Have you ever been a casual, occasional, or recreational bowler for some time now?
Maybe you finally decided to take the plunge and join your initial league.
Whatever the case might be, there is help out there for you–and it begins right here!
I have been an avid bowler for more than thirty years; and offering bowling tips for beginners gives me the best coaching satisfaction. Whether the beginner is a small child who’s taking to the lanes for the very first time, or an adult who bowled once or twice a year for 20 years and needs to enhance, folks who really need to understand can improve right before your eyes, especially those at the novice level. I have a few simple tips which might drastically change their game.
I remember when I was at the stage of the match, many moons ago… I was a pretty athletic child and got frustrated quickly if I couldn’t grab on to a sport fast. If I didn’t feel as if I was getting better immediately, I was likely to package it up and proceed to the next thing.
Luckily for me, when I joined my first bowling league at age 13 there was plenty of help available. The league for 13-18 year olds began at 8:30 am.
After we settled in on our set of lanes and began bowling, the coaches would start making their way up and down the bowling centre, helping everyone that seemed to need it along the way.
I recall one particular trainer, not by title but because he was the oldest, and was a retired police officer. He didn’t have any children of his own in that league but he bowled at the Seniors league after us would get up early to help all of us. What a great guy, and excellent coach! The tips that I will share with you’re the ones that I remember him giving me. He saw one Saturday morning how frustrated I was getting, pulled me aside and broke down these three basic bowling principles.
Use the right weight ball to your size.
Choose the heaviest ball you can throw without compromising your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, good rate, rather than cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early. A good rule of thumb to follow is to roll 1 pound of ball per 10 pounds of body fat, then add or subtract 1 pound. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may seem to heavy at first, but so long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and it doesn’t cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early stick with it. Otherwise, go up or down in weight so.
Use the lane to help you aim.
When you stand on the strategy ready to begin your shot, as you look at the lane you will observe many different markings. About 15 feet down the lane there are a set of arrows that point toward the pins. Most bowlers look at these arrows as opposed to the pins when planning. Why? Simply stated, it is easier to hit a target that is nearer to you. So, begin bowling and watch your ball roll across the arrows, ensuring you are standing in the same position to begin every 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 once you hit the head pin. This will be your”mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of every frame , it gets a bit more technical when trying to get spares.
Don’t worry about strikes.
Nobody gets a strike every time. If you put that kind of pressure on yourself you won’t have any fun. I always thought that was the idea behind playing games-have some fun! Focusing on technique can enable you to improve. As soon as you develop the mark mentioned in tip #2, be certain you actually watch your ball roll over it every time. If you strike it and the result is consistently different, look at developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you’ll realize that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.
If you happen to be a first-time pre-owned cruiser customer the options of used yachts offered for sale is generally too much to handle. How does one understand all those varieties and versions out there?
The brand new pre-owned yacht client should really refrain from picking on feelings and relax and take a critical look at what they anticipate doing while using the watercraft. Carrying out the improper selection will certainly be a major letdown in the longer term and quite likely financially affect you financially.
Quite a few like the allure of a sailboat with the image of exotic island destinations in the snapshot; nonetheless quite a few don’t want the need for the sails, rigging and so on. Also, power boating won’t be pricey if you pick the proper watercraft.
Powerboats commonly come properly designed with all of the little luxuries you could possibly every need; frequently much more than all but the biggest sized of sailboats. And you don’t need to learn all the sailing skills also. Once you have considered your cruising personal taste you are usually able to determine what you intend on doing with it.
Are you intending to sail, fish or cruise from it? Obviously, you can actually fish out of just about anything if you would like, but used yachts suitable for offshore fishing are generally different than those built for cruising. How often are you going to make use of your new used boat? I often say that you can find”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 boat dock. Some boaters might just be full-time live aboards using their boats as their family home every single day. Other people could just use their ships on nice vacations when time permits for.
Next is the cost of yacht ownership. Cruising has its own fees that you must be mindful of. If you are mechanically prepared, you will realize that the expenses usually are not very high.
The majority of boat operators execute the huge majority of work themselves. I have a site posting at my Cruising Center website in regards to the specifics of boating expenses that breaks it down to every charge. Feel free to take a look. 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 features that they can live without and the ones that are features that are cannot-live-without. That check-list then will become the arrangement for the best yacht research. When I’m working with buyers, I then try to find used boats that best meet the customer’s wishes knowing that boat acquisitions sometimes incorporate some compromise. Almost never do I find a vessel with all the desirable characteristics. In the searching phase, I point out that you will realize it when the appropriate boat unfolds; it will certainly”talk” to you personally. Any potential vessel will have the lines, the feel and the features that suits you. Never settle for anything less than you. Exactly how do you are certain you are getting a fair package? Borrowing from another posting in the Cruising Center in regards to the real Value of Boats, good ships always receive higher selling prices, always! Under no conditions buy a yacht determined by 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 is normally suggested. Choose an experienced surveyor that has experience with your favorite boat. Ask him for individual references too.
During my 15 years of training, in three distinct schools, in three different cities with thousands of training partners, the identical 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 during 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 these moments and I came up with three fundamentals that have made my Jiu Jitsu better.
Letting go or not caring frees you of all ego. A way of self- expression. The one thing that matters is your self- improvement and you know what that advancement is. The main aspect I had to let go is”tapping out” or submitting to my training partner. I use to care if a decrease rank/belt training partner use to catch me in a entry. After I let that go my”match” (technique) opened up and my progress went through the roof.
The Faster You Move, The Slower I Move
Moving slower than your training partner might appear odd. When I first started training Jiu Jitsu I simply wanted to be faster, stronger, and just plain beat any of my opponents. After training for 15 years, I eventually get the three principles Grand Master Helio Gracie highlighted: Assume your opponent is bigger, faster, and stronger than you. So slow down, do the correct technique and wait. The Jiu Jitsu will work.
