125 million tennis balls land in US landfills each year, according to RecycleBalls Founder Derrick Senior. But why is this? In the past, recycling of tennis balls didn’t exist and balls would be trashed after use, just to end up in a landfill. But more recently, tennis clubs in Vermont have been looking into solutions that result in reusing and recycling tennis balls.
Middlebury Indoor Tennis: Reusing tennis balls
Brian McDonough is the general manager of Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT), in Middlebury, Vermont and he oversees where the club’s used tennis balls go. McDonough explains, “All our tennis balls are reused. We have a great demand from the humane society around the corner. We are on the path that volunteer dog walkers go on with the dogs. We leave a basket of used tennis balls once they’re completely spent out there on the curb, and they disappear with the dogs.” McDonough continues to explain that the club occasionally receives requests for used tennis balls from schools, people doing projects, and people doing physical therapy.
The Eastwood Edge: Recycling tennis balls
Joyce Doud is a tennis pro at the Eastwood Edge, in South Burlington, Vermont and she manages the used ball process at the club. Doud explains that the Eastwood Edge is part of RecycleBalls. More specifically, this means that RecycleBalls provides the club with large boxes to collect used tennis balls in. Once the boxes are full, the organization comes to empty them and takes the used balls. Doud says that RecycleBalls gives the club $0.05 per ball that they collect. She also mentions that the club has received award certificates for how many balls that they have given back to the Recycleballs program.
Table tennis has become one of the most popular sports in modern times. And its ever-increasing recognition is a direct result of how it has captivated the interests of people worldwide. What is great about table tennis is anyone can learn the sport without much formal training and coaching. Aside from books and the Internet, the sport can be learned with the convenience of table tennis DVD copies.
Countless passionate players, greenhorns, veterans or just plain fans of the sport have been fascinated, dazzled and motivated to be involved in table tennis through the skills and dedication of table tennis athletes around the world captured and shown via table tennis DVD copies. With footages of exciting matches now in DVD copies, the spread of table tennis as a major sport is unstoppable. Through DVD copies, table tennis has broke free from the allusions of being just a miniature sport; today, it is indeed as big as any sport.
Nonetheless, table tennis DVD copies have more benefits to bring to interested individuals than to the glory of the sport as a whole. DVD copies become a tool not only to amaze onlookers but also to teach them and ultimately involve them in the sport. Now, ordinary folks can learn the intrinsic techniques of playing table tennis by merely pointing and clicking the remote control and in the coziness of their homes too. In fact, table tennis DVD copies have become important accessories in the training programs not only for beginners but for world-class veterans of the sport as well; here are the reasons why.
Table tennis, much like any other sport, can be perfected through countless repetitions of techniques and strategies. A table tennis DVD is an effective training tool because it allows a player to playback any important lessons revealed in a DVD copy. Through repetitive watching, information or lessons from the DVD can be permanently absorbed into the player’s mind. This will allow any lessons learned to become a part of the player’s instinct for the game.
Cheaper Than Coaching
Mostly costing less than a hundred dollars, table tennis DVD’s are a cheaper alternative in table tennis training. Hiring coaches and enrolling at table tennis clubs can cost much more. This is not to mean, however, that training through table tennis DVD’s should replace actual training with expert coaches and actual practices with formidable opponents. What table tennis DVD’s can do is to minimize expensive sessions with coaches in exclusive training clubs.
Advantageous Functions Of DVD Format
Like other types of data stored in DVD format, table tennis modules in this format have additional features that can accelerate a beginner’s learning period. DVD’s store a lot more information than other media devices. And it can be made with other features like commentaries from expert table tennis players and luminaries. DVD functions also allow multi-angle functions, where one can watch a particular stroke at different angles, and this is on top of the clearest visual quality unique to DVD copies.
Indeed, table tennis DVD copies have changed the way that the sport is publicized. With more information and features than older media devices like VHS, table tennis DVD copies can allow anybody to learn how to play table tennis from the basic strokes to Olympic-class performance as table tennis DVD’s normally come with three-dimensional animation that can anatomize the moves of featured table tennis stars.
Tennis is a sport with numerous rules and regulations, and getting them all in your head can take a while. In this article, we’ll examine some commonly occurring issues regarding the game so that you can have a clearer outlook on exactly what should happen should these questions come up in a game.
