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National Arena League Releases 2020 Schedule

The National Arena League (NAL) recently announced their schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. The 2020 NAL schedule will feature seven teams; some teams will have 12 games while others will play 13 games in the regular season. With the league having only seven teams, that means at least one team is going to have to be on a Bye Week every week of the season.
National Arena League Releases 2020 Schedule
With the holidays quickly approaching, this is the perfect gift for arena lovers. The NAL website stated that the schedule would be released on November 1, but that obviously didn’t happen. The league wasn’t sure on the state of the New York Streets and where they were going to play. The league ended up cutting ties with NY and moved on. Hopefully for the Streets and the NAL, New York will be back for the 2021 season. Now that the schedule is released, we can now take a dive into who your favorite team is playing week by week.
Week 1
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions, Jersey Flight, Carolina Cobras, Orlando Predators, Massachusetts Pirates
Week 2
Friday, April 10, 2020
West Virginia Roughriders @ Carolina Cobras

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Jersey Flight
Orlando Predators @ Massachusetts Pirates

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions
Week 3
Friday, April 17, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Columbus Lions

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Jersey Flight @ Massachusetts Pirates
Carolina Cobras @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Orlando Predators
Week 4
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Orlando Predators @ Carolina Cobras
Columbus Lions @ Jersey Flight
Massachusetts Pirates @ Jacksonville Sharks

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 5
Friday, May 1, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Jersey Flight

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Orlando Predators @ Columbus Lions
West Virginia Roughriders @ Jacksonville Sharks

Teams on Bye
Carolina Cobras
Week 6
Friday, May 8, 2020
Carolina Cobras @ Massachusetts Pirates

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Orlando Predators
Jersey Flight @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions
Week 7
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Carolina Cobras
Orlando Predators @ Jacksonville Sharks

Sunday, May 17, 2020
Jersey Flight @ Columbus Lions

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 8
Friday, May 22, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Orlando Predators

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Columbus Lions @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Jersey Flight, Carolina Cobras, Jacksonville Sharks
Week 9
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Columbus Lions @ Jacksonville Sharks
Jersey Flight @ Carolina Cobras
West Virginia Roughriders @ Massachusetts Pirates

Teams on Bye
Orlando Predators
Week 10
Friday, June 5, 2020
Jersey Flight @ Orlando Predators

Saturday, June 6, 2020
West Virginia Roughriders @ Columbus Lions
Carolina Cobras @ Jacksonville Sharks

Teams on Bye
Massachusetts Pirates
Week 11
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Columbus Lions @ Massachusetts Pirates
West Virginia Roughriders @ Orlando Predators
Carolina Cobras @ Jersey Flight

Teams on Bye
Jacksonville Sharks
Week 12
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Jacksonville Sharks @ Carolina Cobras
Orlando Predators @ West Virginia Roughriders
Jersey Flight @ Massachusetts Pirates

Teams on Bye
Columbus Lions
Week 13
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Massachusetts Pirates @ Columbus Lions
Jersey Flight @ Jacksonville Sharks

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Carolina Cobras @ Orlando Predators

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 14
Thursday, July 2, 2020
West Virginia Roughriders @ Jersey Flight

Friday, July 3, 2020
Columbus Lions @ Orlando Predators

Teams on Bye
Jacksonville Sharks, Carolina Cobras, Massachusetts Pirates
Week 15
Saturday, July 11
Jacksonville Sharks @ Massachusetts Pirates
Orlando Predators @ Jersey Flight
Columbus Lions @ Carolina Cobras

Teams on Bye
West Virginia Roughriders
Week 16
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Carolina Cobras @ Columbus Lions
Orlando Predators @ Jacksonville Sharks
Massachusetts Pirates @ West Virginia Roughriders

Teams on Bye
Jersey Flight
Playoffs – Week 1
Saturday, July 25, 2020
#4 Seed @ #1 Seed
#3 Seed @ #2 Seed
National Arena Bowl IV
Saturday, August 8, 2020
TBA @ TBA
Player Transactions and Free Agency
Now that the 2020 NAL schedule has been released, we can have an understanding as to what we should expect from each team. Every team is signing players and making constant roster moves to better their team. You can view a free agency tracker here.The post National Arena League Releases 2020 Schedule appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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Dale Hunter Instills Winning Culture for Team Canada

OAKVILLE– Dale Hunter really does not like losing.

So much so that during the 2006 OHL Playoffs, the London Knights head coach was fined $5,000 for arguing with on-ice officials. Even though his team got swept, Hunter still stuck up for his players.

It is that fervent focus on winning and distaste for losing that has made Hunter the blueprint junior hockey coach in Canada. Under Hunter’s leadership, the London Knights have achieved nine division titles and won two Memorial Cups.

Flash forward to the present and Hunter is employing his winning background to Canada’s National U-20 Junior Team. With the selection camp on its second day, the Canadian players are getting a taste of the identity Hunter wants to develop for this team. 

“There is nothing more than Dale loves to do than to win hockey games,” said McMichael. “The biggest thing is to work your hardest. He likes guys that can compete, protect leads and stick to a system.” 
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Connor McMichael plays for Hunter on this year’s London Knights squad. After getting drafted 25th in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to the Washington Capitals, McMichael was sent back to London to improve his game. 

The decision would be the impetus for the Knights once again near the top of the standings. Under Hunter’s leadership, McMichael has become the OHL’s most dynamic scorer, leading the league in points with 59 (25 goals, 34 assists). But in addition to his offence, McMichael is focusing on other aspects of his game. 

Hunter prepares his players for a career in the NHL. And by doing so, he puts his players in situations where they may not be the most comfortable. For McMichael, this has allowed him to be more of a defensive force in his own zone. Tied atop the OHL in power-play goals, the Capitals prospect has also been seen killing penalties. It is this attention to detail in all aspects of a player’s development that has made Hunter so victorious. 

“Not every player comes into camp and can be a top-six scoring forward,” said McMichael. “Dale wants me to adapt to a different role and to embrace any role I’ve been given.” 
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During selection camp practices, Hunter does not put himself into the center of attention. He is often in the background, discussing drills with a small group of players. When the players are completing their tasks, Hunter does not raise his voice or act in an aggressive manner. When he speaks, the players and personnel listen, as every word uttered is of great importance. 

Sudbury Wolves forward and top 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Quinton Byfield appreciates this quality about Hunter. Having worked with the Knights head coach at the Canada/Russia series, the 17-year-old is aware that Hunter expects a lot of effort and skill for a full 60 minutes. While Byfield may not be on one of the top two scoring lines for Team Canada, he believes that he can use his size and speed to make a noticeable impact in a Hunter system.

“They are really great coaches,” said Byfield after his first practice Tuesday morning. “It would be a great experience to play under them and to represent Hockey Canada.” 

The head coach position for Canada’s World Junior team is highly sought after but even harder to keep. In the last ten years, The Canadian team has only won two gold medals. While it speaks to an increased amount of parity amongst the participating countries, having a strong, experienced leader at the head coach position can inspire a team to greatness. 

While the Hockey Canada management group wants to shift the attention to this year, it is hard to ignore last year’s quarter-final exit. The worst result on home soil in this decade. Regardless of where Canada places in the Czech Republic, Hunter will put out a team that believes in each other and will work tirelessly to wear down their opponents with speed and skill. 

Winning the number of times Dale Hunter has done with the London Knights while producing a plethora of top-tier NHL talent, is not by accident. His formula has worked and will continue to shine on Canada’s brightest junior hockey stage. 

“Dale brings a lot of calmness,” said Head of the Management Group Mark Hunter. “The respect he holds behind the bench is something that not a lot of coaches have. He’s not an in your face kind of coach. He gets his point across through ice time and being in the dressing room.” 

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Joe Veleno Joins Team Canada, World Junior Selection Camp Day 1 Notes

OAKVILLE— Joe Veleno will get his chance at World Junior redemption.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect was on the losing end being a part of Team Canada, losing to Finland in the quarterfinals at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver. The late goal that bounced and tipped into the net behind Michael DiPietro would send the Canadians home early and propel Finland to an eventual gold medal.

Veleno understands fully the weight of World Junior heartbreak. Now, he will get another opportunity to put on the red and white uniform, as Canada hits the ice the Czech Republic at the end of December to get back to World Junior glory.

“Joe has maturity in his game and brings experience and leadership playing against the older guys,” said Hockey Canada’s Head Scout Brad McEwen.

At 6’1, Veleno has great vision for the ice and likes to play the game at a high speed. Transitioning into the attacking zone from his own end is effortless for Veleno, who posted 104 points last season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
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But as McEwen states, it is his defensive play that has really made Veleno into a complete player. Something that Team Canada coaches Dale and Mark Hunter are looking for in their players.

“He’s a complete guy, a 200-foot type player. He is so offensively important to his team and has rounded into a more complete player,” said McEwen.

With three goals and six assists through 25 games played this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Veleno provides a wealth of experience playing with bigger players in the AHL. This will translate to success in the World Junior tournament, making him stand out for Canada on both ends of the ice.

Veleno is the fourth returning player from last year’s World Junior team, joining Alexis LaFreniere, Jared McIssac and Ty Smith. While the disappointment from last year’s tournament was apparent in the short-term, McIssac, who is just getting back from a shoulder injury, has put in the rear-view mirror as he embarks on another training camp. He welcomes the opportunity to work with Veleno, LaFreniere and Smith to instill veteran leadership in the locker room.

“It’s a tough tournament to win,” said McIsaac. “All of us have been captains for Hockey Canada through the years. We are ready for this challenge.”
Early Defensive Pairings
Coming into training camp, Mark Hunter made it clear that he wants players “that can control the puck with skill and speed.” After the first practice of selection camp, it is evident that the Canadian selectees can glide on the ice and aren’t afraid to showcase their speed.

Below are defensive pairings that were seen in the first practice:

Harley-Drysdale

Bahl-Bernard-Docker

Smith-Schneider 

Diliberatore-Addison 

McIsaac-Byram 

Two pairings that stood out were Harley/Drysdale and Bahl/Bernard-Docker. Putting an already drafted player in Harley with a draft eligible 17-year-old in Drysdale was an interesting move for the coaches to explore. But both defensemen held their own, breaking into the zone with pace, making efficient passes to their forwards and showcasing their fast shots. More needs to be seen but early on, it appears that Harley and Drysdale complement each other nicely, particularly with Harley’s puck handling and Drysdale’s skill.

Bahl and Bernard-Docker were very at ease playing alongside each other. Bahl, the Arizona Coyotes prospect, is a 6’6, 229 pound defenseman who possesses the size and physicality to wear opponents down along the boards and in his own zone. This was complemented with Ottawa Senators prospect Bernard-Docker’s skill, ranging from his fast skating to his quick release shot from the point.

“Jacob plays a complete game,” said McEwen. “He’s a good complement to our puck movers, making sure things are kept clean in his own zone.”
Early Forward Considerations
Sudbury Wolves star forward Quinton Byfield was not at the first practice due to a travel issue. The same was said about Alexis LaFreniere, who missed practice because of his regularly scheduled maintenance day.

Los Angeles Kings prospect Aidan Dudas skated before practice began, as he has been recovering from an injury. According to McEwen, the coaching staff will take Dudas’ situation “day by day” to see if he will be ready enough to play on the team.

This left the following forward combinations to provide an initial jumpstart to their World Junior Selection Camp campaigns.

Krebs-Cozens-Foote 

Thomas-McMichael-Mercer

Newhook-Groulx-Holloway 

Perfetti-Dellandrea-Foudy 

Krebs-Zary-Lavoie

It is expected that Byfield will slot into the Cozens line, while LaFreniere will slot into the Dellandrea line.

The line combination that stood out the most was Akil Thomas, Connor McMichael and Dawson Mercer. A Washington Capitals prospect and the leading scorer in the OHL with 59 points, McMichael exemplifies offensive prowess with his quick shot and blazing speed. While he had not played with McMichael before, Akil Thomas embraced the opportunity, getting into open space for passes and finding the top shelf with his fast wrist shot.

“I want to be the guy that my coaches can depend on,” said Thomas. “Connor is a really great player and it would be awesome to play with him if given the opportunity.”

For McMichael, he hopes that he gets a chance to be one of the top six forwards on the Canadian team. But his stellar performance with the London Knights is thanks to McMichael’s ability to be multi-faceted as a player. Whether it is being tough on the defensive end or relentless on the penalty kill, Dale Hunter has employed McMichael to adjust to whatever role he gives him. The young forward has certainly succeeded thus far.
Goalie Performances
Olivier Rodrigue, Hunter Jones, Nico Daws and Joel Hofer took the ice to take some shots in between the pipes.

Coming into the camp, the front runners for the three goalie spots are Rodrigue, Jones and Daws. Rodrigue is currently fifth in the QMJHL in wins with 15. Jones for the Peterborough Petes is third in goals against average (2.53) and second in save percentage (.918) in the entire OHL. But leading the crop of goalies in the OHL has been Nico Daws, who is first in both goals-against-average (2.06) and save percentage (.939), after being the Guelph Storm back up goalie last season.

