7 Games You Can Make Life-Sized

From someone who grew up going to youth group all her life, some of the best and most memorable activities were when leaders made board games and video games come to life. If you want to plan a fun activity for a group, life-sized games will surely do the trick.

What do we mean by life-sized? Instead of using a character or a game piece, life-sized games make YOU the game piece.

Keep reading to learn exactly how that’s possible for many games.

Battleship

The famous board game Battleship involves guessing, luck, and strategy to find where an opponent has placed their pretend ship.

With a little bit of effort, you can create a life-sized game of Battleship.

Materials:

Instructions for Set-Up:

Use the painters tape to set up a perimeter of the space you want to play in.

Set up your volleyball net in the very center of the space.

Lay your blanket/sheet over the volleyball net – make sure that the blankets cover the whole length of the net and extend all the way to the floor. In short, you want to make sure that one side of the playing field can’t see the other.

Get your water balloons (for outdoor play) or soft squishy ball (for indoor play) ready.

Instructions for Play:

Have all players sit down in a line on the perimeter of their designated side. Once everyone on both sides is seated and nobody can see the other side, instruct them to scoot on their bum to any spot they want to sit in. They can sit near or away from others, but everyone must stay within the designated perimeter.

The players have now become the ships.

Assign a facilitator to each side. The facilitator’s job is to make sure that each participant gets a turn throwing, and to tell their side whether or not they’ve hit a “ship”.

Have each side take turns launching a ball or a water balloon over the net. The launcher should be a different participant each time so that everyone gets a turn.

If someone acting as a ship gets hit by a ball or water balloon, they’re out, and they exit the perimeter of the game.

The game is played until one side has no more ships left!

Rules:

  • Pick a spot – once you’re situated, NO MOVING.
  • No dodging – if a ball is coming for your head and you dodge it, you’re still out.
  • Bums must stay seated on the ground the whole time. No scooting, sitting on another person’s lap, etc.

A more high-budget version of what we’re describing:

Hungry Hungry Hippos

The game of Hungry Hungry Hippos is played on a board game set where each player is in charge of a mechanical hippo. The goal: have your hippo eat as many little pieces as possible.

In terms of life-sized games, this is definitely one of the most iconic. Let us show you what we mean.

Materials:

Instructions for Set-Up:

For this game, you’ll need to set up in a large space with hard floors, like a church gym.

Fill as many balloons as possible with air and place them in the center of the room.

Make sure there’s a scooter for every team, and place scooters around the room equal-distance from the balloons in the center (we recommend 4 teams, one established in each corner of the room). Tie a long rope to each scooter (by long, we mean long enough to reach the balloons in the middle and then some). For each scooter, place a laundry basket near it.

Instructions for Play:

Assign players to a team. Start a countdown. At the end of the countdown, all players race to collect as many balloons as possible.

To collect the balloons, one player lays down on the scooter while also holding the laundry basket. A second player is in charge of the movement of the scooter by pushing it and holding onto the rope (if you have a rope – if not, they hold the scooter player’s legs).

Once the scooter is launched into the middle of the room, the one riding it uses the laundry basket to collect as many balloons as possible. Then, the player holding the rope (or legs) uses it to pull the scooter back. They release the balloons into a pile on your team’s side and, with an empty laundry basket, go again.

Players on each team rotate between being on the scooter, pushing the scooter, and watching.

Continue playing until all the balloons in the center are gone!

Rules:

  • Make sure all the girls have their hair up to avoid getting caught under the scooter wheels (I’ve been there and OUCH).
  • All collected balloons must fit in the laundry basket – no holding balloons with arms or legs.

Foosball

Foosball is a favorite tabletop game that can be found in family basements, college dorm activity rooms, bars, restaurants, etc. It’s singular downfall is that it can only be played by two people … until now.

Foosball as a life-sized game is fun, cooperative, and easy!

Materials:

Instructions for Set-Up:

Lay out the PVC pipes horizontally down the playing field (or gym). Set up the soccer nets at each end, or at least put down cones or something to determine where the goals are. Have a facilitator hold the soccer ball.

That’s it – easy set-up!

Instructions for Play:

Split players into two teams. Assign each player to a PVC pipe and direct everything to look like a foosball game (# players to a pipe, direction they face, etc). Also determine goalies for each team.

Have the facilitator launch the soccer ball into the center. Each team fights to get the ball into the other team’s goal.

The catch? Once a player is in a spot, they can only move their legs. Hands must stay firmly locked in place on the PVC pipe. This means that each row of players on a PVC must coordinate their movements together to reach the ball – just like foosball!

Rules:

  • No moving your hands! Firmly lock them in place.
  • No moving forward/back, only left/right.

Here’s a higher-budget version of what we’re describing:

Guess Who

Guess Who is a board game that has really risen in popularity over the last few years. It’s easy to see why you would want to play in a large-group but, like foosball, it was made for only two players. So make it into a life-sized game and get everyone involved!

Materials:

  • If your group doesn’t already know each other, you’ll need a small whiteboard for everyone.
  • A large, even-numbered group of people.

Instructions for Set-Up:

No prior set-up required!

Instructions for Play:

Hand out whiteboards and have players write their name on their board (if you have them). Divide players into two teams, pick a “guesser” for each team, and have the guesser stand at the front of the room. Have each team stand or sit in lines. You want both guessers to be able to see both teams, like this:

Infographic showing the proper set-up for life-sized Guess Who

After setting up players, have each guesser randomly choose someone from their team and tell the facilitator who they choose. Now, the object of the game is for each guesser to figure out which person the other chose from their own team. Each guesser takes turns asking yes or no questions about the features of the selected person – “Does this person have brown hair?”, “Does this person wear glasses?”, etc.

After each question, the guesser gets to tell players to step out of the board. For example, if it’s confirmed that the person wears glasses, the guesser would have everyone on the opposing team who does not wear glasses step off the “board” (or sit down, if everyone is standing).

Continue playing until one side guesses the right person – they win!

Switch up teams, choose new guessers, and play again.

Rules:

  • Keep your descriptions kind! No asking “is your person ugly or pretty?”, etc.

Angry Birds

We all remember the video game that swept the earth in 2010. It’s legacy lives on in many phones, Top Golf, and a few movies – but now it can live on amongst the list of life-sized games.

Materials:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Green balloons
  • Different-sized balls (each with a pair)

Instructions for Set-Up:

Build as big and complex of a tower you can out of the cardboard boxes at your disposal.

Blow up the green balloons and draw faces on them. Place the green balloons on the tower at various spots.

Instructions for Play:

Split players into two teams and give out each pair of balls to each team. You want each team to have the same variety of balls.

Pick a team to go first and have its players form a line from largest ball to smallest ball. Have each player on the team take turns throwing their ball at the tower until all the green balloons have fallen. Keep track of how many turns it takes to accomplish this.

Next, set up the tower again. Make sure it’s as similar to the first tower as possible. It’s now the second team’s turn. Make sure they’re also lined up from largest ball to smallest ball.

Whichever team takes fewer tries to knock down the green balloons – wins!

Rules:

  • All balls must be thrown from behind a designated line.

They have a catapult, which is cooler:

Pac Man

Yet another beloved video game is Pac Man. You may find it even more beloved when you get to be a Pac Man or ghost yourself.

A great tutorial for this game is found on YouthGroupCollective.com.

Materials:

  • Speaker and phone to produce music and timer.
  • Anything you want to create a maze. You can go as big as cardboard-box walls, or as lowkey as string.
  • Glowsticks (a few that are “special” – either bigger or a different color/shape)
  • A few headlamps for ghosts
  • Some rope, tape, or shoelaces.

Instructions for Set-Up:

Create a maze in your room – any way that works best for you! Make sure there’s a large area in the center for ghosts to hang out in, and four entry points throughout the room.

Place glowsticks intermittently throughout the maze (and crack them just before the game starts). These will function as Pac-Dots.

Find some good music to play, Pac-Man dubstep is recommended.

Instructions for Play:

Divide into teams, five teams are recommended (four teams of Pac-Men and one team of ghosts). Place each of the four Pac Men teams at a different opening in the maze, and instruct them to stand in a line. The ghost teams go to a spot in the middle.

Have everyone tie their legs together with rope, shoelaces, or tape. Otherwise, the game goes way too fast (unless you’re playing in a huge field).

Turn off the lights!

The goal of the Pac Men is to collect as many Pac-Dots (glowsticks) as possible, and the goal of the ghosts is to tag the Pac-Men out. If a Pac Man is tagged, they exit the maze and pool their Pac-Dots into a pile by their team. The next team member in line gets a turn.

If a Pac-Man picks up a “special glowstick”, they yell “PAC ATTACK”, and everybody must freeze in place. The Pac Man with the special glowstick can tag out ghosts (who return to the middle until the game is over) and freely collect all the Pac-Dots he/she wants – but only for 10 seconds.

The game is over either when 3 minutes are up or all the Pac-Dots are collected.

Rules:

  • No running! Only jumping with your legs tied together.
  • No circumventing the maze.

Tic Tac Toe

The simple game of Tic Tac Toe involves outsmarting your opponent to get 3 pieces in a line on a 9-square board. By itself, it’s not too exciting, especially for teenagers, but in the realm of life-sized games, it has potential to be way more fun.

Materials:

Instructions for Set-Up:

Use the painters tape to create large Tic Tac Toe boards on the ground throughout your designated area – as many as you think you’ll need for everyone in your group to play. For each board, make a separate line with tape that represents how far one must stand away from it (a throw line). Near that line, place 10 bean bags – 5 of one color, and 5 of another color.

If you don’t have like 100 bean bags to use for this game, consider using a different material to mark a square once it’s been achieved. After they get their bean bag in the square, they could use a piece of tape to mark it and re-use the bean bag, for example. You might also consider making your own bean bags as a cheaper option.

Feel free to make the different boards different sizes, as well as the throw line different distances, to make the overall game more fun!

Instructions for Play:

Split your group into pairs and assign them a board. Point out the throw line.

Have each player pick a color and pair do “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to determine who gets to go first.

Each pair takes turns tossing their bean bags onto the board until one player wins or nobody wins (all the squares are full but there are no 3-square lines).

Rotate the teams and the boards – variety is good!

After 5 rounds, ask the group who has won (or tied) at least 3. Those players keep playing, tournament-style, while the others are “out”. From this point forward, whoever loses a game is out.

Play until there’s one winner! Restart if you’d like.

Rules:

  • Only throw from behind the throw line
  • The first person to get a bean bag in a square gets to keep that square. If the opponent also gets their bean bag in that square, it doesn’t count and they lose the turn.

Conclusion

Whether you’re planning a youth group activity, a party, a summer camp, or any other group event, life-sized games are sure to be memorable and fun.

Have we missed anything? If you’ve successfully pulled off a life-sized game, let us know in the comments! Or if you try these out and have some suggestions, write that too!