Constantly be Doing Something
I didn’t make this one up. In this video he said, constantly be doing something with your hands and toes. For instance if I have my hand in my competitions collar, my other hand wants to complete the choke. While my hands are busy my one foot is pushing my opponents knee to cancel his foundation, while my other foot is being used as a hook in an attempt to sweep him. Bottom line just keep busy and”always do something.”
The stories about him are mythical, he’s influenced millions and still does to this day. But what’s the allure of this Chinese/American aside from his incredible physique, flawless moves and cult classic films? Well one must 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 do not 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 until getting enough students to start up his own school. At the moment the developing 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 abroad with these never before seen techniques) begins hearing all this chatter about a Chinese guy who is so unbelievably fast and talented he must be experienced to be believed.
Well Bruce, begins getting invited to martial arts championships to perform demonstrations and the public can not believe what they are seeing. Two-finger push-ups, 1 inch punches (where Bruce would put a small pad against a man’s chest with his fist one inch away and burst the individual 6 feet back into a chair) and fighting concepts which were unheard of at the moment. Well low and behold there was a television producer from the crowd one day who, 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 brief run, so he goes off to China and becomes very successful in overseas kung-fu films. Not long later he becomes popular in the U.S. where he gets a movies deal for a U.S. production everybody knows about,”Enter the Dragon.” Six days before it is released he dies.
OK so why is he so popular? Well for one thing it was unheard of at the time for a Chinese guy to find a top movie role in the U.S. do to strong anti-Asian prejudices which were prevalent at the time. The other reasons are that he was way ahead of his time with the training techniques he was experimenting with at that moment. He was among the first to utilize weight training (prior to him people thought you would become muscle bound and slow if you lift weights, sadly 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 football strike pads which we now call the atmosphere shield for training kicks on. He was experimenting with crazy types of diets and vitamins and was using electro-shock to make himself quicker, not unlike we see used in physical therapy for muscle stimulation for rehabilitative reasons, not faster muscle contractions. Finally he shunned traditional martial arts producing his own combat art called Jeet Kune Do (Way of the intercepting fist) after almost losing a struggle fight in China Town when the elders were angry he was teaching Caucasians Chinese martial arts, which wasn’t allowed 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 hot.
OK, so here’s a rhetorical question: what degree black belt was Bruce Lee? He was a master right? Nope, actually he wasn’t even a black belt. Wait, what? No really, he attained 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 is it. At one stage he got in a fight and hurt someone and the police were searching for him, so his uncle gave him some money he had saved, place him on a boat and shipped him back to the U.S. as he had been born here and had U.S. citizenship. So 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 climbed from 1 form, which kata has become lost.
Interestingly enough, it’s true. Here is the story.
The first rumor is that Karate developed in the Crane style of Kung Fu. Might be true, but if you’ve seen videos of this form you’ll likely shake your head and blink a bit. The crane form is a shaky sort of quivery thing, hard to imagine the movements being refined into the block and counter motions of most styles of Karate.
I first saw this kind on YouTube, and the reader is encouraged to do a search, inspect the form – the forms, I must say, for there are many versions – and draw his own conclusion.
So, with this example which was hard to stick 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 ago on the island of Okinawa, In a dismal cave located behind an old cemetery, lived a shipwrecked sailor. He was Chinese, and his title was Chiang Nan.
Living nearby, in a house, I presume, was Ankoh Itosu. Mr. Itosu, for those who don’t understand, is one of the iconic figures of the martial arts. He studied with all the masters of the day, and he’s responsible for formulating karate into a modern method.
We don’t know how, maybe Mr. Itosu befriended the shipwrecked sailor, maybe one of these martial artists was outside for a walk and watched the other practicing the martial arts, and a conversation, and friendship, was struck.
Chiang Nan taught Mr. Itosu a martial art form.
Mr. Itosu worked on the form, the working name was apparently Channan, which could be a translation of the phrase’peaceful mind,’ or might be a translation of Chiang Nan’s name.
Later, when these types were educated in Japan, they were known as the Heians.
Therefore, the five Pinans became the heart and soul, the foundation for the art of Karate.
They became the principal forms of an art that was the choice of the Imperial bodyguards of three distinct states: Okinawa, Korea and Japan.
They’re taught to children the world over as you read this.
From the Pinans are based countless self defense techniques, endless drills, and a doctrine of self defense,
This, so far as I know, is a true representation of the’Lost Form,’ and how Karate came to be.
1896 The States was among the first 13 nations to deliver an athletic delegation to the Summer Games – among 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 top 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 2 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 in Boston, Mr. Connolly was given a hero’s welcome. Since 1896 -without interruption– 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, which makes him the world’s fastest sprinter. Mr. Burke was identified with the emerging generation of American athletes in the late 1890s when he realized his dream of winning the Olympic gold.
He made a time of 17,6 seconds to win the gold in the men’s 110m hurdles in Greece.
1900 With 47 global awards (19 gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze), the States once more became among the world’s elite sports powers in the multi-sport occasion in Paris (France).
1900 Alvin Kraenzlein was in the spotlight because he, a born-athlete, directed 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 visit 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.
1904 St. Louis (MO) was the site for the Games of the Third Olympiad. Unequivocally, the 1904 Olympics were in the focus of the attention of the world press.
1904 In 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 man to win both these competitions in the same Olympics. Shortly afterward, he took a number of other important athletic titles, including the Intercalated Games in Greece.
1904 The host nation’s team -made up of four stars: Herman T. Glass, Edward Hennig, Anton Heida, George Eyser- claimed first in the gymnastics championship at the III Olympiad in 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 only Britain.
