Men’s Grooming Tips Before Playing Softball

Are you a softball enthusiast and you play the sport as well? You probably are aware on how this sport is being more and more popular to men nowadays and you want to be part of this particular manly fad going on.

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You have probably considered a lot of tips when it comes to playing softball as to how to handle playing ball the right way and of all of the techniques and the playing strategies available out there, but have you ever considered looking better in front of the public while playing softball? Although, we know that this is an outdoor activity that does not require grooming at all, but if you want to look your best before playing at a softball game, you should take note of the various mens grooming tips that help.

You don’t really have to set aside grooming when you are an athlete. Keep in mind that you are also facing people in the public and you definitely want your softball fans to see you at your best. One of the best grooming tips that you can start with is grooming your facial hair.

Your facial hair is one of the most noticeable things that people will look at when you go out the playing field to hit your first ball. To make that first good impression, you can at least start with trimming or making your beard or mustache look more presentable in public. Take note that this includes having to trim down unnecessary hair that can affect your playing performance in the field.

Long beards and mustache should be trimmed at all times. You don’t really have to go to a parlor to have this don, you can perform some do-it-yourself steps in trimming excess facial hair through using a beard trimmer. If you want a different image and you opt to have a clean face, you can use the same trimmer to shave off that beard or mustache safely.

Aside from trimming and shaving facial hair, you should as well keep in mind that overall cleanliness should be considered before playing softball. You should as well consider personal hygiene, the usual. And don’t forget to keep your body clean before and after playing softball.

Some may say that men are supposed to be dirty especially when they are athletes, but this doesn’t always have to apply to everybody. If you can make yourself standout from all the softball players on your team because you don’t only look handsome but you appear to look clean every time you appear in the public. Who knows, you may even gain that first good impression that can lead you to obtain a good reputation.

 

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Why Baseball is Important to America

Baseball in America

Wars and depression cannot stop major league baseball at all. It seems that only the major league baseball itself can stop this. Baseball is heralded as America’s national pastime and there is a good reason behind this. All it requires is a bat (click here for baseball bat reviews), a ball and a glove. Compared to other sports the equipment is pretty minimal.

This democratic game can be played by people of average weight and height unlike other sports like basketball and football. That’s probably why baseball became important in America. It allows people of all sizes to play it, unlike basketball or football, which needs you to have some form of advantage like height and muscularity. Is that all of it? There’s more than that and it’s a great story.

The Origins of Baseball

 

Baseball originated before the American Civil war. That was around 1860s and people often play it in vacant lots. The game was fine-tuned to incorporate skills and mental judgment that made cricket respectable in England. What made the game intense was the existence of record keeping and scoring. We can imagine today that baseball without records is unimaginable.

The professional league was born in 1871 and by the start of the twentieth century; professional baseball teams are common among large cities of the Eastern United States. The teams were isolated into two leagues, the National and American; amid the normal season, a team played just against different teams inside its league. The most triumphant group in each league was said to have won the “pennant;” the two pennant victors met after the end of the customary season in the World Series. The champ of no less than four games (out of a conceivable seven) was the champion for that year. This arrangement still holds today, in spite of the fact that the leagues are currently subdivided and pennants are chosen in post-season playoff series between the champs of every division.

Baseball has since been developed into t-ball, softball and fast pitch. Great games in their own right.

Professional Baseball League

Baseball grew up in the 1920s, when Babe Ruth (1895-1948) headed the New York Yankees to a several World Series titles and turned into a national hero on the strength of his home runs (balls that can’t be played on the grounds that they have been hit out of the field). Throughout the decades, each group has had its incredible players. A standout amongst the most critical was the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), a skilled and gutsy player who became the first African-American player in the major leagues in 1947. (Before Robinson, black players had been confined to the Negro League.)

That event is probably one of the main reasons why baseball became important in America. It fueled the elimination of racism and black and white players can now be in one league.