5 Fun Icebreakers for Kids (Updated 2024)

Icebreakers are a fantastic way to engage children and create a lively and inclusive atmosphere. Whether you’re organizing a children’s party, a school event, or a summer camp, incorporating fun icebreakers can set the tone for an enjoyable and interactive experience. These activities not only help kids get to know each other but also encourage teamwork, boost confidence, and spark creativity. If you’re looking for some exciting icebreakers that will captivate young minds and get them interacting and laughing together, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we will explore five fun icebreaker games specifically designed for kids. From energetic group games to imaginative storytelling adventures, these activities are sure to break the ice and create a positive and inclusive environment. Whether you’re a teacher, a camp counselor, or a parent planning a gathering, these icebreakers will make the kids feel welcome, build connections, and set the stage for a memorable and enjoyable experience. Get ready to unleash laughter, foster new friendships, and kickstart the fun with these three engaging icebreakers for kids!

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It isn’t only adults who may feel nervous when brought together with people that they don’t know. The same goes for children too. Luckily, there are a variety of different age-appropriate icebreakers for kids that you can use to bring a group out of their shells.

Ball Catch and Answer

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If you have a group of children that don’t know each other, then this icebreaker is an ideal way to get them to get to know their peers as well as have fun too. Get the children to stand in a circle and grab a bean bag or a softball. Start the game by throwing your bean bag or ball at one of the children and ask them a simple question about themselves. “What is your name?” “Do you have a pet?” “What is your favorite color?” The children then take turns throwing the item and asking questions of their own. Play for 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the size of your group.

​”Let’s talk! Bridge the gap. Break the ice.” – Debashis Sarmah.

There are also ways to add variety to this activity. For example, you can get a beach ball, put circular stickers all around the ball, and write fun questions on each sticker (or just write directly on the ball). The question can include things like “What is your favorite food?” and “If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?” When you throw the beach ball, the child will (hopefully) catch it, and the sticker that is under or closest to their right thumb when they catch it is the question they will have to answer. For even more fun, you can have the kiddos help you create the questions before you start the game as well. The options are truly endless!

The Line-Up

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A great icebreaker game, if you have a larger group, has to be The Line-Up Icebreaker. This works best with around six players per team, and mixed ages are ideal. You act as the caller of the game, asking the teams to line up in order of age, first name order, height, birthdays, longest hair, and most cousins. The list can go on. This encourages the children to learn more about one another and will have them laughing and interacting too.

Just like the previous icebreaker, this icebreaker can be tailored as well to meet the needs of different students. For example, you can have the students do the activity silently, or you can have them practice their writing skills by being required to communicate via writing only. If you are a class teacher, this activity allows you to quickly see who the different students are in your class and encourage problem-solving skills. This activity is known to bring leaders to the forefront, and this can be helpful in allowing you to understand how to continue running your class.

​Funny Faces

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If you have a smaller group of children, then you might worry that there are fewer icebreakers that you can use. However, there are some icebreakers that are ideal for small groups.

Funny Faces is one of those. Ask the children to sit in a circle facing each other. One of the children is “it,” and he or she needs to make their funniest face to get everyone else to laugh. They get a point for every person who smiles or laughs. After a set amount of time (say 30 seconds) they then need to wipe their funny face off and pass it to the next child. This is great fun and is likely to have even the grown-ups smiling.

Emoji Charades

kids playing charades

Like Funny Faces, this icebreaker for kids involves moving your face too! Give each kid a card with an emoji on it. Go around in a circle and have each kid act out which emoji they are. Everyone else guesses until they can get it.

This is an especially great icebreaker when you want kids to feel comfortable being in front of a group.

You can mix it up and play this game with animals instead of emojis. Write the name of an animal on each kid’s card and have them act it out for the other kids to guess.

Name That Tune

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Put on the first few notes of a tune that the average kid would know, such as a nursery rhyme or clean pop music. Have them raise their hands when they have a guess for the song. You can play as many rounds as you want!

Conclusion:

Icebreaker activities are not only helpful for adults, but for kids too! We hope our list of ideas has helped you plan your next kids party, camp, classroom game, or activity. If there are any kids icebreakers you think we’ve missed, comment them down below!

These are some of the best icebreakers for kids. Want more icebreaker ideas?

 

The Best Youth Wrestling Gear

Youth Wrestling Gear

There is something elemental about wrestling. The small amount of equipment required is all about reducing surface area. While there are teams and a measure of cooperative spirit, the game is ultimately played between two people. Holding someone to the ground seems much more tied to our evolutionary past than, say, kicking a ball into a net. It’s no wonder that wrestling is often called “the oldest sport in the world.”

It makes sense that wrestling fans would want to introduce their kids to such a rewarding sport early on. However, it takes special considerations in order to guarantee that young wrestlers have safe matches. In the United States, school wrestling teams are required to provide certain safety features for student wrestlers, such as mouthguards and headgear. By acquiring youth wrestling gear, kids can enjoy wrestling safely.

This article will serve as a general overview of safety considerations for young wrestlers and will introduce samples of the latest products for them.

Youth Wrestling Safety

Growing pains are very real experiences. Puberty, braces, and other factors can all affect how young wrestlers compete. All of these factors must be taken into consideration when buying youth wrestling gear. With wrestling, in particular, it is important that gear fits properly. Loose headgear or shoes can cause an athlete to trip and risk needless injury. Gear that is too tight can restrict movement and prevent a winning move.

It’s important to frequently check to ensure that equipment fits growing bodies. While many pieces of equipment are marketed specifically toward youth, older kids or kids with larger frames may be ready for gear traditionally marketed toward adults. Headgear, especially, is highly adjustable and lasts longer as kids grow.

Most schools require physicals before students can begin training for wrestling. These physicals are a great chance for parents to know their children’s vulnerabilities and to determine which equipment will best protect them. For example, a child who is double-jointed might wear knee padding in order to help prevent overextension of the knee.

Make sure that weight loss or gain for wrestling is done in a healthy manner. Talk to the coach about weight loss and gain techniques.

Singlets

What to look for:

Singlets are the one piece of youth wrestling gear that is not hard to shop for. Many teams have matching singlets to order for the whole team. However, make sure that they fit comfortably and are made with quality material before focusing on colors or patterns. Following are a couple of solid options for singlets:

Brute Men’s Lycra High Cut Wrestling Singlet

Brute Men's Lycra High Cut Wrestling Singlet

Brute is a dependable brand for youth wrestling gear. This particular singlet is a good representation of what to look for in a singlet. It is made with nylon and lycra spandex, comfortable materials that stretch to conform to an athlete’s body. It’s high cut, with the legs ending just above the knee. The legs have a gripper elastic to prevent them from riding up. It comes in seven colors and several sizes (including youth sizes)

Asics Men’s Solid Modified Singlet

ASICS Mens Solid Modified Singlet

Another highly rated singlet, the Asics Men’s Solid Modified Singlet, is similar in many ways. It is also made with nylon and lycra spandex, although with greater lycra spandex to nylon ratio. The legs end above the knees as well, but the sleeves are lower cut.  Flat seam stitching creates a slightly closer fit that reduces bulk, resulting in a smoother and more streamlined appearance.

Wrestling Shoes

What to look for:

High tops

One of the main reasons to pick high-quality wrestling shoes is in the ankles. Wrestling shoes feature high tops with support to protect ankles and give competitors more leverage for better moves. At the same time, they shouldn’t constrict movements.

Wrestling shoes need a very snug fit—they should fit like a sock. When wrestlers wear shoes that are too big for them, they increase their chance of tripping and getting hurt. Shoes that are too tight can cause pain and constrict movements.

A good grip on the mat is one of the biggest advantages a competitor can have in wrestling. Look for treads with sharp angles that dig into the mat.

Split Soles v. Unisoles

Almost every brand that sells wrestling shoes makes models with both split and non-split soles. Split-sole shoes contain two soles—one for the toes and one for the heel. Split soles are lighter and more flexible, making it easier for athletes to make well-articulated moves. Split-sole shoes are the most common choice for lightweight wrestlers who need to be quick on their feet.

Unisoles have one sole that extends over the entire sole. Unisoles are not as flexible, but they are much more durable and can be a good choice for heavyweight wrestlers.

Synthetic v. natural materials

Every shoe buyer must consider whether to get a shoe made out of leather, synthetic materials, or a mixture of both. While synthetic materials were once considered only a cheap alternative to leather, advances in technology are making them a more and more desirable option.

Wrestling shoes made with leather hold quite a few advantages for athletes. Wrestling shoes require a firm grip on the foot for safety. When a leather shoe is worn a little tightly, it expands and conforms to the foot. The material is also thicker than most synthetic material, which makes some wrestlers feel more protected. A big disadvantage to leather shoes is their high cost.

Shoes made with synthetic material vary widely in terms of quality, so select carefully. Depending on the kind you buy, global footwear made with synthetic material can be more breathable and flexible. They are also more water-resistant, helping players’ feet stay cool throughout a match. Synthetic materials are lighter and more versatile. They are increasingly the top choice for sports shoes. They also hold designs much more readily than leather, making it easier for teams to have shoes that show off their team spirit.

ASICS Men’s JB Elite Wrestling Shoe

ASICS Men's JB Elite V2.0 Wrestling Shoe

This shoe is a great example of what can be done with leather. This is a higher-end, specialty shoe that still makes use of a rubber sole and other synthetic materials.

Because it contains synthetic materials, this model retains some of the benefits of synthetic materials. It contains mesh, allowing for the athlete’s feet to breathe. Its sole is rubber with a split design, allowing for quickness on the feet. Enhanced medial arch support keeps the athlete in comfort, even during long matches. An ecsaine (faux-suede) and leather upper keep the shoe light while retaining the comfort and fit of leather.

ADIDAS Mens HVC WRESTLING SHOES

adidas Men's HVC Wrestling Shoes, Black, 11

Adidas Mens HVC Wrestling shoes are tried and true classic wrestling performance footwear that happen to be fully synthetic. The focus here is on the fact that they are lightweight, breathable, and yet also durable.

This is a unisole design with a fine tread, making this shoe ideal for heavyweight wrestlers who need to be able to dig into the mat for leverage. A single-layer mesh allows the feet to breathe while also keeping the shoe durable.

Most handy of all, a built-in lace cover means no taping before competition!

 Mouth Guard

In the United States, schools require mouthguards for student wrestlers. Since mouthguards vary in youth size and shape for different athletes, purchasing an appropriate mouthguard is often left to the parents.

There are three main types of mouthguards: pre-manufactured, boil and bite, and custom-made. Pre-manufactured mouthguards are the kind you will find most readily available online and in stores. They are the most affordable option and work best for kids who have average-sized and shaped teeth.

For a slightly more personalized fit, boil and bite mouthguards are molded to a kid’s mouth at home. These have the disadvantage of tending to slip out of the mouth easily.

Custom-made mouthguards are by far the best option and by far the most expensive. They often require several visits to the dentist. If your child has braces or an abnormal teeth structure, strongly consider ordering a custom mouth guard.

Another special consideration for youth wrestling gear is braces. The best option is to discuss a custom-fit mouth guard with your dentist. However, there are more affordable, pre-manufactured options available.

