The Football Betting World
The sports football which is better known as soccer in America is one of the most popular sports in the world. Covering from South America, Africa, Asia to Europe, football is a game loved by everyone ranging from kids to adults. The game brings huge and deep influence to a person’s life. It makes the fans become silly and crazy especially in World Cup tournament.
The popularity of football had created various commercial values. Among of them, football betting is one of the most prosperous industrial seeded from the football game. Winning a bet is not easy at all. Since the very beginning, bookies are always the ultimate winners. However, some minority punters were able to shine in their football betting career. The secrets behind them are self-control in first place and a simple team performance analysis method.
In order to reign a football betting, punters must self-control. Punters must not be addicted towards betting whenever they lose several matches they bet. Bet only on matches that meet your analyzed criteria. Each and every punter will has his match analysis methods and will evolved from time to time. The final decision will always be influenced by latest news, odds movement and comments from others. In fact, there are no proven formula that will really works. A working formula means it will never change and can be applied to all matches as generic guidelines. Nothing will be able to turn the decision table around when this formula is applied.
One of the most effective but simple formula to win in football betting is team performance analysis method. Firstly, punters will need to focus on top teams in every domestic league. For example Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Lyon and Bordeaux. Those teams are most probably rank on top at the end of each season. It means to say, betting on highly rank teams surely increases your winning chances. Base on statistics over the last 5 years, the top teams shall continue to win and clear handicap when they are on form or during bounce back. In contrast, the top teams shall keep losing when they are in a losing streaks. Base on this, punter is advised to put his bet only when the top teams on form or when they would just bounce back on track. The biggest mistake in football betting is chasing a team in streak loses to bounce back.
In retrospect, try to avoid match between giants. Bet only when your favorable top teams are playing against smaller teams. The secret of winning is just as simple as it is. You can beat the bookies right now if you can do all above.
From the time young boys and girls have reached the age of six, seven or eight it is likely they will have become engaged in some form of organized sports. T-ball is often the first sport for a boy, while soccer has become the sport of choice for the youngest girls. But before long, and often before the parents are even aware, several years have passed and the children have advanced into other sports, like softball, baseball, basketball, flag football, and football, although soccer continues to be played at all ages by boys and girls.
No matter the sport, each participant wants to be able to perform well and wants to improve in their play as time goes on. This is only natural. As the children mature and begin to think in terms of high school and college, the possibility of sports scholarships come into play. The desire to play adequately is replaced by the desire to excel, which often becomes the dominant emotion. Whether or not, this becomes the driving force, everyone wants to play to the best of their abilities and this is usually enough of an incentive to make participants work as hard as they can to achieve their goals.
For young children, the first responsibility of the coach is to teach the children how to play the game and particularly, how the coach wants the game played. Each position in every team sport requires that the player in that position have a distinct set of physical attributes and skills that might make them particularly suited to that position. For example, in baseball, a first baseman, a pitcher or a catcher need not have the running speed that an outfielder should have. A six-foot-tall ten-year-old would more likely play center on a basketball team than play point guard, and a slow-footed but sure-handed person would do much better at goalie on a soccer team than they would playing forward. Based on each candidate’s attributes, the coach must assign everyone a playing position. These may change in time, so these considerations remain part of what occupies the coach’s time and energy.
Coaches do their best to bring out the best in each member of the team. At the younger ages, the coaches are usually volunteers who have had little formal training in how to get the most out of their players. Sometimes the team is lucky and gets a coach that can achieve a great deal. More often, the best of intentions cannot make up for their lack of knowledge and skill and as a result, the coaching is ‘good enough’ but doesn’t always bring out the best in the players.
In addition to teaching the game and the fine points of the various positions, the coach has many other teaching obligations. The coach must teach the players to play as a team, to be respectful of the other players on his or her team, but also the players on the other team. Some of the players will take on leadership positions while others must learn to follow and cooperate with the leader, or speak up respectfully if there is a dispute about something the leader has done. This represents only a partial list of a coach’s responsibilities so it is a fortunate team that gets a really competent coach.
Often in the attempt to win at the intermediate ages, winning itself becomes the overriding objective. How much each player actually plays and in what positions is determined by the coach who bases he decision on the player’s skill and resulting contribution to the desired “win”. How the players are treated often defines how these young athletes perceive of themselves. The player left out often feels inferior while the player that plays most of the time begins to feel superior to the others. It is possible that the less capable child is developing more slowly and will get better, even as the season progresses. It is important for the coach not to let the good player become overly confident and perhaps over bearing while the other child loses confidence in him or herself and thereby does not take advantage of his or her capabilities.
