SCCA Offers Starting Line Schools for Amateur Racers

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Starting Line Schools
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A senior manager with Congruity in Pembroke, Massachusetts, Evan Loring helps large companies manage their annual expenditures on information technology. Outside of the office, Evan Loring pursues an interest in auto racing through a membership in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

A membership organization for road racing, rallying, and autocross enthusiasts, SCCA oversees a variety of programs and events that give individuals the opportunity to take part in racing both on and off the track. Those just starting out as amateur racers can benefit from several SCCA offerings, including the SCCA Starting Line schools.

Supported through a partnership between SCCA and Tire Rack, Starting Line schools feature a full day of instruction that introduces amateur racers to performance driving. Starting Line students receive guidance from professional driving instructors in the areas of autocross, rallycross, and track racing. In addition to covering the intricacies of performance driving, the schools give drivers the opportunity to learn about and become more comfortable with the dynamics of their vehicles.

Along with the driving instruction, Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line school participants receive an SCCA membership, subscriptions to two racing magazines, and entries for future SCCA events. To learn more about Starting Line and other SCCA programs, visit www.scca.com.

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Harvard’s Little Red Flag

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A senior director at Congruity, an information technology solutions company based in Massachusetts, Evan Loring works to grow the firm’s enterprise business segments. Prior to his position at Congruity, Evan Loring served as the receivers coach for the Harvard football team. Harvard, an American university with a rich history, has many traditions, one of which appears at every Harvard vs. Yale football game.

Harvard and Yale have one of the oldest sports rivalries in the nation, making the Harvard-Yale game an annual expedition for many alumni. At each game, fans can count on seeing the “little red flag,” a crimson flag on which an olive green “H” is embroidered.

Just like Harvard, the flag has a rich history, stretching all the way back to 1884 when Frederick Plummer, at freshman at the time, attached it to the end of a walking stick and took it to the Harvard-Yale game. It reappeared at every Harvard-Yale game for many years until Plummer died in 1949.

After Plummer’s death, the Harvard fan with the distinction of attending the most Harvard-Yale games began carrying the flag. It changed hands several times until 2001, when Friends of Harvard Football bestowed the honor on William Markus, an alumnus who was designated a “superfan” and has diligently supported Harvard and its athletic program. These days, the original flag is kept in a secret location on Harvard’s campus until the annual Harvard-Yale football game.

Three Skills Scouts Look for in Wide Receivers

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Evan Loring – Wide Receivers Coach at Harvard

Based in Pembroke, Massachusetts, Evan Loring serves as a senior manager with Congruity, where he manages annual IT budgets for large enterprise businesses. Before taking up his current responsibilities, Evan Loring spent two years as a wide receiver coach at Harvard University.

From college football up through the NFL, scouts look for specific qualities in their wide receiver prospects. Here are three receiver skills commonly sought after by scouts.

1) Athleticism – Although the exact definition of athleticism is hard to pin down, every successful wide receiver must be able to excel at the physical aspects of the position. Soft hands rank at the top of the list for players whose job it is to catch the ball. Receivers must be able to run fast, jump high, and move their bodies in space. Strength is also important, as it enables receivers to get off the line and win battles against defensive backs.

2) Route-running – Not only must receivers have technical ability, but they also must be able to find open spaces on the field. Less-athletic wide receivers often outpace elite athletes due to their superior route-running ability, which translates into more reliable yardage on a given play.

3) Blocking – Often considered a secondary requirement of the receiver position, blocking can play an incredibly important role in the offense. Particularly in field-stretching plays such as sweeps and screens, blocking can spell the difference between no gain and a first down or more.

Three-Pointers Have Changed Basketball

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Three-Pointers
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Evan Loring, a senior director at Congruity, based in Pembrooke, Massachusetts, manages IT budgets for enterprise corporations, by identifying cost savings strategies for their support and maintenance costs. A former assistant coach with the Harvard University football program, Evan Loring enjoys several different athletic activities including football and basketball.

When the three-point line was added during the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 1979-80 season, officials had no idea that it would completely change the face of the sport. Games that were generally centralized and featured a rare long shot, have changed into contests that can easily cover a much wider area. As a result, both offensive and defensive strategies have been forced to adapt.

Experts have analyzed the benefit of the three-point shot and determined that it has become an important fixture in the game of basketball. For instance, the teams that shot the most three-pointers with the best success rate were the teams that played in the NBA conference finals during the 2015-16 season.

Steph Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, has made a name for himself as a three-point shooter. In the 2015-16 season, he broke his own record with an astonishing 402 three-point shots. His technique has been so effective that his pull up three-pointer has been analyzed and incorporated into the technical instruction of other teams.