Mouthguards should fit comfortably and allow for breathing and talking. The best-designed mouthguards protrude slightly in order to protect the chin and lower jaw. They should be resistant to tears and easy to clean.  Cases should be vented to help keep mouthguards bacteria-free. If chemicals are a concern, also consider the material the mouth guard is made of. Medical-grade silicone is a great option.

Redline Sportswear Mouth Guard w/ Vented Case – Protection For All Contact Sports

Here is an affordable option with some customization because of its boil-and-bite design. It comes with a vented case, definitely an added value. The material is BPA-free and allows the wrestler to breathe during competition.

Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapless Mouth Guard

Here is an excellent option for kids with braces. It is pre-manufactured. Since boil and bite mouth guards can get caught in braces, a pre-manufactured or custom mouth guard is your best bet. This model provides “ortho-channels” that allow an athlete to breathe more easily. It is also manufactured using medical-grade silicone, making it a soft and comfortable option. It comes in either a bright blue or a bright pink color.

Headgear

What to look for:

Softshell vs hard shell

Wrestling headgear is also often called ear guards because their main function is to protect ears from damage. There are two designs of headgear to help prevent these injuries: soft shells and hard shells.

Hardshell headgear is made with foam and a durable plastic shell. It is more lightweight and often contains designs that allow for better hearing during competition. It also tends to last longer than soft shell headgear. However, they are not allowed at all competitions.

Softshell helmets are manufactured with polymer, rubber, or fabric materials. These are a popular choice for young wrestlers, as they tend to be more comfortable.

Fit

Headgear specifically designed for youth is great for wrestlers at the younger end of the spectrum. However, kids grow quickly, and many pieces of headgear marketed towards adults are adjustable enough to be a good fit for minors as well. Strap designs vary, with as few as two adjustable straps and as many as five. An important consideration is ear size. Headgear with halo straps (two straps on the top of the head) is best for wrestlers with smaller ears.  A four-strap design is best for athletes with larger ears.

Ability to hear

During a match, it is certainly to an athlete’s advantage to be able to hear words from his coach, teammates, or well-wishers. Because headgear protects the ears, it sometimes blocks important noises from the athlete. Be careful to select a piece of headgear that protects the ears while still allowing the athlete to hear the world around him.

Cliff Keen Youth Tornado Wrestling Headgear

This hard shell youth headgear provides excellent venting, allowing the athlete to hear better and stay cooler. It has a simple tightening system, making it easier for young athletes to prepare on their own. In addition, it promotes athlete performance solutions because the enlarged pockets ensure that even athletes with generously sized ears receive optimal protection.

ASICS Unisex Gel Wrestling Ear Guard

ASICS Gel® Headgear, Black, One Size

While marketed for adults, this soft shell headgear would also work for teenage wrestlers. It has a comfortable chin strap, and its simple design makes it easy to assemble and understand.

Optional Gear

There are several pieces of equipment not required in schools that may nevertheless be helpful to young wrestlers.

Knee pads

Wrestling is essentially a game about falling. Whether an athlete is winning or losing, his knees will take a beating. Although the concept sounds simple, there are actually a variety of knee pad designs to consider. Some provide simple impact cushioning, with a circular cushion to cover the knee. Others (often called “knee sleeves”) are lightweight, less constricting, and have a slippery surface in order to prevent mat burn.

Knee pads should fit snugly without limiting the range of motion. Athletes can choose to wear a knee pad on only the knee they fall on the most or on both legs. This is all a personal choice. Choose knee pads carefully to fit your wrestler’s specific needs and preferences.

Lace Covers

Most competitions require competition apparel to cover or tape shoelaces to prevent tripping accidents. If your athlete finds the sight of tape unseemly, a lace cover may be a good investment. Lace covers are usually just elastic bands that cover the ankle where the laces are tied.

Head Cover/ Wrestling Cap/ Slicker

There are many names for this simple accessory. It’s just something that covers up hair to keep it out of the face and prevent an opponent from using their hair as leverage. They also come in various colors, creating yet another way to show team or school spirit.

Head covers are usually made with lycra spandex, but consider a cotton blend that can help absorb sweat.

Blood Rag

Blood rags are kept under an athlete’s singlet for wiping their face or mat in the case of blood loss. Blood rags are only required for higher-level competitions. However, blood rags still come in handy in lower-level competitions. They are great for sopping up excess sweat. There is no need to buy a specialty blood rag—in fact, a cotton handkerchief can do the job perfectly well. A blood rag worn for many seasons can become sort of a good luck charm, so pick one that fits the athlete’s personality in some way.

Which brands of wrestling gear are the best?

  1. Wrestling gear companies

Several highly regarded wrestling gear companies meet the needs of young wrestlers by providing an extensive range of products:

ASICS: It was founded in Japan in 1949. It is a globally recognized brand that has sponsored elite wrestlers, wrestling teams, and events. ASICS is known for its performance footwear. They incorporate innovative technologies into their wrestling shoes that provide features that enhance comfort, support, and overall performance. Wrestlers have mentioned their admiration of shoes from ASICS due to their technological advancements that contribute to better agility and traction on the mat. Go check out ASICS’ newest wrestling products. 

Adidas: Is a company that dates back to the middle of the 20th century. Its long-standing legacy has gained athletes’ trust that this brand will produce quality products. Adidas takes pride in staying up to date on the latest trends and requirements regarding wrestling gear. Adidas’s products, including wrestling shoes, singlets, and headgear, are available to meet the needs of every wrestler. Their diverse range of products attracts clients from across the country due to the simpleness of finding gear that fits each player’s preferences and needs. Go take a look at Adidas’s wrestling products. 

BRUTE: Brute has been a brand to compete with for many years. Its long-standing presence in the wrestling community has built trust among individual wrestlers, teams, and coaches. Brute puts in the effort to not only incorporate innovative designs but also appear aesthetically. Brute is a sought out brand due to the ability for wrestlers to customize the designs to their liking. Go check out brute wrestling products here. 

Summary

Wrestling doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience for young wrestlers. Proper youth wrestling gear and proper training help them feel prepared for this intensive contact sport. Have fun cheering your little one on from the sidelines!

How to Play “Smurf”: Fun Game for Groups

The game of “Smurf” is an easy, fun game to play in a group of any size.

The object of the game is for one person to figure out a verb that the group selects – using context clues. 

Read on for our simple, easy-to-understand guide to this party favorite.

How to Play

The group selects one person to be “it” (think back to your days playing tag), and that person must leave the room and travel out of earshot.

The group decides together on a verb (ex: “brushing your teeth”).

The “it” person is invited back into the room.

Now, the “it” person’s job is to figure out what that verb is by asking questions.

They can only ask one person a question at a time.

Here’s where “Smurf” comes in: while “it” is trying to figure out the verb, everyone must refer to the verb as “Smurf”.

The round is over when they finally figure out the verb.

Example Play

Jerry, Kerry, Larry, and Sheri all group up to play Smurf.

Jerry: I can be “it” this round

*Jerry leaves the room

Kerry: I think the verb should be “blowing your nose”

Larry and Sheri: Okay, great idea

*Kerry brings Jerry back

Jerry: Sheri, tell me, when was the last time you smurfed?

Sheri: Yesterday

Jerry: Kerry, when was the last time YOU smurfed?

Kerry: Last week

Jerry: Larry, how often do you smurf?

Larry: Probably once a week, but more often when I’m sick.

Jerry: Sheri, what part of your body do you use to smurf?

Sheri: My hand and my nose

Jerry: Is it picking your nose?

Sheri: NO

Jerry: Kerry, what items do you use to smurf?

Kerry: A tissue or toilet paper

Jerry: Is it blowing your nose?

Kerry: YES

Fun Verbs to Use

For a Lighthearted Game:

  • “Brushing your hair”
  • “Eating at a restaurant”
  • “Petting a cat”
  • “Baking cookies”
  • “Carrying groceries”
  • “Playing sports”

For a Funny Game:

  • “Getting birthed”
  • “Starting a fight”
  • “Oversharing”
  • “Getting arrested”
  • “Picking your nose”
  • “Getting stuck”
  • “Staring”

For a Spicy Game:

  • “Checking someone out”
  • “Netflix and chill-ing”
  • “Making out”
  • “Cuddling”
  • “Getting rejected”
  • “Breaking up”
  • “Having a crush”
  • “Being shirtless”

No-Fail Questions to Use

  • “When was the last time you smurfed?”
  • “How often do you smurf?”
  • “What body part(s) do you smurf with?”
  • “Why would or wouldn’t you smurf with ___ person in the room?”
  • “When is the best time of day to smurf?”
  • “Where is your favorite place to smurf?”
  • “How does smurfing make you feel?”
  • “Would you be comfortable with ___ person in the room smurfing you?”
  • “Is smurfing a private or public experience?”
  • “Under what circumstances would it be not okay to smurf?”
  • “Why would you choose to smurf?”
  • “How many times is it reasonable to smurf in a day/week/month?”
  • “What smurfing utensils do you use to smurf?”

Personal Experiences with Smurf

As a young adult, my Christian congregation loved to host activities for my age group to socialize. We would get together multiple times a week and were always looking for fun things to do together. One evening, while we were all hanging out, someone suggested we play “Smurf” and taught the group how to play. From that point on, our group played Smurf after every activity, and we had a lot of laughs.

Smurf is my go-to game to entertain any kind of group. It is so adaptable to any atmosphere. I’ve played it at family gatherings, at lunch with coworkers, and of course at parties.

One unforgettably-hilarious experience I had playing smurf was when the group chose “getting birthed” as the prompt. Obviously, it’s not an easy one to guess, and the question answers were perfectly misleading while still being honest. Even simple questions like “do you like to smurf with someone else or by yourself?” were extremely funny. It took him forever to guess the verb.

It was fun to play Smurf on my Christian mission trip because there were lots of rules for us to follow, and the game had a way of exposing how good (or not) everyone was being.

I also loved finding out about everyone’s love lives by using verbs like “making out” and “getting rejected”. “When was the last time you smurfed?” can do wonders for a round like this.

 

18 Ways to Keep Your Party Entertained

Nobody wants to gain a reputation for throwing boring parties. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep a large group happy and lively.

Your entertainment can be as simple as throwing a show or video game up on the TV, as juicy as a great question game, or as sneaky as trying to subtly place a sticky note on someone else’s back. 

Carry on for 18 great ideas to keep your party entertained!

Question Games

A memorable party always has a little drama, or maybe even adventure. Question games such as truth or dare, never have I ever, or deep or spicy are age-old and have a knack for getting outside comfort zones, bonding a group, and revealing everyone’s secrets.

Some creative question games that you might not have heard of before can be found here on DontQuitDating.com: Question Games to Reveal Everyone’s Secrets.

Kahoot

This easy, fun learning platform can make great entertainment for a party. There is a Kahoot out there for every genre – so whether you like dinosaurs, pop culture, or sports, everyone will love the chance to compete their knowledge.

For a more personal take on the game, you could invite everyone to make Kahoots about their love lives, or just general trivia about their lives, and have everyone compete to see who knows each other the best. Even better, assign everyone another person in the room to make a Kahoot for.

