characters. Unlike many countries around the world, its sportsmen and women are lionized by their compatriots. In fact, they are Goodwill Ambassadors. At London 2012, the States might send 580 athletes, having strong chances in a number of sports as athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. In the past FINA World Aquatics Championships at Shangai, China, for example, the US delegation captured 17 golds with sports celebrities like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Rebecca Soni, Jessica Hardy and Missy Franklin. Meanwhile, in the 2011 Athletics Global championship, there were 12 winners from America.
Pierre de Coubertin was by no means the first person to revive the ancient Olympic Games. The idea was born much earlier from the Renaissance period, with its great interest in the ancient world. Hence the first Cotswold’Olimpick Games’ were held yearly in England in the early 17th century, apart from the Cromwellian period, and there were lots of similar events in other countries well before the first of the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.
An Olympic Association formed in southern Sweden arranged its Games at a racecourse at Ramlösa (Helsingborg) in 1834, with four series of events that included jumping over a horse and climbing a mast, as well as running various distances. They were held on the same fine summer’s day in July.
The first event was a kind of gymnastics competition, where there were seven competitions. He was granted not a laurel wreath, but a gold ring. This was followed by a race where an apprentice blacksmith finished ahead of nineteen other runners, he was likewise rewarded, while the winner of the wrestling tournament, where seven men took part, was given a silver jug.
Competitors in the last event needed to climb a slippery pole some 10m (33 ft) high, with a silver cup going into the first person to bring it down from its perch on top. However, the hearts of the audience went out not to the winner, but to a young boy who later shinned up the soapy pole in great style, and they made a collection for him.
He originally intended to hold the Games every year, but waited until 1836 before attempting again. The events were the same, with the inclusion of a writing contest where people who entered had to compare the ancient Olympics with medieval tournaments and the viability of reviving combat sports.
Scharteau later turned to Stockholm, where comparable Olympic events were scheduled for 1843 from the large open area called Gärdet. Unfortunately, they proved to be a dismal failure, not due to a lack of public support, but the reverse. They were too common! Far more people came than the officials anticipated or could cope with. Tickets were sold, but there were thousands of gatecrashers and all ended in chaos. Additionally, the winner of this slippery mast-climbing event had only just received his prize when it had been snatched from him by one of the audiences, whereupon a new event was added to the program, a great chase after the offender, who turned out to be a 14-year-old boy.
Scharteau did not try to hold his Olympics again and sixty-nine years were to pass before Stockholm was the host city for Olympic Games once more. This time, however, they were on a much grander scale and enjoyed much greater success.
Every game has a history that you ought to know about before you decide to try it. Extreme sports are no exception – skateboard history is a field that has garnered quite a lot of interest.
All the different skaters that have invented moves, the different venues where these moves have been devised, the skaters who gave everything up for the sport are part of skateboard history.
Skateboarding started with surfing. Surfing on the waves wasn’t enough for these stalwarts, and thus they decided to surf on the sidewalks, too, and so, a new game was born.
In 1920’s, the first kind of skateboard to be sold was a contraption which was meant to mimic cross-country skiing, more than anything else. This was the predecessor of this three-wheeled scooter skate of the following decade.
The next thing that indicated skateboard history was a four-wheeled skateboard, known as the skeeter skate. This had removable handles, and was fairly near the skateboard we know of now.
The first time in skateboard history that rollerskate trucks were united with a wooden plank, to make something like the skateboards of now, was in 1947.
It was in the 1950’s that a kind of skateboarding as we know it now made an appearance, and surfers embraced it wholeheartedly. Around this time, children started making their own skateboards, with planks of wood and rollertrucks.
In the sixties, skateboard history moved a step farther when skateboards were manufactured commercially on a rather large scale. The skateboards available then contained the three-wheelers, also.
It was only in 1963 that the first professional skateboards were fabricated, They were fabricated by Larry Stevenson and his wife. Skateboarding, however, was influenced a lot by browsing. The techniques involved, the styles, even the fashion were inspired by surfing. In fact, these skateboards were names Makaha Phil Edwards, after a legendary surfer.
