Types of Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts have been popular with youth, adults, and children throughout the ages. With the recent popularity of “The Amazing Race” and reality TV shows, scavenger hunts are just as popular today as they have ever been. They can take a variety of forms, be modified with different rules, and be tailored to a variety of themes, locations, and age groups. They are great for building community, fostering team work, and generating lots of fun and excitement.

Here are some of the more common types of Scavenger Hunts.

Classic Scavenger Hunt

This is the traditional scavenger hunt where participants are given a list of items to retrieve and bring back within a designated time limit. Examples include both common and hard to find items like: a basketball, an 8 track tape, a spork, a coin with a specific date, or a postage stamp. The scavenger hunt consists of a list of the selected objects and some rules. Variations may allow photos of an object to replace the actual object or creative substitutions. The rules may forbid the purchase of items or restrict the participants from going to their own homes or malls to collect items. Various points are assigned to the objects based upon the difficulty necessary to obtain them. Themes can focus the items and add fun to the hunt. For example, a superhero scavenger hunt may require them to bring costumes, comics and other collectibles related to specific superheroes.

Destination Unknown

In this scavenger hunt, clues lead participants to a specific destination where they find a clue to the next location. Successive clues will ultimately lead them to a specific location where there is a party. Clues may be in the form of riddles or directions to follow and serve to guide participants to famous landmarks and other locations. Sometimes helpers are positioned at the various locations to hand out the next clue. In other places the clues may be hidden under a park bench or other inconspicuous locations where the public is not likely to remove them.

Find the Pieces Scavenger Hunt

Hide pieces of a jigsaw puzzle around the designated game area. This could be a school, a church, or even a local park. Instead of a puzzle you can use any machine or object that has multiple pieces. As an Example, for a Halloween party you could purchase plastic skeletons and disassemble them, hiding the bones before the party starts. Let the participants search for them and then reassemble the skeleton. Hide batteries, a tape recorder, and a cassette tape with a pre-recorded message describing the next clue. Hide chess pieces, ingredients for a meal, or even clothes and accessories. One of the activities may be to dress up as superman, but to do so they must collect several pieces of the costume which have been strategically hidden around the game area.

Information Scavenger Hunt

Instead of retrieving objects, or taking pictures, participants in this scavenger hunt must find information. It could be the date on a tombstone, the last item on a restaurant menu, the inscription on a cornerstone, or any other factual information that requires participants to visit a specific location. Victory goes to the first team to correctly collect the most answers or to the team with the most answers in the time limit.

Mystery Photo Hunt

In this scavenger hunt you scout out the location in advance with a digital camera. Take photos of textures, objects, landmarks, unspecified locations, and items from around the venue. Tightly crop them so that they are not easily identifiable. The images should be tightly cropped to a small square that only shows a portion of the object. Examples: The last few letters on a street sign, a small portion of a painting n the wall, a statue from a local park, the nose of a sculpture, the number 8 from an elevator, the intricately carved frame of a wooden door, the hose of a fire extinguisher, the handle on a cabinet, and others. Participants are then given a printout of all the photos and must identify each object and where it is located within the time limit. Online examples of this can be found at: http://www.mysteryphotos.com

People Scavenger Hunts

In various incarnations, these scavenger hunts have groups search for people rather than objects. These could be people that participants know or total strangers. Participants can be required to get autographs, business cards, or photographs with the persons in order to prove they found them. Targets may be in disguise, dressed as certain characters from famous books, or simply roaming about a large mall.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

In this scavenger hunt, participants must take photos of their group with objects or in specific situations. The scavenger hunt format is a list of situations and objects to be included in the photos. One common variation is to include an object that must be present in every photograph such as a school mascot, a flag, a teddy bear or even something as outrageous as a couch. Participants may be given an instant 35mm camera or a digital camera. Boundaries and time limits can be used to limit the scope and duration of the game. Pictures are variously awarded points based upon meeting the stipulations of the photos and the creativity of the teams.

Pre-Arranged Scavenger Hunt

This is similar to the classic scavenger hunt, but the items are placed in the designated playing area in advance. A traditional Easter Egg is a common version of this hunt. Participants may be given a general instruction to “Find all the wrapped Christmas packages” or be given a list of specific items to find. In one variation, participants are to leave the item in place and merely note the exact location of the item. Alternatively the first team to locate the item and retrieve it will get the points. There may be more than one item hidden about the play area. You can even hide an item for each team to find. Simply color code the items with a piece of colored yard or thread. Disqualify any team that interferes with another team’s items.

