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Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Mar 14, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
THESE EAGLES HAVE PRIDE.........THESE EAGLES HAVE COMMITMENT............THESE EAGLES HAVE LOYALTY TO EACH OTHER.........THEY WORK HARD TO IMPRESS THEIR OPPONENTS AND THEMSELVES.........TEAM IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SELF.....
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TEAM PRACTICE MARCH 8/02

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Mar 7, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
We had 10 out tonight, with three off in a hockey tournament. We began with our groups of three working short accurate passes. The "accurate" part is coming along slowly. It will come a lot faster if the gang finds a wall to kick against for a little every day. We spent some time discussing looking after each other and talking to team mates with total respect. We must watch our moods when we might say something in the heat of the moment. We must be quick to apologize and quick to remind our teammates that total respect is the only way. THE BEEP TEST followed. Some comments how we don't like the Beep Test. Some training of elite athletics requires "pushing" one's self to the limit. The Beep Test helps you do that with targets to beat. The Test also forces the player to pay attention to sleep, diet and water consumption in preparation of a top performance. The Test is a good simulation of the demands on your body during a game. If you fail to achieve your goals perhaps you need to prepare and plan your energy levels better. Each player's goal is to improve one part of a level each time we run and understand what has to be done to prepare to do it. You should expect to feel "wasted" after the run. I am impressed overall how well we quickly recover. We spent some time running 3 v 1 creative drills. We are still trying to force imaginative and creative play. We want to get away from rigid field position rules and let players do their job in their own effective way. We started to see some soccer played WITHOUT the ball today, drawing defenders away from the ball. This is a big step. The prime directive of finishing with scoring is often forgotten still. We scrimmaged for the last half hour. We didn't allow passes from the players' own end. The player with the ball was required to dribble and shield the ball past centre before passing to a teammate. We still love to try and push the ball through brick walls rather than find and go to open space. Practice activity is still not moving into scrimmage on the whole. If we won't take the chance in scrimmage we will never move it out to our competitive games. Take a chance girls!! A few are making the effort and they will definitely develop much faster from the confidence earned. Take a chance!! It's OK to make a mistake. BOB T
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MAR 6 PERSONAL SKILLS PRACTICE

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Mar 5, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
We had 8 brave souls out tonight. There has been a rash of flu race through the team in the past few days. last I heard Laura, Shari, Dani C, Dani P, Sarah, Denise, Chloe, Leanne, Rachel and Coach Steve have all spent some personal time recovering. Let's all get straightened out by the weekend!! We did simple short passing warm-ups in threes followed by figure eight dribble/pass. The Beep test followed. Players spent some personal time working on specific drill practice of their own. We ran a shooting drill and let some of our keeper prospects show their stuff. We played bench ball with a no pass zone in effect. We scrimmaged with the same no pass - must dribble in own end rule. A note about keeper tryouts - players looking for this spot should be doing a little homework on the subject. Look in the web site "LInks" for places where you can find out all about goalkeeping. Basics like how to stand, where to stand, going down to cover the ground, and so on, are basic concepts that should be understood if you are serious about this.
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MAR 1 TEAM PRACTICE

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Feb 28, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Eleven players were on hand tonight. We opened with a brief warm up followed by our second run at the beep test. Chloe was the last player standing tonight. We welcomed Club Head Coach Joseph Komlodi to our practice. Coach Joseph is a salaried staff member of the club with a primary goal to guide our coaches (and players indirectly) along a common path of excellence. Coach Joseph spent a bit of time watching your basic ball skills. He then led you through controlled scrimmage with specific tasks. Two touch before passing and then dribbling into your opponents half before passing or shooting. He also emphasized taking the ball AWAY from pressure to give you time to decide what to do. We will increase the amount of time in controlled scrimmage to 45 minutes each practice with certain expectations established during the scrimmage. Coach Joseph was impressed with your overall skill level and he looks forward to future opportunities to work with us and help the team achieve their goals. BOB T
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Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Feb 28, 2002 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )