List Of Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas To Try

There are 2 types of party games that every party needs to keep the excitement levels up – scavenger hunts and treasure hunts. Though both involve finding hidden things, there is a big difference between the two.

A scavenger hunt starts with a list of things to find and a set time for finding them. There are no clues given to help the players find the items. They have to scavenge for them.

A treasure hunt has no time limit and the players are given clues to help them find the hidden treasure.

I have a feeling you are more interested in the scavenger hunt, so I’ll give you the ultimate list of scavenger hunt ideas for your next party (or just a great family afternoon).

Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Hide some items all around your backyard and give the players a list of the things to find. This can be played as an individual or team game. To spice things up, make a different list for each player or team but include one item common to both. Make the common item especially difficult to find.

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

This is a variation of the backyard scavenger hunt. The only twist is that the hunting ground is now extended to part of the neighborhood or the entire neighborhood. It is especially good if all the kids in the neighborhood participate. Be sure to inform all the stakeholders in your neighborhood about your planned game.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of nature-related things for the players to find or see. Extra points for finding particular colors, e.g. a red flower. This is a great way to get children to explore nature and learn about the natural things around them while having a great time.

Five Senses Scavenger Hunt

Have the players find things associated with the five senses. Be sure to be specific so as to avoid the kids touching or tasting what they shouldn’t. For example, they can look for a sour lemon, a soft teddy, or a loud drum. Make sure there is ample supervision for this game.

Family Reunion Scavenger Hunt

This is especially fun at family gatherings. Hide old photos of family members and have the players find the photos and match them to the current face. This should be a lot of fun for the whole family.

Wild Animal Scavenger Hunt

Have the players find wild animals. No, not in the jungle. Get a packet of miniature plastic wild animals and hide them for the players to find. You can also use pictures in place of the plastic toys.

Outdoor Motor Sensory Scavenger Hunt

Players can look for something that is related to their motor senses. For example, they can find something to climb over or under, something to swing on, or something to balance on their heads. Though most of these can be found naturally, you might have to improvise or create some for yourself – like a rope tied to a branch in the case of something to swing on.

St. Patrick’s Scavenger Hunt

In this variation of a scavenger hunt, players have to scavenge for a list of green things. Make a list of green socks, green cup, green hat, green leaf, or anything you have on hand that is green. You can adapt this one to suit whatever holiday is approaching or being celebrated.

Solve the Riddle Scavenger Hunt

This is an interesting variation of the scavenger hunt that is suitable for all ages but can be more interesting for older kids or adults. Instead of the ordinary list of things to find or do, players have to solve a riddle whose answer is the object they are to hunt for.

The Bakery Scavenger Hunt

Create a list of baking ingredients and have the players find them. Once they’ve found everything on the list, go ahead and bake a cake (or something else simple).

Dress Up Scavenger Hunt

You will need a lot of costumes for this one depending on the number of players. If not, have the children work in groups. Create a list of the components of an entire costume for each team and have them look for them. For example, one team can look for pieces of a pirate costume. To win the game, players must not only find the entire costume, but they should also dress one of their team members up in the costume.

At the Beach Scavenger Hunt

You don’t really have to go the beach for this one but a few props can make it more interesting. Create a list of things that can be found at the beach and have players find pictures of them. If you have some actual beach stuff like shells or a beach towel, you can throw them into the mix.

The Hunt is On

A scavenger hunt is one of the simplest, cheapest, and yet most exciting party game you can include in your repertoire of party game ideas. All you need is a bit of creativity. Use whatever you have on hand and let the hunt begin.

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An In-Depth Look At The Best Golf Balls For 2019: Buyer’s Guide

People all over America love the sport of golf.

It’s a great way to relax and distress after work or even to entertain business clients.

However, you can’t play golf without golf balls, and, believe it or not, the balls you choose play a role in determining how well your golf game goes.

Fortunately, selecting the best golf balls isn’t hard. You just have to know what to look for. Reading online golf ball reviews can be helpful too. With a little research and effort, though, you can easily find the best golf balls for your game.

Choose Multi-Layer Balls When You Can

One of the first “rules of thumb” to keep in mind, if you want the best golf balls, is to always buy multi-layer balls when you can.

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Those cheap, thin balls you can find at stores like Walmart are not going to do you any favors. In fact, you’d be lucky if they lasted through your game.

You’re much better off going with slightly more expensive multi-layer balls. These will have thick urethane covers to help protect them and make them last. Plus, they will typically perform better in any game by having more heft and weight when you hit them.

Keep Your Skill Level in Mind

While it is always a good idea to buy high quality balls when you can, remember that you don’t always need the most expensive balls available.

This is especially true if you are a newer player or haven’t yet attained a very high skill level.

Golf Ball

When you’re newer to the game of golf, it’s normal to lose balls and to lose them often. That’s fine if your balls aren’t costing a fortune, but it’s not so smart if you’ve got pricey golf balls.

So, keep your skill level and how many balls you are likely to lose per game in mind as you buy. If you’re smart, you’ll factor this into the decision of how much to pay for your balls.

Look for a Ball with a Good Spin

As you can tell, shopping for a ball means you have a lot of different things to think about, and here’s another thing to add to the list.

