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2012 Soccer Drills Part XVI
 
 

  Continued from 2011 Soccer Drill Stats Part XV      
  Date Description
  Wednesday 02/01
Oak Sq YMCA

213 - 430 PM,
Soccer: New Off-wall drill designed for central positions; New Shielded Dribble Drill; New corner drill

515 - 600 PM Chest/Triceps weightlifting routine

Blue ball at approx 6 PSI


Did New off-wall drills & chest & triceps weightlifting routine

Today I finally got around to putting up the log entry for Monday January 30, I had delayed doing this.

Today in soccer practice first for 20 minutes, I did variant I of the Central J2012-L Drills for Soccer center backs (page describes drills & scoring thereof). Score for the segment: 4 aerial successes, 0 1-bounces successes. Friday January 27th, the score for the left-wing-oriented version of this drill was 1 aerial success, 0 1-bounce successes.

Next I spent 20 minutes each on variants A & B of the new F2012 Shielded Dribble Soccer Drills.

Next, I spent 20 minutes on variant OTW-1.1 of the new F2012 Off-the-Wall Corner Drills.


After the soccer, I used free-weights in the Oak Sq Y free-weight room, from approx 515 PM to 600 PM, doing my chest/triceps routine which was last done January 24.

1st, I did the dumbbell 'fly' exercise (chest), whilst lying on my back, with equal weight in each hand. I did 7 reps with 25 lbs in each hand; & then 5 reps with 20 lbs in each hand.

2nd, I did the dumbbell 'palms-down wrist curl exercise (forearms). With the right hand, I did: 5 reps @ 20 lbs; 7 reps @ 15 lbs. With the left hand, I did: 5 reps @ 20 lbs; 7 reps @ 15 lbs.

3rd, I did the 'palm-up wrist-curl' exercise (forearms), each hand individually. At 35 lbs, I did 4 reps with my right-hand, & 4 with my left-hand; at 30 lbs, 8 with my right, & 8 with my left.

4th, I did the 'dumbbell bench-press (chest), with dumbbells of equal weight in each hand. At 52.5 lbs each hand, I did 1 rep; at 47.5 lbs, 4 reps; at 42.5 lbs, 8 reps.

5th, I did the 'Triceps Kickback' (triceps), one arm at a time. At 27.5 lbs, I did 4 reps with my left-hand, & 5 with my right-hand; at 22.5 lbs, 8 with my left, & 7 with my right.

6th, I did the 'Triceps Extension' (triceps), one arm at a time. At 25 lbs, I did 5 reps with my left-hand, & 7 with my right-hand; at 20 lbs, 8 with my left, & 7 with my right.

I did not weigh myself before or after the practice.

     
  Thursday 02/02
Waltham YMCA

1130 - 247 PM,
Soccer: New Off-the-wall corner drills

Blue ball at approx 3.5-7.8 PSI


Did New Off-the-Wall Corner Drills, practicing one-touch right-angle shots

I did six 20-minute segments (20 minutes per variant) of the new F2012 Off-the-Wall Corner Drills. I kicked from a point about 20 feet from each wall. Each wall was padded up to a height of 6 feet.

First, I did variants 2.1, & 2.2, aiming for a spot 2 feet above the ground on each wall.

Next, I switched to aiming for a spot 6 feet above the ground on each wall, and did variants 1.1 & 1.2 (20 minutes), 2.1 & 2.2 (20 minutes), 3.1 & 3.2 (20 minutes), 5.1 (20 minutes), & 6.1 (20 minutes).

These drills involve one-touch shots off incoming balls, with the shot sent at a 90 degree angle or right-angle relative to the incoming direction. Watching the games, I noticed that this kind of skill comes into play, and that I had had very little practice with these kinds of shots.

I estimate that my whole life, I have practiced such shots for less than 5 hours. This because: the position I played, left-wing, rarely involved such one-touch shots sending the ball at a right-angle relative to the incoming direction; then I supposed that I would never play the 'striker' position involving hanging around in front of the goal and banging the ball in off a pass; I was thinking that I would never be able to become as good at the one-touch right angle shot type stuff as the top players so why bother; I became absorbed in learning how to do various things while running around keeping the ball off the ground but under control.

Today I realized, that I have probably been under-emphasizing drills that are difficult to develop reasonable scoring systems for, because of the fascination with how scores of scored drills improve, & because of how the challenge of achieving high scores on scored drills is interesting and fun.

During the practice I realized that I have to discontinue use of the blue soccer ball I have been using for low-PSI practices, because: it loses 1.0 PSI just sitting there for 13 minutes not even being used; when used for drills involving kicking at the wall, it loses up to 3.5 PSI in 20 minutes. Today after practice I weighed myself on the Waltham Y scale. I weighed 184 lbs.

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  Friday 02/03
Waltham YMCA

305 - 625 PM,
Soccer: New Off-the-wall corner drills

Adidas Replique ball @ 6.5 PSI

635 - 714 PM,
weightlifting


Off-the Wall Corner & Aerial Soccer Drills; Shoulders & Biceps weightlifting routine; everything shows progress

Today the blue ball was replaced with an Adidas Replique, whose PSI level held up well despite it being kicked hard into walls repeatedly.

Today during the first four 20-minute soccer-drill segments, I did Off-the-Wall Corner Drills. Then I did two 20-minute segments of the Left-wing J2012-L Drills for Soccer left Forwards. Then for 40 minutes I lifted weights, doing my shoulders/biceps routine.

Seg 1: OTW 1.3 (10 minutes), OTW 1.4 (10 minutes). Ball aimed to hit below 2' high on padded wall, kicked from point 8 paces from walls.

Seg 2: OTW 2.3 (10 minutes), OTW 2.4 (10 minutes). Ball aimed to hit below 2' high on hard unpadded wall, kicked from point 7 paces from walls. Surprisingly accurate kicks, as target cones often hit by ball. Often surprisingly natural feeling (despite kicking to right with outside of LF etc.).

Seg 3: OTW 1.1 (10 minutes), OTW 1.2 (10 minutes). Ball aimed to hit below 2' high on hard unpadded wall, kicked from point 7 paces from walls. Often ball hit target cone or just above target cone. Ball PSI 6.2 after this segment.

Seg 4: OTW 3.3 (10 minutes), OTW 3.4 (10 minutes). Ball aimed to hit below 2' high on hard unpadded wall, kicked from point 7 paces from walls. A relatively inaccurate kicks, tendency was to get ball higher than desired.

Seg 5: Variant F (20 minutes) of the Left-wing J2012-L Drills for Soccer left Forwards. Ball aimed to hit below 2' high on padded wall, kicked from point 8 paces from walls. Aerial successes: 15; 1-bounce successes: 0.

Seg 6: Variant F (20 minutes) of the Left-wing J2012-L Drills for Soccer left Forwards. Ball aimed to hit 6' high at upper edge of wall-padding, kicked from point 8 paces from walls. Aerial successes: 15; 1-bounce successes: 0.

Variant F done during segments 5 & 6, was last done monday morning January 30, 4 days ago, at the Oak Square Y. January 30, the score for the F variant was: 9 aerial successes, 4 one-bounce successes. January 30th, a repetition was started kicking the ball aiming for a point approx 2' above the ground on a padded wall. Thus variant F as executed on Jan 30th, compares to variant F as executed during segment 5 today. Giving 1 point for an aerial success and 0.5 points for a one-bounce success, the score doing variant F during segment 5 today Feb 3, was 15.0; the score doing variant F Jan 30 was 11.0.

Jan 31, I played in a game and watched games. Feb 1 was split between variant I of the Central J2012-L Drills for Soccer center backs, F2012 Shielded Dribble Soccer Drills, & F2012 Off-the-Wall Corner Drills. Feb 2 I did the F2012 Off-the-Wall Corner Drills. Thus it seems that practicing the off-the-wall corner drills, which develop angled one-touch shots & passes, somehow led to improvement, or at least prevented decay, in terms of performance doing variant F of the Left-wing J2012-L Drills for Soccer left Forwards.

Jan 26 eight days ago, I started the reps of variant F kicking the ball at a point about 6 feet high on a hard wall, and the score was 4.0. Today during segment 6 I aimed for the upper edge of the padding on the wall, 6 feet above the ground, and the score was 13.0.


Weightlifting

I discovered that accidentally I had in the Jan 25 log entry, posted the wrong score for the front shoulder-raise, and corrected the error. Also today momentarily a version of this log entry was up, that contained some incorrect weightlifting scores, that also has been corrected.

Today for 39 minutes, I did my shoulders/biceps dumbbells routine, the same routine I did Jan 25 (for 47 minutes), 9 days ago. There was big improvement on the shoulder press (reps @ 40 lbs up from 1 to 3), the shoulder front-raise (reps @ 20 lbs up from 5 for left, 7 for right to 12 for left & right), & the shoulder dumbbell-row (reps @ 35 lbs up from 1 to 6). The number of reps at the max weight for these two exercises was up in total from 9 to 21, an increase of 2.33X.

At this rate of improvement after just 240 more minutes, I'll be doing 2000 repetitions at 40 lbs per arm on the shoulder press, 700 repetitions at 20 lbs per arm doing the shoulder front-raise, & 300,000 reps at 35 lbs per arm doing the shoulder dumbbell-row.

So with regards to the shoulder front-raise: I did 18 reps per arm starting at my then max of 20 lbs per arm on Jan 19, the same Jan 25, & then today I was able to do a new max of 25 lbs per arm but did not, because I don't move up in weight attempts until I can do 12 reps at my current max. Such is real progress. After just 15 minutes of doing the shoulder front raise Jan 19, & Jan 25, my max moved up from 20 lbs to 25 lbs.