It was around 1965 that skateboarding started to come off the sidewalks and become somewhat more intense, because skater started experimenting in swimming pools. Skateboarding, like any other extreme sport, was seen as unsafe, but documentaries and films were created to change this idea.
By 1975, security equipment was developed, which made the world accept skateboarding a little more easily.
It was in the seventies that skateboarding as we know today really took flight. This was an epoch marking decade in skateboard history. From then till now, there have been many champions who have laid their bodies and souls on the line because of their passion – skateboards.
Drag racing is popular in america. Drag racing is a game where cars race down a track with a set distance as fast as possible. Drag racing is a form of auto racing where any two vehicles (most often two automobiles or motorcycles) attempt to complete a fairly short, straight and level course in the shortest period of time, starting from a dead stop, this is also known as sprints. Drag Racing is an acceleration contest between two vehicles over a quarter of a mile. This sport isn’t illegal unless it is done on public streets.
Drag racing has a certain mystique that appeals not only to professionals, but also to teens coming of age. Drag racing events are thrilling to attend, with rates matched only by the incredible roar of the engines. Drag racing got its name from the slang word for road or road, as in”the main drag”; therefore”drag racing” is synonymous with road racing. Drag racing vehicles are unique in that they’re altered to be lighter and more powerful than in their normal form. Drag racing became a sanctioned sport back in the 1950’s, and has remained popular ever since.
Cars can run superchargers or nitric oxide. Automobiles have improved rapidly though and can now even run 7 second quarter miles. Automobiles in road courses (which must be street legal) would be the only exception to this pre-race ritual, as the grooved tires tend to retain some of the water. Cars built for drag racing might be turbo charged, supercharged, or fitted with nitrous oxide systems. Automobiles on the low end include the $20,000 Dodge Neon SRT-4, using a 230 horsepower turbocharged engine that can do 0-60 MPH in 5.
Power increases vary depending upon the extent of the modifications to the engine. An automobile can actually blow an engine part way down the strip and shore to the end of the track at a (relatively) lower top speed than the competitor, and win with a lower elapsed time. There are literally hundreds of different classes in drag racing, each with various requirements and limitations on things such as weight, engine size, body design, modifications, and many others. The faster categories of drag racing are an impressive spectacle, with engines of over 5 MW (6700 horsepower) and sound outputs to match (measured at 3. Typically, power will increase as the engine RPMs (revolutions per minute) increase, but only up to a point before power begins to taper off.
When the front tires of a car break the first light beam, known as the pre-stage beam, the pre-stage light on the Christmas Tree signals that the racer is approximately seven inches from the starting line. When the racer rolls forward into the stage beam, front wheels are positioned just on the starting line and the stage bulb is lit on the Tree, which suggests the vehicle is ready to race. When the two vehicles are fully staged, the starter will activate the Tree, and each driver will concentrate on the three large amber lights on their side of the Tree. The start-to-finish clocking is the vehicle’s elapsed time (e. A racer also may be disqualified for leaving the starting line too soon, leaving the lane boundary (either by crossing the centerline, touching the shield wall or guardrail, or striking a track fixture like the photocells), neglecting to stage, or failing a post-run review (in NHRA class racing, vehicles usually are weighed and their fuel checked after each run, and a complete engine teardown is done after an event achievement ).
Drag racing is definitely hard on your vehicle, but to become consistent in your driving, you will need to sacrifice some hard-earned money for tires, repairs and alterations. Drag Racing is a uniquely American sport and is an all-American action that Americans love. Drag racing is a business decision or leisure activity that makes sense to anyone.
Racing cars started soon after the launch of petrol-fuelled automobiles in the nineteenth century. The first race was organized by a Paris magazine Le Petit Journal in 1894, to ascertain the best performers. Worldwide racing began with the Gordon Bennett Cup in auto racing. Chicago was the venue for the first automobile race in the United States in 1895.