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When you shoot wedge shots, for example, you want your ball to spin and to spin well. Unfortunately, not all balls do this. The thinner, lower quality ones, for example, typically don’t get a lot of spin.

So, as you shop, make sure you ask to test out spin or that you just plain ask about it. You need to see how a ball will perform in different situations in order to make an informed decision.

Don’t Buy a Pro Ball if You’re Not a Pro Player

When you shop for golf balls, you will typically find that the most expensive balls on the shelf are the “tour balls,” sometimes referred to as pro balls.

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Your natural inclination might be to go for these balls. After all, they’re the best, right? However, if you are not a professional player, you don’t want professional balls. In fact, using pro balls when you don’t actually need them can hurt your game, rather than help it.

A Tour or “Pro” ball spins a lot. Obviously, as discussed above, you do want some spin. But, these balls spin so much that the average or low-skill player typically cannot handle the spin, especially the side spin.

So, unless you are a highly skilled player nearing the professional level, leave those tour balls on the shelf. Go with something that is designed for your skill level.

When Possible, Test Before You Buy

Testing out different balls is one of the best ways to ensure you get the best golf balls to match your needs.

When possible, ask a friend to try out his golf balls when you’re on the field. Practice a variety of short game shots and see how you feel with a particular ball.

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If trying out different balls with friends isn’t an option or isn’t an easy option, then go to a store that gives you the chance to try balls on the green or on a practice green.

Also, remember to try testing with drivers and/or launch monitors.

Ultimately, how you test out different golf balls doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you actually test them out. You can think a ball looks great and you can read all the reviews you want, but you won’t really know anything about a particular ball until you see how it performs in action, so never neglect this all important step.

As you can see, a lot of thought goes into choosing the right golf balls to meet your needs. As long as you put in that though, however, you should have no problem finding the right balls and enjoying a great many games with them.

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Quick Tips On How To Play Baseball

Baseball is known as America’s past time. It’s easy to understand why so many people love the game. All you need to get started is a bat, a ball, and a glove. Find a few friends and an empty field to get a game going. Of course, actually playing the game is a lot more complicated than that.

There’s a lot of strategy and rules at play every time you step onto that beautiful red shale. Of course, one article can’t cover all of the finer details of how to play baseball.

However, learning how to hit a ball and throw a ball is a pretty good place to start if you’re interested in playing the game.

Swing for the Fences: How to Hit a Baseball

There’s a lot of practice involved in between learning how to hit a ball and being able to hit a ball like rookie superstar, Aaron Judge. With that said, it doesn’t matter if you’re Aaron Judge playing in the big leagues or just another average Joe playing at the local ball diamond; the fundamentals of hitting a baseball are universal.

The first thing to do is learn how to grip the bat. A baseball grip is rather simple with both hands clutching the bat, one above the other. A lot of people will naturally rest the bat in their palms with their fingers wrapping around the bat. However, a much more effective grip has your fingers taking on much of the weight of the bat. You don’t want to grip too hard or too soft as this can affect your control of the bat when swinging.

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Now it’s time to line up at home plate and prepare for the pitch. You want to face your hips, chest, and shoulders square with home plate and turn your head to watch the pitcher and anticipate the ball’s arrival at home plate.

Angling your body can help affect the direction of the ball when you make contact. If you are a right handed batter, close your hips away from the infield to help drive the ball out to the right. If you want to send the ball out to the left then you would open up your hips to the infield. Of course, the opposite would be true for a left handed batter.

Now, it’s time to actually hit the ball. This much easier said than done and, needless to say, there will be a lot of practice involved before you feel comfortable every time you step up to the plate. If you have ever heard the phrase, “keep your eye on the ball,” then you know one of the most important baseball tips there is.

You will have to anticipate the speed and angle of the ball to know when and where to swing. Of course, if the ball is way outside of the strike zone then not swinging at all is typically the best strategy. If you want to send the ball into the outfield then you will want to hit the ball on your upswing whereas a flat swing plane will create a ground ball situation.

Put Some Heat On It: How to Throw

Throwing a ball with power and accuracy is another skill that looks much easier than it really is. Making a short throw is achievable for most players but gunning out a runner at first base from your position at third is a tall task.

Use a full circular throwing motion to generate power with your arm. For more power, you will even want to incorporate your torso by turning as you release the ball. Another good tip to keep in mind is to use your wrist.

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A flick of the wrist as you release the ball can add a lot of power and help maintain accuracy. In fact, practicing throwing with just your wrist and no arm motion is one great way to get a feel for the wrist motion you should be using.

Much like with batting, grip is very important when throwing. Hold the ball in your fingers rather than the palm of your hand. This creates less resistance as you release the ball and makes release easier. Gripping to hard can actually reduce the power in your throw. Imagine you are gripping an egg and you want to throw it without breaking it.

No Substitute for Practice

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Quite simply, it is impossible to learn how to hit a baseball and how to throw a baseball without putting in practice time. Learn the fundamentals and then develop your own style around those fundamentals. If you are struggling to learn how to hit a baseball then experiment with various stances in the batter’s box. You can also try adjusting your grip position on the bat or angling your body a certain way as you prepare for the pitch.