1908 With three wins (800m, 1500m and medley relay), New Jersey’s runner Mel Sheppard had an exceptional year in the Briton capital 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 specialists selected Thorpe as both”the greatest soccer 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 personalities competed in the Games in Sweden: Firstly, Avery Brundage in pentathlon-elected President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the first U.S. sports leader to occupy the post. Secondly, George S. Patton, General during World War II.
1920 At 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 over 40 Summer Olympic Games Champions.
For the past four years, Hawaii’s sporting superstar 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 frequent 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 national trials, capturing tickets to the Summer Olympics. As well as being among the most outstanding swimmers on Earth since 1912, Duke Kahanamoku reintroduced the sport of surfing into the western world- he turned it into a excellent national fire in the continental U.S. Like Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and the celebrity Don Ho, his immense personal popularity added to Hawaii’s international fame.
1924 At the Olympics in Paris, France, America’s powerful squad was first in the medal count with 99 – 67 medals more than Finland (second from the Games).
1924 The US water polo team took third place in the international competition, becoming the first American squad to be medalist in the Olympiad.
1924 After gaining four golds, America’s sportsmen became winner in the free-style wrestling tournament in the Games of the VIII Olympiad in Paris. The winners were Robin Read, Russel Vis, John Spellman, and Harry Steele.
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 in the Netherlands, the States was the leading state in the medal count, earning 22 global titles -12 over Germany.
He was one of the top favorites to win the title. Within a sporting career that spanned over 10 years, 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 top movie 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) in 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 nation 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 obtained the James R. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the top Olympic athlete.
1936 Despite a troubled relationship with the Germany of Adolf Hitler, Washington dispatched a national contingent to Berlin, home to the XI Games.
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 world’s most high-profile athletes in the 20th Century. This man is of great historical significance for America. Why? His big operation came at a time when there were fewer black athletes in the international sports arena, breaking down the barriers of prejudices, and occurred with the political background of Germany’s Nazi regime.
1936 The U.S. men’s soccer squad did not qualify for the next round after being removed by Italy-the planet’s top-ranked team — 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 universal trophy by beating Mexico (25-10) in the semis and then Canada (19-8) from the gold-medal match. On their way to win the event, the North American nation also defeated Estonia (52-28) in the second round and Philippines (56-23) in 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.
In the meantime, in New York City, America’s win set off a wave of volatile emotion as it had been announced on nationwide radio.
1948 In the uk, the young American Bob Mathias, who hails from Tulare (California), began 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 tournament, earning the title 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 gained a gold medal the XIV Olympiad and those of the XV Olympiad in 1952.
1952 At the Helsinki Games, the United States delegation took first place in team standing by winning 40 global 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 the XV Olympics, providing the US squad accessibility to compete in 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 before the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the US Olympic Committee sent an important delegation (spearheaded by its top athlete Patricia McCormick) to Pan American Games in the Mexican metropolis–Among whom were the near 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 in Melbourne, (Australia).
1956 The United States team took first place at the basketball tournament at the Melbourne Olympics after its impressive series of triumphs in the 1954 World Championships and 1955 Pan American Sports Games.
1956 Patricia McCormick gained two worldwide titles (her fourth largest gold) in 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 one of 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 worldwide by her triumphs in athletics — 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 in the 1959 World Championship.
1960 Louisville-born Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior gained the gold medal at the Games of the Olympiad in Rome-This fighter was a fierce athlete (both amateur and professional) in every arena he competed, giving an extraordinary example for America’s sportsmen and women. In the aftermath of his victory on Italian soil, he turned pro at the age of 18. Afterwards, by the 70s, he was regarded as the greatest boxer of all time by many foreign sportswriters. He converted to Islam, changing his name to Muhammad Ali in the mid-1960s.
1964 In the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, the US contingent captured 90 medals – 36 gold, 26 silver, 28 bronze– winning the first place in the unofficial team championships.
1964 The non-favorite runner Bob Schul arrived first in the men’s 5,000m (track and field) in Japan, being the first American to do so because it was included as one of the official sports in the very first Olympic Games in 1896.
1964 At 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.
1964 The men’s basketball team defeated the USSR/Soviet Union for their sixth straight Olympic Cup (1936-1964) after failed to make the top three at the men’s basketball World Championship in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
1968 America’s sports system produced several Olympic champions and future new stars in the XIX Mexico City Games, beating 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, earning the Olympic title in the Mexican metropolis–which stood until 1991.
1968 Despite being considered a strong contender to make golds in men’s swimming, Mark Spitz just 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, one of the globe’s most high-profile sports teams, obtained the gold for the seventh time in a row during the Mexican Games.
1968 America’s discus thrower Al Oerter made Olympic history to win his fourth consecutive gold (from Melbourne 56 to Mexico 68).
1972 World-class swimmer Mark Spitz made international headlines at the Munich Olympics after winning seven golds: 100m frestyle, beating 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 nations; 200m butterfly, finished over his countryman Gary Hall; 4x100m freestyle, alongside David Edgar, John Murphy & Jerry Heidenreich; 4x200m freestyle, 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 coach James Counsilman was the”hand behind” the victory of his compatriot Spitz.
1972 While America’s elite swimmer Mark Spitz made Olympic history in the Summer Olympics in 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, headed by its star and future famer Sergei Belov. Since 1936, the US squad went undefeated to win the championship championship.
1972 Finishing before the world’s top four runners — one of these were Ethiopia’s Mamo Wolde and Japan’s Kenji Kimihara– Frank Shorter, a golden medal-winning marathoner in the VI Pan American Games in 1971, stunned West Germany by becoming the first American to gain the marathon because John H. Hayes in 1908.
