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 XII  
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 9/2 Practice @ Oak Square YMCA 
135 degree turns to both left and right done up to 3 touches after initial liftoff touch Today I started out with first four segments involving just L0 to L1 or R1, with the toe being about even in elevation with the heel during the initial rollback of the ball (L0rbtd). These minipatterns ended with the L1 touch. Two featured my left foot sending the ball at a 135 degree angle to the left on L1, and two featured my right foot sending the ball at a 135 degree angle to the right on L1. With both the left and right types, I tested out both maximizing ankleforce and also minimizing ankle force during the L0 flip. Next, I did a segment of the KnockoutAugOneAS135R2T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T (ON). I had not done any segments of KnockoutAugOneAS135R2T since August 15. August 15, during the 4th segment, 100% of attempts had succeeded, and the total score was 184. This segment convinced me, that when making 135 degree turns to the right, using the right foot for the first kick after lifting the ball off the ground with the left foot, is superior to using the left foot for the first kick after lifting the ball off the ground with the left foot. The segment also convinced me that the 135 degree turn to the left requires more attention than the 135 degree turn to the right. That's why since from August 16 up to today September 2, I had been focused on the turn to the left, which I had felt was the weaker turn. KnockoutAugOneAS135R2T is simply the 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R pattern done up to the second touch after lifting the ball up off the ground with the left foot; KnockoutAugOneAS135R2T ends with the L2 touch. 'KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R' was first introduced in the row in this log entitled 'Thursday 8/4 2nd Graphic of new Drill'. Another graphic presents the same 'P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R' but in a tilted view, in the row entitled ''Monday 8/15 ROW 1 Angled View of Knockoutaugone RFSreve2as135R '. For the remainder of the practice, I alternated between a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T. KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T is simply the first 3 touches after the initial liftup touch, of the P6.15TKnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R pattern, with rest of the touches omitted. Whereas KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T (ON) discussed in the previous September 1 entry of this log is the first 2 touches after the initial liftup touch in the KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T pattern, KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T is the first three touches after the liftup touch in the KnockoutAugOneAS135L pattern. The KnockoutAugOneAS135L pattern, is introduced in text and graphics in the row of this log entitled 'Wednesday 8/3 2nd Graphic of New Drill'. It was practiced on August 4. A tilted dramatized graphic of KnockoutAugOneAS135L is presented in the row of this log entitled 'Monday 8/15 ROW 3 Angled View of KnockoutAugOneAS135L'. Today, all the variants of the one, two or three touches afterliftoff, 135degreeturn 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 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body throughout the run; the direction of the ball after L1/R1 being approx 135degreesleft or 135 degrees right relative to the direction I face at the start of L0. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 10:00 AM , 4.3 hours before the practice started at 2:20 PM, after having had approx 7 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/organiccanesugar/halfnhalf, from 3:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Drank 50 oz of cold distilled water during the practice, which went on for 3.9 hours from 2:20 PM  6:14 PM. Today the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method was usually implemented after the L0 liftup of the ball. Today, on every attempt,I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 liftoff 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 (for the 135 degree turns to the left); 2' from L0, on the line running from L0 to L2 (for the 135 degree turns to the right). Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi. The weather outdoors was comfortable before, and during the practice. Shared the gym with the usual crew of Oak Square YMCA E. Asian, black, and white boys.


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
2:20 PM  2:36 AM
Segment 1 
U  B  AF1 L0F 
20  16  1.25
100%
Total Score: 180

L0rbtd
leftturn 
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. Ankleforce maximized on L0 (L0 Flip, L0F)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
2:38  2:52 PM
Segment 2 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
19  14  1.36
95%
Total Score: 170

L0rbtd
Leftturn 
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. Ankleforce minimized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0AFM)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
2:56 PM  3:09 PM
Segment 3 
U  B  AF1 L0F 
19  13  1.46
95%
Total Score: 175

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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. Ankleforce maximized on L0 (L0Flip, L0F)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
3:12  3:23 PM
Segment 4 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
19  11  1.73
95%
Total Score: 175

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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. Ankleforce minimized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0AFM)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
3:38  3:54 PM
Segment 5 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1AFM 
20  16  1.25
100%
Total Score: 185

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. 20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 17 of the successful runs, 85% of total attempts. Total: 100+85=185. The last time this pattern was done was 8/15, segment starting at 7:36 PM. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
3:59  4:10 PM
Segment 6 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1AFM 
19  11  1.73
95%
Total Score: 185

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T
(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. 19 out of 20 attempts succeeded (95%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 95+90=185. The last time this pattern was done was 9/1, segment 13. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip, LOF) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
4:13  4:25 PM
Segment 7 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1,R2AFM 
14  12  1.17
70%
Total Score: 115

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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 9 of the successful runs, 45% of total attempts. Total: 70+45=115. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip, LOF) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM) This drill is simply the initial L0 liftup of the ball & then the next 3 touches, in the KnockoutAugOneAS135L pattern. KnockoutAugOneAS135L was last done August 4.


