How to Be a Good Little League Coach

You’ve probably seen it at the local ball field. A well-meaning, but overzealous parent-coach screaming at a team full of little kids as if the World Series was on the line. On the other field, another team is wandering around looking for directions from their coach who is trying to figure out who’s up next. What does it take to be a good Little League coach?

The number one virtue Little League coaches need to develop is patience. Children do not have the attention span or the discipline of adults and need to be constantly reminded about technique and sportsmanship. Coaches need patience to work with a large group of children who may be at different levels of expertise. Many major league ball players have stories of making it to the majors because of a coach who never gave up on them.

Organizational skills are also helpful to a Little League coach. Balancing playing time can be a sensitive task and good record keeping can help avoid many a dispute. If you’re coaching a team that travels you have to be able to organize travel arrangements and have systems to keep track of all your players while you’re on the road.

Tact is essential when dealing with parents. Children are remarkably open to coaching and are not typically sensitive to constructive criticism about their skills. Parents, however, frequently stress about their child’s amount of playing time, and the amount of individual coaching time their children receive. It takes finesse and sensitivity to deal with these problems. Parents may also become overly concerned about the competition and may need to be tactfully reminded about the importance of good sportsmanship.

If your child is on the team you’re coaching, fairness may become an issue. It’s important for coaches to be fair to all their players and to judge players on their skills rather than their personalities. At higher levels, it’s important to continue to praise and offer second string players at least some playing time, to maintain their interest and help them continue to develop their skills even if they do not have a great career in sports ahead of them.

Finally, every Little League coach must have a deep and abiding love for children of all ages. Coaches are some of the most formative people in a child’s life and can imbue children with values they will carry throughout their lives.

5 Tips For Traveling With Children

Family vacations are an essential part of living today, and can create wonderful memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. There are a few simple steps that parents can take to make sure everyone is safe and happy while traveling. Going on vacation with children can be a test of patience and attentiveness for parents, which many may find daunting. However, the good news is that just by taking these few simple tips, it can make everything much less stressful and leave you to relax and enjoy your family vacation.

Tip 1 – Pack Right

Depending on their age, children should pack or help pack some of their own things. You may however suggest them what type of clothes (preferably comfortable and loose) they should be carrying. Very useful for everyone in the family are pants that become shorts when the bottom parts zips off. You may think that you need everything but if you are really crunched for space, don’t pack anything that you can buy at your destination. Do bring some hand wipes, tissues, books, hard candies, paper and gum, markers, and a surprise toy for each child in a carry on bag.

Tip 2 – Protect Your Family’s Health

Bring along any medications your family requires, make sure they are well labeled and in their original containers. If you are traveling out of the country, check with the public health authorities if you need to get additional vaccines. They will recommend you the necessary vaccines, depending on where you are traveling to and for what duration. Make sure to get Travel Insurance, no one expects an accident to happen, what if your family is at the beach enjoying your Caribbean vacation and your child cuts his foot open on a rock or you suddenly have an appendicitis attack?

Tip 3 – Arrive Early at the Airport

Plan your arrival at the airport in such a way that you have plenty of check-in time. This will avoid last minute delays and take away a lot of stress, especially with today tighter security checks. Also, arriving early will allow your family to ensure you have seats together, allow time to purchase any last minute items, and give your little ones time to adjust to new surroundings.

Tip 4 – Select Seating Carefully

First row in the economy class are best coach seats to fly with children, as you get a lot of leg room. This is essential as you may need to stretch or walk around with the children if they get cranky during the travel. If you are unable to book seats in the first row, place the children between two responsible adults, away from the aisle. Young children should not sit in an aisle seat. The carts used for meals service take up almost the whole aisle, and a small child could get hurt. Sitting near the galley and lavatory can also be convenient, especially if you want a bottle warmed or will be making frequent trips to the bathroom.

Tip 5 – Keep Them Occupied

Wondering how to keep kids calm and busy on the flight? First off, pacifiers, gum, and bottles will decrease air pressure on the children’s ears. To keep a child interested during a long flight, bring his favorite toys and some new toys to spark their interest. Older children will love to have books, hand held game players or MP3 players to keep them busy.

