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2011 Soccer Drill Stats Part XII
 

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 leg-power or body-power on the first kick of the runs. L means leg power emphasized; B=body power emphasized on first kick.       Style: AF1 means--during 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 XI      
  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)

Good-runs/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.

  Tuesday 8/23
Practice @ Waltham Y

All Known As135L L0 to L1 footwork variants (aside from normal original variant) tested again. Two segments scored 100%.

Today I did 5 scored segments of Two-Touch, 135-degrees-left turn type patterns; as usual there was no unscored warmup without the ball; I also did not warm up by jogging, which has always been the case when the practice has consisted of '2-touch' (3 touch including the initial roll-back & flip-up) runs.

Today, all the variants of the Two-Touch, 135-degrees-left-turn type runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0); me then adhering to the FOOTWORK between L0 & L1 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body from L0 to R2; the direction of the ball after L1 being approx 135-degrees-left relative to the direction I face at the start of L0.

EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 3:30 PM (absence of alarm clock experiment gone awry yet again), 4 hours before the practice started at 7:42 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep.

Had 12 oz coffee/coconut-palm-sugar/halfnhalf, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Drank 16 oz of cool distilled water during the practice, which went on for 2.1 hours from 7:42 PM - 9:50 PM.

Today the Ankle-Force-Minimization (AFM) method was implemented during L0 and L1.

Today on most attempts, the 'LL' variant was implemented (see Aug 13, Aug 14 entries for info re the 'LL' variant). LL means leg-power, not ankle-flip power, is emphasized during the #0 kick which flips the ball up into the air, and also during the next kick the #1 kick.

Today again, I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 lift-off touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. The spot I targetted: 2' from L0, on the line running from L0 to R2.

Segments 1-5 today were the same as segments 3-7 yesterday August 22, same segments in same order. The average score for segments 3 to 7 August 22 was 167; the average score for segments 1 to 5 today was 164. Thus today's performance was down 2% compared to August 22.

The perfect 'total score' for a segment is 200 (100% of attempts succeed, with me being proud of all of them).

Yesterday, at the beginning, I did 40 attempts doing just the L0 to L1 & omitting the R2; these two segments warmed me up and loosened me up for what came next. Today I did not permit myself that (time-consuming) luxury. As a result, today at first I was unable to do the new thing which is place the ball where I want to place it on L0; then gradually as the practice wore on I became able to place the ball where I wanted to with the L0 initial touch involving the ball rolled back & 'flipped' up.

Today there were times when, since I had not done the two segments involving just L0 & L1 first, attempting to use the L0 lift-off initial touch to target the ball on a specific spot, resulted in failures that lowered the score and impaired performance.

Today I had to: endure derogatory comments regarding my appearance from 'Biro' & 'Mr. Rogers' before the first segment; endure derogatory comments regarding my soccer-playing ability from 'Biro' before the first segment; endure derogatory comments regarding my soccer-playing ability & appearance from 'Biro' before the fourth segment.

I noticed that 'Biro' shook me up and effected me during the first one or two segments. I noticed that as a result of feeling offended by Biro's comments, I sometimes was flicking my ankle during the L1 kick, which is bad form and which produced errors and lowered scores.

Today, the first segment of the day, with no footwork or ballwork warmup preceding, the score for As135l-l0ll1r2 after being exposed to Biro-hazing, was 105. Yesterday As135l-l0ll1r2 was done during the 3rd segment and the score, with no exposure to Biro-hazing, was 155. However, yesterday As135l-l0ll1r2 was not the first segment done. The first segment done is always at a disadvantage when there is no ball-work warm-up prior to the start of the scoring of the performance. Today during the 6th segment the score for As135l-l0ll1r2 was up to 170.

After being exposed to Biro's verbal hazing prior to the 4th segment today, the score doing the AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2 variant was just 120, down 23% compared to yesterday, when Biro was not encountered, and the first segment ever doing AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2, the score was 155 during the 6th segment of the evening.

Despite the Biro-hazing I managed to achieve scores higher than I've ever achieved on drills such as those done today: a 190 score during the third segment, and a 195 score during the 5th segment.

Seems it takes 20 minutes of ball-work to recover from a Biro-hazing. I must improve my resistance to such hazings.

Immediately before the first segment of the day, Biro walked in to the locker room while talking on a cell-phone. I said hi to him-- he gets cranky if I don't say hi to him. And after the third segment I encountered Biro in the shower. Both times I met him he was shouting at me.

The things Biro said during these intervals (exact language he used or slightly paraphrased):

"...You don't have the ability to play pro soccer!...you look like you are 70 years old! (at this point Mr Rogers chimed in to shout that I look 60 years old)...I played as a pro so I know what I'm talking about!...people who compare you to Pele don't know what they are talking about!...the way you do drills alone is like masturbation!...you look like you're 70, but I look like I'm in my 30s!...I played soccer up through college!...I am now not so into sports but I am now a sex machine!...when you play soccer you look stiff, like you have something up your ass!.."

During the second interval he retracted the claim he had made during the first interval, which was that he knew what he was talking about better than those who considered me to be a Pele, because he himself was a former pro.

I was talking to Jose the Brazilian maintenance-engineer and Anush, the Asian-Indian software-engineer, in the locker room during the second Biro interval. Biro who was in the shower area, heard me talking to them. I opened the door to the shower area and Biro shouted, "are you complaining about me?!?", and went on to boast about himself and denigrate me again.

In the locker room I had asked Jose, the Brazilian maintenance-man, how old I looked. Jose said, '42'. Then I asked Anush, the Asian-Indian software-engineer, how old I looked. Anush said, '40'. Anush agreed with me that he would have said I looked younger than 40, if I had been clean-shaven.

Biro claimed that when Jose re-iterated that I looked 42 years old, Jose winked at Biro, meaning that Jose was being insincere. Actually, Jose, was using one of those cotton-tipped stick to dig into his ear, and was therefore wincing. Jose agreed that he was wincing due to the swab in the ear, not winking as a sign of facetiousness.

