Native American Dream Catchers

A Native American dream catcher is a beautiful handmade work of art that has been made for many generations. Each dream catcher is unique with a variety of colors and styles. Once the hoop has been crafted and wrapped in leather, the dream catcher can then be personalized with items considered sacred. You will commonly see that they are usually decorated with feathers and beads.

Through out the years, dream catchers have become more of an Indian wall art than what they were typically made for. This Native American symbol was traditionally made for catching the children’s dreams. It was told that it would protect the children from nightmares as they asleep. The dream catcher was to be hung over the child’s bed and while they were sleeping, it would filter their dreams. The good dreams would pass through the center hole and slip down the feathers to the sleeping child. The bad dreams would be caught or trapped in the web and at dawn they would perish at the first struck of sun light.

The dream catcher has played a huge role in the Native American culture for many years. The hoop of the dream catcher is a significant component that symbolized unity and strength. You can find many symbols that have started from the basic hoop, and the dream catcher is one of the famous ones. You will see that many of these are uniquely handmade by local artists of Native American Indian tribes.

These hand crafted items are a great way to bring history and culture into your southwestern or Native style home. Your home decor will be unique with a one-of-a-kind dream catcher. Some are usually made the same way, but with different bead work and various feathers for decoration. You can even find that some of the Native American style dream catchers are made with a natural shed deer antler for a unique wall decor design. They are sometimes made with not only the beads, feather and leather, but with a medicine wheel and/or medicine bag.

Any home decor would be complete with a simple dream catcher. Although, hanging one of these native symbols as a part of your wall decor would be a perfect way to embrace the Native American culture. Not only are you improving your southwest or western decor, you will also be given the chance to instill a part of history to someone that enters your home. When you really look at a dream catcher, you can see the detailed work it took to make one. It is thrilling to know that through the generations that some of the Native American tribes still know how to make dream catchers.

I have seen dream catchers used for many types of decor. You commonly see them hung as an accent for Indian wall art. You may even see them hung from the rear view mirrors in vehicles. I have known for some to display them on a wreath for their front door. Having a wreath handcrafted with many Native American style symbols is truly a unique way to welcome guests in your home. There are many ways to be creative when accenting your native or southwestern style decor.

Whether you choose to display one over your sleeping child or as a part of your wall decor, you will enjoy having a piece of the Native American culture in your southwestern home. The great fact about dream catchers is that they can be displayed in any western home, log cabin, or rustic lodge. Native American dream catchers will continue being a tradition for the American Indians culture and history for all the years to come.

Best Fantasy Baseball Catchers 2009

The catcher position in past seasons has been one that was just filler. For real Baseball teams the defense that a catcher provides is far more important than there offensive value. Since all we care about as fantasy baseball managers is offensive production the catcher spot has usually been a position that is drafted later in the draft. Here are my tier rankings for fantasy baseball catchers in 2009. When looking at this the player predicted stats are formatted as follows: (HR/RBI/R/AVG/SB)

The tier one of catchers is usually drafted in the 4th through 6th rounds. The fantasy managers that draft a catcher in these early rounds are usually managers that are using the position scarcity strategy. It is my suggestion however that even in using this strategy you wait till the 2nd tier of fantasy baseball catchers to begin drafting them. So with out any more of a hold up here are my Fantasy baseball tier rankings for catchers:

Tier 1.

1. Joe Mauer. (12/85/95/.330/5)

Joe lives on the base paths. He has an absolute ridiculous on base percentage. He will help your team with batting average, and score plenty of runs. If you are looking for a catcher that will play almost every day and score a lot of runs Mr. Mauer is your man!

2. Brian McCann. (20/85/60/.290/2)

Look for McCann to take a step back in production. However his numbers will still keep him in the top tier of fantasy baseball catchers. Don’t forget that Brian plays for a falling team and could be traded at any time to a true competitor.

3. Russell Martin. (12/65/85/.280/20)

A catcher with 20 steal potential, that is quite un-heard of. if you are looking for a super speedy team and would like some speed at the catcher position the Russell is the catcher for you. He is the only catcher in this years draft that has 20/20 potential, however i don’t see him increasing his home runs over last year.

That sums is up for tier 1 of fantasy baseball catchers. The only reason that anyone should be drafting these guys is if they are using the position scarcity fantasy baseball strategy.

Tier 2.

4. Victor Martinez. (20/100/80/.295/0)

If he is healthy this year he should hit at least 20 home runs. If you feel the big V-Mart will return back to form and can stay healthy all year then wait till the 1st tier of catcher’s have been taking, wait till around the 7th round and steal him because he will be a bargain that late in the draft.

5. Geovany Soto. (20/80/70/.280/0)

After putting up insane fantasy baseball numbers last year i would expect a small sophomore slump from him. He will still be a great catcher to have on any team, however don’t look for a repeat of last year.

6. Ryan Doumit. (14/70/70/.310/2)

He plays for the pirates… With no one hitting around him his RBI’s could go down.