Cruise Ship Activity

There are so many activities to do on a cruise ship, the only problem you will have is deciding what to do. There are on board activities, port of call activities, age related activities, and special interest activities. Generally activities on board the cruise ship are free, but you have to pay for an on shore activity or excursion.

Most cruise lines have a children’s program, divided by age group. Games and activities are age appropriate. Children can participate as much as their parents want them to. These generally include games, physical activity like using a playground or pool, and arts and crafts. Sometimes there are dances and social activities for the teen group.

Some activities involve more physical activity than others. There are ships that have pools, water parks, ice skating rinks, climbing walls and areas for golf (lessons or miniature golf). Skeet shooting off the deck is another option.

Arts and crafts are usually available for all ages. Some ships even have art fairs!

The on board theatre will run movies, both general and adult oriented. Board games, bingo and keno are examples of more sedentary activities to engage in.

Some cruise lines feature lessons, all sorts. You can learn a foreign language, how to cook foreign fare or gourmet meals, how to play golf, poker or dance.

Spas provide massages, hair care, manicures and pedicures and other special types of treatments for the body. Think how good that would feel after dancing in the disco all night!

If you have a special interest or avocation there may be a cruise with it in mind. The sounds of the blues, or a family oriented cruise, or special cruises for singles.

Of course there are shows with all sorts of entertainment, comedians, dancers, magicians, or singers for example. Often there is a casino 24 hours a day. And then night clubs for dancing and merriment. If you consider eating a cruise activity, there is someplace to go almost 24 hours a day.

Brunch Party, Time To Enjoy The Long Weekend

Brunch Party is an excellent idea to enjoy a long weekend. Brunch is a combination of two words, Breakfast and Lunch, and when these are joined together, it makes Brunch. Brunch Parties are linked to having good sleeping hours. You can just have a lot of fun if you are going to plan your Brunch Party very creatively. One of the ideas that can be applied would be to have a Brunch Party in your backyard.

You can plan very interesting dishes and drinks so that all your guests really enjoy every single bit of it. Out of the many dishes that you can serve can be Bloody Marys and Mimosas. A tip that you can follow while serving the Bloody Marys can be to add accompaniments such as hot sauce, crisp celery stalks, and grounded pepper. For the Mimosas you can add fresh strawberries or raspberries.

The Brunch Party would be really dry if it is without a drink. The drinks that you can serve at your Brunch Party can be Frosty Sours, Strawberry Daiquiris. You can also think of making other drinks such as Mint Juleps, Mojito, Fruit Colada, or a Punch. Along with such interesting drinks and food, you can also plan games in your backyard along with chairs, tables and umbrellas to provide an awesome environment to your guests. Just as a last word, preparation should be all done by the night before you sleep so you can have a truly interesting time the next day. Happy Brunch Partying.

The Forex Hunt For Forex Brokers Begins!

Amazingly enough it was only a few years ago that trading currencies or trading stocks and shares was purely an offline transaction and to hunt for a broker often meant reading through the adverts of the Financial Times.

To buy stocks and shares, you would have to hunt down and place a call to your stock brokerage or even your bank and start moving money around to buy the stocks and shares and then move the money back around when you sold the stocks and share. Well how those archaic times are fast becoming distant memories.

Now we are faced with a huge explosion of online alternatives for trading stocks, trading shares and trading currency (forex/fx).

I found trading shares quite exhilarating until the stock markets became stagnant and the movement on my stock profiles were minimum. I needed something more exciting, something a little more risky, yet could deliver the adrenalin rush I needed when I was on a big win.

So my attentions turned to forex/fx/foreign exchange or also known as spread betting. This is when the forex hunt really begins. The initial stages of a good forex hunt are quite simple and if you have been investing for sometime, they are generally common-sense.

When hunting for forex brokers you have to take in various factors. These factors include the companies themselves, like any good online investment, research the company, look for scam warnings and forex reviews and if you are happy with the feedback, that’s the first part of finding a good forex brokerage complete.