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
4:46  4:58 PM
Segment 8 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
16  12  1.33
80%
Total Score: 140

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 16 out of 20 attempts succeeded (80%). I was proud of 12 of the successful runs, 60% of total attempts. Total: 80+60=140. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM) This drill is simply the initial L0 liftup of the ball & then the next 3 touches, in the KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R pattern.KnockoutAugOneRFSRevE2AS135R was last done August 9.


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
5:01  5:13 PM
Segment 9 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1,R2AFM 
17  12  1.42
85%
Total Score: 150

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip, LOF) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
5:17  5:31 PM
Segment 10 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
16  14  1.14
80%
Total Score: 135

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

The goal of this segment: achieve a high successes per attempts percentage, achieve a high number of runs that I can be 'proud' of. 16 out of 20 attempts succeeded (80%). I was proud of 11 of the successful runs, 55% of total attempts. Total: 80+55=135. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
5:44  5:55 PM
Segment 11 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1,R2AFM 
20  11  1.82
100%
Total Score: 165

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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 13 of the successful runs, 65% of total attempts. Total: 100+65=165. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip, LOF) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/2/11 @ Oak Square Y;
5:58  6:09 PM
Segment 12 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
20  11  1.82
100%
Total Score: 180

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


Saturday 9/3 Practice @ Playground adjacent to Oak Square YMCA 
Same Practice as Yesterday but done outdoors: 135 degree turns to both left and right done up to 3 touches after initial liftoff touch Today I started out with first four segments involving just L0 to L1 or R1, with the toe being about even in elevation with the heel during the initial rollback of the ball (L0rbtd). These minipatterns ended with the L1 touch. Two featured my left foot sending the ball at a 135 degree angle to the left on L1, and two featured my right foot sending the ball at a 135 degree angle to the right on L1. With both the left and right types, I tested out both maximizing ankleforce and also minimizing ankle force during the L0 flip. Next, I did a segment of the KnockoutAugOneAS135R2T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T (ON). For the remainder of the practice, I alternated between a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T. Today, all the variants of the one, two or three touches afterliftoff, 135degreeturn 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 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body throughout the run; the direction of the ball after L1/R1 being approx 135degreesleft or 135 degrees right relative to the direction I face at the start of L0. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 11:00 AM , 4.3 hours before the practice started at 3:15 PM, after having had approx 3 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/organiccanesugar/halfnhalf, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Drank 32 oz of cold distilled water during the practice, which went on for 3.5 hours from 3:15 PM  6:43 PM. Today the intent was to implement the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method after the L0 liftup of the ball. Today, on every attempt,I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 liftoff 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 (for the 135 degree turns to the left); 2' from L0, on the line running from L0 to L2, but about a foot outside this line (for the 135 degree turns to the right). Segments 7 through 10 both yesterday September 2, and today September 3, involved the same (3 touch after liftoff) patterns done in the same order. September 2 ( yesterday) scores on segments 7 through 10: 115 140 150 135, avg = 135. September 3 ( today) scores on segments 7 through 10: 145 170 155 180, avg = 163. At this rate of improvement, the 3touchesafterLiftoff runs will be at 100% consistency, all the attempts resulting in onpattern runs I can be proud of, during the next practice; at this rate of improvement, it takes 3 days of practicing the 3touch runs to get up to 100% of attempts being highquality successes. At this rate of improvement, after 3 days of working on the 4touch runs I will up to 100% high quality success on the 4 touch runs; and after 3 days of working on the 5 touch runs I will be up to 100% high quality success on the 5 touch runs. Thus at this rate of improvement, after a week of practice I will be a soccerdemigod of the highest order: on 100% of attempts, I will be able to produce highly controlled, highspeed sixtouch 30feetlong zigzagging aerial runs featuring the ball never touching the ground, that start with a 135 degree turn to the left or right. Looking back on my achievements in August, when I was able to perform such glamorous angledstart 5touch runs but with a low consistency rate, I am confident that I will be at 90% consistency executing such dazzling angledstart runs in less than a month. By the end of July five weeks ago, I had established that I could on 90% of attempts, produce successful onpattern, long, balloffground highspeed 5touch runs, with the start involving me kicking the ball in the same direction that I was facing. By the end of the month we are now in, September, I will be able to do the same thing, but with the start involving a 135 degree turn to the left or to the right. My first attempts during August, the preceding month, at aerial fivetouch runs involving angled start, produced spectacular long fast closelyonintendedpattern runs, accomplished at both the Oak Square Y and also the Waltham Y; but the consistency in terms of successes per attempt was low. I realized that the root of the consistency problem was in mistakes made during the initial liftoff touch (L0) and the subsequent kick (L1/R1). Such is understandable because the angled start was a new thing. I devised a strategy for improving consistency on the angledstart runs; the strategy focused on technical improvement of the liftoff touch and the first kick; apparently this strategy has been producing a fast rate of improvement, with the reasonably expected result being that I will have mastered the consistency of success on angled starts problem in around a month. This all has involved many hours of drudgery, doing things like attempting to attain to 100% consistency doing simple unspectacular things with the ball. Hard to believe that someone who will in around a month be like an angel amongst men when it comes to the world's most popular sport, should feel so unspecial. I feel as if everyone I meet treats me as if I was nothing special, which makes me feel as if I was nothing special, though I know that in the eyes of God I am something special, and that we cannot all be something special given exact useage of the word 'special', because special means distinguished above and beyond the rest. I remember on TV a few months ago, I saw this room full of overweight black women, and they all together shouted out, "I am a special person!". And then you have those who can't stand the idea that there is any such thing as a 'special person'. I remember a black & white photo of this bespectacled elderly black man in the 1960s, holding up a poster that said, 'WE MUST PROVE BEYOND A DOUBT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL'. As far a the typicalist is concerned, the typical people are special, even though by definition a special person is not typical. Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi. The weather outdoors was a little too warm and humid before, the practice started, but I was used to it and comfortable during the practice. At the beginning of the practice there was nobody in the outdoors basketball court where I was practicing, but children and parents playing in the adjacent playground for children. The last half hour or so, there were some white young men on the court playing basketball, including this guy I've seen in the gym who wears this sleeveless black Tshirt that has 'Bentley Football', and 'Attitude is Everything' emblazoned on it. Towards the end of the practice there were a couple of Spanishlooking teenage boys were shooting baskets and sitting around in my half of the court. One of them after watching me practice looked my way and shouted, "Yes!" whatever that means.