On my box of sticks with cotton tips or swabs, I read on the box or in an inserted paper that one should not use these cotton-tipped sticks to dig around in one's ear like that.

There had been a plumbing emergency in my building. The result was that in the process of fixing things up for someone else in the building, they somehow cut off the supply of water to my bathroom sink down to a trickle at maximum. Hence I had not been shaving as regularly as I usually do, and Biro could see that the some of the hairs in my my mustache are black and some are white, and that some of the hairs in my beard are black, and that some are white.

Result: Biro, who (Biro said he is 51 years old) sports black facial hair, turned into a thunderous steroided version of the exuberant hairy guys in the ads selling stuff to color men's facial hair with.

My take on the matter: Biro is proud of his black facial hair; Biro is proud that his facial hair is black whereas mine is a so-called salt & pepper; Biro likes to loudly verbally favorably comparing himself to me; Biro, mis-remembers past incidents because he likes to believe that I indulge in foolish boasting because he likes to lecture me regarding my alleged foolish boasting; Biro contradicts himself from day to day.

I've told Biro about dreams I've had when asleep, in which I am like a Pele, one of the best players of all-time; what Biro inaccurately remembers, is that I said that I was one of the best players of all-time.

I tell Biro that someone commented that I was in the same class as the best players in the world; Biro inaccurately remembers that I said that I was one of the best players in the world.

A few weeks ago, Biro had said that I was young looking, like a boy. Today he was saying I looked like I was 70 years old.

A few months ago, Biro told me that when I shoot the soccer ball, I have the exact same motion as (soccer superstar) Diego Forlan. Today, he said, "you look stiff when you play soccer, like you got something up your ass".

Biro has watched me play for about a total of five minutes, two minutes one day, and three minutes another day. The first day, he watched me as I concluded an air-dribble of about 3 touches, with a shot on goal from 17 yards; he saw me take two shots, one of which was an excellent shot (Biro later argued that I had said that the shot did not hit the wall near the corner I was aiming for, when actually I had said that the shot did hit the wall near the corner I was aiming for). The second time Biro watched, he and his friend were shooting the ball at the wall/goal from a distance of 9 yards at a low velocity; Biro was bragging about his accuracy, compared to my high-velocity shots from 17 yards off the air-dribble.

A few days ago Biro while in the locker room, loudly proclaimed, that the the more money a person has, the better looking that person is, and that the less money a person has, the more ugly they are. Meaning, wealth equals beauty, all of the rich are beautiful, all of the poor are ugly, and all of the middle-class are in the middle, somewhere between ugly and beautiful.

Biro is the same guy who proclaimed that the rich pro athletes should be taxed, and that pro-sports events should be boycotted until the amount of money paid to pro-athletes declines.

Jose the maintenance engineer has concluded that Biro is insane and told me not to talk to Biro. I suspect that paying attention to Biro's antics is a waste of time and energy.

Suppose Biro is to some extent correct in his views regarding pro sports. That does not give him a right to verbally abuse me, simply because I am not outspoken/opinionated like he is, regarding the details of how government and public should interact with persons like rich pro athletes.

As for Mr. Rogers & Biro, and their idea that I look 60-70 years old, my reaction upon looking at myself in the locker-room mirror after the psychological torture of their derogatory hazing:

There is no man who would look better than I look in the mirror right now, if God gave him the same facial hair as I have now.

I don't like to plunge into matters that I have not learned the facts about or thought about; I have'nt had time to investigate and ruminate re the intersection of government and pro athletes; I've gotten tired of putting the general welfare of the public ahead of my personal prosperity as a priority. Perhaps persons other than myself should sacrifice more for the sake of the general welfare, while I take a vacation so to speak from working for the general-welfare department.

I believe the religious scriptures that warn the rich regarding the consequences of misconduct, are respectable scriptures. I have believed that when a society looses its moral fiber, the rich as a class become undertaxed. I hope that human governments will be conformed more and more to God's will for what human governments should be.

I'm not sure how much I should sacrifice myself crusading against society's loose morals, once society becomes immoral. I realize that a failed attempt at changing something, can produce inferior results compared to not attempting to change the thing.

I realize that although being aware that something is defective in society is a potentially benevolent type of wisdom, that does not mean you are always obligated to ruin yourself by way of attempts to correct the defect in society.

I believe the stats that show that even if you confiscated all the rich people's income, you would still not have alot of money compared to the expenses faced by the government. I am aware of how it is possible that taxing the rich could reduce the total wealth of the nation that the rich are citizens of. I realize that it is possible that government could corruptly mis-spend the money that it acquires through taxation. I realize that when the rich spend money, this results in income and savings for others. I understand how problems can be created when government meddles too much in terms of what people do with their money.

Judges excuse themselves from cases because of conflict of interest. Persons excusing themselves from having to be opinionated about something, is not necessarily worse than a judge dropping a case. People representing this or that individual or group, is not necessarily worse than lawyers or lobbyists representing this or that individual or group.

Today Biro said that his nephew is Reynaldo Camacho, the tall dark young man who works at the gas station on Main St. Right before the practice started, I had been talking to Reynaldo. He said (I translate into my own lingo) that if soccer was a wise investment of time and energy for me, I should be on a team now making money. He said that if soccer was not paying money, I should have a 'real job' instead of spending time on soccer. He said that to be a coach one needed a certain 'charisma'.

Conversing with Reynaldo I said words to this effect: it could be that my investment of time and energy in soccer will pay off later but not right now; optimally the soccer and the 'real job' would co-exist; knowledge regarding practice-techniques and game-techniques is more important than alleged 'charisma' as a factor determining a coach's quality.

I suspect that the conflict between Reynaldo's view of things and mine, stressed me out even before I got to the Y.

The weather outdoors was comfortable before the practice, and the weather in the gym was comfortabgle during the practice.

I had my half of the gym to myself. Seemed the other side of the gym was mostly empty.