In the first practice, both Rodrigue and Daws looked extremely calm and poised in the crease, particularly in the shoot out where they were stopping some very fast shots. The depth in goaltending will certainly make for a competitive camp and a challenge for the coaching staff to select which goalies belong in the tournament.

“You need to take the body of work this past year,” said McEwen. “They all have great numbers since September and are on teams trending upward. They’ve put themselves in a good spot.”

Tuesday will see Team Canada practice twice before they compete against U Sports on Wednesday and Thursday.The post Joe Veleno Joins Team Canada, World Junior Selection Camp Day 1 Notes appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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10 Best Volleyball Knee Pads for 2020

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When playing volleyball, you are expected to keep the ball from hitting the floor.  In order to do this, you must do everything possible and dive to save the volleyball from hitting the hardwood on your side of the court. However, diving can lead to volleyball knee injuries and pain unless you have good quality knee pads that will help cushion the impact of the ground with your knees.
Buying the right pads are very important for any and all seasoned players. Knee pads serve as a protective measure to help prevent scrapes, burns, and bruises, and are going to make all the difference for you as you pour yourself into the game both mentally and physically!  Modern pads have excellent engineering that usually contours to your knee, so you will barely know you’re wearing them at all.
Specially designed knee pads will offer more strength and will have more stability. Knee pads are so great because they are specially designed to be able to absorb a significant amount of shock lessening the stress that your knees get and therefore making the effects of the injury less severe. Having kneepads that don’t provide the right amount of padding or that don’t fit properly can be a real distraction during an intense match.
The proper volleyball pads provide full patella (kneecaps), lateral and medial protection. Get a comfortable knee pad to retain the freedom of movement which will allow you to stay focused on the game rather than your gear. Choose a knee pad with advanced moisture-wicking material that keeps you dry and cool so you can focus on the big set, and attack your way to your best performance yet.
Top Volleyball Kneepad Comparison Chart
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Volleyball Knee Pad Buying Guide
As an athlete, it’s important to take these factors into consideration. The quality of the pads can also contribute to how well the pads move with the player while diving or running. Players who play libero or back row positions should look for a kneepad with the best lateral coverage available. The kneepads with the right quality can wrap around the knee and move fluidly during play. We would suggest concentrating on the quality and protection level rather than the price point because even a small injury can put you out of commission for the season, or potentially even end your volleyball career!
Fit
The key to finding a pair of volleyball knee pads that are right for you is knowing what you need. Proper fit can mean the difference between pain-free play and your limping off the court. You need to know what types of kneepads are available so you can seek comfort without sacrificing protection. However, you may find out that you need extra protection, so pads with a bit more coverage or padding may be right for you. If you can, visit a sporting goods store and try on a few pairs of knee pads to get the feel for them.
Size
When choosing a size, keep in mind that it really doesn’t matter how short or tall you are or how much you weigh.  The only thing that matters is the size of your legs. Although every brand of volleyball knee pad has its own unique size and fit, there are generally limited options for sizes. The available sizes are “one size fits all,” “Small/Medium,” and “Large/Extra Large. Choose the size of pad that will stay secured to your knee and will not move around or loosen up as you move around. For more information on what size is right for you, check the suggested sizing charts from the manufacturers.
Padding
Padding materials and padding length are equally important to consider before purchasing the best volleyball knee pad. The required thickness of the padding will vary greatly depending on the position played. Be sure to purchase a kneepad with adequate padding that covers the patella (kneecap), lateral and medial areas of the knee.
Humidity and Dryness
When you play volleyball, you sweat a lot. So, if you have a low-quality knee pad, sweats will make your knee feel itchy. Some pads may even come with a special moisture wicking material that can help keep sweat away from the skin while others may have open ventilation at the back of the knee to allow the evaporation of moisture. Look for volleyball knee pads make of materials that are non-abrasive and soft. So, if you are thinking of buying a knee pad, take this factor into consideration.
No matter what type of knee pads you choose, you’ll need to wash them periodically after use according to the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure you let your them air out after heavy use. Proper care and cleaning can also help to prevent a rash from forming in areas of your leg that come into contact with the pads.
Best Volleyball Knee Pads Reviews
 
Quality volleyball knee pads are essential for peak performance and they come in many different sleeve lengths, sizes, and padding options. Some options also have gel on the inside to make the impact from the ground do less tear and wear on the knee. If you are looking for volleyball knee pads and you are not sure which ones are going to suit you, then look no further! These reviews on volleyball knee pads will help you make the right decision and on the characteristics, you should look for when buying.
Enough with the preamble chit chat, here are some of our user-tested reviews of the best ten knee pads you can get on planet Earth!!!
 
Mizuno LR6 Volleyball Kneepad

The Mizuno LR6 Volleyball Kneepad has it all in terms of comfort, style, flair, and provides the protection needed to prevent the knee from damage. The primary function of a knee pad is to protect all parts of the knee from injury caused by diving, sliding or falling to the floor. The LR6 is made of 50% polyester with 28% elastic and 22% rayon, gives a snug fit without pulling too tightly or cutting off circulation and a polyester construction that makes it very lightweight. These knee protectors feature high-quality foam that minimizes slip or rotation of the sleeve on your leg.
Features

Mizuno QuickDry
Polyester knee pads
DF Cut pad provides greater freedom of movement
VS-1 padding in high impact zone for complete protection
Complete patella, lateral, and medial protection
Poly/Cotton/Spandex blend
Covers all of the knee area
Great for hitters and setters
No fold, low rise design

Pros

This pad is a lot more affordable than most knee pads of roughly the same quality.
The design of these pads takes into account the needs and wants of the volleyball players.

Cons

Adult and those with thicker and muscular legs complained of discomfort and even pain I.e “too tight” or “too small” for them.
Players report ripping, tearing and even melting of the fabric after sliding across the floor.

 

 
 Asics Setter Knee Pad

It goes without saying in most circles, that Asics is the single biggest name is quality volleyball gear!  These knee pads don’t sully that tradition in the least!  It should also be said right here, that these are not just for setters!!  Yes, that’s in their name but despite their small profile and tight fit, they serve any position quite well!  They tend to conform to your knee instead of being just a generic pad on top of your kneecap.  Another excellent bonus is that these pads have a padded part along the sides of the main front area, and this does wonders for anyone diving from side to side.  Featuring a gel knee cushion and also offering a specific left and right knee pad, Asics shows they are on the cutting edge of knee pad innovation especially when it comes to customization and engineering.
Pros

Best name in the name
Gel knee cushion
Right/Left specific
Padding on the sides as well as front of pad

Cons

Some users have said they have excellent padding while others complain of too little padding

 

 
Tachikara Competition Knee Pads

The Tachikara Competition Knee pads will allow you to spike, dive and set the volleyball easier knowing that your knees are protected from impact.  These knee Pads will keep your knees protected and cushioned from painful accidents while you are playing volleyball. The high-density knee pads design from Tachikara offer easy movement, big thanks to a wrap-around construction that makes these knee pads easy to put on as well. They do not slip even on impact. There are several different size options allowing you to purchase these knee pads that will most comfortably and securely fit over your knee.
Features

Several different size options
Contoured foam pad with added rubber cushioning
Sold as a pair

Pros

They are made well and backed by one of the top names in the industry worldwide.
These knee pads will securely fit on top of your knees.

Cons

They may be tight for larger size legs.

 

 
Nike Essential Volleyball Kneepads

The Nike Essentials Volleyball Knee Pads comes with a simplified outer design for a streamlined and minimalistic look and also with a high-density protective foam pad. The Dri-FIT knit construction keeps you comfortable and cool on the court when your game starts to heat up. You’ll get the durability and protection you need when dashing and diving around the court wearing these pads. You won’t regret buying this offering from one of sports’ most iconic names.
Features

Short style design
Extra soft, brushed interior lining
EVA shock absorbing padding
Lightweight, slim fitting design
Sold in pairs
40% Polyester, 30% Rubber, 30% EVA
Knit in Swoosh design trademark
Dri-FIT knit design helps to wick moisture away from the body

Pros

Improved outer knit stands up to high-level play.
Good price
You are assured to experience the highest standard of comfort.

Cons

It’s not as effective as hard-bodied knee pads
They are suitable only for volleyball and similar sports

 

  
Under Armour Volleyball Knee Pads

The Under Armour Volleyball Knee pads have some unique features to provide a comfortable way to protect knees while on the court. Designed to be right and left knee specific, the pads provide optimal protection. This kneepad will work well with the positions that require mostly lateral jumping and movement. HeatGear technology helps keep you cool when it’s hot out.
Features

74% Polyester, 20% Rubber
EVA construction for best support, protect
Lightweight volleyball knee pads
Imported quality knee pads
Both of knees deliver extreme protection
The knee pads sold in pairs
UA locker tag makes the pads easy to identify
Embroidered UA logo
Sold in pairs

Pros

They are constructed with a moisture wicking material that doesn’t let the sweat stay against the skin.
Lightweight terry cloth makes up the body of this kneepad.

Cons

Under Armour is not usually a premier brand when it comes to the sport of volleyball.
For users that play a lot, these may not be the best fit for you, the UA padding wasn’t thick enough and the material over the front of the knee may tear after a few games. 

 

 
Mueller Knee Pads

The Mueller Knee Pads have a standard design that will cover your knees in order for you to perform your best without having to worry about getting injured. The lightweight padding is durable and not bulky, allowing for a non-slip position on the body. An elastic material also provides an easy slide on and conforms to joints, ensuring full protection and coverage. They slide onto your knees easily and will fit securely over your knees. Thanks to their sleeve type and elasticity, they can be pulled on very easy. Mueller Knee Pads provide a full range of motion, comfort, and flexibility. They are built to remain in place even after diving for the ball.
Features

Lightweight
Protects you from bruises, burns, and bumps
Very durable
Easily and will fit securely over your knees

Pros

The knee pads are durable and will last a long time.
These pads can also be used as elbow pads.

Cons

They may be too tight and interfere the blood flow.
Their size may be unsuitable.

 

 
ASICS Ace Low Profile Knee Pads

The ASICS Ace Low Profile knee pads are a great choice for a lot of people if you are looking for a knee pad that is the perfect size and has the right amount of padding. These knee pads will stay firmly on your knees all the times and protect you from any sort of injuries your knees might succumb to when connecting unceremoniously with the hardwood. This ASICS Ace Low Profile knee pad is made of special anti-microbial fabric, which protects against bacteria that causes bad odor, so its wearer stays fresh and clean. This pad comes with a dual-density padding which protects your knees comfortably. The Asics Ace low profile Knee Pad is sure to protect your knees from all of the saves and dives made on the court.
Features

Anti-microbial
Low profile
Lightweight
Dual density padding
43% cotton/33% rubber/24% nylon
Sold in pairs

Pros

This product feature yarns that provide long-lasting anti-odor protection while you wear them.
They ensure more comfort, flexibility, and maneuverability.

Cons

They restrict the blood flow.
They are available only in two colors.

 

 
Nike Streak Volleyball Knee Pads

When wearing equipment for so many hours, comfort becomes a feature worth considering over other features. The Nike Streak Volleyball Knee pads provide good coverage of the knee. Constructed of Dri-fit fabric, the Nike wicks moisture away while preventing the skin from rashes. The fabric used in the Nike allows players to play without distraction from uncomfortable kneepads. The pad itself is made of shock absorbing EVA foam to protect the vulnerable areas of the knee found on the sides of the knee, over and under the patella, and medial area. The cut and design of the pad also give this knee pad a fitted look. A soft brushed fabric lines the inside of the knee pad for extra comfort. Players looking for a knee pad that incorporates the best technology will be happy with this choice.
Features

12% Rubber, 17% EVA, 25% Nylon, 46% Polyester
Lightweight and slim fitting design
EVA shock absorbing padding
Extra soft, brushed interior lining for added comfort
Best fitting for larger knees

Pro

Soft brushed interior lining offers additional comfort for long period of time.
Back-of-knee ventilation zones for breathability.

Cons

It can be used only for volleyball and similar sports.
It cannot be washed in washing machine.

 

 
ASICS Unisex Slider Volleyball Kneepads

The ASICS Unisex Slider Volleyball Knee pads provide good protection of the knee at an economical price. They provide both comfort and protection in style and have the right mix of fibers. You don’t have to worry about different sizes when it comes to these knee pads. The padding is thick which provides the protection that a player needs through long practices and all-day tournaments. Contoured pads cut in the correct areas, help the Slider stay in place and protect the knees even during lateral dives on the court. As players dive, bend, jump, and run, the contours will help keep the kneepad from restricting any necessary movement. The cuts also allow the knee pad to move with the natural movements of your knees. Thanks to a polyester/rubber/nylon design, these pads won’t tear easily, no matter how intensely they are being used.
Features

Latex-free
Economically priced
One size fits most adults
Engineered flex zones
Polyester 45%/ Nylon 16%/ Rubber 39%.
Wide coverage and low profile PU pad
Sold in pairs

Pros      

They are designed to fit almost anyone.
These knee pads are highly recommended if you have ever had previous knee injuries.

