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The American Forestry Association is over 100 years old and is America’s oldest forest conservation society. The American Forestry Association engages in activities to promote the growth of trees around the globe.

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    • What is the difference between individual and dual sports?

      Q: What is the difference between individual and dual sports?

      A: In an individual sport, a player competes individually, without a partner. In a dual sport, often also called a team sport, a player has two or more partners, or teammates. An example of an individual sport is tennis, because opposing players compete as individuals. However, doubles tennis is an example of a dual sport, because each individual is on a team with one other person.
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    • Why is sportsmanship important?

      Q: Why is sportsmanship important?

      A: Good sportsmanship is important not only as a practice of etiquette and respect in sports but also because it helps teach young athletes good behavior that carries over into other aspects of life. For example, a young athlete who believes that it is appropriate to gloat when his or her team wins may believe that such condescending and rude behavior is appropriate in other aspects of life. While sports provide physical activity and competition, these activities are also forms of social engagement that are guided by a set of behavioral rules much in the same way that other activities like business place a secondary emphasis on social behavior.
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    • What are the qualifications needed to become an All-America athlete?

      Q: What are the qualifications needed to become an All-America athlete?

      A: The requirements for becoming an All-America athlete at the college level vary by sport. For example, in soccer, achieving the recognition requires a grade-point average of at least 3.3 on a four-point scale. The athlete must start in more than half of the team's games and must contribute to the team.
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    • How long does an NHL game last?

      Q: How long does an NHL game last?

      A: A regulation NHL game is 60 minutes of actual play time; however, the game time lasts approximately two and a half hours with intermissions and timeouts. The length of a game can be extended in the event of a delay or overtime.
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    • How long does an average volleyball game last?

      Q: How long does an average volleyball game last?

      A: In professional play, volleyball games usually last 60 minutes, while social play is generally 45 minutes overall. Six players are positioned on opposite sides of the net, with three in the front and three in the back on either side.
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    • How fast does Jennie Finch pitch?

      Q: How fast does Jennie Finch pitch?

      A: Although softball pitcher Jennie Finch is sometimes cited as throwing pitches around 90 miles per hour, her average pitch speed is 65 miles per hour. This discrepancy in reported speed is because a softball mound is closer to home plate than in baseball.
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    • Where did drag racing originate?

      Q: Where did drag racing originate?

      A: The world's first drag races took place in California's Mojave Desert, where dried-out lake beds provided the perfect locale for uninterrupted racing. According to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), drag racing's official governing body, an American man named Wally Parks is largely responsible for the development of organized drag racing. After serving in World War II, Parks helped to found the first organized drag racing body, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), which held its first official event in California's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1949.
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    • Who is the First Lady of Drag Racing?

      Q: Who is the First Lady of Drag Racing?

      A: American Shirley Muldowney has been given the nickname "the First Lady of Drag Racing" thanks to her trailblazing efforts at a time when not many women were involved with the sport. In addition to being a pioneer for women in a male-dominated sport, Muldowney is also a record-breaking racer. Muldowney was the first woman to receive an official Top Fuel dragster license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the governing body of drag racing, and she went on to win multiple NHRA Top Fuel championships. Muldowney's wins in 1977 and 1980 made her the first person to ever win two Top Fuel titles.
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    • How dangerous is drag racing?

      Q: How dangerous is drag racing?

      A: There is a risk involved with professional, organized drag racing that takes place on a track, but given how many people have participated in these events over the years and how rare serious injury or death is, it can be considered a reasonably safe, though risky, activity. Drag racing is overseen by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), a professional organization which has implemented many safety standards for professional drag racers. The NHRA is particularly quick to respond with the implementation of new safety regulations after a fatal accident.
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    • What is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

      Q: What is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

      A: The 24 Hours of Le Mans, or 24 Heures du Mans, is a world-class endurance racing event held annually in Le Mans, France. Teams of three drivers take turns driving a team vehicle around the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe for 24 hours. The team that covers the most miles wins the prestigious event.
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    • What is a hare scramble?

      Q: What is a hare scramble?

      A: A hare scramble is a type of off-road, outdoor motorcycle race. These are at least semi-official races that are performed on a designated course that is typically more than 2 miles long. In addition to variations in distance, hare scramble races can also vary in average race time.
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    • What was the Powder Puff National Championship?

      Q: What was the Powder Puff National Championship?

      A: In its first year, 1974, the Women's Motocross Nationals competition was known as the Powder Puff National Championship. Women have been steadily involved in motocross for decades, and though it took the women's event some years to be fully recognized, by the early 21st century, women's motocross events came to resemble men's events, with some high-profile racers enjoying corporate sponsorships from companies such as Honda and Red Bull. Some of the biggest female names in motocross through the decades include Sue Fish, Mercedes Gonzalez, Dee Wood, Jessica Patterson and Ashley Fiolek.
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