     
  8/23/11 @ Waltham Y; 7:42 - 7:58 PM
Segment 1
U B AF1

LL
14 16 0.88

70%

Total Score: 105
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0ll1r2

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.

     
  8/23/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:01 - 8:21 PM
Segment 2
U B AF1

LL
23 20 1.15

92%

Total Score: 160
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0rl1r2

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.

     
  8/23/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:22 - 8:39 PM
Segment 3
U B AF1

LL
20 17 1.18

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  8/23/11 @ Waltham Y;
8:57 - 9:16 PM
Segment 4
U B AF1

LL
13 19 0.68

65%

Total Score: 120
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2


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 11 of the successful runs, 55% of total attempts. Total: 65+55=120.

1st ten attempts, while trying to send the ball to the target point on the L0 lift-off touch, there were 4 successes, 3 of which I was proud of. During the 2nd 10 attempts, I gave up trying to send the ball to the target point on the L0 lift-off touch, and contented myself with simply getting the ball high enough on the L0 lift-off touch; during the 2nd ten attempts there were 9 successes 8 of which I was proud of. L0 is difficult in this variant.

     
  8/23/11 @ Waltham Y; 9:20 - 9:35 PM
Segment 5
U B AF1

LL
20 15 1.33

100%

Total Score: 195
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0rxl1r2


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 100+95=105.

     
  8/23/11 @ Waltham Y; 9:39 - 9:50 PM
Segment 6
U B AF1

LL
18 11 1.64

90%

Total Score: 170
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0ll1r2

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 20 attempts succeeded (90%). I was proud of 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 90+80=170.

     
  Thursday 8/25
Practice @ Waltham Y

Three of the Known As135L L0 to L1 footwork variants (aside from normal original variant) tested again.

Today I did 3 scored segments of Two-Touch, 135-degrees-left turn type patterns; as usual there was no unscored warmup without the ball; I also did not warm up by jogging, which has always been the case when the practice has consisted of '2-touch' (3 touch including the initial roll-back & flip-up) runs.

Today, all the variants of the Two-Touch, 135-degrees-left-turn type runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0); me then adhering to the FOOTWORK between L0 & L1 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body from L0 to R2; the direction of the ball after L1 being approx 135-degrees-left relative to the direction I face at the start of L0.

EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 5:30 PM, 3.3 hours before the practice started at 8:50 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep.

Had 12 oz coffee/organic-cane-sugar/halfnhalf, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Whole Foods has been constantly running out of the low-glycemic-index coconut palm sugar). Drank 14 oz of cool distilled water during the practice, which went on for 1 hour from 8:50 PM - 9:50 PM.

Today the intention was to implement the Ankle-Force-Minimization (AFM) method during L0 and L1.

Today the intention was to implement the 'LL' method (see Aug 13, Aug 14 entries for info re the 'LL' variant). LL means leg-power, not ankle-flip power, is emphasized during the #0 kick which flips the ball up into the air, and also during the next kick the #1 kick.

Today during the first 35 minutes of the practice ( the first 30 attempts), I was unable to horizontally target the L0 lift of the ball, so that the ball would be sent to a specific horizontal point by the L0 push; all I could do was get the ball vertically high as a result of the L0 lift of the ball. Then I developed the ability to target that point that is on the line from L0 to R2 and 2' away from the L0 point.

After I developed the ability to target horizontally, I became confident and enjoyed each attempt. I can see how being able to target the ball to various spots on the ground with the L0 lift-off touch of the ball, allows for advantages such as my shoulders being in front of the ball, blocking the defender's access to the ball.

Segments 1-3 today were the same as segments 1-3 on August 23, same segments in same order. The average score for segments 1 to 3 August 23 was 152; the average score for segments 1 to 3 today was 158. Thus today's performance was up 4% compared to August 23. The day-off August 24 does not seem to have worked too much harm.

4% may not seem like a big improvement, but at a 4% daily improvement rate, the average score for these first three variants in the 'batting order' will be up from 158 to 200 the max score in one week.

The perfect 'total score' for a segment is 200 (100% of attempts succeed, with me being proud of all of them).

I had been neglecting housecleaning. I got a note saying the apartment would be inspected today. Thus I did not practice yesterday. I am glad that they terrorized me into cleaning up my apartment. Whenever I house-clean, I enjoy life more afterwards, and there is a reduction in clutter. The apartment looks great and functions well when it is cleaned up and organized etc. I've read that clutter in the living-space actually reduced lifespan significantly. I extrapolate that clutter on the desks and in the kitchen counters is also unhealthy.

Today Biro walked up to me in the gym; I was not pleased to see him. He reached out his hand and shook my hand. He said he wanted to 100% apologize for his conduct two days ago. Biro said that everything he said two days ago about my physical appearance and soccer ability was 'joking', facetious, false.

He said, "you look good". He said he spoke with Reynaldo at the gas station yesterday; he said Reynaldo was remembering how I used to drop by the gas station Tuesday nights to chat with Reynaldo and his boss George.

Problem is that when the economic outlook becomes terrifying (it has become terrifying), people like me feel like they don't have time or energy to spare for a social life.

Biro watched me perform one AS135L-L0LL1R2 move. He said, "good!".

I told Biro how he reminded me of what my brother was like as a child. My brother has changed alot compared to what he was like as a child; he has become sluggish, downbeat, and lazy. But Biro is hard-working, upbeat, peppy.

After the practice I told Jose about Biro's apology and Jose said Biro is a nice guy.

A few months ago, Biro had annoyed me by facetiously insulting me and then saying he was joking. I had told him about the proverb, "As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?" (Proverbs 26:18-19). But then later anyway he again started up his 'joking' insulting facetiousness. It was so tiresome because I had already quoted to him the proverb that censured his behavior.

The weather outdoors was comfortable before the practice, and the weather in the gym was comfortabgle during the practice.

I had my half of the gym to myself. On the other side two East Asian boys were practicing basketball.