Jackbox Games

Jackbox games are similar to Kahoot in that everyone can log in and play from their phones. The games are interactive, funny, and easy to play.

For example, one particular Jackbox game called “Quiplash” gives every player a prompt to comment on (like, “Something you can say both at a funeral and on the toilet”). Then, all players vote on the best/funniest answer.

Although jackbox games cost money initially, like any board game or card game, you can use them for every get-together in the future.

Put Something on the TV

No matter the theme or vibe of your party, having something playing on the TV can do wonders to ease awkwardness. Those who don’t have someone to talk to won’t feel quite so out of place if they have something to watch.

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Movie can make your crowd feel like they’re at a sold-out concert. A football game can bring out the competitive spirit of the party. Reality TV can spark conversations and feed the itch for drama. Or, just a fun movie is great, too.

Vision Boards

If you love to craft, a vision board table is an easy way to entertain guests and fuel interaction. Set aside a table with poster board, magazines, scissors, glue, and colored markers. Then, let everyone design how they may!

Cornhole

Simple, relaxed, and entertaining, cornhole requires very little maintenance and cleanup. Anyone can participate, but it takes practice to hone your skills, so this game is great for anyone and everyone.

You can even think up fun cornhole team names for an extra layer of competition!

Never played before? Here’s a simple tutorial: How to Play Cornhole: Rules, Tips, and Accessories.

Photo Corner

In today’s society, nothing really happens unless it gets posted on social media. People love to document their goings and doings, so a good rule of thumb is to make your event easy to document! Some lights, a little background, and even some cheesy props can make for great photos and a fun time.

Icebreaker Games

If you’ve ever visited our site before, you should already know that we are the king of icebreakers. Whether you’re looking for questions, activities, or games, we’ve got you covered. And your party people will have a blast with them.

Here’s a few resources to peruse:

5 Large Group Icebreakers

56 Fun Team Building Icebreakers

11 Icebreakers for Teens

Sardines

Not to eat, but to play. This game is a fun twist on hide-and-seek and great entertainment for groups.

To play, one person is designated the “hider” and everyone else a “seeker”. Everyone looks for the hider and, when found, becomes a hider themselves by squishing themselves in the hiding spot with all the rest of the seeker-turned-hiders. The last seeker to find the hiders is the loser and becomes the designated hider for the next round.

Campfire

Light a fire in your backyard to create some warmth, opportunity to roast s’mores, and fun vibes. Similar to a movie or video game, it gives everyone something external to focus on, and also provides free space to talk.

Water Assassin

As long as everyone’s okay with getting wet, playing water assassin can be super fun. Tell everyone to bring a water gun and, at the beginning of the party, assign each person another person at the party to target. If your assassin sprays you in the ankle before the party’s over, you lose. Have prizes ready for everyone who doesn’t get sprayed.

Live Music

If you’re willing to put down some extra cash, hiring a band is a timeless way of entertaining your party guests. This encourages everyone to let loose, dance, sing along, and enjoy themselves.

Karaoke

Use a karaoke machine, or even just some YouTube instrumentals on the TV, to liven your party. Make sure you have a fun, outgoing group before trying this or else things will get unbearably awkward FAST.

To avoid the discomfort of soliciting a volunteer to sing karaoke, you might consider putting everyone’s name in a jar and picking a singer at random. Or, to add more drama, have everyone vote anonymously by writing a name down on a piece of paper.

Mario Kart

Everyone knows Mario Kart, and everyone think they’re the best at it. Challenge everyone’s pride by setting up some controllers and displaying the game on a projector. Even those who aren’t actively playing can join in on the fun by watching and cheering.

Blacklight Volleyball

All you need to make your party unforgettable is a volleyball net, ball, a few blacklights (which you can purchase on Amazon), and some fun glow-in-the-dark merch for guests. People will love this special twist to a classic game of volleyball.

Board Games or Dice Games

Set up some tables with various games on them and let people play how they want!

Fishbowl Game

The top article on our site is a Tutorial for the Fishbowl Game, and it’s not hard to see why! This game is engaging, adaptive, and great for parties. Here’s the link: How to Play the Fishbowl Game: Rules, Regulations, and Tips.

Nerf War

Leave Nerf Guns and bullets out for people to grab and get each other with. Just make sure everything breakable in your house is locked up in a safe place, because this will quickly have people jumping, running, and rolling.

Secret Sticky Note

Explain to everyone at the beginning of the party that you have a single sticky note, and, at some point, you’re going to subtly put it on someone’s back. Everyone must make sure to not get the sticky note on their back and, if they do, to pass it on to someone else. If your victim catches you in the act of sticking, you fail and must try someone else. Whoever ends up with the sticky note at the end of the party gets pied in the face.

Best Gaming Laptop Under $600

LOOKING FOR THE BEST GAMING LAPTOP UNDER $600?

Laptops have advanced rapidly in the past few years! They are no longer just scaled-down, portable machines that are only good for running Microsoft Office; many are fully-fledged gaming machines with high-end graphics cards, fast CPUs, and lots of RAM. These specific devices can handle downloading and running games with fewer struggles compared to regular laptops.

Gaming laptops are typically thicker and heavier than standard laptops because they contain more powerful hardware. But despite this additional weight, they are still relatively light and easy to transport.

This article will look at the best gaming laptops under $600 to help you choose a fantastic gaming machine with all the features you need to have fun while gaming.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GAMING LAPTOP

There are certain features that gaming laptops must contain to run modern games well. Here’s a breakdown of each feature and the elements to look for to suit your preferences and budget.

A POWERFUL CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)

The CPU is the component of the computer that performs calculations and controls input/output operations.  Modern computer games typically require a fast and responsive CPU that can perform calculations for the game.

If you play online multiplayer games, a fast CPU is particularly important because it is used to accurately track the locations of dozens of players and process data packets from remote servers.  For a budget of $600, Core i5 is a great option for gamers, and you’ll find that this can handle intensive tasks such as gaming and playing multimedia simultaneously. If you choose a lower-specification CPU, this will reduce the game’s speed. If your CPU is not fast enough to process the incoming data correctly, you may begin to lag.

AN EXTREMELY POWERFUL GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT (GPU)

For modern games, the graphics card is usually the most important component of a gaming laptop.  It is the device that processes the game’s graphics to make them look more stunning.  The GPU handles most of those high-fidelity textures, particle effects, animations, and physics effects. Essentially, the more powerful your GPU is, the better the game will look!

If you are playing older or less graphically intensive games, a GPU is less important.  However, if you are playing a graphically intensive game like a first-person shooter (Battlefield, Far Cry, Titanfall), having a high-end GPU is essential.

The amount of VRAM on the graphics card is also important in a gaming laptop and an extension of GPU.  The VRAM provides temporary storage space for the graphics card works, such as frames, textures, and other graphics data.  If there is insufficient VRAM on the graphics card, it will have to wait for space to store files, which causes the game to stutter.  You should look for a graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM, considering the budget we’re looking at. However, you’ll need at least 1080P resolution on your gaming laptop for this to maintain the different frames for your monitor.

HIGH-RESOLUTION SCREEN

There is no point in having a high-end graphics card that delivers beautiful graphics if the screen cannot render them well!  Ideally, a gaming laptop should have a screen of 1920 x 1080). This data allows you to view fine details on the screen without any blurriness, making it perfect for gaming.  If possible, get one with an in-plane switching (IPS) LED screen with a fast refresh rate.  An LED screen also improves the screen’s vibrancy no matter what angle you view your laptop screen. This technology also improves the color quality of your images.

However, a higher-resolution screen doesn’t come without its disadvantages. As the images and videos are sharper and clearer, this uses more of your laptop’s battery life which can be an inconvenience.

A GOOD AMOUNT OF MEMORY (RAM)

RAM works similarly to VRAM: it is a temporary location for the computer to store information.  However, instead of being used by the GPU, the computer’s RAM is used by the CPU.

RAM is one of the most important factors when purchasing a laptop. This is a computer memory system that temporarily saves your laptop’s information, but it’s not to be confused with a hard drive, which stores information for long periods. Without sufficient RAM, your device will run much slower and could even make gaming almost impossible. However, just having RAM isn’t enough, as you need to have a sufficient amount for your games to download efficiently and not lag.

If you do not have enough RAM, your laptop cannot quickly store the information it uses when making calculations.  When this happens, the CPU resorts to storing data on the hard drive, leading to in-game lag and a less responsive computer.

In recent years, the price of RAM has dramatically dropped, so you can now easily obtain 4 or 8 GB of RAM for your laptop.  This is the minimum amount of RAM you should have in your laptop for gaming so your games load quickly and the information is saved promptly. However, all games come in different sizes and require a different RAM size, so check the manufacturer guide on your chosen game for the minimum requirement. You might find that you can also watch YouTube videos or video call your friends while playing games. Consider if you ordinarily multitask while playing games. Otherwise, a large size isn’t essential for you.

A FAST AND SPACIOUS HARD DRIVE

Your hard drive is a permanent storage location for your computer’s data and game files.  Games can be quite large and require as much as 50 or 60 GB of storage space.  If you intend to play a variety of different games, a large hard drive will be required.

The two most common types of hard drives found in gaming laptops are Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD).   HDDs use rapidly rotating metal discs coated with a magnetic material to store data. The platters have to spin while you are storing or accessing data constantly.  SSD uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory. They have no spinning parts, and they don’t have to scan a spinning disk to find data so that they can retrieve and store data very quickly.

Typically, for the same amount of money, the HDD will have more storage space, while the SSD will be much faster.  A 1TB HDD (1000GB) costs about the same as a 256GB SSD. However, the SSD will increase substantially faster which means the computer boots up faster, games will open faster, and games can write data to the drive faster. On average, an SSD takes 10 to 13 seconds to load a laptop, while a HDD takes 30 to 40 seconds. An SSD also runs a lot quieter and smoother with no audible clicks, spinning, or vibrating parts that could distract you from gaming.

BATTERY

The laptop’s battery is also important if you are gaming while traveling or somewhere without access to power. Gaming laptops use larger amounts of power than regular laptops to improve the graphics and create high-definition results. As a result, your device can quickly run out of battery even after very little use. This might not be an issue if you intend to play games with the charger plugged in, but if you wish to travel and play, you need to consider what power source will be available.

It’s a fact that the best gaming laptops only last a couple of hours without needing to be charged since they have to generate such high-quality images and refresh constantly. Although you’ll likely want a good battery life, consider that this will mean reducing the picture quality, so ask yourself if this is really essential to your gaming.

Are Cooling Pads for Gaming Laptops Worth It?

Gaming laptops are designed to deliver high-performance computing, often pushing the hardware’s limits to provide immersive gaming experiences. However, this intensive usage can increase heat generation, potentially affecting performance and longevity.

Cooling pads for gaming laptops have emerged as accessories to address this issue. While their effectiveness can vary depending on the laptop’s design and the specific cooling pad’s quality, they generally offer a few key advantages. Cooling pads provide additional airflow beneath the laptop, helping to dissipate heat more efficiently and preventing components from overheating during extended gaming sessions. This can lead to improved thermal management, which can enhance overall performance by preventing thermal throttling—a situation where the laptop reduces performance to manage heat.