It was the French who dominated the automobile racing scene and the French automobile club ACF staged a number of major international races, usually from or to Paris, connecting with another major city in Europe or France.
There are numerous types of automobile racing the most well known being single-seater racing, where especially designed cars are used. In these cars, the wheels are not covered, and there are aerofoil wings at the front and rear to improve the traction of the car on the racetrack. These races are held on specially designed closed circuits or on special street circuits that are closed for the duration of the event.
The top series is the World Rally Championship (WRC), but there also regional championships and several nations have their own national championships.
The other sort of single-seater racing is kart racing. In this small but powerful go-karts pick up speed quickly on the small tracks. So many racing drivers of today began by driving karts since it’s the cheapest way to get into auto racing. It has made racing much more accessible. Today, it is also a fully-fledged international game in its own right.
Touring car racing is a style of road racing that is run with production-derived racecars. The American variant of touring car racing is known as stock car racing. In drag racing, mostly popular in america, the objective is to complete a certain distance, traditionally a quarter of a mile, at the shortest possible time. Whatever the sort of auto racing, the thrill is in the speed.
The global reach of television has given motor racing enthusiasts a chance to look at both the traditional European-based Formula One competition in addition to the Indy series long common in the united states. Formula One racing has always been on tracks that include most of the characteristics of ordinary motor roads, especially tight bends and moderate inclines, whereas Indy racing was for several years confined to special race tracks formed in an oval with banked curves at each end. Since 2005, however, Indy racing has included some events on road and street courses and these have come to predominate with only about one-third of races now happening on oval tracks. In this respect, both motor sports appear to have become more alike, but the comparison between Formula One and Indy racing around the oval track remains.
From a European perspective, sport in the united states in general seems to tend to the rapid and spectacular, whereas Europeans, the British especially, take more interest in longer slower competitions with intermittent action. The contrast is perhaps most stark when comparing baseball . So it appears to be with motor racing, with the oval track in the USA allowing continuous near all-out speed, and the tight curves and chicanes of Formula One bringing the cars almost to break, as, as an instance, in the Monaco Grand Prix event held yearly around the narrow streets of the principality.
Indy racing on the oval track certainly presents a special spectacle. The wide track enables several cars to race side-by-side and there is tons of opportunity for overtaking. With the drivers maintaining almost flat-out speed, the race depends basically on motor power. Everything looks very dangerous, and this no doubt is the essence of its appeal. Crashes, when they occur, often involve multiple vehicles and are sometimes horrendous. Fortunately, with modern security features, fatalities and serious injuries have been much reduced and this is an advance shared by Formula One.
Only at the beginning of the race can all of the cars be viewed together. For the rest of the race, the cars pass in and out of view in twos, threes and fours. Without a constant commentary it becomes impossible to know who’s winning, as passing cars are soon found to be on different laps of the race. And whereas on the oval track the race leader is nearly always in view, in Formula One the television cameras seem to ignore the top car and focus instead on closely fought battles for fourth place or ninth place in the hope of recording a rare overtaking. Formula One presents a harder challenge to television, a challenge shared by Indy on-street races. For people who want shear spectacle on TV there’s nothing to compare to the oval track.
Do not be shocked or even surprised if your kids start asking you about adopting a chinchilla. After all, they’re adorably cute and they make wonderful pets. If you’re thinking about a chinchilla adoption, this article may help you be better prepared for your new arrival.
Once you and your family decide you’re considering adopting a chinchilla, spend some time looking at some before you do anything else. Learn how they act, including how they react when one of you gets near them. Get familiar with these adorable little creatures before you actually adopt one. Talk things over with your loved ones, and if everyone is willing to care for a chinchilla and thinks getting one would be a fantastic idea, go ahead and locate the specific chinchilla you want to adopt.
