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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gulf Coast Softball - Where can you play?

As adults want to become more active while also being social, one would wonder what options are out there. We decided to do a search for the most popular sport amongst adults, Softball, and where one can play.

Why is softball the most popular? 

Simple, it is a sport for both men and women. There are all men's leagues, all women's leagues, and co-ed or mixed leagues. 

Even with it's popularity, why does it appear there are no places for adult sports much less adult softball? 

Main reason is that even with today's technology most parks and leagues do not have a website or any kind of web presence. The only way to find most of these leagues is to know someone already involved in one. Now as I mention this I am only talking about the Gulf Coast region from Lake Charles, LA to Panama City, FL. If you search for softball leagues in say Michigan or other areas up north you will find a great deal of information. 

We don't know if it is due to budget, laziness, complacency, or some other reason that softball complexes and leagues along the Gulf Coast do not have a stronger web presence, but it needs to change. Think about it this way. If you are new to an area ad want to find things to get involved in what is the first thing you would do to find it? Search the internet right? Of course you would. 

We found nine, only nine in the entire region. We know of more than that from traveling throughout the area. We have seen, been to or at least heard of twice that many along the Gulf Coast. We will mention a few of those later, but here are the ones we found. 

Listed from West to East:
Now that we have listed the only nine we have found be searching the internet, we also know of Adult leagues and Sports complexes in Lafayette, LA - Slidell, LA - Bay St. Louis, MS - Gulfport, MS - Biloxi, MS - Mobile, AL - and Gulf Shores, AL. Most have an affiliation with the USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) and you can find leagues through them. The three biggest not found via search we knew where and how to find them. 

Acadiana Sports Leagues - Located in Lafayette, LA
Gulf Shores Sportsplex - Located in Gulf Shores, AL
Gulfport Sportsplex - Located in Gulfport, MS

We found the best way to find whats in your area was to actually search for softball fields using Google Maps. Although this worked on finding field locations, not all fields or complexes had any kind of contact information. However this would allow you to know where they are located and you can swing by to inquire if they have adult leagues. 

We do hope this has been very helpful to you. If you know of any other softball leagues or complexes please leave comments so others can know as well. 

Once you have found a league the next thing is to get the right equipment. We will do another article on that at a later date. Until then feel free to browse our Sports Store

Monday, September 15, 2014

Golf Course Review - Farm d'Allie - LA

Today's review comes from Carencro, a small town just north of Lafayette, LA with a litle known hidden gem called Farm d'Allie Golf Club.

Having heard good things of Farm d'Allie about their course layout and conditions we wanted to see for ourselves. We got our perfect opportunity as they just re-opened labor day after completing a construction project that included new greens.  

Once arriving at the course and seeing what looks to be a temporary clubhouse, you wonder if you are at the right place. Yes you are. Although it appears to be temporary they have all the necessities for a round of golf. There is a full service pro shop, bar and grill, restrooms, and even a second snack house, they call the Farm House, out by the driving range.

The friendly staff at Farm d'Allie truly shows what Southern Louisiana Charm is all about. From the moment we were greeted to the moment we left, the staff did a wonderful job of making us feel welcome and like family. Farm d'Allie is also one of the very few golf courses not only in the state of Louisiana but also along the entire golf coast to have a LPGA Member Class A Professional. 

The golf course has a full driving range and separate teaching area along with a large practice putting green. The only thing we didn't like about the practice areas was the layout of where they were situated. The driving range is placed nicely close to both the first and tenth tee's making it easy to warm up then proceed to the starting tee. There is even a very nice short game area next to the driving range where you can work on bunker shots and short wedge shots up to about 50 yards. The practice green however is by the clubhouse. From the driving range it is past the tenth tee behind the eighteenth and ninth greens in an area that could be next to where a permanent clubhouse might be built in the future. If the routing of the golf course was to change and the tenth hole becomes the first hole this could be fine in the future, but the way it is now is somewhat a issue when it comes to warming up before a round of golf. If you are like us and hit balls first then proceed to the practice green then to the first tee the walk from the range to the practice green and then backtracking to the first tee is not ideal, especially when you have to stop for groups teeing off on ten. 

