Understanding the blue stats table below: Stats are for me, David Virgil Hobbs. R2/L2 Bod Pos: Whether the body was in an upright, medium or crouched position on the second kick of the run. L1R1 Type: Whether I emphasized legpower or bodypower on the first kick of the runs. L means leg power emphasized; B=body power emphasized on first kick. Style: AF1 meansduring the kicks there is a deliberate attempt to involve all parts of the body in the kick. Good Runs: total number of successful or 'good' runs during practice segment. A successful/good run involves: ball kept off ground from first to last touch; prescribed pattern of ball/footwork movement approximately adhered to. Minutes: How many minutes it took to achieve the number of successful/good runs recorded. This does not count time lost due to interruptions etc. Good Runs/Minute: The number of good runs divided by the number of minutes. Pattern: The name of the pattern that was run during the segment, & a graphic of the pattern run during the segment.
Continued from 2011 Soccer Drill Stats Part IX  
Date 
R2/L2
Bod Pos 
L1/R1
Type 
Style  Good Runs 
Min utes 
Good Runs/
Minute (estimate of such if I had stopped for 15 secs after each successful run to take notes) Goodruns/attempts percentage 
Pattern  Comments Until further notice: the following holds true: I did not warm up using the ball or not using the ball before beginning to keep score; my sports log also sometimes contains info re practices such as today's practice; I recorded scores every five attempts.


Friday 8/12 Practice @ Oak Sq Y 
Abbreviated twotouch version of 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R' Pattern Run WC06/10P6.15TknockoutaugoneRevE2AS135R2T, Abbreviated two touch version of WC06/10P6.15TknockoutaugoneRevE2AS135R ANGLED dramatized view P6.15TNSKnockoutaugonerevE2AS135R2T involves me starting with my body facing a direction such that the L1 kick sends the ball in a direction 135 degrees to the right relative to the direction I am facing at the start (another way of saying this is that it involves on L1, me facing towards "Twelve O'Clock" and sending the ball to "Four Thirty O'Clock" on L1); the ball flipped up with the left foot on L0 and kicked with the left foot, approx 10 feet on L1; a step taken with the right foot; the ball kicked with the left foot on L2. P6.15TNSKnockoutaugonerevE2AS135R2T is an abbreviated version of P6.15TNSKnockoutaugonerevE2AS135R. The blue and wiggly line in the graphic represents a possible location of the gym curtain, the gray line represents a possible location of the wall. The red circles represent marker cones placed as guideposts for the 'flight'. Puyol Photo source The graphic in the box in this entry, represents ' P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T', which is the same drill done yesterday August 11, except with the last 3 touches of the run not done and left out. Today I did segments of P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T for 3 hours, without the start involving me receiving a simulated pass of the ball via rebound of ball of wall. Today, all the runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0), and then performing L1 of the 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T' pattern in a direction backwards and to the right (135 degrees right), with the ball not touching the ground between L0 & L1; a step taken with the right foot; the ball then touched with the left foot on L2; the distance between L1 and L2 being near 10'; all this (from L0 to L2 of the 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T') happening without the ball touching the ground. Today, the first hour I shared the gym with approx a dozen teen males of black and white ancestry; second hour was outdoors; third hour back in the gym, sharing it with about a dozen black and white teen males. I decided that the weak point for me in the 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R' pattern, was L1. I had had plenty of practice over the years with kicks of the L2, L3, R4, & L5 (as found in P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R) varieties, but I had had little practice with kicks such as L1 in P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R. I realized the only practicetime I'd had with L1 as found in P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R, was during scored practices, in which the objective was to maximize number of successes running the pattern all the way through to the 5th touch. I realized that with regards to L1 as done in P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R, I had never had even one minute of unscored practice. I suspected that incorrect techniques might emerge as a result of never having practiced L1 as done in P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R, without keeping score (too much pressure too early in the learning process?). During the first segment, I decided that: max speed from L1 to L2 is achieved via L1 kicking the ball to an apex that is about thighhigh; the most comfortable and natural L1 kick ensues when L0 places the ball about a foot in front of the rightfoot and about kneehigh. I wanted to develop a technique for L1 that is less physically stressful compared to the L1 technique that had developed during the scoredpractice hours. The technique that developed during the scored practices involved: body in a crouch during L0 & L1; ball flipped to in front of rightfoot on L0. The crouch involved in this technique puts considerable stress on the body during L0 & L1. The technique I developed during the unscored first segment today involves: body in upright position during L0 & L1; L0 with ankleforce applied, flipping the ball up to a point 1 foot in front of the rightfoot and kneehigh; the ball kicked backwards and to the right on L1, with the body tilted to the right, the right side of the left kicking foot tilted downwards & signficant force applied to the kick through the use of the ankle in producing a flipping motion with the foot. During the second outdoors segment, I alternated between flipping the ball up using my ankle on L0, and lifting the ball without using the ankle on L0; the first 40 minutes I allowed ankleforce flippingmotion on L1, the last 20 minutes I did not. All combinations of methods on L0 & L1 produced both successes and failures. The last 20 minutes of the second segment the sun was going down, & it felt like athletics should feel; I felt relaxed, I performed well; the outdoors cool and quiet and lack of bright light relaxed me. And no persons nearby was relaxing also, because there is nobody who behaves. The third hour, I was back indoors, and experimenting with the presence and the absence of anklepowered footflipping during the L0 and L1 kicks. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up at 1:30 PM, 4 hours before the practice started at 5:13 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/canesugar/halfnhalf, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Drank 40 oz of cold distilled or spring water during the practice, which went on for 4.5 hours. Today the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method was sometimes implemented during L0. The weather outdoors before the practice was comfortable; indoors before the start of practice the temp/humidity felt comfortable; during the practice it felt comfortable.


