Rainer Martens, HK’s founder and president, had a triumphant weekend. First, the Florida Legends, for whom he is the coach and starting shortstop, won the Softball Players Association National Championship in Dalton, Georgia, and then on Sunday in Atlanta, Rainer was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame.
The Florida Legends this season have proved to be the country’s best team in its age bracket in national tournament after national tournament. During the past weekend, the Legends went undefeated, beating the top teams in the country.
Understanding the scope of your responsibility as a coach or administrator and developing a season plan that addresses your legal responsibilities is essential to protecting your athletes and yourself. Given the demands on your time and myriad tasks on your to do list, I thought it might be helpful to reinforce some critical points that you may have learned along the way but sometimes get lost among the priorities dominated by individual skill development, fitness and conditioning, and of course the technical and tactical skills as teams prepare to compete.
If you are a coach or sport scientist looking to find out what leaders in the field are reading, check out the latest issue (Spring 2009) of the USOC’s Olympic Coach E-Magazine. Consider it the sporting equivalent of the old “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have five books, what would they be?” You get the idea.
Notice that not all the books are sport-specific. Some deal with leadership or busine... [read more]
I live in Urbana, Illinois, about half a mile from where film critic Roger Ebert grew up. That’s pretty cool, especially the time when I ran into some old childhood friend of his leaving the swimming pool at Urbana High School. Or earlier this year, when they put a plaque in the sidewalk in front of his house . So, I’ll admit, reading his beautiful ramble about growing up here might have meant more to me than to you. I know where the Boneyard is, and the Armory, and the smokestacks, and where Red Grange ran wild. I haven’t been here since the 1950s, so some other references escaped me. But the point wa... [read more]
What results do you expect when a group of movers and shakers in any field of human endeavor get together to formulate a grand plan? Whether that group includes politicians, academics, government workers, administrators, business people, it’s easy to be cynical. In a complex society, very little of importance is easily accomplished. Many meetings and many conferences bring forth many ideas. But real change can be elusive.
Standing in the aisle on the team bus, Louisiana State University head men’s baseball coach Paul Mainieri addressed his players just prior to game one of the College World Series final against the University of Texas on Monday night and said, "When you play to the best of your ability nobody can beat you. Let’s go out there and have some fun...enjoy the experience and let ’er rip."
This month marked the close of a long winter season for professional basketball and hockey as well as the intercollegiate spring sports season. With extensive television coverage we... [read more]
Thank you for visiting humankinetics.com. What you’re seeing today is a brand, new site with greater functionality and navigation. The new site represents another effort by Human Kinetics to better serve you by utilizing technology to meet your information needs.
Over the past 35 years, HK has evolved from a print book publisher to also produce:
Just a few months ago, Human Kinetics released our first electronic textbook, the Third Edition of Introduction to Kinesiology, edited by Shirl Hoffman. The book includes an online study guide that puts 100 learning activities a mouse-click away for students who want the opportunity to interact with content beyond the traditional printed book. That development was a good example of how Human Kinetics is investing in technology to meet our customers’ needs in the digital age.
Since that time, I have heard from authors and at academic conferences, from HK sales representatives in the field to publishing... [read more]
If you’re affiliated with a seasonal pool that has just opened over Memorial Day weekend in the United States, you’re likely looking forward to a fun and safe summer swim season. You’ve likely already trained your lifeguards, and made plans for some in-service training activities throughout the summer. But have you considered a parent and patron education campaign? In the article below, I provide important tips on training parents and patrons to help contribute to a safe season. Many of the principles discussed below are likely familiar to you as an aquatics professional,... [read more]