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
3:15  3:33 PM
Segment 1 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
20  18  1.11
100%
Total Score: 185

L0rbtd
leftturn 
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. Ankleforce minimized on L0 (L0AFM)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
3:36  3:52 PM
Segment 2 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
20  16  1.25
100%
Total Score: 180

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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. Ankleforce minimized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0AFM)


9/3 /11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
3:58  4:12 PM
Segment 3 
U  B  AF1 L0F 
19  14  1.36
95%
Total Score: 175

L0rbtd
Leftturn 
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. Ankleforce maximized on L0 (L0Flip, L0F)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
4:14  4:29 PM
Segment 4 
U  B  AF1 L0F 
19  14  1.36
95%
Total Score: 175

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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. Ankleforce maximized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0F, L0Flip)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
4:41  4:59 PM
Segment 5 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1AFM 
20  18  1.11
100%
Total Score: 190

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. 20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
5:01  4:17 PM
Segment 6 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1AFM 
19  16  1.19
95%
Total Score: 180

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T
(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. 19 out of 20 attempts succeeded (95%). I was proud of 17 of the successful runs, 85% of total attempts. Total: 95+85=180. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
5:38  5:53 PM
Segment 7 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
18  15  1.20
90%
Total Score: 145

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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 11 of the successful runs, 55% of total attempts. Total: 90+55=145. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0Flip, LOF) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
5:55  6:10 PM
Segment 8 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
19  15  1.27
95%
Total Score: 170

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
6:13  6:26 PM
Segment 9 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
18  13  1.38
90%
Total Score: 155

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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 13 of the successful runs, 65% of total attempts. Total: 90+65=155. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/3/11 @ outdoors Bball Ct adjacent to Oak Square Y;
6:30  6:43 PM
Segment 10 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
19  13  1.46
95%
Total Score: 180