8/12/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 5:13  6:14 PM  U  B  AF1    60 
Goals: improve via unscored segment Cones: 3 cones marking 11' long course Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi 
P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: improved via unscored segment. 

8/12/11 @ Outdoors Basketball Court Adjacent to Oak Sq YMCA; 7:12  8:24 PM  U  B  AF1    60 
Goals: improve via unscored segment Cones: 3 cones marking 11' long course Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi 
P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: improved via unscored segment. 

8/12/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 8:41  8:51 PM  U  B  AF1 FF 
11  10  1.10
55%
Quality/Speed: 3

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FF) wherein L0 and L1 are both performed with a flick of the foot (Ankle force is maximized). 11 out of 20 attempts succeeded (55%). Given a scale of 1 worst to 10 best, the score I gave the successful runs for quality and speed combined was 8.


8/12/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 8:52  9:01 PM  U  B  AF1 FL 
18  9  2.00
90%
Quality/Speed: 8

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FL) wherein L0 is performed with a flip of the foot with ankleforce maximized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the leg so that ankleforce and flipping of the foot is minimized on L1. 18 out of 20 attempts succeeded (90%). Given a scale of 1 worst to 10 best, the score I gave the successful runs for quality and speed combined was 8.


8/12/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 9:02  9:13 PM  U  B  AF1 LF 
15  11  1.36
75%
Quality/Speed: 5

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (LF) wherein L0 is performed using Legforce with ankleforce/flipoffoot is minimized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the flipofthefoot (ankleforce maximized). 15 out of 20 attempts succeeded (75%). Given a scale of 1 worst to 10 best, the score I gave the successful runs for quality and speed combined was 5.


8/12/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 9:18  9:29 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
17  11  1.55
85%
Quality/Speed: 6

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (LL) wherein both L0 & L1 are performed using Legforce with ankleforce/flipoffoot minimized. 17 out of 20 attempts succeeded (85%). Given a scale of 1 worst to 10 best, the score I gave the successful runs for quality and speed combined was 6.


8/12/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 9:31  9:52 PM  U  B  AF1 FF 
17  11  1.55
85%
Quality/Speed: 7

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FF) wherein L0 and L1 are both performed with a flick of the foot (Ankle force is maximized). 17 out of 20 attempts succeeded (85%). Given a scale of 1 worst to 10 best, the score I gave the successful runs for quality and speed combined was 7.


Saturday 8/13 Practice @ Oak Sq Y 
Abbreviated twotouch version of 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R' Pattern Run WC06/10P6.15TknockoutaugoneRevE2AS135R2T, Abbreviated two touch version of WC06/10P6.15TknockoutaugoneRevE2AS135R ANGLED dramatized view P6.15TNSKnockoutaugonerevE2AS135R2T involves me starting with my body facing a direction such that the L1 kick sends the ball in a direction 135 degrees to the right relative to the direction I am facing at the start (another way of saying this is that it involves on L1, me facing towards "Twelve O'Clock" and sending the ball to "Four Thirty O'Clock" on L1); the ball flipped up with the left foot on L0 and kicked with the left foot, approx 10 feet on L1; a step taken with the right foot; the ball kicked with the left foot on L2. P6.15TNSKnockoutaugonerevE2AS135R2T is an abbreviated version of P6.15TNSKnockoutaugonerevE2AS135R. The blue and wiggly line in the graphic represents a possible location of the gym curtain, the gray line represents a possible location of the wall. The red circles represent marker cones placed as guideposts for the 'flight'. Puyol Photo source The graphic in the box in this entry, represents ' P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T', which is the same drill done yesterday August 12. Today I did 10 scored segments of P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T over the course of 3 hours, without the start involving me receiving a simulated pass of the ball via rebound of ball of wall. Today, all the runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0), and then performing L1 of the 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T' pattern in a direction backwards and to the right (135 degrees right), with the ball not touching the ground between L0 & L1; a step taken with the right foot; the ball then touched with the left foot on L2; the distance between L1 and L2 being near 10'; all this (from L0 to L2 of the 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T') happening without the ball touching the ground. It takes a certain amount of wisdom to sort out the results, the purpose being to decide which variant should be used. There are complications such as: especially because there is no warmup with the ball, the first segment of the day is at a disadvantage; some of the segments were done outdoors; yesterday a 'quality/speed' rating scale of 110 was used; today such was replaced with the number of successful runs I felt proud of; there are factors to be taken into consideration aside from just the scores for the segments; I have had more practice with L0 & L1 kicks that do not minimize ankle force, than I have with L0 & L1 kicks that minimize ankle force. At this point an interesting exercise would be, which variant (FF, FL, LF, or LL) do you think should be used based on the data so far? Do you think it is too early to make such a judgement? It should be kept in mind that there can be too much of farting around with experimenting with different variants, result being impairment of the rate of improvement. Today, the first hour I shared the gym with the usual teen basketballers; second hour was outdoors. During the second outdoors hour, there were some people in the adjacent baseball field, and some people in the kid's playground, and some teenage males playing basketball at the other basket, an E. Asian man and his little son playing basketball at the basket I was nearest to. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up at 1:30 PM, 3.5 hours before the practice started at 4:58 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/canesugar/halfnhalf, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Drank 46 oz of cold distilled or spring and waterfountain water during the practice, which went on for 3 hours. Today the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method was sometimes implemented during L0 and L1. The weather outdoors before the practice was comfortable; indoors before the start of practice the temp/humidity felt comfortable; during the practice it felt comfortable.