All in all the practice facilities serve their purpose and it is a good start before your round. 

The course itself did not disappoint. Although we found the routing to be a bit strange for a few holes, each individual hole has it's own character with a good mix of yardages for each one. The course starts and ends with par five's which can make it fun for the group that has a little something extra on the line or for the opportunity to start and finish well. We particularly found the par three's to be a delight, with not one playing the same yardage the entire day. One par three in-particular was fun with a very unique design. You will know which one when you go play there. 

Our only concern with the golf course came with the conditions. One we found the fairways to be cut very long. The ball sat up so high that it was like hitting out of a first cut of rough form other golf courses. They were still beautiful and we believe this was a result from the recent rains that soaked the area or form over fertilizing. The longer grass results in less spin on the ball, even when hitting an approach with a wedge, that made it very difficult hitting into new, firm greens. Our other concern is in the greens themselves. The greens rolled great and true all day, but for some reason there were a few greens that looked like they are already struggling or dying in some areas. For a course that has only been back open for a few weeks with new grass we do not see why this would happen. One green was really bad and had sand on almost one quarter of it. (note: this did not affect the pin location or play-ability of the green in any way). It is our understanding that the small areas we saw are similar to what caused the course to close and re-construct the greens in the first place.  Now whether this is a cause in recent weather, the soil itself, the maintenance, or some other reason only time will tell. 

Even with our concerns of the future of the golf course itself these were small areas and by no means did they affect the play of the golf course. It was all mostly the aesthetics of the course that were affected in theses  areas. 

Overall we are very pleased with Farm d'Allie Golf Club. With a good layout, mature trees, good conditions, and a very friendly staff we recommend this course as a must play if you are in the area.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Supplements in Sports

Supplements have become a big part of sports, both at a recreational and a professional level.

Athletes depend on supplements for a number of reasons. But are they taking supplements that are good for them?  A good way to determine that is to look at professional sports and their banned supplements list. Although most are the same across every professional sport they do differ here and there.

We researched this to see what any athlete, professional or not, should be taking. We found one company that not only does not have one product on the banned list but is also supported by professional sports organizations. (Do to certain restrictions we can not name the company in this article, but will link to some of their products and you can learn about them by clicking here).

This company also has some of the top elite athletes in their given sport as unpaid endorsers. Their national spokesperson is also a pro football championship MVP.

When it comes down to it there are 5 key things an athlete is looking for:

1. Sports Performance
2. Energy
3. Core Nutrition
4. Strength Training
5. Bone & Joint Health

We found that each one of those categories have products specific to an athletes needs. From re-hydrating, muscle recovery, muscle strength, multi-vitamins, and much more this company covers all bases for any athlete to stay at a peak performance level.

 A good majority of products from other companies are not approved by the highest professional organizations.Sure there are some great products from other places, and we are not here to put them down. We are just strictly pointing out that if professional athletes need to take certain products to stay in top physical shape then why wouldn't you use the same ones approved for them? One major company (we'll leave nameless) has 95% of it products on the ban list of professional sports organizations. Please note: When we mention the banned products we do not mean the product name, only that those products have one or more ingredients in them that are on the banned list.

We are just putting out the information so you can make an informed decision as to what you put in your body.

We like safe products for our kids and ourselves. When we first started researching this, several months ago, we were surprised at the number of companies that still promote certain things as being good for you when they are banned for the best athletes in the world. To us this doesn't make sense.
Why would companies hold everyone else to a lower standard than professionals and tell us it's good for us?

Health and wellness has become a big industry, with billions of dollars of products sold annually. It all comes down to that. These other companies do not care about the long term effects of what certain ingredients do to you, they will just push the ones that can give you the fastest results. Most having what we call the "steroid effect". Short term, fast results with long term damage. That is why when we found this one, single company we recommend them over anyone else.

