This means summer league. Summer league is when a few of the local high schools get together and play a short, informal season. The main purpose is to get the girls playing together before the highs school season. I have a good group of girls.
At a recent practice I tried to teach the girls about the end line cross. The practice started with a little power fitness, then crossing and finishing. I love to find videos that show what we are learning in a game setting. This is a good example of the end line cross by Spain. Plus, here is another example by Sweden. And another example by Japan.
One of my favorite radio personalities is Dave Ramsey. Dave has a line he uses on his show, he uses it when counseling his callers about the realtors, tax professionals, insurance reps or investment advisors they should be using. He tells them when choosing a professional to look for one with the heart of a teacher. The idea is, when his callers want to know who to use for some of the biggest decisions in their lives, he wants them to use professionals who will have the callers best interest in mind. The kind of professional who will teach, explain, work with, direct and help. This kind of professional will not put their personal commissions a head of the clients financial growth.
We all know drinking a Coke unlocks fun. Seriously, pop open a can of Coke and music begins to play, we all begin to dance, smile and sing. When you pop open a Coke even a boring desk job becomes fun. Don't believe me? Check it out.
Disney. (Don't get me started here) Disney is the happiest place on earth, "it's the good life" the place where dreams come true! Don't believe me, look here.
In both these examples we are being fed by the marketing machine. The best and brightest minds in the world put these marketing campaigns together to make you believe that Coke makes you happy and Disney is the good life and they are very convincing. However, we know the reality of drinking a Coke is a caffeine crash and Disney is long, hot lines. Truth is, I have nothing against Coke or Disney, but I can recognize the difference between a marketing campaign and reality.
For years there has been a debate about what is more important club or high school. As a club and high school coach I see both sides of the debate here, but I think this is a silly debate because it overlooks the research (coaches are notorious for going on hunches and not on research, which is why the book Moneyball was so innovative.)
These days it's not competitive ORhigh school, it's competitive AND high school. With the increasing levels of play within the United States, high school teams are to the point that if you don't play competitively you may not make the team and starting is out of the question. Further, you will limit your college opportunities without the added practice and play that comes from playing for both teams!
The women's world cup has begun. So far I have seen most of all 4 games including a convincing win from Germany. Check out all the latest from the world cup here.
My whole life I have been a huge fan of international soccer. Even more than club. (okay, way more than club.) I mean club is cool, but playing for your country is the coolest. In fact, my dream vacation or my "make a wish" would be to practice with the guys on the world cup team. I don't even have to play a game with them, just being on the practice field would be enough.
It doesn't matter men or women if you put on the USA jersey I'm watching the game.