Sound Scavenger Hunt

Instead of retrieving objects, students are given a tape recorder or other audio recording device and given a list of sounds to record. Sounds may include those made by objects, such as a ticking clock, ringing church bell, something announced on the radio or a radio commercial, a message from a person, animal sounds, and many others. The team that collects the most sounds from the list in the designated time is declared the winner.

Treasure Hunt

In a treasure hunt there is one final thing to search for rather than a list of items. Successive clues lead to a final destination where the treasure can be found. Teams compete against each other to solve the clues, and follow them to the treasure.

Video Scavenger Hunts

In this scavenger hunt, participants are given a list of actions and situations that must be filmed on video. Teams film video footage of themselves or other people in certain places and performing challenging and sometimes ridiculous tasks. Video is usually 30-45 seconds for each situation otherwise the time to view entries will be too long. This can be combined with community service so that some of the items might include the team raking leaves, helping someone take groceries to their car, etc.

Combination Scavenger Hunts

Combine various types of scavenger hunts together and tailor them to your theme. In this case the list will have situations to video or photograph as well as objects to retrieve, people to find, clues to solve, and facts to discover. Various items will appeal to various personalities so that everyone has fun.

Team Building Activities for Youth – 5 Engaging Ideas, Games, and Activities

Building a team of young people might look simple as the young tend to flock together, but in actual fact it is quite tricky. Team building activities for youth have to be fun and at the same time we should keep in mind not to veer away from the actual objective, that of team building.

For a typical team building program for youth, be ready to have multiple games and activities to mix things up. Creative ideas come in handy to keep their attention span.

1. The Name Game: In this game everyone will sit in a circle. One person will say his or her name and a personal characteristic starting with the same alphabet as the name. The second person will utter the name and characteristic of the first and add his own to it. In this way it will continue till everyone has participated. A good game to start with, it opens up everybody.

2. Two Truths and a Lie: This game requires each participant to say a two true things and one lie about himself. The others in the group are supposed to guess the lie. This is another very popular activity of the youth.

3. Bingo: Here everyone has to write three facts about themselves. There will be a leader who will put two of the facts of each member on a Bingo board without any names. This is then photocopied and distributed in the group. Then in ten minutes each member will interview the group and try to correlate the facts with the names. The leader declares the winner.

4. Line Up: In this activity the members are asked to line up according to their age. The best part is it has to be done silently. So knowledge about your fellow team member is a must.

5. Rain: To round up a session the Rain, which is relaxing and sublime is a perfect game. All the members sit in a circle. All are supposed to close their eyes. First of all everyone rubs their palms together to make it rain lightly. Gradually they snap their fingers for it to rain harder. And finally they clap loudly to bring a downpour. They then gradually go back to a light drizzle.

There are numerous other activities that can be utilized to build and bind youthful teams. The main criterion here is that they have to be entertaining and varied.

8 Head Games the Narcissist Plays – Ping-Pong, Anyone?

Narcopath Manipulation Characterized as Games

Narcopaths (malignant narcissists, narcissistic sociopath) are masters at playing mind games. They play to win and take no prisoners. They are sore losers and if they don’t win they will often react in a fit of rage and stomp away like a little child.

I have to say upfront, I am not comfortable calling what a narcopath does to us as games, but I can’t think of a better alternative. I used manipulation characterized as games, but that’s a mouthful. Anyway, every therapist I’ve talked with uses the term, so I will, too. When I think of games, I think of fun, laughter and enjoying myself. Nothing about my experience with the narcopath comes even close, so it’s hard for me to think of the narcopath and games in the same setting. Polar opposites in my mind.

I don’t want to play games with a narcopath anymore. The rules are not written down and change according to her whim. I’ve lost before the game even begins. However, I am not a pacifist by any stretch of the imagination. I won’t walk away when I’ve been challenged very often, so when I urge you not to play the narcopath’s games, it’s not because I don’t like a good challenge. I just want a fair playing field or at the very least be playing by the same rules. The narcopath is too skilled and had far more experience playing these games than we ever will. If we are going to triumph against the narcopath, and we are going to, we have to play by OUR rules, not theirs. Oh, you may win a skirmish here and there, but remember, they don’t think like we think. This article reminds me a story a friend of mine, Dale, told recently. He and his young five-year-old son had a marathon checkers match one evening, and after several hours of winning game after game, Dale told his son he was calling it a night, but his son looked perplexed and exclaimed “But, the game’s not over yet!” Dale said he told him they played about a hundred games already, and what did he mean “the game’s not over?” His son looked at him with the most serious look a five-year-old could muster, and said, “the game’s not over until I win”. This mentality is what we face with the narcopath.