Then when you have found a forex brokerage, you need to decide which forex broker is right for you, factors to decide upon are regulated forex brokers or unregulated forex brokers. Providing you have done your due diligence then you can.t go far wrong with either. Many American/USA forex traders choose offshore as it is a better way to manage their trading profits, although most European forex traders opt for either FSA or CySec regulated brokers.

Once you successfully find your forex broker, then you need to decide how you are going to fund your forex trades. Part of the forex hunt is to decide what payment processor works best for you. Bearing in mind that sometimes, you might be moving thousands of euros/dollars in profit! Some forex brokers allow in addition to bank transfers, e-payments like MoneyBookers or PayPal.

Signing up with the forex broker can differ immensely regulated forex brokers require documentation to be sent/faxed or uploaded, normally before you can begin forex trading. Unregulated forex brokers don.t normally require any/as much documentation.

Once you are registered, you can then transfer money to your forex account and begin your forex trading adventure. So despite the initial groundwork I found my forex hunt a good adventure and am already conducting trades with various forex brokers that bring in a steady additional and welcome income stream to my investment portfolio.

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Do What You Love and Your Health Will Follow

If you loved to play volleyball in high school, then you should keep playing as an adult. Since we all have very busy schedules and limited energy, the precious time we spend exercising should be enjoyed. If you were on your high school or college tennis or basketball league, you should think about taking it up again even in your more mature years. Follow these principles:

1. Even if you do have an existing exercise regimen, your body needs a change from the norm from time to time so be sure to switch it up. If you are used to running on the treadmill, add another activity that you enjoy about once a week or so. Think about joining a dance or step class at your local rec center, or even a volleyball league. Buy a new fitness DVD to follow, incorporate intervals into your work out or try a cycling class to switch things up a little.

2. Any activity that you participate in burns calories, so don’t think that you are cheating yourself. For example, for a 160 lb person, racquetball burns approximately 156 calories, skiing at 4 mph burns approximately 158 calories, and tennis burns approximately 120 calories all in only 15 minutes of activity. Do you enjoy hiking or mountain biking but haven’t incorporated either into your lifestyle? What better time than the present? Join a hiking club, rent a mountain bike and hit the trails! Switch things up and actually enjoy your workouts!

3. Doing new activities could work your muscles in a different way, therefore achieving different results. You might notice that after   swimming  for the first time in many years that your muscles are sore the next day. The old cliche applies here: Don’t expect different results from doing the same thing that you’ve always done. A trainer can help you narrow down the best options for you in order to achieve the best results with the safest game plan.

4. If you are bored with your current routine, you MUST do something NOW! You will achieve greater benefits when you challenge your muscles in a new way, AND you will likely find a new hobby that doesn’t involve sitting! Additionally, you will find that the excuses will start coming more and more easily as you settle into a routine that is the same every time. Even incorporating light hand weights while you take your walk, or doing lunges and squats during your jog on the trail (or treadmill) will seem a little more interesting and provide different results.

Preschool Crafts For Kids – 3 Important Tips

Preschool crafts are an essential part of any preschool lesson.  Without crafts, young students will lose interest, not be able to fully understand and appreciate the lesson, and will miss out on important social time to make friends.  Preschool crafts must be easy to complete, safe for children, and tie into a lesson or theme.

Easy Does It

Above all, preschool crafts for kids must be easy to complete.  Young students do not have the attention span for long craft projects or ones that do not show immediate results.  For this reason, multiple-day craft projects should be reserved for special occasions or be used in conjunction with shorter, more concise craft activities.

Besides being short, crafts need to be easy to set up and take down.  Because there is usually only one or two teachers for a preschool class, there is not enough time for a lengthy setup process.  Easy craft activities are those with few materials, little preparation time (i.e. not much cutting, organizing, or arranging beforehand), and simple instructions.

Step by Step

Preschool craft projects must be able to break down into steps.  When preschool teachers create their own lessons or pull from another resource, they must take into account how they are going to explain the craft to their students.  Teachers must be able to tell students what to do in one or two sentences for each step. 

By breaking things down into steps, students can stay more focused, and teachers ensure that all students are working on the same part of the craft at the same time, keeping everyone on track and making the craft look uniform.