8/13/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 4:58  5:10 PM PM  U  B  AF1 FL 
11  12  0.92
55%
Total Score: 75

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FL) wherein L0 is performed with a flip of the foot with ankleforce maximized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the leg so that ankleforce and flipping of the foot is minimized on L1. 11 out of 20 attempts succeeded (55%). I was proud of 4 of the successful runs, 20% of total attempts. Total: 55+20=75.


8/13/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 5:12  5:24 PM  U  B  AF1 LF 
16  12  1.33
80%
Total score: 150

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (LF) wherein L0 is performed using Legforce with ankleforce/flipoffoot is minimized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the flipofthefoot (ankleforce maximized). 16 out of 20 attempts succeeded (80%). I was proud of 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 80+70=150.


8/13/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 5:26  5:38 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
16  12  1.33
80%
Total score: 125

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (LL) wherein both L0 & L1 are performed using Legforce with ankleforce/flipoffoot minimized. 16 out of 20 attempts succeeded (80%). I was proud of 9 of the successful runs, 45% of total attempts. Total: 80+45=125.


8/13/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 5:41  5:51 PM  U  B  AF1 FF 
17  10  1.70
85%
Total score: 160

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FF) wherein L0 and L1 are both performed with a flick of the foot (Ankle force is maximized). 17 out of 20 attempts succeeded (85%). I was proud of 15 of the successful runs, 77% of total attempts. Total: 85+75=160.


8/13/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 5:55  6:06 PM  U  B  AF1 FL 
19  11  1.73
95%
Total score: 175

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FL) wherein L0 is performed with a flip of the foot with ankleforce maximized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the leg so that ankleforce and flipping of the foot is minimized on L1. 19 out of 20 attempts succeeded (95%). I was proud of 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 95+80=175.


8/13/11 @ Oak Sq YMCA; 6:32  6:43 PM  U  B  AF1 LF 
18  11  1.64
90%
Total score: 160

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (LF) wherein L0 is performed using Legforce with ankleforce/flipoffoot is minimized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the flipofthefoot (ankleforce maximized). 18 out of 20 attempts succeeded (90%). I was proud of 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 90+70=160.


8/13/11 @ Outdoor basketball court adjacent to Oak Sq YMCA; 7:06  7:18 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
20  12  1.67
100%
Total score: 180

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (LL) wherein both L0 & L1 are performed using Legforce with ankleforce/flipoffoot minimized. 20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 100+80=180.


8/13/11 @ @ Outdoor basketball court adjacent to Oak Sq YMCA; 7:23  7:33 PM  U  B  AF1 FF 
17  10  1.70
85%
Total score: 150

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FF) wherein L0 and L1 are both performed with a flick of the foot (Ankle force is maximized). 17 out of 20 attempts succeeded (85%). I was proud of 13 of the successful runs, 65% of total attempts. Total: 85+65=150.


8/13/11 @ @ Outdoor basketball court adjacent to Oak Sq YMCA; 7:38  7:49 PM  U  B  AF1 FL 
16  11  1.45
80%
Total score: 145

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (FL) wherein L0 is performed with a flip of the foot with ankleforce maximized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the leg so that ankleforce and flipping of the foot is minimized on L1. 16 out of 20 attempts succeeded (80%). I was proud of 13 of the successful runs, 65% of total attempts. Total: 80+65=145.


8/13/11 @ Outdoor basketball court adjacent to Oak Sq YMCA; 7:54  8:06 PM  U  B  AF1 LF 
17  12  1.42
85%
Total score: 145

P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: Test the variant (LF) wherein L0 is performed using Legforce with ankleforce/flipoffoot is minimized, whereas the dominant force for L1 is the flipofthefoot (ankleforce maximized). 17 out of 20 attempts succeeded (85%). I was proud of 12 of the successful runs, 60% of total attempts. Total: 85+60=145.


