History of Rugby

Friday, September 27, 2019

Rugby has been around for a very long time and is cemented as a beloved sport in many countries. Even people who aren’t fans of rugby have at least heard of the All Blacks, the national team for New Zealand, famous for their victories on the pitch as well as their stunning hakas before matches.

Rugby School, located in Rugby, England lent its name to the sport, as it was “pivotal in the development of rugby football”, and the first rules that were established for rugby union football were invented there in 1845. “Rugby rules appeared in North America before the 1870s and were used in a famous game between McGill University of Montreal and Harvard University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1874.” Football as we know it today actually grew out of modifying rugby rules in the United States and in Canada.

Though it took root internationally first; in England, Scotland, and Ireland, rugby is played with enthusiasm in Canada today. It has a reputation for being a rough game, but local rugby clubs have clear commitments to safety, as seen on the Sask Rugby website: “The health and safety of every player across the country is of paramount importance and Rugby Canada strives to ensure a safe playing environment at all levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that all players are protected by ensuring that the game is played safely.

Check out local rugby leagues! Rugby is an engaging, challenging and fun sport with leagues for men and women. There is most likely a rugby league near you.


Water Polo

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Swimming has many benefits. It is a low-impact physical activity that exercises the entire body. While your muscles are getting a good workout, your cardiovascular system is, too. Swimming makes your heart and lungs strong.Swimming is accessible for people of varying fitness levels and can be beneficial for people with injuries or mobility issues.

Of course, swimming isn’t the only activity at the pool. If swimming laps or splashing around doesn’t grab your attention, maybe water polo is the sport for you. Based on the game polo, which is played on land and on horseback, the goal of water polo is to score points against the opposing team. Each team has six field players (players who handle the ball and try to score) and one goalkeeper.

Water Polo Sask outlines the rules of water polo here:

  • If you have the ball you cannot use your free hand to push attackers way or it is a turnover. (This means the other team is given the ball)
  • You cannot touch the ball with two hands unless you are the goalie. The goalie can touch the ball with two hands up to the 4-meter line.
  • If you are chasing an opponent on a breakaway you cannot pull his legs or shoulders. (This is called impeding a breakaway and is a major foul)
  • Your team has 30 seconds to shoot or the ball will be turned over.
  • Do not hit the ball with a fist. (Bad idea)
  • You cannot intentionally splash your opponent. This means that you cannot be mean and splash you opponents face when he is going to make a pass or shot. If you accidentally splash your opponent, then that is OK.
  • You cannot pass the 2-meter line before the ball does. (Like the blue line in hockey)
  • If you have just been fouled, then you cannot shoot. You can shoot once you have passed to someone and they pass back
  • If you put the ball underwater, then the referee will call a turnover foul.
  • You cannot push someone under the water if they do not have the ball. (This is a minor foul which means the referee will stop the play and give the ball to the player that got pushed underwater)
  • The game is composed of 4 quarters of 8 minutes.
  • When a goal is scored, teams line up at center and possession of ball is given to the non-scoring team. Pass the ball back towards your own net to start play. (Usually the goalie)

An exciting thing about water polo is that it can be played indoors. Although it may seem like a summer-exclusive sport because it is played in a pool, the fact is that there are indoor pools that are open year-round. And, there is probably a water polo club in your city where you can play the sport no matter your level—beginner, novice, or experience player!


Try Something New This Summer

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Did you know that frisbee golf, or disc golf, was invented in Saskatchewan? “The first known instance of anyone playing golf with a flying disc occurred in Bladworth, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926. Ronald Gibson and a group of his Bladworth Elementary School buddies played a game throwing tin plates at targets such as trees and fence posts. They called the game Tin Lid Golf and played on a fairly regular basis on a disc golf course they laid out on their school grounds. Modern disc golf started in the early 1960s, when it seems to have been invented in many places and by many people independently.”

Like golf having different golf clubs for different situations, disc golf has different discs or frisbees. A beginner’s set of discs may only include a distance driver, a fairway driver, mid-range driver, and a putter. More advanced sets of discs will have more options for discs. It is also important to remember that you will probably need a bag to transport your discs when you play, so you aren’t stuck with the hassle of hauling loose discs from hole to hole.

Disc golf has exploded into popularity, but a lot of people still haven’t tried it. With the growing interest in disc golf, there are many chances to try it out and play. You might be surprised that there is even a disc golf course near you! Doing a quick internet search will point you in the right direction to contact a local disc golf association, or show you were the nearest disc golf course is.


Surviving the Summer Sun

Friday, June 07, 2019

Surviving the Summer Sun

Kid's Soccer

Monday, April 22, 2019

Soccer season runs from late April and runs until June. If you’ve never enrolled your kid in soccer, maybe this is the season to start. Taking part of sports is important for children.