The most important thing you must remember about all these game is that no one can know the rules except the narcopath. Here are some of the more common “games” that narcopaths play:

  1. Ping-Pong: When a person begins to understand how a narcissist works, he or she realizes that it’s a bit like playing ping-pong. Anytime a narcissist has to self-reflect about anything, they will immediately throw the ball back to the person they consider their opponent. Narcissists will always throw the ball back to the other person. They do this in the expectation that they won’t have to take responsibility for their behavior. Narcissists hope that by not taking responsibility for their own actions (by using blaming, shaming, projection, denial, etc.) their partner will do what they have always done-forgive the narcissist, make excuses for the narcissist’s behavior, claim the narcissist couldn’t help himself because he was having a bad day, and so on. The narcissist is a moving target and you are always on the firing line. To get away from them (or expose them), you always have to keep an eye on the ball i.e., their actions and motives for playing their games with you. You have to stop wanting to play. You can stop catching the ball and put it back in the narcissist’s court by setting boundaries and making him aware of his actions. He then realizes he has no one to play with anymore. He will either drop the person like a hot potato, try to punish the person, or run away.
  2. Crazy Eights: This is a favorite game of narcissists. YOU are called crazy anytime you confront them, bring up past issues or behaviors, or expose them when they’re doing something appalling. The game goes like this: he/she tells you that you have an overly active imagination, you don’t know what you’re talking about, they have no idea what you’re talking about, or that you’re simply making things up to cause problems. They’ll tell you that it’s obvious that you are the one who is crazy (and tell you that everyone around you agrees with them about you being crazy). They will claim not to remember even unforgettable events, flatly deny they ever happened, and will never entertain the possibility that they might have forgotten. This is an extremely aggressive and infuriating tactic called “gaslighting”, a common technique used by abusers of all kinds. Your perceptions of reality are continually undermined so that you end up without any confidence in your own intuition, memory, or reasoning.
  3. Liars Poker: Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) play this game fantastically. They lie better than anyone I’ve ever been around. Unless you know them well, they don’t show any of the tells experts look for in exposing deception. My guess is this is how they are able to con so many therapists. I know first hand what that look is on a narcopath. When she was here, the things she didn’t tell us, most with tears in her eyes. I felt so much sympathy for the horrible things that her ex and her parents did to her trying to control her. The stories she told us were outrageous and I bought every one of them, hook, line and sinker. Their persona and their entire world are totally based in lies. Their positive attributes and alleged actions are all made up to trick and seduce others into giving them their fix of narcissistic-supply: praise, adulation and accolades.
  4. Gotcha! The narcopath is a master of phony empathy. He/She appears to take you in, appears to understand what you are experiencing, and appears to genuinely be able to put himself in your shoes. These acts cause you to let your guard down; just when you think there is a genuine give-and-take in your relationship, he pulls a fast one on you-a “gotcha”- most often when you’re at a low point. He will suddenly tell you about his extraordinary new career move, a luxurious trip that he’s taking, or a huge shift in financial status that will make you feel even more diminished. Narcissists perfectly execute an unexpected psychological pounce; their purpose is to grind you down, to humiliate you, and make you feel small and inferior.
  5. Death by a Thousand Cuts: This is a really fun game that all narcissists like to play! Some of your strongest trauma bonds are created with this sadistic game. It involves destroying your soul, your ego, your accomplishments and any belief system you have that does not agree with their beliefs. You both start with empty buckets. The first one to fill his/her bucket wins. They win the game if they are successful at turning everything about you and everything you do into a complete failure. They earn extra points when they successfully take all the credit for everything good that has ever happened in your life, and you thank them. They earn double points when they manage to put all blame for everything bad in your bucket.
  6. King/Queen Game: Either the king narcopath or the queen narcopath gets to make up the rules as they go along; they don’t have to tell the you the new rules, and they change the rules when it suits them. They are the king/queen and, as your superior, entitled to win this game, always. You suffer the consequences for breaking the rules, even those you didn’t know existed.
  7. Cat and Mouse: This is a kind of competitive patience (solitaire) game for two players. It is also known as Spite and Malice. You start this game by arranging the cards from low to high with the Kings/Queens being wild. Suits (the normal order of things and/or common societal rules) are irrelevant in the game. The game ends when someone wins by playing the last card of their “pay-off” pile. The game can also end if the players run out of cards, in which case the result is a draw. Cat and Mouse (or Spite and Malice) is a perfect game for a narcissist because it is actually a form of solitaire, it requires “one-upmanship”, and involves pulling out “better” cards to beat the opponent. It involves a “payoff” and for the narcopath, that usually means hurting you somehow. They keep track of real and imaginary things you do, have done, or might do. This is their “pile” and they will pull a card from it and use it against you when they feel like it.
  8. Guess Who?: This is a pretty simple game, and quite popular. The rules are few. Basically, you must summon all your psychic skills for this game. It is your job to read the narcopath’s sick mind, then decide what kind of mood he/she is in, and respond to her without her saying a word. Your options include, but are not limited to, two-year-old throwing a temper tantrum; Guilt-tripping puppeteer; Poor unappreciated Cinderella; Cock of the Walk; Coy tease; Inquisitor; Keeper of the Gate; add your favorites to the list. If you get it right, then you win the right to change your behavior to mirror his/hers, and your day will be a good one. Get it wrong and you lose. You get to listen to what a loser you are all day long. Either way, they win. OR, you don’t guess at all this time. Instead, you pack up and leave crazy narcopath and win you back.