If a teacher chooses a particularly difficult craft project or one with many steps, they should practice the craft before bringing it to class.  This includes not only completing the craft but practicing what to say when so that students understand the task.  Providing clear instructions sometimes requires outside practice, but it will save the class time and much frustration if the teacher knows how to explain what he or she wants.

Play it Safe

Above all, preschool crafts must be safe for the students involved.  Some craft projects include small objects, such as sequins, feathers, or buttons.  It is up to the teacher to determine the maturity level of their students and decide if the students can be trusted to use materials appropriately. 

If there is a question about the safety of part of preschool crafts but it is essential to the project, teachers can separate that step and enlist an adult volunteer to oversee that portion of the activity.  For instance, if anything needs to be hot-glued in place, an adult should be in charge of the gluing.  Students should only receive their crafts back when the glue has cooled sufficiently to prevent burning.

If possible, teachers should choose preschool crafts that do not put students even questionably in danger.  Materials should always be non-toxic and washable, as young students are often messy.  Small or dangerous objects, such as scissors, should be supervised by a responsible adult to prevent accidents.

Teaching Team Work

If you work with others you are part of a team. But where did you learn about being a teammate? Nobody is born with the knowledge about functioning on a team. Everyone’s first experience as a teammate is the family. You had a boss or bosses (parents) and maybe some co-workers (siblings). School is usually the next place we experience team dynamics. Possibly you played team sports and gained experience there. Ultimately you became employed and brought all your previous experience as a team player to the workplace.

Hopefully you had a good experience in your first job and learned how excellent teams function. Or you had a poor experience and learned how dysfunctional teams struggle. The point of this walk through childhood and early adulthood is that teamwork is a learned behavior. Our experiences shape how we operate as a teammate.

Experienced team members have the opportunity to teach new teammates how to improve their performance. Once a new hire has entered the workplace there are three primary sources to learn more about teams.

1. Teammates. Looking back at families and school, think about how much your siblings and friends influenced you. Peer to peer relationships are powerful in communicating the whys and hows of any organization. If you want your team to grow skills, make sure existing team members are grounded properly. This requires a significant amount of listening on leadership’s part. If the managers don’t know what the team thinks and feels about the workplace, they have no idea what messages are being given to the new team member. To insure these messages are positive management must have created a positive environment. If the existing team is unhappy, don’t expect the new teammates to blossom.

2. Leaders / Managers. While the leaders don’t control the opinions of the team, they are responsible for the conditions wherein the opinions are formed. Study after study reveals the powerful impact of the relationship between manager and employee. Employees who believe their manager cares about them and listens to them will remain at that company longer, are more productive and are generally more positive about their work environment. Working conditions, hours and pay are consistently found to be less impactful to employee happiness than the relationship with their manager. Therefore if you want new teammates to learn team work, look to their immediate supervisor.

3. Professional team development consultants. Sometimes despite management’s best efforts teams don’t excel. In many instances a professional consultant can observe the workplace, talk to mangers and employees and provide feedback as to the causes of the dysfunction. A qualified consultant will prescribe potential solutions. This will most often be some type of team building activity. The key to the success of any intervention is the goal. When a company hires a consultant, an analysis should precede the solution. When you visit a doctor, he/she doesn’t treat you until a diagnosis is completed. In the same manner a “prescription” of team building should be directed at a specific need.

But what if your team is functioning well? Most of us still get an annual physical with our doctor even if we believe we are in good health. You take your car in to the shop for regular maintenance, even if there aren’t any noticeable problems. Your team needs the same care. Regular team building events can not only help alleviate problems, but when conducted by a professional team development consultant, uncover issues that might need further attention.

Teaching team work to new teammates happens with or without managerial involvement. If the company is being well managed, the workforce is happy and a profit is being made, leadership doesn’t necessarily need to intervene. However, in most cases leaders and managers must play a direct part in integrating new employees. At times when this is being attempted realization surfaces that professional intervention is needed.