This post from the Novak Djokovic Foundation outlines some of the main benefits of children engaging in sports:

Kids’ character and moral principles are formed through fair play. Moreover, children who are actively engaged in sports can be good role models for their peers from school, neighborhood, or even school choir, and inspire them to start playing some sports as well.

Playing sports enables them to create friendships they otherwise might not have formed. For example, the friendships professional athletes create on the field remain intact even when they are not playing sports, and often last a lifetime.

Sports bring people together from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, religion, culture, or skin color.

Teamwork and benefits of social interaction among children are best seen in sports. Kids learn they are part of a team that requires the same effort from all members to succeed, as well as how to win with class, and lose with dignity.

They view competitions on and off the field as opportunities to learn from their success and failure. In addition, losing often motivates kids to work even harder for next time.

They learn to respect authority, rules, team colleagues and opponents.

Sport is an important learning environment for children. Numerous studies have shown that children who play sports perform better at school. It is also within sport that peer status and peer acceptance is established and developed.

Sports experiences help building positive self-esteem in children.

In addition, participating in sports can be a helpful way of reducing stress and increasing feelings of physical and mental well-being, as well as fighting against juvenile delinquency, conflict and aggressive outbursts. The point is to keep the body in good health in order to be able to keep our mind strong and clear.


Spring Jogging

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Now that -30 C is a distant memory, it’s time to start enjoying more outdoor activities again! One of the more common sights out on the sidewalk now is joggers. It’s so easy to go stir-crazy during the winter months, so getting out for a run can be very refreshing.

Although jogging looks like a simple activity, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • 1.Do a warm up and stretch before going out. It warms up the muscles before you exercise, which will help prevent injury.
  • 2.Dress for the weather. Spring can have unpredictable weather and can still be chilly. Layer up!
  • 3.Stay hydrated. This means getting the right amount of water before, during and after exercise.
  • 4.Wear the right shoes! Wearing proper running shoes can reduce the stress placed on the heel, ankles, and knees while jogging or running.
  • 5.Know your limits. We tend to become less active over the winter, so be mindful of your limitations to avoid a preventable injury.

Now get out there and have a good run!


Spring Memories

Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring is finally here, and the snow has mostly melted, and the roads got slushy—so I cannot help but remember what spring was like when I was a kid. My dad used to make a rink in the backyard, a classic Canadian winter-time endeavor. My brothers and I used to spend hours on the ice. We would skate, we would play shinny in our boots, and we were tasked with keeping the ice freshly shoveled. My dad went all out with this rink—we had benches to sit to get our skates laced up. There were flood lights, so we could skate after dark. One of my most vivid memories of the rink is looking up at the pitch-black sky and watching snow fall towards me illuminated by the flood lights.

Every spring, the melt from the rink would be epic. Our backyard would essentially flood. Instead of skating, we probably could have swum. My dad would get a sump pump out to try to combat the flooding, hoping that it wouldn’t seep into our neighbours’ yards too much.

While I never went on to play a ton of hockey like my dad and one of my brothers do, my memories of the backyard rink are fond. Other kids in the neighbourhood would come to play with us. Flooding the rink when it got cold enough was a big deal.

And really, there are few more quintessential Canadian experience than having a backyard rink


What Motivates You?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Every day you wake up, get out of bed and get ready for your day. Maybe you go to the gym or maybe you hit snooze till the absolute last moment possible.

So which one are you? Do you make time for fitness and self care in your day?

What is it that drives a person to put out that extra effort?

What is it that motivates someone to keep at it day in and day out?

As I am one of those crazy 4:30 AM wake up and work out people, this seems to be a question that pops up regularly in many of my conversations. Personally it all comes down to routine, commitment and passion. My favorite part of every day is walking into a quite, un-crowded gym and taking a moment to be completely selfish and do something that is just for me. This is my "me time" and for that hour I have no one to answer to, my phone is away and work couldn't be further from my mind.

Now I haven't always been this way. My passion for fitness started just over 2 years ago with a desire to change. I wanted to feel better (and maybe look a little better in the process too).

My first step was making a plan. What were my options... what could I afford, what was I physically capable of doing and most importantly what was my goal?

Then I had to create a new routine, one that had time set aside for me to commit to specifically working towards this goal. They say it takes about a minimum of 8 weeks to make a new habit and once that was set the rest was pretty easy.

Once I found the time in my day that worked for me I just had to find something I Wanted to do and pretty soon my goal turned into a passion and now it is definitely a lifestyle. Running, biking, yoga, weight training... it doesn't matter what it is... I know that I will always feel better at the end of my work-out.

Life is so full of commitments and obligations why not find something that you love to do. Something that helps you grow, that helps you get find that little piece of sanity in a hectic world. It doesn't matter what time of day it is... morning, noon or night, don't we all deserve that little bit of a break?

So then what is it that motivates you?


Swim, Bike, Run

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I've talked about my knee surgery and running and now I am going to throw biking/cycling into the mix. 

Spring has Sprung??

Tuesday, March 24, 2015