Posts made in December, 2016

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Should Play Volleyball

When it comes to youth sports leagues, many parents focus their attention on soccer, basketball, and football. While each of these sports present an excellent learning opportunity for teenagers, make sure you aren’t overlooking volleyball. This lively and vigorous sport can teach your child a lot while also giving them much needed physical activity.

Increased Confidence

When a high-powered ball is coming in your direction, it takes a certain level of confidence to run towards the ball and aim to hit it away, instead of just running away from it. To do this, you need to be confident in yourself and your abilities. Through practice and regular involvement, your teen can gain this necessary confidence.

It might seem like a minor thing, but the confidence your child gains on the volleyball court can have a positive impact on other areas of their life, including academic performance and social navigation, both of which will be important throughout their life.  

Improved Eye-Hand Coordination

Volleyball relies heavily on good eye-hand coordination. While this skill is focused on during the primary years, it can fall off over the years. Whether serving the ball or spiking the ball onto the opponent’s side, it takes both the force of your hand and the precision of your eyes to ensure the ball lands in the right space.

Introducing your teen to this sport helps improve their eye-hand coordination. For teens just starting to drive, having strong abilities in this area is helpful because it can improve their reaction time and keep them safer on the road.

Learn Teamwork

For a team to be successful in volleyball, it takes a group effort. Everyone must cover their territory and be ready to assist a nearby team member at any moment. Although each person is performing an individual role, the idea that they are doing so with a common goal can teach your teen not only the importance of teamwork but also how to practice teamwork.

Teens that understand the value of teamwork often have better problem solving skills and can work well with others. Having this skill-set is great in school, but as they progress into their adult life, these skills will be equally important.  

As with any other activity, never force your teen to play if they aren’t interested. However, if they do express an interest, ensure they are equipped with the right gear, including everything from safety equipment to Olympic volleyballs, for the best experience.

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Choosing A Fishing Boat When You Live On Long Island

Long Island has lots of access to water, which makes it the perfect place to own a boat if you love to fish. You have the Long Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, as well as bays in the interior of the island. However, it is important to know what type of boat to get. Different types of water will require different types of boats. The boats that are suitable for the inland bays won’t serve you well when you head out into the Atlantic Ocean. So, with that said, here are three types of boats and the particular types of water in and around Long Island that they are suited for.

Bay Boat

Bay boats are small and not suited for open water like the Long Island Sound or the Atlantic Ocean. They are suited for small water, such as the Peconic bay. The boats are very easy to navigate and small enough to get around shallow water. So, if you’re looking to fish in Suffolk Country and want to get out in the Peconic bay or the Noyack bay, then a bay boat is perfect. You can hook them up to your car and tow them to the bay launch on the weekends and head out to go fish.

Center Console Boat

If you want to get out into the Long Island sound or head up to Rye and north to the waters off of Connecticut, then a center console boat is your best bet. These are much larger than bay boats, have strong motors, and are deep hulled enough so that they won’t get rocked around in small waves like you will find in the Long Island Sound. You will be able to stand up and cast your line without worrying about the boat tipping. If you like, you can get a large center console that even has a sleeping compartment underneath the deck. Though these boats are not suited for long, ocean voyages, the extra room is always nice if you are out for the day and want space to take a nap or someone on board gets sea sick and needs to lie down.

Cruiser

If you are heading out fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, perhaps deep sea fishing off of Montauk, you need a large cruiser. These are powerful, deep hulled boats that can handle the strong currents and waves of the Atlantic Ocean. They are also suitable for fishing in the Long Island Sound. You could even launch from the North Shore and head into the Sound and then power around the island and out to sea if you are looking for a nice, long weekend trip. These boats often have large sleeping cabins for overnight trips.

For more information, contact local professionals like Boater’s Landing.

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