At this rate what one can expect me to develop into: a creature with a gigantic front-shoulder muscle, that is completely out of proportion to the rest of his body.

The d-bell shoulder-press & front-raise work (primarily) the anterior deltoid, the d-bell upright-row works (primarily) the lateral deltoid. In the shoulder there exist also the posterior deltoid & Suprasinatus (rotating cuff) muscles.

But there was no improvement in the biceps curl, or the lateral shoulder raise (lateral deltoid).

Apparently I need to add exercises for the posterior deltoid and the rotator cuff.

See:

Shoulders

Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Best Shoulder Exercises

From 635 - 714 PM for 39 minutes I lifted weights, using dumbbells. Results:

Standing Biceps Curl: Today, like Jan 25, I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & alternated between left & right hand.Today's score was except for a slight decrease in number of reps done at 25 lbs, the same as the score Jan 25:

Bicep curl, left arm: 35 lbs - 3 reps; 30 lbs - 5 reps; 25 lbs - 5 reps.
Bicep curl, right arm: 35 lbs - 3 reps; 30 lbs - 5 reps; 25 lbs - 5 reps.

Standing Lateral Shoulder Raise: Today, same as Jan 25, I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously.Today's score was except for a slight decrease in number of reps done at 20 lbs, the same as the score Jan 25:

Lateral shoulder raise, left arm: 25 lbs - 5 reps; 20 lbs - 7 reps.
Lateral shoulder raise, right arm: 25 lbs - 5 reps; 20 lbs - 7 reps.

Standing Shoulder Press: Today, same as Jan 25, I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously. Today Feb 3, the number of reps I was able to do at 40 lbs was three, whereas Jan 25 I could only do 1 rep at 40 lbs:

Shoulder press (upwards), left arm: 40 lbs - 3 reps; 35 lbs - 7 reps; 30 lbs - 5 reps.
Shoulder press (upwards), right arm: 40 lbs - 3 reps; 35 lbs - 7 reps; 30 lbs - 5 reps.

Standing Front Shoulder Raise: Today, same as Jan 25, I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously. Today due to book-keeping errors, all I can say is that I suspect that accidentally I did 12 reps with each arm,with 20 lbs in each hand, whereas I should have started at 40 lbs

Standing Front Shoulder Raise, left arm: 20 lbs - 12 reps.
Standing Front Shoulder Raise, right arm: 20 lbs - 12 reps.

Standing Dumbbell Row: Today, same as Jan 25, I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously. Today Feb 3, the number of reps I was able to do at 35 lbs was six, whereas Jan 25 I could only do 1 rep at 35 lbs.

Standing Dumbbell Row, both arms: 35 lbs - 6 reps; 30 lbs - 7 reps.


After the workout (2 lbs liquids consumed during workout) I weighed 185 lbs on the Waltham Y scale.

     
  Saturday 02/04
Oak Sq YMCA

342 - 550 PM,
Ground versions of Off-wall drills designed for central positions

Adidas Replique at 6.0 PSI

556 - 650 PM,
Chest/Triceps weightlifting routine


Did Ground versions of off-wall drills designed for the center midfield & center back positions; showed progress doing chest & triceps weightlifting routine

Today in soccer practice I did variants A, B, C, D & E of the Central J2012-L Drills for Soccer center backs (page describes drills & scoring thereof).

I spent 20 minutes on each variant. Every variant done involved grounding the rebound of the ball off the wall, and then ground-dribbling the ball past 2 cones representing the feet of a defender. Every variant done today involved: ball kicked from 18-20 feet at padded wall; ball aimed for point 6 feet above ground.

During the practice I noted that the bouncing ball-rebound is easily grounded, so that it bounces no more, if the foot sweeps horizontally as it grounds the ball.

During the practice there was a slightly short slim bespectacled black man with a gray mustache, who was wearing a red St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap, watching what looked to be his kids teaching his grandkids about basketball. As he watched me he said, "he's good, I can tell!".

Again (there was another guy a week or so ago who looked my way and said, 'he's good!') I was left wondering, what did he mean? Did he mean that he can tell I'm a good man, or did he mean he can tell I'm good at soccer? Or since he spoke vaguely, did he mean that I am a good man who is good at soccer?

I chose to do ground variants of the Central J2012-L drills, because the gym was filled with about 30-40 loud shouting basketball playing teenagers & young men. Often these days, conditions in the gym dictate which drill I perform. An advantage of having a large repertoire of drills is that one can always find a drill that is appropriate for the prevailing gym conditions.

I noted that when I rotate ball and body to face the defender, dribbling with the sole of the foot on top of the ball naturally comes into play and gets practiced.

What I did today was to approach ground drills the same way I've been approaching aerial drills. The drills were carefully planned. The step by step procedure for each drill was carefully defined. The drill was set up so as to closely simulate game-time situations.


After the soccer, I used free-weights in the Oak Sq Y free-weight room, from approx 556 PM to 646 PM (50 minutes), doing my chest/triceps routine which was last done February 1 (45 minutes), and previously done on for the first time, January 23-24 (65 minutes).

In the stats below, the number of reps achieved February 1 three days ago, are given in parentheses.

1st, I did the dumbbell 'fly' exercise (chest), whilst lying on my back, with equal weight in each hand. I did 12 (7) reps with 25 lbs in each hand. Hence now I can move on to doing as many reps as possible with 30 lbs in each hand. Previously 25 lbs each hand was my max on this exercise.

2nd, I did the dumbbell 'palms-down wrist curl exercise (forearms). With the right hand, I did: 8 (5) reps @ 20 lbs; 11 (7) reps @ 15 lbs. With the left hand, I did: 8 (5) reps @ 20 lbs; 11 (7) reps @ 15 lbs.

3rd, I did the 'palm-up wrist-curl' exercise (forearms), each hand individually. At 35 lbs, I did 8 (4) reps with my right-hand, & 9 (4) with my left-hand; at 30 lbs, 6 (8) with my right, & 8 (8) with my left.

4th, I did the 'dumbbell bench-press (chest), with dumbbells of equal weight in each hand. At 52.5 lbs each hand, I did 1 (1) rep; at 47.5 lbs, 5 (4) reps; at 42.5 lbs, 6 (8) reps.

5th, I did the 'Triceps Kickback' (triceps), one arm at a time. At 27.5 lbs, I did 9 (4) reps with my left-hand, & 9 (5) with my right-hand; at 22.5 lbs, 9 (8) with my left, & 9 (7) with my right.

6th, I did the 'Triceps Extension' (triceps), one arm at a time. At 25 lbs, I did 9 (5) reps with my left-hand, & 8 (7) with my right-hand; at 20 lbs, 8 (8) with my left, & 7 (7) with my right.

Thus I can see, that on 5 of the 6 exercises, the number of reps I was able to do at the weight that has been the max for me for the exercise, increased. Averaging the reps score for the exercises for which the left hand reps and right hand reps were counted separately, in total the number of reps I was capable of at my max, increased from 27.5 on February 1 to 47 on February 4th today, an increase of 1.71X (47/27.5 = 1.71).

The average number of reps I could do at the max weight was 8 this evening. If this increases by 1.71X with every 45 minutes I spend on the chest/triceps routine, as was the case from February 1 to today February 4, after just another 3 hours doing my chest/triceps routine, the number of reps I can do with the max weights done today will increase from 8 to 68 reps.


Before the practice today I weighed 188 lbs on the Oak Sq Y scale.

     
  Monday 02/06
Oak Sq YMCA

1015 AM - 115 PM,
New 180 degree turn-and-shoot off-the-wall drills designed for central positions

Adidas Replique at 6.0 PSI


Did off-the-wall drills involving shooting at a direction opposite to the wall the ball rebound came from

Today in soccer practice I did many different variants variants of the new never-done-before Soccer off-the-wall 180 degree turn shooting drills for central positions (page describes number of reps done for different variants today). I invented these drills yesterday and today. These drills involve me kicking the ball at a wall, and then on the first touch, or after one or two touches, shooting the ball in a direction opposite to the wall.

I kicked the ball at a wall 18 feet from me, and then shot the ball aiming at the vertical (7 inch wide) axis of a 7-inch wide cone approx 37 feet away from me. I minimized the time between contact with the rebound and getting off the shot. I took 80 shots with my left-foot (I'm left-footed), of which 10 were taken with my back facing the target/goal. I took 40 shots with my right-foot, of which 5 were taken with my back facing the goal/target.

Of the 70 shots taken with the left foot with my body sideways or facing the target, 9 (13%) hit the 7" wide vertical axis of the cone. Of the 35 shots taken with the left foot with my body sideways or facing the target, 2 (6%) hit the 7" wide vertical axis of the cone.

Today during practice I felt more relaxed and energetic than I have in months. This despite the fact that it was an early morning practice of the type that usually fatigues and stresses me. I attribute this improvement to the weightlifting I've been doing (February 3. February 4), which has involved a kind of maxing-out, attempting to lift my max on each exercise every day.

As a result of the weightlifting, I have been able to sleep better than I have slept in months. Friday, saturday, & Sunday night I slept well, sleeping deeply and soundly nonstop without waking, for at least 4-5 hours each night.

By way of contrast, I've found that: soccer skill drills do not tire me out enough; swimming & running hype me up making it difficult to sleep.

Today after soccer practice I saw A.J and he said my face looks less puffy. I noticed the same in the miror. I suspect that a good night's sleep had something to do with it.


After the practice ( consumed approx 3 lbs liquid during practice) today I weighed 187 lbs on the Oak Sq Y scale.