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


Monday 9/5 Practice @ Pond St Parking Lot 
135 degree turns to both left and right done up to 1, 2, & 3 touches after initial liftoff touch Today was like the previous two practices in that I started out with first four segments involving just L0 to L1 or R1. Next, I did a segment of the KnockoutAugOneAS135R2T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T (ON). For the remainder of the practice, I alternated between a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T. Today, all the variants of the one, two or three touches afterliftoff, 135degreeturn 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 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body throughout the run; the direction of the ball after L1/R1 being approx 135degreesleft or 135 degrees right relative to the direction I face at the start of L0. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 8:00 AM , 7.1 hours before the practice started at 3:06 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep. Had 24 oz coffee/organiccanesugar/halfnhalf, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Drank 53 oz of cool distilled water during the practice, which went on for 4.7 hours from 6:06 PM  7:45 PM. Today the intent was to implement the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method always, after the L0 liftup of the ball. Today, on every attempt,I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 liftoff touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. Segments 7 through 10 both Saturday September 3, and today September 5, involved the same (3 touch after liftoff) patterns done in the same order. September 3 ( Saturday @ outdoors basketball court adjacent to Oak Sq Y) scores on segments 7 through 10: 145 170 155 180, avg = 163. September 5 ( Monday @ Pond St Parking Lot) scores on segments 7 through 10: 145, 160, 140, 185, avg = 158. Thus today's performance in the parking lot, was down 3% compared to the previous practice in the outdoors basketball court. The outdoors basketball court surface is flatter than the parking lot. It was windier today than it was Sept 3. Today it was very hard to still the ball on the ground prior to starting, thus today I had to use the sole of my foot to still the ball prior to starting. Today there was always the mild apprehension regarding some drunk barreling into the parking lot at high speed and hitting me. Today the breaks (I try to break every hour) were longer. Today despite being in the parking lot, I found I was enjoying the 'runs' that lasted just from the Lo liftoff touch to the next L1 or R1 touch. I felt my confidence and skill developing during these short runs. Friday September 2, indoors at the Oak Sq Y, ankleforce was maximized on L0 when Lo flipped the ball to my left, and ankle force was minimized on L0 when L0 flipped the ball to my right (after the first 4 segments); the average score for segments 710 was 135. Saturday September 3, ankleforce was minimized on all L0 kicks (after the first 4 segments); the average score for segments 710 was 163. Today Monday September 5, outdoors in the parking lot, ankleforce was minimized on L0 when Lo flipped the ball to my left, and ankle force was maximized on L0 when L0 flipped the ball to my right (after the first 4 segments), this reversed the practice adhered to September 2; the average score today for segments 710 was 158. Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi. The weather outdoors was cloudy, but somewhat too hot & humid during the practice. Shared the parking lot with persons in cars; met Brandon from the blue house across the street.


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
3:06  3:21 PM
Segment 1 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
20  15  1.33
100%
Total Score: 175

L0rbtd
leftturn 
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. Ankleforce minimized on L0 (L0AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
3:24  3:37 PM
Segment 2 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
19  13  1.46
95%
Total Score: 185

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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. Ankleforce minimized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
3:38  3:48 PM
Segment 3 
U  B  AF1 L0F 
18  10  1.80
90%
Total Score: 160

L0rbtd
Leftturn 
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 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 90+70=160. Ankleforce maximized on L0 (L0Flip, L0F)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
3:51  4:05 PM
Segment 4 
U  B  AF1 L0F 
20  14  1.43
100%
Total Score: 190

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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. Ankleforce maximized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0F, L0Flip)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
4:30  4:43 PM
Segment 5 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1AFM 
20  13  1.54
100%
Total Score: 170

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. 20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 100+70=170. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
4:46  4:57 PM
Segment 6 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1AFM 
19  11  1.73
95%
Total Score: 185

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T
(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. 19 out of 20 attempts succeeded (95%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 95+90=185. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
5:07  5:22 PM
Segment 7 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
17  15  1.13
85%
Total Score: 145

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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 12 of the successful runs, 60% of total attempts. Total: 85+60=145. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
5:25  5:41 PM
Segment 8 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1,R2AFM 
18  16  1.13
90%
Total Score: 160

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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 14 of the successful runs, 70% of total attempts. Total: 90+70=160. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0F) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
6:24  6:35 PM
Segment 9 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
17  11  1.55
85%
Total Score: 140

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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 11 of the successful runs, 55% of total attempts. Total: 85+55=140. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
6:40  6:54 PM
Segment 10 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1,R2AFM 
19  14  1.36
95%
Total Score: 185

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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: 90+90=185. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0F) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
6:57  7:24 PM
Segment 11 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM L1,R2AFM 
17  27  0.63
85%
Total Score: 150

