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  • Savo Drezgic - From Euroleague to US High School

    Athlete+ Announces Exciting Transition for Serbian Wunderkind Savo Drezgić Athlete+ is thrilled to share the news of Savo Drezgić's significant transition from playing for Partizan BC in the Euroleague to joining DME Academy in Florida. This move represents a turning point in Drezgić's young career, showcasing his remarkable talent and dedication to excelling in both his academic and athletic pursuits. As a specialized consulting agency, Athlete+ has been instrumental in facilitating this transition for Drezgić, setting him up for exposure in front of top NCAA and NBA scouts. Matt Panaggio, Director of Men's Basketball at DME Academy, expressed his excitement: "Savo has played at the highest levels in Europe, and now he will get the chance to play against the best competition here in the USA. He’s a very talented player and comes from a great family. He and his brother Lazar will be great additions to DME Academy, and we are very excited to see what the future holds for them here at DME!" DME Academy is renowned for its role in nurturing young talent and producing top players for the NBA and NCAA, like Keegan and Kris Murray. The academy's dedication to both academic and athletic development provides an ideal environment for Drezgić's smooth transition, aligning perfectly with his goals. Drezgić himself is excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. "Partizan is my home and has given me invaluable experiences, but joining DME Academy brings an exciting new challenge. The shift from European to American basketball is a significant step for me, and I'm looking forward to learning, adapting, and contributing. This move isn't just about elevating my game; it's about creating new possibilities for my future," said Drezgić. Athlete+'s involvement in Drezgić's move is a testament to our dedication to bridging the gap between top talent and global opportunities. This step is not merely a career move for Drezgić but a journey towards his personal and professional growth.

  • How to Impress College Scouts at Showcases and Tournaments: Athletic Scholarship Guide

    Making Your Mark in Front of College Scouts As an aspiring college athlete, participating in showcases and tournaments is a critical step in your journey. These events are where dreams of athletic scholarships begin to take shape, and where you have the chance to stand out among your peers. But how exactly do you make a lasting impression on college scouts? Let's dive into the strategies that can elevate your game and showcase your potential. Understand the Scout's Perspective Firstly, it's essential to know what scouts are looking for. While athletic talent is a given, scouts also value attributes such as leadership, sportsmanship, and the ability to perform under pressure. A study by the NCAA revealed that attributes like mental toughness and teamwork are highly valued in prospective college athletes. Demonstrating these qualities in front of the coaches and scouts can set you apart from the competition. 2. Preparation: The Key to Success Preparation goes beyond physical training. It's about understanding the game, knowing your opponents, and being mentally ready. According to a report by the American Psychological Association, athletes who engage in mental preparation techniques, such as visualization and goal setting, perform better under pressure. 3. Showcasing Your Unique Skills Every athlete has a unique skill set. Whether it's a basketball player's three-point shooting accuracy or a soccer player's dribbling skills, identifying your strengths and highlighting them during the event will increase your chances of earning an athletic scholarship. 4. The Art of Effective Communication Communication on and off the field is crucial. Scouts notice athletes who communicate effectively with their teammates, coaches, and even opponents. Demonstrating your communication skills by being a vocal presence on the field and engaging with scouts and coaches with confidence will significantly increase your chances of being noticed. 5. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Remember, scouts are looking for athletes who can contribute to a team environment. Emphasize your teamwork skills during games. The NCAA reports that most successful college teams have players who excel in collaboration and selflessness. Your ability to work with others, share the spotlight, and support your teammates can be as important as your individual skills. 6. Post-Event Strategies Following up after showcases and tournaments is often overlooked but is essential. A personalized email or a thank-you note can leave a lasting impression. According to a survey by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, athletes who engage in post-event communication with scouts increase their chances of being remembered and recruited. Impressing college coaches and scouts requires a blend of talent, preparation, communication, and teamwork. By focusing on these areas, you not only enhance your performance but also increase your visibility among college scouts. Remember, every showcase and tournament is an opportunity to turn your college athlete dreams into reality.

