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Evolution of Birthday parties with Bayside Sports.

Krrish was happy. He got what he had imagined. Staff were alert and watching at all times. Overall a wonderful experience.– Anita Sukhwani.

 Is your Sports loving child turning a year older? Have you run out of ideas for cool Birthday Parties? Happily, Bayside Sports is here to show you the way.

We think outside the box, especially for your child’s special day and give you a Sport-themed party where everyone’s a winner. We offer themed party packages for all those sports enthusiasts who wish to celebrate their birthday the playful way.

Growing up is a part of life, so why not make it Fun!

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 KYLYNN BHATHENA 

          TEAM BAYSIDE SPORTS

Failing Big

It is not easy being a child these days. Childhood is meant to be fun but times are changing and so are the varieties of pressure that kids today find themselves surrounded by. I’ve been reading quite a few articles in the news about children getting depressed at an alarmingly early age and so this is an apt time to write about Failure.

The greatest success stories in our generation and generations past all have one important thing in common. They were all big losers – great failures – at one time or another in their respective path breaking journeys. To lose in life is as common as breathing. From the moment we take our first breath to our last, the only thing certain about life is that we will experience loss at some stage or another. Every great success story from Mahatma Gandhi to Madame Curie to Muhammad Ali was born out of failure.

But here is the good news. No creature big or small is as good at failing and bouncing back as a human being. We have put that massive brain of ours to good use by learning from our disappointments and coming back stronger – well, hopefully anyway. Experience is nothing more than learning from lessons of the past and more often than not these lessons are of defeat – hence the saying “learn from your mistakes” was my parents’ favourite dinner line when I was growing up (although I’m pretty sure this line was ineffective on me).

At Bayside Sports, we teach our young students to embrace loss as a teacher and learn to work with it. The more comfortable the child, as an individual is with this philosophy, the stronger he or she becomes.

I remember well a story from 2013, the year we started the Academy. It is about one of our first students; a young boy with a passion for leg-spin. Any cricketer will tell you, that to master “leg-spin” is one of the most challenging aspects of the game, which is why a good leg-spinner is worth his or her weight in Gold and a great one is a rarity. Now this young boy, much to his father’s discontent wanted not to be a batsman as most boys in India do, but a leg-spinner. His father tried his best to convince Vishal (co-founder of Bayside Sports) and me, to encourage him to focus on his batting. So I made a compromise with this young lad and explained to him that since dad was “the bank”, he needed to spend a few minutes of the session batting, but to work even harder on his leg-spin so “we could show him some day”. This child relentlessly worked on his art. Spending up to an hour after training ended each evening, speaking with coaches, strategizing, practicing and toiling hard at his game. He failed repeatedly – in fact in the first year he could not land the ball remotely close to the right spot on the pitch. Fortunately his spirit stayed strong and about 18 months after he started with us, there were signs he was getting better. Soon he was selected for his school team and there was a related surge in his confidence. He would play games, get hit around the park and come back inside with a smile on his face knowing he would go back to the nets and practice to remove the errors. Basically, he was / he is unyielding.

It’s not like this child is an extraordinary case but an example of what is possible when you learn to embrace failure. Today he has completed 4 years with the Bayside Sports Academy and I challenge any decent adult batsman to face him in a net. I hope he will grow to become India’s greatest leg-spinner, but the key takeaway here is that there is no guarantee in life and therefore he may not even get the opportunity to represent India. But he is set for life because of his great attitude towards Failure and he will have more chance than most because he has made Failure his friend.

You see this in Sports, but it holds true for Life in general. If you’re going to fail, then “fail big.” Make the extra effort, put in the hard work, take the risks and learn the lessons. Fail big to succeed huge is a great mantra to inculcate in children. The moment children understand what this means, is the moment they begin to believe that there are greater things to come.

By Kyan R. Bharucha, Founder – Bayside Sports

The benefit of yoga for Elite Sports players.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around It.” – Michael Jordan.

Yoga is very necessary for athletes. Yoga works on strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core, and overall strength, among other things. Any athlete who is new to a sport or has been pursuing it for a long time could benefit hugely by adding yoga to his or her training program. It’s beneficial when it comes to body awareness and mindfulness.