     
  8/25/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:50 - 9:08 PM
Segment 1
U B AF1

LL
14 18 0.78

70%

Total Score: 140
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0ll1r2

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 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 70+70=140.

     
  8/25/11 @ Waltham Y; 9:15 - 9:34 PM
Segment 2
U B AF1

LL
19 19 0.95

95%

Total Score: 170
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0rl1r2

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.

     
  8/25/11 @ Waltham Y; 9:36 - 9:50 PM
Segment 3
U B AF1

LL
17 14 1.21

85%

Total Score: 165
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course
Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2

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 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 85+80=165.

     
  Friday 8/26
Practice @ Waltham Y

Nine of the Known As135L L0 to L1 footwork variants (aside from normal original variant) tested again.

Today I did 93 scored segments of Two-Touch, 135-degrees-left turn type patterns; as usual there was no unscored warmup without the ball; I also did not warm up by jogging, which has always been the case when the practice has consisted of '2-touch' (3 touch including the initial roll-back & flip-up) runs.

Today, all the variants of the Two-Touch, 135-degrees-left-turn type runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0); me then adhering to the FOOTWORK between L0 & L1 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body from L0 to R2; the direction of the ball after L1 being approx 135-degrees-left relative to the direction I face at the start of L0.

EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 5:30 PM yesterday, 13 hours before the practice started at 6:36 AM; had approx 8 hours of sleep while asleep.

Had 12 oz coffee/organic-cane-sugar/halfnhalf, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Whole Foods has been constantly running out of the low-glycemic-index coconut palm sugar). Drank 26 oz of cool distilled water during the practice, which went on for 3.1 hours from 6:36 AM - 9:42 AM.

Today the intention was to implement the Ankle-Force-Minimization (AFM) method during L0 and L1.

Today the intention was to implement the 'LL' method (see Aug 13, Aug 14 entries for info re the 'LL' variant). LL means leg-power, not ankle-flip power, is emphasized during the #0 kick which flips the ball up into the air, and also during the next kick the #1 kick.

This morning (Friday) was like Thursday evening: during the first 32 minutes of the practice ( the first 30 attempts), I was unable to horizontally target the L0 lift of the ball, so that the ball would be sent to a specific horizontal point by the L0 push; all I could do was get the ball vertically high as a result of the L0 lift of the ball. Then I developed the ability to target that point that is on the line from L0 to R2 and 2' away from the L0 point.

Segments 1-5 today were the same as segments 1-5 on August 23, same segments in same order. The average score for segments 1 to 5 August 23 was 154; the average score for segments 1 to 5 today was 168. Thus today's performance was up 9% compared to August 23.

If I were to continue to improve at 9% every 3 days, in 6 days my average would be the perfect score of 200 (when the score is 200, I am proud of the results of every one of the 20 attempts in the segment).

The perfect 'total score' for a segment is 200 (100% of attempts succeed, with me being proud of all of them).

Today during the 8th segment, for the first time I achieved the perfect score of 200; the variant being done was As135l-l0+ruprl1r2. In the past As135l-l0+ruprl1r2 has been one of the lower scoring variants, one of the more difficult variants.

The variants done during segments 1-4 (avg score 162.5 ) were repeated during segments 6-9 (avg score 175.0 ). Thus my rule of thumb for now is that when all warmed up, my score is 8% higher than it is when I am not warmed up. Cautionary note: by the time I started segment 6, I had been awake for 19 hours.

The problem-child of the variants right now is AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2, which is one of the two newest variants, and the most difficult variant. The last three scores for AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2 have been 120, 160, 135. The low scores on this variant are bringing down the overall average. This variant involves: both feet leaving the ground when the left-foot lifts the ball up after the left-foot rolls the ball back; the left-foot hitting the ground; the right-foot hitting the ground; and then the left-foot executing L1.

Before each segment, I, without the ball, went through the motion of an attempt ten times.

Ball used during practice this morning: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi.

The weather outdoors was comfortable before the practice, and the weather in the gym was comfortabgle during the practice.

I had my half of the gym to myself mostly.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y; 6:36 - 6:55 AM
Segment 1
U B AF1

LL
17 19 0.89

85%

Total Score: 150
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2

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 13 of the successful runs, 65% of total attempts. Total: 85+65=150.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y; 6:58 - 7:13 AM
Segment 2
U B AF1

LL
17 15 1.13

85%

Total Score: 150
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2

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 13 of the successful runs, 65% of total attempts. Total: 85+65=150.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y; 7:18 - 7:35 AM
Segment 3
U B AF1

LL
20 17 1.18

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y;
7:48 - 8:03 AM
Segment 4
U B AF1

LL
17 15 1.13

85%

Total Score: 160
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2


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 15 of the successful runs, 75% of total attempts. Total: 85+75=160.

attempting to target a spot on the floor with the L0 lift-off sending the ball to that spot, seemed to impair performance. This variant is difficult to the point that such targetting can be counter-productive.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:07 - 8:24 AM
Segment 5
U B AF1

LL
20 17 1.18

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rxl1r2


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:26 - 8:40 AM
Segment 6
U B AF1

LL
19 14 1.36

95%

Total Score: 175
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2

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 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 90+85=175.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:53 - 9:06 AM
Segment 7
U B AF1

LL
20 13 1.54

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y; 9:10 - 9:24 AM
Segment 8
U B AF1

LL
20 14 1.43

100%

Total Score: 200
PERFECT SCORE
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 20 of the successful runs, 100% of total attempts. Total: 100+100=200.

     
  8/26/11 @ Waltham Y;
9:27 - 9:42 AM
Segment 9
U B AF1

LL
15 15 1.00

75%

Total Score: 135
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2


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 12 of the successful runs, 60% of total attempts. Total: 75+60=135.

At this point it had been 20 hours since I had slept.