1976 The women’s basketball squad of America earned the Pre-Olympic Cup in 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 in Montreal, Canada.
1976 Surprisingly, with a world record of 49,99 seconds, Jim Montgomery captured the men’s 1oom from the Olympic Swimming Tournament. He achieved his greatest success at Montreal after obtaining a bronze medal in the 100m in the II FINA World Championships at Cali, Colombia (South America), in July 1975.
1976 America’s charismatic athlete Bruce Jenner defeated West Germany’s Guido Kratschmer and Nikolai Avilov in the Soviet Union -winner at Munich’72– to earn the decathlon with 8.618 points. During his brief stayed in Montreal, he was considered as one of the”most popular athletes” by sportswriters and Canadian fans. Upon his triumph, he became the face of the Summer Olympics during 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, in the Russian capital of Moscow–the world’s biggest multi-sport occasion in the 70s.
1980 The world of game was mourning the death of Jesse Owens-who had hundreds of fans outside america.
1980 After shooting the FIBA Seoul World Championship and the William Jones Cup on Taiwan, the women’s basketball side obtained a place at the Moscow Olympics after a historic win over the host nation 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 could not go the USSR.
1980 At the request of President Jimmy Carter,the U.S. Olympic Committee decided to boycott the Moscow Games following a votation, becoming a job against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and then followed by 60 other governments and anti-Soviet rulers –as Albania’s Maoist chairman Enver Hoxha– across the planet. It was a significant blow to America’s Olympian sport.
1980 Ahead of the Moscow Games, the American group were planning 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 at 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 sent five future Olympian champs into the Venezuelan capital of Caracas to compete at the Pan American Boxing Tournament.
1984 The Kremlin and its satellites in the developing world – the likes of Laos and the backed-Soviet Angola– and Eastern Europe decided not to participate in the Los Angeles Games. Likewise, 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 –nations with hard ties to Washington-competed in Los Angeles’84.
1984 Los Angeles (CA) was transformed into an”Olympic heaven” with the famous Olympic Stadium as background. The largest city of America’s western coast, hosted the Summer Games for the second time, regarded as one of the greatest multi-sport events in Olympian history despite an international boycott.
1984 Guyanese-born Innis Jennifer became the first naturalized American to compete in the women’s long jump in the Olympics. As a United States athlete, she was runner-up at the Pan American Games at Indianapolis in late 1987. Jennifer’s athletic career dates from the time when she went abroad 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.
Brisco-Hooks also was the winner of the women’s 400m-she was the first sportswoman to earn these two contests in 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 squad was one of the world’s most high-profile teams, attending each Olympic event from 1984 onwards.
1984 In Los Angeles, Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal in women’s hands, becoming the first US women to do so. Apart from that, she won five 1984 Olympic medals.
1984 Astonishingly, Joan Benoit was the first person to acquire the inaugural women’s marathon in Los Angeles by defeating Grete Waitz of Norway and Rosa Mota of Portugal (both world-class runners).
1984 America’s handball players engaged in women’s tournament– It was the first appearance for the US side on the Olympic stage.
1988 In the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials at Indianapolis, California’s sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, under Bobby Kersee’s watchful eye, reduced the previous world record of 10,76 moments (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 bronze medal. In the last global tournament in Spain, by 1986, the federal team placed first by beating the Soviet Union.
1988 Surprisingly, America’s top swimmer Matt Biondi lost 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 included a silver medal in the 1,600-meter relay. But that was not all. In the medalist’s press conference after his victory in South Korea, she explained:”When you’ve been second-best for so long, you can either accept this, or try to become the best. I made the decision to attempt to be the best in 1988″. As well as being named as the”sportswoman of the year” by sportswriters, sports comentators, along with other specialists in Western Europe and the States, she had been praised in the Communist-controlled newspapers in the Soviet Union. From the end of the year, she obtained the 1988 Sullivan Award.
1992 John Smith, Kevin Jackson, and Bruce Baumgartner were the first American wrestlers to capture 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 city 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 participant Christian Laettner. From the start, the American side was the”big favorite” from the media in Spain. Four years before, the 1988 U.S. Olympic squad-made up of American collegians– claimed third in the Olympiad -its worst result since 1972-previously they had a bad year in 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 time, under Soviet/East German pressure (during Cold War, exactly), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to take professionals at the multi-sport events.
1992 After not qualifying for the 1988 South Korea Games, New Mexico-born Trent Dimas was the first American gymnast to become an Olympian champ throughout 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 defeating James Beckford of Jamaica, Carl Lewis, whose career spanned three years, earned his ninth Olympic gold medal. Due to these trophies, he was considered one of the 20th Century’s greatest athletes. He Started to represent the States from the global matches 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 two editions -Seoul’88 & Barcelona’92. Nonetheless, they placed ninth — the nation’s best result!
1996 The U.S women’s soccer team, one of the most popular squads on the North American continent, won the Olympic Cup at the Atlanta Games, the first time women’s soccer was included in the Summer Olympics. As host nation and medalist in the last worldwide championship in Scandinavia, the U.S. group was the heavy favorite to gain the Olympic competition, well before Norway’s side (the current world champ). Meanwhile, the backbone of America’s undefeated 1996 championship squad, 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 considered the most remarkable wrestler in history of the US Olympic wrestling team.
2000 Baseball history was created from 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, making the gold. At the finals, they defeated Japan in extra innings, 2-1.
2004 The US took first place at 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.
With two golds between 2000 (lightweight) and 2004 (middleweight category), he is the best American taekwondo fighter of all time.
2008 America’s soccer players got their Olympic ticket for men’s tournament in Beijing 2008.
2008 With particular pride, Lopez Lomong –a former refugee during Sudan’s civil war 1983-2005– approved to take the American flag at the four-and-a-half-hour-long opening ceremonies of the Summer Games in Beijing’s National Stadium.