Additionally, a cooling pad can extend the lifespan of internal components by maintaining more consistent temperatures and reducing wear and tear caused by excessive heat. While cooling pads might not transform a mid-range laptop into a high-end gaming rig, they can contribute positively to a laptop’s thermal management strategy. It’s important to choose a cooling pad designed for your laptop’s size, ensure proper positioning for optimal airflow, and consider factors like noise level and build quality. In the end, if you’re a serious gamer or regularly engage in resource-intensive tasks, a well-chosen cooling pad could be a valuable investment to enhance performance and safeguard your gaming laptop’s longevity.

Acer Aspire E 15 ASUS F556UA-AS54 Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6 Touchscreen Pro Laptop Lenovo G70 Premium High Performance 17.3-inch HD+ Laptop
Rating: 4.8/5 Rating: 4.3/5 Rating: 3.5/5 Rating: 5/5
CPU: Intel Core i5-6200U Processor CPU: Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U processor
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM GPU: Integrated Intel HD 520 GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500
Display: 15.6-inch HD 1920*1080 pixels Display: 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display 1920*1080 pixels Display: 15.6-inch High resolution LED backlight, HD touchscreen Display: 17.3-inch HD 1600×900 display
RAM: 8GB RAM: 8GB RAM: 8GB RAM: 8GB
Hard Drive: 256GB Hard Drive 256GB Hard Drive: 1TB SATA hard drive Hard Drive: 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive
Price: $$$ Price: $$$ Price: $$$ Price: $$
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  • Acer Aspire E 15
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6200U Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM
  • Display: 15.6-inch HD 1920*1080 pixels
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB
  • Price: $$$
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  • ASUS F556UA-AS54
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • CPU: Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor
  • GPU: Integrated Intel HD 520
  • Display: 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display 1920*1080 pixels
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive 256GB
  • Price: $$$
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  • Dell Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6 Touchscreen Pro Laptop
  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Display: 15.6-inch High resolution LED backlight, HD touchscreen
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 1TB SATA hard drive
  • Price: $$$
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  • Lenovo G70 Premium High Performance 17.3-inch HD+ Laptop
  • Rating: 5/5
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U processor
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Display: 17.3-inch HD 1600×900 display
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive
  • Price: $$

Acer Aspire E15

Acer-Aspire-E15Price: $549

CPU: 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (Up to 2.8GHz)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM

Display: 15.6-inch Full HD Display 1920*1080 pixels

RAM: 8GB DDR4 Memory

Hard Drive: 256GB SSD

Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion (2800 mAh) Battery with up to 12-hours Battery Life

The Acer E15 is the best of the laptops reviewed, with a super-fast Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p display, and a 256GB SSD.  It boots up quickly, is responsive, and a real pleasure to use. It has a large 6-cell Li-ion battery that is capable of an astonishing 12 hours of battery life — more than the other laptops reviewed.

This is the only laptop reviewed here that has a dedicated graphics card, the GeForce 940MX — making it ideal for games with more advanced graphics.  Of the laptops reviewed, this is the one most likely to run a game like Battlefield or Titanfall at high frames per second (fps). With an average of loading 30 fps, this Acer laptop might struggle loading games such as Black Ops 4, but it’ll present graphics in high definition.

With many gaming laptops, cooling can be a huge issue, but we’re pleased that this Acer laptop doesn’t overheat meaning you can comfortably sit it on your legs while continuing play. This is all down to the CPU and GPU to keep the laptop running efficiently while downloading graphics.

The graphics card, SSD drive, and outstanding display are the major selling points of this laptop.  It is a substantial offering from Acer and incredible value for money.

ASUS F556

ASUS-F556Price: $529

CPU: Intel i5-6200U 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 2.8 GHz)

GPU: Integrated Intel HD 520

Display: 15.6-Inch Full-HD Display 1920*1080 pixels

RAM: 8GB DDR3

Hard Drive: 256GB SSD

Battery: 38 Watt/hr Li-polymer battery (2.5 times the lifespan of standard Li-ion)

This ASUS shares some similar specifications to the Acer Aspire E15, with the same Intel i5-6200U process and an incredibly fast 256GB SSD.  It has a stunning 1080p screen that renders games beautifully.

The long-lasting Li-Polymer battery can provide more than 700 charge cycles, which is more than 2.5 times what a standard Li-ion provides.  It is also highly efficient at retaining its charge capacity, keeping up to 80% of the full charge of a new battery.

It is a very attractive laptop that is only 1 inch high.  If you are frequently traveling, you can fit it into your rucksack or bag very easily as it only weighs 2.3kg!  The high-quality battery means you will get plenty of gaming from the laptop before you need to recharge.

The only downside to having such a low-profile laptop is that it doesn’t have enough room for a stand-alone graphics card. It uses an integrated Intel HD 520.  This card may be fine for older games and less graphically intensive games. So you could run Starcraft, League of Legends, or CS: GO well, but it might struggle with the latest Battlefield or Titanfall game.

Dell Inspiron 7000

Dell-Inspiron-7000Price: $587

CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz)

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 5500

Display: 15.6″ High Resolution LED Backlight, HD (1366 x 768) Truelife Touchscreen Display

RAM: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM

Hard Drive: 1TB SATA hard drive

Battery: 3-cell battery with up to 8 hours of battery life

Dell offers an excellent range of value-for-money laptops that often come with innovative features.  This Dell Inspiron is no exception, coming with a 15.6″ touchscreen display. It has a beautiful display to use, and Windows 10 Home comes with excellent touch screen support. This easy-to-use touchscreen makes gaming more accessible to everyone, and you can quickly navigate through levels without having to click the mouse.

While games look fantastic on this display, it does not run on 1920×1080, instead only reaching 1366×768.  This only becomes an issue if you intend to play games with advanced graphics (Battlefield and Titanfall).  If you are playing something like The Sims, CS: GO Scarcraft, the game renders beautifully.

It comes with a huge 1TB SATA HDD, which is large enough to store hundreds of movies or thousands of videos.  It has plenty of RAM, and the Intel Core i5 is a solid processor. The battery life is great also, coming in at 8 hours, which makes it one of the best gaming laptops on the market right now.  This laptop is a great choice if you want one with a touchscreen and sufficient RAM.

Jumper 14″ Laptop

Price: $550

CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i5

GPU: Intel UHD Graphics

Display: Full HD IPS display. The Full HD resolution typically refers to 1920×1080 pixels.

RAM: 24GB of LPDDR4X RAM

Hard Drive: 1024GB NVMe SSD (Solid State Drive)

Battery: 51.3WH battery

Introducing the “Jumper 14” Laptop, a powerful computing solution designed to elevate your digital experience. Boasting impressive specifications, this laptop is equipped with 24GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a capacious 1024GB NVMe SSD, ensuring swift multitasking and ample storage for your files and applications.

The heart of this machine is a robust 3.6GHz Intel Core i5 CPU that promises seamless performance across various tasks. The Full HD IPS display brings your visuals to life with vibrant colors and sharp details. Running on Windows 11, the laptop offers an intuitive and modern interface.

What sets the “Jumper 14” apart is its exceptional audio quality delivered by the four stereo speakers, engulfing you in immersive sound. Connectivity is a breeze with USB 3.0 ports, Type-C compatibility, and the convenience of three USB ports. The laptop’s thoughtful design extends to its cooling fan, maintaining optimal performance during intensive tasks. With a durable metal construction and a 51.3WH battery, the “Jumper 14” combines power and portability for a well-rounded computing experience.

HAVE ANY OF THESE LAPTOPS CAUGHT YOUR EYE?

Choosing a gaming laptop isn’t easy when there are so many factors to consider and an array of products, but the above selections show a variety of resolutions, battery life, storage, and more. Also, refer back to the amount of RAM and storage space you need to play your favorite games, or you risk choosing a laptop that isn’t suitable for your specific needs.

If we had to recommend only one gaming laptop, it would be the Dell Inspiron 7000 model since it offers a sleek and streamlined design. The device is comfortable and ergonomically designed for hours of use, thanks to the keyboard’s shallow feel. The buttons are soft, and the touchpad is responsive, so you can enjoy playing games. But from the remaining gaming laptops, have any caught your eye? Share your thoughts or further recommendations in the comments.

The Best In-Ground Basketball Hoop

When it comes to enjoying the game of basketball right at your own home, having a high-quality in-ground basketball hoop is essential. However, with a wide range of options available on the market, finding the best in-ground basketball hoop can be a daunting task. That’s why we have researched and compiled a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision. In this article, we will explore the key factors to consider, compare different types and brands, and analyze crucial features to determine the best in-ground basketball hoop that will bring years of excitement and joy to your outdoor court. Get ready to elevate your game with our expert insights and recommendations.

Key Factors to Consider:

  1. Key Factors to Consider: When it comes to selecting the best in-ground basketball hoop, there are several important factors to keep in mind. We delve into key considerations such as hoop height adjustments, backboard materials, pole design, stability, and durability. By understanding these factors, you can narrow down your options and find a hoop that meets your specific requirements and preferences.
  2. Top-Rated Brands: We’ve researched and identified the top-rated brands known for their quality and performance in the in-ground basketball hoop market. From well-established manufacturers to innovative newcomers, we highlight the companies that consistently deliver exceptional products. Explore the reputation, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction associated with these brands to make an informed decision.
  3. Standout Features: Different in-ground basketball hoops offer a variety of features designed to enhance gameplay and durability. We examine features such as breakaway rims, double springs, weather-resistant coatings, and padding. By understanding these features and their benefits, you can choose a hoop that not only provides an enjoyable playing experience but also withstands various weather conditions and ensures player safety.
  4. Customer Reviews and Feedback: The experiences and opinions of other customers can be invaluable when selecting the best in-ground basketball hoop. We analyze customer reviews and feedback to gauge user satisfaction, durability, installation process, and overall performance of different hoops. Real-life experiences shared by fellow basketball enthusiasts can offer insights that guide you toward the ideal choice for your outdoor court.
  5. Price Range and Value for Money: Budget is often an important consideration when making any purchase. We provide an overview of the price range for in-ground basketball hoops, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the investment required. Additionally, we evaluate the value for money offered by different options, considering their features, durability, and long-term performance.

Ideal Backboard Size and Material

The ideal backboard size and material for optimal gameplay in basketball can vary depending on factors such as skill level, space availability, and personal preferences. Generally, the NBA and NCAA have set standards for backboard dimensions, with the NBA requiring a rectangular board measuring 72 inches in width and 42 inches in height. However, for residential or recreational use, backboard sizes typically range from 44 inches to 72 inches in width.

The material of the backboard also plays a significant role in gameplay. The two most common materials used are tempered glass and acrylic. Tempered glass is widely considered the top choice due to its superior rebound and consistent bounce properties, replicating the feel of professional basketball courts. It offers excellent clarity and durability, making it the preferred material for serious players and enthusiasts.

On the other hand, acrylic backboards are often more affordable and lighter in weight. They can still provide good rebound, but not to the same extent as tempered glass. Acrylic backboards are suitable for recreational use and casual play, offering a balance between performance and cost-effectiveness.