The only way for the you to win any of the narcopath’s games to not play. If you are in a relationship, you can walk away from the toxic narcissist in your life. If your boss is an abusive narcissist, you can find another job. You can walk away from your parents, too, if they are abusive. If it’s a family member, move away, go no contact or low contact.

Keep Away Game for You: Keep Away is a game the narcopath doesn’t play, but if you must stay in near the narcopath, it’s one you need to master, and the rules of this game are not to respond the any of the narcopath’s attempt to pull you into one of her no-win games. You are not allowed to respond to jabs, barbs, promises, put-downs, etc. It will take focus and determination to break old habits and create new ones. It only takes 21 days of consistent behavior modification to create a new habit. This is not going to be easy, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quick. Think of it like this: if you’re playing a game of catch, the only way to stop the game is to not catch the ball when someone throws it to you. It’s possible to stop playing games with a narcissist, as long as you mentally prepare for the challenge, and prepare yourself for the onslaught of negativity, accusations and histrionics. Ignore inciting words, don’t respond to inciting words, hang up the phone politely or leave. Take a drive, go for a long walk, anything. Just get away. There are many ways you can refuse to catch the ball and not throw it back. This is the game of “Keep Away”. You stay away, walk away, and refuse to play. This is a game that you, yourself, must learn to play. It is important to recognize that the narcopath will never acknowledge that he/she is now, or has ever played mind games. It’s up to you to stop playing. Don’t try to get them to acknowledge or take responsibility for their words or actions because they will always say they didn’t do it or it never happened or it was your fault.

3 Benefits of Playing Memory Games

A fun-filled and worthwhile activity that both adults and children can enjoy is playing games. Playing games do not only help us socialize and/or pass the time in a fun way, it can also give us great benefits that can enhance our overall well-being. There are many different kinds of games that can be chosen from. There are physical games that can help strengthen our bodies and make us healthy. There are also intellectual games that can increase our knowledge while there are also memory games that can help our brains become sharper.

Aside from making the brain sharp, there are also other great benefits that can be reaped from playing memory-enhancing games. Here are three of the great benefits of playing such games.

  • Helps in exercising the brain.

Memory games, like other kinds of games, serve to exercise certain parts of the body – in this case the brain’s memory function. When these games are played consistently, it will be equivalent to exercising the brain to make it more alert and sharp. You can do this by playing memory games 30 minutes to one hour every day. It does not matter how short or long you play the game. The important key to remember is playing it consistently. This will also harness one’s concentration and focus level in such a way that it will be improved as you go along.

  • Helps in preventing memory-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.

Memory loss is a natural process that all people may go through as we age and it may prove to be a little difficult to prevent and it cannot be halted. However, it can be slowed down by properly exercising your brain and this can be done by playing memory games. When you play these games and exercise your brain consistently, you will be able to avoid illnesses and diseases which are memory-related. This is primarily because the brain is kept active often.

  • Helps in enhancing other brain functions.

