A Simple Strategy to Winning the Fantasy 5 Lottery

Everybody wants to win the Fantasy 5 Lottery. Everyone who joined may have come up with certain strategies to play out the Fantasy 5, or have used the power of luck. Though some have become successful, still many are at the losing end of the Fantasy 5 Lottery.

Fantasy 5 Lottery games are one of the best lottery bets you can play anywhere. The odds of matching all 5 numbers are 1 in 376,992, compared to million to one odds in matching six numbers. Fantasy 5 Lottery games are based on a selection of random numbers. It is highly unlikely that a person or computer software can predict which numbers will be drawn. One of the first tips I will teach you about is to never waste money on lottery computer software that promises to crack the drawing of winning numbers.

Another tip for winning the Fantasy 5 lottery is to go against most lottery expert advises to veer away from the Quick Picks (computer generated picks). Why? Fifty percent of most Fantasy 5 Lottery jackpot winners over the past five years or so came from quick picks. So, when taking that Fantasy 5 play slip, better think twice to see if a Quick Pick can make your day. Look at the past – the best way to drastically improve the chances of winning not just the Fantasy 5 Lottery jackpot, but the 3, 4, 5 matches as well is to look at the archive of winning numbers previously drawn. Play it safe – play the numbers that appear more frequently than those who are cold I draws. A great way to look at these numbers is to view the archives of numbers previously won. There are reports published and sold, even online, for aspiring jackpot winners. You can see which of the 36 numbers have been most frequently drawn over the course of around 5years or so. With this, you get a better picture of the numbers with the most winning percentages.

Below are some more simple strategies in winning the Fantasy 5 Lottery

1. Play a combination of odd and even numbers, 2 odds, 3 evens, or vice versa. The report on the percentages of winning number stated that over a 5-year period, these combinations has a 66.19% wins.

2. The Report also stated that in a combination, it is best to play either 3 low numbers,2 high number combinations, or vice versa. The winning percent of this combo yields 67.18%

3. Again, it’s about the winning numbers. Play numbers that hit most frequently.

4. However, don’t play the same number sets – choose wisely. Same sets appear very rarely in every 5 year period, the report only says twice.

5. Don’t play an all odd or an all even combination. The odds are, just not even.

6. Consequently, as from the previous statements above, don’t play a combination of all low numbers, and a combination of all high numbers.

7. It is always best to include some quick picks in your Fantasy 5 Lottery plays.

Source by Chris Malcolm

Summary Of History In Volleyball

Who invented volleyball?

William G. Morgan (1870-1942) born in State of New York, USA. He was a director of physical education at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).

Why was volleyball invented?

Mr Morgan was looking for a game that was less violent and intense than basketball (a popular and new sport at that time) that would be suitable for the older people

Where was volleyball invented?

Holyoke (State of Massachusetts, USA)

How was volleyball invented?

Through experiments based on Mr Morgan’s own experience and training methods. The idea of the net was borrowed from the game of tennis. The net was raised to just above the height of an average man (6 feet 6 inches or 1.98m). The company, A.G. Spaldings and Bros. was commissioned to make a ball with a rubber inner tube and leather cover, circumference of 25 to 27 inches (63.5 to 68.6 cm and weight of 9 to 12 ounces (252 to 336 grams).

How did the name volleyball came about?

Volleyball was originally named Mintonette. However, at the first demonstration game held before a congregation of YMCA Physical Education Directors in 1896, Professor Alfred T. Halstead observed the ball’s unique volley action while in play and proposed to re-name the game after its visual characteristic. The congregation agreed to the name, Volley Ball. The name was later spelt as one word when in 1952, the US Volleyball Association voted in favour of doing so.

How did volleyball spread around the world?

The game spread through the Young Men’s (and Women’s) Christian Associations around the world, starting from Canada (1900) to Asia, South America, Europe and Africa.

For a summary of other aspects of history in volleyball, such as competitions and techniques, please visit www.summaryofhistoryinvolleyball.blogspot.com

Source by Anndrea Law

How Yoga is Used As a Cross Training Tool For Teen Athletes

It is becoming more and more popular for professional athletes to use yoga. The Los Angeles Lakers (basketball), the Miami Dolphins (football) and the Chicago Cubs (baseball) use yoga as a training tool for the entire team roster. Individually Pete Sampras (tennis), Annika Sorenstam (golf), Sean Burke (hockey) and Evander Holyfield (boxing) along with many others practice yoga to stay at the top of their game. Truly yoga is a perfect cross training technique complementing and expanding each athletes abilities.