Here are certain key aspects that make Yoga and Sports a good combination:-

  • STRENGTH & CORE: Yoga helps athletes lift more weight when it comes to strength training and also it makes lifting bodyweight even more easier and reduces stiffness. Yoga helps an athlete develop a strong core, which helps in multiple sports, and this also leads to a healthy body.
  • BODY BALANCE: Every sport requires body balance since its very necessary for certain joint movements and also plays a vital part when technique and footwork is emphasized on in the particular sport or workout.
  • FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps an athlete to push to the limits and it’s as good as a workout. This is often ignored and should be added by every mentor in their cool downs since sports does require a lot of sudden movements for e.g. – Basketball requires athletes to be flexible to do various crossovers, Lay-ups and Strong finishing moves.
  • ENDURANCE: Yoga helps you learn how to pace and stabilize yourself which helps you last longer in high intensity situations.
  • RECOVERY: Athletes who have faced certain injuries can recover faster with the help of yoga since it helps reconnect with the body and focuses on every muscle group.yoga and sports

Frequently when crucial situations occur athletes have a tendency to get drained mentally and physically, This causes them to force things which can be stopped just by moving with ease, understanding the restrictions during their workouts which will help prevent injuries since the body will be more flexible overall and it will lead to a healthy lifestyle.

By Sakshi Arora.

(Team Bayside Sports)

THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF FITNESS IN CRICKET.

“I will always remember the game for other reasons, because I learnt a very important personal lesson. It taught me never to resort to unethical ways and to play the sport with honesty and integrity at all times.” – Sachin Tendulkar.

The competitiveness in today’s era in all forms of cricket i.e. T20s, ODIs and Tests, fitness plays a vital part in developing a sportsperson’s career along with skills and technique. A brilliant catch, runout, cheeky single, one powerful hit, speedy Yorker or bouncer can change the game.17834256_1159265004218798_4004637776056428782_o

In the current era of cricket, along with skill and technique a cricketer requires all fitness components such as speed, agility, flexibility, power, resistance training, core stability, ability to make repeated sprints and a high aerobic capacity.

Training programs must be specific to the fitness components of used muscles and energy systems. Fitness programs should be personalized after deciding the goals and priority of player (Example – A batsman aiming to play T20 tournament has to train accordingly). It must be designed after a proper fitness test of each individual is assessed. These days, unique fitness programs are designed for batsmen, bowlers and wicket keepers. The trainer must train his/her player with what is known as “progressive overload theory”. For instance, in Aerobic activities, it is aimed to increase time or distance or sprinting and in resistance training it aims to increase repetitions or increase in weights.

The old faithful of warm ups and cool downs are a vital part of any fitness session. Rest and nutrition are as important as technique and fitness. If a cricketer stops maintaining fitness, the body’s capacity falls below normal fitness levels.

Correct fitness program designed and followed by cricketers help individuals maintain skill level, lead to less chances of injury, less fatigue during games and helps recover quickly after games, which builds self confidence in the player. Therefore the physical well being leads to mental fitness as well.

In short, fitness gives extra mental strength to cricketers to perform better than opponents OR when two players exhibit the approximately the same skill levels, then fitness gives an edge for selection and is usually the tie-breaker.

BY ROHAN BANE

TEAM BAYSIDE SPORTS.

Understanding the role of Sports Psychology.

When the term ‘Sport Psychology’ is used, it often leaves an ambiguous expression on people’s faces. We live in an era where science and psychology have reached infinite levels concerning the body and mind. Yet, we seem to be clueless about this term.

Traditionally, India has perceived sports as a hobby and not as a serious career option with ample opportunities (albeit the exception of cricket). There has been progressive though a limited change in recent years and India is making its presence felt in the global arena of international sports and has hosted leagues for Kabbadi, badminton, football, hockey etc.

Similarly, the Indian society is gradually changing to accept that psychological help is not only sought to cure illnesses but also forms an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, it is important to acknowledge the intimate mind-body relationship that the field of Sport Psychology often studies.

Untitled.pngThe impact of the mind on sports:

“Sports are 10% physical and 90% mental.” ~ Yogi Berra, legendary baseball player.

At the age of 13, I participated in my first inter school basketball tournament. Till then, I had played in school, in the neighborhood and in local clubs, but this competition was big and as the captain of the team, I was feeling palpably nervous and anxious. At half – time, the opponents were leading by a huge margin. Perhaps, it was at this point that I had my first encounter with the reality of the above quote. My coach called me in, literally shook my body with his hands and sternly explained to me that it was my business to simply and merely focus on my game, and not let any circumstances overwhelm me. His five-minute simple motivational talk enabled me to relax my mind and significantly improved my performance. Eventually, the game was won.