Astrology’s Pisces Lucky Days – Swimming With Good Fortune

If you were born in between February 20th and March 20th, your Astrology sun sign is Pisces the Fish. As a Pisces, you are likely to know your basic Horoscope; but you may not know that several days each month are lucky for you just because of your sun sign. Learn when these days fall, and which specific hours of each day are extra lucky for you as a Pisces.

Lucky Moon days for Pisces

For each sign of the Zodiac, individuals will have a particular phase of the Moon which brings them extra good fortune. As a Pisces, how far your birth day falls within the span of days for your sun sign corresponds to how old the moon will be when your luck time occurs. For example, if you were born between February 20th and February 26th, you will have extra good fortune during the days of the new moon. If you were born between February 27th and March 5th, your time of good fortune falls when the moon is in its second quarter. If you were born between March 6th and March 13th, your good luck time corresponds to the days of the full moon. And lastly, if your birthday falls between March 14th and March 20th, your good luck time occurs when the moon is in its fourth quarter.

Numerology and Pisces Lucky Days

For Pisces, your lucky number from Numerology is based on the sum of two numbers, the celestial number for your ruling planet Neptune, and the corresponding Numerology value for Pisces. These two numbers are (5) and (8) respectively. To determine your lucky Numerology number, we add these numbers, and reduce the sum via fadic addition. This calculation is as follows: (5 + 8 = 13 = 1 + 3 = 4). So from Numerology, four is Pisces lucky number. This means that any of the following days are especially lucky for you each month: the 4th, 13th, 22nd, and the 31st day of the month. In addition, Pisces should always look to play the number (4) in games of chance to take advantage of this number’s power for them.

Pisces Lucky Hours during the Day

Pisces, like people of other signs, will have greater fortune each day when their ruling planet Neptune, is dominant in the sky. They can determine when these hours occur by using the table below and counting forward from sunrise, when the first hour begins.

Sunday: Pisces good fortune is greatest during the 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd hours past sunrise.

Monday: Pisces good fortune is greatest during the 5th, 12th, and 19th hours past sunrise.

Tuesday: Pisces good fortune is greatest during the 6th, 13th, and 20th hours past sunrise.

Wednesday: Pisces good fortune is greatest during the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th hours past sunrise.

Thursday: Pisces good fortune is greatest during the 7th, 14th, and 21st hours past sunrise.

Friday: Pisces good fortune is greatest during the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd hours past sunrise.

Saturday: Pisces good fortune is greatest during the 4th, 11th, and 18th hours past sunrise.

Picking a Partner for Pisces

Pisces need to swim with a partner whos sun sign is compatible with their own. The compatible sun signs for Pisces are: Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, and Scorpio.

55 Creative Entertainment Ideas For Your Next Event Or Meeting

1. Hire a comedian who can poke some fun at your CEO, do an impersonation of him, or even make light of your industry as a whole.

2. Hire a magician that can incorporate your sales message into his magic, or cut your CEO or receptionist in half. He might even be able to vanish the CEO, much to the delight of the employees.

3. Book a vocal improvisation group to take requests and spin them into a funny performance.

4. Have a musician write a song about your company and play it at the event.

5. Hire a celebrity impersonator to come to the event and sign autographs and take pictures with guests.

6. Book a caricature artist to draw personalized sketches of each employee at the company. These are fun souvenirs as well.

7. Book a digital caricature artist who composes his or her photos digitally on a computer right in front of your eyes. They can even personalize the backdrop to reflect the company

or event. This is a great souvenir for the guests to take home.

8. Book a balloon artist that makes the life size figures such as Disney characters, scenery like palm trees, huge company logos, and more. The balloon artist can do these figures with everyone watching making it an experience to watch the balloons being put together.

9. How about a strolling juggler who can mingle through the cocktail hour.

10. Book a stilt walker to make a big announcement for your company at an annual conference or meeting. It is a fun and guaranteed way to get everyone’s attention.

11. A clown is a great option for events with children or families. There are also evil clowns for events with no kids or around Halloween.

12. Book a palm reader to make psychic predictions about the future of the company or to tell people’s fortunes.

13. Hire a reality TV star to interact with guests. They are far less money than big time Hollywood celebrities.

14. Book a tribute band to play the songs of an artist that is popular among the guests.

15. An a cappella group can perform on stage or stroll through the event during a cocktail hour or dinner.

16. Hire a symphony orchestra to play at the event. You will need to consider space requirements for this type of an act.