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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. Ankleforce was minimized on L0 (L0Flip, LOF) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/5/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
7:28  7:45 PM
Segment 12 
U  B  AF1 L0F L1,R2AFM 
19  17  1.12
95%
Total Score: 180

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0AFM) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


Tuesday 9/6 Practice @ Oak Sq YMCA 
135 degree turns to both left and right done up to 1, 2, & 3 touches after initial liftoff touch; score up 5% compared to September 3 Today was like the previous two practices in that I started out with first four segments involving just L0 to L1 or R1. Next, I did a segment of the KnockoutAugOneAS135R2T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T (ON). For the remainder of the practice, I alternated between a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T and a segment of KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T. Today, all the variants of the one, two or three touches afterliftoff, 135degreeturn 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 as prescribed by the pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body throughout the run; the direction of the ball after L1/R1 being approx 135degreesleft or 135 degrees right relative to the direction I face at the start of L0. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 8:00 AM , 7.1 hours before the practice started at 2:25 PM, after having had approx 8 hours of sleep. Had 12 oz coffee/organiccanesugar/halfnhalf, from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Had a chili & cheese hot dog from the nearby 711 store immediately before practice started. Drank 40 oz of cool distilled water during the practice, which went on for 4.2 hours from 2:25 PM  6:38 PM. Today the intent was to implement the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method always, after the L0 liftup of the ball. Today, on every attempt,I mentally targetted a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 liftoff touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. Segments 7 through 10 both September 3, and today September 6, involved the same (3 touch after liftoff) patterns done in the same order. September 3 ( Saturday @ outdoors basketball court adjacent to Oak Sq Y) scores on segments 7 through 10: 145 170 155 180, avg = 163. September 6 ( Tuesday @ Oak Sq Y) scores on segments 7 through 10: 150, 175, 180, 180, avg = 171. Thus today's performance at the Oak Sq Y, was up 5% compared to the September 3 practice in the outdoors basketball court. I compare today September 6, to September 3 instead of to yesterday Sept 5 in the parking lot, because on September 5, for the first time in weeks, the practice score was lower than the previous practice score. The progress of only 5% compared to three days ago, left me feeling bleak. Seemed the heavy brunch I had before the practice, enhanced the feeling of bleakness. I need to remind myself, that what I am doing now is working on developing two skills at the same time (135 degree turn to left, 135 degree turn to right); it should be expected that the score for the two skills combined should progress at half the rate such a score would progress if just one skill were being worked on. The turn to the left involves after the liftoff touch with the leftfoot, a kick with the right, a kick with the left, a step with the left, and another kick with the left. The turn to the right involves after the liftoff touch with the leftfoot, a kick with the left, a kick with the right, a step with the left, and another kick with the right. Hence two different patterns involving different skills are being worked on simultaneously; the situation is not the same as it was when I was working on just one pattern day after day. Friday September 2, indoors at the Oak Sq Y, ankleforce was maximized on L0 when Lo flipped the ball to my left, and ankle force was minimized on L0 when L0 flipped the ball to my right (after the first 4 segments); the average score for segments 710 was 135. Saturday September 3, ankleforce was minimized on all L0 kicks (after the first 4 segments); the average score for segments 710 was 163. Yesterday Monday September 5, outdoors in the parking lot, ankleforce was minimized on L0 when Lo flipped the ball to my left, and ankle force was maximized on L0 when L0 flipped the ball to my right (after the first 4 segments), the average score for segments 710 was 158. Today September 6, ankleforce was maximized on all L0 kicks (after the first 4 segments); the average score for segments 710 was 171. Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi. The weather outdoors was cool and rainy; indoors the gym was comfortable. There were some black teenagerish boys playing basketball in the gym while I was practicing. Towards the end, during the last segment of the day, men wearing blue and white Oak Sq Y Soccer or something like that shirts, came into the gym and began setting up the goals for their coming time of soccer. It was a demoralizing, tiring, depressing nightmare after practice driving to the Whole Foods store 1.5 miles away, down the street the Y is on. The traffic was so congested it took about half an hour to get there. I took a wrong turn at the intersection of Cambridge & Washington, a huge intersection; I found myself on Cambridge St when I wanted to be on Washington St. I've noticed that in the Boston area, the unimportant streets are clearly marked with street signs, whereas at the most important intersections, you cannot figure which street is which.


