Produced by Rainbow Media, a subsidiary of Cablevision that also boasts having IFC, AMC, and fuse in its porfolio Sport Skool is a television network that gives insight on sports from world famous athletes and coaches. The network is available on a number of major digital cable systems in addition to the website, which was launched in 2004.
Sport Skool offers bits of advice on major sports like baseball, soccer, and tennis, as well as extreme sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, and BMX biking. Learn how to curve a soccer ball with Mia Hamm, who is widely accepted as the best female soccer player in history; get tips on how decrease the chance of wrist and forearm injury in golf from award winning professional Chez Reavie; learn to penetrate a screen with basketball icon Bill Walton; or do a pop-shove-it with professional skateboarder Mike Valley, who helped found the influential World Industries Skateboards. Each video is extremely short, usually about one minute, and gives a basic explanation of the logistics of whatever procedure is covered and a short demonstration by the “coach.” Don’t expect a full tutorial on how to ski or play hockey, but if you are already familiar with a given sport, these videos will definitely help you with your game.
I liked Misty May-Treanor’s beautifully demonstrated tip on performing a jump serve in volleyball. May-Treanor is one of the most famous women’s beach players, having won Olympic gold in 2004, and winning a record-breaking streak of 89 games with her partner Kerri Walsh in 2003-2004.