Fortunately, there is another activity in which young people can participate that is more individualized and allows each individual to develop to the level at which he or she is capable at that person’s age and stage of physical and mental development. There is no competition as to who will get to play in the game, for how long and at what position. It does not require specialized training as determined by the sport and the position played in that sport. Everyone learns the same thing and many ways to accomplish what is required. This allows the teacher to concentrate on the same lesson while exposing all the participants to many concepts and aspects of the lesson. The teacher can focus on each student’s capabilities so that positive attributes are brought to light for everyone to share and from which they can all benefit. All students can learn from watching and practicing with other students and from helping others as they proceed through the lessons. That activity is Karate.
How Karate is Taught Learning Karate involves much more than learning to punch, kick, grapple and block. Instead, students first learn how to stand still, clear the mind of all distractions, find their center, and establish their balance. From there the students learn to bow as an acknowledgement of respect for self, others and very importantly, respect for the training area and what it represents to them personally that is, the opportunity they have to train. They then stand again, this time progressing through all the basic stances. From there they begin to learn how to fall, forward and backward, in such a way as to minimize the likelihood that they will get hurt from the fall. They then learn how to execute the various complex positions, moves, techniques, strikes, kicks and blocks. Combinations of these replicate the moves they make under various circumstances in all sports. Once these combinations have been absorbed, through knowledge, application, and repetition, the student will be able to handle him or herself much better than they would have otherwise in all situations whether in sports or even physical threats to their person.
In the training process, each action is given a name and combinations of these actions are learned in forms, one-steps or combos. Each of these are also given a name. The starting position in a form is called “Chumbae” and involves nothing more than standing at attention with the student’s arms and fists placed in a certain position. The student takes this position at the command of the instructor. The difficult part of the position is not getting into it, but rather the fact that there is to be no movement until the next command is given. If the student has an itch on his nose, or any other distraction, not reacting to the situation becomes a test of self-control.
The next command might be “fold for a high block.” A smooth transition to the placement of arms, hands, body and feet is to be made as swiftly as possible, while not appearing to jerk into place. This command will be followed by other commands to move into other positions. Each action called out by name requires immediate recognition and a smooth response.
At first, the command recognition is not immediate and the response is not smooth or quick. But with time and repetition the response becomes more immediate and the repositioning movement more fluid and precise. Much like learning a new language, individual words are recognized first, then with frequent use the words become able to be put together in smooth sentences that eventually generate complete thoughts and concepts. This can be accomplished once students have taken on the new language as their own.
This is Karate.
For the 30 million student athletes in America, sports can be an excellent way for high school students to build relationships, stay in shape and learn valuable skills about teamwork. But high school sports aren’t always fun and games. With scholarship hopes, parental pressures and an ultra-competitive atmosphere, some student athletes may begin to crumble under the pressure.
How much should ride on throwing a ball in a basket, hitting a home run or running fast?
In many ways, high school sports have evolved into a high stakes game that puts student athletes under a tremendous amount of pressure. It may start in little league with over-eager dads and coaches lightheartedly inspiring kids’ major league dreams, but it doesn’t always end there. Student athletes don’t want to let down their parents, their teammates, their school, or with high profile sports, their town.
These pressures are coming at a time when most high schoolers’ confidence and self-image are in question. Children and teens want to live up to the potential that their parents see in them. They also want to ease the burden of college tuition. Earning an athletic scholarship would fulfill both of those goals.
According to The Sports Scholarship Handbook, only 1 in 50 high school athletes receive athletic scholarships. Consider the pressure to be that one along with those from school work, other activities and social lives; that is a lot for a teenager to handle. The drive to win, to be the very best, can inspire greatness in children and adults alike, but that winner-take-all mentality can also set unrealistic expectations. It is this kind of mindset that can sap the fun out of sports. Rather than create these pressure-filled pastimes, shouldn’t we use high school sports to foster well-rounded young adults?
In order to be successful in high school sports these days, students are required to commit to one sport and play on club teams all year.
When athletes play one sport day-in, day-out all year round, they put themselves in danger of damaging joints, tearing muscles, or causing stress fractures due to the constant repetitive movements. Despite these dangers, coaches continue to warn students that they risk their roster spot and any college hopes by playing multiple sports.
A recent study demonstrates the alarming increase in these repetitive stress injuries. The study tracked the number of “Tommy John” surgeries, procedures done on pitchers to repair damaged elbow ligaments, and was completed by the American Sports Medicine Institute, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, in Birmingham, Alabama.
“Before 1997, Tommy John surgery was performed on only 12 of 97 patients (12%) who were 18 years or younger,” coauthor and research director E. Lyle Cain, MD said.
“In 2005 alone, 62 of the 188 operations performed were on high-school athletes, a third of the surgical group,” Cain said. “The reality is that this surgery is successful and that’s good. But a disturbing trend of younger kids needing the surgery is troubling.”
Ironically, playing multiple sports can help athletes to be in better physical shape, develop multiple muscle groups, and keep them from burning out on their chosen sport.
Detavius Mason agrees in his article for The Guilford Orthopedic and Sports Medical Center titled “Age of Specialization: One Sport Vs. Multiple Sports.”
“Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, Tom Brady, Lebron James, Alex Rodriguez,” Mason wrote. “When these names are brought up, a few things come to mind: excellence, transcendent talent, winning, but the thought of them specializing in one sport should not. Kobe & Federer were soccer players, Brady played baseball, Lebron played football and A-Rod played basketball, football and soccer.”
He ends with advice to parents and coaches: “So allow your child to participate in multiple sports … Participating in multiple sports also allows them to see if they are talented in another sport, less stress on the body, overall athleticism increases, gain more friends & social interaction, and there is less pressure to be perfect.”
In extreme examples, some sports can endanger an athlete’s general health. Whether students are trying make weight for wrestling, stay slim for dance or bulk up for football, sports can trigger some dangerous eating and exercise habits.
High school sports can also create an “in crowd” mentality that excludes those who don’t make the cut.
Let’s face it, not all kids are athletic superstars. Does that mean they don’t love the game and want to be a part of the team? Does that mean they should miss out on the social and physical benefits of organized sports? Though some kids stay involved as managers or fans, well-organized recreational options are few and far between.
These exclusions also extend beyond general skill level. With club sports being an unofficial requirement to make many high school teams, underprivileged students are put at a distinct disadvantage because they cannot afford membership fees and travel expenses that club teams require. When try-outs come around, coaches are more likely to favor club players that they’ve seen play for years over unknowns who have only practiced on the playground.
John Cochran, a parent from Newton, Mass., argues that all students should have the chance to play high school sports regardless of skill level.
“Studies have shown that students who participate in high school athletics have higher grade point averages, fewer discipline problems and greater self-esteem,” Cochran wrote in his editorial for Newton’s Wicked Local newspaper.
“By cutting everyone except the very best players, only a small fraction of students will ever benefit from those [government allocated] resources.” he wrote. “If the prevailing philosophy is taken to its logical conclusion, public high schools should provide inferior educational opportunities to students who are not at the very top of their class.”
My goal is not to ban high school sports, but to return sports to their original purpose: fun. If we can change the general outlook on these sports – letting kids play multiple sports, refocusing on recreation instead of cutthroat competition, and creating a fair playing field for all would-be athletes – then high schoolers can really go out and play.
From coaching high school and college football in the toughest football region in the US to coaching the Turek Graz Giants of the Austrian American Football League, widely regarded as one of the toughest football leagues in Europe, to becoming national team coach for Austria, Rick Rhoades journey as a football coach has been colorful and filled with a consistent pattern of success. And yet, as is the case with many successful coaches, Rhoades is sincerely modest about his success.
His record at the high school, college pro levels is astonishing. To him though, any other good coach would have had the same success given the circumstances.
Rhoades is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Graz Giants. Since arriving in Austria in 2007, he has taken his team to the Austrian Bowl (championship game) every year, winning it in 2008 and has been ranked in the top three in Europe for the past two years. In 2008, the Giants also won the EFAF Cup.
“We could not have achieved this without the building blocks put in place by the Giants club itself,” says Coach Rhoades. “Our president has initiated development programs at the youngest levels, and so the Austrian football players on our team have learned the fundamentals at an early age”.
He played guard at Central Missouri before discovering his passion for coaching the game. He has continued coaching ever since which is more than 40 years of experience. He coached high school football in Alabama before becoming head coach at Troy State, (NCAA II) in Alabama where the team won two national championships (1984 and 1987) and Rhoades was named National Coach of the Year.
“That was a very special team with a very special group of players who grew close over the course of the four years,” he says. “We won 45 games and I think somewhere between 25 and 30 of those players went on to become coaches.”
He then moved on to Southern Illinois before becoming the offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky for three years. He was at Nicholls State ( head coach 1993-94) and Pelham H.S. (head coach 1996-2000), as well as Stephen F. Austin University (linebackers coach 1996) and spent a season in the professional XFL with the Birmingham Bulls.
He then took the job as head coach of Delta State University (2002-2006), before coming to coach in Austria, where he spent five highly successful seasons guiding the team to number three overall in the U.S. in Division II football. In fact, as a head coach or assistant Rhoades has been part of a state championship team as a high school coach, six final four teams, an SEC championship team and two national championship teams. This is an astonishing record.
Now also responsible for the Austrian national team Rick has turned his attention to winning the 2010 European Championships of American Football in July in Germany. This means he will be working on a continent-wide platform with all the pressure and media attention of an entire country. And yet, the thoughtful philosophy to coaching that he has developed through his four decades on football sidelines will continue to carry him:
“Coaching really is about the people that you share your experiences with. Although those relationships aren’t always easy or smooth, they are what makes the journey worthwhile. Of course the championships and great teams are always special, but the real reward in coaching is to see players and teams grow to their potential.”
These wise words certainly ring true in the case of Rick Rhoades himself. And they explain why players and coaches respond to him and manage to attain the highest level of success.