Cons

There is no wicking fabric used in these kneepads.

 

 
Mizuno T10 Volleyball Kneepads

Mizuno T10 Volleyball Knee pads provide a high standard of protection in a slim-fitting design for fearless performance and maximum mobility on the court. These knee pads will provide more protection than most of the knee pads on the market today. Thanks to its enhanced foam design aimed at keeping your knee safe from any injuries you may otherwise sustain when falling on your knees. They come in youth and adult sizes to accommodate players of all ages. This knee pad will move with you so you don’t need to worry about it slipping off. These particular knee pads are also much more stylish than many other options on the market. Mizuno T10 Volleyball Knee pads are one of the best-made knee pads on the market due to their superior quality of material  and craftsmanship. We highly recommend these for the best flat-out protection!
Features

Five separate contour padded sections
F. cut for superior fit without bulk
Sold in pairs
Slim profile offers maximum mobility
68% Polyester/20% Rayon/12% Elastic Blend Kneepads
Wrap panels provide improved knee protection
Adjustable for youth

Pros

Maximum protection without hindering your mobility.
It offers great support and helps keep players light on their feet.

Cons

They may be tight for larger size legs.

 

 
Conclusion & Recommendations

There are several options we’ve reviewed that are excellent quality pads at a reasonable price.  Keep in mind what position you will be playing before purchasing, as different volleyball positions have different knee pads and volleyball equipment requirements.  That said, it’s quite okay to keep one set of pads even if you play more than one position, and it’s not crazy to use pads meant for one position, on a different position!  The fit should be what matters.   They should feel snug without pinching the skin behind the knee and the inside material should be non-abrasive and improve your confidence and ability on the volleyball court. It’s our hope that this buying guideline will help to choose the best option. Having the right knee pads will give you the edge you need to play your best.  Let us know if you have any specific questions or have any feedback that might help others!

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Best Men’s & Women’s Volleyball Shoes for 2020

To the untrained eye, volleyball shoes may look the exact same as tennis shoes.  This, however, is not the case and can actually be a big mistake.  Volleyball shoes are different than tennis shoes, and they are different for a very good reason.  Volleyball requires you to have a good level of traction on the court as well as being able to move from side to side and from front to back quickly.  With some tennis shoes and running shoes, you simply can’t do that very well because they are made differently.  Running shoes, for example are made to go forward.  They are not mean for you to be cutting in different directions.  This is why they often have rises in the front of the shoe.  Volleyball shoes are of course different because they are flat to begin with all the way around.  This guide will help you learn the ins and outs of volleyball shoes and it will help you determine what kind you want to buy.  In addition, we’ll include the top ten shoes you can buy right now.
Top Volleyball Shoe Comparison Chart

PictureNameCategory PriceWhere to Buy?

1. Mizuno Volleyball Wave Lightning Women’s ShoeWomen$$$$Check Price on Amazon

2. ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket Volleyball Shoes
Men$$Check Price on Amazon

3. Nike Zoom Hyperspike Women’s Volleyball Shoes
Women$$$Check Price on Amazon

4. ASICS Men’s Gel-NetBurner Ballistic Volleyball Shoes
Men$$$Check Price on Amazon

5. Mizuno Women’s Wave Bolt 7 Volleyball ShoesShoe
Women$$$Check Price on Amazon

6. ASICS Men’s Gel-Domain 4 Volleyball Shoe
Men$$$Check Price on Amazon

7. Mizuno Women’s Wave Tornado X Volleyball Shoe
Women$$$$Check Price on Amazon

8. Mizuno Wave Tornado 9 Women’s Volleyball Shoes
Women$$$Check Price on Amazon

9. Adidas Performance Women’s Energy Volley Boost 2.0
Women$$$Check Price on Amazon

10. Kaepa Women’s Heat Volleyball ShoesWomen$$$Check Price on Amazon

Volleyball Shoes Buying Guide
Gum Rubber Soles
This is one of the biggest differentiating factors between tennis shoes and volleyball shoes.  Volleyball shoes use gum rubber soles (on the bottom) of the shoe because they provide traction to the wearer.  This gum rubber is good on a number of surfaces, but it wouldn’t be good on grass or anything like that.  Gum rubber soles are common in not only the sport of volleyball, but also in soccer (indoor), squash, or practically any game played inside that.  Gum rubber is typically colored in some way; it is not white on the bottoms or black, either.  Gum rubber is oftentimes an yellowish color.  You will certainly know it when you see it!  Gum rubber is used for volleyball shoes because they are also non-marking.  This allows you to play on the court without scratching up the surface too bad.  And as stated, the gum rubber prevents you from sliding around on the court.  This helps your ankles out a great bit as you don’t have to worry about injuring them quite as much.
Weight
Another noticeable difference between volleyball shoes and other forms of athletic shoes is the lighter weight that they carry.  Volleyball is all about quick, lateral movements and jumping.  Because of this, players need as little weight on them as possible.  The shoes free players up to do their jobs whereas shoes from other sports might be bulkier because they may have to provide more protection than volleyball shoes do.
In order to keep the weight down, a couple of things are done to help.  First of all, many shoes in all areas today have gone the synthetic route.  Synthetics have replaced the materials of yesterday because they are cheaper to make and they are lighter in weight.  These man made products are also easier to mold and conform to the body, so you can get a much closer to custom type feel.  Synthetics look very shiny and slippery when they are used on uppers, but they should have no real effect on volleyball because, unlike soccer, you’re not kicking the ball!  Mesh is also used to keep the weight down while also allowing the shoe to be breathable.
Midsoles
The midsole or the middle part of the shoe is designed to help volleyball players protect the ball of the foot by offering it support.  Since most players are on the balls of their feet when waiting and need a lot of explosive power, they need a special shoe to help.  Volleyball shoes, like we’ve talked about before, are designed this way to make sure that you can move laterally.  If you were wearing running shoes, you probably wouldn’t have as much support for the balls of the feet.  The midsole of the volleyball shoe is also very strong as well as flexible.  This is done so that you aren’t confined, but it is also done so that you have some form of shock absorption to help with the repeated motions.  We know that doing anything repeatedly can cause an injury, so this is one way of helping prevent that.  This is why a lot of volleyball shoes are reinforced with gel.  Others have used air cushions in the past.
Uppers
The upper part of the volleyball shoe is just the top part that you easily.  In most instances, volleyball shoes are made from nylon or some other mesh or mesh-like material to help with breathability, which is just referring to being able to let your sweat out.  Sweat build-up can make you very hot, so this is more about comfort than anything.
Shoe Care
Taking care of your volleyball shoes is very important.  There are a number of things that you can do to help preserve the life of them.  Remember, the more you wear them, the less effective they will be.  If you are purchasing them for frequent play, then you can expect that they will last a full season.  If you don’t play as much, then you will most likely see more use out of them, unless you are very hard on them.  Being hard on your shoes is a concern as well.  If you walk on the outsides of your feet or the insides, then this can cause wear and tear.  Another consideration to think about is whether or not you want to wear them when you are not playing.  When you aren’t playing, it is wise to not wear your volleyball shoes.  The reason is that even just walking causes wear and tear.  So even though most of these shoes look cool and fashionable, you might want to resist the urge to wear them out and about.  Any surface that is abrasive, such as concrete or asphalt can do a toll on volleyball shoes and your gum rubber.  So, you need to keep all of this in mind unless you just want to buy some for looks.
Safety
Knowing when to change out your shoes is just as important as wearing them.  The right time to replace volleyball shoes is when you start to lose traction.  If you are sliding around at all on a court that has been mopped or swept, then you need to buy a new pair.  If the floor is dirty, this could be causing your problem as well because the shoes aren’t meant to give you traction on dirt or dust.  Another way to tell if you need to buy a new pair is if he ankles start to get sore.  If this wasn’t previously a problem, it could indicate that the protection is wearing off.  If your feet start to slide inside the shoe, this can also be a sign that you need a change.  You have to make sure that the shoe continues to fit and feel as it did when you first purchased it.  If not, then you could be setting yourself up for injury on the court.
Fit
As with all shoes, we are proponents of a good, comfortable fit.  There are way too many people out there that buy shoes that don’t fit well for one reason or another.  This may seem over the top, but it is seriously a big health problem, especially for children and young adults.  You can potentially cause developmental problems for them, or even pain, as they use shoes that don’t fit correctly.
Volleyball shoes need to be a good, comfy fit.  This means that you should be able to move your foot, but not to the point that it is sliding around inside the shoe.  When you try on a pair, you need to make sure that there is just a little room between your big toe and the end of the shoe.  If you wiggle your toe and it comes up to the edge, you need to look at another size up.  If you wiggle and there is too much room, you need to look at a size down.
This is important because having the wrong size shoe can cause long-term issues that are sometimes serious.  Shoes that are too small can cause you to blister very easily because you are rubbing up against the shoe at all times.  They also can cause you to walk or run differently, or to jump and land on your toes in awkward positions.  Doing this over and over again can lead to serious injury.
If the shoes are too big, you run the risk of possibly coming out of them, which is downright embarrassing.  In addition to this, it can cause you to walk completely different than what your body is used to.  This can cause areas of the body to hurt that shouldn’t hurt if you were walking correctly.  This also means that your ankles aren’t being protected as they should be.
Why bother having a shoe that isn’t going to protect you fully?  That’s the whole purpose of the shoe itself.  Please make sure to go to the store and try on some pairs just to see what feels best.  Don’t try and save a few dollars because you’re probably going to need a new pair for the next season anyway.  The cost of a doctor’s visit or a trip to the after-hours clinic will cost you more than the shoes would in all likelihood, so make sure that they are a comfortable fit.
It is also important to point out that socks can play a huge role in this.  There are some weird trends out there.  Some people wear two pairs of socks, which we don’t encourage, while some will try and get away with none.  It’s really dependent on you, but you must find a good combination for you.  If you want to prevent blistering, a good pair of socks to go with your shoes is an absolute must!  Socks can play just as big of a role in preventing blisters as shoes themselves.
In addition to all of this information, it is necessary to point out that there aren’t any options for wide foot shoes out on the market right now.  At least, none of them are labeled as such.  Because of this, it can be tough for a small percentage of people to find a good fit. You may need to go up a size, but we encourage you to try them on just to make sure that is what you need before buying.  This is the case even if you plan to do so online as it is such a hassle to send things back via that route.
One more thing before we move on from this section: when trying on shoes, always remember that your feet are at their smallest when you have been inactive.  This is a point that is often overlooked and forgotten, but it is important to know that you will not feel the same exact way when playing as you will when you try them on for the first time.  As the body gets more and more active, the feet and ankles will swell.  This swelling is going to cause a different fit.  So one tip is to do some sort of exercise shortly before trying on your shoes.  Of course, if you can’t do this then you can likely judge it and decide if you’ll need to get a half size larger to accommodate the swelling.
Price
Price can be an obstacle for many in this arena.  Volleyball shoes tend to run, when new, from between $50 and $140, so these aren’t too bad.  The quality is what drives the price.  If the technology is older or the shoe is older, then you can find shoes at a really good price.  Just know that if you go that route that you aren’t getting the greatest thing available.  However, if you’re a recreational player, this is probably just fine for you!  The new technologies that have been brought in include things like gel and shock absorption, and there are new things all the time from the various manufacturers.  They’re just trying to gain an upper hand on the competition.  Also, it is notable that most companies usually have three or four different price points.  Sometimes, the shoes will have the same basic name but have a different number or style.  This is done so that people can shop at various levels of qualities or price points while still being able to buy the same looking shoe.
Multicourt Shoes
We briefly mentioned above that gum rubber is used in a variety of sports.  This is because it provides the wearer with great traction on the court or even on an artificial turf surface.  A multicourt shoe is an option that combines the volleyball shoe with the basketball shoe to make a sort of hybrid.  These are very popular in sports such as badminton, squash, handball, and racquetball.  There is a trend there and that is that all of those sports are also played on a court.  However, they each have something that volleyball does not.  None of those sports require very much jumping.
So while you can use multicourt shoes for volleyball because they have gum rubber, it isn’t the best of ideas simply because they are not built with any shock absorption in mind.  This means that you are going to be taking a chance on your joints if you are using these all of the time.  In fact, many players of the sports listed above like to use volleyball shoes because they find they are even better for them laterally.  Recreational volleyball players would be just fine, though, with multicourt shoes because they aren’t likely to be playing nearly as much and won’t be under near as much stress as someone who plays and practices three or more times per week.
Men’s vs Women’s
The differences between men’s and women’s volleyball shoes are minimal.  The gum rubber soles, the midsoles, and the uppers are practically all the same in both.  The sizes are one of the main differences.  Another would be the styles.  Women’s volleyball shoes are made to be more stylish and typically offer more and/or different colors than their men’s counterparts.  Women’s shoes are typically lighter in weight than their counterparts as well, likely because women are less heavy than men and the size is smaller.
We had talked shortly earlier about wide feet, and there is an additional option for women here.  If you have wide feet as a woman, then you can try on a pair of men’s shoes.  That will likely take care of the problem as the men’s shoes are usually a little bit wider than women’s feet simply because men are bigger.  This may not be the answer, but it is well worth a try.
Other than these few things, there is little difference between the two.  Women’s volleyball shoes have the same exact qualities that men’s do, so rest assured that you’re getting the very best pair possible!
Best Volleyball Shoe Reviews
 
