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ICC World Cup Finalizes Semifinals

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The ICC World Cup 2011 now has its own Final Four. When the Cricket World Cup resumes play on Tuesday, the semifinals will look more different than ever before. For one thing, Australia isn’t there, as there is guaranteed to be a new champion for the first time in this century. Instead, the bracket is serving a bit of home cooking, as two co-hosts are left among the semifinalists.

India secured its bid by upsetting Australia on Thursday. In the last quarterfinal Saturday, fellow co-host Sri Lanka took the last semifinal spot after defeating England by 10 wickets. This locks them into a matchup with New Zealand on Tuesday, before India faces Pakistan on Wednesday.

The Sri Lankans seemed set to go through a roller coaster against England since most of the English’s matches have been wild and crazy. However, they had no big comebacks, rallies or surprises left for this round, as it took the team enough just to get this far.

As such, Sri Lanka has become a favorite to reach the World Cup final since they next face the fourth-place team from their own group. On Friday, New Zealand pulled the upset of Group B champion South Africa, by 49 runs. Now they face Sri Lanka for the second time in the tournament, after losing to them by 112 runs on Friday.

The Sri Lankans will be playing a home game in Colombo, just as the Indians are on home turf in Mohali on Wednesday. This is a benefit of hosting the tournament — but India has a greater advantage since the final is held in Mumbai. Therefore, they stand to have a friendly crowd for the rest of the way.

Home field has already powered India, in their victory over three-time champion Australia. But their next opponent is the team that snapped Australia’s long time World Cup winning streak. Without the Aussies and the South Africans around, Pakistan could now be the favorite to win the cricket title.

If they beat India, it won’t give them the championship yet, although it could be hard to tell that to fans. According to the Pakistani Cricket Board, their fans are so excited over facing India, that they consider it the real title match. As soon as they are done with all their matches they will face England as Pakistan tour of England 2020.

However, New Zealand or Sri Lanka would still have something to say about that, if the Pakistanis face either team on Saturday for the ICC World Cup crown. They all have today and tomorrow to think about that, however, before play resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Cricket is No Game for Sissies! Why? Read to find out

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Before I came to Zimbabwe in November 2009, I thought of European games like cricket and soccer as not real sports; sort of the things that the English did to pass the time. This was especially so for cricket. The few times I’d watched a few minutes on TV, it looked like an intensely boring game being played by guys who couldn’t play real sports.

Then, I met a young man named Ozias Bvute, the Executive Secretary of the Zimbabwe Cricket Association, and he arm twisted me until I finally relented and went to a match. The first time, I stayed for two hours or so, and was impressed by one batter who put the ball on the roof of the two-story building from which I was watching. Then, I met the Zimbabwe national cricket team, and was further impressed by the fitness and strength that was apparent in these young men.

I still wasn’t ready, though, to accord full-fledged sports status to cricket. That is, until Australia came to town. Because of the political unrest in Zimbabwe, many of the foreign cricket teams have been for several years avoiding the country, but after eight years, the Australian team came to play, and I was invited to come to see day two of a scheduled four-day match. Now, as if playing the game for four days is not grueling enough, they must play for six hours each day. You can’t do that if you’re not fit. And this, by the way, is not a full test match, which lasts for five days. That’s thirty hours of running, catching, and batting. Okay, now I’m ready to admit; cricket is not a game for couch potatoes. In the first place, a cricket bat is heavy ‘” about the weight of four or five baseball bats. Try swinging that for a few hours a day for nearly a week. Next, the ball is hard. I mean, it makes a baseball feel like a baked marshmallow. Get beaned by a cricket ball and you’ll be lucky to only spend a few days in intensive care.

