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How can I graduate from single to multiple pitch climbs?

I have been sport climbing for many years, both indoors and out, but have only ever tried single pitch climbs. I would like to learn multiple pitch climbing, but have no idea how you manage the ...
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Why does a marathon start need to be near its finish for a record to count

In the answer to a question on the validity or otherwise of a world record, the answer quotes the rule book which says: "The start and finish points of a course, measured along a theoretical ...
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Is it possible to do indoor rock climbing barefoot?

I am very new to indoor rock climbing, I want to climb barefoot, I heard some people advise against it, Anybody here has any experience or can give any suggestions on barefoot indoor rock climbing?
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Why were artificial turfs introduced in hockey?

This wikipedia section has good details about the changes bought about in hockey after artificial turfs were introduced. This change also bought about a shift in hockey power base from Asian countries ...
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How dangerous is indoor rock climbing with an inexperienced belay partner?

My wife and I are very new to climbing (indoor) and we want to belay ourselves. If you know the basics of the method but don't have much experience could you really mess things up, or if you have a ...
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Why is American football called football?

Why is American football called "football" even though the players play with their hands more than their feet? It seems to be very similar to rugby, and doesn't have the name "American Rugby". What ...
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How can I tell if I'm running properly [closed]

I have about 6 months running regularly, about 1–2 times per week. Today I ran 14 km (about 8 miles) — a milestone for me! I feel great and I don't want to stop, but I don't know if I'm doing ...
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What is the difference between australian rules football and rugby?

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the defining features of Australian Rules Football (AFL) in comparison to rugby, for example differences in scoring and rules.
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What is an NBA Rodeo Road Trip?

Recently I have heard sports broadcasters referring to the San Antonio Spurs as being on a "Nine Game Rodeo Road Trip", but I'm not sure what that term means or where it came from. The Spurs are on a ...
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What is the advantage of wearing polyester for basketball?

Basketball uniforms are usually made out of polyester. What advantage does polyester have over, say, cotton for playing basketball? I personally did not feel any different whether wearing polyester or ...
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Is it legal to throw an alley-oop to yourself in a real game?

In this video, a college basketball player steals the ball, races down court, and avoids the defender by throwing a pass to himself off the backboard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...
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How much do the plates in Crossfit weigh?

I've been a long time bodybuilder, but never tried Crossfit. I watched some videos of Crossfit athletes use large plates of the same size as the 45 pound plates I find in bodybuilding gyms. I am ...
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fitness benefits of different martial arts disciplines [closed]

What are the differences between different martial arts disciplines for various aspects of fitness (for example, flexibility, strength, endurance)?
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What is the job of the Assistant Coach in the NFL?

I understand what the job of a Head Coach is, but what does the Assistant Head Coach actually do during games/in the office?
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Skip a media timeout in NCAA basketball?

In NCAA basketball, there are media timeouts at the first whistle after the 16:00, 12:00, 8:00 and 4:00 minute marks of each half. What happens if there is no whistle from the four minute mark until ...
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Which Marathons to run? [closed]

For many years, one of my major "running" dreams have been to run the New York Marathon - the bridges, the people and the grand background. But I recently found out that the "qualifying time standards"...
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Forefoot landing at certain pace

I have run several with traditional heel landings. Then I started experimenting with a more forefoot strike. In the beginning I did it all wrong and my legs was on the edge of getting a bone membran ...
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How can I improve my turns when downhill skiing?

How can I improve my turns when downhill skiing? Whenever I make passes back and forth, my uphill ski is at an angle and is awkward, often causing me to stumble. I would have much better control if ...
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Any website has live report events of a football match? [closed]

I am looking for a website which tell you events of a football match when a match is running in details like: freeshot, change player, player injured, shoot, goal ... events ! Does anything like that ...
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How important is it to be able to roll a sea-kayak? [closed]

I understand the necessity of being able to right yourself while you are in a river kayak. How important is this to be able to do in a Sea Kayak? I can easily right my kayak and reenter it without ...
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What kind of sea kayak is OK to use in rough waters?

I just started kayaking last year and we puchased two kayaks, one 14' and one 13'. We have had great trips building our skills in lakes and in protected areas of the puget sound. We would like to try ...
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What is the role of the Captain on the (american) football field?

After reading this post about soccer or football (for europeans), What is the on-field role of the captain? i was curious about this issue in american football. What is the role of the football ...
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What does “open divisions” mean in a USTA tournament?

Most (adult) tournaments I've entered have divisions indicated by NTRP level - i.e. MW(3.0, 4.0) means that men and women who are rated 3.0 or 4.0 can enter. Some of them, though, are listed as MWOp. ...
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Any suggestions on the best way to improve raw speed on the field?

Any ideas on workouts or exercises for improving speed on the field? I say "on the field" because targeting a specified distance (40yd, 100m, etc) can lead to an emphasis on a particular start or ...
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Why so many boxing organizations and their differences?