     
  Tuesday 02/07

Woke up 8 AM,

Oak Sq Y
655-700 PM
5 min Warmup

700-745 PM
Game 5 of Indoor season

800-830 PM
Watched League Games

930-1007 PM
weightlifting


5th Game of Oak Square YMCA Soccer League Season; succeeded in partially copying pro-athlete game-day routine

today I succeeded to some extent, in copying the game-day routines of top athletes that I had found on the internet.

I woke up 8 AM; then I packed my gym bag, studied the Y-schedules, paid my rent, ordered new checks, and went to Trader Joe's to get some coconut water, aloe vera juice, and frozen lasagna (I read on the internet that Lasagna is the most perfect pre-game meal).

Then on the internet I studied marijuana use in the NBA by doing a Google search for nba marijuana "play high". Turns out that estimates are that at least 60% of the NBA players consume cannabis during the season, and a large proportion of these, play games while 'high' on pot.

I drank Aloe Vera Juice, Coconut water and ate Lasagna. I fell asleep approx 4-5 PM. I got to the gym approx 645 PM and thus was limited to about 5 minutes of warmup before the game started.

Hence I was able to adhere to a typical pro-athlete game-day routine, except that: I did not eat breakfast ( seems pros usually do eat a 'hearty' breakfast day of an evening game); I did not get in a light workout in between breakfast and lunch ( seems pros usually get in a light workout the morning of an evening game); I finished lunch just 4.5 hours before the game started (seems pros usually finish lunch 6 hours before the evening game starts); I woke up from the nap just 2 hours before the game started ( seems pros are done with their nap at least 4 hours before the game starts); I got to the gym just 15 minutes before the game started (seems that typically pros are required to be in the locker room 90 minutes before the game starts); I got in only 5 minutes of warmup before the game started (I read that the USA soccer team warmed up for about 45 minutes before their game with Ghana); the nap lasted only about an hour with me waking up in the middle of the hour ( seems pro athletes typically nap 1.5-3 hours in the afternoon prior to a game).

The routine today did resemble pro game-day routines in the following ways, far as I can tell: I woke up at 800 AM; I had a pre-game lunch that was carefully chosen and included pasta; I napped the afternoon of the game.

During the nap I felt exhausted and frustrated by the fact that I had only an hour to nap or I'd be late for the game. When I got out of bed after the nap, I felt tired as a result of the nap and the waking up process. But fifteen minutes after the nap ended the fatigued feeling left me.

Also with the lunch, I consumed a mini-version of my 'nutrients cocktail'.


Drills done in 5 minute warmup today:

For approx 5 minutes, I kicked the ball at the wall, aiming for a point about 9 feet high on the wall, with the wall about 18 feet away from me. I approached the ball from various angles. I grounded the ball, and then dribbled it towards the wall.

First 20-minute half, first 10 minutes of the 1st half I was on defense (score us 1 them 1 during this time); 2nd 10 minutes I was goalie (score us 6 them 1 during this time). Second half, first 10 minutes I was in goal (score us 1 them 2 during this time), second 10 minutes on defense (score us 7 them 2 during this time).

Therefore in total, while I was goalie, it was us 7 them 3; while I was on defense it was us 8 them 3. My team the 'Hot Sauce', defeated the other team, 'the Ballers' 15-6.

These stats are unreliable this game because: first half Matt from Amsterdam, who is a good attacker, arrived and entered the game displacing Antonio who was subbing for him, after I stopped playing goalie; their star 'finisher', the little-brown guy, played as their goalie, and it was as if he was just a narrow soft foot wide pole standing in front of the goal.

Andre was on our team again. Re the guy I shared goalie-duties with, Andre said that he was 'afraid of the ball'. This bothered me. I told Andre that you could say that about anyone, in order to excuse him from goalie duties. Andre later also certified that the little brown star 'finisher' on the team we played, 'The Ballers', was pathetic as their goalie because he was 'afraid of the ball'. I was thinking, that the little-brown-star of theirs, was probably just pretending to be afraid of the ball and a pathetic goalie, so that they would excuse him from his goalie duties.

This evening, almost everyone showed up. Tom the Merrimack accounting grad, Matt from Holland, Andre, the defender/goalkeeper I share goalie duties with, plus me. We had to play the whole game without a substitute, and it was tiring. I found myself getting suprisingly tired just playing goalie.


My performance during the game (amount of time spent playing a position wherein the given skill can be applied):

SUMMARY: I forgot to check the PSI of the ball this game. It seemed reasonable and proper. The ball seemed better than the one used last game, which was a goalie-torture ball. I forgot to measure the PSI of the ball.

Stats in brief ( semicolon separates 1st half stat from 2nd half stat):

Defender minutes: 20
Goalie minutes: 20
Assists: 1
Passes: approx 6 good, 0 intercepted
blocked shots 2; 2;
intercepted passes 3; 3;
steals 2 (1 false-call); 2; 2;
saves : 1 humdrum 3 diving; 3 humdrum, 1 diving,
defense errors: 1
goalie errors: 0
Beaten by attacker: 0

You can see from the stats, that if I had played the entire 40 minutes outside the goal on defense, I would have had: 2 assists, 12 good passes, 8 blocked shots, 12 intercepted passes; 8 steals; 2 errors; and zero beaten-by-attacker incidents.

You can see from the stats, that if I had played the entire 40 minutes as goalie, I would have made 8 diving saves.

PASSING (13 minutes): During the first half, I sent at least two passes in the left-wing direction where Antonio was playing because Matt from Amsterdam was late. These passes were passes that were not preceded by me dribbling even once, in that they were one-touchers which combined an interception with a pass in one touch, or a steal with a pass in one touch, or a blocked shot combined with the pass in one touch. The ball went where I wanted it to go, apexing about 8 to 9 feet in the air; the passes were about 40 feet in length. I was trying to lead him, but he was failing to anticipate the direction of the pass, the way experienced team-mates who know me have anticipated my passes in the past. Antonio is young and apparently inexperienced in soccer. But at least he gave it a shot.

PASS RECEIVING (13 minutes): I don't remember receiving a pass all game.

SHOOTING (13 minutes): I did not take any shots during the game.

DRIBBLING (13 minutes):

I did very little dribbling during the game. At one point I got the ball, with two or three defenders near me. I sensed in myself my new found confidence in being able to shield the ball from the defender. None of the defenders charged me. an opening developed, I made a pass, the recipient made a pass, the chain of the passing continued well, not sure if in the end we scored on that one.

Reasons I got few chances to dribble: there were instances such as-- Andre would drop back to play defense for a minute and I'd go up to offense, but after just a minute, Andre would find some reason to run up to the offensive area, and I would have to drop back because now there was nobody on defense. Then when I was on defense, I'd be stuck and not able to get out.

Seems I as a defender get more dribbling chances when the other team is an even match or better than us.

FOULS AGAINST (13 minutes): Nobody was called for fouling me.

FOULS COMMITTED (13 minutes): The ballers have this little-brown guy who is a star 'finisher'. He tried to beat me on the dribble. He pushed the ball to my left and behind me, and then raced to catch it. I turned and got between him and the ball and got my right foot on the ball without touching him. A fraction of a second later he crashed into me, and then he crashed into the ground.

I felt the ref Calder had made yet another wrong call. Later I told Andre, that Calder the ref, whenever there is physical contact between a dribbler and a defender, is prejudiced and favors the dribbler and favors the smaller man. Andre agreed with me that it was a really bad call.

DEFENSE (13 minutes):

I was never beaten on the dribble.

my one error the whole game, was: I got my right foot on a volley sent our way by the Ballers, I tried to one-touch it in a direction 90 degrees to my right, and instead it went in a direction 135 degrees to my right.

GOALIE (9 minutes): There were the usual humdrum saves. I made 3 diving saves the first half, and 1 diving save the 2nd half, and all my team-mates except the kid I share goalie duties with complimented me. Andre thought that he felt he was playing with so and so, I don't now remember the name, but it was the name of one of the greatest goalies in the world, an Italian sounding name.

I tried to weasel out of the trap I felt Andre wa setting for me, flattering me into permanent imprisonment as a goalie. I told him, that famous non-goalie players like Beckham and Ronaldo would also be great goalies, if they played goalie. He disagreed with me. Evidently he felt that Beckham and Ronaldo would not be my equal as a goalie.

I did not feel at fault when they scored. In one instance, they shot the ball, I dove at it, it hit my right goal-post, it rebounded to their player, and he scored on the rebound, while I lay sprawled on the ground.

In another instance, their little-brown star 'finisher', beat the kid I share goalie duties with, using the same move that he tried on me, that he could not beat me with, when Calder falsel whistled me for a foul. Then he came in at my right, at a difficult angle for him, he was almost parallel to the end-line. I cut off the lower right hand corner of the goal, but he managed to shoot the ball into the upper left-hand corner of the goal. His shot was an example of how amateurs sometimes perform better than the best in the world, it was a perfect shot.

In another instance, something happened, a whistle blew, and the other team 'the Ballers', took a penalty kick, all within a fraction of a second, I was not ready, it all happened to fast, to be considered fair. The kicker passed the ball and I found myself facing him, he was about 15 feet away, and there was nobody between him and me (classic example of their 'superior' positioning on defense). I cut off the middle of the goal, and he put it into the upper left hand corner of the goal. He made a very good shot, but I was put in a very difficult position. By way of comparison, penalty-kicks are taken 36 feet from the goal.

ENDURANCE: Compared to previous games I felt more: peppy, relaxed, happy. I felt as if the reason for this was that I succeeded in waking early, eating a reasonable lunch, and napping before the game started.

