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Taking the Kids to a Football Game

Posted by mandy on June 28th, 2010

There are a lot of debates over whether or not you should take your kids to a professional football game . Most of this stems from the high ticket prices at NFL games as well as the unbridled passion that many fans seem unable to control. Sports events can be a great family outing, baseball is known for catering to fans with families, and with a little creativity a family day of football can be just the thing.

Before you decide which football game to go to and whether or not to take the kids there are a couple of things to consider. Depending on the age of your child, they may be more interested in running up and down the steps than actually watching the game. If they have a short attention span and will be distracting you from the game, it would be better for both of you to go to a game where you don’t mind dividing your attention. This will give the opportunity to explain the game and really spend quality time together. It is also a good idea to research the teams that will be playing. If there is a strong rivalry between them, there may be more tension and heckling than normal; which may not be appropriate for young children.

Regular season tickets tend to be pretty expensive, even for nosebleed seats. Another option is to go to a training game or scrimmage. These are often more family oriented than regular season games and considerably less expensive. Because they are more relaxed, preseason games are usually more enjoyable for kids and allow you to enjoy your time as a family more.

If this is your child’s first game, make an extra effort to commemorate the game. Make sure that you take lots of pictures to remember the day by and try to get an autograph or two if you can. With older kids you can stop by the team shop and pick up Philadelphia Eagles t-shirts or matching Dallas Cowboys watches .

At the end of the day the most important thing, and what your child will remember the most, is spending quality time together and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Top Tennis Training Programs

Posted by mandy on June 11th, 2010

There are quality tennis programs across the country and choosing the school that is right for you can be a difficult process. Of course it can also be a matter of financial concerns and if you’re eligible for scholarship packages than you are likely going to be drawn to the one that includes the best financial structure. Meanwhile, if all things are considered equal and a student has the unrestrained choice of programs, the question naturally arises as to which is or are considered to be the best. Some of the schools who have been designated in the top five include Pepperdine , the University of Georgia, Duke and Clemson universities as well as the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to the quality college programs there are private tennis training schools and great camps that are known for helping to develop some of the top professional skills. One of the interesting aspects of tennis training, that is common to other sports, is that it is less important where you studied when you’re on the Wimbledon schedule than how well you play. But then of course, how well you play is frequently dependent on the quality of training you receive and your history of experience with the sport. Ah, the tennis training catch 22.

Meanwhile the top tennis programs in schools go a long way to rounding out solid players and creating professionals in the field. The program at Pepperdine, which has long been recognized as a top university program continues to create top players and senior Bassam Beides recently clinched an All-American status for the third straight year. This occurred during the second round upset at the NCCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships. The defeat was won against Florida player Alex Lacroix who was ranked seventh. Not only the college programs but the players themselves continue to gain greater respect and recognition. And while you will definitely want to choose a program that is right for you, you must also remember that what you do while you are there will be the most important aspect of your education and training. So if you hope to get on the Wimbledon highlights list, you should put everything you have into your development.

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