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Transcript of Summer Sports
Cricket - Tennis - Swimming - Beach Volleyball - Surfing
Level of competition
Level of competition
Level of competition
Level of competition
Level of competition
Cricket is a game played with a bat and ball, between two opposing teams of 11 members. It is a single combat sport where one member of team referred to as a bowler propels the ball down a 22 yard pitch in attempt to dismiss a the opposing teams member referred to as a batmen’s, who purpose is to hit the ball in order to score points know as runs. (espncricinfo.com 2009)
To enjoy a game of cricket one only needs a bat, ball and a set of stumps (Three wooden pegs, garbage bins are often used as stumps across Australia in backyard cricket)
When cricket is played at competitive level the batman will require additional protective gear such as gloves, pads to protect legs, box to protect private parts, assortment of body guards and a helmet. (bbc.co.uk 2015)
Cricket is played across Australia in backyards, on the street, parks and beaches. With a major cricket ground in each state and territory. The Melbourne cricket ground (MCG) has a total capacity of 100,000 people.
Players can represent their local team from a junior level through to representing Australia at an international level. As a member of the Australian test team, 50 over squad or the 20/20 version of the game. (cricketaustralia.com 2014)
Tennis consists of either 2 players or 4 players hitting the ball back and forth over a central net with racquets. The objective being to score points, in order to win the sets, then the game and ultimately the match. Points are awarded when one player hits the ball over the net and the opposing player is unable to return the ball (The rules of Tennis 2013).
Tennis requires a minimum of a tennis racquet, one tennis ball and an opponent or wall. (Tennis Equipment 2008) To be a little more professional add a tennis net and court. Professional tennis players may also use additional racquet accessories such as grips, lead tape and vibration absorbers and have a racquet bag. Both professional and recreational players should also invest in sunscreen, water bottle and sweat towel (Tennis Australia 2015).
Tennis courts are located all over Australia. Some of these are attached to Tennis and leisure clubs, hotels and resorts. Tennis can also be played in any open space that is large enough (Tennis Australia 2015). Professionals play at major sporting complexes on competition courts like Rod Laver Arena.
Tennis can be played socially, junior competition, over 35’s, leagues or at professional level. The professional level extends to representing Australia in international events including the Olympics (Tennis Australia 2015).
Beach Volleyball is a variation of indoor Volleyball wherein two teams of two players each are divided by a net on a sand court. The objective is to hit the ball no more than three times before grounding the ball in the opposing team's court. A points system is used to determine scores and to decide the winning team (Volleyball Australia 2015).
A full game of Beach Volleyball requires relatively few pieces of equipment. Especially compared to other sports. The basic requirements are a beach volleyball itself and an elevated divider net. In addition the playing area must be clearly marked out. Special apparel such as knee guards and passing sleaves may or may not be legal depending on the tournament rules (Volleyball Australia 2015).
Beach Volleyball is, ironically, played almost exclusively on a Beach arena. There are exceptions to this, however. Casual, residential and training Beach Volleyball courts have been erected where a suitable beach location is unavailable or not practical. Some tournaments also opt for an artificial arena for various purposes (Australian Beach Volleyball Tour 2015).
Beach Volleyball is played at all levels from Amateur to Professional. It is a sport that began as a casual offshoot of Volleyball. The sport has only recently been added as an official Olympic Sport but is already highly competitive (Australian Beach Volleyball Tour 2015).
Surfing is a watersport in which an individual uses a surf board to ride breaking waves in the ocean towards the shore. The aim of surfing is to ride the wave as long as possible and this can be done standing, kneeling, or in the prone position. (Mary McMahon 2013)
The main equipment required for surfing is a surfboard. The other main accessories are wax to help the rider stay on the board and a leg rope that attaches the rider to the board. Sunscreen, wetsuits and rash vests are optional extras and are worn at the discretion of the rider. (Phil Macdonald 2009)
Surfing can be undertaken anywhere there is waves of sufficient size to ride. This varies from Beaches, reefs, and point breaks. Australia is world renowned for its beach surfing destinations. Two of the best surfing locations in Australia are Byron Bay (NSW and Point Break (QLD). (Australian Geographic 2014)
Surfing can be conducted recreationally or professionally. There are 10 recognized levels of surfing skills as determined by the Academy of surfing instructors. Levels 2-3 represents beginners and level 10 would represent and elite advanced surfers. An elite advance surfer could be able to compete in surfing competitions such as Quicksilver Pro. (Academy of Surfing Instructors 2003)
Assessment 2A: Producing an online informational resource
During this presentation we will be looking at five iconic Australian Summer Sports. This presentation will cover the description, equipment required, location it is played/conducted and the levels of competition for each sport. This presentation is compiled using information found online. Our presentation has only used sources that are considered to be credible and reliable. Each source has been evaluated by the authors using the five criteria set out by Metzger, accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage or scope of the information presented and its source. (Journal of Pragmatics, 2013 P. 210-220).
During this presentation we have taken a look at five Australian summer sports, Cricket, Tennis, Swimming, Surfing and Beach Volley Ball. We have given a brief overview of each sports description, the equipment required, location played and levels of competition. We hope you have found this presentation informative and welcome you to use the reference links after each section to discover more about these sports.
Metzger,M,J, (2007), Making sense of credibility on the web: Models for evaluating online information and recommendations for future, Journal of the America Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(13) 2078-2091
The Rules of Tennis 2013, Tennis Guide: Rules, Viewed 5 January 2015
Tennis Australia 2015, Play, Equipment Tennis Australia <http://www.tennis.com.au/play/equipment/what-equipment-do-i-need-to-play-tennis>
Tennis Australia 2015, Play, Tennis Australia, Viewed 9 January 2015, <http://www.tennis.com.au/play>
Tennis Australia 2015, Learn, Tennis Australia, Viewed 9 January 2015, <http://www.tennis.com.au/learn/ways-to-play>
Cricketinfo 2009, Descriptions of the game for spectators, Viewed 2 Janurary 2015 <http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ABOUT_CRICKET/EXPLANATION/>
BBC Sport 2015, Cricket equipment guide, Viewed 4 January 2015
MCG 2014, MCG Facts and Figures, Viewed 7January 2015
Cricket Australia 2014, Competitions, Viewd Januray 8 2015
McMahon, M 2014, What is Surfing?, wiseGEEK, viewed 12 January 2014,
Ocean/Earth 2009, Learn to Surf Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Equipment, May 22, viewed 12 January 2014,
Unknown author, 2014, Australia’s 8 greatest surf spots, Australian Geographic, viewed 12 January 2014,
Unknown author, 2003, ASI Learn to Surf Skill Levels, Academy of Surfing Instructors, viewed 12 January 2014,
Volleyball Australia, (2015), Overview, viewed 12 January 2015
Australian Beach Volleyball Tour, (2015), about, viewed 12 January 2015