Yoga extends athletic training by:

  • Increasing core strength
  • Improving pulmonary efficiency
  • Reducing performance anxiety
  • Preventing sports injuries
  • Improving concentration
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Enhancing range of motion
  • Developing balance and focus
  • Increasing endurance
  • Teaching relaxation
  • Relieving stress

Teen athletes can access these same benefits through developing a regular yoga practice which works with their sport(s) of choice.Teens who incorporate yoga into their training will find they are healthy, injury free, and better able mentally to be at the top of their game.

The most effective way to use yoga for athletes is with Sun Salutations. Sun Salutations offer a full body workout achieving greater strength and flexibility. They are ideal as a warm up routine, to use on ‘down days’ when there is not a practice or game scheduled, and during the off season. Simply performing Sun Salutations for 10 minutes a day will improve athletic ability.

A second way to use yoga is through developing mental concentration. Practicing yoga works your mind making it stronger, better able to respond and react. In addition, by practicing relaxation, visualisations and yoga breathing on game day athletes calm the mind, prepare the body, and focus energy and intent. These skills will take what you have gained through practice and provide a competitive edge.

To get the most benefit from yoga, teens should enroll in a Yoga for Teens class. These classes cater specifically to teens developing physical and mental abilities. Alternatively many sports teams now offer yoga cross training. If yours does not, talk to the coach and other team members to see if this can be arranged.

Source by Donna K Freeman

Why Do People Prefer Ankle Socks?

In recent years there is a huge increase in the number of ankle socks available in the market. These units are the trendiest styles at present. They make an important part of any wardrobe. They add great aesthetic appeal to any outfit. Most of the men and women buy this footwear as it offers undisputed elegance. They are not just known as fashion garments but also have achieved their purpose of comfort and protection. These units are just perfect when right occasion and right fashion are coupled. Over the years the popularity of these units has increased forcing the manufacturers to make the best in terms of quality, style, design and colors. They deliver multiple benefits to your feet and also add style.

More and more people are preferring ankle socks due to the various benefits they offer. They do not leave any imprints of elastic on your legs as there is not tight sensation. They give great fit and only hug the foot and thus they do not get stretched. Since they are not worn till the leg area it gives more breathing room to your feet. They help to keep your feet cool and dry in summer and provide the needed warmth in winter. They protect your feet from blisters and swell. They are best suited for summer as these units are lighter, cooler and more breathable as compared to normal socks. They are no just functional but also offer many fashion benefits. These units add style to any outfit without taking away from the intended impression. They contribute to a trendy look and can be paired with any outfit.

As there are multiple options available, it can be a mind boggling task to choose one. Ankle socks are available in eye catchy colors from bright to pale. They are available in different patterns and designs of dots, stripes, floral and festive prints. All this can be an overwhelming experience for the shopper. Surfing online is the best option to buy these units. They are many websites like sock company, zappos, mountain footwear and others. Amazon has best collection of ankle socks from all reputed brands at affordable price. Comparison sites like nextag also give you the opportunity to compare and choose the right footwear at low cost. You can also buy them from your local departmental stores like Sears, Walmart, Target which have wide selection of this piece of clothing. Surf around and pick the best socks to fulfill your functional and fashion need.

Some of the top brands for ankle socks are thorlo, Wigwam, Bridgedale, Darn Tough Vermont, REI and Patagonia. These units can also be customized according to your taste and size. You can add a logo, print, name or write something on a customized unit. These units are more popular with athletes and cyclists. Some basketball players wear really small ankle socks which are not to be seen. They are called ‘no show’. They can be made for all foot sizes. These units are trendy and worn by girls who dress up in Gothic fashion or as a punk. There are many fake custom ankle socks available in the market so do not get cheated and choose the authentic ones with superior quality.

As socks undergo lots of wear and tear it is best to opt for ankle socks from reputed brand which adds fashion and function.

Source by Michelle Russell

Terrorists Again – 14 Prayers to Protect Your Family

In the last 2 weeks or so, I have

been posting some prayers to deal with specific

issues that my readers have mentioned to me.