Q: What should I do if a ball from another court rolls onto my court during the middle of a match?
A: The rules laid out by the International Tennis Federation state that a request by another tennis player to remove their ball from your court must be honored. However, the request doesn’t need to be honored while you have a ball in play. If a player from another game hits a ball that doesn’t land on your court but near the court’s lines, the sportsmanship-upholding rules of the federation state that you should take time when you are not in play to retrieve the ball for the other player.
Q: Can I call my own let?
A: Lets are not allowed to be called by the player performing the service. Regardless of the situation, be it a snap of the player’s racket strings or a distraction such as their hat blowing off, nothing that a player does can entitle them to call out their own let. Similarly, if a distraction occurs such as a cell phone ring while a player is serving, they are held responsible and no let should be given. The opponent of the person who is being distracted is completely in charge of whether or not their opponent should be allowed a let, and they should let sportsmanship and fairness guide their decision. However, it should be a players responsibility to ensure that any distractions will be minimized by doing such things as turning off their cellular phone. If, however, the referee doesn’t state that cellular phones should be turned off before the game, in certain cases, a referee may allow a player to have a let. However, this can only happen once per game at most for any player, since after it occurs, every player should be familiar with the fact that cellular phones should be left aside. In addition, lets should not be allowed due to the sounds made by any of the audience members. Although it can be distracting, spectator noise is not the basis for the replaying of a point.
Ever wondered what makes great soccer moves actually great? Is it their quickness, is it the outstanding ball control that the dribbler needs to possess in order to pull them off, or is it simply seeing the look on the poor defender’s face when he gets his ankles twisted by the move?
I’ll tell you what makes them great: it’s the countless hours that those outstanding dribblers out there put in their practice that allow them to perform seemingly impossible moves with the ease of a rabbit hopping uphill. If you ever dreamt of being able to perform such great soccer moves, you’ll have to work hard to get them. And you can do so with the help of the following step by step soccer moves guide.
> Step by Step Soccer Moves – The Stepover and Double Stepover
This move has an affinity for players named Ronaldo (or is it vice-versa, I can’t remember), since both of today’s popular Ronaldos, the Brazilian striker – Nazario da Lima – and the Portuguese winger – Cristiano – tend to use it as their trademark move. It’s one of the advanced soccer moves you’ll be practicing, so don’t expect it to be snap-easy to master. Here’s how to perform the stepover, step by step (don’t worry, it takes fewer steps to perform it than the amount of steps in this sentence):
Step 1 – Get the ball close to your feet and have it slowly move forward, towards the direction you’re facing.
Step 2 – With your left foot, hover over the ball in a circular motion and plant it on the left side of the ball.
Step 3 – With the other foot, cut the ball to the right and go past your opponent.
Notes: Obviously, you can switch feet, I just used left first and right for the cut for clearer explanation purposes. If you want to perform a double stepover, or a triple stepover, instead of cutting with the base foot, you can use it to hover over the ball again and so forth.
> Step by Step Soccer Moves – The Sweep
Another advanced soccer move that won’t be easy to master, but then again you’re not here for your average stop and go. This move is extremely spectacular and at the same time effective. It can be used to great effect on the wings, or in the center of the park, to get past your direct opponent. It’s harder to perform on the edge of the penalty area, or inside it, because it’s a lot more crowed there.
This great soccer move doesn’t really have a player that you could say branded it, although Robbie Van Persie of Arsenal recently scored a magnificent goal in a match against Internazionale Milano with the help of a sweep dribble. But here’s the step by step on it:
Step 1 – Position yourself as you would pass the ball or shoot, with your base foot closer to the ball.
Step 2 – With your other foot, simulate a pass or shot.
Step 3 – When your faking foot reaches the ball, drag it along sideways, opposite of your base foot.
Notes: This is so efficient because the opponent will not know if you pass, shoot or dribble until you have already performed the dribble. For this to be completely effective, make sure you sweep the ball across in Step 3, not kick it in that direction, as dragging it gives you some precious time.
These advanced soccer moves are still quite situational, because you’ll need to have your opponents at a certain distance and position. For general purposes, a few easier dribbles such as the V-move, the stop and go or the fake shot will probably work better, but if you can pull off any of the advanced soccer moves above, you’re bound to get a standing.