Now that you know the basics, get out there and hit the field to put those skills into action!

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The Absolute Best Softball Bats Buyer’s Guide: Read Before You Buy

Softball is a wonderful sport, one that is all about fun and fitness.

However, you can’t play softball without the proper equipment. And, one of the most important pieces of equipment that you will need is a good softball bat.

Many people wonder how to find the best softball bats. Fortunately, it isn’t all that hard. By reading some reviews online, doing a little research, and shopping around, you should have no problem narrowing down the best softball bats and, from there, picking the right one for your needs, especially not if you know what to look for.

Remember, Color is Not Important

One of the big mistakes that people make when choosing a softball bat is caring only about how the bat looks. However, what a bat looks like really isn’t important. Sure, it’s okay to want a bat that is decently attractive, but things like color, design, and stickers really are not important.

So, don’t be tricked into buying a “bad bat” because it looks pretty on the outside. Pay more attention to things like quality, durability, and being made by a brand that you can trust. These are the kinds of things that are going to get you a good bat, not just one that looks good.

Consider Height and Weight as You Buy

Many people, especially those new to softball, are not aware that buying the best softball bats involves knowing your measurements.

What size bat you will need will depend greatly on your height and weight. By taking these measurements into account, you can ensure your bat isn’t too heavy or too light, that it sits comfortably when you hold it, and that it will always be at the height that you need.

There are many charts available that show what players of different heights and weights need in terms of a bat, so use a chart and your measurements to choose the right bat every time.

Get a Bat That’s Long Enough

As mentioned above, your height and weight both play a role in determining what size bat you will need.

However, in addition to these factors, you want to make sure that the bat is long enough to fit you comfortably. You can figure out if it is by placing the bat’s knob at your chest and extending the barrel outward.

If you find that you can touch the bat’s end with your fingertips, then your bat is the right size. If you can’t or if you do so too easily, i.e. without a stretch, your bat is either too long or too short.Right sizing is important, so, when possible, try this little trick before you buy.

Remember to Do What’s Right for You

A lot of the time, coaches will have a particular bat that they strongly recommend or even push on their players. And, even when the pressure to buy a particular bat doesn’t come from the coach, you might get it from your teammates or the sales clerk at the local sporting goods store.

However, bear in mind that which bat you should use is a highly personal thing. A bat that works great for someone else may not work for you. So, with that said, don’t give in to pressure.

Buy the bat that you truly want and need to help you excel at the sport. Nothing else and nobody else matters.

Don’t Allow Your Bat to Weight You Down

Another tip to keep in mind as you shop for the right softball bat is to avoid going for a bat that is too heavy.

This is something that happens to people all the time. They buy a bat with a little extra “heft” and then find that they have trouble lifting it, let alone swinging it.

Some people even do this on purpose in an effort to get stronger, but it’s not a smart move. A too-heavy bat will be a literal drag, not just on the field but every time you have to carry it to a game too.

You don’t want your bat to be so light that it has no real weight and strength to it, but being too heavy is even worse, so be honest with yourself as you assess what size bat you need.

If You Struggle with Shaking, Go With a Composite Bat

Shaking hands are never a good thing for a softball player. When the hands shake or vibrate, so does the bat those hands are holding, and this can negatively affect your game.

If you are someone who struggles with shaking and not being able to hold a bat securely, give a composite softball bat a try. These are known for being firmer and less shaky than their aluminum counterparts.

As you can see, a lot of thought needs to go into selecting the right bat. However, as long as you put that thought and care in, you can easily find the right bat to meet your needs.

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The Ultimate List Of The Best Kids’ Party Games And Activities

If you’ve ever organized a kids birthday party before, you know how stressful it can be. No, I’m not talking about the food and the décor, that’s child’s play. The biggest (and scariest) part of organizing a kid’s birthday is the entertainment – party games in particular.Here’s a handy list to help you keep from pulling out your hair next time you’re caught at the helm of organizing a birthday party for kids.

1. Treasure Hunt

This party game is actually fun for both kids and adults. Hide a prize somewhere in the house or yard and place clues all over that will lead the participants to the “treasure”.

You can make a variation of the game where you hide multiple prizes in different places. Make maps leading to the prizes. On the day of the party, you then divide the children into teams and hand them a map. The first team to find their treasure wins.

2. Three-Legged Race

This is a simple game that is a favorite among younger kids. Find something soft to tie 2 children’s legs together and make them race with their “3 legs”. To make it more exciting, you can have a relay version provided there is enough room and enough participants.

3. Balloon Pop

Blow up lots of balloons and place tokens (simple paper with a number or picture) inside some of them. Each token represents a small prize. The kids can then blow up the balloons to find the tokens.

4. Sack Race

This is a classic game that never gets boring. All you need are a few sacks to get the action going. To make it more exciting, put participants into teams with a member representing an age group. For example, one toddler, one teen, and one adult (if you have some around). Points are awarded for each round and points tallied at the end.

5. Hot Potato

Kids sit in a circle and an item is placed in the first child’s hands. Music is then played and the kids start passing the object around. When the music stops, the child holding the object is eliminated. The last child remaining is the winner. To make it more interesting, make the object the prize of the game.

6. Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course in your backyard and let the kids race to get to the end where a simple prize will be waiting for them.

7. Marble Toss

Get a piece of foam board (a sturdy cardboard box can do) and glue plastic cups on it. Cover the entire board with colored Styrofoam cups. At least four colors to represent a player. The players are then given marbles matching in color with their cups. The aim of the game is to throw your marbles into your color cup. The number of marbles in the players’ cup equals their number of points.

8. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

This is another classic that will never lose its appeal. All you need do is print (or paint if you’re artistic) a picture on a cardboard, leaving out a piece of course. If your party has a theme, be creative and use a picture that corresponds to the theme. The kids then take turns to be blindfolded and try to pin the missing piece in its place. Be sure to turn them around a bit to make it more interesting.

9. Ring Toss

Bring the carnival into your home with this easy-to-make game. All you need are a few bottles to throw some homemade rings over.

10. Duck. Duck. Goose!

Have the children sit in a circle and pick out one child (the duck) to get the game started. The duck then goes behind the line and walks around touching the children’s heads saying “duck” each time. After a while, the duck should touch one of them at random and shout “goose”, and run to the spot she was picked from. The goose then runs after the duck to try and stop her from reaching their spot. Failure to do so and the goose turns into the duck and the process is repeated.

11. What’s the Time Mr. Wolf

Pick one child from among the kids (best start with the birthday boy/girl) to be the wolf. All the kids follow the wolf asking, “What’s the time Mr. Wolf?” The wolf responds by stating the time starting from one O’Clock and going up. At one point, at the wolf’s discretion, the wolf then shouts, “Dinner time!”, and turns around to chase the other kids. The captured victim then becomes the wolf.

12. Escape The Monster

Set up two points a distance apart. The first point is where the game starts, you can call it anything, granny’s house is a good one. The other point will be “home”. Chose 1 or 2 children (even an adult) to stand in the middle (the forest) as the monsters. The aim of the game is for each child to run across the forest and avoid being caught by a monster. Any child who gets caught turns into a monster too. The children will run to and fro between home and granny’s place until one child is left. The last child remaining is the winner.

Party On

There you are, a list of party ideas to keep the party lively for a very long time. No need to fret over games or, worry about hiring an expensive entertainer who will just make them play the same games.

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A Comprehensive Guide On How To Wash And Clean A Baseball Cap

How to Wash and Clean a Baseball Cap

What was once your favorite cap to wear out on the town is now a stained, dusty, and dirty shell of the stylish cap it once was. What do you do? A lot of people will choose to bid farewell to their favorite cap and toss it in favor of a new one.

What if there was a way to give life back to your baseball cap and avoid having to buy new ones? This is definitely the more economical option and might be the only option if the hat you have is a collectible or limited edition hat that may be incredibly expensive, or downright impossible, to replace. Here’s everything you need to know about how to wash a baseball cap.

How Not to Wash a Baseball Cap

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Before you roll up your sleeves and learn how to wash a baseball cap you need to know some important things to avoid if you want to ensure your cap survives the cleaning process. The first thing to avoid is machinery. Your washing machine or dishwasher may seem like convenient cleaning tools. But baseball caps are not down for either of these cleaning devices.

The threads may come loose, your cap could become warped, and the detergent used may not be rinsed away completely, which leaves a grimy film. A lot of people will recommend that you put your cap on the top rack of the dishwasher. But there is a better way to get a clean baseball cap.

Also, be sure to choose the right cleaning product. You will want to avoid anything with bleach in the ingredients. Instead, you will be using regular laundry detergent or dish detergent. Before you begin a thorough cleaning, be sure to spot test a part of your cap with some detergent mixed in water. If you notice discoloration then you should only use water to clean your cap.

Put In Some Elbow Grease

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Now that you know that the washing machine and dishwasher are out of the question that only leaves one method of cleaning. That’s right! You’re going to hand wash your baseball cap! Don’t worry, this is not a time consuming task. Plus, if you really love your baseball cap, then you shouldn’t mind putting in a little bit of elbow grease to salvage it from a life in the garbage bin.

First, gather the tools you will need for cleaning. A large bucket is handy to have but you can use your sink if needed. You’ll want to choose a detergent or dish soap which, ideally, you have already spot tested as mentioned above. For scrubbing, choose an old toothbrush or a rag.

Finally, you will need a towel to dry your cap and something to sit the cap on for drying. Ideally, this drying “tool” will keep the cap elevated so air can reach all surfaces of the cap, inside and out. In a pinch, an old mason jar will do the trick.

Time to Get Scrubbing

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You have your tools, you know what not to do. Now it’s time to actually begin the cleaning process. Put some detergent in your bucket and begin filling it with warm water. As the bucket fills, wet your toothbrush or rag and begin spot treating some of the really stained or dirty areas on your cap. You want to be very gentle when scrubbing to protect the threads on your cap which could break or loosen as a result of vigorous cleaning.

Once you have finished the initial spot treatment, place your cap in the bucket of warm water and detergent to soak for at least an hour. Throughout the soaking, you may want to check on the areas you have spot treated and scrub those areas a little more to help along the cleaning process.