Others think that memory games are just all for improving the memory and others may not feel that it will be useful or beneficial in their day-to-day life. However, that is completely incorrect. When a person plays memory and brain-enhancing games regularly, he or she will not only be able to enhance the brain’s memory function, but also other brain skills like concentration, focus, attention level, cognitive skills as well as reading and reasoning skills. This is because many memory games are developed to allow the brain to think strategically and critically. There are many memory games that have various levels of difficulties to holistically train and boost the brain.

Memory games are a fun way and efficient way to pass the time. On top of that, if done on a regular basis, it can also help in boosting the brain making us sharper and wiser.

Some Reasons Why Kids Love To Play Games

Kids are in love with games. This is because games are short and they attract kids with all the animation and moving pictures. It is to be noted that the games children like to play are not among the ones that are easy to play. Most of them are quite challenging that are difficult to master. Exploring these kinds of games takes time to learn through focused playing and thus mastering at the end.

It is not a fact that on which kind of device they are playing the games. The games can be both video games and the PC games. Both types of devices do attract them. There are several reasons why children love to play games.

When they were asked that what interests them to play games so much, most of their answers were like it relaxes them and puts them out of their learning and homework pressures. In a way, they are quite true. Nowadays the kids are much pressurized with studies. Saying this I do not mean that studies are bad. No! It is simply that there should be a proper balance that should be maintained so that the kids find the time to recreate and refresh their minds.

Another reason that most of the children have highlighted are that they can form teams with friends and enjoy the games. Yes, this is what you can call an advantage of today’s technology. Games have become interactive. Team members can interact with each other, help them in games.

Why should parents allow their children to play games?

Well, if you are a parent and worrying about your child’s playing habits then I would say it is quite natural. But, I assure you not to worry much. Just ensure that they are playing the right kind of games. There are games that have been designed to increase the intelligence of the child. Some games increase their learning and memory.

If your child is a preschooler allow them to play games that teach them A, B, C, D or 1, 2, 3, 4. There are certain apps which also teach them to write and learn the words associated with it. Even the school goers can benefit by playing games that need strategies and problem-solving skills. In the long run, your child will understand that winning and losing is a part of the game and winning will become easier if they can learn to rectify their mistakes.

Shhhhh…

Like enough of the noise awready! Geesh, people…

No, I’m not talking about the sometimes nearly overwhelming noise pollution that goes hand in hand with living in a big city. Traffic sounds, horns, sirens, airplanes, construction noises. I’m not even referring to the eardrum-shattering volume of the concert and bar bands – or the door-vibrating music coming from our kid’s rooms. Not even the irritating boom bass enlarging the size of the cracks on the car’s windshield next to us at the stoplight.

Yeah, the noise is bad and it seems like it’s getting worse. Sometimes I think about the warm, quite summer evenings from my younger days back on the farm when all there was to listen to was the crickets, a few frogs and maybe once in a while a coyote or two howling off in the distance. And I wonder, considering how the db level has skyrocketed over the past several years, why the heck I didn’t have the foresight to go into audiology instead of adult education. There are fortunes to be made in that career field. So who knew…?

But that’s not the kind of noise that concerns me most. The one that really bothers me – and makes me wonder just where the heck we humans are headed are the noises that are blasting out of our mouths.

YOU #@*&% IDIOT – WHERE’D YOU LEARN HOW TO DRIVE!!? I WANT TO SEE YOUR MANAGER – AND I MEAN NOW!!! WOULD YOU GET YOUR FAT REAR OUTTA THE WAY!!? IF YOU DON’T CLEAN UP ALL THE CRAP IN YOUR ROOM, YOUR BUTT’S GROUNDED!!! WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN!!? JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE!!? DO I LOOK LIKE YOUR #&%@* SLAVE!!? WHERE’S MY #%&@* KEYS!!?

Whew!

We’ve all heard it. On the streets, in the stores, at the ball games, on the playground, next door. And let’s admit it. Almost every one of us at one time or another in our lives has “let it fly”. Unfortunately, for too many of us, this kind of communication – this personalized air pollution – has become a way of life. It’s what we do. It’s the way we are. I’ve even heard people describe high volume spousal relationships as “just their way of communicating and letting off steam”.

Houston, we have a problem!

One of the problems of course, is that as our volume increases the quality of our communications slides right into the crapper. Most folks normally react to shouting by implementing their most comfortable defensive action which is usually shouting right back. It becomes a “loud” contest. For sure, nobody’s listening.

And if that weren’t bad enough, it’s unfortunately fairly common for this type of confrontation to deteriorate even further into physical altercations with frequently disastrous results. First we say it, then we do it. Grabbing, slapping, punching, pushing… The self control has vaporized and we revert to our basic animal instincts.

