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How to Find Swim Leagues in your Area

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Now that the summer has arrived, it is time to get your little ones involved in the local or community swim league. Swim leagues are often associated by county, so if you want to get your kids enrolled in a swim league for the summer, be sure to look online, as most of the county websites will have information regarding swim leagues. Another way to find a swim league for your children is to visit your local or community public pool. More often than not, the public pool will have a swim league for children of different ages.

Adult swim leagues also exist. Your best bet to find a swim league for yourself is to research online. Similar to swimming leagues for kids, each county will provide information regarding adult swim leagues in which you can participate. Aquatic centers and health and wellness organizations like the YMCA may have adult leagues for you to join. If you live in a small district or county, it may be harder for you to find adult leagues, as most leagues will cater to more heavily populated cities and areas. Do not let that deter you, all it really means is you may have to drive farther than anticipated to find a swim league, but if you are passionate about swimming, then this should not bother you.

Be careful, as swimming injuries can occur, especially if you are older or have not participated in swimming activities in quite awhile. For children, common swimming injuries result in “swimmer’s ear” which is a term for a type of ear infection. For adults, joint and muscle pains can occur, usually around the shoulder, elbow, back and neck regions of the body. It is recommended that you consult a doctor to make sure you are in the right physical condition for a swim league, and if you are given the green light, then enjoy yourself to the max.

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6 (Not So Simple) Steps for Purchasing a Professional Sports Team

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Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their very own professional sports team? Well it can be done and it would be easy to restrict this list to just one simple requirement, namely, the first item on this list. But there’s more to it than that. Here are six (not so simple) steps for purchasing a professional sports team.

6. Get Rich Quick

Piece of cake, right? Okay, maybe not. But being rich is the first step along the way. They don’t give these franchises away. And some of them are worth billions! So you had better start with very deep pockets.

5. Know the Sport

An in-depth knowledge of the sport is a big help. You need to know if the sport is thriving in the city where your team is located. In the case of football and baseball, this can be a given. But with basketball and hockey, things are a little more hit and miss. Struggling teams can be had cheap but you better be sure you’ve got the know-how to turn them around or you’ll keep losing money.

4. Love the Hate

Fans of your team will hate you. The honeymoon will be over quick so you had better have a thick skin going in. Oh, they will sing your praises as long as the championships keep piling up, but have one bad year and look out! You’ll be public enemy number one!

3. Friends in High Places

You’re going to have tax headaches and permit nightmares the minute you take over your very own team. Without friends in local government, you’ll be hogtied with so much red tape, the fans won’t be able to find the entrances. Every facet of government is going to want in on the deal and free luxury boxes only go so far. Government officials must become your new best friends.

2. Have a Proven Track Record

No professional league is just going to hand you a team for a pile of money. You have to demonstrate a sound business sense and a proven track record for running one or more companies successfully for a number of years. With 100s or even 1000s of employees in every facet of the sport and the local community, you’re now responsible for a lot of mouths that need feeding. You have to know what you’re doing.

1. Get Religion

Soaring player salaries. Players jumping ship for lucrative deals. Taxes. Fan complaints. Permits. Expenses. Bad press. Fighting for TV coverage. Souvenir manufacturing hassles. Profit margins. On and on and on. With all these to worry about and so much more, your team will probably give you more grief than happiness. So maybe a sincere prayer every now and then wouldn’t hurt. You might also want to stock up on the aspirin.

And there you have it: a step-by-step plan that will land you that professional sports team that can’t miss. So save your pennies and you’ll be cheering on your very own team in no time.

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