It’s important to note that backboard size and material are interconnected factors. A larger backboard, such as the NBA-standard 72 inches, allows for a greater shooting area and provides a more authentic playing experience. When combined with tempered glass, it offers optimal gameplay due to its superior performance characteristics.

Ultimately, the ideal backboard size and material for optimal gameplay will depend on individual preferences and specific requirements. Serious players or those looking to replicate professional conditions may prioritize a larger backboard made of tempered glass. Casual players or those with limited space and budget may find a smaller backboard made of acrylic to be more suitable. Consider your skill level, playing style, available space, and budget when deciding on the ideal backboard size and material that will enhance your basketball experience.

Basketball Pole Design and Thickness

The basketball pole design and thickness are crucial factors in ensuring stability and durability in an in-ground basketball hoop system. The pole serves as the foundation and support for the backboard and rim, and its design and thickness play a significant role in withstanding the forces generated during gameplay.

Firstly, the design of the basketball pole is important for stability. It should be constructed in a way that minimizes vibrations and movement during intense play. A sturdy pole design, often featuring a single-piece or multi-piece construction, provides better stability and reduces the potential for wobbling or shaking during aggressive dunks or heavy use.

Secondly, the thickness of the basketball pole directly affects its strength and durability. Thicker poles tend to offer greater rigidity and structural integrity. This means they are less prone to bending or warping over time, especially when subjected to high-impact play or harsh weather conditions. Thicker poles can better withstand the forces exerted on the hoop system, ensuring long-term stability and reliability.

Furthermore, the material used in the construction of the pole also influences its stability and durability. Common materials include steel, aluminum, and sometimes a combination of both. Steel poles, particularly those made of heavy-duty galvanized or powder-coated steel, are renowned for their strength and ability to resist corrosion. Aluminum poles are lighter but still offer decent strength and rust resistance.

Pros of In-Ground Basketball Hoops:

When considering the purchase of a basketball hoop, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of different types, including in-ground, portable, and wall-mounted options. Here’s a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing an in-ground basketball hoop compared to other types:

  1. Stability: In-ground basketball hoops offer excellent stability and rigidity, providing a more authentic playing experience. The hoop is securely anchored into the ground, allowing for aggressive dunks and intense gameplay without excessive movement.
  2. Durability: In-ground hoops are designed for long-term use and can withstand various weather conditions. They are typically constructed with sturdy materials, such as heavy-duty steel, ensuring durability and resistance to wear and tear.
  3. Larger Backboard Size: In-ground basketball hoops often come with larger backboard sizes, similar to professional standards. This allows for a more spacious shooting area and better replication of the game’s feel and dimensions.

Cons of In-Ground Basketball Hoops:

  1. Installation Process: Setting up an in-ground basketball hoop requires more effort and expertise. It involves digging a hole, pouring concrete, and securing the pole. This process can be time-consuming and may require professional assistance.
  2. Permanent Fixture: Once installed, an in-ground basketball hoop is a permanent fixture. It cannot be easily relocated, limiting flexibility if you decide to move or change the court’s location.

Pros of Portable Basketball Hoops:

  1. Portability: Portable basketball hoops are easily movable, allowing you to adjust the court’s location or store the hoop when not in use. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for those who may need to move or have limited space.
  2. Easy Installation: Portable hoops require minimal installation compared to in-ground options. They usually come with a base that can be filled with water or sand for stability, eliminating the need for digging or concrete work.

Cons of Portable Basketball Hoops:

  1. Stability Concerns: While portable hoops offer convenience, they may lack the stability of in-ground options. Aggressive play or wind gusts can cause the hoop to tip or wobble, affecting gameplay quality.
  2. Smaller Backboard Size: Portable hoops often have smaller backboard sizes compared to in-ground hoops. This can limit the shooting area and affect the feel of the game, especially for those accustomed to larger dimensions.

Pros of Wall-Mounted Basketball Hoops:

  1. Space Efficiency: Wall-mounted basketball hoops are an excellent choice for those with limited outdoor space. They utilize vertical space, allowing for installation on walls, garages, or other suitable structures.
  2. Stability: Wall-mounted hoops provide greater stability compared to portable options. They are securely attached to a solid structure, minimizing wobbling or tipping during play.

Cons of Wall-Mounted Basketball Hoops:

  1. Limited Adjustability: Unlike portable or in-ground hoops, wall-mounted options usually have limited height adjustability. This can restrict their suitability for younger players who require lower rim heights.
  2. Installation Constraints: Installing a wall-mounted hoop requires proper wall attachment and may involve drilling into the structure. This can be challenging for some individuals or may not be feasible in certain locations.

Ultimately, the choice between in-ground, portable, or wall-mounted basketball hoops depends on factors such as available space, desired stability, installation preferences, and budget. Consider these pros and cons to determine the type of basketball hoop that best suits your needs and preferences.

Basketball Hoop Rim Features

When choosing a basketball hoop, the features of the rim are crucial to ensure a safe and enjoyable playing experience. Two essential features to consider are breakaway mechanisms and double springs:

Breakaway Mechanisms

  1. Breakaway Mechanisms: A breakaway rim is designed to flex and bend when players dunk or apply force to the rim during gameplay. This flexibility allows the rim to absorb the impact, reducing the risk of injury to the players and preventing damage to the backboard or pole. When a player dunks and hangs on the rim, a breakaway mechanism ensures that the rim moves downward, reducing the strain on the hoop system.

The breakaway feature is especially important for players of all skill levels, as it minimizes the chances of wrist or finger injuries caused by rigid rims. It also enhances the longevity of the hoop by preventing excessive stress on the components.

Double Springs

  1. Double Springs: A rim equipped with double springs offers enhanced responsiveness and durability. The dual-spring system allows the rim to quickly return to its original position after being flexed or bent during play. This rapid response ensures a consistent and realistic bounce, making shooting and layups more enjoyable.

Double springs provide additional support to the breakaway mechanism, ensuring the rim remains stable and reliable even after prolonged use and exposure to various weather conditions. The combination of a breakaway mechanism and double springs contributes to a high-quality rim that can withstand aggressive play and last for years.

When looking for the hoop’s rim features, it’s essential to choose a combination of a breakaway mechanism and double springs. This combination not only enhances player safety but also delivers an authentic playing experience. Whether you are a recreational player or a serious athlete, a rim with these features will add excitement and longevity to your basketball sessions.

Remember to consider the overall build quality, material, and compatibility with the backboard when selecting the rim. Investing in a rim with breakaway mechanisms and double springs is a wise decision that ensures both safety and performance, making your basketball hoop an asset for countless enjoyable games and practices.

Additional Features

When setting up an in-ground basketball hoop, there are several additional features and accessories worth considering to enhance safety, protect players, and improve the overall playing experience. Here are some options to keep in mind:

  1. Pole Pads: Pole pads provide additional safety and prevent players from colliding with the pole. They are typically made of foam or other impact-absorbing materials, offering cushioning when players make contact with the pole. Pole pads also help protect players from accidental scrapes or bruises that can occur during competitive games.
  2. Ground Sleeves: Ground sleeves are an installation accessory that allows for easier removal and relocation of the basketball hoop system. With ground sleeves, you can install a sleeve into the ground during the initial setup, and the pole can then be inserted or removed as needed. This feature provides flexibility if you ever need to move the hoop to a different location or store it for an extended period.
  3. Net Options: While nets are often included with basketball hoop systems, it’s worth considering different net options to suit your preferences. Nylon nets are commonly used due to their durability and resistance to outdoor conditions. Additionally, anti-whip nets are available, designed with additional loops to prevent the net from tangling or whipping around the rim after a shot.
  4. Court Markings: To create a more authentic playing experience, you may consider adding court markings to your playing area. This can include painting or applying stickers for free-throw lines, three-point lines, and key markings. Proper court markings not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also allow players to practice specific drills and gameplay scenarios accurately.

Safety Guidelines

There are several safety guidelines and regulations to keep in mind when installing and using an in-ground basketball hoop. Adhering to these guidelines ensures the safety of players and helps prevent accidents or injuries. Here are some key considerations:

Proper Installation:

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully during the installation process. This includes correctly securing the support pole, ensuring the backboard is firmly attached, and using the recommended hardware. Improper installation can compromise the stability of the hoop and pose a safety hazard.

Location:

Choose a suitable location for your in-ground basketball hoop. Ensure there is enough space around the court area to avoid collisions with walls, trees, or other structures. Keep the playing area clear of obstacles that could cause accidents.

Pole Padding:

Consider using pole padding to cover the support pole. This padding helps prevent injuries from accidental collisions during intense play. Ensure the padding is securely attached and provides adequate cushioning.

Backboard Safety:

Ensure the backboard is properly mounted and securely attached to the support pole. Regularly inspect the backboard for any signs of damage, such as cracks or loose parts. Replace any damaged components promptly to maintain the safety and integrity of the hoop system.

Rim Safety:

Regularly inspect the rim for any signs of wear or damage, such as bent or sharp edges. Ensure the rim is securely attached to the backboard. Check the breakaway mechanism and springs, if applicable, to ensure proper functionality.

Height Adjustments:

If your in-ground basketball hoop has an adjustable height feature, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when adjusting the rim height. Avoid making sudden or improper adjustments that could lead to accidents or damage to the hoop system.

Player Safety:

Emphasize proper basketball techniques and safety rules to all players using the hoop. Encourage safe and fair play, discourage hanging on the rim, and discourage aggressive or dangerous maneuvers that could lead to injuries.

Weather Considerations:

Take weather conditions into account when using the basketball hoop. Strong winds, rain, or snow can affect stability and pose safety risks. Avoid playing during severe weather conditions and regularly inspect the hoop system after inclement weather.

Regular Maintenance:

Perform regular maintenance on your in-ground basketball hoop. Inspect all components, including the pole, backboard, rim, and net, for signs of wear or damage. Tighten any loose bolts or screws, replace worn-out parts, and ensure proper functioning.

Adult Supervision:

Ensure appropriate adult supervision is present, especially when younger or inexperienced players are using the hoop. Supervision helps enforce safety guidelines, prevent accidents, and address any immediate safety concerns.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, selecting the best in-ground basketball hoop involves careful consideration of various factors such as hoop height adjustments, backboard materials, pole design, stability, and durability. By understanding these key factors and exploring different types and brands, you can make an informed decision that suits your needs and preferences. Additionally, paying attention to features like breakaway mechanisms and double springs enhances safety and ensures a more enjoyable playing experience. Remember to consider customer reviews, price range, and value for money to make a well-rounded decision. With the right in-ground basketball hoop, you can elevate your game and create lasting memories on your own home court.

67 Funny and Witty Fantasy Football Team Names

Fantasy football is a game that combines strategy, competition, and an undeniable passion for the sport. While assembling a winning roster is crucial, injecting a dose of humor and creativity into your team’s identity can make the experience even more enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to stand out among your league-mates or simply want to bring a smile to everyone’s face, a funny and witty team name is the perfect way to showcase your wit and personality.