Once you have soaked the cap and you’re satisfied with the stain removal you can rinse the cap with cold water. A complete and thorough rinsing is necessary to ensure that you don’t have a leftover soap scum feeling after drying.

When the water runs clear, and you don’t see any detergent left in the fibers of your cap, you can use a towel to pat down the excess water. Just like with scrubbing, you don’t want to be too rough on your cap. Definitely avoid wringing out your baseball cap if you want to maintain its shape and avoid warping. Once the excess water is towel-dried away, place the cap on an object to air dry.

Show Off Your New Baseball Cap

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If the cleaning and drying process goes well your cap should look as good as new! If there are some leftover stains you may want to go through the cleaning process once again. Now that you know how to wash a baseball cap you can keep those beloved hats looking great for a long time and save money on buying new caps. Share this with your friends and help them to keep their headwear looking clean as well!

The 7 Most Important Baseball Pitches You Need To Know Today

13.96 Million: Number of people who play baseball in the United States – twice the population of Paraguay. Making it the 3rd most popular sport in America.

Before the Pitch

Every great pitch stems from a great wind-up technique. Perfect your wind up in order to improve your pitch.

The Perfect Wind-Up

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Start by facing the batter with your feet on the rubber pointing towards the home plate.

To begin the pitch, take a step back with your left foot, turn 90 degrees with your left shoulder pointing toward home plate.

Lift your left leg as you turn, bending at the knee.

Pitch while making a long stride towards home plate with your left foot, keeping it in line with your right leg.

The 7 Pitches Every Pitcher Should Master

Remember, pitchers are usually the focal point of every baseball match. A good pitcher is the hero of the game.

The Four-Seam Fastball

The Four-Seam Fastball

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Facts:

1st pitch learnt -usually.

Fast and easy to place.

How to Grip:

Place your index and middle fingertips across the seams of the baseball. Place your thumb underneath the ball. Your thumb tip should rest on smooth leather, not on a seam. Don’t smother the ball, hold it with the fingertips.

How to Pitch:

Wind up and throw the ball as hard and fast as you can.

The Two-Seam Fastball

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Facts:

Also called the “sinker”.

Fast and easy to place.

How to Grip:

Place your index and middle fingers directly on top of the seams – narrowest point between seams is best. Place your thumb directly underneath the baseball. Make sure your thumb tip does not touch the seam. Use your ring finger to balance the ball.

How to Pitch:

Hold the ball tightly until the point of release. Wind up and pitch hard.

The Slider

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Facts:

Also called a “yakker” or “snapper”.

How to Grip:

Same as two seam fastball, only this time, place your middle and index fingers next to the right seam. Place your ring finger on the side of the ball and the thumb underneath the ball. Squeeze the ball between your middle finger and thumb. Pull your wrist in on the thumb side.

How to Pitch:

Wind up and throw. Make sure to keep your wrist loose as you release the ball.

The Curve Ball

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Facts:

Uses optical illusion to confuse the batter.

How to Grip:

Place your middle finger along the bottom seam of the ball and your index finger next to your middle finger. The thumb should be placed on the back seam. This finger placement will give the ball a tight rotation so it can break.

How to Pitch:

Keep your elbow equal with your throwing shoulder – can be a bit higher but not lower. As you release the ball rotate your wrist out and down. The ball should rotate off your index finger as it leaves your hand.

The Circle Change-Up

The Curve Ball

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Facts:

A slow pitch often used to confuse the batter.

How to Grip:

Make a circle by touching the tips of your thumb and index fingers. Place the baseball in your palm and hold it with the other three fingers. The baseball should fit snugly against your circle. Windup and pitch, making sure to hide your pitch style.

The Knuckle Ball

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Facts:

One of the hardest pitches to throw.

Also one of the hardest pitches to hit.

How to Grip:

Position the ball in the same way as you would in the two-seam fastball without touching the seam. Instead of placing your fingers on the seam, dig your fingertips into the leather. Place your the under the ball.

How to Pitch:

Keep your wrist stiff and extend your fingers as you release the ball – as if you’re pushing the ball.

The Splitter Fastball

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Facts:

Despite being called a fastball, the splitter is often used as an off-speed pitch

How To Grip:

Place your index and middle fingers outside the seams – the seams should lie between your fingers.. Place your thumb directly underneath the baseball. Make sure your thumb tip does not touch the seam. Use your ring finger to balance the ball.

How to Pitch:

Pitch as you would a two seam fastball.

A Comprehensive Guide On How To Throw A Dart Like A Pro

To some, playing darts is a good way to have a little fun at the bar on a Friday or Saturday night. To others, playing darts is pretty serious business. In either case, knowing how to throw a dart is a pretty handy skill to have. In one scenario, that kind of skill will prevent you from injuring a fellow bar patron. In the other scenario, being a skilled dart player could equal winning thousands of dollars. While you may not have dreams of going pro, it’s still nice to learn how to throw a dart like one.

Grip a Dart Like a Pro

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Before you send that dart flying through the air on its journey you need to have a good grip on the dart. While there are many grips used by dart players, there are a few important rules to always keep in mind.