You find prayers to help you attract whatever it

is you want more of in your life.

Maybe it’s:

* More money – to meet your needs and more

* A new car – go where you want to go, safely and in the style you prefer

* Security – the confidence that everything is taken care of

* A new house – one that fits you and your desires not just one that will “do”

* A new job or better job – doing work that is fulfilling

* Your own business – having control of your financial future

* A comfortable retirement – the reward that you’ve worked for and deserve

* Eliminate money worries – let success start coming to you and your ideas

* Healing in relationships – bring back the harmony and love

* Recovering from failure – personal or business

The list is endless. I could go on and on…

It doesn’t matter what it is because it’s totally

dependent on you and the prayers you pray!

There’s more..

The prayers address such questions as —

* How can you get a dream job quickly?

* How can you pray your way out of debt?

* How can you pray and attract a God fearing spouse?

* How can you pray and keep your spouse?

* How can you get happy customers to buy your products?

* How can you create prayer that draws answers magnetically?

* How can you tell if the place you live is driving away your blessings?

* What is golden key prayer and why is it so effective?

* How can you make yourself attractive to blessings?

Divine Protection Secrets

Let me end this piece by sharing an email I received

from one of my readers on June 29th (the week

before the terrorist bombings in London.

Her daughter was traveling to London on

tour with her basketball team and she wanted

to know how to pray and keep her out of harm’s way.

A couple of days after (while the daughter was still in

London) we all woke up to watch the latest terrorist

attack on the subways and buses in London.

To read the next email I got from her, see:

http://www.firesprings.com/freereport6.htm

Go there now and read it… if you are at all interested

in divine protection. For yourself and your loved ones!

Be blessed!

Source by Elisha Goodman

American Legion Baseball Versus Travel Baseball

Sixteen and seventeen year old high school baseball players who want to play summer baseball have to make a choice between American Legion baseball versus travel baseball. And quite often there is some heavy recruiting from the American Legion coaches. Over the past few years legion coaches have seen a drop in the number of players wanting to play American Legion baseball. They now have to actively pursue players. Let’s take a look at why American Legion baseball numbers are dwindling.

Little League Baseball Explodes

The little league baseball scene exploded about fifteen years ago for ten through fourteen year olds. World Series tournaments went from just a few organizations with eight or ten teams to many organizations with tournaments of one hundred or more teams. And over the last six years this expansion of teams and tournaments has carried over to the fifteen through eighteen year old age groups.

Travel Baseball

Previously the baseball choices for these high school age players were limited to a few AAU teams and American Legion teams. Now there many teams called travel baseball teams. These teams do just what their name implies; they travel around the country playing in tournaments or showcases. Some sporting goods manufacturers help sponsor many of these traveling teams.

With this expansion of travel teams, college baseball coaches have figured out a new way to scout and recruit high school players. Rather than travel all over the country and chase summer teams, they now have these traveling teams come play at their stadium. Many college coaches will organize a couple of tournaments each summer. They make a little money on the tournament and get to see lots of players without having to travel.

For the players the exposure to college coaches is invaluable. And they get to play on college baseball fields and see college campuses.

Other Sports Demand Summer Time

Another reason for the drop in players wanting to play legion baseball is other sports. It seems like every high school sport has a summer long training program or other activity forcing kids to play only one sport. High school football and basketball players do not want to go lift weights and workout every morning, and then go play a baseball doubleheader that doesn’t end until eleven pm. It is sad but true that many high school players are forced to choose one sport.

Legion Age Limit Raised

A few years back American Legion raised the age limit of legion players from eighteen to nineteen. This increase has helped teams keep their numbers up. Many freshmen in college like coming home and playing another year of baseball. And recently American Legion has started promoting their Jr. Legion baseball program. They feel that the sooner they get players into the legion program the better. It is too early to know if this feeder program will be successful or not.

What to Do?

So what should a high school baseball player do? Should he play American Legion baseball with his high school buddies, or find a travel team to showcase his skills to many college coaches?

I can speak on this subject from both sides of the fence. I have a son who played four years of legion baseball and another one who is playing travel baseball. American Legion baseball is an old and proud program. Players on the team all come from the same town or city. You wear an American Legion patch on your shoulder. Typically legion coaches stay with the program for many years. You play lots and lots of games, and your home games are played close by. And usually the cost is reasonable. But from my experience not many college coaches or recruiters come to legion games.