2008 After several disappointing years in which the States repeatedly dropped the big events – 2004 Olympiad, 2006 FIBA World Cup (third ), 2007 Pan American Games (5th place), the national team won the basketball championship.
2008 Maryland-born swimmer Michael Phelps shocked the world by winning eight Olympics golds in Beijing, China’s capital. 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 nation was the subject of considerable media attention and has been the most comprehend face on the planet in 2008. The United States athlete is the most decorated sportsman in Olympian history.
2012 America’s modern democracy and political-economic system has generated a plethora of top-class athletes because 1896 (not as a political propaganda as happened 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 figures. Unlike many countries around the world, its sportsmen and women are lionized by their compatriots. In actuality, they’re Goodwill Ambassadors. At London 2012, the States might send 580 athletes, having strong chances in several sports as athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, women’s football, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. In the last FINA World Aquatics Championships at Shangai, China, for example, the US delegation captured 17 golds with sports celebrities such as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Rebecca Soni, Jessica Hardy and Missy Franklin. Meanwhile, in the 2011 Athletics Global tournament, there were 12 winners from America.
The idea was born much earlier in the Renaissance period, with its great interest in the ancient world. Hence the first Cotswold’Olimpick Games’ were held annually in England from the early 17th century, aside 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 organized its Games in a racecourse in 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 all held on the exact nice summer’s day in July.
The first event was a kind of gymnastics competition, where there were seven competitions. It was won by a student from the old university of Lund. 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, in which 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. As this favoured the first ones to try, lots were drawn to decide the order. However, the hearts of the crowd went out to not the winner, but to a young boy who later shinned up the sterile pole in great style, and they made a collection for him.
The prime mover behind the Helsingborg Games was Gustaf Johan Scharteau, a gymnastics and fencing master at Lund University. 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 competition where people who entered had to compare the early Olympics with medieval tournaments as well as the viability of hammering combat sports.
Scharteau afterwards turned to Stockholm, where similar Olympic events were scheduled for 1843 in the large open area called Gärdet. Unfortunately, they proved to be a dismal failure, not because of a lack of public support, but the reverse. They were too popular! Much more people came than the officials expected or could deal with. Tickets were sold, but there were tens of thousands of gatecrashers and all ended in chaos. Moreover, the winner of this slippery mast-climbing event had only just received his prize when it was snatched from him by one of the spectators, whereupon a new event was added to the program, a wonderful chase after the offender, who turned out to be a 14-year-old boy.
Scharteau did not try to maintain 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 sport has a history which you ought to be aware of before you choose to try it.
Each of the different skaters who have invented moves, the various venues where these moves have been invented, the skaters who gave everything up for the sport are all part of skateboard history.
Skateboarding began with surfing. Surfing on the waves was not 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 that was meant to mimic cross-country ski, more than anything else. This was the predecessor of this three-wheeled scooter skate of the following decade.
The next thing that marked skateboard history was a four-wheeled skateboard, called the skeeter skate. This had removable handles, and was fairly close to 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. This was done by Peter Parken, a surfer in San Diego.
It was in the 1950’s that a form of skateboarding as we know it now made an appearance, and surfers embraced it wholeheartedly.
In the sixties, skateboard history moved a step farther when skateboards were manufactured commercially on a fairly large scale. The skateboards available then included the three-wheelers, as well.
It was only in 1963 that the first professional skateboards were manufactured, They were fabricated by Larry Stevenson and his wife. Skateboarding, though, was still influenced a lot by browsing. The techniques involved, the styles, even the style 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 a bit more extreme, because skater started experimenting in swimming pools. Skateboarding, like any other extreme sport, was viewed as dangerous, but documentaries and movies were made to alter this concept.
By 1975, security gear was developed, which made the world take 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 fire – skateboards.
Drag racing is popular in the United States. Drag racing is a sport in which cars race down a track with a set distance as fast as possible. Drag racing is a form of automobile racing where any two vehicles (most often two cars or bikes ) 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. 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 adolescents 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 street or road, as in”the main drag”; hence”drag racing” is synonymous with road racing. Drag racing vehicles are special in that they are modified to be lighter and stronger than in their standard form. Drag racing became a sanctioned sport back in the 1950’s, and has remained popular ever since.
Cars can run superchargers or nitrous oxide. Cars have improved rapidly though and can now even run 7 second quarter miles. Automobiles in road courses (which must be road legal) would be the only exception to this pre-race ritual, as the grooved tires tend to keep some of the water. Cars built for drag racing may be turbo charged, supercharged, or fitted with nitrous oxide systems. Cars on the low end include the $20,000 Dodge Neon SRT-4, with a 230 horsepower turbocharged engine that can do 0-60 MPH in 5.
Power increases vary depending on the extent of the modifications to the engine. A car 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 still win with a lower elapsed time. There are literally hundreds of different classes in drag racing, each with various requirements and limitations on things like weight, engine size, body style, alterations, and lots of others. The faster categories of drag racing are an impressive spectacle, with engines of more than 5 MW (6700 horsepower) and sound outputs to match (measured at 3. Normally, power increases as the engine RPMs (revolutions per minute) increase, but only up to some point before power starts to taper off.
When the front tires of a car break the first light beam, called the pre-stage beam, the pre-stage light on the Christmas Tree indicates 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 point bulb is lit on the Tree, which indicates the vehicle is ready to race. When both vehicles are fully staged, the starter will activate the Tree, and each driver will focus on the three large amber lights on their side of the Tree. 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 such as the photocells), failing to point, or neglecting a post-run inspection (in NHRA class racing, vehicles usually are weighed and their fuel checked after each run, and a complete engine teardown is completed after an event achievement ).