Sunday, 8/14 Ankle v Legforce on L0, L1 
My Solomonid Judgement Regarding the Data recorded over the previous two days I've been trying to make Sunday a day of rest in accordance with scripture. My interpretation of this has been physical rest, i.e., no soccer practice. According to my current interpretation, spending an hour writing something up on the PC does not contradict the spirit of the Sabbath. Advantages of a Quick Decision There could be methods that get good when practiced intensively in long experiments that do not perform well when not practiced intensively. Spending time experimenting with variants, reduces time spent practicing with the best variant (the best variant according to the current state of knowledge). Statistical adjustments made for analytical purposes Looking at the data for August 12 & August 13, I first discarded and adjusted some data. I ignored the first segments of the days. I translated the format of the Friday Aug 12 scores for quality/speed into the format of the Saturday Aug 13 scores: I multiplied the qualityspeed rating given Aug 12 by ten to produce a stat corresponding to the percentofattemptsIwasproudof stat of August 13. Legpower should be emphasized on L1 The best segment Friday August 12 was, the FL (ankleFlip emphasized on L0, Legforce emphasized on L1). The best segment Saturday 8/13 indoors was again the FL segment. The best segment 8/13 outdoors was the LL (legforce emphasized on L0, legforce emphasized on L1) segment. Every time, the winner used Legforce on L1. Looking at the average score for segments using F for ankleForce or ankleFlip on L1, compared to those using L (Legforce) on L1, those using Legforce on L1 scored 4% better. This despite ankleFlip force, not legforce, having been emphasized during the practices immediately prior to the variantexperiments done the previous two days, Aug 12 & 13. August 12, first place FL was 10% better than second place FF; August 13 indoors FL was 9% better than 2nd place FF; August 13 outdoors, LL was 20% better than second place FF. Previously I established that Legforce should be emphasized when L0 intersects with incoming roller/nearroller passes. Previously I established that when L1 kicks the ball straight ahead, and after L1, legforce should be emphasized and ankleforce minimized. Thus I now resolve, that henceforth, usually, legforce shall be emphasized on L1 of the P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T and on L1 of the P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R Legpower should be emphasized on L0 Using F for ankleFlip on L0 the flipup touch, turned out to be 8% better than using L or Legpower on L0 the flipup touch. The FF + FL average score was 8% better than the LF + LL average score. An 8% difference is like the difference between 15 successes in 20 attempts, and 16 successes in 20 attempts. My judgement as the one actually doing the ball juggling during the experiments: this one in twenty difference is due to the F for ankleFlip variant having been used in the practices done immediately prior to the variantexperiment practices done August 12 & August 13 the previous two days. I've already established that Legpower not anklepower should be used when L0 is executed at first contact with an incoming ball that is rolling or almostrolling. I've already established that L1 should be executed with ankleforce minimization. Since I've established that when L0 intersects with incoming balls, Legpower should be emphasized, and since I've established that L1 should be done with an emphasis on legpower, for the sake of consistency and simplicity I now resolve that I shall emphasize legpower and minimize ankleFlip force on L0. From the Friday to the second outdoors series on Saturday, the variants involving Legforce emphasized on the L0 kick improved 20%, whereas the variants involving ankleFlip force being emphasized on the L0 kick were down 9%. LL is the variant of choice The variant of choice is the LL, involving Legforce emphasized on both L0 & L1 of the P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T and P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R patterns. The variant that showed the most improvement from first segment Friday to second segment Saturday, was LL, which was up 24% statistically (LF was up 16%, FL was down 15%, FF was down 3%). The Ankleforceminimization on the L0 and L1 kicks that is part of the LL style variant, naturally results in positions of the body that promote speed of movement and a body position that is relatively well prepared for collision with a defender.


Monday 8/15 ROW 1 Angled View of Knockoutaugone RFSreve2as135R 
Angled View of 'KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R' Pattern KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R touch ball every step or every twosteps, with changes of direction Angled Dramatized View KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R is basically the same as KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R, except that with KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R, the first touch of the run (after L0) is made with the right foot, whereas withKnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R, the first touch of the run is made with the left foot. KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R involves the ball flipped up with the left foot and kicked with the right foot, approx 7 feet on R1; on the very next step, the ball kicked about 12' at a 90 degree inwards angle to the right with the left foot on L2; a step taken with the right foot; the ball kicked about 5' at a 90 degree angle to the left with the left foot on L3; on the very next step, the ball kicked about 5' at a 90 degree angle to the right with the right foot on R4; on the very next step, the ball touched on L5. The ball is kept close to the body but off the ground the entire time, and kicked on every step, except for the step between L2 and L3. The blue and wiggly line in the graphic represents a possible location of the gym curtain, the gray line represents a possible location for the wall. The graphic in the box in this entry, represents 'KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R', same drill described on Tuesday August 9, except that the graphic this entry is angled so as to show me as starting out facing in the direction of my own goal and the location of a target defender is represented by the photo of John Terry. Purpose of this is to show how a given pattern can be run at various angles, relative to the direction of the opponent goal; and also to show how a pattern can be used to target a defender. Note that the text in the graphic describes longer distances between touches, compared to the text accompanying the graphic in the August 9 entry. Things have been stretching out.