Travel teams are usually made up of players from many different high schools. They will practice a lot and it may be far away. Quite often travel teams have hired coaches. They may travel three out of every four weekends. Many tournaments start on Wednesday or Thursday during the day. Lots of car pooling becomes necessary. There can be many college coaches and professional scouts at their games. The cost of travel teams can be very high.

I believe both types of teams are needed and will survive. Travel baseball is not for everyone, nor can everyone afford the cost. However, if you or your son is good enough, there can usually be something worked out. Travel team coaches want to win, so they will find a way for good players to be on the team. If you are a good player it is worth your effort to find a travel team. The college and professional baseball exposure is substantially better with travel teams.

But the American Legion program will continue to be a great choice for many high school players. Many professional and division one players have come out of the legion program. There are just a little fewer coming from legion baseball now.

Source by Vic Read

Friends Can Give Bad Advice On a Twin-Flame Relationship

Anyone who’s met their twin-flame knows that people who have not experienced this specific connection generally don’t understand its magnitude nor the unusual challenges the partners face.

Our friends try to help us, but in reality they do the opposite. Their advice while hopefully well intended is usually misguided and frankly, wrong.

Those who are not intuitive, spiritually aware, or empathic or who have not personally experienced a relationship of this level have absolutely no idea how these relationships are different from the ‘norm’.

These bonds are strong, personal and unique. It’s impossible to say that all twin relationships follow the same pattern, they do not. However, many of them do share one commonality. One or both, after a period of acknowledgment and outward expression of love, develop some very bad behavior. You may have heard the word “runner”. This refers to the partner who after the initial period of bliss and devotion, changes behavior abruptly and either becomes distant or leaves altogether.

When something this shocking to the soul happens, we lose our emotional equilibrium. The partner (typically female but not always) who has been ‘abandoned’ by her partner is left to find her way…and to sort through what happened. So we seek our friends. But they don’t understand. They say “oh… he must be seeing somebody else” or “just forget about him/her. They’re not worth your trouble”.

I’ve been able to come up with one comparison, and it’s not exactly right but it’s the closest thing I can think of to help describe this to someone who (1) hasn’t experienced it or (2) can’t feel it energetically through intuitive/empathic abilities.

If you’ve been a parent (or any adult who is in daily contact with and loves a child), you know what close to unconditional love feels like. Possibly even actual unconditional love. I’ve raised two sons and a daughter. Eleven years of single parenting gives me the authority to speak to this topic: eventually that loving child becomes an ass. It’s part of growing up, maturing, finding their independence and sorting through how they fit into this world. A parent is their safe person so the average kid will act out at home even if they are near perfect at school, at other people’s houses and on their sports teams. No matter how amazing of a human being your child is, odds are good they are going to be a real poop at one time or another.

Remember how your child climbed onto your lap and wanted nothing more than to snuggle with you, to kiss you, to play with your hair… to just be with you. That amazing human being told you they loved you twenty times a day! That kid wanted you to come to every soccer, baseball, basketball game and school event. Their love for you shined outwardly and yours back to them.

Then one day they hate you. It’s usually shortly after they stop showering.

The mom or dad who used to be a trusted source of information is now stupid.

The teen reaches a point where they likely either don’t talk to you at all or they yell at you. My personal favorite, the look of shame. Rather than yelling at you, they hunch their shoulders and hang their head & shake it back & forth so you REALLY know just how pathetic you are.

But you love them. You love them because you know them. Whether you gave physical birth to them or not, you’ve watched them grow, develop, you know them at their core. You know them better than anyone else, because you’ve known them since the beginning. You love them deeply and authentically because you know the “real” them and you know they aren’t perfect, but they are your amazing child, flaws and all.

You know when they reach this icky period, it’s just that. It’s a behavioral phase. When they act out, when they won’t speak to you, whey they appear to have no need for you- it’s not their authentic self. It is them finding their way to who they are becoming. They trust you and know you’ll be there for them. They just have to choose you, To choose you, they must be ready.

They sometimes won’t say they love you during this period. That would make them choke. But they do- love you. They always have, the bond is unbreakable.