9/6/11 @ Pond St Pkg Lot;
2:25  2:39 PM
Segment 1 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
20  14  1.43
100%
Total Score: 175

L0rbtd
leftturn 
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. Ankleforce minimized on L0 (L0AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y;
2:43  2:59 PM
Segment 2 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip 
20  16  1.25
100%
Total Score: 195

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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. Ankleforce maximized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0F, L0Flip)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y;
3:02  3:16 PM
Segment 3 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip 
19  14  1.36
95%
Total Score: 190

L0rbtd
Leftturn 
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 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 95+95=190. Ankleforce maximized on L0 (L0Flip)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y;
3:21  3:35 PM
Segment 4 
U  B  AF1 L0AFM 
19  14  1.36
95%
Total Score: 190

L0rbtd
Rightturn 
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 19 of the successful runs, 95% of total attempts. Total: 95+95=190. Ankleforce minimized on initial L0 liftup of ball (L0AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y
3:52  4:07 PM
Segment 5 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1AFM 
20  15  1.33
100%
Total Score: 190

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. 20 out of 20 attempts succeeded (100%). I was proud of 18 of the successful runs, 90% of total attempts. Total: 100+90=190. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y;
4:09  4:22 PM
Segment 6 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1AFM 
20  13  1.54
100%
Total Score: 180

KnockoutAugOneAS135L2T
(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 16 of the successful runs, 80% of total attempts. Total: 100+80=180. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 (L1AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y;
4:47  5:01 PM
Segment 7 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1,R2AFM 
18  14  1.29
90%
Total Score: 150

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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 12 of the successful runs, 60% of total attempts. Total: 80+60=140. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0FLip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y
5:03  5:16 PM
Segment 8 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1,R2AFM 
18  13  1.38
90%
Total Score: 175

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y
5:32  5:44 PM
Segment 9 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1,R2AFM 
19  12  1.58
95%
Total Score: 180

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y
5:48  6:02 PM
Segment 10 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1,R2AFM 
20  14  1.43
100%
Total Score: 180

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y
6:06  6:20 PM
Segment 11 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1,R2AFM 
17  14  1.21
85%
Total Score: 150

KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T

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. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


9/6/11 @ Oak Sq Y;
6:25  6:38 PM
Segment 12 
U  B  AF1 L0Flip L1,R2AFM 
19  13  1.46
95%
Total Score: 185

KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T

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. Ankleforce was maximized on L0 (L0Flip) Ankle Force was minimized on L1 & R2 (L1,R2AFM)


Wednesday 9/7 Practice @ Oak Sq YMCA 
135 degree turns up to 3 touches after initial liftoff touch and nothing else; Score up 8% compared to yesterday Today I did segments of KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T and nothing else. Today, all the 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 as prescribed by the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body throughout the run; the direction of the ball after L1/R1 being approx 135degreesleft relative to the direction I face at the start of L0. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx noontime, 4.7 hours before the practice started at 4:40 PM, after having had approx 10 hours of sleep. Last night was the coolest night in months and I caught up on sleep (it's been too warm to get a good night's sleep for months for me, don't like high electric bills from air conditioner use). Had 12 oz coffee/organiccanesugar/halfnhalf, from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. Drank 40 oz of Glaceau 'Energy' type Vitaminwater, & 4 oz cool distilled water during the practice, which went on for 3 hours from 4:40 PM  7:40 PM. Today the intent was to implement the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method always, including during the L0 liftup of the ball. Today, on every attempt,I attempted to mentally target a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 liftoff touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. Yesterday September 6, the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T was done during segments 7, 9, and 11, and the scores during these segments were 150, 180, & 150 (average 165 not counting the first KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T segment). Today, the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T was done from segments 1 through 11, during all the segments. Today, from the 7th segment on the scores were 190, 160, 175, 185, & 180 (average 178). Thus the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T segments average of 178 today was 8% higher than the 165 average yesterday. Mathematically an 8% daily improvement rate, would result in me achieving a successful run I can be proud of on 100% of attempts when running the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T, in just two days. Yet, my mind in defiance of mathematical projection, feels discouraged and tired. Today, starting with segment 5 I became serious about getting the ball to the target with the L0 liftoff push. The target is the point on the line running from L0 to R2, that is 2' from L0. Up to the 4th segment I had been satisfied with getting the ball partway to the target. After I started getting the ball close to the targetpoint with the L0 liftoff touch, performance improved. Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi. The weather outdoors was cool and rainy; indoors the gym was comfortable. There were lots of black teenagers and white teenagers playing basketball in the gym today. Past couple of days the number of East Asians in the gym has been down (because a couple of days ago a retired Chinese general was quoted as talking about a Chinese nuclear first strike on the US?). I had to quit at 7:40 PM because the basketball league supervisor wanted the whole gym for the introductory basketball league session. When I quit, there were about 35 male teenage and young adult black and white basketballers in the gym. After the practice, a young white adult male named 'Calder', spoke with me about the Oak Sq Y soccer league. Calder was on my team at the Oak Sq Y in soccer a few years ago. He is also one of the Oak Sq Y staff. He is named after the famous sculptor Alexander Calder. Calder said to me, "you're (soccer) skills have been improving". He said that to be in the league, people have to apply by September 13. He said the league lasts about ten weeks, and it costs $65 to be in it for members, and $85 for nonmembers. As for me, my feeling is that obviously, the proper position for me is that in such leagues, I should be one of the attackers, not a defender; and, I should be one of the guys who does'nt run as hard as the average player. But somehow in these games, with me trying to be humble and accomodating, I end up playing (nohands) goalie, or defender. To me it seems like the egos of the typical amateur soccer players, such as those in the YMCA leagues, are overinflated. A top soccer player is not that physically different from the average man, which seems to result in top soccer players being disrespected by their fellow soccer players. Maybe I should join the league and establish myself as an incorrigibly lazy selfish primadonna who never plays defense and does not hustle, a haughty star whose teammates give up on attempting to reform.


Thursday 9/8 Practice @ Oak Sq YMCA 
135 degree turns to 3 touches after initial liftoff touch and nothing else; Score up 10% compared to yesterday Today I did segments of KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T and nothing else. Today, all the 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 as prescribed by the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body throughout the run; the direction of the ball after L1/R1 being approx 135degreesleft relative to the direction I face at the start of L0. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 12:30 PM, 2,7 hours before the practice started at 3:14 PM, after having had approx 10 hours of sleep. Again the night was cool and I was catching up on insomnia produced by the hot nights of summer. My apartment is always much hotter than it is outdoors at ground level, and the electricity bills get too high when I run the air conditioner too much. Had 11 oz coffee/coconutpalmsugar/halfnhalf, from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM. Drank 40 oz of Glaceau 'Energy' type Vitaminwater, during the practice, which went on for 4.1 hours from 3:14 PM  7:17 PM. Today the intent was to implement the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method always after the L0 liftup of the ball. During the L0 liftup of the ball, ankleforce was always maximized (the intention at least was such). Today, on every attempt,I attempted to mentally target a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 liftoff touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. Yesterday September 7, the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T was done from segments 1 through 11, during all the segments. Yesterday, from the 7th segment to the 11th segment the scores were 190, 160, 175, 185, & 180 (average 178). Today, September 8, the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T was done from segments 1 through 13, during all the segments. Today, from the 7th segment to the 11th segment the scores were 190, 160, 200, 195, & 200 (average 196). Thus the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T segments average for segments 711 of 196 today was 10% higher than the 178 average for segments 711 yesterday. Yesterday the average score from segments one to eleven was 160. Today the average score from segments one to eleven was 183. Thus the average score for segments 111 today was 14% higher than the average score for segments 111 yesterday. Today all day I was serious about trying to get the ball to the target spot with the initial L0 liftoff touch on the ball. Whereas yesterday on every attempt, during the initial L0 touch on the ball, I minimized ankleforce, today on every attempt during the initial L0 touch on the ball, I maximized ankleforce. I had been feeling bummed out 'in advance', because often the higher the score becomes, the lower the daily percentage rate of improvement becomes. But todays percentage improvement was better than yesterday's. The average score of 196 from segments 711 today tells me that I can now, finally, perform KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T pattern runs with 100% of attempts resulting in successes I can be proud of. Thing is, in the future things that used to make me proud will no longer make me feel proud as my standards rise. Hence today was a big success; but what I felt during and after the practice, was fatigue and mental depression. Apparently the mentally and physically gruelling nature of the practice (only breaks, 10 minute breaks every hour) combined with having had just a cup of coffee before the practice started, was a combination that wore me down the point where I did not experience the exultation one would expect, given that I had done so well. Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi. The weather outdoors was cool and rainy; indoors the gym was comfortable. The gym was populated by the usual mix of black, white, E. Asian teenage and youngadult males. The number of persons in the gym went up dramatically about 5 PM. During about the last 90 minutes of the practice, a small gang of about four teenage male blacks showed up and sat down on the bench, about 4 yards from where I was practicing. These did not play basketball, and were physically stockier than the basketballers. One of them, the one who wore specs and who despite his dark skin looked like some white US Senator from the south, congratulated a black teenage basketballer, for having beaten up some boy for his gatorade; the congratulator was gloating about how he had seen the victim was walking with his head down. This small gang of four, sat there 4 yards away from me and chatted while I carried on with my practice. One of them was physically heavy but smart and nice looking; he looked like Ernest Borgnine in 'McHale's Navy', but more handsome, younger. One of them wore a shirt that said, 'Just Do It'; another wore a shirt that said, 'I'm the Dude'. Seemed the whole time, they were chatting about some amusing incident in which a 'nigger' ( their words), was vanquished in a fight or outsmarted in some way. The Senatorlike one went through some wheeling punching motions in illustration of some points he was making. The wheeling punching motions reminded me of the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T drill I was doing. Apparently they thought of me as an entertaining example of things like 'niggers' being outfoxed and vanquished. In all my dealing with the members of this minigang I was polite, and they gave me no problems.