Baseball in other Countries

It’s for the most part concurred that baseball was presented in Japan by an American teacher in the 1870s and from that point until the 1930s, the university baseball leagues overwhelmed Japanese baseball. Professional Japanese baseball started in the 1930s with the formation of the Japan Professional Baseball League. In the 1990s a Japanese player, Hideo Nomo, turned into a star pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Discover More About Softball and Why People Love It

softball glovesAre you one of those softball fanatics who can’t just get over discovering what this sport can offer? There are a lot of people who find themselves amazed with what softball players can do that they get enthusiastic about sport as well. If you are a beginner at this and you want to know more about softball, here are some of those things that you need to know.

The History

In America, softball is one of those innovative type of sports that people enjoy to watch and entertain themselves with. It is somewhat related to baseball but is played differently. George Hancock was the inventor of softball and this started out to become a craze in Chicago.

Softball is more known as an indoor version of baseball. Some time in the late 1800’s the sport became an outdoor game and was then played in Minneapolis. Aside from the US, another country that found the love of softball is Canada. The first softball league outside America was then organized efficiently in Toronto, Canada. From then various softball organizations were put up in the country. At the game, though times were more lax, the players from out of the country would have needed a lawyer for their travel purposes while dealing with immigration issues (or the Ministry of the Interior, at the time).

The Benefits

If you are a softball enthusiast, you probably will be asking yourself what makes you want to engage in this kind of sport or what benefits can you get from it. Well, the first thing that you may think about when it comes to the benefits that softball can offer is having a healthy lifestyle.

You can join various softball organizations that will not only help you understand what softball really is, but will as well allow you to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle just like a real athlete.

Aside from enhancing your physical abilities with this sport, you can also gain mental health by learning various techniques and strategies in playing the sport. It even allows you to socialize with people who have the same interest as yours and enhance your social abilities. These benefits are the reasons why people just love softball that much.

If you live in either Canada, US or you are from overseas and migrating, you can definitely enjoy softball in any way you want. Either if you are a fanatic or a softball player yourself, your contribution to this type of sport matters. You can find various organizations that deals with leagues and builds teams of softball players to keep the softball spirit going. You can also enjoy watching tournaments, events, related games and participate in various competitions related to softball.

There is nothing more exciting than being able to reach out to people who love the same sport that you adore. This is your chance to do what you have always wanted.

 

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Bringing your dog to the ball game but don’t want him to run onto the diamond?

Softball games are great events to bring the whole family out to. It’s outdoors, there’s lots of people, and the energy is high. You can easily make a great day out of it. But what about your dog? They love being outdoors just as much as you do (probably more so), yet they’re pent up inside the house all alone while your family goes out for a great time! Though it is common, we like to encourage pets to come with the families to the cities softball games. Unfortunately we’ve run into some problems in the past where dogs have gone running into the diamond and disrupted the game. We definitely don’t want anyone to get hurt!

If you’re worried about this, but would love to include your dog in the day’s events, there are a few things you can try to encourage them to stay nearby!

One option is to have them tied to a nearby gate or fence pole (not one that surrounds the diamond though). This will keep them near you while you watch the game and interact with other families during the day. All you have to do is use their leash and collar to keep them secure while giving them an appropriate enough amount of slack so they can still move around a bit and lay down comfortably.

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If you like your dog to have a bit more freedom, a great option is using a wireless dog fence. You can set up a perimeter around where you will allow them to roam free, while trusting that they will not escape, run away, or disturb other families and players. There are different brands and models of these products out there that offer different sized fences (perimeter), as well as models that deter from an area rather than keep your dog away from certain things. The best option for the ball park is definitely the perimeter fence though. If you’re in a good, open area out of the way of the game, you can set up as big of a perimeter as you want!

It’s very important to us that all communities in Philadelphia and visitors feel welcome, and we want to offer as many non-exclusive activities as we can. That means all ages family events that are dog friendly! One thing we offer as well as encourage, is for families to ensure their dog is well hydrated and fed. At most of our events you will find water for purchase, or someone kind enough to fill a bowl for your dog. Shade is just as important as well! Your dog can’t sweat as easily as we do, so they have a higher chance of over heating. Bring an umbrella, tent, or something you can put up to block the sun on those hot days.

We hope to see you and your dogs this summer! Each game is a great event within itself and we would hate for anyone to miss them.


Build Explosive Home Run Hitting Strength

Raw Power

Being the guy who hits all the jacks is where it’s at. After all chicks dig the long ball, chicks don’t dig the through the hole single. That isn’t sexy, that’s not what we want to be doing.

