Sunday, June 29, 2014

Use PixiClip As a Sports/Soccer Coaching Tool

Pixiclip is an interactive whiteboard which makes for a great sports coaching tool thanks to its various functions, and more importantly its easy sharing capabilities. The Pixiclip website has a clean interface, which makes it easy to upload images, quickly draw, and record everything you're doing in order to easily send or show it to anyone.

By using uploaded images you can show players where you'd like them to take up their positions, and shuffle them around the field if needed. On top of this you can use the pencil tool to show which runs you'd like your players to be making, and with the marker tool it's easy to highlight areas of the field to show what zones a player should cover. Pixiclip's simple and easy-to use interface lets you add text, while also giving you the ability to erase or undo any mistakes you make on the way.

Perhaps what's most impressive about Pixiclip is how easy it is to record and share what you're working on. You can use a webcam and a microphone to explain or give commentary, and once you're finished Pixiclip will host your recording, making it easy to share your link with friends, or embed your video into your website. This makes it easy to share your tactics with your entire team, and Pixiclip also gives you the option to make your videos private, to ensure that your match day tactics remain hidden.

In the video below I run over some easy ways about how you can use PixClip as a soccer/sports coaching tool:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Luis Suarez Banned for Four Months Because of World Cup Bite

The world of soccer/football is full of misbehaviour which often stems from gritty competitive spirit. In the midst of rough tackles, high elbows, and diving, there's a lengthy recorded history of spitting, headbutts, punches, along with an even longer list of insults which have been been thrown and received on the field. Now, with Luis Suarez's contribution biting is joining that list of misdemeanours which are not only recorded, but punished.

After his now infamous bite, Luis Suarez has been banned by FIFA for nine matches along with an additional four month ban "from taking part in any kind of football-related activity" (you can read FIFA's full statement here). Suarez is also prohibited from entering the confines of any stadiums, and to top it all off the Uruguayan received a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs.

FIFA retains that the ban is rightfully harsh, and that, "such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field." however, Suarez has his protectors. Diego Maradona has sided with the Liverpool player, and Giorgio Chiellini (the Italian defender who was bitten) also put out a statement on his website saying that the ban is excessive. Furthermore, the Uruguayan FA has said that they will be appealing FIFA's decision, but it is unlikely that they will manage to change the outcome before Uruguay's next match against Colombia.

Aside from his official sentence, Suarez has also lost his sponsorship deal with 888poker after his bite. The betting website terminated its relationship with Suarez immediately after the incident. Suarez's current club, Liverpool FC, are also looking to end their relationship with him, but in the form of selling the striker to FC Barcelona, who apparently will be making an 80 million Pound bid. However, there could be difficulties with the move because it has been reported that FIFA's sentence extends to the point of disallowing a possible transfer of Suarez.

While Liverpool, Barcelona, and FIFA will decide where Suarez might play next year, Uruguay still have a World Cup to play. Their round of 16 match against Colombia will be difficult, and finding a proper system to play without Suarez in the lineup gives coach Oscar Tabarez an additional challenge to overcome. Perhaps the exclusion of Suarez will finally give PSG striker Edinson Cavani the space to shine, and allow Uruguay to push on in the tournament.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Adopting a Second Team for the 2014 World Cup

As you may have heard, there’s a World Cup on. And while for most of us that means rallying behind our home nation, there’s no hiding the fact we all love to adopt a second team during the tournament.

There are various reasons why we do this. It may be because our home nation didn’t qualify to begin with (sorry, Scotland/Wales/N. Ireland). It also might be because we have dual nationality, enjoy a team’s playing style, hold a soft spot for a particular underdog, or, and probably what is most likely, we may have received a nation in a World Cup sweepstake.

Sweepstakes obviously provide monetary incentives, however the reasons to support a second team are many. The best thing is - there’s no downside. Adopting a second team means you have further vested interest in the World Cup, without the risk of being devastated if your adopted team bow out of the tournament.

As you can imagine, this is a significantly less nerve-wracking experience than supporting your home nation. And if you happen to be an England fan, significantly increases your chances of actually winning the thing! While we all enjoy adopting a second (and even third or fourth) nation for the World Cup there are inevitably varying degrees of embracement.

Some of us simply check in every now and then to see how our adopted team are doing, others may decide to tune in to each of their games, and the most dedicated may even go as far as learning all about their nation of choice.

My World Cup Team 

If you fall into this bracket, and are wanting to swot up on your sweepstake then we can’t recommend My World Cup Team enough. It’s a very nifty site which contains more trivia than you could shake a Caxirola at. Everything from squad value, to historical figures to nuggets of information about the actual nation itself. Well worth checking out!

Adidas Summer Sale: Up to 50% Off

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