Fact is, nothing produces tension like being tired on a soccer court or soccer field, because soccer is very difficult to perform well when you are more fatigued than the other players. MENTAL STATE: See comments under Endurance.

In total writing the soccer section of today's log-entry, took me 1 hour & 55 minutes. Andre had said that when he read last-week's game-day entry he thought it had taken me all day to write it. I told him that if people think I spend all day on a soccer game log entry, they'll think I'm crazy.


From 920 - 1007 PM for47 minutes I lifted weights, using dumbbells. Results (results last time shoulders/arms routine done February 3 in parentheses):

Standing Biceps Curl: I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & alternated between left & right hand.

Bicep curl, left arm: 35 lbs - 4 (3) reps; 30 lbs - 5 (5) reps; 25 lbs - 6 reps (5).
Bicep curl, right arm: 35 lbs - 4 (3) reps; 30 lbs - 5 (5) reps; 25 lbs - 5 (5) reps.

Standing Lateral Shoulder Raise: I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously.

Lateral shoulder raise, left arm: 25 lbs - 5 (5) reps; 20 lbs - 9 (7) reps.
Lateral shoulder raise, right arm: 25 lbs - 5 (5) reps; 20 lbs - 9 (7) reps.

Standing Shoulder Press: I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously.

Shoulder press (upwards), left arm: 40 lbs - 7 (3) reps; 35 lbs - 7 (7) reps; 30 lbs - not done (5) reps.
Shoulder press (upwards), right arm: 40 lbs - 7 (3) reps; 35 lbs - 7 (7) reps; 30 lbs - not done (5) reps.

Standing Front Shoulder Raise: I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously. Today I moved on from 20 lbs which had previously been my max, to 25 lbs.

Standing Front Shoulder Raise, left arm: 25 lbs- 6 (not done); 20 lbs - 11 (12) reps.
Standing Front Shoulder Raise, right arm: 25 lbs- 6 (not done); 20 lbs - 11 (12) reps.

Standing Dumbbell Row: I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously.

Standing Dumbbell Row, both arms: 35 lbs - 8 (6) reps; 30 lbs - 10 (6).

Preacher Reverse Biceps Curl: I had dumbbells of equal weight in each hand & lifted both dumbbells simultaneously. The preacher bench was angled at approx 60 degrees.

Preacher reverse biceps curl, both arms: 20 lbs - 2 L/R; 17.5 lbs - 3 L/R; 15 lbs 6 L/R; 12.5 lbs - I forgot to note.

When the left arm score and the right arm score in reps differ for an exercise, I take the average for the exercise. Of the five exercises done today and also February 3 four days ago, with one, I moved on to a new max. With the other four, the total number of reps done at the max weight, rose from 17 on Feb 3, to 24 (avg 6 per exercise) today Feb 7. Thus performance was up by a multiple of 1.41 (24/17=1.41).

If performance continues to rise by 1.41x every 45 minutes of exercise, after just 3 more hours of doing this biceps/shoulders routine, the total reps at the max weights today for these exercises will be not 6 per exercise as today, but rather, 24 per exercise!

Above paragraph is what I call mathematical visualization, similar to but distinct from the visual visualization all the self-help & sports-psych type gurus talk about.

The weightlifting portion of this log entry today, took 22 minutes for me to produce using my PC notepad program.


This evening I forgot to weigh myself.

     
  Wednesday 02/08
Oak Sq YMCA

430 PM - 700 PM,
New Angled-Dribble off-the-wall drills
Ball-Adidas Replique at 6.0 PSI

730-855 PM
weightlifting


Did off-the-wall drills involving using the first contact with the ball-rebound to start an angled dribble

Today in soccer practice I did several different variants of the new, basically never-done-before Off-the-Wall (OTW) F2012 Angled-Turn Dribble Soccer Drill Variants (page describes number of reps done for different variants today, notes re the experience). I invented these drills yesterday and today. These drills involve me kicking the ball at a wall, and then on the first touch, starting a dribble in a predetermined direction.

I kicked the ball at a wall 18 feet from me, aiming for a cone adjacent to the wall or for a poiint above the cone. Going through the different variants helped me to discover various possibilities for feints, & my competence with various variations.

Overall, I did 75 reps of this or that variation. Sometimes I counted a rep as an attempt, sometimes I counted a rep as at least a half-success, sometimes I counted a rep as a success.


Weightlifting:

I corrected an error that had been up for a day, made in yesterday's entry, re how many reps I'll be doing after 3 more hours on the shoulders/biceps routine.

After the soccer, I used free-weights in the Oak Sq Y free-weight room, from 730 to 855 PM (85 minutes), doing my chest/triceps routine which was last done February 4 (for 60 minutes), February 1 (for 45 minutes), &done on for the first time, January 23-24 (65 minutes).

In the stats below, the number of reps achieved February 4, four days ago, are given in parentheses.

1st, I did the dumbbell 'fly' exercise (chest), whilst lying on my back, with equal weight in each hand. I did 3 (not done Feb 4) reps with 30 lbs in each hand; 10 (12) reps with 25 lbs in each hand. This was the first time doing the fly with 30 lbs in each hand; previously, my max was 25 lbs each hand.

2nd, I did the dumbbell 'palms-down wrist curl exercise (forearms). With the right hand, I did: 12 (8) reps @ 20 lbs; no attempted (11) reps @ 15 lbs. With the left hand, I did: 12 (8) reps @ 20 lbs; no attempted (11) reps @ 15 lbs. Hence next time I can move on to a new max of 25 lbs on this exercise.

3rd, I did the 'palm-up wrist-curl' exercise (forearms), each hand individually. At 35 lbs, I did 12 (8) reps with my right-hand, & 12 (9) with my left-hand; at 30 lbs, no attempts (6) with my right, & no attempts (8) with my left. HenceI can now move on to a new max of 40 lbs on this exercise.

4th, I did the 'dumbbell bench-press (chest), with dumbbells of equal weight in each hand. At 52.5 lbs each hand, I did 4 (1) reps; at 47.5 lbs, 6 (5) reps; at 42.5 lbs, 8 (6) reps. I had been thinking that I would continue to not be able to do more than one rep at 52.5 lbs for weeks to come.

5th, I did the 'Triceps Kickback' (triceps), one arm at a time. At 27.5 lbs, I did 12 (9) reps with my left-hand, & 12 (9) with my right-hand; at 22.5 lbs, non-attempted (9) with my left, & none-attempted (9) with my right. Hence I can now move on to a new max of 30 lbs in a hand on this exercise.

6th, I did the 'Triceps Extension' (triceps), one arm at a time. At 25 lbs, I did 11 (9) reps with my left-hand, & 11 (8) with my right-hand; at 20 lbs, 13 (8) with my left, & 13 (7) with my right.

When the left arm score and the right arm score in reps differ for an exercise, I take the average for the exercise. Of the six exercises done today and also February 4 four days ago, with one, the 'Fly', I moved on to a new max today. With the other five, the total number of reps done at the max weight, rose from 35 on Feb 4, to 51 (avg 10 per exercise) today Feb 8. Thus performance was up by a multiple of 1.46 (51/35=1.46). <

If performance continues to rise by 1.46x every 72 minutes of exercise, after just 5 more hours of doing this triceps/chest routine, the total reps at the max weights today for these exercises will be not 10 per exercise as it was today, but rather, 46 per exercise (mathematical visualization)!

During the weightlifting, a tall clean-shaven white man was looking at me. He said, 'he's a weightlifter'! I estimate he was talking about me.

I did not feel like someone with the visual marks of a weightlifter, in my loose white t-shirt. But it is true that: on the front-raise, I'm doing a weight-level higher than what I saw really stressed out this tall well-built white guy on the front-raise; I'm improving fast; I am aware of how fast I am improving which effects my demeanor.

The problem of the overhead light producing an unflattering effect by excessively dominating side-lighting in the main weights room, was worse at the beginning of the practice than it was at the end, as usual. Maybe I need to reduce salt intake or go swimming. In the back area of the weights room where there are less flat white fluorescent panels in the ceiling per square yard of ceiling space, the unflattering effect produced by top-light domination was not nearly as bad, and I felt towards the end of the workout that I was finally looking good in that part of the weight-room.


The log entry today, took 50 minutes for me to produce using my PC notepad program. The page and table at Off-the-Wall (OTW) F2012 Angled-Turn Dribble Soccer Drill Variants took me 90 minutes to produce, using 'Bluegriffon', & 'Outlook-Express'.


After the practice today I weighed 188 lbs on the Oak Sq Y scale.

     
  Thursday 2/9

632-803 PM
Waltham Y
OTW angled-dribble soccer drills

948-1016 PM
Oak Sq Y
Dribbling/Conditioning Drill

Adidas Replique ball, inflated to 6.0 PSI

Waltham Y Executive-Directorship-in Exile


Off-the-Wall Ground-Dribbling Drills @ Waltham Y; Dribbling/Conditioning Hybrid Drill @ Oak Sq Y.


F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill

One repetition of the drill involves: Dribbling while running (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling while running (or running without the ball) from B to A; dribbling while running (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling while walking (or walking without the ball) from B to A.

Aspects of the drill that can be varied: distance between A & B; type of dribble done.


I started out at at the Waltham Y (632-800 PM), doing what I did yesterday: several different never-done-before variants of the Off-the-Wall (OTW) F2012 Angled-Turn Dribble Soccer Drill Variants (page describes number of reps done for different variants today, notes re the experience). I invented these drills February 8-9. These drills involve me kicking the ball at a wall, and then on the first touch, starting a dribble in a predetermined direction.

I kicked the ball at a wall 18 feet from me, aiming for a cone adjacent to the wall or for a point above the cone.