  • Who Invented Soccer? From Ancient Civilizations to Modern Scholarships

    As a dedicated soccer athlete with dreams of securing a college scholarship, the importance of education and sports in your life cannot be understated. In this article, we will dive into the fascinating history of soccer, tracing its roots back to ancient civilizations and leading up to the opportunities for student-athletes to play soccer at the college level today. Ancient History – Origins of the Modern Game The origins of soccer, known as “football” in most parts of the world, can be traced back thousands of years. Various ancient civilizations played similar ball games, often with differing rules and objectives. Let’s explore some of these early versions of the sport: Claims to the Invention of Soccer Ancient China One of the earliest mentions of a game resembling soccer dates back to ancient China, around the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. Players used a leather ball filled with feathers and tried to kick it into a net. While the game in China was rudimentary, it’s intriguing to see the early roots of the sport. Greece and Rome In ancient Greece and Rome, a game known as “harpaston” was popular. It involved using both hands and feet to control and pass the ball. Although it had elements of soccer, it was not the sport we recognize today. Parts of Central America In pre-Columbian Central America, a game called “pitz” was played by the Mayans and Aztecs. It involved kicking a ball through a stone ring, making it one of the closest precursors to modern soccer. Scotland Moving closer to the modern game, Scotland played a sport called “ba game” in the 17th century. The objective was to get a ball into a designated goal area, and it often resulted in chaotic, large-scale games in the streets. England in the Middle Ages Medieval England introduced a variety of football-like games, each with its own set of rules, and played predominantly on feast days. These games often led to chaos and violence and were eventually regulated. Development of Soccer in 19th Century England The 19th century marked a significant period in soccer’s evolution, bringing standardization and organization to the game. The Cambridge Rules – 1848 In 1848, students at the University of Cambridge developed a set of rules for soccer, which emphasized kicking the ball with the feet and not using hands. These rules laid the groundwork for the modern game. The Sheffield Rules – 1858 The Sheffield Football Club in England introduced its own set of rules in 1858, emphasizing dribbling the ball and refining the rules introduced at Cambridge. The Football Association was Formed – 1863 In 1863, the Football Association (FA) was established in England. The FA unified various regional rules and created a standardized set of regulations for soccer. This was a pivotal moment in the sport’s history, as it laid the foundation for the game we know today. Globalization of Soccer Soccer rapidly spread across the globe, captivating the hearts of millions. Today, it’s the most popular sport worldwide. With the rise of professional soccer leagues, international tournaments, and a global fan base, the sport has become a powerful unifying force. How Student Athletes Can Play Soccer at the College Level Now that we’ve explored the rich history of soccer, let’s discuss how you, as a soccer athlete, can leverage your skills to earn a college scholarship. Many colleges and universities offer soccer scholarships to talented players. These scholarships provide opportunities to pursue higher education while continuing to excel in your favorite sport. Take the First Step Towards Your Soccer Scholarship Today At Athlete Plus, we’re here to support you in your journey towards a soccer scholarship. Whether you need guidance on the recruitment process or academic support, we’re here to help. Don’t let your dreams of playing college soccer fade away. Seize the opportunity, follow your passion, and combine your love for soccer with higher education. Let’s make your college soccer dreams come true. Your scholarship awaits!

  • EYBL Veszprém Tournament!