     
  Saturday 8/27
Practice @ Waltham Y

Antidote for Gloom & Demoralization I've Experience Lately Doing the short simple 'easy' 'Two-touch drills'

The errors I've been making in my solitary struggle to achieve 100% consistency on a relatively easy soccer-ball trick, combined with incidents such as reading in the paper I picked up at the Y that a Dr. Silverman believes there is no hope for people living in cities due to the impending collapse of society, have been making me feel like the shipwrecked sailor in Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' who sinned by killing a bird called an albatross.

...Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony...

...God save thee, ancient Mariner,
From the fiends that plague thee thus! -
Why look'st thou so?' -"With my crossbow
I shot the Albatross"...

...Ah! well-a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung"...

...`Is it he?' quoth one, `Is this the man?
By him who died on cross,
With his cruel bow he laid full low
The harmless Albatross...

A strange solo voyage it has been, involving a mix of: great importance; great significance; struggling to achieve 100% consistency doing something it is easy to succeed with 70% of the time; application of extreme precision with enormous consistency; lack of intense physical effort combined with fatigue; the non-production of the psychological high that comes from vigorous exercise; lack of glamor, lack of excitement, boredom; fatigue.

The 'voyage' having this unusual combination of characteristics, has made me feel as if I've become somewhat intoxicated as a result of having consumed some unusual mixed drink, or smoked some unusual mix of weeds.

I'm no longer doing tricks that are such, that if I were a spectator watching me do them, I would have been impressed.

I used to be happy achieving a 90% success rate doing more difficult tricks; now I'm striving for 100% on easy tricks. The two types of activities are surprisingly different.

The transition has been hard to take; I've been feeling bored and unmotivated; I've been missing practice, even though the simple tricks I'm doing can be practiced many places outdoors.

My mind continues to find attaining to 90% consistency performing difficult, eye-catching tricks exciting and inspiring, while it finds struggling for 100% consistency performing easier, unglamorous tricks boring and uninspiring.

I suspect it's because I see everything from the point of view of a simple-minded spectator.

If I saw things from the point of view of a sophisticated spectator, the striving for 100% on the simple easy but very tactically important tricks I've been working on, would be a momentous achievement.

It's because I've developed this unshakeable conviction, that the number of sophisticated spectators and participants is next to zero. I feel as if all of them, would either fail to understand and appreciate the significance and difficulty of extreme consistency performing 'easy' tricks, or would secretly appreciate and understand but pretend they did not, due to some prejudice.

I suspect there's a lesson for life here: achieving 100% consistency on easy unglamorous stuff can seem to be less exciting and important, compared to achieving 90% consistency on difficult stuff; this illusion can be a source of performance-impairing demoralization and a source of an avoidable sense of boredom.

People like to perform well, people like to not feel bored.

...I saw a third -I heard his voice:
It is the Hermit good!
He singeth loud his godly hymns
That he makes in the wood.
He'll shrieve my soul, he'll wash away
The Albatross's blood"...

...The selfsame moment I could pray;
And from my neck so free
The Albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea"...

I need to focus on thoughts that will energize and uplift these 'unglamorous' practices involving just 2 touches after the ball is lifted into the air:

Let the simple think what they may, the gradual achievement of high quaity success from L0 (lift-off) to R2 (the second touch not counting lift-off, made with the right-foot) is, insofar as soccer is concerned, indeed a spectacular majestic achievement.

The full run involving 5 touches after lift-off, is an admirable thing, even the simple would admit that. In the full run, there are six touches including L0 the lift-off touch. In the abbreviated runs I've been practicing, there are 3 touches including L0 the lift-off touch. Thus, in this sense, perfecting the abbreviated runs I've been practicing, results in perfection of fully half of the touches in the full-length dazzling version of the run.

Errors on touches during a run increase the likelihood of error on subsequent touches during a run, a misplaced ball is harder to handle than a well-placed ball; hence, the perfection of the first 3 touches (including L0 the lift-off touch) in a run, will improve performance during the last 3 touches of the run.

These touches on the ball during a run in a practice drill, may not look like much; however, in actual games the goal-scorer rarely touches the ball more than twice before shooting. Ultimately the greater glory belongs to the goal-scorer, not the practitioner of incredible tricks during practice-drills.

The perfection of the lift-off touch L0 and the subsequent two touches on the ball, by posing a threat to the defense, will render the execution of longer 'cool' runs during actual games more possible.

Focusing on achieving a 100% success rate doing something it is easy to post a 70% success rate with, has been building up my body and mind in new ways they have never before been built up in.

Achieving a 90% success rate doing the more difficult 5-touch after lift-off runs, was in a way less mentally and physically stressful compared to striving for 100% success on the 2-touch after lift-off runs I've been doing. I suspect this is because with human beings, a certain level of error is natural, even when the human is practiced and skilled.

I've been trying to push my error-rate on the 2-touch after-liftoff runs down to unnaturally, inhumanly low levels. The result has been, a surprisingly high level of fatigue generated by repeated 2-touch after lift-off runs that rarely cover more than ten feet from first touch to last touch.

I've got to learn to tolerate within myself, the unexpectedly high level of mental and physical fatigue caused by the short 2-touch runs I've been doing; I've got to learn to avoid confusing this surprising fatigue with sickness or physical and mental degeneration.

I need to remember that the mastery of the angled start my 'humdrum' practices are leading to, will open up a fantastic new world of possibilities for flight with the ball.

I need to remember, that practicing the short 'bland' 2-touch angled-start runs I've been practicing, will eventually result in mastery of 90 degree to 160 degree turns not only at the start of a run, but also during flight with the ball AFTER the start.

     
  Monday 8/29
Practice @ Waltham Y

Two segments of Toe-Down on Roll-back, then All Known As135L L0 to R2 footwork variants tested.

Today I started out with first two segments involving just L0 to L1, with the toe being about even in elevation with the heel during the initial roll-back of the ball (L0rbtd). These mini-patterns ended with the L1 touch.

Next, I did 5 scored segments of Two-Touches after lift-off, 135-degrees-left turn type patterns.