Overall, I did 55 reps of this or that variation. Sometimes I counted a rep as an attempt, sometimes I counted a rep as at least a half-success, sometimes I counted a rep as a success.


Next, I had to flee, drive 9 miles to the Oak Sq Y in Brighton MA and 9 miles back, because they had rented out the Waltham Y to the Irish Village Soccer Club.

At the Oak Square Y, I did a new, never-done-before drill that combined ground-dribbling and conditioning. The drill, the "F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill" is described in the adjacent box's graphic and text.

Previously I had read a paper about conditioning for pro-level 'Futsal', that advised sprints alternating with short periods of rest. Then, Calder had advised me, to do wind-sprints, to keep sprinting as hard as I could until exhaustion. Then, I devised some back and forth, square-shaped, & triangular shaped sprints that I did in the Group Exercise Room at the Oak Sq Y. Then I got sick and was out of commission for a couple of weeks.

Next, I sort of started from scratch. I carefully watched the players during an indoor soccer game on the basketball court. Basically I watched the player who was doing the most running at any given time, regardless of whether he had the ball or not. I watched for how many paces he ran; I watched what kind of turns he made while running (I classified coming to a sudden stop as a type of turn).

I took notes on about 100 hundred such runs during about 20 minutes. After analyzing the notes I concluded that: the median length of a run was 7 paces; the running was almost always done at half-speed not at a sprint; about 70% of the turns were 180 degree turns or sudden stops (I defined a sudden stop as a type of turn).

On this basis, I devised the "F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill".

I ran the drills at about half-speed, while ground-dribbling the soccer ball, wit cone A 24 feet from cone B. First I kept running repetition after repetion of the drill for five minutes, this got me tired and caused pain (calves & soles of feet). Then I rested 2 minutes, & did 5 reps of the drill. Then I rested 2 minutes, & did 6 reps of the drill. Then I rested 2 minutes, & did 8 reps of the drill. Then I rested 2 minutes and did 8 reps of the drill. In total in 28 minutes I did about 37 repetitions of the drill.

I varied the ground-dribbling pattern from rep to rep.

Looking at my notes re the players running during the game, I noticed that the number of runs involving an even number of paces such as 6, 8, or 10 paces, greatly outnumbered the number of runs involving an odd number of paces, such as 5, 7, or 9 paces. I concluded that the reason for this was that they were always using one of their feet to start their runs, and another of their feet to stop their runs (for example prior to making a 180 degree turn). I estimated that they were on to something, because most of them do not get as tired as me during the games.

I decided that what they were on to, was that it makes sense to use one foot all the time for starting runs, and the other foot all the time for ending runs--such is a type of specialization of labor. One leg gets used to the stress of starting runs, and the other leg gets used to the stress of ending runs, coming to a stop, as in before a 180 degree turn.

Since most people are right-footed and I am left-footed, I estimated that what they were doing was starting their runs with their right-foot and ending their runs with their left-foot, and that therefore, I should start each run with my left-foot, and end each run with my right-foot, since I am left-footed.

While doing the "F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill" I tried to start each segment of the run with my left-foot, and end each segment of the run with my right-foot (by segment I mean from one cone to the other).


After the Waltham Y practice, during which I consumed approx 1 lb of fluid, I weighed 186.5 lbs on the Waltham Y scale. Then after 2 slices of Pizza at the Oak Sq Y, on the Oak Sq Y scale I weighed 189.5 lbs. I estimate the Oak Sq Y scale gives a weight 3 lbs heavier than the Waltham Y scale.


By request, Continuation of my Waltham Y Executive-Directorship-in-Exile

At the Waltham Y today, in the locker-room, someone had on the bulletin board, pinned up a newspaper clipping, regarding Jack Fucci having been appointed executive director of the Waltham YMCA. Undoubtedly the clipping was pinned up by Fucci fan Waltham Y employee Brian 'the majority of people in the Boston area are an Italian/Irish mix' Francione.

After the evening's workout, I found the online version of the posted clipping. As it turned out, the clipping did not represent the thoughts of the 'Watertown Patch'. Rather, the 'Watertown Patch', had simply printed an announcement sent out by the YMCA of Greater Boston:

"Watertown Native Jack Fucci Named Head of Waltham YMCA Fucci will be the executive director of the Waltham branch of the YMCA of Greater Boston after leading the Oak Square facility. January 26, 2012 The following announcement was sent out by the YMCA of Greater Boston: The YMCA of Greater Boston is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Fucci as the new Executive Director of the Waltham YMCA. Fucci, a Watertown native, has led the Oak Square YMCA in Brighton, also a part of the YMCA of Greater Boston, for the past ten years. While at the Oak Square Y, Fucci led a team of committed volunteers and staff that resulted in a YMCA that is the center of community life in the Brighton area. More people attend the Oak Square YMCA daily than any other Y locally due to its ability to change lives through a culture of inclusion and accessibility that can be a model for kindred organizations...“On behalf of the Waltham YMCA Board, we welcome Jack’s proven leadership and are looking forward to him continuing the legacy of building strong families throughout our community,” said Waltham YMCA Board of Directors Chair Laura Goldin".

Sarcastic translation: Hooray! Time for us local-natives to celebrate the appointment of fellow-local-native, Jack Fucci! The Oak Square YMCA is now the center of community life in the Brighton area, because of Jack Fucci! The Oak Square YMCA is the most attended YMCA in the Greater Boston area, because Jack Fucci has produced a culture of inclusion and accessibility!

Fact is, that for jobs like Waltham Y Executive Director, more than one person applies, and the people who don't get the job, do not feel like celebrating when someone else gets the job.

Fact is, that there exist in the Greater Boston Area, 1.2 million white people, and 0.1 million black people, who are not 'natives' and who were not born in Massachusetts. And they are tired of being financially devastated by piggish localism (which is not to say that the appointment of Mr. Fucci was a case of piggish localism).

Major simple reasons that the Oak Square Y is at the center of community life in Brighton and is the most attended Y in the Boston area: its location and its accessibility via public transportation. If this fact is not acknowledged, the result is blame being heaped upon YMCA staff who work at locations that are not as advantageously situated.

Fact is, that the Oak Square Y has certain overcrowding problems.

Problems with human resources executives being obsessed with experience: it (the obsession with experience) devalues important criteria; it lives in the past; it does not keep up with changing times, changes in individual applicants & their popularity, changes in the public; it punishes persons who have been the victims of the crimes and sins of others; it rewards people who have been financially blessed as a result of the crimes and sins of others; it devalues self-employed work; it devalues volunteer work; it devalues experience, knowledge, ability, & skill derived through activities other than working for someone for a paycheck; although the performance of the marketplace at large is only average (below average perhaps if the performance of foreign marketplaces is included in the equation), it allows the decisions made by hiring managers in the marketplace to dictate the hiring decision in question; it ignores the fact that half of the jobs are landed simply because the applicant had an inside connection; it ignores the fact that many of the other half of the jobs are landed by applicants because they have experience simply because they had an inside connection; it can be like a military headed by generals who are disastrously over-cautious; it can be like a potential rookie-of-the-year never getting any playing time.

I have reason to believe that Mr. Fucci is a nice man. I don't know enough to declare if he is a good man and a competent man. Even if Mr. Fucci is the person who in God's opinion should be executive director of the Waltham YMCA, the thoughts I've expressed in this entry would still be running through my mind.


Minutes spent on today's log-entry: 47 minutes not counting graphic & graphic-caption/programming section or executive director section to write this log entry; 15 minutes to create graphic, write caption, and write programming for the graphic; 15 minutes to update the Off-the-Wall (OTW) F2012 Angled-Turn Dribble Soccer Drill Variants table; 45 minutes to write executive director section. Total: 118 minutes.

     
  Friday 2/10

705?-835 PM
Oak Square Y
OTW angled-dribble soccer drills (1 LF, 2&after RF)

850-947 PM
Oak Sq Y Gr Ex Studio
Dribbling/Conditioning Drill

Adidas Replique ball, inflated to 6.0 PSI


Off-the-Wall Ground-Dribbling Drills, 1st kick left-footed, right-footed emphasis thereafter; Dribbling/Conditioning & Conditioning Drills


F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill

One repetition of the drill involves: Dribbling (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling (or running without the ball) from B to A; dribbling (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling while walking (or walking without the ball) from B to A.

Aspects of the drill that can be varied: distance between A & B; type of dribble done.


I started out at at the Oak Square Y, my notes were unclear exactly when, I think around 7 PM. I did several different never-done-before variants of the 1LF, after 2 RF emphasis Off-the-Wall (OTW) F2012 Angled-Turn Dribble Soccer Drill Variants (page describes number of reps done for different variants today, notes re the experience). I invented these drills February 8-9; they involve me kicking the ball at a wall with my left-foot, and then on the first touch, starting a dribble in a predetermined direction with my right-foot.

I kicked the ball at a wall 15 feet from me, aiming for a cone adjacent to the wall (unpadded) or for a point above the cone.

Overall, I did 30 reps of this or that variation. Sometimes I counted a rep as an attempt, sometimes I counted a rep as at least a half-success, sometimes I counted a rep as a success. I took notes re my competence with regards to each variation.


Next, I used the Oak Square YMCA Group Exercise Studio from 850 PM to 947 PM. In the studio, I did the drill described in the adjacent box's graphic and text, the "F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill".

My pattern was to do an 8-repetition set of the drill and then rest for a couple of minutes while walking back and forth between the cones. I did five 8-repetition sets while dribbling with the emphasis on the right-foot, using various dribbling patterns in between the cones. I then did four 8-repetition sets without dribbling.