    The European Youth Basketball League (EYBL) is an international youth competition series of basketball in Europe that has already a long, 25-year old history. The Athlete Plus Veszprém team started the competition this season. The team of Veszprém belongs to the southern region of the EYBL. Its center can be found in Budapest, and it brings together 1,950 players from 162 teams of 24 countries. Such NBA stars as Kristaps Porzingis, Jonas Valanciunas or Lauri Markkanen have already appeared in this league, but quite a few young basketball players who can be linked here were selected in last year’s and this year’s NBA draft. This season, Veszprém City became one of the hosts of the U20 tournaments organized in various European locations, where, in addition to the Budapest (Hungarian) teams, teams from the following countries come: Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Slovakia. The U20 tournament on Veszprém stage will be held between November 30 and December 3 in the sports hall of Vetési Albert Gimnázium. We asked Miklós Naményi, the CEO of Athlete Plus Veszprém to share his thoughts about this tournament and what the EYBL and Veszprém City can give each other during these four days. At first, Mr. Naményi gave a short summary about the EYBL: “The European Youth Basketball League is a 25-year-old initiative, which was first organized for the youth teams of the Baltic countries and Russia, and then it grew into a series with the participation of nearly 200 European teams in 5 age groups, taking place in 25 countries. Now in this series, one of the new hosts will be Veszprém, whose U20 team participates in an international competition for the first time thanks to the collaboration with Athlete Plus.” He highlighted the significance of the participation for the youngsters in Veszprém: “In the life of a young basketball player, there is very rarely an opportunity to show his skills and compete against foreign teams. One of the main goals of our participation in EYBL was to give our students this opportunity. Another important aspect is that we would like to start the competition of the Athlete Plus Veszprém international academy, which is currently being built.” And what can give the entities to each other? He also emphasized these aspects, too: “At the tournament in Veszprém, 9 teams from 6 countries (Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary), with a total of 100 players and 30 sports leaders and coaches, will play 18 matches in 4 days at Vetési Albert Gimnázium and visit the Cultural Capital of Europe 2023. The most important thing for us is to gain experience, to be able to improve based on it, moreover we want to put Veszprém on the map of international basketball, and last but not least, we bring here a slice of international youth basketball for the fans of the 72-year-old Veszprém basketball community. I hope that many people will be interested in the tournament during the four days!” And what is the program of these 4 days? Just check the schedule below and visit the games, enjoy the international youth basketball and support the team of Athlete Plus Veszprém! If you cannot come, you will be able to watch all the games thanks to the live streams on the Athlete+ YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/@athlete276 November 30, Thursday 18:00: Athlete+ Veszprém (HUN) vs. Patrioti SBK Junior Levice (SVK) 20:00: EMTV Hamburg (GER) vs Moulton College (GBR) December 1, Friday 9:00: Athlete+ Veszprém (HUN) vs. Vienna United (AUT) 10:45: Opening ceremony 11:30: Hot Pepper (NED) vs. Budapest Prep Academy (HUN) 13:30: Budapest Honvéd (HUN) vs. EMTV Hamburg (GER) 15:30: Patrioti SBK Junior Levice (SVK) vs. TSE Basket (HUN) 17:30: Moulton College (GBR) vs. Budapest Prep Academy (HUN) 19:30: Vienna United (AUT) vs. Hot Pepper (NED) December 2, Saturday 9:00: TSE Basket (HUN) vs. Moulton College (GBR) 11:00: Patrioti SBK Junior Levice (SVK) vs. EMTV Hamburg (GER) 13:00: Budapest Honvéd (HUN) vs. Hot Pepper (NED) 15:00: TSE Basket (HUN) vs. Vienna United (AUT) 17:00: EMTV Hamburg (GER) vs. Athlete+ Veszprém (HUN) 19:00: Moulton College (GBR) vs. Budapest Honvéd (HUN) December 3, Sunday 9:00: Vienna United (AUT) vs. Budapest Prep Academy (HUN) 11:00: TSE Basket (HUN) vs. Hot Pepper (NED) 13:00: Patrioti SBK Junior Levice (SVK) vs. Budapest Honvéd (HUN) 15:00: Budapest Prep Academy (HUN) vs. Athlete+ Veszprém (HUN) 17:00: Closing ceremony

  • What Defines a Redshirt Freshman?

