Common Fouls Called in Basketball

A prominent figure in the Lake Charles, Louisiana, business and local community, Steve Blount currently owns and operates Professional Retirement Consultants, LLC. Steve Blount also has helped establish a youth sports league in Lake Charles designed specifically for disadvantaged children. He is also the founding member of the Moss Bluff Recreation Youth Basketball League, llc. He is also in the process of forming an adult volleyball and basketball league.

A few of the most common fouls called in basketball include:

Charging—A personal foul that is called when an offensive player makes contact with an opposing player who has already firmly established his or her position on the court.

Flagrant foul—An action committed against an opposing player that is deemed to be violent and unnecessary. When a flagrant foul is committed, the player who committed the foul is ejected from the game, while the opposing team is awarded two free throws and possession of the ball.

Reaching in—This foul is called when a defensive player extends his or her arm and makes contact with the ball handler’s arm in an attempt to steal the ball.


A Beginner’s Guide to Duck Hunting By Steve Blount of Lake Charles, Louisiana

Newcomers to duck hunting are often attracted to the pastime because it combines the thrill of shooting with the skills of duck calling and decoying. Before you hit the water, master the following tips.

1. Dress appropriately. A pair of neoprene waders keeps your legs warm and dry. Up top, wear a parka made from a windproof and waterproof material. If you are placing decoys, bring long, neoprene gloves. Also, ducks and other waterfowl can detect slight differences in color, so hunters need to choose clothing that provides camouflage appropriate to their surroundings.

2. Stay concealed. The camouflage-patterned clothing helps, but consider a duck blind as well. Temporary blinds, consisting of a large piece of camouflage-print material and a few stakes, are inexpensive and allow you to move location when the birds’ flight pattern changes. If you want to spend more, purchase a boat blind.

3. Practice identification. Abiding by duck-hunting regulations is important, and that means you must correctly identify them. Armed with binoculars and a bird book, you should study their shape, size, plumage, color patterns, and flocking behavior.

4. Master your calls. Ducks make a variety of vocal sounds ranging from low grunts to high-pitched whistles. Also, the female’s call may differ from that of a male.

5. Research decoys. They should match the species you are hunting, of course, but their placement should vary based on the species. A large number of decoys reassures the flock that it is safe to land.

About Steve Blount:
A financial planner specializing in retirement and estates, Steve Blount enjoys hunting near his home of Lake Charles, Louisiana, located on two major migration paths.

Steve Blount’s Tips for Amateur Duck Hunters

A resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Steve Blount enjoys fishing and hunting. Steve Blount regularly hunts both deer and duck, often serving as a guide to individuals in the greater Lake Charles area. Here are some of his tips for people who are new to duck hunting:

1. Find an experienced hunter as a mentor. This is the best way to learn about migration patterns and feeding behavior. Also, a mentor can ensure that novices are licensed and have all the proper equipment.

2. Master bird calls as quickly as possible. This task may seem overwhelming at first, but novices need only learn a few calls that will be used regularly in the area where the novice will hunt.

3. Wear camouflage from head to toe. Ducks see colors more vibrantly than humans, so it is important for hunters to blend into their surroundings really well.

4. Invest in quality decoys and learn how to deploy them properly. Hunters use different formations to attract different types of waterfowl. Also, many hunters believe that more is better in terms of decoys. When birds see more decoys, the birds will feel that it is safer for them to land.

Tips for Coaching Young Players, by Steve Blount

A professional who resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Steve Blount spends a portion of his leisure time coaching various youth sports. Here, he describes a few pointers for coaching youngsters.

Tip One: Understand each player’s developmental stage. Adjust your style to suit their skill levels based on what is possible for their age group and their individual abilities.

Tip Two: Set reasonable goals for children to achieve. Goals can be set for a game, a series, or for a season. Ask players to think about their individual goals, as well.

Tip Three: Establish clear rules. Clearly communicate expectations about attendance, sportsmanship, and other requirements to children and their parents.

Tip Four: Offer a lot of praise. Verbally reinforce accomplishments with individual players and the entire team. This makes it easier for children to digest constructive criticism.