Mizuno Volleyball Wave Lightning Shoe

Mizuno is one of the biggest names the volleyball market and has a great selling unisex shoe that is top notch in quality.  It does carry a hefty price, but they make up for it in quality.  It is an interesting pink color, but we’re sure they have other colors as well. The cool thing about these is that they are high tops, almost like basketball shoes so you get even more ankle support.  They are very lightweight and have great breathability with mesh and it also has an “anatomical cup insole,” which is an essentially an insert to make your foot more comfortable!
Pros

Great style
Breathable and comfortable
High tops protect ankles

Cons

High price
Possibly a little too pink for some

 

ASICS Men’s Gel-Rocket 7 Volleyball Shoes

This pair of men’s ASICS pairs synthetic and mesh on the upper to give you added breathability as well as the opportunity to move your foot around.  This will come in handy on warm days in the gym.  Even on dusty floors, these shoes have really great traction, and it doesn’t have any weird designs that we sometimes see with other volleyball shoes.  One of the concerns, though, is that it wears a little bit on the soles, especially if you’re a player that tends to set more than attack the net.  This could just be the body positioning used.  You will need to likely buy a half a size larger than usual as these run a little small.  They are right in the medium price range, so you shouldn’t have any complaints if you want a nice shoe for a decent price.
Pros

Great medium-range price
Great traction on dirty floors
Mesh gives your feet a chance to breathe

Cons

Soles wear a little over time depending on the position played
Tend to run a little small

 

Nike Zoom Hyperspike Women’s Volleyball Shoes

Nike only recently got into the volleyball market by targeting it specifically.  Before that, they only gave their teams hybrid shoes.  This is an answer to that, and they do a good job.  The first thing you notice is that they look like a basketball shoe, which we think looks awesome and different.  However, it doesn’t have a huge high top for you to worry about if you don’t like that.  The great thing about these is that the insole molds to your foot, which is sometimes a problem in this market.  They do run a little large, and they toward the higher end of the price spectrum.
Pros

Great comfort
Protects ankles without being too binding
Ultra lightweight

Cons

Doesn’t look like a volleyball shoe
Higher price for a newer brand in the industry

 

ASICS Men’s Gel-NetBurner Ballistic Volleyball Shoes

ASICS comes back on to the list with a men’s shoes that looks a whole lot like a normal running shoe.  This shoe has just a little more than what could be called a low top in terms of ankle support, so you may want to get some just in case. These are fully synthetic with no mesh, so that may provide a small problem as the mesh is a little more breathable.  The insole is removable on this pair, so they are encouraging you to pick your own instead of having it mold to your foot like some of the choices above would.  It is is a little higher in price compared to some, and it might be a little annoying to see the insoles don’t form to the foot.
Pros

Has a classic white and black look
Keeps the ankles very free
Very comfortable

Cons

Higher price than some comparable items
Not as durable as one would like

 

Mizuno Women’s Wave Bolt 7 Volleyball Shoes

This shoe from Mizuno is more in the upper mid-range level of quality and pricing.  Unlike the Lightning, it is not a high top that looks similar to basketball shoes do.  Instead, it is a medium range of support like most regular tennis shoes have.  This is not uncommon, and these shouldn’t be overlooked just because of that.  The style is nice and classy, and it is made from synthetic and mesh to make sure your foot is able to be moved and is breathable.  It has great shock absorbing ability, and it is very popular in volleyball circles.
It features an AIRmesh upper for lots of breathability (and overall comfort) and INTERCOOL technology.  This ventilation helps decrease heat and humidity build-up in the shoe, and finally, it has a shock-absorbing mid-sole (called SR Touch) which consists of lighter material than in the past, so lots of tech upgrades in this new model.
Pros

Great price for good quality
Mid-level support if you enjoy that feel
Shocks absorbed easily

Cons

Could be a problem if you have very bad ankles
Not many styles to choose from

 

ASICS Men’s Gel-Domain 4 Volleyball Shoe

These shoes instantly pop (visually that is!) and look great, even when they aren’t being worn.  They are made by ASICS, who has tons of experience making gel shoes for the racquet sports.  This is a mid-range priced pair of shoes, but they provide the wearer with great traction and shock absorption during the game.  They have gel systems in the front and back to help cushion and gives you a soft platform to jump and move from.
Pros

Great style
Very comfortable
Good price

Cons

Because of the very low profile, it can be tough (or not possible at all) to insert orthotic insoles
Less mesh could lead to a little overheating

 

Mizuno Wave Tornado 9 Women’s Volleyball Shoes

Coming in with a classy yet flashy color and at a premium price is another high-quality shoe from Mizuno.  These shoes have just enough flash to stand out, but they are still very refined at the same time.  These aren’t quite high tops, but they are close to being there, so you get some additional ankle support.  They have the new infinity wave plate which disperses the energy when you push off the balls of your feet, which greatly helps repeated movements.  It also helps prevent the shoe from taking on a shape that it isn’t supposed to!  They also seem to do well for wide feet.
Pros

Great style
Even better substance
Infinity plate does wonders

Cons

High price for those that won’t play often
Might be bothersome for someone who doesn’t want to be restricted

 

Mizuno Wave Tornado X Unisex Volleyball Shoes

These shoes are marked as unisex, but they are to be ordered in men’s sizes.  They have a decent style to them, but they’d probably look better to most men.  These are at the very high end of price, and with that, they have a lot of quality.  The Tornado line has great comfort as it has a moldable insole that fits your specific foot.  It has a synthetic outsole as the shiny nature of the design shows.  This helps it last longer and keeps the weight down so you can block, dig, and spike all day long.  These are high tops, so your ankles are going to be strapped in essentially, so you shouldn’t need any further protection there.  These also have the wave technology that disperses the impact so your foot doesn’t feel it.
Pros

Can be worn by either man or woman
Insole fits your foot
High top keeps ankles locked in place

Cons

Very high price
Some of the upper can be scratched off at times

 

 
Adidas Performance Women’s Energy Volley Boost 2.0
Here’s one of the newest shoes on our list and it’s arguably among the best on our list.  It didn’t make #1 or at least closer to the top of the list because of the complaint some had of “clunkiness”  or heaviness compared to the competition.
In spite of this, the Volley Boost is an impressive shoe on a few fronts.  The least important is that of looks.  The graduated (graded) color effects on the side of the shoe and at least 5 colors on the sole, give this Adidas creation a great, eye-catching look.  More importantly, the technical features are hard to ignore.
It features a rubber sole (that’s what you want in a court shoe), there’s what Adidas calls a “flexible Powerband upper” and a molded insole.  Adidas’ proprietary Sprintplate stabilizes and guides your foot through jumps, and the rubber outsole is durable and resists wear supremely!

Pros

Durably built
Looks Great
Good value for price

Cons

Possibly too clunky/heavy for gym use

 

Kaepa Women’s Heat Volleyball Shoes

This last entry on the list varies greatly in price as it ranges from very reasonable to mid-level pricing and features three designs that are a little bit subdued.  They may lack in flash and style a little, but they are very good at holding up.  These would be exceptional volleyball shoes for a recreational type player or maybe even a player that plays a little more frequently.  They are also comfortable enough to be worn with external ankle supports since they are in between a low top and mid level support.
Pros

Good price
Great for recreational players
Durable and comfortable

Cons

The style is a bit different (might be a good thing for some) despite different color choices
The lower cut could be tough on ankles

 
Conclusion & Wrap-Up

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The 8 Best Foosball Tables for 2020

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 If you’re in the market for a foosball table, you might be surprised at how many options you have. There are a wide range of foosball tables with a lot of different features available. Some are meant for beginners, some for advanced tournament level players. You’ll find a wide range of prices, too. Whether you’re looking for a foosball table for your kids or hoping to compete, it’s important to pick the right table with the right features.
To help make this a little easier, we’ve rounded up eight of the best foosball tables around. We cover a lot of different types of tables so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. But first, let’s take a look at the things you need to know about buying a foosball table to make sure you get the right one.
Top Foosball Comparison Chart

PictureNamePriceWhere to Buy?

1. Tornado Sport Foosball Table
$$$$Check Price on Amazon

2. KICK Splendor Foosball Table
$$Check Price on Amazon

3. Sport Squad FX40 Foosball Table
$Check Price on Amazon

4. American Heritage Element 58-in. Foosball Table
$$$Check Price on Amazon

5. Tornado T-3000 Foosball Table
$$$$$Check Price on Amazon

6. Garlando G-500 Indoor Foosball/Soccer Game Table
$$$Check Price on Amazon

7. KICK Royalton Foosball Table
$$Check Price on Amazon

8. EastPoint Sports Newcastle Foosball Table
$Check Price on Amazon

Buyer’s Guide
The best way to describe foosball is that it resembles a little soccer game. Each team tries to score a goal with a miniature team spaced out across the table. There are eight poles in total, four for each team, and the player turns the handles to move the ball down the field to score a goal. Foosball is a great game to play at home, in a dorm, bar, or arcade. It’s a game that accessible to almost any age and skill level. Let’s take a look at the specific things you need to look for to make sure you get the table that will work best for your needs.
Types of Foosball Tables
There are a few different kinds of tables you can buy:
Stand-Alone Tables
This is a standard foosball table that is composed of a tabletop resting on four legs. Most stand-alone tables are made of wood and high-quality materials and can be pretty heavy; in fact, some weigh upwards of 300 pounds. Because of their weight and due to how they are designed, these tables aren’t designed to be moved around. Higher quality stand-alone tables can handle a lot of rough play. All stand-alone tables look a little different, but some are designed to look like a nice piece of furniture that you’d be happy to leave in your living room. They’re usually more expensive and much higher quality.
Tabletop Tables
If you want a foosball table but don’t have space or a lot of money to spend, a tabletop foosball table is portable, versatile, and much more affordable. They are made to sit on top of a larger, sturdy table like in the kitchen or dining room. They’re smaller and are meant to be used for short periods of time and them moved or stored. You can even put one on a coffee table for young kids to play with. If you’re considering buying a table top foosball table, make sure that the bottom has a scratch protecting surface so it won’t ruin your table.
Multi-Game Foosball Table
These are a great idea for a family because they feature a wide range of entertainment options. Usually, the rods are removed and the surface can be changed to accommodate a variety of games from table tennis to checkers. You can find these in stand-alone or tabletop versions. While they are usually a little pricey, they really offer a wide range of games and are really versatile. We did not include any of these in the following reviews but instead chose to focus more on traditional foosball tables. But, if you’re looking for something more versatile that lets you play a lot of games, you might want to look into multi-game tables.
 Different Features to Consider
 Foosball tables have a really wide price range and there are a lot of different features available that will affect how much you’ll pay.
The first thing you need to decide is how you’ll be using the table. Maybe you’re looking for something that your young children can play within the game room or you want something that is going to get a lot of tough play in a dorm. You’ll need very different features for each of those environments. How long are you hoping your table will last? Do you need your table to be good enough to accommodate the players as they grow? How important is it to you that your table is regulation size?
Here are some to consider:

Table Size

An official, full-size table measures 56 x 30 inches. You also need to account for the space taken up by the rods and the people playing. You’ll need to leave a few feet of room around the table to make sure everyone can play comfortably, so a full sized table requires quite a bit of room. There are tables that are slightly smaller than this that will take up less room. Tabletop tables are a good option if you’re worried about space because they’re typically significantly smaller than standard size. Remember, full-size tables are good for seasoned players while smaller ones will be better four younger players and beginners.

Materials

Less expensive tables use lower quality materials. Particleboard or MDF is a popular material that is used on some lower end models. It comes in various thicknesses. The thicker it is, the more durable it will be. Generally, anything less than a half-inch thick is not going to be very strong. Over time, particle board and MDF can weaken or warp and joints can start to become loose. These tables are less expensive but won’t last nearly as long as tables made of different materials. You can also find table made with special high-quality MDF or that are coating in a finish that helps them stay durable and last a little longer.
High-end foosball tables are made from solid wood of a composite material. Solid wood or composite can last for a long time, but make sure you choose a strong, hardwood. Softwood will act like MDF or particle board over time and warp or bend. Wood tables should be at least an inch thick to make sure it’s strong enough to stand up to abuse and last for a long time.

