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Football!

Teams: Each team consists of 11 players, these teams are made up of one goalkeeper and ten outfield players.

Pitch: The pitch dimensions can vary from each ground but are roughly 120 by 75 yards.

Goal Area: Consists of a 6-yard box and an 18-yard box, surrounding the 16-yard box with a centre circle.

Equipment: You need a pitch (obviously) a football and studded football boots for grip. Shin pads are negotiable but recommended. Goalkeepers wear padded gloves.

Leadership: Each team has one designated captain.

Scoring: The entire point of the game is to score the most goals. Often if the match is official and cup-based, if the match ends in a tie, extra time is added to allow a team to score.

Length: Each match consists of 2 x 45-minute matches. You have a 15-minute break in between.

Simple breakdown of football for you :)

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I chose darts, the sport for everyone!

DARTS

Basic Rules for 301:

Objective: Be the first player to lower your score from 301 to 0.

Starting Score: Each player begins with 301 points.

Turn Structure:

Players take turns throwing three darts per turn.

Subtract the total score of their throws from their starting score.

Finishing Move: Players must finish on a double (the thin outer ring of the dartboard).

Section 2: Darts Terminology

Key Terms:

Average: The average score achieved by three darts thrown.

Barrel: The part of the dart that players hold.

Bull or Bullseye: The center part of the dartboard (outer bull = 25 points, inner bull = 50 points).

Bounce-Out: When a dart hits a wire or another dart and bounces out.

Check-Out: Hitting the exact amount of points needed to win the game.

Leg: A single game in a set or match.

Maximum: A score of 180 (three triple 20s).

Aside from this darts has a unique lingo and banter. TRy inserting phrases such as "I couldnt hit a barn door" after a bad throw. Or a unique celebration after winning a leg.

Section 3: Building Your Darts Physique

Darts is a game of endurance, skill but your success is mainly dependant on how you look.

The more heavy set you are the better as you can be firmly grounded. Try to become as round as possible to reduce your aerodynamic natures as you need to be grounded.

TOP TIP: Lift Pints to Build Arm Muscles

Pint curls: Lift your favourite beverage to your mouth.

Repeat sets: Aim for at least three sets of 10 pints per session.

Bonus: The more pints you lift, the stronger your arm muscles become

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Another darts player! Now there are two of us!

Nice guide. The only thing I'd suggest is that 501 is typically more common than 301, and I'd add stem/shaft and flight into the terminology.

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I missing the part if you get very very professional you need to have colorful hairstyle.

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Running is a super beginner-friendly sport in my opinion!

Equipment -wise you only really need an alight pair of trainers that you feel comfy in, a water bottle and maybe one of those arm strap things for your phone.

Start by doing intervals of running/walking and then building up the time you are running for. Consistency is the key here, even if you are only running for 10 minutes every day.

Feeling nervous is normal! You've just got to remind yourself that people are too busy focusing on themselves to judge others.

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Love this. I've recently taken up running during my rest days off from the gym, and I have to keep reminding myself about that last point.

My only gripe so far is I keep getting shin splints! So I keep needing longer rest periods, and I'm not too sure how to get past them, despite having invested in trainers that make it feel as if I'm practically running on clouds. Couch 2 5K is an amazing program though, highly recommend for anyone else considering picking up running.

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Cycling is rather easy or not so easy, depending on the disciplines you choose.

Cycling is usually divided into 4 main categories:

  • BMX

  • Cyclo-cross

  • Mountain bike

  • Road cycling

  • Track cycling

Of those, only cyclo-cross is not an Olympic sport. Albeit not all track is at the Olympics (which is really sad as single pursuit is a show of the man athlete like not many others).

BMX is the one that I know less. In the Olympics, it is divided into racing, where they run down a steep ramp and through a short U shaped up-and-down track where the first through wins, and the freestyle which is more akin to a freestyle skiing or snowboard event, where they do tricks in an arena of sort and the win depends on their scores.

Mountain bike and Cyclo-cross are very similar: they both happen in closed circuits were the athletes run for a certain number of times and the first through wins. Their main difference is that mountain bike happens in spring and summer, so mainly dry tracks, while, on the opposite, Cyclo-cross happens in autumn and winter and there, the mud is, more often than not, the king. Many athletes do both, albeit Cyclo-cross is the one with the larger following. Examples of athletes are: Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert and Tom Pidcock.

Road cycling is, of all cycling, probably the most well known. Giro d'Italia, The Tour de France, the Monument classics, are names etched into the history of this sport. It's either a race where the first to cross the finish line wins, or a time trial: there the clock is the rule, the one doing the lowest time is the winner. Examples of athletes are: Eddy Merckx (historic), Tadej Pogachar, Jonas Vingegaard.

Track cycling is a complete different world compared to the ones presented now. First of all, the bikes used in track cycling are fixed-gear bicycles without freewheel or brakes. Then, track cycling is done inside a velodrome, a ellyptic shaped track of wood with inclined sides.

In the track cycling, there are 2 main categories: the sprint and the endurance. Sprints are short races, with a small amount of riders and focused on raw power and riders doing sprint generally doesn't do endurance. Endurance, as the name implies, it's about endurance and they have longer, more difficult races with more opponents.

At the Olympics we will see the following:

for Sprint

Sprint: a 1v1 match, you look at your adversary, you track him, and you have to push harder than him. The first crossing the finish line wins.

Keirin: born in Japan, the race start with a small group of raiders following a small bike, called derby, which sets the pace and then the riders sprints for victory.

for Endurance

Madison: in two for the win. In a team of two, your goal is to complete more laps than everyone else but you take turns, alternating moment of race and moment of rest after you hand over to the teammate.