First, you should use at least three fingers. This is often the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Some players will use four or five fingers for added stability when throwing. The only downside to adding more fingers to your grip is having to coordinate all fingers at once when releasing to ensure an accurate flight path.

Another important aspect of your grip is the strength used to hold the dart. You want a light but firm grip on the dart. If you have white fingertips or white knuckles when gripping your dart you are probably holding on too tight and it may be difficult to release the dart on target. Conversely, if you find the dart wobbling in your fingers as you go through the throwing motion then you may need to consider strengthening your grip to stabilize the dart.

Finally, any fingers that are not used in your grip should be positioned well away from the dart. This also includes your palm and other areas of the hand. A simple grip is an effective grip. Nothing is more frustrating than releasing a dart perfectly only to have an errant finger knock your shot off target ever-so-slightly.

Grip It and Take Your Shot

Once you have found a comfortable, effective grip you are ready to take your shot. Aiming your shot is, obviously, the most important aspect of shooting. Your motion could be perfect but if you are not aimed correctly then you will not get the results you want. Position yourself sideways with one foot in front of the other. If you throw right handed then you will want to have your right foot forward. Hold the dart at eye level to help you line up and visualize your shot.

Many dart players will lean forward. The further forward you lean, the closer you are to the dart board and the less distance your dart has to travel. Leaning forward too much, however, can cause strain on the back and negatively affect your aim. A small forward lean is best. Leaning back is not advised at all. This creates more distance between you and the dart board while also making your body less stable during the throwing motion.

As you throw it is important to keep your body as still as possible and let your arm do the work. Don’t lift your leg or shift from side to side as this will alter your balance and cause you to miss shots. The same rule applies to your torso. Keep your upper body as still as possible and allow your throwing arm to generate power. Twisting your body to generate power can cause you to lose accuracy and is unnecessary for the distance needed when playing darts.

Develop Your Own Personal Style

While there are some fundamental rules to darts, there is room for your own style. Try different grips and stances to see which works best for you. Experiment with your grip strength and the power you use to throw the dart. Change the amount of lean you put into your stance and see what works best for you.

Learning how to throw a dart is not an exact science. The only way to master the skill is to practice and then practice some more. Once you have settled on your own style then you may want to start playing more competitively. Try joining a local dart league or challenge some friends to a game where the loser pays for nachos. Learning how to throw a dart is one thing but throwing a dart under pressure is an entirely different skill. Good luck out there!

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Kubb Game and Rules Guide

Kubb is a very popular outdoor game that can be played on a lawn, beach, parking lot, or anywhere you can create a rectangular court also called also known as a pitch. The great thing about Kubb is that it can involve both brute force and precise touch, along with many tactical decisions and strategies. Kubb’s objective is simple: to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden batons at them. The exact rules of Kubb can vary from region to region, but the ultimate goal is to knock over all of the opponent’s kubbs. When you have accomplished this you must knock over the king to win.

The kubb game has grown from ancient origins into a modern game with international interest and large tournaments held all over the world. The modern version of kubb started in the 1980’s when the first sets were commercially made and has since exploded in popularity all over the world. The world championship is held on the island of Gotland, Sweden while the USA championship is held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The game is very popular in the Midwest of the USA.

Many schools are now even playing kubb in their physical education classes. It is a great game to play for the whole family and in groups of friends. The game is said to have Scandinavian origins and is also nicknamed ‘Viking Chess’. In this article, we will take a look at how to set up your own game of Kubb, the rules, strategies, and some great Kubb sets to get you started playing this exciting game.

How to Play Kubb

The game is typically played in an open area or playing field, most commonly on a sandy beach, lawn game or a backyard game. The first thing you need to do when playing Kubb is set up your playing field by marking out a rectangle with field marking pins, stakes, or even rocks at the corners and two markers at the imaginary line running through the center of the court. The most common court size used is a 26 x 16-foot rectangle.

This is the size of court typically used in official Kubb tournaments. If you are a beginner or playing with children it is suggested to start smaller and work your way up in size as you get better. The opposing ends of the court are called the baselines with an imaginary line running through the middle.

There are 3 different types of wooden pieces used in gameplay including 10 kubbs measuring 15 cm tall and 7 cm square on the end, a king measuring 30 cm tall and 9 cm square on the end, and 6 batons that are 30 cm long and 4.4 cm in diameter. Most commercially made kubb sets will include all of these pieces along with 6 field marking pins, a carrying bag, and rules. Each team will need to take 5 kubbs. The same king is used for both teams.

Set your 5 kubbs up on the baseline placed at regular intervals from one end of the baseline to the other. The blocks in this starting position are called baseline kubbs. The king is placed directly on the imaginary line in the middle of the court.

The game is typically played with 2 teams consisting of 1 or 2 players but can be played with teams up to 6. The wooden batons or ‘kastpinnar’ must always be thrown underhanded and in a vertical rotation. You cannot spin the batons horizontally like a helicopter. To determine which teams throws first a single baton is tossed as close as possible to the king in the center of the court without hitting it. The team whose baton lands the closest throws first. Going first can give you a great advantage.