This minor but meaningful incident in my life, has got me thinking about the impact of mental strength on your performance in sport and exercise. At the age of 13, I had probably not realized that his talk had brought my focus back to the game rather than the opponents score, but as I look back now, I realize the importance of the coach-athlete relationship as well. Most coaches, trainers and parents focus on the physical training of the athlete. Yet, they fail to train the athlete mentally- to make him/her mentally strong!

So what is Sport and Exercise Psychology?

It is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and physical activity.

Professional sports psychologists help athletes cope with severe pressure that comes from competition and face problems such as lack of motivation and focus. Working with athletes to help them recover from injuries and improve performance is another area of sport psychology. Sport psychologists not only worth with elite and professional athletes but also help regular people to learn to enjoy sports and to stick to exercise routines.

(https://www.verywell.com/what-is-sports-psychology-2794906)

The Effects of Psychology on Athletic Performance

Negative psychological factors (E.g.: anxiety or stress) – whether internal or external can cause mental blocks, leading to disturbances s in focus and preparation, poor performance and injuries at times to the athlete. Tactics such as goal setting, visualizations and self-talk can be focused on by coaches and athletes to combat these prevailing effects.

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  •  Visualization:

One step closer towards success, is the visualization of the athlete achieving success itself. Battling the inner voice- ‘I cannot accomplish this’ and silencing this negativity can be done through visualization of success and the practice of self-talk.

The more athletes imagine performing or practicing a task, the easier they find it to complete the task in a competitive scenario.

It is vital for the athlete to be in a state of relaxation; practicing visualization is a form of meditation. Some athletes may find it harder if their minds are constantly running. Listening to soothing music and covering one’s eyes may help the individual.

  • Centering or Present thinking:

Learning how to think presently is a significant factor leading to success. For most players, making a free throw in practice sessions is a fairly simple task; but it’s much harder to make one when there are three seconds on the clock and you feel the pressure on yourself. This is because you become self-conscious, coach-conscious, fan-conscious or outcome-conscious, as opposed to task-conscious. The simple task of making the free throws are overtaken by negative thoughts; and your mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time.

  • Self-talk:

Positive self-talk goes hand in hand with visualization with the athlete both hearing and seeing success.

Self-talk is your inner voice, the voice in your mind, which says things that you don’t necessarily say out loud. Mostly, self-talk happens without you realizing it and plays the role of a subtle, yet powerful commentary in the background of your mind. Positive self-talk makes you feel good about yourself and about the things that are going on in your life. It is like having an optimistic voice in your head that always looks on the bright side.

BY MAITHILI BHUPTANI FOR BAYSIDE SPORTS.

IMPORTANCE OF A WORKOUT LOG & KEY STEPS TO BUILDING ONE.

“Success comes after you conquer your biggest obstacles and hurdles.” – Stephen Curry.

Today we at Bayside sports will tell you what a workout log means and how you can maintain one.

A workout log is like a map which you draw according to your sport, and at whatever point you appear to be disoriented you just have a look at your log and follow it until you find the area of mistake and it’s that simple. It’s constantly great to glance back at the past and rectify the mistakes you made so that the same issue or injury does not occur again.blog 29.jpg

I have often come across a lot of athletes and coaches that don’t really follow a schedule or workout plan and expect an improvement in their specific sport. This is where they go wrong and fail to understand that without a workout plan, it’s hard to understand where they went wrong and what they did right.

There are 8 steps that you can follow which will help you build a plan:-

  • Jot down all the things you need to work on and Design your workout log.
  • Evaluate your fitness level, e.g. – BMI or agility & conditioning tests.
  • Remember your objectives or goals and build up an adjusted routine.
  • Begin from the base and work your way to the top.
  • Plan to include different drills and don’t repeat the same drills so that the workout does not get monotonous.
  • Emphasis on recovery and keep enough rest days, so that there’s no fatigue.
  • Keep tabs on your development to get results and concentrate on improving.
  • Get professional help so that there are no injuries.

From my own understanding as a competitor and mentor I propose every one of the athletes and coaches to focus on this from the early phases of training as it can prompt a considerable measure of change and can prevent injuries.