Even though chinchillas make great little pets, they won’t be the right fit for every family. Some homes just are not right for a dog or a cat, and a few homes aren’t right for chinchillas. Chinchillas become vulnerable to overheating once the temperature reaches around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. And, they are able to have heat stroke when the thermometer goes above 80 degrees or so. If you reside in a climate with warm summers and you do not have air conditioning in your house, you should reconsider choosing a chinchilla as your family’s pet. And, chinchillas are sensitive to high humidity along with warm temperatures. A temperature between 50 and 65 degrees is excellent for chinchillas, with a relative humidity which doesn’t climb higher than 50 percent.
Because chinchillas are rather long-lived small pets, a chinchilla adoption means making a long-term devotion.
The prospect of adopting two chinchillas rather than one might not have crossed your mind, but it is actually pretty common. Chinchillas are really easy to care for it does not matter much whether you embrace one or two. You just need to bear in mind that two chinchillas will need a lot bigger cage than one chinchilla.
But, will you or among your family members have enough free time to keep a single chinchilla happy and entertained? If you adopt two chinchillas rather than one, neither one will be lonely while you are busy or away because they will play with each other. 2 chinchillas will also give you at least twice the fun as one, since you will be able to watch them perform. They do not have to be the exact same color, either.
Whatever you decide about a potential chinchilla adoption, it ought to be a decision that’s made by your entire family. Your family members know what their programs are like, and they are the only ones who will know how a chinchilla could fit into your life.
There are different rules when it comes to sugar glider breeding and they change with the sort of pet you’re planning to handle. When it comes to exotic animals, both breeders and potential owners should know the rules that come with these kinds of animals. Ignorance of the law may never be an excuse so know your rights and the constraints before owning or breeding particular pets. Additionally, make sure that you’re working or dealing with a reputable and licensed breeder that could provide sugar glider info.
With lighter rules to govern the breeding and selling of sugar gliders, you can expect more unlicensed and inexperienced breeders that are ready to take a chance on any business enterprise. With the growth in the competition, the prices for a glider will eventually decline while prospective owners have higher chances of getting deceived by pet shops that aren’t fully dedicated to this type of breed. Lighter rules can definitely lower the standards. Without the standards for the transaction for these animals, lots of people can acquire these pets easily without being given the appropriate information about the best way to develop and care them.
Because of this, owners do not allot time, dedication, focus and appropriate diet. From a viewpoint of an animal welfare society, this situation can get worse with increased variety of instances for lost and stray gliders. With not enough shelters to support them, ailments and mercy killing can become their destiny. The right reasons in owning exotic pets must include contributing to the answers of the problems involved. As always, it’s essential to select a reputable breeder who will provide the right sugar glider information. This will be your first step in owning an adorable pocket pet that can become a great member of the family.
The USDA has been strict with the breeding of gliders until the height of the international recession when companies are given more chances to improvise and survive in their own ways. To help these businesses, the government lightened their needs for breeding licenses. With the new rules, it’s now permitted to breed three female gliders without any licenses.
This is in contrary to the older law that requires every breeding activity be licensed and permitted with good documentation. It is clear that sugar glider information is being promoted to match with the growing demands for exotic gliders. This may be a strategy to lessen the burdens of the company sector but this will surely have an impact not only on the amount of sugar gliders being sold but on the quality of pets that are being supplied by various pet shops.
Breeders must be knowledgeable about the policies that are set by this particular national department before they can operate legally.
Bearded dragons are getting to be popular pets, and it’s not hard to see why. Babies are extremely cute, and the adults so calm and placid that even people who say they would not have a reptile at the home tend to be swayed to change their mind once they’ve have an chance to get up close to them.
Many are purchased as pets as an impulse buy – infants are being sold quite cheaply nowadays and are readily accessible, and although some people do read up and prepare for their new pet, there are still a huge number who take one on with little or no advice in any way. Regrettably many staff in pet stores and reptile centres are ignorant regarding the proper housing and feeding arrangements leading to bearded dragons which have a unhealthy and often short life.