Drag racing is definitely hard on your car, but to become consistent in your driving, you’ll need to sacrifice some hard-earned cash for tires, repairs and modifications. 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 which makes sense to anybody.
Racing cars began 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. Chicago was the venue for the first auto race in the USA in 1895.
It was the French who dominated the auto racing scene as well as 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 several types of auto racing the most well known being single-seater racing, in which specifically designed cars are used. In these cars, the wheels aren’t covered, and there are aerofoil wings in the front and rear to enhance the grip of the car on the racetrack. These races are held on specially designed closed circuits or on specific road circuits which are closed for the duration of the event.
The top series is the World Rally Championship (WRC), but there also regional championships and many nations have their own national championships. Additionally, there are many smaller, club-level categories of rallies which are popular with amateurs, making up the””grass roots”” of motor sports.
The other sort of single-seater racing is kart racing. In this small but strong go-karts pick up speed fast on the little tracks. So many racing drivers of today started by driving karts as it is the cheapest way to get into auto racing. It has made racing much more accessible. Today, it’s also a fully-fledged global game in its own right.
Touring car racing is a type of road racing that is run with production-derived racecars. The American variant of touring car racing is called stock car racing. In drag racing, mostly popular in america, the objective is to complete a certain distance, traditionally a quarter of a mile, in 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 an opportunity to look at both the classic European-based Formula One competition as well as the Indy series long popular in the united states. Formula One racing has always been on paths that include most of the features of normal motor streets, especially tight bends and moderate slopes, whereas Indy racing was for several years restricted to special race tracks formed in an oval with banked curves at each end. Since 2005, however, Indy racing has increasingly included some events on street and road courses and these have come to predominate with only about one-third of races currently taking place on oval tracks. In this regard, both motor sports seem to have become more alike, but the contrast between Formula One and Indy racing on the oval track remains.
From a European perspective, sport in the USA in general appears to tend to the rapid and spectacular, whereas Europeans, the British especially, take more interest in longer slower competitions with intermittent action. The comparison is perhaps most stark when comparing baseball . So it seems to be with motor racing, with the oval track in the united states allowing constant near all-out rate, and the tight curves and chicanes of Formula One bringing the cars nearly to rest, as, as an instance, at 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 allows several cars to race side-by-side and there’s tons of opportunity for overtaking. With the motorists maintaining almost flat-out speed, the race depends essentially on engine power. It all looks very dangerous, and this no doubt is the heart of its appeal. Crashes, when they happen, often involve a number of vehicles and are sometimes horrendous. Fortunately, with modern security features, fatalities and serious injuries have been considerably reduced and this is an improvement shared by Formula One.
Formula One is less visible to the spectator and the television viewer. Only at the start of the race can all of the cars be viewed together. For the remainder of the race, the cars pass in and out of view in twos, threes and fours. Without a continuous comment it’s impossible to know who is 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 almost always in view, in Formula One the tv cameras seem to ignore the top car and concentrate instead on closely fought battles for fourth place or ninth place in the hope of recording a rare overtaking. For those who want shear spectacle on TV there’s nothing to compare to the oval track.
Don’t be shocked or even surprised if your children start asking you about adopting a chinchilla. If you’re considering a chinchilla adoption, this article may help you be better prepared for your new arrival.
When you and your family decide you’re interested in adopting a chinchilla, spend some time looking at some before you do anything else. Learn how they act, including how they respond when one of you gets near them. Familiarize yourself with these cute 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 believes getting one is a good idea, go ahead and find the specific chinchilla you want to adopt.
Even though chinchillas make great little pets, they won’t be the ideal fit for each family. Some homes just aren’t right for a dog or a cat, and a few homes aren’t right for chinchillas. For one thing, chinchillas won’t thrive in hot weather because of their thick, luxurious coats. Chinchillas become vulnerable to overheating once the temperature reaches around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. And, they are able to have heat stroke once the thermometer goes above 80 degrees or so. If you live in a climate with warm summers and you don’t have air conditioning in your home, you should reconsider choosing a chinchilla as your family’s pet. And, chinchillas are sensitive to high humidity in addition to warm temperatures. A temperature between 50 and 65 degrees is ideal for chinchillas, with a relative humidity which does not grow higher than 50 percent.
Because chinchillas are rather long-lived small critters, a chinchilla adoption means making a lasting devotion.
The prospect of adopting two chinchillas rather than one might not have crossed your mind, but it is actually pretty common. Chinchillas are so easy to care for that it doesn’t matter much whether you embrace one or two. You just need to bear in mind that two chinchillas will require a lot larger cage than a single chinchilla.
Chinchillas instinctively dislike being held, but you can overcome it by giving your pet some love, affection and training. However, will you or one of your family members have enough free time to keep a single chinchilla entertained and happy? If you adopt two chinchillas instead of one, neither one will be lonely while you are busy or away because they will play with each other. Two chinchillas will even give you at least twice the fun as one, because you will have the ability to watch them play. They do not have to be the same color, either.
Whatever you decide about a prospective chinchilla adoption, it should be a decision that is made by your whole family. Your family members understand what their schedules are like, and they’re the only ones who will know how a chinchilla could fit into your life.
There are different rules in regards to sugar glider breeding and they vary with the sort of pet you are planning to handle. When it comes to exotic pets, both breeders and potential owners should know the principles that come with these types of animals. Ignorance of the law can never be an excuse so know your rights and the restrictions before owning or breeding particular pets. Also, be certain that you’re operating or dealing with a reputable and accredited breeder that can provide sugar glider info.
