Playing Australian Football in Wet Weather

Wet weather or wet conditions change the way in which a player must approach playing the game. In the first instance, the wet conditions means the skill of kicking the ball accurately becomes more difficult. It requires greater concentration in delivering the ball to the foot. It is important to drop the ball as close as possible to your foot to ensure the best contact possible.

In wet conditions the ball is spilt more often. As a result picking the ball up is harder as the ball becomes slippery. In picking the ball up, the top hand must precede the ball helping it into the lower hand and sealing the ball in the grip of both hands. If the player has trouble trapping the ball, then it should be “soccered” forward or knocked on by hand.One of the exciting aspects of Australian Football is to see a player running up the ground bouncing the ball every 15 metres. That is impossible in wet conditions. One of two things will happen when trying to bounce the ball. Firstly, the ball may simply slid forward and not bounce up to allow the player to regather the ball. Secondly, if the ball hits a pool of water, even only millimetres deep, it will plop and not bounce at all. So if you must run with the ball, simply touch the ground with it, realising this will slow you down allowing the chasing player a chance to catch you.

Another aspect of Australian Football that is affected by wet conditions is marking the ball especially the high mark. Often the ball slips through your hand. The ball also becomes heavier and the player needs to soften his hands and arms as the ball comes in contact with them to absorb the force of the ball and prevent it from bouncing out of the player’s grasp.

Spoiling the mark is another aspect of the game. On a wet day, the spoil needs to use both fists to get the ball as far away as possible.
The wet conditions mean also that the ball, once it is wet will not travel as far when kicked or handballed. So players must adjust their position around the packs as the ball is delivered to make allowance for this. It is also important to be aware that in a high marking contest the ball almost always slips through to the back of the pack.

What has been written in this article are the basics of wet weather play. As the player grows in experience his coach will offer more advice on how best to play wet weather football.

Getting Fit: Two Traits – Will They Help?

Improved fitness is 100% achievable using two character traits: an opened mind and determination.

An opened mind erases excuses and will get you thinking outside of any rut. Determination finds a way not to quit. Your determination can be like an endlessly flowing river of energy.

Anyone can develop these character traits and learn to use determination and an opened mind to travel far along a fitness journey.

Ability to exercise is a heavenly gift. Exercise is not a punishment for being overweight. Skinny people need exercise too.

Logic tells us that if you want to change your body you must do something different from whatever it is that created the condition that now makes you unhappy. Instead of berating yourself for being out of shape or not meeting fitness goals, be understanding and kind and show yourself some love.

Make a decision: set an intention to find whatever it is that works for you so you can meet your fitness goals. Then don’t look back- except to learn from your mistakes or enjoy memories.

To focus on what you don’t like or how you hate exercise is little more than a way of hanging on to excuses. Instead of validating your well thought out excuses for what won’t work, direct your thought energy to search out what will work.

You may have acquired misconceptions about exercise, thinking you need to jump up and down and sweat for one hour. Review and revise your knowledge. Exercise can happen in bits and pieces of time throughout your day. Spend your thought energy searching for anything acceptable and tolerable for getting your exercise.

Some modes of exercise are more effective than others. For example, if you want toned arms your exercise choice will work your biceps. If you want strong abs you’ll include ab exercise. If you just want to exercise your respiratory system and burn some extra calories while relieving stress, you’ll do some aerobic exercise. But if you want to fundamentally change (improve) your metabolism you’ll include exercise that builds muscle, because muscle while at rest burns more calories than fat while at rest.

It’s safe to say that any amount of exercise (as little as 30 seconds) beats absolutely no exercise, provided it doesn’t lead to injury.

Regardless of how legit your excuses have been, there’s a way to exercise that can work for you. You need an opened mind to consider new choices. You need determination so that you won’t quit.

Are you out of excuses? Is it time to shut up (or “hush up” if “shut up” feels too harsh) and work out?

Regardless of your past struggles an opened mind and determination will serve you well to make exercise as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. Ultimately you’ll find a way that works for you.

It’s either time for no more excuses or time to admit that you really don’t care if your body is out of shape.

Heterosexual Relationships Involve Mismatched Sex Drives

Men are naturally responsive. So no man should feel inadequate about ejaculating quickly. Men accept the misconception that women might be able to orgasm through intercourse if stimulated long enough because they want to prolong their own enjoyment of intercourse. Any sense of inadequacy over male speeds to orgasm could be easily overcome if a man was willing to stimulate a woman (orally or manually) regardless of his own state of arousal. Nature ensures that men’s sex drive focuses them on intercourse, which is designed to facilitate male orgasm (and ejaculation).

Men stress about what they can do or say to impress a woman enough to get her into bed. So they are frustrated when a date does not result in sex. Most women need time to develop an emotional connection before intercourse feels appropriate. But an experienced woman knows that any relationship with a man involves an on-going commitment of continuing to offer regular sex. So although it’s only one time, it’s usually the first time out of many. A man more or less assumes that the arrangement is on-going.

A wise man said “I try to keep my wife happy because I know that if she is happy she will keep me happy!” But if sex is so vital to men why are they forever getting it wrong? Heterosexual relationships involve a woman subjugating herself to a man in sexual terms and a man subjugating himself to a woman in emotional terms. So men sometimes prefer work to home where they feel disadvantaged by women’s emotional dominance.

You would think men who love women would always protect them. Yet it is straight men (not gay men) with their predilection for aggressive behaviour who disrespect others for being physically weaker. Heterosexual men may love women and they may be willing to support them but they only do this for women who offer them the regular sexual interaction men need. Women may even accept being beaten as natural if they love aggressive men. For most of human existence a woman’s survival has relied on having a man to protect her (mostly from other men). In return she was obliged to offer intercourse even though women commonly died during childbirth.

The dilemma is that a man relies on a woman to provide the significant pleasure of intercourse. The dilemma for a woman is her relative indifference to intercourse, which she has to provide regularly over decades. Rape is not related to male sex drive. Rape Crisis (UK) finds that “around 85% of survivors/victims know their attacker prior to the rape or assault and that often this violence is perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner.” Men who rape do so in order to dominate, control and humiliate others.