Team pursuit: the apex of team effort, 4 people against the clock. The time is taken on the third rider crossing the line. Teams need to reach harmony because if one team member pushes too far, or too little, it can endanger the whole team's result.

Omnium: a race of races. Each race gives points which, summed together, give the final results.

  1. Scratch race: the first over the finish line after a certain number of laps is the winner, simple as that.

  2. Tempo race: with a fixed number of laps, each lap gives points. Who have the most points wins.

  3. Elimination race: every 2 laps, there is one sprint and the rider at the end of the group is eliminated.

  4. Points race: same as the tempo race but much longer. It's the final event of the Omnium.

In general cycling is one of those sports to be seen. Especially in track cycling there are nuances, details in the positioning, tactics that can hardly be explained clearly. In road cycling, teams strategies can decide the win and the loss of the single as much as the single's effort.

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An Idiot's Guide to the Tour De FranceWritten by an Idiot Cyclist from memory

The Tour De France is one of 3 European multi stage, long distance, road races. The race comprises of 21 stages across France (and sometimes neighbouring countries) completed in 3 weeks. There are flat stages, hilly stages, mountainous stages, team time trials and individual time trials. Each stage is approx. 200km long. There are approximately 180-200 riders cycling in the tour for ~20 professional teams (8 riders per team)

Riders in each team have different specialities:

General Classification: Riders that aim for completing the entire tour with the lowest time Domestique: Riders that support the Team Leader - riding in front to provide slipstream, fetching drinks and food whilst riding Sprinter: Riders that aim to win the flat stages and sprint sections of stages Mountain riders: Riders that aim to get the most points from climbing mountains (Mountains are worth points depending on altitude and gradient)

Riders at the top of their classification are awarded jerseys they wear in the following stage(s):

Yellow Jersey: The most coveted jersey awarded to the rider with the lowest time overall Green Jersey: Awarded to the sprinter with the most points from winning sprint sections Polka Dot Jersey: Awarded to the rider with most points from climbing mountains White Jersey: Awarded to the rider under the age of 25 with the lowest time overall

Other things to note: Peloton: The main group of riders that work together to reduce drag and increase slipstream Breakaway: A cyclist or group of cyclists that pull away from the peloton to try and win stages or break up the peloton by making them work harder (usually caught by the peloton in the last few kms of a stage) Train: A team that works for a sprinter/gen. rider will often form a train in front of them to reduce drag before the very end of a stage, then each leading rider will peel away when they lose energy.

Even though it is classed as a race, I would say that the Tour de France has as much in common with a game of chess as it does with other races.

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Yet Another Guide to Getting Started with Cycling

Cycling can either be an expensive hobby or a highly affordable one. You might find yourself spending up to $6,000 on a high-end bike and another $2,000 on gear, or you could just spend $80 on a used bike and start reaping the benefits of increased mobility and improved health right away. While cycling is considered a light athletic sport primarily focused on cardiovascular health, it is more accessible than other forms of exercise, such as running or walking, especially for those who are overweight. However, make sure you're not exceeding the manufacturer's weight limit, which is typically around 120kg for standard bikes.

How to Get Started?

Choosing the Right Equipment

You can start with a used bike, perhaps a friend has one that's just gathering dust. The type of bike isn't crucial, but the fit is. If it's too small, you could hurt your knees. If it's too big, you could end up with neck, back, and hand discomfort. There are plenty of bike fitting guides on YouTube that require just a ruler to get started. Color or brand doesn't matter - size does.

Investing in Safety Gear

Don't skimp on safety equipment. A good helmet from a brand like UVEX can cost between $30-50. Add a pair of fingerless gloves for about $10 and sport sunglasses for $10-15 (these are not for style, but to protect from flying insects). Opt for sunglasses made from indestructible polycarbonate to protect your face in case of an accident. These three items significantly increase your safety and comfort.

As for clothing, any sporting outfit made from modern, breathable fabrics will do for cycling clothes, for sub-50km distances it's not that crucial.

Training

Start by exploring nearby parks or forests. Open online maps or use apps like Komoot to find local trails. Begin with short rides of about 10-15km to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Then, try a longer trip of about 15km in one direction, making sure to include a pit stop. Always carry water, even in winter, to stay hydrated and avoid headaches and knee problems.

Commuting

If your workplace is 5-15km from your home, consider biking there 1-3 times a week.

Joining the Community

Look into local bicycle clubs, Facebook groups, or forums. Connecting with other enthusiasts can enhance your experience and provide new adventures.

As you continue to cycle, you'll notice improvements in your physical health, endurance, mental health, and mood. Happy cycling!

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Snooker

The aim of snooker is to use a cue to hit the white ball into another ball to try make that ball go into any of the 6 pockets. A player must first pot any of the 15 red balls and then they can choose to pot any other coloured ball this coloured ball will be place back where it started if it is potted with red balls remaining on the table, then they can keep alternating between red and the colour of their choosing until either they don't pot a ball or all of the red balls have been potted.

After all of the red have been potted the rest of the balls must be potted in this order, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, black

play will pass to the opponent if a player fails to pot any ball or they commit a foul

Scoring - the balls are worth these amounts

Red - 1

Yellow - 2

Green- 3

Brown -4

Blue - 5

Pink - 6

Black - 7

committing a foul like potting the white ball, touching another ball, potting the wrong colour ball will award points to depending on the foul to your opponent

Once all of the balls have been potted the player with the highest score wins the frame you then reset the balls and keep playing until you have played the predetermined amount of frames .

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