This volume is the latest installment in the Sports and Games Through History series. Each geographically arranged chapter describes sports, games, and rituals of play, along with descriptions on equipment and instructions for making or adapting game pieces.
Students can find detailed information for each of the eight most popular sports at the high school level: basketball, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. This information includes the history of the sport, rules, common injuries to the sport, similar sports to try, and advice from coaches about making the team. Young female students are encouraged to try other sports that may not be offered by their high school and to get high schools to sponsor teams where there are none, as well as to participate on boys' teams if a particular sport is not offered to girls. Advice is also provided on possible sports-related problems for girls, including overtraining, drug use, eating disorders, and abuse from coaches, as well as information about sports-related careers to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive guide for young female athletes.
Quickly glean information on each sport's origin and history, basic procedures, terminology, equipment, competitive playing areas, scoring systems, player positions and primary features, common rule violations and their consequences, and, where applicable, officials' signals.
The Sports Rules Book is your guide to understanding all the athletic activities we compete in and enjoy.
Though the book focuses on games and sporting activities, the examination of these topics gives readers insight into unfamiliar places and peoples through their recreation—an essential part of the human experience that occurs in all cultures. Such activities are not only embedded in everyday life but also indelibly interconnected with social customs, war, politics, commerce, education, and national identity, making the whimsical topic of the book an appealing gateway to insightful, highly relevant information.
predicting sports results by making a wager on the outcome of a sporting event.
Aside from simple wagers--betting a friend
that one's favorite baseball team will win its division, for instance, or buying
a football "square" for the Super Bowl--sports betting is commonly done through
a bookmaker. Bookmakers generally offer two types of wagers on the winner of a
sporting event: a straight-up or money line bet, or a point spread wager.
Moneylines and straight-up prices are used to set odds on sports such as soccer,
baseball and hockey (the scoring nature of which renders point spreads
impractical) as well as individual vs. individual matches, like boxing.