    A “redshirt freshman” refers to a college student-athlete who abstains from competitive play during their freshman year and commences their initial athletic season in their sophomore year. This implies that a redshirt freshman is an athletic “freshman” but an academic sophomore. To comprehend the essence of a “redshirt,” let’s dive deeper into its meaning. What is a “Redshirt”? A “redshirt” characterizes a college student-athlete who refrains from participating in gameplay for a season while retaining eligibility to compete in four years of college sports. Though redshirts do not engage in games against other schools, they can practice with their team to refine their skills and receive athletic scholarships or financial aid. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) doesn’t officially employ the term “redshirt.” However, players and coaches occasionally use this term within Division 1 (D1) and Division 2 (D2) sports. Why is it called “redshirting” The term “redshirting” is believed to originate from Warren Alfson, a student-athlete at the University of Nebraska. In 1937, Alfson requested to train with the team but refrain from playing in any matches. As Nebraska’s team color was red, Warren sported a red shirt without a number. Since then, student-athletes who sit out of competitive gameplay for a year have been dubbed “redshirts” by players and coaches. The purpose of redshirting as a freshman There are several reasons why a freshman might opt for redshirting: Easing the transition from high school to college. Enhancing athletic skills before competitive gameplay. Recovering from a pre-season injury. Easing the transition from high school to college Becoming a redshirt freshman allows student-athletes to smoothly transition from high school to college life without immediate competitive pressures. This period allows them to concentrate on acclimatizing to college academics while familiarizing themselves with their respective sports and teams from the sidelines. Enhancing athletic skills before competitive gameplay Coaches also benefit from redshirting freshman players. It grants these athletes additional time to grow and refine their athletic abilities before facing top-tier competition. Additionally, coaches might opt for redshirting to extend a freshman athlete’s eligibility for college sports. Recovering from a pre-season injury Redshirting as a freshman proves beneficial for student-athletes who sustain injuries before their inaugural competitive season. It grants them two semesters to recuperate from their injury while retaining eligibility to compete in college sports for four years. Timeline for a redshirt freshman As per NCAA regulations, student-athletes in D1 and D2 schools possess five full school years (equivalent to 10 semesters or 15 quarters) to complete four years of college sports. This allows student-athletes to “redshirt” any one of their four college years. For those who choose to redshirt in their freshman year, competitive gameplay against other teams typically begins in their sophomore year, thereby extending their eligibility to play college sports for an additional year post-graduation. These athletes are occasionally referred to as fifth-year seniors. Advantages of redshirting as a freshman Redshirt freshman status offers two primary advantages: it grants student-athletes a dedicated year to enhance their athletic abilities while focusing on college coursework. The transition from high school to college can be overwhelming, making redshirting an option to minimize the initial pressure on freshman student-athletes. This additional year allows them to acclimate to college life and fine-tune their athletic skills, enabling a more focused approach to competition in their sophomore year. Disadvantages of redshirting as a freshman A significant downside of being a redshirt freshman is the exclusion from participating in competitive games or team travel for a year. Additionally, redshirt freshmen often face increased training demands, as coaches expect visible improvements during the redshirt period, either in skill enhancement or recovery from injuries. The decision to redshirt as a freshman presents both advantages and disadvantages. However, it may serve as a beneficial option for student-athletes requiring additional time to develop academically and athletically, recuperate from preseason injuries, or extend their eligibility for collegiate sports. Evaluating individual circumstances and goals is crucial in determining the suitability of redshirting for student-athletes aiming to excel in both academics and athletics.

  • How To Choose a Tennis Racket?

    Tennis is a sport that demands precision, skill, and the right equipment. For high school and college tennis players, selecting the ideal racket is crucial for enhancing performance and maximizing potential on the court. Whether you’re a boy or a girl aiming to elevate your game, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to choose the perfect tennis racket. Understanding Your Tennis Playing Style Before diving into the specifications of tennis rackets, it’s essential to understand your playing style. Are you an aggressive baseline player, a serve-and-volley expert, or someone who prefers an all-around game? Identifying your strengths and weaknesses will guide you in selecting the racket that best complements your style of play. Consider Racket Head Size For high school and college players, the size of the racket’s head is a crucial factor. A larger head provides a larger sweet spot, offering more power and forgiveness on off-center hits. Players looking for more control might prefer a smaller head size, as it provides increased maneuverability and precision. Typically, beginners or those seeking more power opt for a larger head size (106+ SQ Inch), while advanced players may choose smaller heads (-106 SQ Inch). Racket Weight and Balance The weight and balance of a tennis racket significantly impact how it feels during gameplay. Rackets are categorized into three main weight classes: light (less than 9-10 ounces), medium (11 to 12 ounces). Lighter rackets offer maneuverability and are suitable for players seeking power and spin, while heavier rackets provide stability and control. The balance of the racket also matters. A head-light balance offers better maneuverability, allowing for faster swings and more control, while a head-heavy balance provides extra power and stability. Finding the right balance point is crucial for optimizing your playing style. Grip Size and Comfort Ensuring the proper grip size is essential to prevent injuries and maintain comfort during gameplay. Grip sizes are typically measured from 4 to 4 ¾ inches, and selecting the right size depends on the size of your hand. A larger grip offers more stability but might limit wrist movement, while a smaller grip allows for more wrist action and maneuverability. Additionally, consider the material of the grip. Players who sweat a lot might prefer an absorbent grip to maintain a secure hold throughout the match. Demo Rackets and Testing High school and college players often have the opportunity to demo rackets before making a purchase. Take advantage of this opportunity to test different rackets to find the one that feels most comfortable and suits your playing style. Spend time on the court hitting various shots to gauge the racket’s performance in different situations. Choosing the right tennis racket is a personal decision that depends on various factors, including playing style, preferences, and skill level. High school and college players, both boys and girls, should consider these factors carefully when selecting a racket to enhance their game on the court. Remember, the perfect racket can make a significant difference in your performance, so take the time to explore and find the one that feels like a natural extension of your game.