7. Chris Iannetta. (22/75/60/.265/0)

He plays in the hitter friendly park. However the Rockies offense is well, a bit rocky. they have lost Holiday, however if this guy plays in more than 100 games this year look for him to be a HR factor on your team.

Tier 3.

8. Matt Wieters. (no idea)

How can a guy that has never played in a big league game get this kind of a ranking? He deserves it. The question is no longer if he gets called up, its when. When he does make sure he is on your roster.

9. Jorge Posada. (15/80/85/.280/2)

He is getting old. However he plays for the Yankees. its pretty much a guarantee that every time he comes up to the plate there will be a man on base.

10. Bengie Molina. (18/85/45/.275/0)

His RBI totals last year were insane! look for them to drop back to earth.

Tier 4.

11. Dioner Navarro. (8/60/45/.290/2)

He plays for the Rays. They have a great offense and hitting can be contagious.

12. Mike Napoli. (20/70/50/.245/5)

Can he play an entire season? This guy can hit if the Angels will let him. He is a risk, but the reward is a catcher that could possibly hit 25+ home runs. He is in the 4th tier because of the risk factor.

13. A.J. Pierzynski. (10/55/60/.280/1)

He is getting older and plays Catcher. His numbers will drop. But he will get the job done, her certainly will not hurt you in any category.

14. Pablo Sandoval. (10/75/70/.300/0)

This guy is the next Joe Mauer in the making. He gives you average and RBI’s. If he gets more playing time his numbers should reach some nice heights. He also has 1st and 3rd base eligibility.

15. Ramon Hernandez. (10/ 60/50/.265/0)

These number are terrible, look to get someone else.

With the catcher position being so weak this year it really doesn’t matter who you get, just get someone that you believe will play ever day. That sums up my Tier rankings for Fantasy Catchers. Make sure to check out my other fantasy baseball tier rankings here.

Catchers Equipment Includes the Catchers Mask, Mitt, Shin Guards, and Chest Protector

Just about every summer our grandchildren go to live with us. It is just a very delightful period of time for my family. Our 13 year old grandson plays in a baseball league and our eight year old granddaughter is beginning to play competitive softball. We enjoy going to the playing fields and observing the children play the game. We try and help our single parent daughter out by purchasing our kids’ softball and baseball equipment for him or her. This season the focal point was on softball sports equipment because our granddaughter was in the beginning stages.

We had certain softball and baseball equipment before now. Over time we have got our fair share of baseball and softball bats. My wife and I usually like to get the grandson a brand-new baseball bat each year. That way he can take the old bats home and practice there. He has likewise cracked or lost his fair share of helmets for baseball. I’m not sure what he does to or with these baseball batting helmets, I’m afraid to enquire. This summer both of them new protective helmets for baseball. and softball. I hoped both the hitting helmets will last for the year. In terms of baseball & softball bats, we had to buy a variety. Our granddaughter needed one of an alternative measurement then her sibling. Judy believed she definitely required a softball bat particularly crafted for the sport. When I attempted to describe to her that baseball & softball bats are the same, she replied no. She is confident that softball bats are different.

My daughter and granddaughter feel all softball sports equipment is completely different from baseball gear also. I needed to trust my grand son which helped me to get my item through concerning softball sports equipment. I believe the boys are completely wrong regarding beginner bats. I later on determined that mainly bats for older ages differ significantly. So the grandparents hunted for all sorts of competitive softball equipment. 1st we bought the softball bats. After that we chose our softball batting helmet. It was extremely important to pick softball batting helmets which fit properly. Our grandson bats as a a lefty hitter so his helmets for baseball include the right ear flap. Often he plays catcher and so he also got the 2 earflap catcher’s helmet. Our granddaughter hits right handed so her softball batting helmets have the left earflap. Of course the girl looks up to her big brother so she had to play catcher. Our daughter had previously informed us. She had to obtain a catchers helmet as well. As it turned out our granddaughter actually liked being catcher. Not simply did we buy her the catchers helmet, we got her softball protective gear too. In addition to the catching helmet, softball protective gear consists of a mask, catcher’s mitt, shin guards and chest protection. I thought her softball catcher’s equipment was going to end up very expensive, however the additional items were not much more compared to the catchers glove.

All told we didn’t hurt our pocket book too much this season. Even with the brand new baseball softball bats, the new helmets for baseball, the brand new fastpitch softball batting helmets and the catchers helmets for each kid, we stayed within our budget. We at the same time were able to sell off a few of our grandson’s old batting helmets for baseball and their second-hand baseball & softball bats. Which helped. It is enjoyable for grandparents like us to take part in our grandchildren’s sporting activities. I think it’s really made it easier for us be closer for many years. We look forward to their summer vacations as well as the hours we all put in collectively out there on the fields. I am just so glad our granddaughter enjoyed her 1st year of softball. My wife and I are looking forward to our summer tradition going on for a long time.