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Summer Series #8: Water Polo

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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“A very exciting, very rough team sport,” comments Brianne G, age 15, when asked about Water Polo. Her first experience of playing the game was in September when she misunderstood her coach and played in net. “…the coach came up to me and with a strong French accent said, “Would you be comfortable playing net?” But with his accent and the sound of the game I heard. ” Would you be comfortable playing next?” So I nodded because I really didn’t want to play yet but the next thing I knew I was being pushed in the water and thrown the goalie cap.” Since then, Brianne G. has continued to play water polo and she loves it.

Similar to basketball, water polo uses ball-handling skills. When moving a ball, you must keep it in front of you and on the surface of water. To score points, you throw the ball into a net instead of a basket like in handball. Due to the fact that you cannot touch the sides of the pool or the bottom, you are continually treading water and swimming making swimming a key part of the sport.

Want to join this exhilarating sport? Well, the first step to playing water polo is the
ability to swim really well and have high endurance to tread water. YMCA Calgary has many swimming lessons starting from toddlers going all the way to adult swimming lessons. There are stroke improvement classes, aqua boot camps and more to work on and improve your swimming skills. Visit the Programs page for more information.

Get out there and get swimming!

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Summer Series #7: Curling

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Many people are familiar with curling. It is often on TV and it has been an Olympic sport since 1988. In fact, in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver the men’s curling team won a gold medal and the women’s team silver. I have always thought curling was a really cool sport but have never really try it. I hope that one day I will.

About:

Curling is a sport in which two teams compete to score the most points by throwing their 42lbs. polished granite stones (a.k.a. Rocks) closest to the innermost circle in the house (circle markings on the ice). When all of the rocks have been thrown, it is a conclusion of that round and the points are counted based on what rocks still remain in the house. This game is played on a sheet of ice called a curling sheet. There are four players on a team; a lead, a second, a vice skip and a skip. (Click here to find out more about these positions).

History:

Curling has a long history dating back to medieval Scotland. There have been paintings depicting people sliding rocks on sheets of ice. As well, an old curling stone was found with the date 1511 on it. From the 16th to 19th century, outdoor curling proved to be very popular among men in Scotland and in 1716, the first recorded club in the world was formally created. This club is still around today. Curling has been around a very long time and proves to be a simple, yet challenging sport.

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Summer Series #6: Ultimate Frisbee

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Ultimate Frisbee uses a variety of skills from different sports. It is a non contact sport that uses the throwing and catching skills of football, the stop and start movement patterns of basketball and non-stop movement similar to soccer. The field is similar to that of football with two endzones. A team (with seven people on the field) scores a point by making a successful pass to a player standing in the end zone they are attacking.

Players are not allowed to move with the Frisbee, but rather pass it to other players. If the Frisbee gets intercepted or knocked down, there is a change of possession and the Frisbee goes to the opposing team. This game is great if you want to play something similar to football without the fear of being tackled or running with the football. It combines many skills and is a very good workout.

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Summer Series #5: 2012 Olympics in London

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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I’ve got to say, I just love the Olympics. There is such a positive vibe around them and I feel like we are all united in Canada. It is so inspiring that countries from around the world can come together and take part in this amazing event. The Olympics showcases the talents of a variety of sports that do not always get the most attention from the media. Some Olympic sports like handball and basketball are offered at YMCA Calgary, so you can also play these sports in a friendly environment.

The first recorded Olympics was in 776 BCE, although it is believed that they have been going on for even longer. According to mythology, Heracles, (the Roman Hercules) founded the Olympic games. For the next 1200 years, these games would take place every fourth year. During the Roman Empire, an emperor decided to get rid of the Olympics because of its pagan influences. It wasn’t until approximately 1500 years later that the Olympics were brought back; after studying German, British and American Students, a French aristocrat decided that a well-rounded person had sports in their life. After much convincing he created a sports organization, and so came the revival of the Olympic Games.