  • Understanding Your Chances: Securing a Men’s Tennis Scholarship

    For aspiring male tennis players with love for the sport, securing a tennis scholarship can be a game-changer, providing a gateway to higher education while pursuing their passion. Let’s dive into the world of men’s tennis scholarships, exploring the ins and outs of this avenue for both athletic and academic development. Understanding Men’s Tennis Scholarships Men’s tennis scholarships are merit-based awards offered by colleges and universities to talented players who demonstrate exceptional skills, promising athletic potential, and academic aptitude. These scholarships can substantially offset the costs of higher education, including tuition fees, room and board, and other educational expenses. Full-Ride Scholarship Offer: Fully funded NCAA men’s tennis programs operate within a tight scholarship budget, typically allotting around 4.5 full-ride equivalent scholarships. With international recruitment and the need to entice athletes to commit to American institutions, full-ride scholarships for tennis are a rarity. Partial Scholarship Offer: To optimize their scholarship budget, coaches often award partial scholarships. This strategy enables coaches to provide financial support to multiple recruits and existing roster members, covering a portion of their college expenses. For instance, a fully funded tennis program with ten athletes might distribute its 4.5 scholarships among eight of those players. Recruited Walk-On (Preferred): Coaches who face constraints on athletic scholarship funds may invite student-athletes to join the team as recruited walk-ons. Although these athletes might not receive financial aid initially, they have a spot reserved on the team. Unrecruited Walk-On: In instances where coaches haven’t filled their roster during recruiting, they hold walk-on tryouts. This presents an opportunity for interested athletes to try out, aiming to earn a roster spot as an unrecruited walk-on. NCAA Division Levels and Tennis Scholarships The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) governs collegiate athletics and offers various divisions for men’s tennis programs: Division I: These programs are highly competitive and offer the most scholarships. Top-ranked players often compete at Division I schools. Division II: Slightly less competitive than Division I, but still offers scholarships and a high level of tennis. Division III: While Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships, they provide need-based or academic scholarships. Students can participate in tennis at a high level without an athletic scholarship. Academic Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible for men’s tennis scholarships, players must meet academic standards set by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Prospective student-athletes must maintain a minimum GPA in core courses and achieve a qualifying SAT or ACT score. Navigating the Recruitment Process Start Early: Begin the recruitment process early in high school. Attend tournaments, showcases, and camps to showcase your skills. Create a Profile: Develop a comprehensive tennis profile with your achievements, rankings, tournament history, and academic records. Share this profile with college coaches. Communicate with Coaches: Reach out to college coaches to express interest in their program. Attend recruitment events and send highlight videos showcasing your tennis prowess. Campus Visits: Visit potential colleges to understand the tennis program, facilities, and meet coaches and team members. Balancing Athletics and Academics Maintaining a balance between tennis commitments and academics is crucial. Athletes should prioritize time management and ensure academic performance aligns with eligibility requirements. The Importance of Networking Forge connections within the tennis community, including coaches, players, and mentors. Networking can open doors for scholarship opportunities, guidance, and support throughout your tennis journey. Securing Men’s Tennis Scholarships: Key Takeaways Start early and be proactive in the recruitment process. Maintain strong academic performance to meet eligibility requirements. Develop a standout tennis profile and maintain communication with coaches. Balance athletic commitments with academic responsibilities. Network within the tennis community for guidance and support. Ready to Ace Your Tennis Career? Join Athlete Plus Today! Athlete Plus provides the help to elevate your tennis journey. Gain access to exclusive resources and expert guidance. Start your path to success with Athlete Plus.

  • The Green and White Dominance Continues in The 57th Athlete + Sevilla-Betis Regatta