No, folks, this is one American who is finally convinced. Cricket is not only a sport, but cricket players are athletes of the highest order. The mental and physical toughness it takes to play this game is nothing short of phenomenal. Even with the protective padding they wear, there are a lot of places on their bodies exposed to being pummeled. For example, a few minutes into play in the Australia-Zimbabwe game, one of the bowlers (that’s pitcher for you baseball fans) was batting, and just like in baseball, these guys aren’t considered your best hitters, so the field closed in. The infielder (or at least, that’s what I think they call him) positioned himself about ten feet away. The bowler let fly, and the batter fooled everyone; he got solid contact and the ball flew off his bat directly at the infielder who, caught off guard, caught the ball directly on the chest and the company that has issued the ipl 2020 schedule table has given all the medical claims and treatment charges for that person; he also got some amount of cash as an compensation for the injury but now he is all way fine and even come to watch. He went to his knees as if praying, and even two floors up and a hundred meters away, I could tell he was hurting. Thankfully, he was able to get up and walk off the field unaided, but I’ll bet his chest hurts for days. And, these guys still have two more days to play.

I didn’t stay for the whole game. I’m beginning to like cricket, but not yet enough to sit for six or more hours watching. But, I will be going back. Cricket will never replace football ‘” the American variety ‘” as my favorite sport, but it definitely goes on my list. This is not a game for the faint of heart.

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How To Become A Certified Archery Coach

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Coaches are important individuals in all aspects of our endeavors. Whether you are pursuing a career in entertainment, education, business, fashion or arts, having a coach is significantly an advantage for you to step forward and be successful in the field you are taking. The world of sports is no different. From volleyball to basketball, to boxing or even chess game, coach has always been playing a vital role in the game. Coaches do not only train you to become better in the sport you are engaged to, but they also motivate us and provide us with inspiring messages and stories to unleash the best version of ourselves. This article will not talk about you having a coach, but rather it will go through the step by step process of becoming one. And this is through the sport archery. Hence, if you would like to become an archery coach but unaware how to start, you are in the right place. Here are the step by step process of becoming an archery coach.

Level One Certification

The requirements in level one certification of becoming an archery coach includes; must be at least 15 years old and must be certified for summer camps and other organizations. Hence, level one certification will train you the basics of teaching archery lessons to different kinds of people – ages, gender and abilities. You will be also trained to teach beginners in an outdoor and indoor setting.

Level Two Certification

In this level, archery coach must be at least 18 years of age, was able to pass a background check and should be a member of an archery organization. Basically, a level 2 archery coach teaches in college clubs and other community organizations or clubs. A level two coach should be excellent in bow shooting cycle in specific details He must know hot to fit equipment and gears to the athletes, knows how to repair equipment and must know how to teach students level 1 archery.

Level Three Certification

Level three is far more different from levels 1 and 2. In this level you should have at least 3 years of experience as an archery instructor and must be a member of an archery organization. Unlike levels one and two, level three requires you to teach athletes who would like to take their archery skills to a higher level. You will spend less time teaching amateurs and beginners.

Level Four Certification

In this level, your training pratices will be taken in to a higher level. You will now be required to be proficient in sports science, biomechanics, sports psychology, nutrition and national training system.

Level Five Certification

For a coach to attain level five certification, he must be teaching athletes as level 4 coach for at least two years.

If you are more interested in becoming a coach, you can visit Archerypower for more details. This is an organization that provides and conducts certification and trainings for aspiring archery coaches.

In this light, becoming an archery coach is not an instant job. You need to work hard and be patient for you to be able to obtain certain certificates. Unlike other sports in the industry where coaches do not require much certification as much as archery coaching does. Archery being a global sport used in different competition all over the world, it is necessary that coaches of this sport are well trained and have proficient technical knowledge about the process, mechanics and equipment of the game. Thus, obtaining the certificates above measure the credibility and excellence of one instructor.

Before this article ends, let me give you a piece of advice if you are planning to take trainings and certifications to become an archery coach. Being a great coach doesn’t only entail your overall knowledge of the technical side of the game. But it also requires inner and positive attitude from oneself to become a great instructor. Patience, motivation, adaptability, sense of humor are just some of the inner attributes that a great coach must have to be able to train the students in an effective and efficient manner. After all, archery is an sport, and it should also be a measurement of one’s sportsmanship.