I found that these 8-repetition sets were enough to tire me out, and produce feeling similar to what I experience in the games: winded, hot, pain in calves, soles of feet. But the pain was not as bad today as it was yesterday.

One repetition, involves in total: running 21 yards; walking 7 yards; 3 180-degree turns. Thus an 8-repetition set involves: running 168 yards; walking 56 yards; 24 180-degree turns.

It still surprises me, how tiring and eventually painful lots of 180-degree turns can be, if you are not used to it.

During the reps done while dribbling the ball, I started out trying to start each 7 yard segment (runs from cone to cone in between 180-degree turns) of a repetition with my left-foot moving forwards, and end each 7 yard segment of a repetition with my right-foot forwards and on the ball. My idea was that this was the dribbling equivalent of the start with left foot, end with right-foot forwards (before 180-degree turn) method I had decided upon for running this drill when not dribbling the ball.

I had decided upon this LF-start, RF-end method because I felt that it was advantageous in that the left-foot specializes in starting runs and the right-foot specializes in stopping them.

Then I realized that when the ball is dribbled while running, certain things change. When I come to a stop with my right-foot forwards and on top of the ball before making a 180-degree turn, the LEFT-FOOT endures most of the stress of the stopping process. However, the idea was that the left-foot should specialize in making the first step of runs and the right-foot should specialize in absorbing the stress of sudden stops.

Therefore in the middle of the sets I did while dribbling the ball, I switched to ending each segment of a repetition (by segment I mean the runs from cone to cone in between 180 degree turns) with the sole of my left-foot stretched forwards and resting on top of the ball, because this puts the stress of the stop before the turn on the right-foot.

Studying myself while running without the ball, I noticed that when the left-foot makes the first step of a run by moving forwards in front of the right-foot, as I had suspected, most of the stress of that first step falls on the left-foot, not the right-foot. This because while the left-foot is moving forwards the body is still getting itself into position for forwards movement so stress is not placed on the right-foot; then after the body has gotten into position, stress is placed on the left-foot as the body is propelled forwards.


After the practice, on the Oak Sq Y scale I weighed 187.5 lbs (2 lbs fluids consumed during practice).


Minutes spent on today's log-entry: 43 minutes for log-entry; 33 minutes to produce new '' page (the Bluegriffon was acting flaky when I tried to copy paste & delete code in source mode.). Total: 76 minutes.

     
  Saturday 2/11

603-750 PM
Waltham Y

OTW angled-dribble soccer drills (1 LF, 2&after RF)

Dribbling/Conditioning Drill

Adidas Replique ball, inflated to 6.0 PSI


Same Routine as Yesterday-- Off-the-Wall Ground-Dribbling Drills, 1st kick left-footed, right-footed emphasis thereafter; Dribbling/Conditioning & Conditioning Drills


F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill

One repetition of the drill involves: Dribbling (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling (or running without the ball) from B to A; dribbling (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling while walking (or walking without the ball) from B to A.

Aspects of the drill that can be varied: distance between A & B; type of dribble done.


I did several different rarely-done-before variants of the 1LF, after 2 RF emphasis Off-the-Wall (OTW) F2012 Angled-Turn Dribble Soccer Drill Variants (page describes number of reps done for different variants today, notes re the experience). I invented these drills February 8-9; they involve me kicking the ball at a wall with my left-foot, and then on the first touch, starting a dribble in a predetermined direction with my right-foot.

I kicked the ball at a wall 18 feet from me, aiming for a cone adjacent to the wall (unpadded) or for a point above the cone.

Overall, I did 35 reps of this or that variationb from 603-700 PM. Sometimes I counted a rep as an attempt, sometimes I counted a rep as at least a half-success, sometimes I counted a rep as a success. I took notes re my competence with regards to each variation.

Updating the table I noted I had made some mistakes yesterday and corrected them.


Next, I did the drill described in the adjacent box's graphic and text, the "F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill", from 710-750 PM.

My pattern was to do an 8-repetition set of the drill and then rest for a couple of minutes while walking back and forth between the cones. I did four 8-repetition sets while dribbling with the emphasis on the left-foot, using various dribbling patterns in between the cones. I then did three 8-repetition sets running without dribbling the ball; the 7 sets took 40 minutes.

Yesterday, in 43 minutes, I did five 8-rep dribbling sets, & four 8-rep running sets. Thus yesterday, my stat was 4.8 minutes per 8-rep set, and today my stat was 5.7 minutes per 8-rep set. Such stats are useful for getting psyched up for boring drills.

I felt good after the practice, which I attributed to the 40 minutes of conditioning drill reps done from 710-750 PM. During the 40 minutes I felt pain in the soles of my feet, especially my left-foot, and I got exhausted and over-heated, as is the case in games after ten minutes outside of goalie, so I felt I had again done a good job of replicating game conditions. I did not feel pain in my calves today as I did yeterday, so I figure I am making progress in overcoming the pain-problem. Pain is tiring.

I felt it was a good sign that I felt good after doing conditioning that replicates game-conditions. That means that while playing in a game, I can look forward to feeling good after the game.

Thinking about it, I realized that the reason I have been getting more exhausted during games than my fellow-players, is that over the past years I have gained 40 pounds of weight (without becoming fat), and during the time that the 40 lbs of weight was added, I did not practice or experience 180 degree turns whilst running on the ground.

The heavier you are the greater the stress of a 180 degree turn. It's true that the heavier you are the greater the stress of alot of things, but such is especially true with regards to 180-degree turns.

I've suffered through many a frustrating game at the Oak Sq Y due to my susceptibility to fatigue; I should have locked-on to the 180-degree-turn as the key to the solution earlier.

Excuses for not 'locking-on' earlier: my environment never promoted attention to the 180-degree turn as an important part of conditioning; 180-degree-turn conditioning is not an important part of next-generation type aerial maneuvers of the type I've been working on and are almost ready for deployment in games; I was mislead into thinking windsprints were the solution and I over-exerted myself during windsprints; and other excuses I cannot think of now that I could submit at a later time.

I remember the days when endurance, enthusiasm, and enjoyment of the game was my forte and skills were my weakness. The enthusiasm and enjoyment sprang from endurance (I ran the mile in 6 minutes 34 seconds in 7th grade). When I finally am able to combine the endurance of my youth with the skills of adult-hood, there will be magic in the air.

Before the practice today, I was thinking that, a funny pseudo-title for my paragraphs regarding the footwork and endurance of the Oak Sq Y players, would be, 'Footwork in the Indefatigable Oak Sy Y Soccer Rat' or something like that. During the practice this tall bespectacled gray-haired hairy white guy looked at me and said, 'and that's footwork in the indefatigable oak square y...'(and his voice trailed off).


Re refreshing anti-dehydration sports drinks: I combined for a sports drink: some bottled unsweetened green-tea; coconut water; and, some 'Native' brand Demerara Organic Sugar. I found this combination to be a superior sports-drink. I found the 'Native' brand of organic sugar to be superior to any such sugar I have ever consumed. I had never seen the 'Native' brand in the stores until this month, even though according to the package, it is the best-selling organic sugar in the world.

Also I consumed a bottle (Trader Joe's) of Aloe-Vera Drink, that contained Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Vera powder (probably made from gel), grape-flavor, and I think some cane-sugar. It tasted and smelled very clean & refreshing, like what would imagine a cleanser for the internals to taste and smell like. I also bought a big bottle of aloe-water, and it tasted completely different from the drink containing the gel and the powder. I thought the drink with the gel tasted/smelled much cleaner/refreshing than the juice.

I researched the matter and found that the powder is made from the gel, and the gel and the juice are two different things from different parts of the plant. I find that I personally prefer the gel. Apparently the gel when applied externally has amazing healing properties for wounds and was used extensively by the army of Alexander the Great.


I did not weigh myself after practice today.


Minutes spent on today's log-entry: 63 minutes for log-entry; 29 minutes to update table (mistakes had to be corrected). Total: 92 minutes.

     
  Monday 2/13

526-650 PM
Waltham Y
Conditioning Drill

930-1015 PM
Oak Sq Y
Conditioning Drill

Total: 129 minutes
Conditioning Drill


2 hours of Conditioning Drill


F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill

One repetition of the drill involves: Dribbling (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling (or running without the ball) from B to A; dribbling (or running without the ball) from A to B; dribbling while walking (or walking without the ball) from B to A.

Aspects of the drill that can be varied: distance between A & B; type of dribble done.


Today, I did not touch the soccer ball during two hours of doing the conditioning drill described in the adjacent box's graphic and text, the "F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill".

I've put up online a new table that gives the scores for the F2012 Conditioning Drills.

I found when I got to the Waltham Y, that I had not brought my little pump I use to inflate the ball to the proper PSI. I asked three different staff member where the air-pump used to pump up the ball is. They all acted as if me asking such a question, was almost offensive and beneath their dignity.

I know that they at least used to have, an electric pump used to inflate balls. It's not something for the Y to be proud of, that they cannot find the pump and do not know where it is. Conceivably the wise thing for the Y would be to not have an electric pump for the balls because of the danger of it getting stolen. But if they do have an electric pump, they should keep track of it and know where it is. And it is not beneath their dignity, to be questioned regarding the whereabouts of the electric pump.

So I spent my time at the Y, doing the conditioning drill described in the box in this entry, without using the ball.

One repetition of the "F2012 Dribble-Conditioning Hybrid Drill" according to my way of counting includes: run from cone A to cone B; run from cone B to cone A; run from cone A to cone B; walk from cone B to cone A.

One repetition includes: 21 yards of running, 7 yards of walking, 3 180-degree turns the last 180-degree turn of the three is milder as it is followed by a walk, not a run. My policy is to do eight reps and then break for a couple of minutes while walking back and forth between the cones.