I remember telling my middle son when he was at his worst “I will always love you, but I don’t like you at ALL right now!”

Sometimes your child’s behavior is so egregious that you, the one who is not acting out, must made a decision.

The same thing happens with twin-flame relationships when the behavior of the ‘runner twin’ is simply no longer acceptable to the ‘awake twin’. Once the awake twin knows with certainty that this is a ‘cycle’… that when the runner leaves he/she is never really gone & will always return, there is a level of comfort. Where after the first few cycles there may have been doubt, fear, worry that you would never see them again, there is now a confidence.

When the cycle has been repeated enough times, you know without doubt what your bond is based on and that it’s impossible to break. Just like with your child.

What I believe happens next to many is that the ‘awake’ twin gets exhausted with the whole thing. Just like it’s hard to hold the family together when one person keeps taxing your energy, (the icky angry teenager) something has to shift. You may decide to draw the line and tell that teenager (or twin flame) that while you love them and always will, their behavior is not acceptable.

Every family, every relationship is different, There is no one right answer, it’s going to be personal and unique based your situation.

With a Twin-Flame who professes their love and maybe even acknowledges the depth of the connection, but chooses (even if they don’t understand why they are doing it) bad behavior, you may decide to walk away for a while, to give them some distance to figure it out and be clear that love is not all that matters when we are in human form. Behavior is an important part of a successful relationship too. Those who know their twin will sense the behavioral choices stem primarily from fear. Fear of taking a chance and failing, fear and confusion over the intensity of what they are experiencing with you, etc. Fear is a topic for another day, but the source that prompts the bad behavior is real and the twin feels it deeply, even if the “awake” twin thinks it’s ridiculous. While the bond of Twin-Flames can never be severed, behavior is a choice and can be changed.

If the person you love deeply is your child, and that child who you know at the soul level as the most amazing human being- is making bad choices… would your friends tell you “he/she is seeing another mother”. Would they say “why are you bothering with her/him? They aren’t worth it- forget about it. Find someone else”.

Source by Moe Wood

Ways to Clean and Maintain Antique Salt Shakers

The antique salt shakers are older models that often become very attractive to collectors and shoppers. In fact, these are items for inheritance, passed down from a generation to another. In some homes, you will find a very old salt and peppershaker, which looks as good as new. If properly maintained, these items can last for years and years with zero scratches, marks or stains.

When considering antique, you are basically looking for Victorian Era products. These are the products that emerged first between 1860 and 1910. They were mainly made of high quality glass and are available until today. However, you should also expect to find several porcelain, crystal, and silver salt and peppershakers.

They are all very beautiful and have the potential to last longer only if one is willing to give them the attention they deserve. How should you clean and maintain the antique salt shakers? Although there are many different types available, the cleaning procedure is generally the same. Buy some baking soda because it will be necessary in your kitchen for other reasons.

Then, boil some water and put it in a bowl or another clean basin. Pour a few teaspoons of baking soda into the water and then soak your salt and peppershaker in the solution for a few minutes. Next, remove it, rinse with clean water and place it upside down on a clean, flat surface. As mentioned above, some of these old versions are very sensitive and require careful handling.

That is why you want to use a sharp item to remove dirt, such as a toothpick or clean stick. Before you can do that, remove the contents from the shaker and use the sharp object to scratch the clogged holes and sticky dirt. Any antique saltshaker made of metal, such as a silver shaker will develop rust stains. In order to remove these stains you want to soak the appliance in ammonia solution. Ensure that a room has good ventilation so as not to pollute for the ten minutes the shakers would remain in the solution.

Sometimes the rust stain will not come out because it might have grown to a permanent level and in such a case the shaker would require refinishing treat. If you do not have to redecorate your silver saltshaker, then look for professionals who are willing to do it for a fee. In order to protect these items so that you can use them in the long run, keep them empty especially if you do not have to use them.

By the way, you do not have to clean these appliances often. Twice every year wash will give them a constant sheen and beauty. If properly maintained, these antique salt shakers are little cute items that most people would love to collect. Are you a collector? If you are, the Internet is a good resource for you since it has information as well as products. Choose lovely products that you can soon or later put on sale online or offline.