Monday 8/15 ROW 2 Angled View of KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L 
Angled View of 'KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L' Pattern KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L touch ball every step or every twosteps, with changes of direction Dramatized Angled View KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L, is the rightfoot used for the #1 touch, body and ball sweep counterclockwise version of the 135 degree turn on touches #0 & #1. KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L involves the ball flipped up with the left foot (L0) and kicked with the right foot, approx 12 feet on R1; a step taken with the left foot; the ball kicked at a 90 degree inwards angle to the left with the right foot on R2; a step taken with the left foot; the ball kicked at a 90 degree angle to the right with the right foot on R3; on the very next step, the ball kicked at a 90 degree angle to the left with the left foot on L4; on the very next step, the ball touched on R5. The ball is kept close to the body but off the ground the entire time, and kicked on every step, except for the steps between R1, R2 and R3. The blue and wiggly line in the graphic represents the usual location of the gym curtain, the gray line represents the usual location of the wall. The graphic in the box in this entry, represents 'KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L', same drill described in the first row for Thursday August 4, except that the graphic this entry is angled so as to show me as starting out facing in the direction of my own goal and the location of a target defender is represented by the photo of Fabio Cannavaro. Purpose of this is to show how a given pattern can be run at various angles, relative to the direction of the opponent goal; and also to show how a pattern can be used to target a defender. Note that the text in the graphic describes longer distances between touches, compared to the text accompanying the graphic in the August 4 entry. Things have been stretching out.


Monday 8/15 ROW 3 Angled View of KnockoutAugOneAS135L 
Angled View of KnockoutAugOneAS135L Pattern KnockoutaugoneAS135L, touch ball every step or every twosteps, with changes of direction Angled Dramatized Version KnockoutaugoneAS135L involves me starting with my body facing a direction such that the L1 kick sends the ball in a direction 135 degrees to the left relative to the direction I am facing at the start (another way of saying this is that it involves on L1, me facing towards "Twelve O'Clock" and sending the ball to "Seven Thirty O'Clock" on L1); the ball flipped up with the left foot and kicked with the left foot, approx 7 feet on L1; the ball kicked approx 12' at a 90 degree inwards angle to the left with the right foot on R2 on the very next step; a step taken with the left foot; the ball kicked approx 5' at a 90 degree angle to the right with the right foot on R3; on the very next step, the ball kicked approx 5' at a 90 degree angle to the left with the left foot on L4; on the next step, the ball touched on R5. The ball is kept close to the body but off the ground the entire time, and kicked on every step, except for the step between R2 and R3. The blue and wiggly line in the graphic represents a possible location of the gym curtain, the gray line represents a possible location of the wall. The red circles represent marker cones placed as guideposts for the 'flight'. The graphic in the box in this entry, represents 'KnockoutAugOneAS135L', same drill described in the row dated "Wednesday 8/3 2nd Graphic of New Drill", except that the graphic this entry is angled so as to show me as starting out facing in the direction of my own goal and the location of a target defender is represented by the photo of Alessandro Nesta. Purpose of this is to show how a given pattern can be run at various angles, relative to the direction of the opponent goal; and also to show how a pattern can be used to target a defender. Note that the text in the graphic describes longer distances between touches, compared to the text accompanying the graphic in the August 3 entry. Things have been stretching out.


Monday 8/15 Practice @ Waltham Y 
Ran Abbreviated twotouch versions of 'KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R', 'KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R', 'KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L', & 'KnockoutAugOneAS135L' Patterns Today I did 11 scored segments of abbreviated twotouch versions of variations of KnockoutAugOne, without the start involving me receiving a simulated pass of the ball via rebound of ball of wall. Today, all the runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0), and then performing touch #1 and touch #2 of whatever variant was being done, with the ball kept off the ground the entire time, and the #2 touch touching the ball reasonably near the target cone, which was 7 or 13 feet away from the L0 start point depending on the drill. 'KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T', the abbreviated twotouch version of 'KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R', is described in the first row of the August 13 entry. 'KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R2T, is simply L0, R1, & L2 of 'KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R' (described in 8/15 entries, row 1), with the last 3 touches of the run left out. 'KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L2T' , is simply L0, R1, & R2 of 'KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L' (described in 8/15 entries, row 2), with the last 3 touches of the run left out. 'KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T' , is simply L0, L1, & R2 of 'KnockoutAugOneAS135L' (described in 8/15 entries, row 3), with the last 3 touches of the run left out. Today, there were some Spanish male teenager types in my side of the gym, and a couple of black teen/adult male types in the other side of the gym. The first three segments today I did KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T. I noted that the best L1 kicks seem to feature little to no arc between L1 and L2. 'TPO' for 'Toe Pointed Outwards' is a method that was implemented during the segments starting at 8:16 PM, & 8:36 PM. TPO, means pointing the left foot outwards after L0 the initial touch that lifts the ball into the air. Such appeared to improve performance. Seems TPO should be implemented as follows: mind focuses separately on first L0, and then pointing the toe outwards after L0; L0 puts a little extra height on the ball so as to buy time to get the toe pointed outwards after L0. I noted that towards the end of the practice, performance improved as a result of the mind focusing first on L0, and then secondly on the next touch of the run. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 1:30 PM, 4.5 hours before the practice started at 6:06 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/coconutpalmsugar/halfnhalf, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Drank 32 oz of cold spring water during the practice, which went on for 3.5 hours. Today the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method was always implemented during L0 and L1. Today on every attempt, the 'LL' variant was implemented (see Aug 13, Aug 14 entries for info re the 'LL' variant).
The weather outdoors before the practice was comfortable; indoors before the start of practice the temp/humidity felt comfortable; during the practice it felt comfortable.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 6:06  6:23 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
17  17  1.00
68%
Total Score: 104

KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 17 out of 25 attempts succeeded (68%). I was proud of 9 of the successful runs, 36% of total attempts. Total: 68+36=104.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 6:27  6:42 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
19  15  1.27
76%
Total Score: 120

KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 19 out of 25 attempts succeeded (76%). I was proud of 11 of the successful runs, 44% of total attempts. Total: 76+44=120.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 6:46  7:00 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
19  14  1.36
76%
Total Score: 128

KnockoutAugOneRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 19 out of 25 attempts succeeded (76%). I was proud of 13 of the successful runs, 52% of total attempts. Total: 76+52=128.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 7:00  7:17 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
23  17  1.35
92%
Total Score: 144

KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 23 out of 25 attempts succeeded (92%). I was proud of 13 of the successful runs, 52% of total attempts. Total: 92+52=144.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 7:22  7:35 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
23  13  1.77
92%
Total Score: 160

KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 23 out of 25 attempts succeeded (92%). I was proud of 17 of the successful runs, 68% of total attempts. Total: 92+68=160.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 7:36  7:47 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
25  11  2.27
100%
Total Score: 184

KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 25 out of 25 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 21 of the successful runs, 84% of total attempts. Total: 100+84=184.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 7:52  8:06 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
18  14  1.29
72%
Total Score: 120

KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 18 out of 25 attempts succeeded (72%). I was proud of 12 of the successful runs, 48% of total attempts. Total: 72+48=120.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 8:16  8:33 PM  U  B  AF1 LL TPO 
17  17  1.00
68%
Total Score: 112

KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 17 out of 25 attempts succeeded (68%). I was proud of 11 of the successful runs, 44% of total attempts. Total: 68+44=112.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 8:36  8:56 PM  U  B  AF1 LL TPO 
23  20  1.15
92%
Total Score: 144

KnockoutAugOneRFSAS135L2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 23 out of 25 attempts succeeded (92%). I was proud of 13 of the successful runs, 52% of total attempts. Total: 92+52=144.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 8:59  9:15 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
19  20  1.19
76%
Total Score: 124

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 19 out of 25 attempts succeeded (76%). I was proud of 12 of the successful runs, 48% of total attempts. Total: 76+48=124.


8/15/11 @ Waltham YMCA; 9:25  9:37 PM  U  B  AF1 LL 
21  12  1.75
84%
Total Score: 152

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 21 out of 25 attempts succeeded (84%). I was proud of 17 of the successful runs, 68% of total attempts. Total: 84+68=152.


Tuesday 8/16 Practice @ Waltham Y 
New Experimental 2touch 135 degrees left turn & 135 degrees right turn patterns KnockoutaugoneAS135L, touch ball every step or every twosteps, with changes of direction Angled Dramatized Version As135rl0r1lr2 (top row, left) involves me lifting the ball up with the leftfoot on L0, kicking it on R1, a step with the leftfoot, & me kicking the ball with my right foot on R2. As135rl0r1lrl2 (top row, right) involves me lifting the ball up with the leftfoot on L0, kicking it on R1, a step with the leftfoot, a step with the right foot, & me kicking the ball with my leftfoot on L2. As135llol1rl2 (top row, right) involves me lifting the ball up with the leftfoot on L0, kicking it on L1, a step with the rightfoot, & me kicking the ball with my leftfoot on L2. As135ll0rl1r2 (top row, right) involves me lifting the ball up with the leftfoot on L0, touching the ground with the leftfoot, lifting the rightfoot up, putting the rightfoot down, kicking the ball with the leftfoot on L1, & kicking the ball with the rightfoot on R2. As135ll0ll1r2 (top row, right) involves me lifting the ball up with the leftfoot on L0, touching the ground with the leftfoot while the rightfoot stays in place, kicking the ball with the leftfoot on L1, & kicking the ball with the rightfoot on R2. As135lr0l1r2 (top row, right) involves me lifting the ball up with my rightfoot on R0 (this is usually done with the leftfoot), kicking the ball with the leftfoot on L1, & kicking the ball with the rightfoot on R2. The graphic shows six new experimental twotouch patterns for 135 degree turns to the left and 135 degrees turns to the right. My design of these experimental patterns was influenced by the results of yesterday Monday August 15. These new experimental patterns were tried out during the Tuesday August 16 practice.