The objective at the standing teams’ baseline is for the opposing team’s five Kubbs to be toppled with an underhanded toss of the six Kastpinnar and then get the Kung to be knocked which is placed in the center of the field. Another twist of the above variation is: The opposing team may attack the Kung and win the game if they can successfully topple the Kung when the throwing team has successfully toppled all of the Kubbs but did not topple the Kung, still loses the game.

Kubb Game Play and Rules

Now that the court is all set up we are ready to start playing. There are two phases to each turn. Team one stands behind the baseline and throws it batons at the kubbs placed on the opposite baseline.  Any kubbs knocked down are then tossed by team two back onto the opponents half of the court. Team one stands the kubbs up where they land and these are now referred to as ‘field kubbs’.

If a kubb is tossed out of bounds you get one more attempt. If it is thrown out of bounds again the opposing team can place the kubb anywhere on their side of the field as long as it is one baton length from the king or corners. The main objective is to toss the field kubbs so they are easy to knock down on the next turns.

Play now changes sides and team two tosses their batons. Before team two is allowed to toss their batons at the opponent’s baseline kubbs they must first knock down all the field kubbs from the previous turn. If a baseline kubb is knocked down before all the field kubbs it does not count and is put back in place. After team two is done throwing their batons, team one picks up all kubbs that are knocked over (baseline and field kubbs) .

Ttosses them in the same manner onto the opposite half of the field. If team two left any field kubbs still standing during their turn, team one gets to toss their batons from an imaginary line running parallel from the kubb closest to the center line.

You can see it is very important to not leave any field kubbs standing close to the center line or the other team will have an easy time throwing so close to the field kubbs they are trying to knock down on the next turn. Play continues in this manner until one team has knocked down all the field and baseline kubbs. They now attempt to knock down the king for the win with any remaining batons. All throws at the king must be from behind the baseline of the court.

If the king is knocked down at any time before all kubbs are knocked down the other team wins. Another version of the rules allows for one ‘resurrection king.’ In this version the king is stood back up but the team loses the rest of its turn. Winners are typically determined by playing the best out of 3.

As you can see it is possible for these games to go one for a long time. If you are a beginner or playing with children there are some variants in the rules that will help shorten the game and make it a bit easier. You can choose to remove any kubb from the field of play that has been knocked over twice.

Another idea is allowing field kubbs that hit each when tossed to be placed on top of each other like a tower. This makes it much easier to knock down all the field kubbs in fewer throws. The more you play you will develop your own strategies and ideas to improve your chances at winning at Kubb.

Kubb Strategies

You must often think in strategic defensive terms when throwing the kubbs onto the opposite field. If you attempt to throw the kubbs close to the center line but fail to knock them all over when tossing your batons, the other team has a very easy time knocking over all the kubbs because of temporary throwing line so close to center line. Another idea is throwing the kubbs deeper into the opponent’s territory.

These will be harder for you to knock over, but do not offer the opposing team great field position when it is their turn to throw the batons. Grouping the kubbs close together allows for a greater chance of knocking multiple kubbs down with one throw, or even missing your intended target and knocking down another kubb.

There are many techniques for throwing the batons. Some people use a 180 degree spring while other players use a full 360 degree rotation. Perfecting a certain throwing style allows you to become very accurate. Another technique is throwing the baton with enough force that knocks over multiple kubbs by bouncing off the first and into another.

Kubbs must be thrown underhanded like the batons, but you are allowed to spin them in any direction you please. Adding a directional spin to the kubbs is also known as drilling. This is extremely useful for placing the cubs in very precise areas.

When the opposing team throws a kubb out of bounds two times it is called a penalty kubb and you will be able to place it wherever you want. Setting it down as close as possible to the king is a great ideas because the other team will be worried about potentially knocking the king over and losing.

The serious players have some very unique strategies for improving their play. Many players like to play barefoot or with shoes that have no soles because they say feeling the ground is very important. Some people even practice juggling the batons to perfect the spin when tossing the baton in game play. This technique improves rotation and proper release of the baton.

Now that we have all the basics covered let’s take a look at some great kubb sets available to purchase so you can get started playing. We will cover all levels of play from beginner to advanced tournament play. These well made kubb sets will take your outdoor recreation events like birthday parties, BBQ’s, camping, and more to new levels of fun!

Yard Games Kubb Game Premium Set


Yard Games Kubb Premium Size Outdoor Tossing Game with Carrying Case,…

  • Play the Viking inspired original tossing game. This set is beautifully crafted and made with durable, eco-friendly,…
  • This team game is easy to learn, easy to set up, and easy to transport with the durable zip-up carrying case. Simply set…
  • Great for parties, BBQs, the beach, camping or just a nice day in the sun. This game provides hours of entertainment for…

This is a high quality and beautifully crafted Kubb set that includes everything you will need to start playing Kubb with your family and friends and last for years to come. Kubb is fun for all ages and great for getting the kids away from the tv or computer and playing outside. It involves both physical activity and critical thinking. This set from Yard Games includes 10 kubbs, 6 batons, 1 king with crown, and 4 stakes made with eco friendly and shock absorbent durable hardwood. The high quality hardwood is crucial for keeping the set in good shape after repeated tosses and exposure to the elements. This set also comes with a nice zip up bag to carry all the pieces and rules brochure along on your next camping trip or day at the park.