1st, from 526-608 PM, in 42 minutes, I did 64 repetitions, 1.5 reps per minute.

2nd, from 620-630 PM, I did 22 reps, 2.2 reps per minute.

3rd, from 640-649, I did 19 reps, 2.1 reps per minute.

Looking over the previous log-entries, I found that the Friday 2/10 one was not detailed enough in terms of differentiating between how long it took to do the reps dribbling the ball and how long it took to do the reps not dribbling the ball. I was afraid that such lack of data was going to throw off my ability to gauge how my conditioning is going.

Then I found scribbled with a pen, in my hard-to-understand handwriting, in my spiral notebook, that on Friday I had done 40 reps in 32 minutes while dribbling the ball, and 32 reps in 22 minutes while running without the ball. Hence I was able to compare the 1.5 reps per minute running without the ball for 20 minutes on Feb 10, to the 1.8 reps per minute today Feb 13th, running without the ball. That's a 20% increase in reps per minute over the course of 3 days.

Unfortunately the 3 days of conditioning work has only improved my endurance level by 20%, so I expect that during the next game the improvement will not be spectacular; looks like I will be able to last 12 minutes outside of goalie instead of 10, or able to run about 20% harder during the time I am in.

However if I continue to improve in terms of conditioning at the rate I have been improving, I will be twice as fit as I was before I started the conditioning work 3 days ago, in just 9 days.

Problem is: too little too late; the season will be over in two weeks.

Waltham Y Executive Director Jack Fucci himself, wearing a dark suit and a tie, walked into the gym for a few minutes. He watched as I did the conditioning runs. He looked like some guy who had played defensive tackle for the Boston College football team but could not make the pros because he was not tall enough. Later I was thinking, if I was putting on a play or drama for second-grade children, and I needed someone to dress up in a costume as the sun, I'd choose Jack Fucci.

Also during the workout, a young adult white female with a brown pony-tail, was hitting a volleyball against the wall. Her friend (brown skin, trimmed black beard) was sitting on the sideline on a chair. I sat down next to him between runs. I heard him scoff at 'Ronaldo' (another cryptic gym-soundbite). My interpretation: He could tell just by watching me run without the ball, that I'm a match for Ronaldo.

Reminds me of how on Friday night at the Oak Sq Y, I was doing some drills involving kicking the ball off the wall and then turning the ball on first contact with the rebound. I was using only about 12 square yards of space, trying not get into people's way. Next thing I knew I was surrounded by five Spanish women and a Spanish boy, having fun hitting the volleyball to each other. One or two of them scoffed at 'Ronaldo'. My interpretation: they thought they could tell just from watching me do the off-the-wall drill, that I was more than a match for 'Ronaldo'. Either that, or it has become cool to scoff at 'Ronaldo' when around me (they've learned such gives them a chance to get written up in my log) so they just do it to be cool regardless of what they really think.

I felt annoyed, I must confess, by the Spanish ladies. It should have been obvious to them that them surrounding me and playing volleyball would get in my way. But I said nothing, continued with my drill, and they got the message.

It has been my policy to not argue or even speak about gym-space, and just quietly wait until others are finished with getting in my way, or just continue when they get in my way, or just move when they get in my way. And so far I have no enemies at the Ys.

I confess to getting quietly and secretly annoyed. Because even when there is plenty of open-space in the gym, the adults, young men, and children proceed with their activities as if I do not exist, even when I have been in the gym space I'm occupying for a long time before they arrived.

I've noticed that it seems that all the people at these Ys, be they child, teenager, young-adult, or adult, always act as if anybody involved in an activity different from the one they are involved in, does not even exist.

Yet even when in such fashion they act as if I was not there, still they are often quite dutiful about putting back into place cones that I use for my drills, when they accidentally kick the cones out of the way. I guess in their mind, my cones exist, but I myself do not exist.

After the conditioning runs at the Waltham Y, I went home and then went to the Oak Sq Y. At the Waltham Y, they don't let me use their group exercise room when it is unoccupied, because there has been a problem with the music equipment being stolen. But at the Oak Sq Y, the music equipment is fastened in a type of cabinet so it cannot be stolen and there they let me use the group exercise room.

At the Oak Sq Y:

1st, from 930-950 PM, in 20 minutes, I did 35 repetitions, 1.75 reps per minute.

2nd, from 955-1015 PM, I did 36 reps, 1.8 reps per minute.

Before I entered the room they had their 'Kripalu Yoga'. One of the 'Yogis', a tall thin white man with sandy-colored hair and a trimmed brown beard, started talking to me after their session ended. He said that he is religious but does not like organized religion because it is corrupt. He said he became disenchanted with Catholicism because of its harshness towards the human body. The guy who had led the Yoga session, said that Buddhism is less dogmatic compared to Christianity.


I did not weigh myself after practice today.


Minutes spent on today's log-entry: 77 minutes for log-entry; 83 minutes to create table & enter data therein (I encountered & solved problem of missing info re Fri 2/10). Total: 160 minutes.

     
  Tuesday 02/14

Woke up 4 PM,

Oak Sq Y
650-700 PM
10 min Warmup

700-745 PM
Game 6 of Indoor season

800-930 PM
Watched League Games

937-1016 PM
180-degree turn conditioning drill


6th Game of Oak Square YMCA Soccer League Season; In sleep deprived state, endurance down 50%, despite emphasis in previous week on conditioning drill

Note: I am naturally left-footed but I have trained myself to be almost ambidextrous.

Monday afternoon I woke up at 400 PM. Monday evening, I spent two hours on the conditioning drill involving running back and forth between cones making 180 degree turns; then I could not fall asleep until approx 1130 AM Tuesday today; then I slept off and on for about 3 hours from 1130 AM to 400 PM. Then I started the game at 700 PM. At game time, I had been awake for 27 hours aside from 3 hours of napping that ended 3 hours before game-time.

Translating this bizarre sequence into normal time, this was like someone waking up at 730 AM, staying awake until past midnight, napping for 3 hours off and on from 3 AM to 7:30 AM, and then going out and playing a soccer game at 11:30 AM. Basically, it was like someone substituting 3 hours of fitful napping for a night of sleep, prior to a morning game.

This happened despite me taking a melatonin pill & drinking 16 oz of a yogurt smoothie (contains natural melatonin) at around 1 AM morning of today Tuesday Feb 14.

Translating the aberrant into the comprehensible, I was like someone who gets up in the morning, does more conditioning work than he has done in 10 years in the morning, and then gets so revved up that he cannot sleep when night-time comes and is then tired for the game the next morning.

Prior to the game, I had been feeling that alot of running conditioning work might rev me up making it impossible for me to sleep.

Also, yesterday evening and night, I did not feel hungry; and today I did not feel hungry or thirsty prior to the game, and did not have time to eat and drink prior to the game. Hence I was probably underfed and dehydrated. I was surprised when I read on the internet, that an athlete should start dehydrating himself with liquids, long before the game starts, and this I did not do today.

I played the first 5 minutes on defense; got tired and switched to goalie for the next 15 minutes of the 20-minute first half; played defense for the first five minutes of the second half; sat on the bench for the last 15 minutes of the 20-minute 2nd half.

In every game up till today, I had been able to last 10 minutes on defense before having to retire to goalie or the bench. This evening, I only lasted 5 minutes before having to retire to goalie or bench. This happened despite the fact that in the previous week I spent more time doing conditioning work, than I have in years. So what gives? After the workout I did the same conditioning drill I'd been doing earlier in the week, to see what my score would be, as I felt this would help me to understand what gives.

My score running the F2012 Conditioning Drill, for 20 minutes straight, was 17% lower today Feb 14 (1.5 reps per minute), compared to Feb 13 (1.8 reps per minute twice), & the same as it was Feb 10 (1.5 reps per minute).

My score running the a class=link1 href="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21834192/f2012conditioningscores.htm">F2012 Conditioning Drill, for 10 minutes straight, was 16% lower today Feb 14 (1.8 reps per minute), compared to Feb 13 (2.2 & 2.1 reps per minute twice).

I don't recall feeling especially fatigued Friday February 10th. I estimate that Friday February 10th, my endurance level was about what it was Tuesday February 7th day of the previous game, during which I lasted 10 minutes as opposed to the 5 minutes today. Friday February 10, my F2012 Conditioning Drill score was the same as it was today.

Hence for now I estimate that the sleep deprivation, did not bring my endurance on straight 24-foot & 180-degree runs down to below what it was the previous game, but did bring my endurance with regards to other types of movements down to below what it was in the previous game.

This tells me that doing the F2012 Conditioning Drill succeeded in building me up to the point where despite sleep-deprivation, my performance on the F2012 Conditioning Drill today Feb 14th, was as good as it was Friday February 10th.

It also tells me that when I play defense, my movements in terms of running, turning, and stopping, are to a large extent, movements that are not practiced or mimicked when I do the F2012 Conditioning Drill.

That means that I have to go back to the drawing board, and come up with conditioning drills to supplement the F2012 Conditioning Drill, new drills that mimic movements that the F2012 Conditioning Drill does not mimic.

I must admit I take pride in the quality of deductive reasoning displayed in the above paragraphs.

I suspect that bureaucratic inertia, resulted in me failing to sufficiently diversify my conditioning drills. It takes time and energy to invent new drills. When I invent new drills, I have to spend extra time and energy producing the graphics that explain the drill and the tables that give the scores for the drill.

Sticking with the old drill instead of diversifying, means I can get the instantaneous gratification of being able to compare my performance on a drill to an earlier performance.