With the increase in the competition, the costs for a glider will gradually decline while potential owners have higher chances of getting deceived by pet stores which are not fully dedicated to this sort of breed. Lighter rules can definitely lower the standards. Without the standards for the transaction for these animals, many people may acquire these pets readily without being given the proper information on the best way best to develop and care them.
As a result, owners do not allot commitment, time, focus and appropriate diet. From a viewpoint of an animal welfare society, this situation can get worse by having increased variety of instances for lost and stray gliders. With not enough shelters to encourage them, ailments and mercy killing can become their fate. The right reasons in owning exotic pets must include contributing to the answers of the issues involved. As always, it is very important to choose a reputable breeder who will provide the ideal sugar glider information. This will be your first step in owning an adorable pocket pet which can become a great member of the family.
The USDA has been strict with the breeding of gliders until the height of the global recession when businesses are given more chances to improvise and endure in their own ways. To help these businesses, the government lightened their needs for breeding licenses. With the new rules, it is now allowed to breed three female gliders with no licenses.
This is in contrary to the older law that requires every breeding action be licensed and permitted with good documentation. It is apparent that sugar glider information is being promoted to meet with the growing demands for exotic gliders. This might be a strategy to lower the burdens of the company sector but this will definitely have an impact not only on the amount of sugar gliders being marketed 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 specific national department before they can operate legally.
Bearded dragons are becoming popular pets, and it is not tough to see why. Babies are really cute, and the adults so calm and placid that even people who say they would never have a reptile at the house are often swayed to change their mind once they’ve have an opportunity to get up close to them.
Many are purchased as pets as an impulse buy – babies are being sold quite cheaply today and are readily available, and although some people do read up and prepare for their new pet, there are still a large number who take one on with little or no advice in any way. Regrettably many staff in pet shops and reptile centres are ignorant as to the proper housing and feeding arrangements resulting in bearded dragons that have a unhealthy and frequently short life.
If you’re tempted to purchase a baby bearded dragon here is some advice to help you to raise a bearded dragon properly.
Bearded Dragons grow Big and Fast
Although you might be taking a look at a baby which is just 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 up to 700 grams. Adults require a vivarium that’s 4ft x 2ft x 2ft in size, and will probably need this by the time they are eight to ten months old. It’s therefore a false economy to purchase a smaller vivarium with the intention to upgrade as it grows larger, and it’s ideal to buy the larger size first. Too many live in vivariums where they cannot turn round properly without slamming their nose on the glass and tail onto the background.
Regardless of the myth 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 few weeks!
To grow at the speed they do means they have big appetites and have to be fed lots and frequently as babies. They are not cheap pets to maintain – a bearded dragon can cost as much as a small dog or cat 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 within their vivarium that mimics their natural environment. Setting up a mini desert in your home is part of the fun of maintaining them. Being cold blooded creatures they thermoregulate – that is, when too hot they should be able to move to a cooler area, and when too cold should be able to proceed to get warm. The vivarium ought to have a basking spot under a heat lamp which reaches a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and the other end’the cool end’ of the vivarium should be no longer than 85 degrees. At night they ought to 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 using a thermostat.
Heat should be supplied by means of a heat lamp – bearded dragons don’t absorb heat from below, and really, cannot feel it. Heat stones and heat mats can easily burn them so should not be used.
Bearded dragons want Exposure to UVB
In the desert they bask under the powerful rays of the sun which offers UVB and assists them synthesize vitamin D3. This is vital as it means they can utilize calcium which is essential to aid their development. 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 is often deadly. Their UVB requirements are the greatest of reptiles kept in captivity. A fluorescent tube running the length of the vivarium ensures that they are exposed to UVB for the whole period that the light in on. The top tubes to use are the Reptisun 10% or Arcadia 12%.
If they’re exposed to UVB for 12 hours at the vivarium they get adequate UVB, but even this is just equal to approximately 20 minutes under the full Australian sun. For that reason hides shouldn’t be provided for bearded dragons as hiding away will reduce their exposure to the beneficial UVB rays.
Babies aren’t accurate feeders and often pick up loose substrate with mouthfuls of food. Kitchen towel is the best substrate for babies as it carries no risk. Don’t use sand until the baby is six months old, and NEVER use woodchip. This is to prevent impaction in the stomach which is usually fatal. Establish the Vivarium Before buying a Bearded Dragon
When you have your vivarium you’ll find the temperatures will fluctuate initially, and you will need time to fool around with the position of the probe to the thermostat before you get the right temperature range. Setting up the vivarium and letting it settle down for about a week before you bring your baby home is the best idea.
Bringing Home a Baby Bearded Dragon
Most infants will travel very comfortably in a small dark box. There is no need for additional heating unless the weather is very 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 might find it eats the first bunch of crickets you eagerly put in the vivarium, and then won’t eat. Many new owners worry about this, but it is only a response to the stress of moving. It takes up to a fortnight for a baby to settle in to a regular eating pattern.
To help it settle in it’s best to resist that impulse to take it out and handle it. Give it two weeks to settle before you pick it up. You can begin getting it used to you by placing your hand in the vivarium when feeding or cleaning it out.
When it’s time to start handling, pick it up by slipping your hand underneath it and scooping it up. In the wild their most important predators are birds, so anything coming at them above scares them.
From time to time your baby will get lines like tiger markings on its belly. These are stress lines, but do not over worry about them. Many things cause momentary stress to a baby, and many are nothing to be worried about. It might be a dark colored coat they suddenly see from the corner of the eye.
In the morning your beardie will be cold and still. It takes about an hour for them to heat up and start moving around which is just as it would be in the desert. Just make sure you let them time to wake up before offering food. Feeding your baby Bearded Dragon
Infants up to the age of 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 could eat in 10 minutes. 1 feed every day should be dusted with calcium to prevent MBD. Finely chopped vegetables or fruit should always be available. When mature your beardie will be 80% vegetarian, so he wants to get used to eating veggies early.