In this article, we have curated a collection of 67 hilarious and clever fantasy football team names that will leave your opponents laughing on the sidelines. From puns and pop culture references to clever twists on player names, this list is a goldmine of creative inspiration. So, whether you’re a seasoned fantasy football veteran or a newcomer to the game, get ready to score big with humor as we delve into a world of funny and witty team names. Let’s dive in and discover the perfect moniker that will have your opponents chuckling in disbelief!

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.

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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’s 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 is Down by the Football Field

  • Suggs in the Tubs

  • Going for the Green

  • Dez is 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, Breezy, 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

Conclusion

Choosing a funny and witty fantasy football team name is a delightful way to showcase your creativity, humor, and passion for the game. With the 67 options presented in this article, you now have a treasure trove of clever and entertaining team names at your disposal. Whether you prefer puns, wordplay, pop culture references, or clever twists on player names, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Remember, a great team name not only adds a touch of humor to your fantasy football experience but also sets the stage for friendly banter and camaraderie with fellow players. It’s an opportunity to stand out, make others chuckle, and create a sense of unity within your league.

As you peruse through the list, feel free to mix and match, adapt, or even come up with your own unique creations. Let your imagination run wild, and don’t be afraid to showcase your wit and comedic prowess.

So, whether you’re aiming for the championship or simply looking to inject some lightheartedness into your fantasy football journey, a funny and witty team name is a winning strategy. Embrace the laughter, enjoy the game, and may your team’s performance match the cleverness of its name. Let the fantasy football season begin with a touch of humor!

How to Play Disc Golf and Disc Golf Rules

Disc golf is a thrilling and rapidly growing sport that combines the precision of golf with the fun and accessibility of throwing flying discs. Whether you’re a beginner curious to learn about the game or a seasoned player looking to refine your skills, understanding the fundamentals and rules of disc golf is essential. In this article, we present a comprehensive guide that will walk you through the basics of playing disc golf, from selecting the right discs to mastering various throwing techniques. Additionally, we’ll delve into the rules and etiquette that govern the game, ensuring a fair and enjoyable experience for all players. So grab your favorite disc, head to the nearest course, and let’s explore the exciting world of disc golf, where precision, strategy, and camaraderie intersect for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

Disc golf is a great game. It is something that you can play recreationally with friends or that, believe it or not; you can play seriously and competitively. No matter what your goals with the game may be, you will find that learning how to play disc golf is actually quite simple, especially if you know and understand the basic rules.

The Basic Rules of Disc Golf

The first thing to know, disc golf is a game of respect and courtesy. And you are asked to treat your fellow players, opponents or not, in a friendly manner.

For example, you cannot distract another player when he is throwing. Nor can you throw your disc without ensuring it will not cause a problem or distraction for another player.

Aside from general courtesies, each golf hole begins with a tee-off and then throwing until the players have all reached the basket, just as in golf. Scoring is also the same as golf. Every time you throw your disc that counts as a “stroke.” Penalties that you incur as you play also count as a stroke. At the end of the game, the player who took the fewest strokes or throws wins. It’s as simple as that, but so much more fun than you could ever imagine!

Make Your Final Shot Your Easiest Shot

As you learn how to play disc golf, you will quickly find that the desire to win is real.

Even though the sport isn’t always super competitive, winning is the kind of thing that players seem to get into. So, even if you are not playing for serious reasons, you’ll likely still find yourself wanting to win…big time.

Tips to Remember:

If that’s you, one key tip to follow is to remember not to get too hung up on distance. All too often, players, especially beginning players, want to throw their discs as far as they can from the first throw onward.

And, while throwing far is helpful, it’s not the important part of winning the game.

You’d be much better off by seeing the big picture and trying to make as few progressive throws as you can to get your disc into the net. You also want to make it so that your approach shot is easy and so that your final shot is your easiest one yet.

This is the point where you should be wrapping things up and getting that disc into the net. So don’t make it hard when you don’t have to.

Take the Proper Stance and Use Good Technique

Another thing that can help you to get better at disc golf is to remember that stance and technique matter. As such, always try to keep these things in mind when you play.

Always begin with a stationary throw. Once you have mastered that, you can do a run-up or at least work your way up to one

When throwing, reach back with a full extension of both the arm and the elbow. Then, when you’re ready, bring the arm forward by pushing the elbow and maintaining strength and power until you are ready to release the disc.

Remember while you throw to keep the rest of your body as still and firm as possible. This will help you to control your shot and will give you a better chance at landing your disc in the net.

Follow the Rules of Tee Off Order

While disc golf may be largely about fun, it’s also about following the rules. This is especially true when it comes to the rules of tee off order.

Always remember that the first tee is decided upon by flipping discs. If you’re not playing as serious of a game, though, you can simply decide who goes first.

If you are flipping discs, use the printed side of the disc as “heads.”

This flipping is only done on the first tee off. For all other holes, allow the player with the lowest score on the previous hole to go first.

Use Quality Equipment

In addition to following these tips and the rules, ensure you are using quality equipment.

You don’t have to spend a fortune, and playing at a local park is just fine, but you should have quality discs and other materials to help improve your game.

Using quality disc golf equipment is paramount to improving your game and enhancing your overall disc golf experience. Just like in any sport, having reliable and well-designed equipment can make a significant difference in performance and results. High-quality discs are engineered to offer better flight characteristics, such as distance, stability, and control. They allow you to throw with more accuracy, consistency, and confidence, enabling you to navigate various obstacles on the course more effectively. Additionally, quality discs are built to withstand the rigors of the game, ensuring longevity and durability even with regular use. Alongside discs, investing in reliable disc golf bags, targets, and other accessories can provide convenience and organization, making your practice sessions and tournaments more enjoyable. Ultimately, using top-notch disc golf equipment allows you to focus on honing your skills, pushing your limits, and enjoying the sport to its fullest potential.

As long as you can follow this tip and the others presented here, you should get great enjoyment from disc golf.

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11 Best Motivational Audiobooks to Boost Your Life and Business

If you are looking for the best motivational audiobooks, you have come to the right place. I am an avid reader and audiobook junky. I love books that motivate and inspire action. This list of audiobooks will do just that. Sometimes, it feels that even staying motivated needs inspiration and a lot of work, so there is not a shame to call the backup from when you feel a little down. If you need an “energy” boost from time to time or hear a new perspective on things, motivational books can help you get out of the rut.

Of course, there are thousands of motivational books out there and some of the best motivational books in the world stand the test of time even if they have considerable age. If you are always on the go and you need to hear the words rather than read them, I hope this collection of best motivational audiobooks will keep you going stronger.


Best Motivational Audiobooks to Listen to This Year

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition

The premise of the audiobook “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey is centered around the idea that personal and professional effectiveness can be achieved through the cultivation of certain habits. Covey presents seven core habits that, when practiced consistently, can lead to significant improvements in one’s life and relationships.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey teaches listeners how to become more proactive, purposeful, and successful individuals. Covey emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions, setting clear goals, and prioritizing tasks that align with personal values. The book promotes a win-win mindset, effective communication, and collaborative problem-solving. Covey also emphasizes the significance of understanding others before seeking to be understood and the power of synergy in fostering creativity and teamwork. Additionally, he emphasizes the need for self-care and continuous personal growth through activities that nourish the body, mind, and spirit. Overall, this audiobook provides practical guidance and timeless principles for achieving personal and professional effectiveness and living a fulfilling and balanced life.

The duration of the audio for “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey can vary depending on the edition and the narrator. However, on average, the unabridged audiobook version of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has a runtime of approximately 13 to 14 hours. It is important to note that the specific length may differ slightly between different audio versions or adaptations.


The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone

The 10X Rule

I soak up everything Grant Cardone has. This guy has more energy at 50 then most have in their 20’s. The main point of this book is to take ten times more action. The more action you take, the more likely you are to succeed. While this may sound simple in theory, consider it a challenge for yourself, every day. Do you do one thing? Do it ten times better and with more oomph. It is, in fact, a lot harder than it looks, as getting out of our comfort zone and our thinking/behavioral patterns take a lot of work.

Look at more deals. When people were telling him he needed to take it easy on social media he increased it. “Be omnipresent.” Some people use one or two platforms. Grant says you need to be everywhere. When the economy was pulling back he pushed his chips all in.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

While you can apply all the teachings of this book to personal life too, it is essentially a motivational book related to business and entrepreneurial success. So here are some takeaways and highlights that are most impressive when you listen to this audiobook:

  • Shake off fear;
  • Increase your belief in yourself;
  • Eliminate procrastination;
  • Set higher (correct) goals and reach them;
  • Never settle for mediocrity;
  • Become a role model and dominate your competitors.

If you are looking to be motivated this book will do the trick. The book is about taking massive action and that is crucial. What good is motivation without action?

This audiobook is 7 hours and 24 minutes long but it doesn’t seem like it. I listen to mine on 3x speed and you should too!


Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler

Living with a Seal

First I must say this book has a substantial amount of profane language. If you are put off by the F word or if you planning on listening with others around, this book might not be the right one for you.

Want to get motivated? Try having a navy seal live with you, that’s what Jesse Itzler did. Jesse was running a race when he first noticed “Seal.” It was a team race but Seal was running it solo. With double digit miles remaining Seal had broke all the small bones in his feet because of his large frame. If you and I broke one small bone in our foot I think we would say the race is over. Not Seal.  He finished the race. Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that he was peeing blood as well.

Jesse remembered his racer information and looked him up on Google. This lead to Jesse flying out and convincing Seal to come live with him for 31 days. Seal agreed under one condition, “You have to do whatever I say or I’m out of here.” Agreed.

One of the first challenges was doing pull-ups. The seal had him do pull-ups until he thought he couldn’t do anymore. Once Jesse was spent, Seal told him now we are staying until you do 100. Jesse thought it was impossible but he had agreed to do whatever Seal said or he would leave. Jesse ended up doing the 100.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

As you can easily imagine, this book teaches people that nothing is impossible if they put their minds and hearts to it. Stepping out of our comfort zone, achieve greatness in the face of adversity, and become better versions of ourselves are just a few takeaways the book has to offer. Of course, it also helps you know yourself better and understanding what your limits are. It is more than a game of truth or dare, obviously, but in the end, you will understand that you are stronger than you think.

The book is filled with challenges like the pull ups. The book is about us being able to do more than we think we are capable of. Most people stop prematurely when they have more to give. If you are looking for motivation, this book will do it. Start pushing yourself like Seal pushed Jesse.

The audiobook is 5 hours and 18 minutes.


Quiet: Learning to Silence the Chatter and Believing That You’re Good Enough

best motivational audiobooks

This book is incredibly motivating. With this audiobook written and read by Fearne Cotton, we get to explore why so many of us question whether or not we are good enough, or whether or not we ever will be. The book is filled with her own hand-drawn illustrations and thought-provoking activities. These are meant to still your mind, stop you from self-sabotaging, and silence your inner critic. And it truly gets the job done.