The other benefits of this company that we did not see with many others it that they have products for: Getting Trim (Weight-Loss), Being Active, Living Well, and Skin Care as well. Also offering a  unique business opportunity for those looking to supplement their income or replace it.

We hope you have found this article useful and we hope this will help you make a informed decision on what products you use. Whether it's products we recommended or products from somewhere else remember to look at the benefits and make sure what you are putting in your body is safe.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Learn Tennis From Home

As we all know learning any sport can be a difficult and daunting task. Learning a sport that is not that easily accessible and expensive can be a flat out nightmare.

Tennis is one of those sports. Tennis is a Sport that is more equivalent to Golf, that is at least in the sense that they are two sports you don't have to be good at to enjoy, you can play your entire life, you don't have to be a professional, and they both have public access.

All other sports you play early in life and unless you play professionally you never play them again after a certain age. The only other sports that somewhat allow you to continue to play, maybe well into your 60's, are adult leagues for softball and volleyball.

Tennis is a different animal, where as there are not many public access tennis courts available anymore and where you do find one there is no kind of tennis instructor available. That pretty much leaves tennis at the Private Country Clubs or Tennis only facilities. Either way it can be expensive to just join one of these places not counting any instruction you may want.

So how do you learn a sport you love, but may not have the means or access to learn?

Instructional Videos allowing you to learn from the comfort of your own home and on your schedule, while not breaking your pocket.

We put together a small list of products we found to be very great to learn tennis from home. These are not just for people that are just taking up the game but for those also looking to improve their own Tennis skills.

Her they are:

1. How to Play tennis For Beginners - This covers everything for the beginner from the ground up. You will learn how to hold a tennis racquet, fundamentals, serve, volley, backhand, footwork and much much more. We found this not only great for the beginner, but extremely helpful for those that needed to re-establish their fundamentals or correct a weak part of their game. Learn More - Click Here

2. Mindset Techniques For Tennis“How to “Flip the Switch” and INSTANTLY Catapult your Tennis Game to the Elite Level… And Deliver Crippling Bullet Serves, Slice the Court in Half with Impossible Speed and Consistently Outclass Your Opponents – Without Adding a Single Minute of Practice!”. We saw tremendous improvement in the people we tested this product on. The simple change in the players mind change their belief of their abilities unlocking their hidden potential. Learn More - Click Here

3. Tennis Serve Video Instructional Course - This video course is all about the serve. It covers basic technique to strength and speed. A great product for those looking to improve their tennis serve, helping their students create an effortless, rhythmic, and repeatable serve. We found this to be more beneficial to those that already have a basic understanding of Tennis and not as helpful for someone that has never played the game before. Still it will help everyone and the serve is a very important part of playing the game of tennis. Learn More - Click Here

4. Tennis Strength And Mobility Workouts - A great product for exactly what it says it is for, strength and mobility. One of the best things of this program is that it is taught from a high performance coach and former top 100 ATP and all american player. Highlighting the importance of fitness training for tennis, this has it all from how to train to sport specific exercises. We found that this can be very beneficial for even those not interested in tennis but that may want to become tennis fit. We all know the best tennis players are in the best shape, so if you are serious about your tennis game or just your fitness level this product will help greatly and in about 12 weeks. Learn More - Click Here

5. The Tennis Parent’s Bible - This was actually a very excellent product for parents raising kids that could become world class tennis players. Helping parents and coaches deal with the mental and emotional complexities their kids go through as world class young adults. This product was so good in fact that we find it could possibly translate into other sports even though this is tennis specific. Learn More - Click Here

These have all been tested with different age groups and abilities. Each one worked great and each tennis player saw improvement or learned to play very quickly. The greatest benefit of each of these products is the cost effectiveness and the savings. On average each product saves $100 - $150 of traditional instruction. 

We hope you found all this helpful and we wish you the best with any or all that you may try.