Striker Games Kubb Game Set


Striker Games Kubb Lawn Game – Outdoor Games – Party Games – Strategic…

  • PERFECT FAMILY KUBB SET – Each Backyard Kubb Set is made of pine for light and easy tossing by beginning players. The…
  • FUN OUTDOOR YARD GAME – Never host a boring party again! Kubb is easy to learn but challenging to master, and it…
  • DEFEAT YOUR OPPONENT – You win the game by knocking down the King, so be careful how you toss! But watch out – you…

This is a great set for the beginner or casual player. It includes all the standard size kubb game pieces needed for game play and 4 field marking pins, all made with pine wood. The king is a striking piece with bright red crown. Also includes a mesh carrying bag and rule book for taking the game wherever you want to go. The pine wood may be a little more susceptible to chipping and denting than hardwood sets, but this is still a high quality and economical set to get started playing Kubb. If you plan on playing seriously and competitively for a long time this may not be the set for you. This is perfect for a family who likes to casually play though.

Kubb Tournament Set


KUBB Tournament Set – Official Tournament Size Premium Hardwood

  • Official tournament size
  • High quality, durable game set made from FSC certified birch hardwood
  • Includes rule book and a sturdy sports bag for easy storage and handling

This is the definitive Kubb set for the most serious of players and for tournaments. The regulation sized pieces are made from extremely high quality white birch hardwood and hand crafted. The white brich gives the set a beautiful natural look and the most durability. The blocks are very heavy. Each set is also unique in appearance. It is very resistant to chipping and denting. In addition to all the game pieces needed for match play it includes 6 field marking pins instead of 4 like the other sets. This gives a big advantage because you can mark the center line. The batons also have a nice beveled edge. Like the other sets this comes with a high quality sports style carrying bag and rule book.

Want to learn some other fun yard games? Check out our how to play cornhole post.

67 Funny and Witty Fantasy Football Team Names

Playing Fantasy Football has become a worldwide phenomenon. Owning and operating a football team is now a fantasy come true for millions of people. Even though it has been around for many years, the Internet has taken it to a whole new level by creating fantasy football leagues.

Choosing a team and then coming up with witty fantasy football team names is all part of the fun. Even those who have few computer skills can join in on the excitement.

football team

Fantasy football works similarly to the NFL. Teams draft their favorite football players and then once the season starts two teams are matched up against each other each week.

Your fantasy team gets points based on how your NFL players perform on the field. Each fantasy football league has slightly different rules so you will want to check them out before joining in on the fun!

After getting a great team put together it’s important to come up with fantasy football team names that will catch everyone’s attention. Each new season continues to provide us with plenty of interesting fantasy football team names.

It is that time of year to get creative and start brainstorming team names. The following are funny and witty fantasy football team names that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

  • Plays Like a Pretty Gurley

  • Seeing the Forsett Through the Trees

  • Let’s Play Hyde & Seek

  • That’s Amari

  • Boldin and Brave

  • Hopkins to a Victory

  • Leather & Lacy

  • That’s My Forte

  • Lean, Mean, Fightin’ Vereen

  • Charles is in Charge

  • The Good Time Gurleys

  • Brees is the Bees Knees

  • They’re All Tellin’ a Great Torrey

  • Julio Think You Are?

  • This is the Insta-Ingram

  • Spaight From the Heart

  • It’s Going to Be Evan on Earth

  • High Voltage & Watts

  • Don’t Zag When You Should Ziggy

  • It’s Torrey Time

  • Red, White, & Green

  • Isn’t that Keenan?

  • Julio Down by the Football Field

  • Suggs in the Tubs

  • Going for the Green

  • Dez Going to be Good

  • Charles is the Chief

  • Goin’ to the Maxx

  • Good Time Charles

  • Let Me Ring my Le’Veon Bell

  • Watts a Matter with You

  • Hangin’ at the Hilton

  • It’s time to Gronk & Roll

  • There’s no Dr. Jekyll, Just Mr. Hyde

  • Downtown Brown is Runnin’ Around

  • Holding Down the Forte

  • Stefon Up to the Big Time

  • It’s Me and Mr. Jones

  • The Real McCoy

  • Easy, Breesy, Cover that Boy

  • Dez the Way I Like It

  • There’s a New Marshall in Town

  • Pretty Boy Floyd

  • Brandin Really Cooks

  • Choppin’ with the Woodhead

  • Here’s to You Mr. Robinson

  • Runnin’ in the Brees

  • We’re Having Eggs, Bacon, and Cam

  • It’s Better than Cobb Salad

  • A Lockett in my Pocket

  • JJ is a Big Watt of Love

  • Big Bunch of Brady

  • Jonesin’ to a Victory

  • Rollin’ with Royce

  • Yo, Adrian, We did it!

  • We Diggs it

  • Martin’s Martians

  • Ready Eddie

  • Who Suh You Think You Are?

  • Farmer in Odell

  • Rolling Down the Rivers

  • All the Gurley and Boys

  • Big Bad Brown

  • I See the Luckyness Monster

  • Living Freeman in America

  • Saturday in the Parkey

  • An Even Bigger Gronkowski