Tuesday 8/16 Practice @ Waltham Y 
Ran new experimental twotouch 135 degree turn left & 135 degree turn right patterns Today I did 7 scored segments of abbreviated & altered, firsttwotouch versions of variations of KnockoutAugOne. Today, all the runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0) or using the rightfoot to flip up the ball (R0); me then performing touch #1 and touch #2 of whatever variant was being done, with the ball kept off the ground the entire time, and the #2 touch touching the ball reasonably near the target cone, which was 9 or 13 feet away from the L0 start point depending on the drill. The new variants done today are described in the first row of the August 16 entries (previous row). The last two segments I did 'KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T', which is described in the "Monday 8/15 Practice @ Waltham Y" row of this log. Looking at the 8/15 practice and earlier practices, I noticed that the best 135 degree turns to the left were made when the number 1 kick (after the #0 kick which first flips the ball into the air) was made with the leftfoot; and I noticed that the best 135 degree turns to the right were made when the number 1 kick (after the #0 kick which first flips the ball into the air) was made with the rightfoot. The best of the bunch was the 135 degree turn to the right, with the #1 kick made with the right foot. In the first segment I experimented by adding a step taken without kicking the ball, in between the #1 touch and the #2 touch of the 135degreesright turn in which the #1 touch is made with the rightfoot. This extended the distance between the #1 touch and the #2 touch. I found the natural distance between R1 & on R2 on As135rl0r1lr2 to be 710 feet. In the second segment I experimented by adding TWO steps taken without kicking the ball, in between the #1 touch and the #2 touch of the 135degreesright turn in which the #1 touch is made with the rightfoot. This extended the distance between the #1 touch and the #2 touch. I found the natural distance between R1 & on R2 on As135rl0r1lrl2 to be 10 feet. In the third segment I experimented by adding a step taken without kicking the ball, in between the #1 touch and the #2 touch of the 135degreesLEFT turn in which the #1 touch is made with the LEFTfoot. This extended the distance between the #1 touch and the #2 touch. I found the natural distance between L1 & on L2 on As135llol1rl2 to be 710 feet. Yesterday, re the 135 degree turns to the left made with the number 1 kick (after the L0 kick which first flips the ball into the air) being leftfooted: such was clearly superior to the L0 then R1, rightfooted #1 kick alternative. But I had felt uncomfortable during and after running the patterns, because the leftfoot flipping the ball into the air on L0, followed immediately by the leftfoot kicking the ball on L1, with the leftfoot not touching the ground between L0 & L1, & the rightfoot not moving just swiveling between L0 & L1, seemed unnatural and difficult. Hence today I experimented with alternatives from touch #0 to touch #1 when a 135degreesleft turn is made with touch #1 being made with the left foot. I was wondering if any such alternatives might be superior. So: In the fourth segment, I tried As135ll0rl1r2. As135ll0rl1r2 involves the left foot lifting the ball into the air, the leftfoot hitting the ground, the rightfoot lifting off the ground and returning to the ground, and then finally the left foot kicking the ball on L1. 'Total Score' with this alternative was only 85. And in the fifth segment, I tried As135ll0ll1r2. As135ll0ll1r2 involves the left foot lifting the ball into the air, the leftfoot hitting the ground, and then the left foot kicking the ball on L1. 'Total Score' with this alternative was 110. And in the sixth segment, I tried As135lr0l1r2. As135lr0l1r2 involves the RIGHT foot lifting the ball into the air, and then the left foot kicking the ball on L1. 'Total Score' with this alternative was 110. During the seventh and eighth segments, I did KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T, which I did yesterday August 15, during the last two segments of the evening (the 'total scores' were 124 & 152). KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T, the leftfoot on touch #1 form of the 135 degree turn to the left, had not been as successful yesterday as the rightfoot on touch #1 form of the 135 degree turn to the right. The scores today were 170 & 155. KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T felt much more comfortable and natural today than it did yesterday. I suspect that alternatives featuring footmovements between touch #0 & touch #1, can serve the purposes of training the body/mind, the result being that when L lifts the ball into the air, and then L1 kicks the ball, with minimal foot movement between L0 & L1, one can feel natural and comfortable despite the 'weirdness' of it. Today, there were some Spanish male teenagers playing a fast and furious game of twoontwo soccer in my side of the gym; some E. Asian boys playing with basketballs and soccerballs in my side of the gym; some blackteenagers playing basketball in the other side of the gym. I was wearing 31 Db earplugs in both ears again, but I thought I heard one of the Spanish teenagers say something about me. He had the ball and was facing his opponent 10 feet away. He said to the boy defending against him (my interpretation of the meaning of his words in parentheses): "He's got you! (you, the current incarnation of one of the top defenders in the world, you who with your brown skin and thin body even look like one of the top defenders in the world, are beaten by Hobbs)...Like this? (when Hobbs has the ball and is facing the defender, as the Spanish boy was while talking, Hobbs does not face the problem of turning around with the ball)...He can fly! (Hobbs can fly with the ball)". See I know how to interpret when boys use minimal words whilst playing with balls. I know Spanish teenage boys can be clever observers of soccer. I also know how clannish the Spanish can be, with regards to the NonSpanish; I estimate that a nonSpanish getting high praise from a Spanish re his soccer, has to be taken seriously (I apparently have some Spanish ancestry but I am not of their mainstream culture because I don't speak Spanish or have a Spanish name). EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 1:30 PM, 6 hours before the practice started at 7:34 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/coconutpalmsugar/halfnhalf, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Drank 20 oz of cold spring water during the practice, which went on for 2 hours. Today the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method was always implemented during L0 and L1. Today on every attempt, the 'LL' variant was implemented (see Aug 13, Aug 14 entries for info re the 'LL' variant). LL means legpower, not ankleflip power, is emphasized during the #0 kick which flips the ball up into the air, and also during the next kick the #1 kick. The weather outdoors before the practice was comfortable; indoors before the start of practice the temp/humidity felt comfortable; during the practice it felt comfortable.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
7:34  7:48 PM
Segment 1 
U  B  AF1 LL 
15  14  1.07
75%
Total Score: 110