Rods

There are a few things to know about rods. Steel rods are best for foosball tables. There are three kinds of rods: hollow, solid, and telescoping. Hollow rods are lighter and can make the game move faster because the player has more control and can achieve faster kicks. Solid rods are heavier and can be better to learn on. Telescoping rods are a feature found on some high-end machines. These rods don’t slide out of the opposite side of the table during play and are a safe choice for a home with small children. They’re nice to have but are less durable than other rods.

Playing Surface

The markings on the playing surface should be inside the laminate. Less expensive, lower quality tables will sometimes use stickers, which will wear and fade over time and can affect the playing surface. It’s important that the markings on the surface are correct and permanent because they help you line up your shots.

Players

Tables can either have one or three goalies. This means that the rod closest to the goal can either have one or three men on it. One man goalies make the game a little harder because it’s more difficult to defend your goal while three man goalies make it a little easier. Three man goalies usually lead to faster games while one man goalies require more focus and skill. For anyone just starting to learn, a three-man goalie is best. Some tables will come with set-ups for both so you have the option of changing them if you want to.
Another thing to pay attention to with the players is whether or not the players are counterweighted. This is how professionals play and makes the game a little better to play. Counterweighted players have weights that allow them to stay in a horizontal position when you let go of the rod. This keeps them off of the playing surface, which makes gameplay go faster, smoother, and out of the way when taking shots.
Whether you use a one or three-man goalie or if you want counterweighted players boils down to personal preference. It’s a good idea to find a table that gives you a little bit of wiggle room and allows you to change between a one or three-man goalie and counterweighted or uninformed players. The more versatile your table is, the more use you’ll get out of it.
Now that we took a closer look at the features you need to know about to decide which it the right foosball table for you, let’s take a look at the eight best foosball tables of 2017.
Foosball Table Reviews

Tornado Sport Foosball Table

The Tornado Sport Foosball Table is a pretty basic table but because it’s constructed of such high quality, its simplicity is easier to appreciate. It even has the look of a classic, traditional table. The cabinet is made of better grade MDF than some other tables. This MDF is one inch thick and weighs around 200 pounds. It’s a sturdy, substantial table that should be able to take a beating and last a long time.
This table is not going to move around during play, no matter how into it you and your friends get. The legs are designed so that shims can be used to adjust the table in case it’s uneven. The steel rods are hollow and lightweight which results in easier, faster gameplay. The players are not counterbalanced, which is one of its few downsides. Counterbalanced players are available from the manufacturer, but you’ll have to purchase them separately. This is not only inconvenient, it also adds a substantial amount to the price.
Tornado is a pretty well know company in the foosball space and they even sponsor the World Championships of Foosball (table soccer)!

Pros:

Can take a beating and last
High quality, heavy duty table
Lightweight rods for fast gameplay

Cons:

Players are not counterbalanced
Ordering additional counterbalanced players increases cost quite a bit

 

 

KICK Splendor Foosball Table

The Kick brand has a reputation for providing high-quality tables at an affordable price so it’s always worth taking a good look at what they have to offer. This model measures 55 inches and is their largest, most popular table.
Despite weighing only 115 pounds, this table is solid and sturdy and can handle pretty intense play. You can also adjust the legs so you’ll get a level playing surface wherever you choose to set this one up. Some less expensive tables don’t have a very smooth playing surface, but the Kick Splendor Foosball Table has a nice, level playing surface. The balls roll nicely on it and it has a great graphic, too.
This table comes with two sets of players, counterbalanced and uniformed. It’s nice to have a choice since everyone has different preferences, but switching out one set for another can be tedious. The rods are solid and quite heavy but make gameplay a little more controlled.
Pros:

Reasonable price
Comes with counterbalanced and uniformed players
Solid and sturdy

Cons: 

Assembly instructions are a little confusing

 

 

Sport Squad FX40 Foosball Table

If you don’t have room in your house (or your budget) for a full-sized foosball table, the Sport Squad FX40 Foosball Table was made for you. This is a tabletop game you that weighs only 15 pounds that you can set on your kitchen or dining room table. Play when you can, put it away when you’re done. It’s an ideal compromise.
This foosball table is designed to play calm games with friends and is not designed for serious, intense games. It won’t truly provide the same experience as a full sized table. That said, for a fraction of the price, you can enjoy calm friendly games with your friends or your children.
If you don’t want to put it on your good tabletop, it also has legs that you can easily set up. It’s small, doesn’t take up much room, and is ideal for young kids. It’s also portable and easy to store while still being sturdy and durable.
This is a great foosball table to get if you’re looking for a way to entice your kid away from his tablet or cell phone or if you want something fun to pull out when you have friends over. It’s not really meant to be used as a table for serious players and won’t be able to handle being bumped and banged around a lot.
Pros:

Affordable price
Portable
Lightweight
Easy to store compared to other tables
Used with legs or on table top

Cons:

Only meant for casual play

 

 

American Heritage Element 58-in. Foosball Table

This is one heck of a beatiful-looking table and that’s why you’ll pay through the nose for it!  It’s designed very well with details that can be easily overlooked like decorative metal accents and glossy black and silver players.   It’s mostly engineered wood and it has a washed brown maple veneer.  This is a really good looking table. If you’re looking for a table that looks nice enough to keep in your living room (even if you don’t use it as much a you’d like), this is it!
It features 2 ball returns and 4 balls.  Most owners comment on the heavy-duty nature of the design and feel, and there are no serious negative comments about this table.  American Heritage is the world’s largest billiard table maker, so I’m thinking that should speak to the quality and design of this piece of fine furniture!
There are a few downsides to this table. The first is that it’s fairly heavy at around 189 pounds. It’s difficult to transport and you’re probably not going to want to move it one you get it assembled. And speaking of assembly, it’s a little difficult to put together, but even those owners who mentioned this, give it a full 5-star review.
Pros:

Gorgeous table that you can leave in your living room
Great for experienced and new players
Heavy-duty design

Cons: 

Heavy
Difficult assembly
Expensive

 

 

Tornado T-3000 Foosball Table

This is probably the most solid, durable foosball table you’ll find. If you’re looking for something that can stand up to rough play and will last a really long time, the Tornado T-3000 might be the table for you. It’s made of 1 ½ inch stainless steel laminate and weighs a whopping 355 pounds.
It’s loaded with features that make gameplay even more enjoyable. It’s really stable and isn’t going to get jostled around by even the toughest players. The playing surface is thick and level with no dead spots. Rods are smooth and telescopic and give the player a lot of control with wooden handles. The players are designed for control and quick play.
While this table is great as far as gameplay, the stainless steel exterior is not as attractive as a traditional wood finish. This might not be a table that you’d be happy with having in your living room. In addition to being really heavy, it’s also really expensive. This isn’t a table for a casual player, although anyone can enjoy it, it’s a big investment to make if you’re not serious about the game,
Pros: 

Durable
Tough
WIll last a really long time

Cons:

Not as attractive as a wooden table
Expensive
Very heavy

 

 

Garlando G-500 Indoor Foosball/Soccer Game Table

The G-500 table from Garlando is made of high-quality MDF that’s 1 inch thick, a good thickness for MDF which should provide a lot of stability. The steel rods are covered with anti-rust chromium so they’ll last for a really long time without bending, rusting, or wearing.
This table weighs about 160 pounds. That’s heavy enough that it’s not going to wiggle or shake during gameplay but light enough that it won’t take more than two people to move it. You might even be able to relocate it after it’s been assembled with some help.
The rods are telescopic so they don’t come out the other side, making it impossible for anyone to get poked. The playing surface is made out of tempered glass so gameplay tends to be really fast since there aren’t any imperfections on the surface to slow down the ball. The players are not counterweighted, which is something most experienced players prefer because they tend to make the game go a little smoother.
One small negative with this table is it doesn’t come with any way to level the table if it’s tilted. Some table will come with lifters that can be inserted in the legs to help make the surface flat. It’s a little thing but an odd one not to have on such a high-end table.
Pros: 

Sturdy
Durable
Great features for enhanced gameplay

Cons:

Players not counterweighted
No table levelers

 

 

KICK Royalton Foosball Table

This is a pretty solid midrange table that can take a bit of a beating during gameplay. It comes with leg levelers, which help keep the playing surface flat even if the floor the table is set up on is not. There are even optional cup holders, which is an accessory that you don’t really need until you have it. Then you’re not sure how you lived without it.
The playing surface is pretty smooth and reliable with no dead spots to speak of. The rods are chrome plated and strong enough that they won’t be bent or damaged even during intense gameplay. It comes with both counterweighted and uniformed players so you have some versatility in gameplay.
The table has a butcher block design but comes in a warm brown finish so it’s nice to look at as well as being a great table to play on. It’s about 103 pounds, heavy enough for stability but light enough to move around with some help. Assembly is a little tricky and the instructions aren’t very clear. Once you work through that, though, this could be a foosball table that gets a lot of use in the game room year after year.
Pros:

Nice looking finish
Counterweighted and uniformed players
Solidly build

Cons: 

Instructions unclear

 

 

EastPoint Sports Newcastle Foosball Table

The Newcastle Foosball Table by EastPoint Sports is an affordable option for anyone who wants a foosball table for light play and casual use. Weighing only 83 pounds, it’s made of MDF that is sealed with a Luster Long finish to give it a little more durability and resistance to wear.
Because this is such a light table, it’s easily moved and jostled around which means it’s not a really good table for intense, competitive play. It’s a little smaller than a full sized table, too, but only by a few inches. The rods are high performing and it comes with oversized leg levelers. While this table might not be a good choice for hardcore players, it’s ideal for a family just learning to play.
One nice thing about this table is that it looks nice enough to leave prominently displayed in your home. The wood finish looks high quality and it will go with a lot of decors.
Pros:

Inexpensive
Looks high quality
Lightweight

Cons

Won’t hold up to intense competitive games.

 

 
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Those are the eight best foosball tables for this year (in our humble opinion). There’s quite a variety here so you should be able to find one that suits your needs perfectly. A foosball table will make a great addition to any basement with other table games such as ping pong, pool, and air hockey.
The Tornado Sport Foosball Table is a basic table that it well made and really sturdy. Despite being MDF, it’s well constructed and heavy, can tolerate a lot of action and will last a long time. The legs are adjustable so you’ll always have a flat playing surface and, although the players aren’t counterbalanced, the rods are hollow lightweight for fast gameplay.
The KICK Splendor Foosball Table is solid and sturdy while only weighing around 115 pounds. The legs are adjustable and it has a solid playing surface with an eye-catching graphic. You get uniformed and counterbalanced players with this one, so you can use whatever ones work best for you and your crew.
For a great tabletop foosball table, try the Sport Squad FX40. At only 15 pounds, it’s portable and easy to store. Set it up on your dining room, kitchen, or living room coffee table. Keep in mind that this and all tabletop tables aren’t designed for heavy, intense play. But this one is perfect for adults or children who are just starting to learn.
The American Heritage Carlyle is really durable and designed to handle tough play. It has a durable, reliable glass countertop that has minimal dead spots and friction and keeps the ball rolling fast and smooth. This is a great table for experienced players and for anyone just starting to learn. It’s also nice enough to set up in the living room.
If you’re interested in getting a table that is top quality and almost competition level, the Tornado T-3000 is arguably the highest quality table out there. It’s made of stainless steel laminate, very heavy and solidly built, and can handle even the toughest play. It has telescopic rods and men that are made for quick, precise play. It’s also one of the most expensive tables around, but if you’re looking for something that will last a lifetime and intend to play hard, this is the table for you.
This is a mid-range table that is made of thick MDF and won’t wiggle or shake as much during play as some other MDF tables. It’s light enough that you could move it from room to room with some help but not so light that it makes play too jittery. The playing surface is made of glass and so has little to no imperfections or dead spots.
Another offering from KICK, the Royalton is a durable table that can stand up to some tough play. It comes with counterweighted and uniformed players and chrome-plated rods. With leg levelers, a smooth playing surface, and optional cup holders, this is a great table for a family with young children to use in the game room for years to come.
The EastPoint Sports Newcastle Football Table is an affordable, lightweight option for light, casual use. Most MDF tables aren’t very durable but this one is coated with a Luster Long finish that keeps it resistant to wear and tear. Its finish looks high quality and you wouldn’t even mind keeping this one in the living room. It has high performing rods and oversized leg levelers. This is a great choice for families with young children.
If you’re ready to invest in a foosball table, the number of different ones available might be a little overwhelming. The price range could be confusing, too, because there really are foosball tables available for all price points. It’s hard to know where you can skimp and what you really need to find a table that will not only fit your playing needs but also last a long time. Use the information in our buyer’s guide to figure out what to look for and then be sure to check out our picks for the eight best foosball tables for next year if you’re still looking. We cover a lot of ground so I’m confident you’ll find the one that will work for you.
 