    The Heliópolis coxed eight secured its thirteenth consecutive victory in the men’s absolute category at the Seville-Betis Regatta, narrowing the historical gap to 30-27 in favor of the Seville rowing classic. The dominance extended to the women’s category (15-19), with only one of the six derbies eluding them, which included candidates and veterans. In the 57th edition of the Athleteplus.org Seville-Betis Regatta, Real Betis displayed a dominant green and white presence on Saturday, setting the stage for the league derby at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Real Betis triumphed in five out of six coxed eight events against arch-rival Sevilla FC, with Sevilla FC securing victory only in the women’s veteran category at the start of the day at the Guadalquivir dock. The Seville rowing classic, globally broadcasted on platforms such as the World Rowing YouTube channel, Teledeporte, Canal Sur TV, Betis TV, RTVEPlay, and CanalSur Más, lived up to expectations. Fans witnessed an intense and spectacular morning of regattas with remarkable parity. Following Sevilla FC veterans’ initial triumph, increasing their lead to 2-0, the veterans and male candidates’ over-1,000-meter contests ended with Betis victories (7-21 and 18-20 in total, respectively). The Nervión boats suffered damage in two blade clashes, also conceding defeat in the interspersed female candidates’ event (1-1). Over the 6-kilometer course from San Jerónimo to the Muelle de las Delicias, Real Betis secured victory in the absolute women’s derby, marking their sixth consecutive win with a time of 20:50.75, compared to their rival’s 21:16.48, leading 15-19 in the Regatta’s history. The climax of the day unfolded in the absolute men’s event, as Real Betis extended its winning streak to 13, tightening the overall result to 30-27 against Sevilla FC. Despite a close race past the Torre del Oro, Real Betis, powered by the historic Marcelino García setting a personal record of 17, clinched victory with a time of 18:55.86, just seven seconds ahead of Sevilla FC (19:02.77). Sevilla FC will have to wait another year to lift the coveted ‘crocodile,’ known as the José Antonio Muñoz ‘Anchoa’ Trophy. The trophy presentation for the 57th AthletePlus.org Sevilla-Betis Regatta included notable figures such as the president of the Andalusian Rowing Federation, Miguel Ángel Millán; executive director of World Rowing, Vicent Gaillard; general secretary for Sports of the Junta de Andalucía, José María Arrabal; mayor of Seville, José Luis Sanz; Sports delegate of the Seville City Council, Minerva Salas; president of the Spanish Rowing Federation, Asunción Loriente, and other dignitaries. The Andalusian Rowing Federation organized the 57th Seville-Betis Regatta with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Government of Andalusia, the Municipal Sports Institute of the Seville City Council, the Port of Seville, and AthletePlus.org, among other collaborators. The event maintained its charitable nature, supporting the Spanish Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome Association.

  • Volleyball Net Heights: Everything You Need to Know

    Volleyball is a sport that combines athleticism, strategy, and teamwork, is loved by millions worldwide. However, many don’t realize that the height of the net can vary depending on the level of play and the age of the participants. In this comprehensive guide, we will break down the volleyball net heights for different categories, including men, women, youth, high school, college, beach, indoor, and outdoor volleyball. Indoor Volleyball Net Heights Indoor volleyball is one of the most popular forms of the sport and is played at various levels, from high school and college to professional and Olympic competitions. The net heights for indoor volleyball can vary, and they depend on the age and gender of the players. Here’s a breakdown of the key heights: Indoor Volleyball Net Heights: High School Volleyball Net Heights High school volleyball follows the same net height standards as indoor volleyball for adults. This means that the net heights for high school volleyball mirror those for adults, fostering an environment where young talents can develop their game and compete at the highest level. College Volleyball Net Heights In college volleyball, student-athletes are held to the same standards as adult players, ensuring a smooth transition for those looking to advance to higher levels of competition. These uniform net height standards create an environment that supports students in honing their skills and reaching their full potential in the sport. Beach Volleyball Net Heights Now, let’s dive into beach volleyball net heights. Just like indoor volleyball, the standard net height for beach volleyball is 7 feet, 11 5/8 inches for men and 7 feet, 4 1/8 inches for women. However, these heights can vary based on the age and gender of the players, as outlined below. Keep in mind that since beach volleyball courts often have uneven surfaces, it’s crucial to measure and adjust the net height after the court has been properly prepared, ensuring fair play. Understanding the specific net heights for each category of volleyball is essential for players, coaches, and organizers. It ensures fair play and a level field for all participants, regardless of age or gender. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting your volleyball journey, knowing the right net height for your category is crucial to enjoying the game to the fullest.