The Quiet audiobook includes interviews with those who assisted in helping Cotton learn to accept her own flaws and imperfections. It also provides advice on drowning out misinformation and noise from work, family, and friends that can often increase our doubt and insecurities.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

One of the first and most important takeaways of this book is to listen more selectively what people say and what people tell you in an age of oversharing and public exposure on social media. Quieting the noise has never been more crucial than it is today to find our inner voice and decide for ourselves what is good and bad with the world, not what other people tell us.

Cotton opens up in this audiobook about what it’s like living life in the public eye. Although many of us can’t relate directly to that, she shares her methods and activities that she uses to get through online trolls and negative chatter, which can be helpful to anyone in this age of social media. She even provides statistics and facts that contribute to the fact that social media is linked to rising levels of anxiety, depression, and various other mental health issues.

Stop competing with the outside noise telling you you’re not good enough and start listening to Quiet! You won’t regret it.

This book is 3 hours and 51 minutes long.


Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money- That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad

With over 3,000 five star reviews you can rest assured that this book is legit. I’ve listened to it multiple times and is extremely motivating. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I hear more people mentioning this book as a masterpiece that changed their life.

This book motivates you to think differently about money. Most people’s mindset is to “work for money.” Robert says that this is backward. You should have money work for you. It talks extensively about leverage. How to use other people’s money and talents to make you more money.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

This motivational audiobook is a bit controversial in some circles, as it challenges plenty of things conventional wisdom tries to teach us. For instance, it encourages parents to step in and help their children learn about money and finances, as the system of education will never be able to do it the right way. Moreover, it will help every listener to get a better understanding what an asset and a liability are, once and for all.

There are some great lessons in here and will motivate you to change the way you think about money. Some might say his principles are a little more “risky.” Others say that working 9-5 for 40 years is the most risky thing you can do. You decide.

The book is 6 hours and 9 minutes in length.


The 4 Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris

The 4 Hour Work Week

Next on our best motivational books list is “The 4 Hour Work Week.” This book has over 3,500 five star reviews. I’ve listened to and read this book multiple times. Like the Rich Dad book it will challenge your beliefs around work and money.

If you are interested in starting a business, this book will really help motivate you. In the book, there are a number of great ideas on how to start testing a business idea. Tim talks extensively about outsourcing on the cheap. Learn how to hire virtual assistants all over the world to do the work that you get bogged down with.

In the book he talks about being overwhelmed with the business he had started. He was working too many hours and was getting burnt out. That’s when he decided to unload his tasks and give his workers the freedom to make decisions. He started checking emails at only specific times of the day as well as taking limited phone calls. He fired his headache customers because 20% of the customers were 80% of the problems. His new processes led from working lots of hours to working a “4 Hour Work Week.”

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

Many people reference this book as a game-changer in their life. I would agree. I have learned a lot from this book and the outsourcing techniques are invaluable. The author offers dozens of practical tips and case studies regarding people who reinvented themselves and their businesses after internalizing the advice offered by the book. In this amazing motivational audiobook, you will also get templates to eliminate email clutter from your daily business. You will learn tips and tricks to negotiate with higher-ups and clients, apply simple lifestyle principles to confusing, fear-generating economic times, and living the life of a millionaire even if you are not one.

This audiobook is 8 hours and 18 minutes.


Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Poke the Box

Seth Godin is considered a marketing genius by many. I’ve listened to this audiobook at least ten times over the last five years. If you are looking for motivation to take action, this one will help. This is one of the best motivational audiobooks of all times if you ask the experts, and for all the good reasons.

What I love about this book is that it gives you permission to try things. It gives you permission test things and fail at them. Are the people that make the biggest difference in the world the people that conform? No. It’s the people that persist and go against the norm.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

From this book your mindset on failure with transform. You will feel confident in moving forward with your ideas. Too often you hear people telling you not to try something because it might not work out or it’s too risky. Don’t listen to them, list to Seth. Start taking action today.

According to the author, one of the peoples’ greatest mistakes is to think that everything is static, although everything changes by the minute. What this book teaches us is the fact that we should not only embrace change and adapt to it but provoke it, make it happen. As one great quote says, “Be the change you want to see in the world!”

The book is short at 2 hours and 14 minutes.


The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle stands out as an exceptional audiobook that offers a transformative and enlightening journey into the realm of presence and consciousness. With profound wisdom and clarity, Tolle guides listeners on a path toward liberation from the burdens of the past and the worries of the future. What sets this audiobook apart is Tolle’s ability to articulate complex spiritual concepts in a simple and accessible manner, making it relatable and applicable to everyday life. Through his teachings, listeners are invited to embrace the power of the present moment, free themselves from egoic patterns, and discover a profound sense of peace and inner fulfillment. Tolle’s soothing and captivating voice, combined with the depth of his insights, creates an immersive experience that resonates deeply and leaves a lasting impact on the journey of self-discovery and awakening.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle is a transformative audiobook that offers profound insights and teachings on the importance of living in the present moment. Here are some key lessons that can be learned from the audiobook:

  1. Embrace the present moment: Tolle emphasizes the significance of being fully present in the here and now. He encourages listeners to let go of past regrets and future anxieties, and instead, focus their attention on the present moment. By doing so, individuals can experience a deeper sense of peace, joy, and fulfillment.

  2. Release identification with the ego: Tolle explores the concept of the ego and its influence on our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. He encourages listeners to observe their ego-driven patterns and attachments and to disidentify from them. By recognizing that we are not solely defined by our thoughts or external circumstances, we can transcend ego-based limitations and find a greater sense of freedom and authenticity.

  3. Cultivate awareness and stillness: The audiobook emphasizes the importance of developing conscious awareness and practicing stillness. Tolle teaches techniques such as mindfulness and meditation to quiet the mind, become more attuned to the present moment, and connect with a deeper, more expansive level of consciousness.

  4. Acceptance and surrender: Tolle emphasizes the power of acceptance and surrendering to the present moment, whatever it may bring. By embracing what is and relinquishing resistance, individuals can find inner peace and discover new possibilities for growth and transformation.

  5. Find inner peace amidst challenges: The audiobook teaches how to navigate challenging situations and overcome suffering by shifting our relationship to them. Tolle encourages listeners to view difficulties as opportunities for growth and to approach them with presence, acceptance, and compassion.

  6. Cultivate a deeper connection with others: Tolle explores the importance of authentic and mindful relationships. By being fully present with others, listening deeply, and cultivating empathy and compassion, we can foster more meaningful connections and nurture a sense of unity and interconnectedness.

This book is 7 hours and 37 minutes long.


Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School by Andrew Hallam

Millionaire Teacher

Before you ask what this book is doing on the list, hear me out. This book will motivate you to learn about your finances. Too often people feel overwhelmed with learning about money and investing. This book simply dumbs it down to where anyone can understand it.

This book could save you $250,000 over your investing lifetime (depending on how old you are). I read this book and it opened up my eyes. When I started looking into what I was investing in and being told to invest in, I was shocked. We then went through this book as a company. Because of this book, we are moving from one 401k provider to a different 401k provider. The way I invest has been forever altered.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

By reading this book you will know more about personal finance than 95% of the population. When you meet with your financial advisor, you will be equipped to make sound decisions. Although this book might sound more boring than the rest, it will save you tons of money.

This book is not only the perfect instrument to understand the new methods of investing you have now available, but also turn it into a learning game/experience to teach children about savings, finances, and investments from an early age. The philosophy here is that all you need is a different approach to the concept of money and investing to turn into a millionaire.

The audiobook length is 6 ours and 24 minutes.


Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

“Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown stands out as an extraordinary book that challenges societal norms and provides a refreshing perspective on vulnerability and courage. What sets this book apart is Brown’s ability to blend rigorous research with personal anecdotes and relatable storytelling. She skillfully dismantles the misconception that vulnerability is a weakness, offering a transformative understanding of its power in fostering authentic connections and personal growth. With her empathetic and engaging writing style, Brown creates a safe and inclusive space for readers to explore their own vulnerabilities and confront shame and self-judgment. Moreover, her emphasis on wholehearted living and the importance of embracing imperfection resonates deeply, empowering readers to cultivate resilience, authenticity, and meaningful relationships. “Daring Greatly” is a remarkable book that leaves a lasting impact, challenging readers to step into their vulnerability and live a more courageous and fulfilling life.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

“Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown is a powerful book that offers insightful teachings on vulnerability, courage, and wholehearted living. Here are some key lessons that can be learned from the book:

  1. Embrace vulnerability: Brown emphasizes the importance of embracing vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness. By leaning into vulnerability and allowing ourselves to be seen authentically, we can cultivate deeper connections, foster trust, and experience true intimacy in our relationships.

  2. Cultivate resilience and courage: The book teaches that in order to live a wholehearted and fulfilling life, we must cultivate resilience and courage. Brown encourages readers to embrace discomfort, take risks, and persevere in the face of failure or criticism. By daring greatly, we can unlock our potential and achieve personal growth and success.

  3. Combat shame and self-judgment: “Daring Greatly” explores the detrimental effects of shame and self-judgment on our well-being and relationships. Brown provides tools and strategies for recognizing and challenging our own shame-based narratives, cultivating self-compassion, and embracing our inherent worthiness.

  4. Foster meaningful connections: The book highlights the significance of authentic and vulnerable connections with others. Brown discusses the importance of empathy, active listening, and setting boundaries in fostering healthy and meaningful relationships. By creating a safe space for vulnerability, we can cultivate deeper connections and foster a sense of belonging.

  5. Embrace imperfection and embrace our true selves: “Daring Greatly” emphasizes the importance of embracing imperfection and accepting ourselves as we are. Brown encourages readers to let go of societal expectations, perfectionism, and the need for approval. By embracing our true selves and celebrating our strengths and vulnerabilities, we can lead more authentic and fulfilling lives.

This audiobook is 6 hours and 30 minutes in length.


The Laptop Millionaire: How Anyone Can Escape the 9 to 5 and Make Money Online by Mark Anastasi

Laptop Millionaire

This book is legit. If you are looking to get motivated to make money online, this is the book. Mark talks about how he used to be homeless until he met LM (the laptop millionaire). LM taught him ways to make money online from anywhere in the world. If you want to learn to write ebooks, create courses, software, and the importance of building an email list, this book will do just that. It is filled with content on money-making strategies. If taken action upon, they could work for you.

What Other Things Does This Audiobook Teach You?

The problem with making money online and finding the right motivation to do so is that most advice you receive is not actionable or takes decades to turn into something viable. On the other hand, the no-fluff, no-filler strategies provided in this book represent a blueprint – or starting point if you wish – to online success. Depending on what you are good at, this motivational audiobook will help you discover the online entrepreneur lifestyle for yourself.

This audiobook is 9 hours and 1 minute long.

Best Motivational Audiobooks: Bottom Line

It is true that the market of motivational books is very big and one might have problems finding the best title to serve your needs. However, you can sift through the clutter and the noise and find the best written or audio motivational books to help you get your life straight, make more money, or achieve your goals in a more satisfying manner.

There you have it, my list of best motivational audiobooks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. If you have more suggestions on motivational books you want me to review or present, don’t be shy in leaving a comment in the dedicated section below!