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6 Outstanding Websites for Athletes To Improve Their Game

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6 Outstanding Websites for Athletes To Improve Their Game

The Internet has already made a major impact on the way we learn today. However, this impact is modest compared to what awaits us in the coming years especially in education. Information technologies have changed our patterns of work and leisure.

What about sports? There are roughly 600 million competitive athletes and coaches worldwide and every one of them wants to get better and help their team win. Well, now you can learn and improve your skill regardless of where you live via the power of the information super highway

These are the best instructional sport sites you have to visit to help you win more games next season.

  1. CoachTube

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    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could learn from the greatest coaches in the world instantly from any device? Well, now you can. Just launched last year, CoachTube has become the go-to platform to power the very best coaches instructional training by providing them everything they need to coach online.

    It has hundreds of free courses along with hundreds of premium courses you can purchase and have a lifetime access too. CoachTube is not a platform solely for coaches to share their insights. Former athletes who also have an abundance of advice for current and aspiring athletes use the platform.

    1. Jr. NBA

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      The NBA website has some of the biggest names in basketball teaching basketball skills and drills. The is the official site of the National Basketball Association.

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      It includes news, features, multimedia, player profiles, chat transcripts, schedules and statistics. While yes, this is only one sport , it is a great resource to get started learning some of the basics from current NBA players.

      1. PlaySportsTV

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        If you have ever been a volunteer youth coach you probably are already aware of PlaysportsTV. This site is focused on helping the 6 million volunteer youth coaches with over 3500 instructional videos.

        This site is a youth coaches secret weapon to win more games and make a great impact on the youth they are coaching. PlaysportsTV online youth sports training is designed to make learning how to play sports easy and fun.

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        1. Glazier Vault

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          If you are a professional coach you have heard of Glazier Clinics, known for their high-quality clinic where you can hear some of the best coaches share their wisdom.

          Well, now they have a site in which you can access great training at home if you are a coach and want to have a better record next year. Glazier Clinics feature drills, coaching topics and speakers for every level coach.

          1. About.com

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            In the online world, About.com stands as the jack of all trades with the knowledge that influences every day’s lives of the online community.  Your sports team will never fall short of valuable tips and tricks with some of the great articles on About.

            With expert content that helps users answer questions, solve problems, learn something new or find inspiration you are sure to always be on top of your game

            1. YouTube

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              Created in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

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              Forget the viral music videos, pranks, and fail videos you are accustomed to on YouTube. The site offers a wider range of sports lessons clips from virtually every sporting. YouTube has some excellent instructional clips as long as you don’t mind the barrage of advertising and have the time to scour to find the good ones. Several channels offer guidance on sports on the site and you only need to search one representing your sports team interests.

              Featured photo credit: athleticadminonline.ohio.edu via athleticadminonline.ohio.edu

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              How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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              How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

              Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

              Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

              The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

              Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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              Program Your Own Algorithms

              Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

              Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

              By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

              How to Form a Ritual

              I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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              Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

              1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
              2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
              3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
              4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

              Ways to Use a Ritual

              Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

              1. Waking Up

              Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

              2. Web Usage

              How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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              3. Reading

              How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

              4. Friendliness

              Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

              5. Working

              One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

              6. Going to the gym

              If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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              7. Exercise

              Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

              8. Sleeping

              Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

              8. Weekly Reviews

              The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

              Final Thoughts

              We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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