Source by G. Smitty

High School Wrestling: Mental Training for Peak Performance

Athletes seeking to become champions in their chosen sport hope to find that desirable state of “being in the zone.” Sports psychologists often refer to this optimal state as “flow.” Flow involves a person’s complete focus on an activity. For instance, a cellist playing in an orchestra may find herself totally “lost in the moment” as the rest of the world seems to disappear. As you can see, flow is not limited to the field of sports.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term flow in the early 1970s. Similarly, sport psychologist, Dr. Jim Loehr, coined the term “mental toughness” in the 1980s. What does “being in the zone” involve? Many athletes have experienced a time where they were totally absorbed in their sport. The athlete was focused on the present, lost in the moment, and everything felt effortless. The athlete perhaps felt a sense of peace and no fear or anxiety. Many of us have seen a basketball player who just can’t seem to miss during a certain game. Many of us have seen wrestlers totally dominate a match in which everything they did seemed to go right. That is what the flow state is like.

How can a wrestler produce this sought after mental state? Here are some things to consider:

Motivation

Do you love wrestling or is it just a hobby? Is wrestling a passion or just an activity to pass some time? For wrestling champions like Dan Gable and John Smith, wrestling was an all-consuming passion. How much do you value wrestling? How much of a priority is it in your life? Do you look forward to practice? Can you push yourself hard or does your coach need to push you? One of the best techniques for getting and staying motivated is goal setting. Yes, I know you have heard it before. However, you need to have clear goals to succeed. Do you want to be a state champion? Perhaps your goal is merely to be able to walk off the mat after each match knowing that you never gave up physically or mentally. You want to know that you gave it 100% and that you did everything within your power to win. Do approach a match wanting to win or not caring too much about the outcome? Champions have an absolute desire to win.

Paying the Price

In his book Wrestling Tough, Mike Chapman writes about “paying the price.” What price are you willing to pay to become a champion? Are you willing to push yourself hard in practice even when you’re feeling tired? Are you willing to drill moves repeatedly even if it becomes boring? Well, you need to drill repeatedly if you want moves to become second nature. Are you willing to put in extra practice time if that’s what it takes? Are you willing to work out on your own and really push yourself even if your coach is not there monitoring you? Essentially, I am asking you this: “Are you willing to work hard?” I didn’t always enjoy running sprints during practice but I did it as hard as I could anyway. If I had the opportunity to run in the gymnasium before classes began for the day, I took advantage of it. I worked out in my room some evenings even though I had just finished practice a couple hours earlier. I worked out during the summer. I pushed myself hard without anyone telling me to. I went to wrestling camps. What price are you willing to pay to become a champion?

Focus on the Process

How does one win a wrestling match or a tournament? Do you focus on the desired outcome? I don’t think so. You want to win. That’s a given. However, a wrestler can become too focused on winning or losing. Yes, you need an absolute desire to win. However, your focus should be on the process or the means of winning. You win a match by executing your moves and scoring points. You win a tournament by focusing on one match at a time. Keep your focus on wrestling well and executing all of your moves flawlessly. Then the desired outcome of winning will simply take care of itself.

Sometimes I would look at the bracket sheet before a tournament and think about wanting to win that tournament. But, I knew I had to take one match at a time and that by keeping my focus on each individual match I had a good chance of winning the tournament. A well known proverb states, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Focusing on a thousand miles is overwhelming, but taking a single step is easy. All of those individual steps lead to the desired outcome.

Confidence

Are you confident in your abilities as a wrestler? Do you believe you can win the match even if your opponent is supposedly unbeatable? Do reflect on the strengths you have from time to time? You should. Do you reflect on past success performances occasionally? You should. One secret to confidence is knowing that your skills are good. You need to practice, practice, and practice some more until you have absolute confidence in your wrestling skills. In addition, confidence is high when you know that you are in good condition and can go all out for a six minute match. Dan Gable was expected to easily win the NCAA Wrestling Championships in 1970, but he lost his final match to Larry Owings. Alexander Karelin went undefeated for 13 years of international competition before losing his final match in the 2000 Olympics to Rulon Gardner. Anyone can be beaten. Be confident in your abilities and encourage your teammates as well. Remember that natural talent doesn’t always win. Often, the wrestlers who have worked the hardest and are confident in their abilities win matches.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali said, “To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” You may also have heard the expression, “Fake it until you make it.” If you aren’t feeling confident, then at least act like you are. Sometimes, I would slap my headgear and run onto the mat as though I was ready to tear into my opponent even if I wasn’t necessarily feeling confident. You’ve watched wrestling matches involving great wrestlers. You’ve seen how they act and the athletic poise that they have. Try to emulate them if you aren’t feeling confident. Send a message to your subconscious mind that you are confident. I love watching Jet Li and Jason Statham movies. They always look so cool and composed when facing an adversary.

