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This was a challenging night for Coach Bob who came to practice without much of a voice. The whistle helped and the team was reasonably attentive to save his voice. Eleven team players, plus a guest player, Amanda Carney, challenged practice tonight. We began with our usual 3 player short passing drill. I am still not satisfied that our players understand focus in their practice. We MUST develop a habit of practicing as hard as we play or we will surely teach ourselves how to play sloppy, slow and sleepy. The Beep Test followed and 5 players exceeded their previous best. Some of the girls are beginning to realize they can push themselves toward a goal with some concentration and pure guts. We ran some lazy 3 v 1 drills trying to create some creative space making from our forwards. Far too many are still stuck in "square" runs and don't seem to "get" the whole concept of playing soccer without the ball. It will come, but it involves making movements that we are all unfamiliar with. Defenders need to make sure they do not back into the keeper's face when dealing with a 3 v 1 (or any) situation. We scrimmaged in 3 v 3 format with 3 teams. Almost 15 minutes passed before the gang caught onto the prime directive of this game - SCORING. We continued with our possession development by insisting that players must dribble the ball out of their own zone before they can pass. Slowly but surely we are improving. I actually saw a couple of step over moves from some other players for a change. A very important leap ahead for those players. Tomorrow's OISL game will be personnel challenged again. Laura has playoff hockey commitments. Cayla has a wounded digit and will play outfield. Shari will step in between the pipes for the game. Mallory has been blessed with Chicken Pox and is sidelined for the week. We shall overcome. See everyone tomorrow or at next Wednesday's practice at Tomken. COACH BOB
8 players were at practice. We spent a bit of time talking about the game last weekend and the reality of the great effort they made against a very tough team. We talked about Corrin's good fortune in landing a very competitive spot in a Joseph production that will tie her up until early July. Corrin is still very anxious to contribute to the team and we will be looking forward to Corrin joining us at team functions when possible in her very hectic schedule ahead. We will be adding one more defender to the team when a suitable candidate has been selected. You can expect to see some new faces around at practice while we look at new prospects. Feel free to invite any interested quality players to our practices. Just let me know who to expect ahead of time. We did our usual 3 player short pass warm-up with moves. The Beep Test followed. 4 players beat their best personal record. All players must get focussed on gradual improvement. Players who continue to waiver in their results need to reconsider their personal commitment for self-improvement. This is an essential team requirement and an important measure for future consideration. A reminder that improvement will not come easily unless you are putting in some running at home. We spent some time doing some simple ball control maneuvers. Catching a ball softly with your foot and lowering to the floor, then catching softly with the thigh then onto the foot. We spent some time in pairs doing headers and chest traps. We started 6 feet apart and progressed farther and farther apart. There was a 10 minute "personal time" period. We did a shooting exercise that started with a chest trap of a high tossed ball. We need to continue with these gentle "contact" drills so we can alleviate the ball fear that many still have. Too much ducking going on in games. We closed with a controlled scrimmage. Players were not allowed to pass the ball in their own end. They had to maintain possession across centre to make a play. Extra copies of the March Project were handed out - One week left...... A word search puzzle was also distributed. BOB T