Sample Workout Log:-

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(BAYSIDE SPORTS)

The Great Outdoors

Throughout my childhood I couldn’t wait to swoosh down a slide and soar on the swings while running around the park during usual recess bustle. We raced towards the monkey bars, hopped down the seesaw and ran free with the breeze.

Being outdoors was our time, time to let lose, be ourselves and truly enjoy the crisp wind.

Even today I yearn for the excitement of being outdoors. I’ve channeled my energy to exercise or play a sport outside, giving myself a momentary glimpse into a life of ‘child’s play’, untroublesome and carefree.

Exercise of any kind is good, outdoors especially. After spending most of your day within the confinement of four walls, it’s refreshing to give your body a change in environment.

Being outdoors induces activity which is engaging and fresh. Not only are there several physical benefits but also enhancement of mental well-being.  

Exercising outdoors can benefit you in the following ways:

  • Increased activity levels
  • Improved mood
  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement of health

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You could go for a run, walk, play an outdoor sport or exercise. Personally I can achieve more and perform better outdoors rather than indoors. I feel motivated while playing sports outdoor like basketball and tennis. The space created is one of exertion, healthy competition and oodles of energy. In that moment the adrenaline controls me allowing me to perform better making me feel very satisfied with myself.

Take your health into custody. Stretch your arms out wide and high, it is then that you will realize all that nature has to offer. Make a realistic agenda for yourself and follow an eco-friendly routine to promote contentment and well-being.  

If you have not experienced the joy of running outdoors, playing a new sport or simply taking a long walk, try it once a while. Rejuvenate your mind and body with physical activity. Breathe new life into yourself.

 

Kylynn Bhathena

 Team Bayside Sports

Spreading positivity through Sport

“Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.” -Kobe Bryant

Living in an egocentric world guided by individuality there are very few moments shared in unison. One of those few moments happen to be those brought about by the event of Sport. May it be the participants or the audience, they find themselves as part of a greater cause, resulting in the breaking down of invisible walls brought about by status, caste or religion. They root for the same team, keeping aside all differences. It is that moment in time where each of their demands find cohesion for a WIN.

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The Olympic rings which interlock with each other symbolize the five continents coming together, sharing an atmosphere of homogeneity.

Sport can contribute to strengthening national pride. When India plays a hard fought game of cricket, men and women are glued to the nearest television set, all hoping for their country to win. The sky being lit up with the most glamourous fireworks is an indication of victory achieved and cheered on by millions of supporters.

When South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, it allowed the country to heal wounds caused by apartheid preventing a state of conflict.

Athletes too are major pioneers of spreading positivity off the field as well. LeBron James, Serena Williams and David Beckham are few of the many professional celebrities engaging with society, making a difference by providing healthcare, education and opportunities to those in need.

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The impact of sport is intangible, by bringing a community together and looking up to athletes as role models. It should motivate us as individuals to work hard towards goals, be conscious citizens of the world and to never lose our passion in life.

Kylynn Bhathena

Team Bayside Sports

SPORTS: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS OF A COMPETITIVE BASKETBALL PLAYER

I’ve often seen sports being sidelined by a lot of parents these days as they feel it’s a distraction and will cause their child to stop studying or probably get hurt, They don’t see how sports can benefit their child and they often ignore the learning aspect and child development that comes along with it, when I was in school I often had this lack of confidence issue and now that I think of how far I’ve come I realise that being a part of a sport has really helped me overcome that and it started off as a fun hobby but the way it made me feel when I was on that basketball court  helped me grow as an individual even more since everything about a sport is so unpredictable and it pushes you more and more each day to get better and to work harder to reach certain goals within a time limit and that’s what life is all about every day is uncertain and we do come across failures but it’s just the way we handle them, I guess sports taught me how to get back up whenever I’ve been pushed down with something difficult. It challenges me each and every time to do something more than my capabilities.

Basketball was something I fell completely in love since it made me realise that nothing is easy and being a part of sport requires a lot of dedication and discipline and it also enhances an individual’s social skills and for me that was a major role as I could never imagine how much fun it would be to be a part of a team and it also taught me how to work with different kinds of people or teammates and it helped me to build my leadership quality in certain decision making situations this is something I’ve learned from basketball after playing for years and representing various teams it has taught me how to never give up and be positive until the end.

In my opinion, without sports I wouldn’t be able to overcome these situations and change as a person and which is why it has had a major impact in my life and I hope all the Athletes out there relate to this too.

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– BAYSIDE SPORTS