Visualization

In his book Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz states, “Our brain and nervous system cannot tell the difference between a ‘real’ experience, and one which is vividly imagined.” Practice mental rehearsal before a match. Visualize yourself executing your moves flawlessly and defeating your opponent. Replay past wrestling successes in your mind as well. If you vividly imagine winning a match, then your brain and nervous system believe that you have won the match. If visualizing your family or loved ones makes you feel motivated then do so. If visualizing a warrior confidently engaging in battle with his enemy motivates you, then use that mental image.

Self-Talk

Obviously, you don’t want to use negative self-talk before a match. You don’t want to say, “I’m weak” or “I can’t beat this guy.” You want to use positive self-talk. You may say to yourself, “I am strong” and “I have great skills.” In addition, you may say to yourself, “I can beat this guy.” You may simply want to repeat one key word repeatedly to yourself. For example, you may want to say “Relentless” to yourself several times to remind yourself to be aggressive.

Optimal Arousal

An athlete needs a certain amount of arousal. He doesn’t want to be under aroused or over aroused. If your heart is pounding before a match and you feel very nervous then try to do some deep breathing and relax. If you feel sluggish and unmotivated then try jumping rope or running around some to get your heart rate up. I read a story once about a biathlete. The biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The coach of this biathlete realized his athlete was not in the proper frame of mind. He told her to run to a tree and back. The tree was quite a ways off. The athlete didn’t understand why her coach wanted her to run to a tree and back and wasn’t very happy about it. But, she did as her coached asked her to do. When she got back from the tree she was smiling and her coach looked at her and said, “Now you are ready.” He knew she simply needed a little more physical arousal to be in the flow state.

Focus

Have you ever watched a tennis match? Have you noticed how tennis players often adjust the strings on their rackets between points? They may really be adjusting their strings, but it also keeps them focused on the moment. They aren’t staring into the crowd or thinking about unimportant matters. Can you stay focused during a match? Are you distracted by the crowd or by unimportant thoughts? If you make a mistake, can you let it go and refocus on what you need to do to get back on track? If you are taken down, instead of focusing on your mistake and thinking, “I really screwed up,” you could reframe your thought and think, “No problem, I have plenty of time to get back on track.” Then you could switch your focus to getting back to your base and getting an escape.

The Power of State

Many things can influence your psychological state. Beliefs, values, mental images, music, movies, and many other things can influence one’s state of mind. Do you believe you can win? Do you value hard work and being successful? Music “charges up” some athletes. If listening to AC/DC or the theme from the movie Rocky increases your energy, then listen to it before your competition. If watching a movie like Gladiator the night before a competition makes you feel motivated then watch it. Some athletes find it helps to meditate or listen to hypnosis recordings to get them focused and ready to wrestle.

Routines and Rituals

Some athletes find that having pre competition routines and rituals help them to perform better. Some like to use visualization. They may envision the moves they are going to do during the match. Some may envision themselves having their arm raised in victory. Some may envision themselves standing on the top of the podium in 1st place. Some like to shout and slap themselves. Others like to listen to the same song. Some wrestlers may have a lucky tee shirt. Some may pray before they wrestle. Some may repeat to themselves, “I will succeed. I will beat this guy.” I used to shake my coach’s hand before stepping onto the mat. Find a routine that works for you.

Experiences

I watched a teammate walk confidently onto the mat, throw his opponent with a headlock, and get a pin. A week or two later he wrestled the same opponent and was beaten 12-0. What happened? Obviously, it had to do with mental toughness. My teammate was simply not in the same flow state he had been in during the previous match. During my senior year, I was pinned by an opponent a week before the conference tournament. But, I beat him in a dominating fashion in the conference finals because I absolutely believed I could beat him. I surprised many people. However, I wasn’t surprised because I was totally focused and had no doubt that I could win.