Today, all the variants of the Two-Touches after-liftoff, 135-degrees-left-turn type runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0); me then adhering to the FOOTWORK between L0 & L1 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body from L0 to R2; the direction of the ball after L1 being approx 135-degrees-left relative to the direction I face at the start of L0.

EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 3:00 PM , 4 hours before the practice started at 7:08 PM, after having had approx 4 hours of sleep. Had 8 oz coffee/organic-cane-sugar/halfnhalf, from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Drank 30 oz of cool distilled water during the practice, which went on for 2.5 hours from 7:08 PM - 9:38 PM.

Today the Ankle-Force-Minimization (AFM) method was usually implemented during L0 and L1.

Today on most attempts, the 'LL' variant was implemented (see Aug 13, Aug 14 entries for info re the 'LL' variant). LL means leg-power, not ankle-flip power, is emphasized during the #0 kick which flips the ball up into the air, and also during the next kick the #1 kick.

Today, on every attempt,I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 lift-off touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. The spot I targetted: 2' from L0, on the line running from L0 to R2.

I decided that even if such targetting temporarily impairs the score, I'm going to do it anyway. The targetting can result in very perfect, very fast, very powerful, accurate turns.

Segments 3-7 today were the same as segments 3-7 on August 22, same segments in same order. On August 22 and August 29 today, the first two segments of the day involved just practicing the start, the runs ended with L1 the first touch after the L0 lift-off touch. The average score for segments 3-7 August 22 was 165; the average score for segments 3-7 today was 176. Thus today's performance was up 7% compared to a week ago August 22.

At a 7% weekly improvement, the average score will be the maximum score of 200, indicating extreme reliability for the moves practiced, in just two weeks.

I have given abbreviated names to the various methods to make things easier. As135l-l0ll1r2 is A; As135l-l0rl1r2 is B; As135l-l0+ruprl1r2 is C; AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2 is G; As135l-l0rxl1r2 is H.

The average score would have been much higher, if the third segment, spent doing As135l-l0ll1r2 (A), had scored as high as the eigth segment, which also was spent doing As135l-l0ll1r2 (A). I've noticed that the longer the time interval separating a practice and the previous practice, the longer it takes to get warmed up and competent.

During segment 6, using method G, I forced myself to on L0, send the ball towards the target point 2' away from L0 on the line running from L0 to R2; the score (180) was much higher than the score (160, 135) the previous time I used method G on August 26. The previous time I avoided targetting a target point with the L0 lift-off push of the ball, because it seemed such would reduce the score.

From after the morning practice of 8/26 all the way up to before the start of the evening practice 8/29, I felt tired. I had slept from about 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on August 25; then I had practiced soccer from 8:50 AM - 9:50 AM, and from 6:36 AM to 9:42 AM 8/26 before going to sleep again. The three hours of practice which started 13 hours after I had woken up, seemed to have had the effect of leaving me feeling exhausted for a couple of days. The exhaustion produced feelings of stress and almost depression. I suspect that the Whole Foods store running out of coconut palm-sugar was partly to blame; the cane-sugar seems to have a tiring effect.

There were 10 rehearsals without the ball prior to the start of each segment.

Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi.

The weather outdoors was comfortable before, and during the practice.

In my half of the gym, a black teenage male and a brown female were shooting baskets, then two black teenage males were shooting baskets.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y; 7:08 - 7:22 PM
Segment 1
U B AF1


19 14 1.36

95%

Total Score: 175
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


L0rbtd

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 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 95+80=175.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y; 7:25 - 7:40 PM
Segment 2
U B AF1


20 15 1.33

100%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


L0rbtd

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 15 of the successful runs, 75% of total attempts. Total: 100+75=175.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y; 7:43 - 7:56 PM
Segment 3
U B AF1

LL
14 13 1.08

70%

Total Score: 140
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2
(A)


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 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 70+70=140.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y; 7:58 - 8:09 PM
Segment 4
U B AF1

LL
20 11 1.82

100%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2
(B)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 17 of the successful runs, 85% of total attempts. Total: 100+85=185.

There were about ten rehearsals without the ball prior to the start of the attempts with the ball.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:12 - 8:27 PM
Segment 5
U B AF1

LL
19 15 1.27

95%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2
(C)


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 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 95+90=185.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y;
8:32 - 8:45 PM
Segment 6
U B AF1

LL
19 13 1.46

95%

Total Score: 180
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2
(G)


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 17 of the successful runs, 85% of total attempts. Total: 95+85=180.

About ten rehearsals without the ball were done before attempts this segment.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y; 8:50 - 9:02 PM
Segment 7
U B AF1

LL
20 12 1.67

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rxl1r2
(H)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=170.

     
  8/29/11 @ Waltham Y; 9:28 - 9:38 PM
Segment 8
U B AF1

LL
20 10 2.00

100%

Total Score: 195
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 3 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2
(A)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 100+95=195.

     
  Wednesday 8/31
Practice @ Oak Square YMCA

Two segments of Toe-Down on Roll-back, then All Known As135L L0 to R2 footwork variants (other than original natural variant) practiced (same as 8/29).

Today I started out with first two segments involving just L0 to L1, with the toe being about even in elevation with the heel during the initial roll-back of the ball (L0rbtd). These mini-patterns ended with the L1 touch.

Next, I did 13 scored segments of Two-Touches after lift-off, 135-degrees-left turn type patterns.

Today, all the variants of the Two-Touches after-liftoff, 135-degrees-left-turn type runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0); me then adhering to the FOOTWORK between L0 & L1 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body from L0 to R2; the direction of the ball after L1 being approx 135-degrees-left relative to the direction I face at the start of L0.

EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 2:00 AM , 5 hours before the practice started at 6:44 AM, after having had approx 12 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/organic-cane-sugar/halfnhalf, from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. Drank 38 oz of cold distilled water during the practice, which went on for 4.0 hours from 6:44 AM - 10:42 AM.

Today the Ankle-Force-Minimization (AFM) method was usually implemented during L0 and L1.