Yeah, we could overcome some of these tendencies by applying one of the common anger management techniques. Back off, cool off and give ourselves some time to re-evaluate the situation and circumstances that led up to the shouting match. It can help. But it’s not the permanent solution.

And no, I realize that there’s not much we can do about “society”. There’s not much we can do about all the pressures we experience just by living in these times. The pressures that tend to fertilize our aggravations and worries – and our tendencies to relieve this stress by “spoutin’ off”. And we can’t change the fact that we perhaps grew up in a confrontational, loud household – and therefore have become programmed to act and react just like our parents did.

If we really want to though, we can change ourselves. If we’re tired of the shouting or at least not thoroughly convinced that this is the best way to go through life, we can do something about it. We can change our immediate environment – our personal world – into a place that’s a lot more comfortable to live in.

Just the realization that we don’t need to live this way any longer if we don’t want to is a major step in the right direction. But where do we go from there? If confrontational shouting is a life-limiting factor, the next step could be to seek professional help. A lifestyle filled with verbal, mental, emotional and physical abuse is not something we can move away from without assistance from trained helpers. There are plenty of people, organizations and support groups that are readily available to help us work our way out of our personal battlefield.

Beyond that, there are things we need to learn and experience. Part of it, I would suggest, is using the foundation concepts of personal development and self-help to gain a better understanding of our thought processes and learn the steps we can take to modify our mental/emotional programming so that we can move on to more peaceful (and productive) thinking techniques. Again, there is plenty of help and information immediately available to assist in this process – on the Web, in countless books and articles, tapes, CD’s and seminars – and in our local communities. All it takes is just a little bit of effort to identify these resources. Start with the information contained in this site and in our books if you wish, then take it from there to find your own personal best path to a quieter lifestyle.

I would suggest too, that to complement our attempts to upgrade our thought processes, that we seriously (or light-heartedly might even work better) consider looking into connecting with our spiritual selves and whatever/whoever we consider as our spiritual leader or master teacher. Finding our own personal spiritual path or belief system can help build a solid foundation for whatever we feel we want our life to become. It’s an important ingredient that is all too frequently overlooked in the developmental process. But believe me, it can make the journey one heck of a lot easier.

Where we go from here now is of course, up to each one of us individually. We can maintain and feed our chaotic, high volume lifestyle – or we can put forth just a little effort to start the transition to a more peaceful, productive, enjoyable environment. For sure, if you happen to be one of my acquaintances or next door neighbors, I’d really appreciate it if you’d at least try! Please…?

Choosing A Baseball Glove

Choosing a baseball glove can be a daunting task. The glove must not only fit well, but also be functional for the position it is going to be used for. Before purchasing a glove, the player must know what position they will be playing, as different gloves are suited to different positions.

In deciding between a right-handed or left-handed glove, players keep their dominant hand free so they can throw the baseball, therefore the non-dominant hand will be the one wearing the glove.

Sizing the glove

Measuring your hand size is a good start to figuring out what glove is right for you. Use a measuring tape and measure from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your palm. Youth gloves typically measure between 8 and 11 inches, and adult sizes range from 12 to 14 inches.

Measuring for the fitting of a glove involves beginning at the top of the index finger of the glove and measuring down the finger along the inside of the pocket and then out to the heel of the glove. Most gloves have stamped their pre-measured size on the inside of the pocket. Standard sizes range from 9-inches to 13-inches.

Beginners and kids should take advantage of using a smaller glove that offers more safety and additional control. Youth gloves are constructed with shorter, more narrow finger stalls and a tighter wrist closure. Youth gloves by position are offered in the following sizes:

• T-Ball: 9-10″

• Infield: 10-11.75″

• Pitcher: 11.5-12.25″

• Outfield: 11.5-12.25″

Adult gloves are regulated so that pitchers, infield and outfield players are not allowed to use a glove bigger than 12.75″. The standards for those positions are listed below.

• Infield: 11.25-12″

• Pitcher: 11.75-12.25″

• Outfield: 12.5-12.75″

Women’s leagues include fast pitch and slow pitch games. Women’s gloves are specially designed for smaller fingers and offer larger pockets to better catch a bigger ball, or softball. These gloves are still sized by position.