My nephew lost a match 11-0 to his opponent and then beat that same opponent 14-4 a week later. What happened? My nephew decided the way to win the match was to attack relentlessly from the start, which he did. I think his opponent was surprised and kind of lost his focus when he got behind. Things weren’t going like they had in the previous match. I think my nephew broke his spirit. In junior high, a friend and I both lost our first match in a youth wrestling tournament. He was ready to give up and leave because he didn’t want to get a green fifth place ribbon. I thought to myself, “What makes you think you’ll win your next two matches and even get fifth place?” His attitude shocked me. I still wanted to win my next two matches even if it did mean getting fifth place.

Some wrestlers get nervous when they have to wrestler a good wrestler. Getting to wrestle someone good should be viewed as an exciting challenge. What is so great about beating someone that offers very little challenge? Even if you have to wrestle an exceptional wrestler, you can still focus on doing your best and not being pinned. You do not have to give up before the match even starts.

There was a television show called “The Wonder Years” that focused primarily on a boy named Kevin Arnold. In one episode, Kevin decides to join the wrestling team because he was able to beat a few guys in gym class. He finds out that the wrestling team is a lot harder than wrestling in gym class. Kevin gets a chance to wrestle a match against a state champion. Kevin wants to give up and lay his shoulder on the mat and be pinned but something inside of him won’t let him give up. He survives the match without being pinned. After his match, Kevin’s coach points out the fact that Kevin was beaten 15-2. Kevin says, “Yeah, I told you I was good.” This is fiction of course. But, I think you get the point. Even if you are losing a match, you can keep doing your best and retain your pride and dignity by not giving up.

I am not a sport psychologist or a peak performance expert. You can search for articles online, read books, and watch videos to learn more about how to find that somewhat elusive state known as “being in the zone.”

Some Books

  • Wrestling Tough by Mike Chapman
  • Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances by Susan Jackson and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game by Sam Sheridan
  • The New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental, Emotional, and Physical Conditioning from One of the World’s Premier Sports Psychologists by James Loehr and Chris Evert
  • The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey (I realize this book is about tennis, but it is a classic book about peak performance and worth looking at)

Videos

Dan Gable has a DVD called Coaching Mental Toughness on the Mat.

As you can see, trying to get into the “zone” that produces peak performance is somewhat complicated. I hope that this article has helped you in that quest. No single perfect state produces peak performance. Every athlete may have a different route for finding the flow state. Some wrestle well when they are happy. Some wrestle well simply because they know that they are in great condition and have great skills. Some wrestle well because losing is deemed absolutely unacceptable to them and they want to settle for nothing less than victory. You need to find what works for you.

Source by Tharin Schwinefus

How Does NBA Pro Player Spud Webb Get His Hops? Watching the Pros For Vertical Training

To better your form, after stretching, eliminate any mental blocks that you might have. There is a connection between what your mind and what your body does, and you want to eliminate that by picturing your goals as clearly in your mind as possible, so that you don’t inhibit in any way what your mechanics are going to do.

I recommend that you watch NBA player Spud Webb, paying attention to how he gets into his jump. You will notice how Spud Webb’s last step before he explodes is exaggerated and about twice or three times as long as his normal step. Why does he do that? Because that additional length lowers his entire body, and when his entire body is lowered, it’s ready for all the muscles to contract and send him upward.

If you’re training for any event in track and field-whether it’s long jump or high jump-they’re going to teach you to exaggerate your final step so it lowers your entire body weight  and gets you ready to explode. If you’re standing straight up in the air, the least that you can do is maybe flex your quads a little bit, flex your calves, and just do a little bit with your lower back. But you’re not going to be able to get near the explosion as when you’re already poised and in place.

Now, notice at the point right before full explosion, where his arm’s at, where’s the ball at. It’s nearly in between his legs, because if his hands were already up near his chest, he can’t explode using his upper body. So his whole body-including his legs, arms, and upper body-is ready to explode upward. 

You want to exaggerate this as much as you can-even pointing your toes towards your knees so that your legs are ready to fully explode and that your joints and muscles are taking advantage of all of the elasticity that they have. Watch Spud Webb to see where everything is exploding upwards: his hands have gone up; his legs are extending; and he’s sending everything he has skyward. There’s a lot that can be said for watching pros and how they jump.

Source by Jacob W. Hiller