Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
• First, I think that I need to develop my sense of space. I'm not sure if the court we play on is actually regulation size although I think it is. Therefore, I need to discover how to use space efficiently. While watching the Atlanta Synergy one day, the announcer emphasized how they do not necessarily look to pass to a teammate as much as they try to pass to an open space on the floor. I need to think about how I can use space to help my teammates.
• Once I learn how to pass to the open space, I need to be able to use open space better when I do not have the ball to be in position to receive passes and make plays. Namely, this involves anticipating a pass back when the ball is tied up between two opposing players. I try to do this, but I definitely can still continue improving my senses.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Photo by Keith Allison on Flickr
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Photo by Power Soccer Shop
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
• I have realized something very important about myself. Basically, in order to drive backwards quickly I need to hold my control differently than going forward quickly. So, I need to remember that and make a conscious effort to move my hands as quickly as possible.
• I need to remember that there is a time to pass, but there is also time to push the ball as an individual. Sometimes, if I drive the ball forward there might be a better opportunity to pass later. There is an important distinction between when to pass and when to dribble on. I tend to pass even if I have room in front of me to keep on pushing the ball which is a mistake.
• I need to get better at my one-on-one skills. I can play defense pretty well and I am pretty solid in the box, but I need to learn how to get around people on offense. I do have one nice move that tends to work very well, but as I've learned from basketball, post players need one solid post move, and then they need a move that will enable the player to not become too predictable. In theory, the second move would appear like the first one except have a different result so that if the defender anticipates the first move, it would appear different.
I hope you all enjoy this because I know that it is good for me to actually set goals.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I love my new power soccer chair although I guess it really isn't new anymore. Anyway, another thing I love about it is that it came with a metal guard. However, I'm starting to think about metal guards and what shape produces the best power from a physics perspective or if it really matters. Let me give a rundown of the different types.
Kick It Shop and is sold for $399.98. It looks very similar to the one I use except for it has sharper corners. I think that it would work very well because personally when I used to play with a plastic guard, I liked having square corners because I felt like they hit harder.
The third type of guard is also produced by the Kick It Shop and is also sold for $399.98. Personally, I think that this guard looks great for an experienced player. I feel like it might be hard to control the ball at first because the rounded design might make it easier for the ball to slip off while dribbling forward. However, the rounded front also allows for several shots at angles that a square guard could not make which is definitely valuable and unexpected.
So, I have no idea if the design matters at all in the power. It may be as simple as the different types of metal used. Can anyone float some physics knowledge out to inform us all about what shape, if any, would allow for the most power with a similar shot or spin?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Photo by PuttyApp.com on Flickr
Sunday, November 14, 2010
• I need to see the floor better in order to better use my teammates who might be cutting down the floor.
• As I somewhat learned yesterday, I need to anticipate where the ball is going so that I am able to meet it with a solid spin kick. However, I am going to get my turn speed potentially turned up tomorrow by my mechanic so that I will be able to get a more solid spin kick without getting a reverse start.
• I need to improve my one-on-one game that I am able to slip by defenders more efficiently. If my turn speed can go up, this might help me improve that.
So, these are my three main points for tomorrow night that I want to work on. Hopefully, I will be able to develop myself.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Photo by joiseyshowaa on Flickr
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
• Spin kicking is incredibly important. I always knew that, but I am realizing that I really need to become better at it to reach another level.
• Of course, I need to improve at playing in reverse. Since I have a limited range of motion, this is a slight problem, but many other players have overcome it so I will just need to work harder than most.
• One of my new pet projects that is sort of related to number one is a 180° spin kick. A little bit different than the average 90° spin kick and a little more difficult, but I think I can develop it.
• Ball control is an important part of the game. I have decent ball control, but I do fall into the trap of having the ball go too fast and letting it get away from me.
Now y'all know some of my main weaknesses (a Texan accent doesn't do much for me I guess). As you can tell, these skills encompass most of power soccer. Go ahead and exploit them tomorrow night. It will force me to develop them.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Photo from http://detectovision.com/pics/sparky.JPG
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
In other news, it looks like Randy Moss has gotten himself kicked off another team as he was waived by the Vikings. Not a great year in Minnesota in terms of football. Brett Favre has been definitely less than stellar. Well, they had a good baseball team for the year. Also, speaking of waived players, former UVM standout Marqus Blakely is now playing for the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Developmental League. Not quite the NBA, but since he was drafted 12th overall in the league, he should be one of the first players to get a call from the NBA at some point in the season. How awesome would it be to have a UVM athlete in the NBA? It has never happened before, but I think that this is the time. UVM has been improving every year, and Blakely was in the middle of it all.
Photo by Hotash on Flickr
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
It is an important day in sports. A new champion has been crowned in Major League Baseball. The Giants have not won the World Series since 1954, so I guess they were due. However, I wish they wouldn't have had to go through the Phillies to get there. It seems like everybody folded as they played the Giants. The Rangers are a lot better than they played just like the Phillies are a lot better than they played. Oh well, now we just have to wait until next year to regain the crown of Major League Baseball. You know it will happen. The Phillies know that they're good enough to win it all again, so all they need now is to do it. That might be slightly more difficult without Jayson Werth, as I assume he'll sign somewhere else, but it definitely can be done!