Tip Five: Analyze failure. As a team, talk about what went wrong and discuss ways the team, as a whole, can improve.

About Steve Blount: An award-winning financial planner, Mr. Blount coaches children through Buddy Ball Sports, LLC, a Lake Charles-area league for disadvantaged youth.

Jim Yarbrough Grows a Tradition of Success at Southeastern Louisiana University By Steve Blount

At Southeastern Louisiana University, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Yarbrough has led the Lions in six winning seasons. With 96 wins to date, his record is third in school history and his winning percentage of .527 is the best the school has seen. Under his leadership, the team has developed into one of Louisiana’s top Division I programs.

Since beginning as an eighth grade basketball coach 24 seasons ago, Yarbrough has taken great strides in his coaching career. He spent six highly successful years coaching at the College of Charleston, and then accepted his first head coaching job in 2000 at Valdosta State University. Yarbrough was subsequently appointed Southeastern’s head coach in June 2005.

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Yarbrough graduated from Florida State University and is married with two children.

About the Author:
A sports enthusiast and graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Steve Blount of Lake Charles, Louisiana, serves as the current president of the Moss Bluff Recreational Basketball League. Additionally, he coaches youth teams and runs Buddy Ball Sports, LLC. Steve Blount is the owner of Professional Retirement Consultants, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Visiting the Charpentier Historic District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, by Steve Blount

The French were the first European settlers of Lake Charles in the 1760s. In the 1800s, a lumber boom in the area attracted a migration of settlers who were heavily influenced from the Victorian style of architecture popular at that time. Because there were no true architects in the area until the early 20th century, each house constructed in earlier decades reflects the unique characteristics of carpenter architects who freely designed as they built.

These artisans creatively combined different elements and style details from pattern books. The Architectural Historian for Louisiana, Jonathan Fricker, dubbed this as “Lake Charles Style Architecture.” About 40 blocks in downtown Lake Charles contain buildings with this architectural style, and the area is now designated as the Charpentier Historic District. Charpentier is French for “carpenter.” Since 1990, this district has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors find the Charpentier Historic District to be a lively area, with tourists eagerly studying the stunning architecture and frequenting the local restaurants and unique shops. Also located in this area are the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, with the Mardi Gras Museum, art galleries, and a theatre for the performing arts. Walking and driving tours of the Charpentier Historic District may be of interest to visitors. Although homes in this district are privately owned, some homes offer private tours. For more information about Charpentier Historic District tours, visit the website of the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau:

About the author: A resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Steve Blount owns PRC™ Professional Retirement Consultants, LLC, which offers insurance planning and financial advisory services. Active in the Lake Charles community, Mr. Blount volunteers with the Lions Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Moss Bluff Recreation Basketball League, and other civic groups.

Steve Blount on Louisiana 200 Years Ago

2012 marks the 200 year anniversary since Louisiana qualified for American statehood. As the state celebrates this momentous occasion with a variety of festivals and parades, a look back at Louisiana’s 1812 beginnings provides an enormous insight into the state’s unique history and culture.
The territory was purchased in 1803 and subdivided in 1804. From 1812 it was governed by William C. C. Claiborne. The area was defined by a number of cities, all of which today are of major importance to the development of Louisiana. Most notably, New Orleans was the largest city in the South, and remains an important export destination for the Mississippi Valley. Lake Charles was not established until much later in Louisiana’s history, with a founding date of 1861. It flourished with a strong petrochemical industry in the 1900s.

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Louisiana Bicentennial 2012

Along with colonial settlers, a number of Native American nations inhabited the Louisiana region in 1812 and beyond. With rapid economic development through the agriculture, finance and trade industries, Louisiana quickly established itself as a financial and trade hub, and benefited from the production of both cotton and sugar.

About the author: A highly respected financial advisor and estate planner, Steve Blount is a Lake Charles resident in Louisiana. With 25 years of experience in finance, Steve Blount is the owner of Professional Retirement Consultants, LLC, based in Lake Charles.