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Soccer Diary Table P. 16, May 3 Entry
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7:15 AM - 9:02 AM Monday 5/3/2010 Waltham Y E2E3 LK-start reverse #1 with pass backwards on 5th kick (5KD); 98 minutes

E2E3 Reverse up to Kick 5, with primary intent on kick 5 being pass directly backwards with left foot, and secondary intent being pass at as backwards an angle as possible with ball kept to my right

K5 in red represents the point at which I kick the ball on the fifth touch of the run
The curving line represents points that are all 20 feet away from K5 the point at which I kick the ball.
The green arrow represents my general path except for the zig-zags, as I air-dribble the ball to K5 at which point I make the simulated pass.

   K5 13      8                            3      
  24 17                                        
  5  C                                        
  19 14                                        
   C 11                                        
16 15 11     15                                  
   6 15 21                                      
   5 17                                        
  21     16                                    
E2E3 Reverse K5 Pass Backwards Drill Results for May 3

The white boxes in the grid each have 4 sides representing 0.67 meters (one pace).

The diagram depicts how I air-dribbled towards the K5 point keeping the ball off the ground but close to my body, and then kicked it on the fifth touch simulating a pass kicked backwards. The white numbers represent the apex height of the ball during its arc after I kicked the ball on the 5th touch. The placement of the white numbers represents where the ball first bounced in relation to where I was when I kicked it and the direction I was moving when I kicked it.

For example, the numbers directly behind the K5 marker, all represent kicks of the ball that landed directly behind me in relation to the direction I was moving when I kicked the ball; the number 10 in the same column as the K5 marker represents a ball that reached an arc apex of 10 feet and then landed 9 paces directly behind me.

The letter C's represent balls that hit the ceiling. The letter W represents a ball that hit the wall hard 15 feet high before bouncing.

If a square has been taken by a record of a ball, the next ball is placed in the closest available square if it landed in the same square.

The graphic shows that I succeeded in what I was trying to do, which was to kick the ball at as much a backward angle as far back as possible without kicking it to my left side.

The drill done today is described in the diagram this entry. The diagram is again, not merely an image. Just click drag to select this table cell starting with the title above the diagram in this entry and you will see what I mean. Everything in the diagram this entry is produced by code, except for the arrow and the curved line.

Saturday May 1, I did a drill in which I first kicked the ball on a slant to my left with my left foot, then on a slant right with my right foot, then again on a slant right with my right foot, then on a slant left with my left foot, and then on the fifth touch kicked the ball with my left foot simulating a pass, trying to kick the ball at as backwards an angle as possible, as far as possible (the ceiling is inhibiting) without kicking it to my left side; every recorded result featured this pattern with the ball not touching the ground between the first touch and the fifth touch. Today I did the same thing.

The air-dribble 'flights' prior to the kick-away, on average covered about 10 meters from turning point to turning point, and 8 meters from start point to final kick.

The diagram this entry shows my record of the results of the practice.

The improvement compared to the day before is obvious. Today the balls were much closer to the target area directly behind me.

People would be fools to scoff at my allegedly slow progress on the most difficult things. As today's practice shows, someone such as myself makes very fast progress in terms of the backwards pass. The backwards pass is easier than the E2E3 air dribble which emphasizes me, a left footed person using the outside of my right foot to slant balls to my right. Of course the rate of progress is slower with more difficult things. That is why they are considered more difficult.

I had alot of trouble programming this entry. The browser was being flaky and inconsistent in terms of interpreting the programming commands; it was being very slow refreshing the page for me to see it after programming changes. This was due to a combination of: the extremely big size of the previous Page 15 of the Soccer Log, which this entry originally belonged to; lots of pages being open on my computer; the computer not having been restarted for a long time; the fact this kind of programming is hard enough even when the computer is fast and the browser is not being flaky in interpreting the programming commands; the fact the computer works extra hard when a page is being programmed with script constantly changing (more work than simply displaying a programmed page). I feel better now. Sort of like someone who has moved out of a cramped apartment into a big house somewhere.

Been feeling a lot better lately, maybe better than I've felt for years. I suspect this is due to combining: organic green tea; spring water; organic cane sugar; organic half n half; lots of such tea; watermelon juice; exercising in the morning; and eating just a little.

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