• T-ball: 9-10″

• Youth Infield: 10-11.5″

• Youth Pitcher: 11.5-12″

• Youth Outfield: 11.5-12″

• Women’s Infield: 11.5-12.5″

• Women’s Pitcher: 12-12.5″

• Women’s Outfield: 13-14″

And finally, men’s slow pitch gloves are designed with a larger pocket for the bigger ball, and are also longer than a regular baseball glove. The standard sizes are listed below.

• Infield: 12-12.5″

• Pitcher 12-12.5″

• Outfield: 13-14″

Materials

Once you’ve found the proper size glove for your hand, there are still more features to think about. Quality, feel and durability are all factors that are affected by the material the glove is made from. A cheaper material such as synthetic leather is fine for a youth player who will likely grow out of their glove in a year or two. However, an adult player may choose to invest in a more expensive, higher quality glove made from real leather, and will probably last a very long time.

Position

Gloves have different appearances and features by position as well. Catchers use a fingerless mitt that has heavy padding and a claw-like shape to help catch the pitches without getting hurt. Pitchers use gloves that often have closed webbing to help hide their grip on the ball. First basemen have long and wide gloves specifically geared toward scooping balls up from the ground. There is also a shallower pocket to allow the ball to be retrieved more quickly. Infielders use a five-fingered glove with open webbing that allows the ball to scooped up while letting the dirt fall through when fielding balls. Outfielders have deeper pockets to catch fly balls.

Although the type of glove is largely dictated by hand size and field position, there is still a component left up to personal preference. It’s a good idea to try on several gloves that will fit your hand and are good for your position, but are made of different materials. If at all possible, try catching a few balls with the gloves at the sporting goods store so you can see how it handles. See which one feels the best and fits within your budget, and enjoy your glove for the length of your relationship together.

Two Pool Safety Defenses For Kids

People usually put up fences and alarms to protect their homes from burglary. However, it’s not only the home that needs protection. Backyard pools also need such safety pool supplies. You see, having kids and a  swimming  pool is a difficult mix. Children can easily be lured by the enticing pool waters to get into it to  swim  and play. This is potentially dangerous as children can fall on deep waters and drown.

Installing fences is a must whenever you have a backyard pool. This is the first line of defense that can deter small kids from getting into the pool area. A pool fence should fully enclose the  swimming  pool. It should be made of sturdy material that wouldn’t give way or break off easily. The ideal height should be at least 4 feet so that kids couldn’t easily jump over it. It should be hard to climb and there should be no gaps in between that little children can slip through. Preferably, the fence should have safety locks and self-closing latches.

Even if  swimming  pools are fully fenced and gated, children can devise some plan to overcome these obstacles. So, a second line of protective pool supplies is up in order.

These are pool alarms that can be placed on the gate, fence or in the pool. Pool alarms are motion and heat sensors that will go off if anyone passes near it. It will continue to sound off unless it is manually override by an adult. Installing these alarms can be very expensive but pool owners and parents will have peace of mind knowing they have safe and sound children around.

How I Finally Cleared My Adult Acne

Physical appearance is actually important for just about everyone, a fact that research in the social sciences is only now beginning to show us. We are often judged by the way we look. That crucial first impression is very real and is important in business, entertainment, employment, and social situations.

On the other hand, anything that suggests illness or imperfection, blemishes or scars, is, often unconsciously, not tolerated by the “tribe” we live in. Even so, for the acne sufferer, the affliction can leave serious and sometimes permanent physical, emotional, and psychological scars.

What I am about to share with you is my own personal experience with what I can only call my “battle” with acne. Like many people, I spent agonizing years and thousands of dollars trying just about everything. Nonetheless, alternative approaches to disease and health have been used successfully for centuries. Scientists have discovered that people in different countries have used similar herbs and plants for healing, suggesting that these remedies are readily available and effective.

You probably know that acne is a tough disease to cure through traditional biomedical approaches, or you would not still be searching for an answer-I was the same way. The road for me personally to conquer it finally was a long and very personal experience.

Who gets acne? Well, just about 100 percent of the population between 12 and 17 gets some acne.

You just might have to change some things that you are doing now. You can’t eat pizza everyday or drink a case of beer and expect no effects. You are going to have to take responsibility for your choices and then the improvements will be seen.

Food-especially junk food-is everywhere. Junk foods, as most of us know by now, are simply those foods that have little if any nutritional value, foods that have “empty calories.” These foods are usually high in sugar, salt, and/or fat content.

Instead of going to the library to get information, we can now “Google” our way to almost anything we want to know about. And children now spend hours on computer games and computer-related schoolwork; hours that in many cases used to be spent outside playing. . . .Many do not have regular gym classes in school any more.

On the home front, we have remote control for our televisions so we don’t have to move to change channel or volume. Our appliances are ever more labor-saving and lighter. Even cars are easier to drive than . . . in the days before automatic transmissions, power steering, power brakes, and power seats, drivers had to use a few more calories to parallel park, adjust seat position, and just drive. Although these changes are each small in and of themselves, they add up over time-and so do the calories they save.

Clearly, changes in our lifestyles have created serious health issues overall. Some especially pessimistic observers even believe that today’s children are on their way to becoming the first generation in modern times who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. As another observer puts it, perhaps more powerfully than any other single factor, our daily food choices determine whether [we] are basically healthy, vital and strong or . . . suffer with average health and eventually fall victim to illness and disease.

The same may be true for your acne condition. If certain foods aggravate your acne condition, you might have to stop eating them. That is called “paying the price.”

Could you pay it for a clear and youthful complexion? Could you pay it to feel better about yourself?

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Do Not Settle for ‘Ordinary’

How often do you aim for greatness in life?

It might seem like a strange question but just give it some thought.

When I say ‘greatness’ I also mean ‘the best’.

This could mean anything.

Take something very simple like your groceries each week. When you are choosing which items to put into your basket, are you first considering price or quality?

There must have been occasions when you know you prefer a certain brand because it tastes better but you opt for the cheaper version to save the money.

When you eat that cheaper version, was it worth the few cents you saved to not have the variety that you actually like the taste of much better?

Was it worth settling for the inferior product?.

This is a very simple example but it is an indicator of how you view yourself and your position in life.

Of course, most of us are not lucky enough to be in a position where we can proclaim that ‘money is no problem’, but it is still interesting to analyse what we do, out of habit, and consider how it reflects on our self esteem or view of what we think we are.

It seems natural to explain to people why we are careful about the money we spend, but what is strange is the reaction we feel we would get if we said, “to hell with the few extra dollars, I am buying the more expensive versions because I actually like them better.”

You can almost hear the comments now about how extravagant people will think you are or how wasteful you are with your money.

The most worrying aspect of that is that those opinions of other people will influence what we buy. We don’t want to be viewed like that. We want people to think we are good and sensible.

Remember, I am talking about something trivial, like the cost of ketchup.

But this mindset runs through your entire life.

Back to my original question.

How often do you aim for greatness?

How many times have you told yourself that you are going to have the best holiday, the best job, the best house, the best clothes… the best life?

Just because the natural ‘default’ position seems to be to expect ‘average’ or ‘mediocre’, doesn’t mean you have to settle for that yourself.

If other people want to go through life feeling frustrated at being surrounded by ordinary, that doesn’t mean you have to go along with it.

Everyone has an ability for greatness. To be awesome.

It is down to each individual to aim for it and then actually do it.

It’s easier said than done, I understand that, but, as Jim Rohn said, “If you will change nothing, nothing will change.”

Read that quote again and understand it.

It doesn’t say that if you want things to change you should sit back and hope. It says that if you want things to change then you have to make it happen.

Mediocre lives are for mediocre people.

Has anyone ever given you categoric proof that you are only allowed to be mediocre? I’m guessing not.

That means that you can choose to be awesome. You can decide that you want greatness in your life.

You have probably guessed that buying more expensive groceries doesn’t achieve that.

Your greatness is going to come from making big changes. Attitudes, mindset, how you earn your living, how you view money, etc…

It may seem daunting to think about, which is why I would recommend a mentor. Somebody who knows what it is like to be in the mediocre mindset but also knows what it takes to change that and move towards greatness.

You will find that it is nowhere near as scary as you might imagine and greatness is achievable by just about anyone, as long as they are willing to remove themselves from that mindset that ‘mediocre is OK’.

Mediocre is NOT OK.

If we were put on this world to be mediocre, what’s the point?

If you can accept that we all have the ability to achieve some sport of greatness, then why would we not want to achieve it? Surely we are obliged to at least try to fulfil our potential?

And, in conclusion, if you DON’T think you have the ability for greatness, I want you to ask yourself why you think that.

Is it because you absolutely know that you have nothing to offer? Or is it that you have just been programmed all your life to settle for mediocre, be grateful for what you have and not aspire to be more?

Asking yourself that sort of question can be the first step towards greatness.

Maybe I’ll see you there…