If you’re tempted to buy a baby bearded dragon here is some advice that will help you to raise a bearded dragon correctly.
Although you might be taking a look at a baby that’s only 5 to 6 inches in length, by the time it is twelve months old it will be between 18 and 22 inches long and will weigh around 700 grams. Adults require a vivarium that is 4ft x 2ft x 2ft in size, and will most likely need this by the time they are eight to ten months old. It is therefore a false economy to buy a smaller vivarium with the intention to update as it grows larger, and it’s ideal to purchase the larger size . Too many live in vivariums in which they can’t turn round properly without slamming their nose on the glass and tail on the background.
Despite the fantasy baby bearded dragons do not feel lost in a large vivarium – after all, in the desert no one gives them a pen for the first couple of weeks!
To increase at the rate they do means they have large appetites and have to be fed lots and often as infants. They are not cheap pets to keep – a bearded dragon can cost up to a little cat or dog to feed every week.
Bearded Dragons need the Right Temperatures
Coming from the hot arid desert of Australia that they need to have a temperature range in their vivarium that mimics their natural surroundings. Setting up a mini desert in your home is part of the fun of keeping them. Being cold blooded creatures they thermoregulate – that is, when too hot they should be able to move to a cooler place, and if too cold should be able to proceed to get warm. The vivarium needs to have a basking spot under a heat lamp that reaches a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and the other end’the trendy end’ of the vivarium should be no more than 85 degrees. At night they should be able to experience a good temperature fall, so the heating should be turned off as long as the ambient temperature doesn’t fall below 65 degrees for infants, and 60 degrees for adults. Temperatures should be maintained at the correct levels by using a thermostat.
Heat should be provided by way of a heat lamp – bearded dragons do not absorb heat from below, and really, cannot feel it. Heat rocks and heat mats can easily burn them so should not be used.
Bearded dragons need Exposure to UVB
In the desert they bask under the strong rays of sunlight which provides UVB and helps them synthesize vitamin D3. This is vital since it means they can use calcium that’s essential to aid their growth. The lack of UVB will lead to Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) which causes deformities of the limbs, and which can only be treated if caught early, and can be deadly. Their UVB requirements are the greatest of all reptiles kept in captivity. A fluorescent tube running the length of the vivarium ensures they are exposed to UVB for the whole time that the light in on. The top tubes to use are the Reptisun 10% or Arcadia 12%.
If they are exposed to UVB for 12 hours in the vivarium they get adequate UVB, but even this is only equivalent to about 20 minutes under the full Australian sun. For that reason hides should not be provided for bearded dragons as hiding away will lessen their vulnerability to the beneficial UVB rays.
Babies are not accurate feeders and tend to pick up loose substrate with mouthfuls of food. Kitchen towel is the best substrate for infants as it carries no risk. Don’t use sand until the baby is six months old, and NEVER use woodchip. This is to avoid impaction in the stomach which is usually fatal.
Set up the Vivarium Before buying a Bearded Dragon
When you’ve your vivarium you’ll get the temperatures will fluctuate at first, and you will need time to fool around with the position of the probe to the thermostat before you obtain the correct temperature range.
Most infants will travel very comfortably in a small dark box. There’s absolutely not any need for extra heating unless the weather is quite cold. In this case you can use a hot water bottle to keep the box warm.
Once you first bring your new baby home you may find it eats the first lot of crickets you put in the vivarium, and then refuses to eat. Many new owners worry about it, but it’s only a reaction to the stress of moving. It takes up to a fortnight for a baby to settle into a normal eating pattern.
To help it settle in it’s best to resist that impulse to take it out and manage it. Give it two weeks to settle until you pick it up. You can begin getting it used to you by putting your hand in the vivarium when cleaning or feeding it out.