I based the F2012 Conditioning Drill on things that I had observed while watching league games, such as, the median length of a player's run during the games was 7 paces, and 70% of the turns I observed (counting stops as a type of turn) were 180-degree turns or stops.

However my observations included all players not just defenders, and the movements of my body when I play defense are unique compared to the movements of others.

Then you have the point that if I build up my endurance for certain movements, I might start moving in ways different from the ways that the players I watch move when they are on the indoor soccer-court.


Drills done in 5 minute warmup today:

Yesterday I watched Futsal videos for the first time. Watching the videos brought to mind an idea for a drill: kick the ball at the wall, and then execute one of four alternatives: dribble the rebound right, dribble left, & shoot; dribble the rebound right, fake-dribble to the left and continue right, & shoot; dribble the rebound left, dribble right, & shoot; dribble the rebound left, fake-dribble right & continue left, & shoot. So the new drill-idea is what I practiced for the 10 minute warmup.

First 20-minute half, first 5 minutes of the 1st half I was on defense (score us 0 them 1 during this time); 2nd 15 minutes I was goalie (score us 1 them 1 during this time). Second half, first 5 minutes I was on the bench (score us 1 them 2 during this time), for 5 minutes I was defense (us 0 them 1 during this time) last 10 minutes I was on the bench (score us 1 them 1 during this time).

Therefore in total, while I was goalie, it was us 1 them 1; while I was on defense it was us 0 them 2; and while I was out of the game, the score was us 1 them 2. My team the 'Hot Sauce', lost to the other team, 'Mardhy's Team' 3-6.

These stats are somewhat unreliable this game because: just like last week, first half Matt from Amsterdam, who is a good attacker, arrived late and entered the game, after I stopped playing goalie.

This evening, everyone showed up. Tom the Merrimack accounting grad, Matt from Holland, Andre, the defender/goalkeeper I share goalie duties with, Ivan, plus me. Since we had six players, we had a sub, which reduced the amount of playing time I got.


My performance during the game (amount of time spent playing a position wherein the given skill can be applied):

SUMMARY (I am naturally left-footed): I forgot to check the PSI of the ball this game. It seemed soft.

Stats in brief :

Defender minutes: 10
Goalie minutes: 15
Assists: 0
Passes: 2 good, 0 intercepted
blocked shots 0
intercepted passes 0
steals 1
saves : 4 saves, 1 diving save, 1 forced-attacker-to-shoot wide, 1 almost-save, 1 goal allowed
defense errors: 2
goalie errors: 0
Beaten by attacker: 0
shots: 1 long & accurate

You can see from the stats, that if I had played the entire 40 minutes outside the goal on defense, I would have had: 0 assists; 0 goals; 8 good passes; 0 blocked shots, 0 intercepted passes; 4 steals; 8 errors; zero beaten-by-attacker incidents; 4 long accurate shots.

You can see from the stats, that if I had played the entire 40 minutes as goalie, my stats would have been: 11 saves, 3 diving-saves, 3 forced-attacker-to-shoot-wide, & 3 goals allowed.

PASSING (13 minutes): After stealing the ball from league superstar 'Mardhy', I kicked the ball hard so it hit the backboard on my side of the court 25 feet away from me 8' high and ricocheted to two team-mates on my team who were standing in front of my goal unmolested. This was intentional, the ball went where it wanted to go. I had very little time to see where my team-mates were prior to making the pass.

In the second half I chased down a ball in my right-corner, and with my right-foot on one-touch, sent a hard low (1' apex) 40' distance pass to Matt from Holland who was near the same wall I was near. The ball bounced off the wall and then made a slight change of direction and went straight to his feet, a perfect off-the-wall strike. I did not look up to see where he was, or where the wall was before I made the pass. In radar-like fashion, I correctly intuited that kicking the ball to where I wanted to kick it and did kick it, would result in a good off the wall pass to team-mate.

This reminded me of my high-school days, when sometimes I would pass the ball well without visually seeing the pass recipient before passing it, and the result would be a good pass, because as a result of playing game after game I had developed the radar-like ability to know that kicking the ball to a certain spot would result in a good pass.

Seems now in the 6th game of the season I've developed also a radar-like ability sense when the use of the wall will produce a good off-the-wall passing result. One has so little time to decide where to pass the ball, that the skill in quickly & correctly deciding where to pass it or whether and how to ricochet the ball off the wall, resembles something other than everyday thinking, something like radar.

PASS RECEIVING (13 minutes): I don't remember receiving a pass all game.

SHOOTING (13 minutes): Early in the game a bouncing ball came my way, I was about 5 feet in front of my goal. On one touch I shot the bouncing ball at the opponent goal. The ball reached an apex of about 8 feet, went exactly where I wanted to, and would have been a 85-foot distance goal sailing right under the crossbar, had the goalie of the other team not been there. I was hoping to catch him napping, or carelessly far in front of his goal. The shot was very accurate considering that it was a 28 yard one-touch right-footer off a bouncer. The difficulty of the shot reduced the amount of force I was able to impart into the shot.

DRIBBLING (13 minutes):

I made no attempts to dribble past a defender, had few or zero opportunities to attempt such.

FOULS AGAINST (13 minutes): Nobody was called for fouling me.

FOULS COMMITTED (13 minutes): I was not called for any fouls.

DEFENSE (13 minutes):

I was again never beaten on the dribble.

Once I stole the ball from Mardhy one of the league's star attackers. Then I wheeled and made a perfect pass off the backboard to my team-mates.

Today I felt aware of things that I previously had been unaware of, perhaps because previously I was less perceptive, perhaps because previously things were different.

Today I felt that I could sense how my presence on the court was improving my team's position, even when I was not touching the ball. Seemed that, even when I was not touching the ball, when I was in the game: my team was prouder, had more confidence, even (said half-in jest) had a better physical posture; my team had possession of the ball more; the ball was in the opponent half more; the players on my team were positionally more offensive-minded because they could trust me to handle the defense by myself; opponents who I did not steal the ball from, were nevertheless intimidated by me into making bad passes; opponents were intimidated into not making passes they would otherwise have made; opponents were intimidated into not attempting dribbles they otherwise would have attempted (by intimidation I don't mean a fear of physical abuse, but rather a fear of theft of the ball, interception of the pass, etc).

I felt I was guilty of error twice, both instances involved me being the only person between my goalie and the shooter, with the shooter being 30-40 feet away from my goal. Both times, the shooter was about 10-15 feet in front of me, and I allowed him to shoot. I was thinking that if he shot, he would shoot it into me, or shoot wide, or shoot with the goalie making the save. But both times, the shot went in. I feel that I erred in that I should have charged the opponent, so-to-speak cutting down the angle (the closer I am to him the harder for him to get the ball past me and into the goal).

I suspect the reason I did not charge the attacker, was habits built up playing outdoors on a normal-sized field, as a youth. On a normal outdoors field, when in a typical spot playing a defensive game as a defender, when the opponent is five yards from you the opponent is 25-30 yards from the goal, he has to wind up to fire a shot that is dangerous, if he winds up he can be blocked, if he does not wind up, the shot will not be a threat.

But in this game, when you are in a typical position on the court on defense, the attacker 10 feet from you is only 12 yards from the goal, he is able to get a dangerous shot off without winding up, and his shot is more accurate and powerful compared to most of the shooters I played against in my youth.

GOALIE (9 minutes): I gave up two goals. One was simply a great shot nobody could stop. The other, I dove for the ball, I was well-placed, and the ball miraculously slipped beneath my torso, when my torso was parallel to the ground and less than a foot above the ground. People thought I made a good effort.

My best play was when the league-star Mardhy got the ball about 15 feet in front of me. I did not just lag back and wait for Mardhy to dribble in on me and score, because one of the observations I'd made postgame in this log, had sunk into my brain: I have a tendency to err by not charging the attacker. So I charged at Mardhy and slid at him, with my feet to the left and my body to the right, my body parallel to the goal-line. As a result Mardhy's shot was way off to my right.

To me the incident with Mardhy proved that close observation and note-taking of the type you see here in this log, can actually change me into a better player.

ENDURANCE: See notes made at beginning of today's log-entry. MENTAL STATE: I was pessimistic from the start due to being fatigued due to lack of sleep. But I relaxed myself by remembering that in the long-run I will be better off if I go to games and play even when I feel pessimistic re what is going to happen.

OBSERVATIONS RE MY TEAM: I had been thinking about my team's performance last week during the week. I had suspected that they had developed swelled heads due to the fact that for some reason the goalie and defenders they were working against last week, were performing at a low level.

I had been thinking: there is a certain type of player, and my team has more than one of this type: he seems much better than me as an attacker against average defenders and goalies; he seems better than me as an attacker against good defenders and goalies; he does not seem better than me as an attacker against very good defenders and goalies.

During half-time I tried to tell my team that this week was different than last week, the goalie and defenders we were up against were performing better this week than last week, and so, we had to change our approach from what it was last week, despite the fact that our heads had gotten swollen as a result of our 15-6 victory last week. But I could not get a word in. Then after the practice Andre said things to me that echoed the thoughts I had had in my mind.

After the practice, Andre said that with every week that passed, I was looking better. I think he meant I was looking better physically. Maybe he meant I was looking better as a player.


From 937-1017 PM, I did the F2012 Conditioning Drill drill, the stats results are recorded in the F2012 Conditioning Drill Scores Table.


In total writing the soccer section of today's log-entry, took me2 hour & 44 minutes; updating the F2012 Conditioning Drill Table took me 7 minutes. Total: 2 hours & 51 minutes .



This evening I forgot to weigh myself.

     
  Continued at 2011 Soccer Drill Stats Part XVII