This sport is called speed skating for a reason - blink and you'll miss all the action! Speed skaters can go as fast as a car. Although becoming a speed skater requires hard training, most of all it requires nerve. This amazing book will explain how the combination of danger and velocity makes speed skating one of the most exciting winter sports. You'll find out how it got started, you'll learn about the different competitions and races, and you'll meet some of the champions who live for speed.
The Paralympics are a series of sporting events for elite athletes with different physical abilities. This book examines the five Paralympic winter sports - alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling - and the athletes who compete in them. Prepare to be inspired by their courage, skill, and dedication to their sport.
Do you have a need for speed? If you do, you'll want to read all about these Winter Olympic sliding sports. In this book, you'll learn how bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton competitors speed down steep, twisting tracks on aerodynamic sleds. You'll learn about the racers, their equipment, and the records they hold. You'll also discover that in these fast-paced sports, every second - and hundredth of a second - counts.
Alpine skiing has been an exciting Olympic sport since 1924. Racing down snow-covered slopes at breathtaking speed requires outstanding athletic skill. Freestyle skiing combines speed, agility, and precision. This introductory guide gives an overview of all the Olympic events in both sports, along with fun facts, amazing stats, and a look at some of the most outstanding competitors.
Ideal for soccer fans, this engaging book profiles the greatest soccer teams and players from around the world. From David Beckham to the U.S. women's national team, readers will love learning about their favorite teams and players. Extra features include player statistics, records, and fun facts.
This book looks at the history of soccer championships including the World and Euro Cups, and the Olympics. It also provides highlights of the players and teams to watch for at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
This title guides aspiring young players through drills to hone their soccer skills on the field. Broken down by position, each section highlights fundamental skills and strategic tips on how to play to the best of your ability. Special sections focus on the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and nutrition both on and off the field.
How and where did hockey originate? When was the game first added to the Olympics? These and many more questions are answered for hockey fans in Breakaway! The History of Hockey.
The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy in North America that professional athletes compete for. This exciting title details the history of Lord Stanley's cup including the greatest team with the most wins, historic rivalries, and history-making moments.
This fact-filled book presents the best of the best in hockey's past, present, and future. More than just racking up goals, superstars display sharp, play-making minds, as well as leadership qualities. Profiles include essential stats, an overview of each player's skills and achievements, and quotes from the superstars themselves. Male, female, and sledge hockey superstars are also featured in this jam-packed title.
This book puts the fun in fundamentals with safe, engaging, and adaptable drills that focus on building essential hockey skills. Clear photographs and easy-to-follow text describe drills to improve skating, passing, shooting, defensive skills, and more. Some exercises are designed to be done on the ice while others can be done on pavement.
Saddle up and leap into the pages of this book to read all about show jumping! You'll learn about verticals, oxers, combinations, and other jumps that horses - and their riders - attempt to complete quickly and flawlessly. You'll also discover the breeds and care of show horses, how they train and compete in Olympic and other jumping events, and the history of this challenging equestrian sport.
Dressage introduces readers to the basics of the dressage competition, often referred to as horse ballet. Horse-lovers will appreciate the clear text detailing the history and rules of the sport. Text is accompanied with beautiful photographs and informative diagrams.
Taekwondo is one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Taekwondo in Action provides an in-depth look at how to perform the high-flying moves of this sport. Colorful images and informative text teach kids about the history of Taekwondo, the basic positions, such as ready stance and horseback-riding stance, how to throw punches and perform kicks, the skills and techniques required to perform combinations, and the two main styles of sparring.
In-line Skating in Action gives kids the inside track on a sport that refuses to stand still! Invented as a way for hockey players to stay fit in summer, in-line skates are now used for street hockey, racing, and even stunning tricks performed on the same ramps that skateboarders use. Full-color features include basic movement and balance, safety tips for skating in public areas such as sidewalks, the thrilling world of vertical ramp skating, and enjoying a skate with the family.
When lacrosse was first played as a Native American sport, teams of hundreds of people played on a "field" that was miles in length! Lacrosse in Action uses full-color photos and illustrations to highlight a sport that is becoming more and more popular in North America. Features include player positions, scoring drills and skills, defense and goal tending techniques, and equipment and rules.
Track events focus on speed, technique, and determination. They challenge athletes to move more quickly than ever before, but there is more to these events than just running. Whether it is a blistering sprint or a draining marathon, let Track Events in Action be a child's guide to preparing for life in the fast lane! Thorough text and full-color pictures help illustrate such highlights as the 100m and the key to a great start, how to handle hurdles, how to make your move and grab the lead, and tips on training safely.
Goooaaaallllll! Crabtree scores with Soccer in Action an exciting book that explores the most popular sport in the world. Kids will love learning and practicing skills such as kicking, dribbling, and trapping. Spectacular full-color photographs accompany the clear, detailed text showing the different player positions, warm-up exercises, maneuvering the ball with your foot and your head, and the types of shots and saves.
What is a bump, a volley, a serve, or a spike? These questions and more are answered in Volleyball in Action. Children will love learning about the history of this energetic sport, the necessary equipment, and basic rules of play. Fascinating information includes the role of the coach, mix and motion drills to help develop skills, how to block the ball, and how beach volleyball is catching on.
This popular winter sport is performed on hills all over the world! Once used only as a mode of transportation, skiing has become an internationally respected sport of speed, endurance, and agility. Skiing in Action provides children with all the tips and tricks they'll need to hit the slopes. Highlights include how to get on and off a chair lift, the basics of turning and stopping, tips on handling moguls, and descriptions of competitive alpine and freestyle skiing.
Cheerleading is a fast-growing sport that's based on teamwork, gymnastics skills, daring stunts, thrilling dances, and of course crowd-rousing cheers. With action-packed color photos and engaging text, Cheerleading in Action debunks the myth that cheerleading is limited to the sidelines. The book will cover the basic arm and leg positions, stunts and dance moves, safety in cheerleading, what makes a routine, and exciting jumps and stunts.
Badminton may be known as a relaxing backyard game, but as the world's fastest racquet sport, it is action packed, thrilling, and very demanding. Badminton in Action uses full-color photography and engaging text to help the sport take flight in young readers minds. Kids will learn how to perform forehands and backhands, strategies for covering the court, how to make serves and specialty shots count, rules and scoring, and the differences between singles and doubles play.
Golf in Action takes a fresh, fun look at this popular age-old game. Colorful photographs and step-by-step instructions help explain the basics of equipment, rules of play, selecting the proper golf clubs, the proper grip, and how to drive a ball. Other topics include the history of golf, scoring, and playing on the green and in the sand.
From basics such as dribbling and blocking to the skilled high-flying slam dunk, Basketball in Action will start kids off on the road to the NBA. Children will learn the basics of shooting, passing, and dribbling as well as how to make a layup. Other important information includes the layout of a basketball court, enforcing the rules through a referee, defensive and offensive moves, and warm-up games to test your skills.
Take me out to the ball game with Crabtrees book Baseball in Action. Children will learn the rules and skills involved in playing. Lively, full-color photographs help demonstrate such basics as pitching, fouling, and bunting. Necessary equipment and safety precautions are also covered along with the layout of a baseball diamond and player positions, catching and throwing techniques, when to run and when to stay put, and the different variations of baseball from slow pitch to cricket.