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Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

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Hone skills and technique with clinics taught by former semi-pro and collegiate players

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Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required by 7/31/2015. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

$25 for Level 1 - Beginner Soccer Clinic for one ($50 value)

$25 for Level 2 - Intermediate Soccer Clinic for one ($50 value)

$39 for Level 1 - Beginner Soccer Clinic for two ($100 value)

$39 for Level 2 - Intermediate Soccer Clinic for two ($100 value)

Session Dates:

  • Level 1: August 1 from 9 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.
  • Level 2: August 1 from 10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

The Level 1 clinic for those who are new to the game or haven’t played in years. Level 2 is for those who played in high school or college, or in an intramural league for at least two years. Each clinic lasts about one hour and 15-minutes.

Bending the Ball: A New Spin on Soccer Shots

Whenever a soccer ball curves, seemingly changing its orbit in midair, NASA scientists may rush to classify it as a planet. But in fact, the movement is due to yet another physics concept pioneered by Isaac Newton: the Magnus effect, a phenomenon first described in regard to tennis. Newton noted that topspin made the ball dip, whereas backspin made for a straighter trajectory. In other words, the way a ball spins affects its path in the air.

Usually, a ball curves in the same direction in which it’s spinning; air moves with the ball on the side that spins forward, pushing it in the other direction. A ball spinning counter-clockwise, for example, tends to bend to the left. But a ball’s movement may not always be so easy to predict. Its trajectory is also affected by the smoothness of the ball’s surface. In fact, a perfectly smooth (or laminar) ball would likely curve in the opposite direction of a rough-surfaced (or turbulent) ball when kicked in exactly the same manner.

Of course, nobody plays soccer with a perfectly smooth ball, despite the substantial benefit it would have on blooper-reel ratings. Even so, different stitching patterns do alter the roughness of a ball’s surface. This is why there seems to be a controversy every four years over a new ball design—even the coolest new look can have a drastic effect on a ball’s in-flight physics.

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    Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

    401 I St. SW

    Washington, DC 20024


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