I came across a quite impressive list of boxing organizations (link to a French Wikipedia page without its English version). Why do so many organizations exist? WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF, IBC, IBO, etc. (...
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“53 has the Mic” means what in American Football?

I frequently hear quarterbacks say something like "53 has the mic" when pointing out the defensive formation. Usually the player number that he points out is a linebacker. I believe the defensive ...
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Should players in the wall jump to defend a free kick?

Sometimes all players in the wall will jump to prevent the ball being kicked over the wall. This then leaves a gap at the bottom, through which a low shot can pass, and through which Ronaldinho scored ...
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Why the limit on manager mound visits?

I recall that Don Mattingly was forced to remove his pitcher due to two mound meetings in an inning. I've read articles that indicate that a limit was placed on manager-led mound meetings to speed up ...
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How is the slashing rule enforced in hockey?

From the NHL rulebook: 61.1 Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the ...
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Football equipment that can reduce risk of concussions

Concussions are becoming a major long-term health concern for participants in American football, particularly among youth and high school leagues, where equipment might not be as up to date as those ...
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How does a sport become an Olympic Sport?

How does a sport transition into the Olympics? What are the qualifications? Is there a process?
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of the triangle formation?

Based on limited research that I've done recently, it seems that the triangle formation is an attacking formation used primarily by midfielders to advance the ball by forming a rotating triangle ...
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Why is the word Love used as a score for Tennis?

I have never understood this form of scoring. What is the origin of this score "title".
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Why is drafting allowed on the bike in an Olympic triathlon and not otherwise?

The Olympic (or International) distance triathlon is 1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run. Yet when run as the qualifier or at the Olympics, this is draft legal. Where as all tris of that distance I have ...
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What makes a formation illegal?

Sometimes the referee will flag a team for having an "illegal formation". What are the restrictions on how a team is allowed to line up?
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What is the purpose of a Brick workout?

For triathlon, it is often recommended to do a Brick workout. Bike, Run, Ick. That is run right after finishing a distance bike ride. What benefit does this provide?
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Why is casual tennis scoring 5-30-40?

This question asks why tennis is scored 15-30-40, and I'm very satisfied with the answer. Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40? Some players use 5-30-40 for scoring casual games. Where does ...
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When is an offensive lineman allowed to move?

I've noticed that sometimes an offensive lineman will seem to get down in his stance but then stand back up to listen to the Quarterbacks' audible. But when he is in his stance and merely twitches ...
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How does having a pacesetter help set a record?

Often pacesetters are used to set the correct pace to help break a record. For cyclists there is an obvious physical advantage in running in a group, as those in the middle/back of the group have ...
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Why is the player in the middle of I-formation called the fullback?

From the names of the positions, I would assume that in an I-formation the order (from front to back) would be quarterback, halfback, then fullback. This Image of the I-Form shows the fullback in ...
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Is one Marathon per season more unhealthy than three Marathon per season?

Although it seems rather counter-intuitive to me, I have heard multiple times that running just a single Marathon per season is more unhealthy than 3-4 Marathons per season. The reasoning seems to be ...
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What kind of snowboard would you recommend for a first board?

I'm currently at an intermediate level of snowboarding. I can comfortably carve the snow and can make my way down easy/intermediate hills without falling. I think it's time that I stop using rentals ...
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In NCAA Basketball what does it mean to be 1 and 1?

I'm a bit unfamiliar with foul rules. Correct me if my assumption is wrong. So a team has to give a certain number of fouls up a half before they're 1 and 1? Does that mean each point or free throw ...
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What is a good way to run during the winter? [closed]

What is a good way to run during the winter in cold countries with snow? How can you maintain your training without having to run on a treadmill, which I don't enjoy? Should I look for other shoes and ...
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Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40?

Tennis scoring goes 15-30-40-game. Why 40? Why not 45? What is the meaning of the points being given in tennis as 15-30-40-game? What is the history of this scoring calculation?
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Has there ever been a situation where the outfielder has intentionally dropped a foul ball to prevent a run from scoring from third?

I can foresee a situation when a team is tied or up by one run, late in the game, where an outfielder may intentionally drop a catchable ball in foul territory to prevent an opposing runner from ...
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Table Tennis exercises by yourself and without a table?

Is it possible to improve your table tennis skills by yourself without a table as well? If so are there exercises that one could do to improve your table tennis skills by yourself?
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How are individual turnovers determined on errant passes?

When determining turnovers for a given player, how exactly are they determined? Wikipedia defines turnovers as In basketball, a turnover occurs when a player from one team gives possession to a ...
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When does MLB use instant replay?

I was inspired to ask this question given instant replay was mentioned in this thread: Why is FIFA against adding instant replay to the game? For the 2012 season, has baseball changed any rules ...
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During a race, how often should I drink water?

I've run a number of races, and there are almost always a number of water stations. I don't usually stop for water on the short races, but I'm not sure how long of a race I should do that for - when ...

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