As135rl0r1lr2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 15 out of 20 attempts succeeded (75%). I was proud of 7 of the successful runs, 35% of total attempts. Total: 75+35=110.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
7:50  8:04 PM Segment 2 
U  B  AF1 LL 
14  14  1.00
70%
Total Score: 125

As135rl0r1lrl2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 14 out of 20 attempts succeeded (70%). I was proud of 11 of the successful runs, 55% of total attempts. Total: 70+55=125.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
8:07  8:23 PM
Segment 3 
U  B  AF1 LL 
14  16  0.88
70%
Total Score: 105

As135llol1rl2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 14 out of 20 attempts succeeded (70%). I was proud of 7 of the successful runs, 35% of total attempts. Total: 70+35=105.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
8:30  8:42 PM
Segment 4 
U  B  AF1 LL 
10  12  0.83
50%
Total Score: 85

As135ll0rl1r2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 10 out of 20 attempts succeeded (50%). I was proud of 7 of the successful runs, 35% of total attempts. Total: 50+35=85.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
8:43  8:57 PM
Segment 5 
U  B  AF1 LL 
13  14  0.93
65%
Total Score: 110

As135ll0ll1r2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 13 out of 20 attempts succeeded (65%). I was proud of 9 of the successful runs, 45% of total attempts. Total: 65+45=110.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
9:01  9:13 PM
Segment 6 
U  B  AF1 LL 
13  12  1.08
65%
Total Score: 110

As135lr0l1r2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 13 out of 20 attempts succeeded (65%). I was proud of 9 of the successful runs, 45% of total attempts. Total: 65+45=110.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
9:14  9:28 PM
Segment 7 
U  B  AF1 LL 
19  14  1.36
95%
Total Score: 170

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 19 out of 20 attempts succeeded (95%). I was proud of 15 of the successful runs, 75% of total attempts. Total: 95+75=170.


8/16/11 @ Waltham YMCA;
9:30  9:42 PM
Segment 8 
U  B  AF1 LL 
17  12  1.42
85%
Total Score: 155

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 17 out of 20 attempts succeeded (85%). I was proud of 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 85+70=155.


Wednesday 8/17 ROW 1 Angled View of AS135LL0+RupRL1R2 
Angled View of AS135LL0+RupRL1R2 AS135LL0+RupRL1R2 Alternative form of AS135LL0L1R2 Angled Dramatized Version AS135LL0+RupRL1R2 involves me starting with my body facing a direction such that the L1 kick sends the ball in a direction 135 degrees to the left relative to the direction I am facing at the start (another way of saying this is that it involves on L1, me facing towards "Twelve O'Clock" and sending the ball to "Seven Thirty O'Clock" on L1); the ball flipped up with the left foot, while, simultaneously, the rightfoot lifts up above the ground; the rightfoot hitting the ground; the leftfoot performing L1; the rightfoot performing R2. The leftfoot does not hit the ground in between the flipup of the ball on L0, & the L1 kick. The ball is kept close to the body but off the ground from the L0 to the R2 kick. The blue and wiggly line in the graphic represents a possible location of the gym curtain, the gray line represents a possible location of the wall. The red circles represent marker cones placed as guideposts for the 'flight'. The graphic in the box in this entry, represents 'AS135LL0+RupRL1R2'. The idea for this drill occurred to me during yesterday's practice. AS135LL0+RupRL1R2 is an alternative form of AS135LL0L1R2.
AS135LL0+RupRL1R2 can serve the purpose of building up the quickness on L0 & L1 that is needed in order to perform AS135LL0L1R2 well.


Continued at 2011 Soccer Drill Stats Part XI  