When it is time to begin tackling, pick it up by slipping your hand under it and scooping it up. In the wild their main predators are birds, so anything coming at them above scares them. These are stress lines, but don’t over worry about them. Many things cause momentary stress to a baby, and many are nothing to be concerned about. It could be a dark coloured coat they suddenly see from the corner of the eye. It takes about an hour for them to warm up and start moving around which is just as it would be in the desert. Just ensure you allow them time to wake up properly before offering food.
Babies up to age 12 weeks will need to be fed 3 times a day with small sized crickets (first or second instar). Each feed needs to be as numerous as they can eat in 10 minutes. One feed every day ought to be dusted with calcium to prevent MBD. Finely chopped vegetables or fruit should remain available. When mature your beardie will be 80% vegetarian, so he wants to get used to eating veggies early.
The best livefood is crickets due to the amount they eat. It is possible to feed locusts, but this will work out much more expensive, and as soon as they have eaten locusts some don’t take to eating crickets against as they’re more bitter. Do not feed a staple diet of meal worms because their skins are high in chitin which bearded dragons cannot digest very well. Meal worms and wax worms can be offered as an occasional treat.
Most bearded dragons do not eat frozen or dried food, so you’ll need to get used to feeding livefood. Join a Forum
Baby bearded dragons seem to relish perplexing and stressing their new owners. Join a bearded dragon or reptile forum so you can ask for advice from people who’ve had the same worries as you and will be able to offer you advice and reassurance.
Raising a reptile which grows so rapidly is a great experience, and if you ensure their surroundings and feeding regime is appropriate you are going to have a pet who will live a healthier live in excess of a decade. The first few weeks and months are a critical phase in raising a baby bearded dragon – they aren’t difficult to keep just so long as you take care to understand what they need to grow and develop correctly.
Whilst often characterised as farm or working animals, a small holding of goats can be very rewarding for the owner and is relatively simple so long as some basic principles are followed. A small holding of goats could be an exceptional source of meat and milk for the owner and by raising goats yourself you can be certain that they were raised in a healthy manner. Goats can also maintain your property practically weed free.
Goats are social herd animals and you should aim to allow at least two goats to live together. The best breeds to keep will vary dependent on if your main reason for maintaining them is milk, milk or fibre, or whether you want them primarily as pets.
Male goats are known as bucks and the females does. Goats generally live 10 to 12 years, although there have been instances of goats living around 15 years. You will find over 300 different breeds of goat and they are most closely associated with sheep, with which they can cross breed, although this isn’t recommended. The main products connected with goats are milk, cheese, meat, mohair, and cashmere.
Goat milk is becoming more popular and a huge dairy doe can produce 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of milk each year (On a daily basis two to three quarts). In most regions the milk will need to be pasteurized if you want to market it commercially, even though you can drink untreated milk out of your own goats. You should know there is some research suggesting health risks with consuming un-pasteurized goats milk. Much like the milk there’s increasing demand for goat meat and there are promised to be health benefits when compared to other red meats and chicken. If you intend to sell the meat you will have to comply with the rules a tiny commercial processor has to follow. The rules are less stringent if the meat is intended for your own consumption. Some goat owners find it more practical to outsource the slaughter to a licensed slaughterer. Goats also have been prized for three kinds of fibre, mohair, cashmere and cashgora.
A sterile draft free building is suggested which will protect them from the elements and provides sufficient protection against rodents and other predators. Rodents could introduce disease in addition to eating and fouling food and water supplies. Concerning dimensions there should be sufficient room to allow the goats to stand upright on their hind legs with necks outstretched. If penned separately each goat should have about 4 sq. m. of floor area. If the hens are housed in a group in exactly the same area a minimum of two sq. m. per goat has to be supplied, although more than this minimum is recommended if conflict is to be avoided. Horned and disbudded or hornless goats should be penned separately.
Though they have a reputation for eating almost anything, they won’t thrive unless provided with the right balances in their diet. Whilst they will eat weeds and other vegetation including pasture, they will need access to good quality hay. Legume hays contain more vitamins, minerals and nutrients, although as with other hays the quality can vary dependent on the harvesting, storage and preparation.