So with that in mind I decided to put together a workout routine to give myself a shot at hitting the long ball this season. The first thing I did was hire a trainer you can read about that post here.

My trainer put me onto Barry Bonds off season workout routine. In other words, juice. Okay only kidding – he does a pretty standard split.

Monday: Chest & Bicep

Tuesday: Leg Day

Wednesday: Back and Abs

Thursday: Shoulders and Triceps

Friday : Leg Day

You’ll notice he does legs twice a week and takes Saturday and Sunday off from weight training. He spends those days working on flexibility. He uses a combination of tools such as massage rollers, yoga straps, yoga blocks and different fitness regimes. The truth is if you want to build strength you need to be focusing on your legs. Functional movement, compound movement and resistance band explosive training is the ticket to building up that home run power.

Functional Movement

What exactly do I mean by functional movement? Picture a guy doing bicep curls in front of the gym mirror – you don’t want to be that guy. Now picture a guy doing a variety of exercises including TRX work (if you’re not familiar with a TRX it’s time to get familiar), squats, lunges, slams etc. That’s the guy you want to be.

A lot of guys confuse “functional movement” with crossfit. I’ve never done crossfit in my life and I don’t intend to do it. The entire culture of crossfit is something else. Functional movement consists of movements which help you perform in sports and every day life. They strengthen not only the muscles you think you ought to work out, such as your biceps and triceps but also all of the tiny stabilizing muscles that you may not know you should work out, but really should work out. Functional movement also helps improve your ability to move and your overall flexibility.

The best tip I got from my trainer was focus on your flexibility, when you’re all locked up you lose power. You never correlate the two, flexibility and power but man I’ve noticed a huge difference. Think of a coil, the more you “wind it up” the more energy it releases. Your body works in the same way, if you have a bigger range of motion you’re going to be able to produce more energy. Simple yet powerful stuff.

I’m looking forward to baseball season, to see if all the work I put in i going to pay dividends (after all, chicks dig the long ball).

 


Get In Shape For The Baseball Season

Baseball Drills

With College and Highschool baseball right around the corner there isn’t a better time to get in shape. Let’ face it, if you plan on hitting dingers come game time you’re going to have start working on your physical strength during the off-season.

Curtis Granderson talks about how his in-season stats improved because of his off-season approach. Swimming, cardio training, strength training and other conditioning drills to his off-season workout plan. So what can you do as a minor league player to help improve all aspects of your game? We chatted with the head trainer at Thrive Fitness, Mike who works with a minor league team about what types of drills he puts them through.

Q. What is the single most important thing a young baseball player can do in the off-season?

A: I’ve always been a believer in the idea that kids, particularly young kids should play a ton of different sports. I know at an elite level coaches are concerned that there shortstop might get hurt playing baseball. While it’s a fair concern, I think what we’re doing is taking opportunities for a quality athlete to learn other skill sets. For instance, as a kid I played a lot of hockey and baseball. Playing hockey got me in shape like baseball would have never. Not to mention it greatly improved my hand eye.

Q. What types of training do you recommend in the off-season?

A. As I mentioned above, I think playing any other sport is great training. However, if you’re in between seasons or you’re strictly focusing on ball the next I would recommend is movement drills. Basically, the majority of us lack the mobility that we should naturally have. Without it, you’re almost certain to get injured or suffer some kind of set back. Not to mention it allows us as athletes to become way more explosive. If you don’t have the full range of movement in your hips you’re not going to be able to drive through the ball like you should be able to. You won’t have as an explosive first step, etc.

After that work on functional strength. I don’t encourage my guys to sit under a bar and press 300lbs. Rather we suggest they train in a fashion that is conducive to athletic sports. Working on athletic movements.

Q. What do you mean by learning how to move?

A. Basically one of my specialties is teaching functional movement systems. We take the athlete or individual through a series of assessments and as a result we’re able to judge what they need to work on. Sometimes they need physical therapy or other specialists in order to fix a nagging issue they may not even have known existed. It’s really powerful stuff and all of our athletes rave about how much it improved their game.


MPASA Sports Day Event!