Today on most attempts, the 'LL' variant was implemented (see Aug 13, Aug 14 entries for info re the 'LL' variant). LL means leg-power, not ankle-flip power, is emphasized during the #0 kick which flips the ball up into the air, and also during the next kick the #1 kick.

Today, on every attempt,I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 lift-off touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. The spot I targetted: 2' from L0, on the line running from L0 to R2.

I have given abbreviated names to the various methods to make things easier. As135l-l0ll1r2 is A; As135l-l0rl1r2 is B; As135l-l0+ruprl1r2 is C; AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2 is G; As135l-l0rxl1r2 is H.

Segments 3-7 today were the same as segments 3-7 on August 29, same segments in same order. On August 29 and August 31 today, the first two segments of the day involved just practicing the start, the runs during the first two segments, ended with L1 the first touch after the L0 lift-off touch. The average score for segments 3-7 August 29 was 176; the average score for segments 3-7 today was 181. Thus today's performance during the first cycle of A-H methods was up 3% compared to August 29.

Segments 8-12 were the same methods in the same order as segments 3-7. Average score for segments 8-12 today was 189, a 7% improvement compared to 8/29.

The amount I slept prior to this practice was huge (previous entry mentions how tired I'd been feeling). From midnight to 5 AM August 30 I was asleep; I was also asleep most of the time from 10 AM 8/30 to 2 AM 8/31. Thus I was asleep for approx 19 hours from midnight morning of 8/30 to 2 AM morning of 8/31. This huge amount of sleep cured me of my fatigue.

There were 10 rehearsals without the ball prior to the start of each segment.

Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi.

The weather outdoors was comfortable before, and during the practice.

Had the gym mostly to myself except for a few boys playing basketball.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 6:44 AM - 6:54 AM
Segment 1
U B AF1


19 10 1.90

95%

Total Score: 145
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


L0rbtd

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 13 of the successful runs, 65% of total attempts. Total: 95+65=160.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 6:56 - 7:07 AM
Segment 2
U B AF1


19 11 1.73

95%

Total Score: 160
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


L0rbtd

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 15 of the successful runs, 75% of total attempts. Total: 100+75=175.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 7:11 - 7:22 AM
Segment 3
U B AF1

LL
19 11 1.73

95%

Total Score: 170
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2
(A)


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.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Sq Y; 7:23 - 7:37 AM
Segment 4
U B AF1

LL
19 14 1.36

95%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2
(B)


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 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 95+90=185.

There were about ten rehearsals without the ball prior to the start of the attempts with the ball.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 7:39 - 7:53 AM
Segment 5
U B AF1

LL
20 14 1.43

100%

Total Score: 180
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2
(C)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 100+80=180.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y;
7:56 - 8:09 AM
Segment 6
U B AF1

LL
19 13 1.46

95%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2
(G)


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 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 95+90=185.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 8:11 - 8:23 AM
Segment 7
U B AF1

LL
19 12 1.58

95%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rxl1r2
(H)


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 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 95+90=185.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 8:47 - 9:00 AM
Segment 8
U B AF1

LL
20 13 1.54

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2
(A)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Sq Y; 9:02 - 9:12 AM
Segment 9
U B AF1

LL
18 10 1.80

90%

Total Score: 170
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2
(B)


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 20 attempts succeeded (90%). I was proud of 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 90+80=170.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 9:12 - 9:24 AM
Segment 10
U B AF1

LL
20 12 1.67

100%

Total Score: 200
PERFECT SCORE
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2
(C)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 20 of the successful runs, 100% of total attempts. Total: 100+100=200.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y;
9:26 - 9:38 AM
Segment 11
U B AF1

LL
20 12 1.67

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2
(G)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 9:40 - 9:51 AM
Segment 12
U B AF1

LL
20 11 1.82

100%

Total Score: 195
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rxl1r2
(H)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 100+95=195.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Square Y; 10:08 - 10:17 AM
Segment 13
U B AF1

LL
20 11 1.82

100%

Total Score: 195
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2
(A)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 100+95=195.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Sq Y; 10:20 - 10:29 AM
Segment 14
U B AF1

LL
18 9 2.00

90%

Total Score: 175
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2
(B)


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 20 attempts succeeded (90%). I was proud of 17 of the successful runs, 85% of total attempts. Total: 90+85=175.

     
  8/31/11 @ Oak Sq Y; 10:32 - 10:42 AM
Segment 15
U B AF1

LL
20 10 2.00

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2
(B)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  Thursday 9/1
Practice @ Oak Square YMCA

All Known As135L L0 to R2 footwork variants (other than original natural variant) practiced (same as 8/29); perfect score on original natural variant not practiced since 8/16

Today I started out with first two segments involving just L0 to L1, with the toe being about even in elevation with the heel during the initial roll-back of the ball (L0rbtd). These mini-patterns ended with the L1 touch.

Next, I did 10 scored segments of Two-Touches after lift-off, 135-degrees-left turn type patterns; these were variations of the original natural method of doing the 135-degrees-left turn. I concluded with one segment of the original natural method of doing the 135 degrees left turn. The original natural method involves simply the ball being flipped up on L0, and then the ball being kicked with the left foot on L1, with the right foot staying on the ground and the left foot staying in the air between L0 and L1.

Today, all the variants of the Two-Touches after-liftoff, 135-degrees-left-turn type runs scored as successes manifested the following characteristics: Me using the left foot to flip up the ball (L0); me then adhering to the FOOTWORK between L0 & L1 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body from L0 to R2; the direction of the ball after L1 being approx 135-degrees-left relative to the direction I face at the start of L0.

EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 2:00 AM , 4.5 hours before the practice started at 6:30 AM, after having had approx 10 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/organic-cane-sugar/halfnhalf, from 3:00 AM to 5:30 AM. Drank 36 oz of cold distilled water during the practice, which went on for 4.0 hours from 6:30 AM - 10:29 AM.