  • Lifestyle Factors That Affect Sports Training and Performance

    Athletic success is not solely determined by hours spent on the field or in the gym. A lot of lifestyle factors, both big and small, significantly impact an athlete’s training and performance. These factors are essential components of an athlete’s daily life, and understanding how they influence performance is crucial for reaching one’s full potential. In this article, we dive into the research behind several key lifestyle factors that play a vital role in an athlete’s journey to success. Importance of Sleep Sleep is often overlooked but is one of the most critical lifestyle factors affecting an athlete’s performance. Research consistently demonstrates the importance of quality sleep in physical recovery, cognitive function, and overall well-being. Athletes require adequate rest to repair muscles, consolidate memory, and maintain a balanced emotional state. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep per night for most adults. Athletes who consistently get sufficient, high-quality sleep are more likely to experience improved reaction times, endurance, and mental focus during training and competition. The Effect of Stress Stress is an inherent part of life, and athletes are not exempt from its effects. While some stress can be motivating, chronic stress can have detrimental consequences on an athlete’s training and performance. Prolonged stress can lead to decreased immune function, increased risk of injury, and hindered recovery. Techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and stress management counseling can be valuable tools in helping athletes cope with the pressures of competition while maintaining their physical and mental health. Athlete’s Nutrition Nutrition is the foundation of an athlete’s performance. What an athlete consumes has a direct impact on their energy levels, muscle recovery, and overall health. A well-balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals is essential for peak performance. Nutritional timing is also crucial, as athletes need to fuel their bodies before and after training sessions and competitions. Seeking guidance from a sports nutritionist can help athletes adjust their diets for specific training goals. Health and Energy Maintaining good health is paramount for athletes. This includes regular check-ups, proper hydration, and minimizing exposure to illnesses. Athletes should be aware of their bodies and take any injuries or illnesses seriously, as pushing through these issues can exacerbate problems and prolong recovery. Ensuring that the body is healthy and energy levels are sustained is a foundational aspect of athletic success. Motivation Motivation is the driving force behind an athlete’s dedication to training and performance. Research shows that intrinsic motivation, or self-motivation, tends to be more enduring and leads to better outcomes compared to extrinsic motivation. Setting personal goals, staying inspired, and seeking the support of coaches and mentors can help athletes maintain their motivation over time. Relaxation Relaxation techniques play a significant role in an athlete’s life. Activities such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety and enhance focus. These practices are essential for athletes to achieve a state of mental calmness, which can improve their decision-making, emotional stability, and overall performance. In the world of sports, achieving peak performance requires more than just honing athletic skills. Athletes must also master the art of managing their daily lives to optimize their training and competition outcomes. By understanding and applying the research-backed principles behind factors such as sleep, stress management, nutrition, health, motivation, and relaxation, athletes can unlock their full potential and pave the way for success. Education and guidance are essential to help athletes navigate their journey and make informed decisions to improve these key lifestyle factors. Ultimately, by addressing these aspects of their lives, athletes can create a solid foundation for athletic excellence and personal well-being.

