Boys’ Choirs – How to Get Boys to Enjoy Singing in Schools

Try implementing some or all of these ideas:

· Remove all conflict with sport – arrange practices at times when boys will never have to decide between your choir and a sporting activity. 

·  Involve older boys who are perceived by younger boys as role models. Get the choir to perform to the younger ones so that they aspire to be involved.

·  Being in the choir should confer extra status on the boys – have special ties or button badges for them to wear.

·  Don’t just practice for the sake of practice. Rehearse for specific events (which don’t have to be concerts). Get the choir to perform single pieces at school assemblies or out-of-doors events, for example. Think of unusual performance opportunities.

· Don’t spend ages taking the register and making announcements – they are there to sing! However, having a register (swiftly taken) establishes that you mean business and that you are in charge.

·  Begin rehearsals with fun warm-ups to get the boys singing as soon as possible, before getting into harder work.

·  Work on more than one piece and use varied repertoire. Consider the subject of the lyrics carefully: is it the kind of thing boys are interested in or would like to be seen singing about? Have any of the boys made up songs you could use?

·  When you rehearse (and this goes for any instrument too, of course) concentrate on the tricky bits and find ways of making them easy. Slow the music right down, if necessary, and use repetition (boys quite enjoy repeating things over and over again, strangely enough). Substitute silly sounds for the words.

· But you have to strike a balance between hard work and the enjoyment of singing together – leave time to sing through things that you do well.

·  Get the boys to learn everything by heart – singing is at its best when performers aren’t buried in their copies, but are looking up and singing to the audience. Youngsters don’t have trouble learning words, tunes and actions.

·  Incorporate funny actions and manly dance routines into your performances. That will make it more memorable and fun to watch and to do; it will help in recruitment too.

·  Achieve excellence, but don’t be too serious: make lots of jokes and ensure that the whole process is fun!

·  Give the boys trophies at the end-of-year award ceremony. Take them on an outing or give them a party now and again.

3D TV – The Future of Sports Broadcasting?

At the end of last year, BSkyB demoed what could well be a large part of the future of sports broadcasting: the transmission of sporting events in 3D.

The system, which is currently being developed, uses an ordinary Sky+ box to decode the two separate images required to create the three-dimensional effect. Users then simply view the screen through a pair of 3D glasses.

Sky has already tested the technology at live sports events including Ricky Hatton’s victory over Juan Lazcano and Liverpool’s Champions League encounter with Marseille at Anfield in November of last year.

3D technology has already been adopted in Hollywood, with a number of films being filmed and released in 3D. Many have predicted that 3D HD television is the next logical step in the evolution of broadcasting.

Despite being able to use their current satellite receiver, users will be forced to upgrade their television sets. However, manufacturers believe that new 3D TVs will cost no more than a standard HD-ready plasma set.

The 3D television set that BSkyB used in its demonstration at its headquarters in Osterley, London, currently retails at over £2,000, but experts have predicted that the price of the technology will drop significantly, especially if it proves popular.

The British broadcaster described ‘Sky+ 3D’ as “a vision of the future” as the company continues to develop the system, which would involve Sky having to use adapt or upgrade their cameras for 3D at live events.

“From our point of view this is just the next stage of our innovation plan following on from Sky+, from HD and now to 3D is the way we see things might go in the future,” said BSkyB’s Head of Product, Design and Innovation, Brian Lenz.

“What we’re looking at today is firstly that we can do it, and we think we can do it and at a quality level that makes it interesting to begin to look at whether there is an appetite for it from the consumer.”

The implementation of 3D TV in viewers’ homes is clearly still a number of years away, however as Sky have demonstrated through the trials, watching your favourite team in three dimensions from the comfort of the sofa may well be an everyday occurrence in the fairly near future.

However, whether viewers will be enticed to fork out on a new television set surely depends on the quality of the final product on offer.

How To Find Your Favorite Sports Collectibles In Collectible Magazines

Everyone should have a hobby and sports’ collecting is a great one to have. It’s a creative way to pass the time and a great way to relieve stress. It’s easy and has many options to choose from. There are those who like to collect items that pertain to their own personal recreation activities, such as fishing or golf. People who follow professional sports like baseball, basketball, hockey and football, prefer to collect memorabilia from their favorite teams. Here are some different ways to begin your sports collection.

Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks are a good way to get your collection started. They don’t take up too much space and are inexpensive to fill. You can clip pictures and articles about your favorite teams or players from magazines and newspapers. You can also save ticket stubs from events you’ve gone to.

Pin Collecting

Many people collect pins that represent their favorite recreation or of their favorite teams and players. Pins can be mounted on boards and some people mount them on caps, so they can proudly display their collection where ever they go.

Clothing

Sports jerseys or tee shirts are another way to collect items. Some people display them on walls. This is easy to do, since all you need is a hanger and a nail. Note that it can take up a lot of wall space if you collect many of them. Other hobbyists collect them to wear to sporting events or to represent their team when watching the big game at a friend’s house. People, who have recreational hobbies that they participate in like fishing, can find humorous tee shirts to wear, when engaging in those activities.

Sports Cards

Sports card collecting has been popular for decades. You can find cards to represent all of your favorite sports, like football, baseball and basketball. Some of these cards are very expensive if they are old and represent a famous player. Recent cards are a good way to start your collection because they are less expensive and if you are fortunate to buy the right one, it could appreciate in value.

There are other many things that you can collect to represent your favorite sports, such as balls. You can collect footballs, baseballs, basketballs, etc., with your favorite team printed on them. You can do the same with pillows, blankets, and posters. Golfers can find many items like clocks, and even screen savers. There are even talking and singing fish that can be mounted on walls, a favorite of fishermen of all ages. No matter what your favorite sport or recreational activities are you can get key chains, calendars, caps, mugs and more.

The next time that you are considering a hobby, definitely keep sports collecting in mind. Its fun and the options are virtually endless.

Why Live Sports Is a Profitable Business for Bars and Casinos

These are people who are interested in sports psychology. Namely, these would be businesses such as sports bars and casinos. They need people to come in and watch live sporting events, and the more entertaining they can make it for their patrons, the better.

Live sports have been found to be more interesting when there are games that have specific time limits. In other words, sports such as football, basketball, and hockey are going to be more interesting than baseball or some other untimed sport. The time limits in sports help to keep a sense of urgency that is simply not present in an untimed sporting event. That means that the viewer gets more of a rush out of watching the timed event. Odd as it may sound, a viewer of a timed event actually experiences things such as increased heart rate, higher blood pressure, and even sweating in some cases. Though they are not directly involved in the action taking place on screen, they feel as though they are right there in the game.

The physical effects that one feels when they are watching sports can actually encourage them to engage in behaviors that they would likely not engage in if they were in a normal non excited state. These behaviors include eating more than they otherwise would and even gambling more money than they would otherwise when they are in the casino. That is obviously something that these places want to take advantage of to make some more money for themselves.

Another thing that the casinos can take advantage of with live sports is the ability to offer live betting right along with it. Not all casinos have this, but some do in fact allow gamblers to place their bets on events that are just about to unfold during the game. Those bets have to be placed quickly and without as much thought process as one might put into bets that they place on the outcome of the whole game before it even starts. The lack of time to think things through can make gamblers a little more reckless than they otherwise would be. That adds up to more money in the profits of the casino.

There is more research into live sports than there ever has been before. More people are starting to look into this because they want to know what impacts it has on human psychology. We have already turned over some of the effects that it has, and there are likely many more that we do not yet know about. If it turns out that this is in fact the case, then there could be even more opportunities to look at for future research.