17. You could have a mime act out a corporate message to employees or event customers.

18. Book a DJ to play only requested songs or songs from a certain era such as the 80’s

19. Break dancers can be lots of fun. They are generally young, hip, and add a sense of youth to an event.

20. How about a mariachi band for some festive music.

21. A steel drum band can be a nice addition to a high end gala event.

22. Booking a fire eater can be a great way to kick off the launch of a hot new product or service.

23. Carolers can be nice addition to any holiday event.

24. A living statue can be a great idea for almost any event. Make sure you ask for a living statue that matches closely to the theme of your event or meeting.

25. Booking a cirque act is a great idea when the event needs something remarkable or to get a buzz going. Make sure you can accommodate for the space some of the cirque acts require.

26. A snake charmer is a unique way break up a meeting or attract a crowd at an event.

27. Hire a mentalist to read the minds of the guests. This is creative way that the performer can interact with the audience.

28. How about an ice sculptor who can sculpt the company logo or a corporate message live while people watch it being carved.

29. Acrobats provide a lively addition to an event.

30. Singing waiters are an a cappella group dressed as formal waiters. This catches guests off guard and is an offbeat way to infuse entertainment into the dining experience.

31. Ballroom dancers can be popular with all the dance themed TV shows like Dancing with the Stars and others.

32. A barbershop quartet is an a cappella group where all the members wear red and white costumes, similar to that of a barbershop pole. This has a nostalgic feel to it.

33. Dueling pianos are a fantastic way to get the audience involved with nonstop entertainment

34. You could have your employees put on the entertainment by having a talent show and getting everyone in the company involved including the CEO. You will want to record this so everyone can watch it later on, or you may even want to send them all home with a copy, or mail it to them afterwards. You could also post them on YouTube for all to comment on.

35. A marching band can be an official way to introduce somebody special at the event. It can also be a way of showing that the company does not take themselves too seriously if they book a fun themed marching band.

36. Book the 60 second novelist. He comes with his own table and a manual typewriter and asks guests a few questions to get a sense of who they are, and he types out a short life story in one minute. He even binds it so guests can take it home. The story is funny, imaginative and true. This is a fun way to get people to open up and share their stories and get to know each other.

37. Face painters are a neat way to entertain the younger kids.

38. A choir can be a nice way to make a grandiose statement.

39. How about an opera singer for a classy event or gala.

40. A graffiti artist that can create a painting of someone or something with a large crowd watching. Some artists do this type of thing super fast, making it intriguing to watch.

41. Book hula dancers to mingle on the dance floor with guests.

42. How about Polynesian dancers to inject a unique culture into the event.

43. A ventriloquist can be a great entertainment choice that can play well for kids or adults depending on the performer.

44. Hire a dynamic storyteller who can weave a message about the goal of the event or meeting.

45. An escape artist is a dramatic way to convey messages such as, escaping or breaking free of limiting beliefs and constraints. This can be a nice way to motivate employees to achieve a goal.

46. Booking a hypnotist can provide a serious element or a comedic one.

47. A rapper could perform a comedic rap specifically written about the company. Some rappers can even improvise this on the spot.

48. A puppeteer is another option for younger children to keep them entertained.

49. Hire a sword swallower to attract the crowd or if it fits into the theme.

50. You can always hire a real Hollywood celebrity to attract the attention and buzz you need or try booking a couple of smaller celebrities to make better use of your funds and get more celebrity drawing power.

51. You might want to book a political impersonator that is popular such as Sarah Palin or Barack Obama.

52. A harpist can add a light musical touch without loud music. This would be nice for a laid back, high end atmosphere.

53. How about having multiple celebrity tribute artists on stage performing a bunch of hits songs from the various artists they impersonate.

54. Have a stage where different executives from the company do karaoke for a variety of songs.

55. Finally, the best way to guarantee a creative entertainment experience is to have the performer or performers customize their acts to your event or meeting. This creates a memorable experience guests are sure to remember for a long time.