Friday 9/9 Practice @ Oak Sq YMCA 
8 segments of 3touch afterliftoff 135 degree turns to the right done; scores surprisingly low Today I did 8 segments of KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T and nothing else. Today, all the 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 as prescribed by the KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T pattern; the ball kept off the ground but close to the body throughout the run; the direction of the ball after L1/R1 being approx 135degreesright relative to the direction I face at the start of L0. EARPLUGS in both ears. Woke up approx 1:30 PM, hours before the practice started at 7:20 PM, after having had approx 5.8 hours of sleep. Again the night was cool and I was catching up on insomnia produced by the hot nights of summer. Had 24 oz coffee/coconutpalmsugar/halfnhalf, from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Drank 34 oz of cold distilled water, during the practice, which went on for 2.5 hours from 7:20 PM  9:38 PM. Today the intent was always to implement the AnkleForceMinimization (AFM) method after the L0 liftup of the ball; during the initial L0 liftup of the ball, the intent was always to maximize ankleforce. Today, on every attempt,I attempted to mentally target a specific spot to put the ball, when moving the ball with the L0 liftoff touch after rolling it back with the sole of my foot. Today, September 9, the KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T was done from segments 1 through 8, during all the segments (20 attempts per segment). Today, the overall average score for a segment was 167; during segments 7 & 8, the average score was 178 (200 is the maximum perfect score signifying a success I'm proud of on every attempt). I expected the score today to be better than it turned out to be. Before I spent September 7 & 8 working on KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T (135 degrees turn to the LEFT) and nothing else, the KnockoutAugOneAS135R3T (135 degrees turn to the RIGHT) was far superior to the KnockoutAugOneAS135L3T. When I arrived in Oak Square today I felt very hungry and ate two slices of pizza bought from the shop on the corner, immediately before going into the Y to get dressed for the practice; this I believe, resulted in physical and mental inattentiveness during the practice. The gym was warmer than it has been the past couple of days. The fan was not running in my side of the gym. I still felt tired from the exertions of the previous four days, Monday  Thursday ( 16 hours of practice over 4 days). The combination of all these factors in my estimation, produced a surprisingly low score today. On the bright side: About half of the attempts today resulted in runs that combined: length (2' between Lo the initial liftoff touch & R1 the first kick with the rightfoot; 7' between R1 the first kick with the right foot & L2 the 2nd kick made with the leftfoot; 9' between L2 & L3 the 3rd kick also made with the left foot); speed; sharply angled onpattern turns (first angle 135 degrees right, second angle, 90 degrees right); kicks made at onpattern points. My goals today were: high number of successes per minute; high quality successes; high successes/attempts percentage. Today I often found myself mentally straying from the goals of the practice in that my mind would wander, forgetting the goals of the practice, and I would become reckless, striving for length or speed. Above & beyond how tired & uncelebratory I may feel, above & beyond how much those around me might ignore me; above and beyond how my progress rate has been not as fast as I had predicted it would be, the reality is that things are going fabulously. I now have the ability to achieve success I can be proud of on 100% of attempts making the 135 degree turn to the left, traveling on average 8' on each leg of the turn for a total of 16'. The ability to make a similar 135 degree turn to the right with 100% consistency, will be undoubtedly be achieved in less than a week. The ability to make left and right turns of 90 degrees or less, with either foot, after the angled start phase (liftoff, kicks 1 & 2) has already been achieved. Ball: Adidas Jabulani World Cup 2010 NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball @ 11.6 psi. The weather outdoors was just about perfect, and relaxing; indoors the gym was somewhat too warm and humid during the practice. The gym was populated by the usual mix of black, white, E. Asian teenage and youngadult males absorbed in basketball games and basketball shooting practice.


Continued at 2011 Soccer Drill Stats Part XIV  