Archive for April, 2010

Sports Pool. Swimming Pool on Steroids

April 29th, 2010

Swimming pool on steroids. Ok, Ok…that’s somewhat of an exaggeration! But there is just so much fun and sillyness to be had when you have your own sports pool.

There’s really many names that come to mind when thinking of this kind of pool. Some call it a sports poo, a play pool, ‘fun in the sun’ pool, volleyball pool, or just plain swimming pool.

But what makes this type of pool unique?

Well, whatever you decide to call it, a sports pool is a great choice for an active family. There’s usually plenty to do for everyone and they are relatively safer than most typical swimming pools.

A sports pool is usually no deeper than five feet. The two ends of the pool are shallow enough to stand waist deep in with the deepest part being in the middle, this makes it ideal to play in since no one will have the unfair “on the tip of my toes”, or “I can’t swim” disadvantage.

Some of the most popular uses for a sports pool include water games such as volleyball, basketball, water polo, and the infamous “Marco!….Polo!”.

You can also use your pool as an exercise pool (wataerobics) and to swim laps. That is an excellent way to get your cardiovascular system up and running.

There are also many accessories that go very well with a sports pool, for example, a water slide can be added for some “extra fun”. Typically, the middle of a sports swimming pool will be the deepest, therefore, it would the ideal spot to land from the water slide. All you have to do is sit back and watch the smiles abound.

There are virtually endless possiblities with a sports pool, I mean, play, wait…’fun in the sun’ pool. Well, whatever, just get a sports pool and have a blast!

By: Freddy Rodriguez

Cuba – Olympic Sport And Dictatorship

April 28th, 2010

Like Park Chung-hee (Asia/South Korea: 1962-79) and Idi Amin Dada (Africa/Uganda: 1971-79), Fidel Castro is a sports fanatic and enjoys watching all types of Olympic sports. Fidel Castro has visited the national team’s training camps, sports schools, National Schools Games and spent time with the students-athletes and Olympic players. Since 1990, the Cuban dictatorship has spent more than $80 million per year into Olympic sport. However, Cuba is not an Olympic paradise. Cuba’s modern sporting history has been marked by sporting defections.

Every dictatorship has a style of its own. Leonidas Rafael Trujillo had one: Dominican music. Francois Duvalier had one: Haitian culture. Kim Jong Il has one: the cinematography. He likes films as “Gone with the Wind”, a famous film American. The dictator of North Korea wrote an essay “On the Art of Cinema”.

The Idi Amin Dada regimewas notorious for torturing political prisoners, forbidding dissent and free speech. Under the dictatorship of Idi Amin Dada, about 350,000 people were killed. But he loves Olympic sports like Fidel Castro Ruz. During 1970s he had become an outspoken champion of sport in the Third World. I remembered that the Ugandan team won two gold, four silver and three bronze medals during the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in 1974. Overall Ugandan team ranked tenth, before Wales, Trinidad Tobago, Tanzania and Jamaica.

Fidel Castro once said: “What has Cuba’s role been in the Olympic Games? What has it achieved? What has been the fruit of our efforts to promote healthy clean sports? At the 1972 Olympics, we finished 14th among 122 countries. At the Montreal Olympics in 1976–Juantorena remembers this well, and so do we–we finished 8th among 88 participating countries. In 1980, in Moscow we finished 4th among 81 countries; in 1992, in Spain we finished 5th among 169 countries; and in Atlanta, in 1996 we finished 8th among 197 countries. Could anyone refuse these figures”. But under one of the world’s oldest surviving dictatorships, the sport has become a useful way for women and men to access to freedom.

Certainly, Cuban sport is a story of both frustration and miracles. The Cuban government reacted with increduly when in 1980 Roberto Urrutia, a weightlifter, unexpectedly announced his decision to seek asylum in the United States. At the age 14 Urrutia made weightlifting high top priority, and ten months later he established national records. Urrutia entered the 1975 Pan American Championship at the age of 18 and won gold medals for Cuba. In December, in Matanzas, he become the first Latin American weightlifter to obtain a World record. In 1976 he finally realized his dream of competing in the Olympics. Like Alberto Juantorena (track and field), Teofilo Stevenson (boxing) and Mireya Luis Hernandez (volleyball), Roberto Urrutia Hernandez, former member of Youth Communist Union, was a symbol of the Cuban Revolution. Roberto, was born on December 12, 1956, in La Havana, won 3 gold medals at the 1978 Weightlifting World Championships and ended world Soviet’s-year domination of international weightlifting. Certainly, he was voted Hero of the Year by Prensa Latina. Before the Moscow Olympic Games, Roberto Urrutia defected to the United States via Mexico.

In the past few years, we have seen a number of events take place: Taimaris Aguero, a player, came to seek freedom in Italy; Odelin Molina, an outstanding footballer from La Havana sought political asylum in the United States; and Dulce Tellez, a sportswoman, came to San Juan de Puerto Rico.

Aguero, who at 1,77, was considered one of the best female athletes in the Americas, at the age of 16 she become the youngest person ever to be a member of Cuban Team. During the 1993 World Junior Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aguero finished first in the competition for best setter. When Tanya Ortyz, setter from 1987 to 1995, announced her intention to retire at the end of 1995, Aguero was considered a leading candidate for the post. Therefore, she was keywoman when Cuba finished first at the 1998 World Championship. In 2000 Aguero helped the Cuban team reach victory at the Olympic Games. If not the greatest setter ever, she is certainly the most celebrated in volleyball history. Nowadays Taimaris Aguero is one of the most remembered and dearest sportswomen by Cubans. Behind baseball, volleyball is the most popular sport in Cuba.

Dulce Tellez was named best player in the 2006 Pan American Championships in Puerto Rico. Under her leadership Cuba won the bronze medal in volleyball in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She left Cuba in July 2006–three months before the World Championships in Tokyo. Before the 2006 World Championships, Cuba was ranked 3rd in the world. Now it is ranked 7th. Meanwhile, Odelin Molina, was born on August, 1974, in La Havana, was one of Cuba’s best footballer and played the 1991 World Championship Under-16 in Italy. In 1995 he defected to the United States, where he lives now.


1. Abvin S

Sports Recruiting

April 27th, 2010

Sports recruiting deals a lot with college sports camps, scholarships relocations, and professional level playing in a particular sport. Sports recruiter personnel and agencies have dedicated, secure, and easy to access homepages that make available sufficient information on academic and athletic requirements and scholarships. These web sites also offer promotional management to athletes, teams and sports organizations. Some sports recruiting web sites are comprised of testimonials, a description of the service, and FAQs.

There are sports recruiting agencies that provide resume services to high school athletes who want to submit applications for athletic college scholarships. Many sports recruiting websites and agencies provide model profiles, message forums, and recommendations from athletes and coaches. Several sports recruiting agencies also offer online registration for scholarships and jobs.

Sports recruiting also involves direct promotion of student athletes to college sports programs. There are a number of sports recruiting agencies that allow the users to search for prospective coaches or athletes, free of cost on their web sites.

Many sports recruitment agencies have the experience of both sports and recruitment, and, hence, they are ideal to offer advice and help with career development in sports. These sports recruiting agencies also have an increasing database of candidates and they can provide their clients with a swift response to any vacancy. They have the ability to locate candidates for specific requirements, through their long established network in sports or through strategic advertising.

Individuals with the ability to meet the demands of the modern sport arena are in short supply. Sport-recruiting agencies are a very good option, as they can take on specific assignments and support organizational needs in a flexible and cost-effective manner.

By: Peter Emerson