The best livefood is crickets because of the amount they eat. It is possible to feed locusts, but this will work out a lot more expensive, and as soon as they’ve eaten locusts some don’t take to eating crickets against as they are more bitter. Do not feed a staple diet of meal worms as 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 don’t eat dried or frozen food, so you’ll need to get used to feeding livefood.
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Baby bearded dragons seem to relish perplexing and stressing their new owners. Combine a bearded dragon or reptile forum so you can request advice from people who’ve had the very same worries as you and will be able to offer you advice and reassurance.
Raising a reptile which grows so quickly is a terrific experience, and if you guarantee their surroundings and feeding regime is appropriate you’ll have a pet that will live a healthy live in excess of a decade. The first few weeks and months are a vital phase in raising a baby bearded dragon – they aren’t tricky to keep just as long as you take time to understand what they should grow and develop correctly.
Whilst frequently characterised as farm or working animals, a small holding of goats can be extremely rewarding for the owner and is relatively easy provided that some basic rules are followed. A small holding of goats can be an excellent source of milk and meat for the operator and by raising goats yourself you can be confident they were raised in a healthy manner. Goats can also maintain your land 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 whether your main reason for keeping them is milk, milk or fibre, or whether you would like them primarily as pets.
Male goats are known as bucks and the females does. Goats normally live 10 to 12 years, although there have been instances of goats living up to 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 include milk, cheese, meat, mohair, and cashmere.
Goat milk is becoming more popular and a large dairy doe can produce 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of milk annually (On a daily basis 2 to 3 quarts). In most regions the milk will need to be pasteurized if you would like to market it commercially, even though you can drink untreated milk from your own goats. You should be aware 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 claimed to be health benefits when compared to other red meats and chicken. If you wish to sell the meat you will need to obey the rules a tiny commercial chip 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 have also been prized for three kinds of fibre, mohair, cashmere and cashgora.
A dry draft free building is suggested which will protect them from the elements and offers sufficient protection against rodents and other predators. Rodents could introduce disease in addition to eating and fouling food and water supplies. With regard to dimensions there ought to 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 space. If the hens are housed in a group in exactly the same place a minimum of two sq. m. per goat has to be provided, even greater than this minimum is recommended if conflict is to be avoided. Horned and disbudded or hornless goats should be written 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 plant such as pasture, they will need access to good quality hay. Legume hays contain more minerals, vitamins and nutrients, although as with other hays the quality can vary dependent on the harvesting, storage and preparation.
There are a number of illnesses that could affect a goat in a chronic and curable form. Some of the illnesses can be passed to humans and other animals while some illnesses are particular to goats. Two illnesses that may bring sudden death to a goat are coccidiosis and pneumonia. Of most concern to breeders and producers are parasites and worms. A goat that’s ridden with parasites and worms and left untreated will probably suffer a rapid decline in health, production and frequently lead to death.
Let me tell you, home canning takes a lot of work. However, the rewards that come with it make all the work well worth the effort. For mepersonally, I like to experiment with unusual recipes. When I started canning it was not entirely for the conventional jams and jellies you can find just about everywhere. When I found recipes which comprised sexy and spicy elements I figured I’d found the perfect market to work with. I was not disappointed.
But before I began to do any home canning I needed to decide what canning method to use. In any case, the recipes I chose weren’t the kind that required a pressure canner.
Water Bath Canning In a Nutshell
In a word, for me, canning with a boiling water bath is easy. Even if I didn’t have a genuine canner I could use a large stock pot with a rack at the bottom to put jars. The only specialized equipment I would need is jars, lids and screw tops. The science involved is all about boiling water and the length of time the water is boiling.
Also, acidic foods, which I conserve, are secure to process in a bath of boiling water. This includes fruit, pickles, sugar preserves and tomato-based salsas since the acid content of these items – and the heat created 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 have the jam, jelly or salsa cooking. In still another pot of boiling water I have the sealing lids. I remove 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 twist top (just finger tight). Once time is reached (time varies with recipes and elevation) I removed the jar and put it on a countertop to cool.
Pressure Canning In a Nutshell
Quite honestly, I can not bring myself to use a pressure canner. I’m sure I’m not the only man with a childhood canning story that begins with the sentence,”One day when my mom was having a pressure cooker…” and recounts an incident where there was an explosion of some sort. Stories involving pressure canners in home canning accidents frees me away from even considering that as a canning option. The thing to note here is that’s my experience.
Canning under stress is the only way to conserve many things – usually non-acidic foods. The cause of this is that the heat produced by the steam in the pressure canner will be much higher in temperature than boiling water which safely processes these foods. Typically vegetables canned in water or a salt water mixture and animal products (fish, for instance ) should be pressure canned.
Why Home Canning Requires Heat
When canning is done properly, there’s nothing to worry about. When it isn’t a lot of bad things can happen. For me, the worse thing I have encountered is jams or jellies that didn’t set properly. As far as I am concerned, these batches are failures. The more serious consequences from improper canning would be the potential of bacteria growth, especially botulism.
Boiling water kills botulism germs but spores can bear that warmth. There are two ways to get rid of them in canning.
The Only Sound I Wish to Hear
I find it quite satisfying to complete a mini batch or a number of batches of merchandise available and am careful to follow the directions 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. What works for my Hellish Relish may not work for my Vegetable Salsa so I am a stickler for not messing around with the details. There really is no shortcut to safely canning products at home.
I buy the vast majority of my produce ingredients fresh and utilize many that are locally-grown in the area where we live. In a way it allows me to celebrate the great growers and the crops they produce for us. Additionally, it is become 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.