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The 9 Best Badminton Shoes for 2020

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Badminton may not have had a major breakthrough in the United States, but it is a huge sport throughout many other countries. As one of five racquet sports, it is easy to start watching even if the viewer has no idea what is going on. Similar to tennis, the sport requires a significant amount of movement and since the shuttlecock can never touch the ground, badminton is arguably even more demanding when it comes to movement. While training, fitness and innate skill make up a large part of your ability to be great at the sport, there are other factors as well.
Top Badminton Shoe Comparison Chart

PictureNamePriceWhere to Buy?

1. Yonex Comfort Z Men’s Badminton Shoes$$$$Check Price on Amazon

2. Yonex Power Cushion 65 X Womens Indoor Court Shoes $$$Check Price on Amazon

3. Babolat Shadow Tour
$$$$Check Price on Amazon

4. ASICS Women’s Gel Upcourt Volleyball Shoe
$$$Check Price on Amazon

5. ASICS Men’s GEL-Rocket 7 Volleyball Shoe
$$$Check Price on Amazon

6. Yonex Power Cushion 46 Mens Badminton Shoes
$$$Check Price on Amazon

7. Yonex PC65 Wide Badminton Shoes

$$$$Check Price on Amazon

8. Yonex Power Cushion Aerus 2 Men’s Badminton Shoes
$$$$Check Price on Amazon

9. Yonex SHB01LTD “Lee Chong Wei” Edition
$$$$Check Price on Amazon

Most of the gear makes a big impact on your play, but badminton shoes are arguably the most important piece of gear you can purchase. We will go into detail in the following section, but first a quick disclaimer. The next section will explain what type of shoes to look for and what specific things to watch out for from a beginner’s perspective. The idea is to make sure that anyone can read this article, learn what they need to learn, see some great ideas for some of the best shoes out there. If you are a seasoned player, feel free to jump to the next section, but if you are just looking at a few shoes and want to see where they fall on our list, jump ahead to that point.
Buyer’s Guide (What to look for)
There are two key factors that will make a good badminton shoe; traction and grip. Since you will be moving a great deal, you want to ensure that you aren’t slipping around as you try to get into different positions. The surface you play on is also going to make a significant difference in the type of shoe that you should consider. Cement surfaces are the least common surfaces to play on and rubber-soled tennis shoes should be more than adequate for that type of play. In general, you will be playing on wood or a PU court. For those surfaces, a gum rubber sole is going to be key. Volleyball shoes are also a good replacement if you can’t find a badminton shoe to your liking.
Cushion, Weight, and Size
Another three factors to consider is the cushion, weight, and size of the shoe. First off, size. Size does not refer to the size of the shoe that you wear, but the width of the shoe. It should fit close to that of a glove and will require you to buy a specialized shoe that is specifically fit for your foot as you move up in experience. For now, just keep in mind that the width of the shoe will directly impact how well you move on the court.
Next up is the weight of the shoe. We have all worn shoes that are comfortable but a little heavy, or light shoes that feel like they offer no protection from the elements but are great for running. The same is true for badminton shoes. You need to find something that is light but has a solid gummy rubber sole. That means there won’t be a ton of heavy fabric above the sole to reduce the weight. While this review may not have all the answers when it comes to the weight of the shoe, just keep in mind that you need something light as you start to experiment with different shoes.
Finally, we get to the cushion part of the shoe. The cushion is always key, but in badminton, it is a big safety concern. You want as much cushion as you feel comfortable in to reduce the impact on your legs while also giving you the ability to quickly adjust your momentum.
Badminton Shoe Longevity and Care
As badminton shoes are a specialized piece of gear, caring for them is going to be extremely important. As you start to head out to games, you should wear normal tennis shoes and prepare to lace up your badminton shoes on once you are on the court. It is also a good idea to only wear them on wood or PU courts and use regular tennis shoes on a cement court.
A moist towel will also serve you well as it will ensure that you can wipe dirt off the souls throughout the game and let you keep the shoe clean. This will keep the traction at the highest level and keep you from getting frustrated with the shoes too quickly.
Badminton Technologies
Before we get into the review it would be a good idea to break down what each technological term for the shoes means. We will do this for beginners up and make sure you have a good idea of what you are getting when certain terms are used. This review may not include all of the terminologies, but we want to ensure you have as much information as possible.
Double Russel Mesh
refers to the best breathable material you can find in a show. It is extremely lightweight and provides incredible air-exchange (8 times as much) when compared to other shoes.
Ergoshape
is a term for a technology that provides a more comfortable and stable shoe. It contours more effectively to the foot and is key for better footwork.
Powercushion
technology is more or less a shock absorber for your entire body. It enables more agile movement and helps with body balance.
MsLite and Super MsLite
soles are lightweight and provide extra support for faster footwork while still being durable. The Super version is 10% lighter and uses a polymer-based midsole.
Hexagrip Sole
refers to the hexagonal pattern that adds more gripping power while reducing the weight of the sole. This gives a more agile yet stable type of footwork.
Lateral Claw
adds quickness and power to your movement, though it doesn’t have scientific numbers to back up what type of increase you will get, so don’t pay too much just to say you have lateral claw shoes.
Power Graphite Lite
is a 3D graphite sheet sole plate that provides a great amount of cushion when landing while also giving the wearer additional stability.
Round Sole
improves the wearer’s ability to move around the court by transferring body energy into movement.
Power Cushion Insole MC
provides additional resilience while minimizing shock.
The terms here range from beginner to advanced shoes, so expect to pay more for a shoe with Power Cushion Insole MC when compared to one with Ergoshape.
Finally, a quick note about men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes. There is essentially no difference in the technology behind the shoes, only in the design. Children’s shoes will generally be limited run shoes that are meant for a short period of use, while men’s and women’s shoes will be no different than buying a pair of Nike running shoes for yourself – the only real difference is size and color choices.
 
Best Badminton Shoe Reviews
We’ve covered plenty of information leading up to this section, and we hope you have a better idea of what to look for in a good badminton shoe. We rank the shoes on value first, so a shoe that is slightly better than another, but significantly more expensive, may not rank as highly, or at all. With that in mind, read on to find out what we think are the best shoes on the market.
Yonex Comfort Z Badminton Shoes
While not the cheapest shoe on our list (who wants that anyway right?), the Comfort Z is all you could want in a shoe.  With a snug fit and Power Cushion technology through the entire sole area, you won’t feel any discomfort as you move laterally or any direction for that matter.  Shock absorption is one of the hallmarks of this shoe.  There’s an in-depth outline of all the technology once you navigate to Amazon to check out the details.  This is our absolute favorite badminton shoe!
Pros

Best shoes for features and comfort.
Hexagrip sole gives fantastic grip on the court.
Light upper mesh keeps the shoe from slowing you down.

Cons

Some durability issues.
Only one color design.
Sized a half size too large.

Yonex Power Cushion 65 X Ladies
Yonex comes in second on the list as well with its women’s version of a very popular badminton shoe. With an Ergoshape midsole and Power Cushion technology, you get some of the best tech available in a badminton shoe.  In fact, the 65 X’s have a new version of Power Cushion which claims to have 25% more shock absorption and 12% more repulsion abilities than its predecessors.  The outsole features Hexagrip natural rubber on both the side and bottom of the shoe.
P.U. (polyurethane) leather makes up most of the upper and that’s a good thing since it offers both structure and light weight.
Pros

Ergoshape and Power Cushion technology.
Great features for intermediate or advanced players.
Perfect for those with narrow feet.

Cons

Sized at a half size too small.
Not good if you have wide feet.

 
Babolat Shadow Spirit
Babolat is not a shoe company that many would recognize. That is advantageous as the shoe is a simple badminton shoe that comes with a lower price tag (usually). While most models of Babolat wouldn’t be considered the most advanced shoes out there, they are extremely comfortable. This particular model, however, is a cut above most badminton shoes!
The grip on the Babolat ranks among the big boys (as it should with such a price tag) and the elastic wraps on the inside keep this shoe tight to your foot – a reassuring feeling indeed!  This stands in a class of its own in one particular way.  It fits so tight (comfortably) and the shoe wall is so thin, that it feels like you’re wearing tight socks with awesome stability and traction – much more so than most other high-end badminton shoes!  However, all this wonderful stuff comes at a bit of a cost.
One of our reviewers noted that after extended play (like 2 hours), she noticed her feet felt a bit tired or sore because of some lack of cushioning at the toe, and minimal “substance” to the shoe which was no issue after 1 hour of hard play, but started to show after 2 hours.  Overall, this shoe is definitely a pro shoe with very specific benefits and advantages, but you’ll need to weight the issue of lightness and speed vs. luxurious comfort, cushioning, bulkiness, etc.  We like this shoe a whole lot more than we don’t!
Pros

Almost no break-in time.
great traction
Really good-looking shoe
Feels like you’re wearing almost nothing on your feet

Cons

Have you heard this one before?  PRICE!!!  As of this review, the price tag was around $200 minus the price of a trip to McDonald’s for one!
May cause discomfort after extended wear due to its minimalistic construction/design

Asics Women’s Gel Upcourt
While the ASICS shoe on offer here is made for volleyball, you will find that it is a very solid purchase for a newer or intermediate badminton player. The gum rubber outsole and rubber sole give it the grip you need. As mentioned previously, badminton shoes are very specific shoes, but volleyball and tennis shoes can fit the bill depending on where you play. Volleyball shoes are actually very similar to badminton shoes as the movement is similar in both sports.
The shoes are very comfortable and grip the court well. They fit correctly, so no switching sizes like earlier shoes on the list. The support is great and the price is only beat by the LEFUSI from our research. The only real drawback is the durability of the shoe. While it does perform well, it seems to run out of steam earlier than you would expect, requiring a replacement. Still, at this price and for this level of comfort, it may be worth the tradeoff.
Pros

Great grip on the court.
Very comfortable shoe.
Not too heavy, great for newer players.
Great value.

Cons

Durability is questionable.
Might be too wide for more advanced players.

Asics Men’s GEL-Rocket 7
On the men’s side of ASICS shoes, the GEL-Rocket 7 is one of the best shoes in badminton for the money. They offer a pretty solid upper, though it can wear down after continued use. They offer a great grip on the court and have a solid GEL cushioning system that should make wear on your joints a minor issue if one at all.
The shoe also comes in a number of styles, fits as expected and can be purchased at a great price point, though it can vary a great deal depending on where you purchase them. Do your research to make sure you get the best prices out there.
The biggest issues are the arch support if needed, is lacking significantly and the upper will wear down if you play too hard. For newer players, this won’t be much of an issue, but if you are more advanced in your badminton career you probably want something that is going to hold up a little better. Still, a great shoe for newer or casual players that will be extremely comfortable and look sharp on the court.
Pros

Solid grip on the court.
GEL makes movement more comfortable and helps with joint pain.
Very lightweight upper.

Cons

Frequent or hard play may wear out the upper very fast.
Very little arch support.
Not as narrow as we would like for a badminton shoe.

Yonex Power Cushion 46 Men’s
Yonex seems to be the go-to name in badminton shoes. They knock it out again with the Power Cushion 46 and there are only a few concerns that keep it from reaching higher on the list. First, the positives. The Hexagrip rubber is supposedly 20% lighter, which helps the player move with more ease. Ergoshape will make the shoe more comfortable for most players and also offer more stability in the toe and forefoot area.
The shoe is extremely comfortable and fairly priced for a mid-level shoe of this type. The biggest concern – again – is the durability of the shoe. One user had a pair only last 6 months with regular use. How long each pair will stack up is still in question, but this is a solid entry from Yonex that is probably best for casual, frequent players.
Pros

Great price from one of the top manufacturers of badminton shoes.
Light and comfortable.
Fits great with Ergoshape to help with movement on the court.

Cons

Not a great shoe for high-level play.
Durability is very questionable. 

Yonex PC65 Wide Badminton Shoes
Expect Yonex to dominate most of this list, especially going forward. The PC65 is one of their higher end pairs that looks to come right out of the 80s.  As its namesake would seem to imply, it is indeed a slightly wider shoe to accommodate those with wider feet.  It’s a good shoe all around, but if you have wider feet, that issue alone is worth going for these shoes in spite of any shortcomings you may find in other areas of construction, etc.
It is made of synthetic leather (though there is some real leather in the upper) which offers a bit more support than a stretchy, giving leather, but may also sacrifice comfort for the same reason.  Tough Guard Mesh III and Double Russel Mesh round out the exterior wrap.  A harder bottom absorbs more shock is more responsive than the original Power Cushion (to the tune of 5%).  The midsole is made of ToughBrid Light, Power Cushion, Solid E.V.A. and a Power Graphite Sheet.
Pros

Extremely comfortable unisex shoe.
Great grip on the court.
Plenty of arch support.

Cons

Some concern about the sole and upper separating.
Sizes run small. 