Today the Ankle-Force-Minimization (AFM) method was usually implemented after L0.

Today, on every attempt,I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 lift-off touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. The spot I targetted: 2' from L0, on the line running from L0 to R2.

Today, I noticed during segments 1 & 2, that when targetting the ball to the spot with the L0 lift-off push of the ball, quality is high when there is a little bit of sideways ankle force applied during the push part of the L0 lift and push movement.

Today during the entire practice, for the first time, I deliberately used ankle-force during the push portion of the L0 lift of ball and push ball movement.

I have given abbreviated names to the various methods to make things easier. As135l-l0ll1r2 is A; As135l-l0rl1r2 is B; As135l-l0+ruprl1r2 is C; AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2 is G; As135l-l0rxl1r2 is H.

KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T, the natural original form, is 'ON'.

The average score for segments 3-7 August 31 was 181; the average score for segments 8-12 August 31, was 189. Today segments 3-7 and segments 8-12 were the same methods in the same order as yesterday. The average score for segments 3-7 today was 194; the average score for segments 8-12 today was 196.

Thus, comparing the second cycle of A-H methods yesterday to the second cycle of A-H methods today, today's performance was up 4% compared to August 31 yesterday.

The score for KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T, which is the original natural (ON) form for the 135 degrees turn to the left when using the LEFT-foot for the first kick after the lift-up of the ball, today was 200, a perfect score; 100% of the attempts succeeded, and I was proud of all of the successes. This despite the fact that the KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T had not been practiced since August 16.

The previous percentages and scores for KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T had been: 8/15: 76%, 124; 84%, 152. 8/16: 95%, 170; 85%, 155.

These 'low' scores had set off alarm bells in my mind. I had concluded that when making the 135 degree turn to the left, kicking the ball with the left foot after lifting it up off the ground with the left foot, is superior to kicking the ball with the right foot after lifting the ball up with the left foot. Yet this superior alternative, was not scoring high. Even when during the best segment on 8/16, there was success with 95% of the attempts, I felt proud of the results only 75% of the time.

Therefore from 8/17 to today, I spent the practice time working on alternatives to KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T that were more difficult than KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T, the theory being that working on the more difficult alternatives would produce a stronger rate of improvement compared to just doing KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T over and over again.

Today after two weeks of working with the more difficult but similar alternatives, I returned to doing the KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T, which is the original natural form last done on 8/16, and right away the first segment doing KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T produced a perfect score.

I suspect that I may have become somewhat obsessed with achieving high scores doing the difficult similar alternatives; it would perhaps have been better to spend less time working on these difficult similar alternatives; seems I became sort of like that POW in the movie 'Bridge Over the River Kwai', who became obsessed with building a bridge for his captors.

However I learned a few things during the two weeks spent working on the difficult similar alternatives; and, the level of skill I have gotten up to is imperfectly described by the numerical scores, because two different successes that I am 'proud' of, can be unequal in quality.

There were 10 rehearsals without the ball prior to the start of each segment.

Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi.

The weather outdoors was comfortable before, and during the practice.

Had the gym mostly to myself except for a few boys playing basketball.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 6:30 AM - 6:46 AM
Segment 1
U B AF1


20 16 1.25

100%

Total Score: 175
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


L0rbtd

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 15 of the successful runs, 75% of total attempts. Total: 100+75=175.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 6:48 - 7:01 AM
Segment 2
U B AF1


20 13 1.54

100%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


L0rbtd

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 17 of the successful runs, 85% of total attempts. Total: 100+85=185.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 7:06 - 7:20 AM
Segment 3
U B AF1

20 14 1.43

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2
(A)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Sq Y; 7:23 - 7:35 AM
Segment 4
U B AF1

20 12 1.67

100%

Total Score: 200
PERFECT SCORE
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2
(B)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 20 of the successful runs, 100% of total attempts. Total: 100+100=200.

There were about ten rehearsals without the ball prior to the start of the attempts with the ball.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 7:43 - 8:00 AM
Segment 5
U B AF1

20 17 1.18

100%

Total Score: 195
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2
(C)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 100+95=195.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y;
7:56 - 8:09 AM
Segment 6
U B AF1

20 13 1.54

100%

Total Score: 200
PERFECT SCORE
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2
(G)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 20 of the successful runs, 100% of total attempts. Total: 100+100=200.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 8:18 - 8:30 AM
Segment 7
U B AF1

19 12 1.58

95%

Total Score: 185
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rxl1r2
(H)


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 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 95+90=185.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 8:59 - 9:12 AM
Segment 8
U B AF1

20 13 1.54

100%

Total Score: 190
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0ll1r2
(A)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Sq Y; 9:18 - 9:30 AM
Segment 9
U B AF1

20 12 1.67

100%

Total Score: 195
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rl1r2
(B)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 100+95=195.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 9:33 - 9:45 AM
Segment 10
U B AF1

20 12 1.67

100%

Total Score: 195
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0+ruprl1r2
(C)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 100+95=195.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y;
9:47 - 10:01 AM
Segment 11
U B AF1

20 14 1.43

100%

Total Score: 200
PERFECT SCORE
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


AS135L-L0+RupLRL1R2
(G)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 20 of the successful runs, 100% of total attempts. Total: 100+100=200.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 10:04 - 10:15 AM
Segment 12
U B AF1

20 11 1.82

100%

Total Score: 200
PERFECT SCORE
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


As135l-l0rxl1r2
(H)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 20 of the successful runs, 100% of total attempts. Total: 100+100=200.

     
  9/1/11 @ Oak Square Y; 10:18 - 10:29 AM
Segment 13
U B AF1

20 11 1.82

100%

Total Score: 200
PERFECT SCORE
Goals: percentage, quality
Cones: 5 cones marking 9' long course


KnockoutAugOne-AS-135-L-2T
(ON)


The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of.

20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 20 of the successful runs, 100% of total attempts. Total: 100+100=200.

     
  Continued at 2011 Soccer Drill Stats Part XIII