I look forward to cheering the athletes on and participating in the international community encouraging on the teams. The opening ceremonies were phenomenal and so far, all the athletes have been performing really well.

Go Canada, Go!

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Summer Series #4: Netball

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About:

Created in 1899, Netball is a game similar to basketball but with slight alterations to the rules. In netball, you can’t dribble, where moving the ball involves passing. This game features thirds in which only certain players can go in. The duration of netball includes four 15mins quarters.

History:

Netball was made off of the basis of basketball. In 1891, James Naismith, a Canadian Immigrant to Canada, created basketball. He sent a copy to a sports teacher, Clara Baer in New Orleans. When she was looking at the drawings of the court, she misinterpreted the player’s actions as remaining in the third they were drawn in.

Compared to basketball, netball is slower which is preferred by some. I really enjoyed it when I tried it. It involved everybody on the team so no one was left out.

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Summer Series #3: Ringette

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Have you wanted to play hockey, but maybe it was a little bit aggressive for you? Try Ringette. Ringette is similar to hockey (played on ice, uses similar equipment) except instead of a puck, you use a blue rubber ring, a stick without the blade on the end and different rules.

Ringette is a girls-only sport that was created in Ontario by Samual Perry Jacks. Interestingly enough, it has modified a lot from the first ringette game played in 1963. One thing is for sure; the pace is a lot quicker than it was 49 years ago. Jacks created ringette in the hopes that girls would have a chance to play a game that was similar to hockey, but unique to girls.

I have been playing ringette for the past 8 years and I have loved every moment of it. . I have made a lot of friends through ringette and I feel like this a great way to stay in shape.

This sport is open to individual of all ages. In fact, in my first year of ringette, there was a four year old on my team. Ringette has been a great source of pleasure and exercise for me. Explore the links below for more information on this great sport.

Interesting facts about Samual Jacks:

  • He was an assistant physical director at the West End in Toronto YMCA from 1935-1940
  • He also created floor hockey
  • He had three sons who played hockey, but he wanted to create a game that would give girls more opportunities.

Ringette Links

Ringette Canada

Ringette Calgary

 

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Summer Series #2: Zumba fitness

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Zumba is the latest fad in the fitness world right now. Zumba is a hybrid of fitness and latin dance creating an altogether new type of fitness. You could say that the creation of this fitness-dancing was sort of an “accident.”

In the mid 1990s, Alberto “Beto” Perez, an aerobics teacher in Cali, Columbia, forgot his traditional aerobics music. Due to the fact that he needed some music for his aerobics class, he was forced to improvise. Lucky enough for him, in his backpack, he had salsa and merangue music. Thus Zumba was born. His workout that day focused on moving to the music. His students loved this variation to their regular aerobics class and demanded more.

Zumba is a lot of fun. You get your workout while dancing, and does it ever use your muscles! You can find yourself feeling like you’ve had an intense workout afterwards, without running on a treadmill for an hour.

When I tried Zumba, I found it to be a great alternative to a workout. I loved the spontaneity of it. It was like an organized workout that continually changed and worked different parts of your body. Give it a try!

I will post new summer activities and sports for you to try all summer long! Keep your eyes peeled on the blog to read about new sports and activities to try.

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Summer Series #1: What do you do to stay active in the summer?

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

After all the rain we’ve been getting its relief to be getting some nice hot weather. It is time to pull out those flip-flops and enjoy the nice weather outside. Being a person who plays winter sports, I sometimes find it difficult to find some form of exercise in the summer. I am not the type to go on a jog by choice (I’ve tried it), yet year after year, I find myself going to track meets just because I cannot find things that will help me stay in shape. Of course, there are your traditional workout machines, but how exciting can working out on a treadmill get after you do it everyday for the whole summer?

I like organized sports and there are some great activities at YMCA for that. There is Yoga starting from level 1, Basketball, the new fitness fad; Zumba and much more. There are great programs for individuals of all ages. These activities also provide you with opportunities to make new friends. It sure beats sitting inside and going on Facebook.

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