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.
“Fascinating.”—Men’s Health, Best Beach Reads for Sports Fans
On the Origins of Sports is an illustrated book built around the original rules of 21 of the world’s most popular sports, from football and soccer to wrestling and mixed martial arts. Never before have the original rules for these sports coexisted in one volume. Brimming with history and miscellany, it is the ultimate sports book for the thinking fan.
Each sport’s chapter includes a short history, the sport’s original rules, and a deeper look into an element of the sport, such as the evolution of the baseball glove; sports with war roots; a compendium of sports balls; and iconic sports trophies.
Written by ESPN The Magazine’s former editor in chief, Gary Belsky, and executive editor, Neil Fine, and filled with period-style line drawings in a handsome package, On the Origins of Sports is a book that sports fans and history buffs alike will want to display on their coffee tables, showcase on their bookshelves, and treasure for generations.
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.
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.
Sports historians and cultural studies students will all find this book gives a fascinating and invaluable insight into the world of sport through history.