  • Crafting the Perfect Volleyball Recruiting Video

    Are you a dedicated volleyball player with dreams of earning a college scholarship? You’re not alone! Many athletes aim to secure their education while doing what they love on the court. With thousands of college volleyball programs across the country, scholarship opportunities abound. In this guide, we’ll take you through the ins and outs of creating an attention-grabbing volleyball recruiting video that can help you stand out to college coaches and increase your chances of landing a scholarship. Crafting the Perfect Volleyball Recruiting Video When it comes to standing out, a well-crafted recruiting video can be your ticket to success. Coaches use these videos to assess your skills, style of play, and potential as a valuable team member. To help you stand out from the crowd and secure that coveted scholarship, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to create the perfect volleyball recruiting video. Showcase Your Skills Begin your video with a brief introduction. State your name, position, graduation year, and any vital stats or accomplishments. The introduction should be concise and engaging. Highlights Reel The heart of your recruiting video is the highlights reel. Here’s what you need to do: Capture high-quality footage: Invest in a good camera or smartphone with quality video recording capabilities. Ensure good lighting and stability for clear shots. Showcase various skills: Highlight your strengths – serving, spiking, setting, blocking, and defense. Include a variety of game situations to demonstrate your versatility. Keep it concise: Coaches don’t have hours to watch your video. Keep the highlights reel to about 3-5 minutes. Edit strategically: Use video editing software to trim the footage and focus on your best plays. Add annotations for context if necessary. Crafting the Perfect Volleyball Recruiting Video When it comes to standing out, a well-crafted recruiting video can be your ticket to success. Coaches use these videos to assess your skills, style of play, and potential as a valuable team member. To help you stand out from the crowd and secure that coveted scholarship, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to create the perfect volleyball recruiting video. Showcase Your Skills Begin your video with a brief introduction. State your name, position, graduation year, and any vital stats or accomplishments. The introduction should be concise and engaging. Highlights Reel The heart of your recruiting video is the highlights reel. Here’s what you need to do: Capture high-quality footage: Invest in a good camera or smartphone with quality video recording capabilities. Ensure good lighting and stability for clear shots. Showcase various skills: Highlight your strengths – serving, spiking, setting, blocking, and defense. Include a variety of game situations to demonstrate your versatility. Keep it concise: Coaches don’t have hours to watch your video. Keep the highlights reel to about 3-5 minutes. Edit strategically: Use video editing software to trim the footage and focus on your best plays. Add annotations for context if necessary. Full-Game Clips In addition to the highlights reel, include a couple of full-game clips. This gives coaches a more in-depth look at your playing style, consistency, and how you contribute to the team’s performance. Demonstrate Teamwork While showcasing your individual skills is important, coaches also look for team players. Include clips that demonstrate your teamwork, communication, and how you support your teammates on the court. Camera Angle and Perspective Use multiple camera angles to capture different aspects of your game. Close-ups can highlight your technique, while wide-angle shots offer a broader view of your positioning and court awareness. Clean and Clear Audio Ensure that the audio quality is crisp and clear. Coaches want to hear your communication on the court, so avoid using music or unnecessary background noise. Presentation and Personalization Your video should be professional. Avoid flashy transitions or special effects. Keep it clean and straightforward. Include a title card with your name, contact information, and a brief personal statement about your goals and why you want to play for their team. Organize Your Content Create a clear structure for your video, with an introduction, highlights reel, full-game clips, and a conclusion. Coaches appreciate organized presentations. Keep It Updated As your skills evolve, update your recruiting video accordingly. Keep it current to reflect your latest achievements and growth as a player. A well-crafted volleyball recruiting video is your opportunity to make a lasting impression on college coaches. By showcasing your skills, teamwork, and personality effectively, you can increase your chances of securing that scholarship and realizing your dream of playing college volleyball. So, grab your camera, follow these steps, and get ready to impress the coaches with the perfect volleyball recruiting video! Good luck on your journey to college volleyball success. Ready to ace your volleyball recruiting video and boost your chances of securing that scholarship? Take the first step towards your college volleyball dream. Contact us today for expert guidance and support!

  • Celebrating the 57th Sevilla-Betis Regatta

    Athlete Plus is honored to announce our headlining sponsorship for the 57th edition of the iconic Seville-Betis Regatta. This classic duel on the Guadalquivir, a riveting local rendition of the legendary Oxford-Cambridge showdown, is set to unfold on November 11th, setting the stage for the city’s football derby the following day. This year’s regatta resonates our commitment to sporting excellence and community spirit. The official poster, unveiled at the City Hall is a testament to the regatta’s unwavering commitment to equality, emphasized through the equal representation of men’s and women’s teams, mirroring our own dedication to inclusivity in sport. While the overall tally favors the Nervión side (30-26), Betis’s remarkable streak of twelve consecutive victories underscores the evolving competitive landscape, igniting anticipation for this year’s clash. As the oars slice through the river come November, they’ll carry more than athletes; they’ll bear the legacy of extraordinary rowers, the passion of a city, and a shared aspiration that binds us all: the pursuit of greatness. In this spirit, the regatta will once again be broadcast by Televisión Española and Canal Sur, weaving this local tradition into the fabric of households across the nation. As our athletes prepare, some taking their dedication to the international stage in anticipation of the 2024 Olympics, we stand with them, celebrating their vigor and resolve. This celebration transcends sport, encapsulating cultural heritage, communal pride, and a united front in the face of every challenge. Representatives from various sectors, including Athlete Plus’s own CEO Juan José Márquez, gathered to pay homage to this ethos during the poster presentation. The event, fortified by diverse support – from local authorities to passionate patrons like Coca-Cola, Cruzcampo, and more – isn’t just a competition; it’s a symbol of communal identity and solidarity. Moreover, the Sevilla-Betis Regatta continues its noble tradition of philanthropy, this year supporting the Spanish Association for Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, reflecting our collective responsibility to wield the power of sport for global good. So, as the city of Seville breathes in the autumn air, we at Athlete Plus extend our invitation to witness this testament to human spirit and sportsmanship. Join us on the banks of the Guadalquivir, as we write the next chapter in this storied rivalry, underpinning our commitment to fostering excellence, equality, and empathy, both on the water and off.

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