Yonex Power Cushion Aerus 2 Men’s 
This is one of Yonex’s newest offerings and it’s the lightest!  It weighs only 270g!   Like the PC65, it has a hard top and bottom layer to absorb 30% more shock than the original Power Cushion and has 5% more repulsion for enhanced transfer of energy.  It has a soft middle layer that performs magic!  It returns to its original shape quickly after receiving a shock load.  This new shoe has an improved round sole and reinforced side supports which allow the Aerus to give you a really supportive fit for aggressive movements in any direction.  The Hexagrip pattern is made from newly-developed material that provides 3% more gripping power and is 20% lighter than an ordinary material.
The Yonex Power Cushion effectively absorbs shock then reverses the impact energy for smooth transfer into the next movement. Compared with urethane, the Yonex Power Cushion construction provides 3 times more shock absorbing power according to Yonex.  Also according to Yonex, the Power Cushion Insole gives the feet more support inside the shoe so that lateral movement will not diminish power.  Our reviewers concurred with this assessment.
Pros

The lightest shoe on our list
Modern design makes them look fresh.
Narrow and grippy makes them very close to a professional badminton shoe.

Cons

May not be comfortable for less experienced or casual players due to the narrow nature of the shoe.
Priced mid-to-high

Yonex SHB01LTD “Lee Chong Wei” Edition
This shoe makes the list for one reason, there are super fans out there that likely want a collector shoe. The power cushion and rubber sole you expect are all included, making these the perfect shoes to play in. In fact, they are essentially the same as the number 9 shoe, but a special edition version in Dark Pink.
I have a family member that is a huge collector of baseball memorabilia and I’m the same when it comes to soccer, so I understand why a shoe like this could end up on a shelf, or even used on occasion. If this type of “collector’s edition” shoe is your cup of tea, Yonex made sure they provided a perfect shoe to play in as well.
Of all the shoes on the list, this is easily the best looking on in my opinion. It looks modern and expensive, yet it is priced in a very fair range. Overall, this is a shoe that is likely going to be displayed more than worn, but if you decide to slide them on, they are going to perform very well.  However, your game will likely suffer a bit as you try to keep from ripping them up.
Pros

One of the best-looking shoes on the list.
Great collector’s item – or a gift if a fan is in the family.
Affordable compared to some of the higher-end shoes.

Cons

As a collector’s shoe, it likely won’t see a ton of play.
If purchased for play, there are much better options for a lower price.
No big bells or whistles when it comes to technology.

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Conclusion & Recommendations
There you have it, our opinions on the best shoes for the court. Yonex obviously dominates the list as they focus primarily on badminton. While, some of the other brands that you may know better, such as Adidas, make shoes that could work, they haven’t made a splash in the badminton market just yet because of the smaller player base for the sport. That isn’t to take away from Yonex’s contributions as you will find some fantastic shoes that will fit your need. The great part is most of them are unisex.
From the higher end shoes for pros or more serious players, such as the SHB01LTD at number nine, to the more casual shoe at number eight, Yonex offers a wide variety that should do the trick for just about any player. Just keep in mind that each shoe has its own odd fittings to which you’ll need to adjust.
At rank five and six, ASICS offers some great all-around court shoes that work wonders as beginner-friendly badminton shoes. They aren’t going to take you to a professional level, but they will let you play some badminton, see how you like it, and use them again for ping-pong or volleyball. Overall, they are a great set, the men’s and women’s version, for those just dipping their toes into the sport.
Our number one pick, SHB-SC5, is a great pick for any type of player. It isn’t the cheapest pair of shoes on the list, but it should appeal to new and more experienced players. It offers much of the technology we defined at the start of the article and will grow with you as you become more skillful. Number two on our list, the power cushion for ladies, is our number one pick if you don’t need a man’s style shoe. It is essentially just as good, but the top two contenders are not unisex shoes, so they share the top two spots.
Finally, for the budget-minded, or those looking for something easy, low-priced and of a good enough quality to just get out and have fun, Babolat and LEFUSI, number three and four, offer a great shoe for those that aren’t looking to do much more than simply get out and play. They are fantastic general shoes that will work for multiple sports and they come in at some of the best values on the list.
As it goes with any review, keep in mind that these are our best guesses at what will appeal to a wider audience. These aren’t all professional-level or beginner level shoes, they are a mix that should give each reader something to consider. The best advice is to make sure that you aren’t buying a shoe from an “all sales are final” retailer and you can buy with confidence. There are a ton of shoes out there, and we tried to cut them down to one list of the top 10.  However, we encourage you to use this as a starting place and if you don’t find something you like, use what you’ve learned to make an educated decision going forward.

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National Arena League All-Time Records

With the conclusion of the 2019 National Arena League (NAL) season last August, things have slowed down enough to put together a list of all of the records in the league since the beginning. The NAL All-Time Records includes stats and records from all three sides of the ball. This could help figure out who the best possible player could be in league history.
National Arena League All-Time Records
National Arena League Individual Game Records (Regular Season and Post-Season)
Passing Attempts:
EJ Nemeth (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (61)

Passing Completions:
EJ Nemeth (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (34)

Passing Yards:
Charles McCullum (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (346)

Passing Touchdowns:
Bryan Hicks (Predators) at Carolina Cobras on 5.25.19 (9); Luke Collis (Lions) at New York Streets on 6.15.19* (9); Mike Fafaul (Sharks) vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (9); Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9)

Interceptions Thrown:
Matt Parsons (Predators) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 7.5.19 (7); Brian Smith (Predators) at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.27.19 (7)

Rushing Attempts:
Undra Hendrix (Grizzlies) vs. Georgia Firebirds on 5.7.17 (19)

Rushing Yards (Net):
Derrick Ross (Sharks) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (92)

Rushing Touchdowns:
David Legree (Streets) vs. Carolina Cobras on 6.8.19 (4); Quayvon Hicks (Lions) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.2.18 (4); Derrick Ross (Sharks) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (4)

Receptions:
Rob Jones (Streets) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (15)

Receiving Yards:
Tyron Laughinghouse (Cobras) at Jacksonville Sharks on 4.28.18 (181)

Receiving Touchdowns:
Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) at Maine Mammoths on 6.2.18 (6)

Points In A Game:
Tristan Purifoy (Lions) at Monterrey Steel on 6.12.17 (38)

Kick Return Yards:
Jason Johnson (Mammoths) at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (163)

Missed Field Goal Return Yards:
Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (59)

Longest Missed Field Goal Return:
Jacoby Jones (Steel) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 3.20.17 (58)

Field Goals Attempted:
Tyler Rausa (Lions) at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.21.18 (4); Henry Nell (Mammoths) vs. Columbus Lions on 7.14.18 (4); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 6.30.18 (4); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 4.29.18 (4); Nick Belcher (Sharks) vs. Monterrey Steel on 5.20.17 (4); Brandon Rutherford (Steel) at Jacksonville Sharks on 5.20.17 (4); Will Johnson (Grizzlies) vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.17 (4)

Field Goals Made:
Henry Nell (Mammoths) at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (3); Jed Solomon (Firebirds) at Columbus Lions on 4.2.17 (3)

Extra Points Attempted:
Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (12); Lindsey Wolfe (Lions) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (12); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (12); Cody Sterrett (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (12)

Extra Points Made:
Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (11); Brandon Behr (Sharks) vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (11); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (11)

Deuces Made:
Nick Belcher (Cobras) vs. New York Streets on 5.4.19 (4); Craig Peterson (Cobras) at Jacksonville Sharks on 4.28.18 (4); Henry Nell (Mammoths) at Massachusetts Pirates on 5.12.18 (4); Craig Peterson (Cobras) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.19.18 (4); Tyler Rausa (Lions) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 6.30.18 (4); Lindsey Wolfe (Lions) at Corpus Christi Rage on 3.26.17 (4); Nick Belcher (Sharks) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 5.6.17 (4)

Tackles:
Jabari Gorman (Sharks) at High Country Grizzlies on 4.9.17 (13.5)

Sacks:
Logan Ingle (Lions) vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (6.5)

Interceptions:
Jimmy Legree (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (4)

Interception Return Yards:
Brandon Fuentes (Grizzlies) vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (91)
National Arena League Team Individual Game Records (Regular Season and Post-Season)
Passing Attempts: New York Streets at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (61)

Passing Completions: New York Streets at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.1.19 (34)

Passing Yards: Columbus Lions at Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.18 (346)

Passing Touchdowns: Columbus Lions at Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.18 (9); Carolina Cobras vs. Orlando Predators on 5.25.19 (9); Orlando Predators at Carolina Cobras on 5.25.19 (9); Columbus Lions at New York Streets on 6.15.19 (9); Jacksonville Sharks vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (9); Carolina Cobras vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9)

Interceptions Thrown: Orlando Predators at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.27.19 (7); Orlando Predators vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 7.5.19 (7)

Rushing Attempts: High Country Grizzlies vs. Georgia Firebirds on 5.7.17 (22)

Rushing Yards (Net): Jacksonville Sharks vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 6.3.17 (129)

Rushing Touchdowns: New York Streets vs. Carolina Cobras on 6.8.19 (4); Columbus Lions at Carolina Cobras on 6.23.18 (4) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.2.18 (4) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates vs. Maine Mammoths on 5.12.18 (4) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras at Maine Mammoths on 4.14.18 (4) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions at Massachusetts on 8.11.18 (5) (Post-Season)

Points In A Game: Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.19.17 (95)

Total Offense: Columbus Lions vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.11.19 (352); Massachusetts Pirates at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (352)

Kick Return Yards: Maine Mammoths at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (163)

Missed Field Goal Return Yards: Massachusetts Pirates at Carolina Cobras on 5.19.18 (59)

Field Goals Attempted: Columbus Lions at Jacksonville Sharks on 7.21.18 (4); Maine Mammoths vs. Columbus Lions on 7.14.18 (4); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 6.30.18 (4); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 4.29.18 (4); Jacksonville Sharks vs. Monterrey Steel on 5.20.17 (4); Monterrey Steel at Jacksonville Sharks on 5.20.17 (4); High Country Grizzlies vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.20.17 (4)

Field Goals Made: Maine Mammoths at Columbus Lions on 6.9.18 (3); Georgia Firebirds at Columbus Lions on 4.2.17 (3)

Extra Points Attempted: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (12) Columbus Lions vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 6.3.17 (12); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (12); High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (12)

Extra Points Made: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (11); Jacksonville Sharks vs. New York Streets on 6.22.19 (11); Lehigh Valley Steelhawks vs. Corpus Christi Rage on 4.29.17 (11)

Tackles: Jacksonville Sharks at High Country Grizzlies on 4.9.17 (48)

Sacks: Jacksonville Sharks vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 5.12.18 (10); High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (10)

Interceptions: High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (8)

Interception Return Yards: High Country Grizzlies vs. Dayton Wolfpack on 4.1.17 (150)

National Arena League Individual-Players Season Records

Passing Attempts: Jonathan Bane (Mammoths) in 2018 (494) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (550) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (296) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (332) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (3,313) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (3,778) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (87) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (102) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Caleb Walton (Steelhawks) in 2018 (19) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (19) (Regular Season); Caleb Walton (Steelhawks) in 2018 (19) (Post-Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) in 2018 (19) (Post-Season)

Rushing Attempts: Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (124) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (521) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (558) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (25) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) in 2017 (27) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receptions: Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (104) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (114) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Yards: Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (1,210) (Regular Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (1,399) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Touchdowns: Jarmon Fortson (Lions) in 2018 (31), Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (31) (Regular Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) in 2019 (35) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Mardy Gilyard (Pirates) in 2019 (198) (Regular Season); Mardy Gilyard (Pirates) in 2019 (198) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Daron Clark (Grizzlies) in 2017 (453) (Regular Season); Daron Clark (Grizzlies) in 2017 (453) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) in 2018 (28) (Regular Season); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) in 2018 (28) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Made: Henry Nell (Mammoths) in 2018 (12) (Regular Season); Henry Nell (Mammoths) in 2018 (27) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018)

Extra Points Attempted: Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (110) (Regular Season); Ali Mourtada (Pirates) in 2018 (110) (Regular Season); Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (128) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Brandon Behr (Sharks) in 2019 (94) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) in 2019 (109) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (27) (Regular Season); Craig Peterson (Cobras) in 2018 (30) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Keiron Jones (Mammoths) in 2018 (83) (Regular Season); Keiron Jones (Mammoths) in 2018 (83) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Jermiah Price (Sharks) in 2018 (16.5) (Regular Season); Jermiah Price (Sharks) in 2018 (16.5) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Seth Ellis (Sharks) in 2019 (13) (Regular Season); Seth Ellis (Sharks) in 2019 (14) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interception Return Yards: Kyle Griswould (Lions) in 2017 (190) (Regular Season); Kyle Griswould (Lions) (192) in 2017 (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
National Arena League Team Season Records
Passing Attempts: Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (545) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (583) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Columbus Lions in 2018 (307) (Regular Season); Columbus Lions in 2018 (344) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (3,677) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (3,898) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (89) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (104) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Orlando Predators in 2019 (39) (Regular Season); Orlando Predators in 2019 (39) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Attempts: Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (186) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2018 (192) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (643) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (720) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (34) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (37) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (878) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (1,015) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (651) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (688) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Maine Mammoths in 2018 (29) (Regular Season); Maine Mammoths in 2018 (29) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018