There are a range of illnesses that can affect a goat both in a chronic and curable form. Some of these illnesses can be passed to humans and other animals while some illnesses are specific to goats. Two illnesses that can bring sudden death to a goat are coccidiosis and pneumonia. Of most concern to breeders and producers are parasites and worms. A goat that is ridden with worms and parasites and left untreated will probably suffer a rapid decline in health, production and often result in death.
Allow me to tell you, home canning requires a lot of work. However, the rewards that come with it make all of the work well worth the effort. For mepersonally, I love to experiment with unusual recipes. When I started canning it was not entirely for the standard jams and jellies you can find just about everywhere. As soon as I discovered recipes which comprised sexy and spicy elements I figured I had found the right market to work with. I was not disappointed.
But before I started to do any home canning I needed to determine what canning method to use. I chose the latter as I’ve had experience with both but found that a hot water bath far easier for the canning recipes I had chosen. Besides, the recipes I chose were not the kind that required a pressure canner.
Water Bath Canning In Short
In a word, for me, canning with a boiling water bath is simple. Even if I didn’t have a genuine canner I really could use a large stock pot with a rack at the floor to place jars. The only specialized equipment I’d need is jars, lids and screw tops. The science involved is all about boiling water and the length of time that the water is boiling.
Additionally, acidic foods, which I preserve, are safe to process in a tub of boiling water. This includes fruit, pickles, sugar maintains and tomato-based salsas since the acid content of those items – along with the warmth produced by the boiling water bath – preserves the contents safely.
Here is my home canning routine. I have my canner filled with boiling water to sterilize my jars. In a different pot I’ve the jam, jelly or salsa cooking. In yet another pot of boiling water I have the sealing lids. I eliminate a sterilized jar from the pot, fill it with hot contents leaving some head area, and then place a sterilized sealer lid on top. I add a screw top (just finger tight). Once time is reached (time varies with recipes and elevation) I removed the processed jar and put it on a countertop to cool.
Pressure Canning In a Nutshell
Quite honestly, I can’t bring myself to use a pressure canner. I’m sure I am not the only man with a childhood canning story that begins with the sentence,”One day when my mother was having a pressure cooker…” and recounts an episode where there was an explosion of some sort. My story on that topic ends with the sentence,”… and it covered the ceiling.” The thing to notice here is that is my expertise.
Canning under stress is the only way to preserve many items – usually non-acidic foods. The reason for this is that the heat produced by the steam in the pressure canner will be a lot higher in temperature than boiling water and that safely processes these foods. Typically vegetables canned in water or a salt water mix and animal products (fish, for example) should be pressure canned.
When canning is done properly, there’s nothing to be concerned about. When it isn’t lots of bad things can happen. For me, the worse thing I’ve encountered is jams or jellies that didn’t set correctly. As far as I am concerned, these batches are failures. The more serious effects from improper canning would be the possibility of bacteria growth, especially botulism.
Boiling water kills botulism bacteria but spores can bear that warmth. There are two ways to get rid of them in canning. By using temperatures higher than boiling water (as in pressure canning) or by creating a high pH level with sweet preserves or pickled foods with a high vinegar content (as may be processed with water bath canning).
The Only Sound I Wish to Hear
I find it quite satisfying to finish a mini batch or several batches of merchandise for sale and am careful to follow the instructions carefully with each recipe. The only variations I’ll make would be to maybe change one ingredient to another similar one. I never change anything associated with processing as no two recipes I use are the same.
Home canning is fun and a great way to preserve your harvest or favorite recipes to share in the off-season. I buy the majority of my produce ingredients fresh and use many that are locally-grown in the area where we live. In a way it allows me to celebrate the terrific growers and the crops they produce for us. It’s also turned into a profitable hobby for me. I really like the sound of freshly processed jars of product popping in my kitchen telling me they’ve properly sealed. In fact, nothing says home canning to me over the sound of a popping jar late at night.