A great resource for learning proper ball striking technique is a video called "Blast the Ball". Via the miracle of YouTube, this video appears is available free. For learning the technique of kicking in stride [previous post], forward the video to about the 1 hour and 20 minute mark. I also encourage you to review the entire video! The coach makes the point many times; all soccer players need to evaluate their technique and remember the basics. This video will help everyone from the beginner to the pro to improve their ball striking. Learn and enjoy!
We are about half way through our season already but there is a lot of soccer in front of us. Time now to think of what we have accomplished and what our goals are to end of the season. So, take some time to think about our games and our training. Remind yourself of the goals you set for yourself: are you making progress? Your coaches recognize that soccer is not all there is to do in a day. Can you commit 1/2 hour or so each day to go outside and juggle, practice dribbling and footwork or run. I know some of you have made this commitment because we can see it. For others, what is stopping you? Remember, don't prove yourself, improve yourself!
This week we showed you a method to learn how to shoot in stride, a very difficult skill but much easier if you commit to practising on your own. With this skill you can drive the ball into the net from the 18 yard box and beyond. Remember: walk slowly and kick the ball in front of you with your kicking foot using proper technique (your kicking leg should look like a V with toes pointing down) and when you are ready to kick take a normal step and drive through the ball striking the ball with the sweet spot of your foot. If you need to take stutter steps, you are not doing this right. When you are comfortable with this technique at a slow pace, speed up to a jog and then a full run. When you can kick the ball in stride during a game, you and our team will be rewarded.
One more thing: If you have set goals for our team but don't know if others share these goals, perhaps it is time for you to step up and speak up. If you do this in a positive way, maybe you will motivate and encourage everyone on the team to do their very best. Everyone on the team can be a leader!
One cup game in and a great result. Congratulations team on your win in Oshawa tonight. A rock solid back line -- the coach of our host team had good things to say about you and our keeper. Keep playing like you did tonight and you can't help but grow stronger. Great hustle in the mid field meant we won a lot of races for the ball while your movement down the lines and into the corners was terrific. Strikers, you showed that good field position and keeping focus on the ball is key to scoring opportunities and goals.
A hot weekend of soccer for sure with a loss, a win and a tie. There was some disappointment that the team did not advance to the semi-final round. Disappointment is a great sign: a team that recognizes it can do better shows that it is pulling together and growing in confidence. Doing well is a lot easier if you have expectations of doing well. The team can be proud of its results. Thank you to everyone for a great tournament both on the field and off. To parents: thank you for supporting the team! What great group.
It has been a busy few weeks. The school year has ended and some of our players have now graduated from grade 8. Congratulations graduates! Since the last blog, we have played in the Whitby tournament and have practised. Soccer is about to get busy: we have a game on Wednesday, the Kingston tournament on July 6 and 7 and our Cup game on the 10th. For those new to REP soccer, Cup games are a competition within the season. A win means you advance to the next Cup round while a loss means you are eliminated. A team can win the Cup without winning the season and visa versa.
A few suggestions about soccer and the summer break. 1, Make sure you have energy when it is time to play or practice. A full day swimming, hiking or biking is what makes summer great but you need to ensure you can recover your energy when it comes time for soccer. Why not take a break and stretch out on the hammock for a few hours on game days. 2. Eating the right things will energize you for all your summer activities. Eating the wrong things will zap you of energy and interfere with your performance. Remember to review the nutrition information posted on this website. 3. Hydrate. Taking in enough fluid is very important in summer-- without it, you will not have energy and you could suffer injury or illness including dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Water, yes H2O, is still the best fluid for our bodies before, during and after sports and activities. [see Soccer Hydration Guide on the Info tab]
Being on a REP soccer team is a commitment! It requires that you take care of yourself -- for your sake and for the team.
Missing your math homework? Why not grab your soccer ball, go outside, and count how many juggles you can get.