Field Goals Made: Maine Mammoths in 2018 (13) (Regular Season); Maine Mammoths in 2018 (13) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined) (Note: Mammoths didn’t make playoffs in 2018)

Extra Points Attempted: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (111) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (130) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Jacksonville Sharks in 2019 (94) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (102) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Carolina Cobras in 2018 (27) (Regular Season); Carolina Cobras in 2018 (30) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (443) (Regular Season); Massachusetts Pirates in 2018 (471) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Monterrey Steel in 2017 (47) (Regular Season); Monterrey Steel in 2017 (48) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Jacksonville Sharks in 2019 (36) (Regular Season); Jacksonville Sharks in 2017 (38) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
National Arena League All-Time History Individual Leaders
Passing Attempts: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (886) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (1,006) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Completions: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (528) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (601) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Yards: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (6,196) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (7,053) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Passing Touchdowns: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (153) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (175) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions Thrown: Charles McCullum (Cobras) (34) (Regular Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) (37) (Post-Season)

Rushing Attempts: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (221) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (240) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Yards (Net): Derrick Ross (Sharks) (832) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (901) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Rushing Touchdowns: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (44) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (46) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receptions: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (248) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (278) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Yards: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (2,594) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (2,909) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Receiving Touchdowns: Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (64) (Regular Season); Jarmon Fortson (Lions/Sharks) (66) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Points: Derrick Ross (Sharks) (290) (Regular Season); Derrick Ross (Sharks) (308) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Kick Return Yards: Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) (612) (Regular Season); Bones Bagaunte (Pirates) (612) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Attempted: Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) (37) (Regular Season); Spencer Hotaling (Steelhawks) (39) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Field Goals Made: Henry Nell (Mammoths) (12) (Regular Season); Henry Nell (Mammoths) (12) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Attempted: Brandon Behr (Sharks) (161) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) (178) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Extra Points Made: Brandon Behr (Sharks) (134) (Regular Season); Brandon Behr (Sharks) (151) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Deuces: Nick Belcher (Sharks/Cobras) (33) (Regular Season); Nick Belcher (Sharks/Cobras) (34) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Tackles: Michael Green (Cobras) (118.5) (Regular Season); Chris Pickett (Lions/Sharks/Predators) (134) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Sacks: Jermiah Price (Sharks) (25.5) (Regular Season); Jermiah Price (Sharks) (26.5) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)

Interceptions: Kyle Griswould (Lions) (20) (Regular Season); Kyle Griswould (Lions) (22) (Regular Season/Post-Season Combined)
Current Receiving Touchdown Streaks
Devin Wilson (Mammoths/Sharks) from 7.21.18 vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks to Current (18), Lavon Pearson (Pirates/Cobras) from 5.4.19 vs. Jacksonville Sharks to Current (13), Jordan Jolly (Cobras) from 6.30.19 at Orlando Predators to Current (7), Durron Neal (Sharks) from 7.27.19 vs. Orlando Predators to Current (3), Rob Brown (Predators) from 5.12.19 vs. New York Streets to Current (2), Prechae Rodriguez (Predators) from 4.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (2), Michael Lyons (Predators) from 7.19.19 vs. Columbus Lions to Current (2), Devonn Brown (Pirates) from 7.20.19 at Jacksonville Sharks to Current (2), James Summers (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions from 7.6.19 to Current (2), Rannell Hall (Pirates) from 7.27.19 vs. New York Streets to Current (2), Greg Carr (Predators) from 6.15.19 vs. Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Julius Gregory (Cobras) from 6.30.19 at Orlando Predators to Current (1), Cody Saul (Sharks) from 7.27.19 vs. Orlando Predators to Current (1), Darrin Peterson Jr. (Predators) from 7.27.19 at Jacksonville Sharks to Current (1), Devante Jenkins (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Edgar Poe Jr. (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1), Rob Jones (Streets) from 7.27.19 at Massachusetts Pirates to Current (1)
The Last Time It Happened…
250-Yard Passer: Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (258) (Post-Season); Mike Fafaul (Sharks) at Orlando Predators on 7.5.19 (262) (Regular Season)

300-Yard Passer: Charles McCullum (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (346) (Regular Season)

350-Yard Passer: N/A

400-Yard Passer: N/A

7+ Touchdown Passes: Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (7) (Post-Season); Charles McCullum (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (9) (Regular Season)

150-Yard Receiver: Paris Mack (Lions) at Massachusetts Pirates on 6.22.19 (173) (Regular Season)

2+ 100-Yard Receivers In One Game: Jordan Jolly (133), Kyrin Priester (118) (Cobras) at Orlando Predators on 6.30.19 (Regular Season)

10+ Receptions: Trevor Kennedy (Sharks) at Carolina Cobras on 8.14.18 (10) (Post-Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (11) (Regular Season)

5+ Receiving Touchdowns: N/A (Playoffs); Chris Sanders-McCollum (Lions) vs. Massachusetts Pirates on 5.11.19 (5) (Regular Season)

4 Receiving Touchdowns: Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (4) (Post-Season); Edgar Poe Jr. (Streets) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.22.19 (4) (Regular Season)

3 Receiving Touchdowns: Trevor Kennedy (Sharks) at Carolina Cobras on 8.14.18 (3) (Post-Season); Jordan Jolly (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (3) (Regular Season)

10+ Rushes: David Legree (Streets) at Jacksonville Sharks on 6.22.19 (10) (Regular Season)

3+ Rushing Touchdowns: Jeremy Johnson (Lions) at Massachusetts Pirates on 8.11.18 (4) (Post-Season); EJ Nemeth (Streets) vs. Columbus Lions on 6.8.19 (4) (Regular Season)

50+ Rushing Yards: Quayvon Hicks (Lions) at Carolina Cobras on 6.23.18 (60)

Kickoff Return For Touchdown: Tony Goodman (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (Regular Season)

2+ Interceptions: Pasquale Vacchio (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (2) (Regular Season)

Interception Return For A Touchdown: Cody Saul (Sharks) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.27.19 (Regular Season)

Fumble Return For A Touchdown: Christopher Gilchrist (Sharks) vs. Carolina Cobras on 8.17.19; Pasquale Vacchio (Cobras) vs. Orlando Predators on 7.13.19 (Regular Season)

Missed Field Goal Return For A Touchdown: Christopher Gilchrist (Sharks) vs. Carolina Cobras on 8.17.19 (Post-Season); John Hardy-Tuliau (Pirates) vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on 8.4.18

Safety: Walter Thomas (Cobras) vs. Columbus Lions on 8.27.18 (Post-Season); Mark Munson (Sharks) at Orlando Predators on 7.5.19 (Regular Season)

200+ All-Purpose Yards: Rob Jones (Streets) at Orlando Predators on 5.12.19 (225)

2+ Sacks: Anthony Ellis (Cobras) vs. Jacksonville Sharks on 8.14.18 (2) (Post-Season); Shawn Loiseau (Pirates) vs. New York Streets on 7.27.19 (2) (Regular Season)The post National Arena League All-Time Records appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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Cody Barber inspired by Kahzin Daniels Story

Earlier on in this 2019-2020 Indoor Football League off-season, an article detailing a new signee to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers was circulating through Facebook.

Linebacker Kahzin Daniels had been promoted to the team’s active roster after serving time on their practice squad this year.

It wasn’t just a normal story about a kid getting his shot, though. Daniels, like the IFL’s Cody Barber is blind in one of his eyes.

“I thought it was pretty sweet,” Barber said. “To see someone with the disadvantage [that I have] to come from something like that to make it to the top of the sport, that’s pretty cool. I wish him the best.”

Seeing the story gave Barber a level of inspiration to continue to improve his game ahead of the 2020 IFL season.

Even though this is big break for a player with a disadvantage like Barber’s, he doesn’t let it hinder him.

Not to mention, he’s never kicked a football in his life with two good eyes.

“You’re used to it,” Barber said. “I’ve probably kicked the ball a million times, none of them have been with two eyes, ever. I just got used to it and got into the mindset where I wasn’t going to use it as an excuse or anything like that. “

He kept on working at it, eventually kicking in college and onto the IFL.

However, next to his school listed on any roster he’s on, he will write, “Cody Barber, Coolidge HS (Arizona).” It’s where he got his start to his career and still resides in the off-season today.

“I made a decision where I was to just going to keep working and getting better,” Barber said. “That’s how I went about it.”

The Arizona native will spend his 2020 season with the Bismarck Bucks and head coach Rod Miller.

Barber elected to stick with the team after playing for them a year ago, because of Miller.

“That’s my man,” Barber said. “He’s a good dude, there’s no shady stuff with him. He keeps it straight forward and honest. He knows a lot about the game.”

Miller’s coached with a plethora of indoor football teams from the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul to the Bloomington Edge – where Barber and him were first acquainted.

Miller was the offensive coordinator there and the pair kept in touch ever since.

Barber thinks that it has set up the Bucks to be successful this season.

“A lot of people aren’t expecting us to do much of anything this year, but I think we’re going to turn a lot of heads,” Barber said. “We’ve been making some good moves especially on the offensive and defensive lines [and] we have our quarterback back.”

The Bucks re-signed Tasleem Wilson to lead the offense along with offensive lineman Ken Van Heule and defensive lineman LaTreze Mushatt.

That’s the kind of move that pays out well in the IFL.

“If you have [consistent players] at those positions, you’ll do well in the IFL,” Barber said. “I think we’ve attacked all three of those aspects of the game so far.”

Those aren’t the only notable players signing with the team, and not even the only notable ones at those positions, though they will be of great help.

Van Heule, for instance, brings championship experience to the team and was a former teammate of Barber’s at Iowa.

“Ken is going to be the anchor to that offensive line and we needed him there,” Barber said. “Every team he’s been on, he has produced. He’s won championships. He’s really good.”

The Bucks finished their 2019 campaign with a 2-12 record.

It left a sour taste in Barber’s mouth to give him that much more motivation for next season.

“I definitely think we could have won more games,” Barber said. “There’s definitely a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t know if everyone bought in to Coach Miller all that well. You could see it in their play. I know this year, with the guys Coach Miller is bringing in, they’re going to buy in and believe in him.”

Barber thinks that buying in is where the success will start, and if the 2020 Bucks can do that, they just might surprise some people.

“I’m always going to ride with him and I’m always going to believe in him,” Cody Barber said. “If we can get everyone [on board] with that, we’ll be pretty damn good.”The post Cody Barber inspired by Kahzin Daniels Story appeared first on Last Word on Sports.


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Toronto FC Remains Unbeaten in Last Ten, Hosts D.C. United in Playoffs

Toronto FC needed a win. And they needed a bunch of help.

On MLS’ Decision Day, Toronto FC not only defeated Columbus FC 1-0 but got the help they needed to finish fourth in the MLS East Standings. With Philadelphia United losing 2-0 to the Montreal Impact and FC Cincinnati and D.C. United draw, the Reds will now host a playoff game in two week’s time.

The match was a cagey affair to start between TFC and Columbus. Both squads were nervy, looking to keep the play in the midfield. Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney said in the first half interview that he wanted his team to “have more tempo and urgency,” given the playoff implications.

The second half was a complete contrast. Unlike the first half, where Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore could not convert on their chances, Alejandro Pouzelo saw nothing but net in the 58th minute. His 12th goal in his inaugural MLS season came from the free-kick, providing the Reds the lead that they rode to the final whistle.

The Toronto FC win did not come without consequences. In the second half, Jozy Altidore, who has seven goals for TFC this season, had to leave the game with an apparent ankle injury. After taking a hard tackle in Columbus’ end, Altidore gingerly walked over to the locker room, ending his regular-season campaign.

For Toronto FC, the 2019 season has epitomized transformation and perseverance. Coming into the year having not made the playoffs in the 2018 season, the Reds were in search of an identity and finding consistency all season long. But the resiliency and experience this team has demonstrated the last two months of the season have seen TFC go unbeaten in their last 10 games.
Toronto FC’s Resiliency Makes Them Difficult Playoff Opponent
No better example than in stoppage time, when Toronto FC had to stop a corner kick from Columbus. Their defenders, including goalkeeper Quintin Westberg, were never phased and cleared the ball out of their own zone. Sealing the season-ending victory.

In two weeks, Toronto FC will host D.C. United at BMO Field. Two previous matches against the two clubs have resulted in draws.

Given the consistent form and hot streak Toronto FC has been on the last few weeks, expect the Reds to be marching into the MLS Playoffs with a fervent chip on their shoulder.

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