We’re happy to announce that we will hosting a Sports Day this summer! It will be held at one of the main diamonds in Philadelphia. We’re just in the process of working out all the details, but we couldn’t wait to spread the news! This is going to be a huge event for everyone and a great opportunity for the whole city to take part in.

Okay, maybe not on a scale like this!

We will be catering to families and children/teens mainly, but we’re going to make sure that parents and adults have some thing to do too! There’s going to be all sorts of activities to get involved in. We will have a bouncy castle and inflatable maze, face painting and kid’s races for the younger ones. As well as batting cages, obstacle courses, three legged races, and small games of softball for the older kids, including so much more! We will be offering cold water, lemonade, iced tea, sports drinks (and coffee for the early birds!) to keep you all hydrated and healthy throughout the day! Concession stands will be placed in a few areas around the field for easy access to some snacks and food such as hot dogs, veggies/dip, chips, hamburgers, iced cream, snow cones and more. We will be offering healthy options at the concession stands thanks to our local nature markets, as well as the staples as was mentioned before! This Sports Day is going to be fantastic day for everyone, we hope you can make it!

By hosting this day, we hope that we can spark an interest in youngsters’ lives to an active lifestyle. If they see how much fun they can have while just hanging out with their friends and families, they will be more inclined to spend their free time outside or active instead of glued to the TV screen (figuratively, of course). While we are a softball oriented organization, if we can interest kids in any sport, we consider it a win. We will have different booths and stations set up around the field for information and registration in softball for those who wish to start up with one of our teams. We have casual beginner teams as well as tournament teams which hold try-outs and are a little more competitive. There will also be stations with representatives from other sports teams and organizations in the area if anyone may interested in those.

Our main objective is to spread awareness of the importance of being active and healthy. If you start young, there’s a way higher chance that it will be a habit throughout your life. We will have lots of information and stations on healthy living, including healthy diet stations and general information.

We believe that making a difference in the lives of those today will influence the decisions we all make in the future, therefore bettering the lives of ourselves and those around us. We will be updating the information on the where and when very shortly so stay tuned! We hope to see you there!

 

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What are the real benefits of softball?

benefits of softballBeing active in general is something everyone should do. Whether you participate in a sport, go swimming, work out at the gym, or go for a run every day, it’s part of a healthy lifestyle and leads to a better quality of life. We run an organization that focuses on softball, and we couldn’t think of anything else we’d rather be a part of.

There are so many benefits of this sport that we think everyone should take advantage of. First and foremost, the exercise you get from playing one game is more than you think. You’re running, swinging, throwing, all while basically just having fun and focusing on the game, When you are thinking about working out, it can be a bit daunting and hard to get motivated. That’s why sports are such a great way to get you and your kids active. You use every part of your body while playing softball, making it such a great sport. Something else we try to encourage in our teams is healthy, balanced eating. If you eat greasy, fatty, or sugary foods, it can only decrease your energy level and lower the amount of fun you can have during practice or games. Everyone that is eating healthy in out Philadelphia teams have told us how amazing they feel during and after playing. They aren’t as tired, weak and exhausted as they used to be, as well as just having more energy while playing and being able to perform better! This has come from teens as well as parents of younger kids, and we think the combination of softball and healthy eating makes for a great, healthy child.

Along with physical health, mental health is a big part of what we focus on with the sport. Being socially active is just as important as physical activity. Having somewhere to go outside of school, where groups and cliques can be harder to socialize with, we offer a place where similar people can connect, as well as a place for new faces to be accepted and included. Since we have all sorts of events and days where lots of the teams come together, kids can make friends on and off their own team which helps in a feeling of unity and lets them explore their own social abilities. If they are just stuck with the same dozen people all the time, it can really limit who they meet and the exposure to other types of kids. Softball is so wonderful for bringing kids together and creating the best of friends.

We do our very best to bring everyone together and create such a positive, active, and inclusive community. We’ve noticed that the energy of everyone involved skyrockets when we bring them all together. Having positive energy to be around can make a huge difference in someones life, allowing them to see the lighter side of things and embrace the positive of life. If you’re thinking of enrolling your child or teen in a sport around Philadelphia, we believe softball to be one of the very best options you can choose!