Gary, let’s ‘move on’ already.
What is all this crap you’re writing?
Start telling me / showing me, how to do ‘it’.
You’re repeating yourself.
Ok guys, I hear you.
Ever consider the possibility that I’m doing exactly what I should be doing?
Ever considered that these so-called ‘repetitive’ posts are crucial?
Think about this:
The product we field is WAY different than anything out there in this country.
The reason is simple: Everything we say, do, and believe is WAY DIFFERENT than every other coach in the US. We disagree with just about everyone, on everything! YOU, in all likelihood, only think you agree with me.
Now consider what’s done here.
Much like the product on the field, my approach here is WAY DIFFERENT when it comes to soccer education. So different that most may even believe there’s little by way of ‘soccer education’.
The reason is simple: I believe everyone out there trying to do some soccer ‘teaching’ through their blogs or platforms have it wrong. Totally fucking wrong! There is no excellence in ‘coaching the coaches’ out there. It’s all trash!
And why would it be any good? The product these ‘educators’ field is junk. How could they know what and how to teach something they themselves don’t produce?
Let say that again.
Do a google search, and you get 3 million results on soccer drills.
Do a youtube search for soccer drills, and get thousands of videos.
Not good enough? Those guys don’t have ‘sufficient credibility’?
Ok, well how about drills that FCB uses for their youth?
This document’s been making the internet rounds lately
Have yourself a soccer drill orgy!
You see all this stuff is fucking useless!
Every coach across the land has had access to as much or as little of this stuff as they want. Look at their products. They suck ass! Ever ask yourself why?
Of course you have, and you come up with a whole bunch of reasons, except the one that matters most!
Coaches don’t have a worldview that enables them. I’m not talking about soccer. This has to do with your cultural upbringing, your indoctrination, YOUR development as a person.
If I want you to achieve your potential as a coach, a HUGE part of what I must do, is address and engage YOU, the person. Your core beliefs!
Magnitude, Longevity, and Scale. Remember?
Giving you a set of drills and thinking that will align your product with gold standard football is beyond ridiculous.
Doing some sort of tactical breakdown of a game is equally ridiculous.
For that, you can go here.
Go ahead, study Zonal Marking posts (which I think are good), and get some great drills from Barcelona, Boca Juniors, Arsenal, Man City, Ajax, or whoever. Go ahead, pay a thousand dollars and listen to Mourinho speak at a UCLA-hosted seminar. Go read a ton of books. Go pay a bunch of money, travel to La Masia, and witness their training sessions.
All great stuff, all helpful, … but I promise you, it’s not going to do dick for you unless your worldview, your philosophy, and personal development is already well aligned. Again I repeat, outside of soccer!
How are you going to react if you hear me drop an f-bomb during a half-time speech to a bunch of 12 year olds? How are you going to process that?
Just like some players are ready for a certain level, some are not, and some will NEVER be …
So to, some coaches are ready for a certain level, some not, and some will NEVER be.
Maybe you’re already there. I don’t know.
Perhaps when you say: “Gary, let’s move on”, it’s because you truly are ready. But perhaps you’re saying that because you just aren’t getting it.
Here’s a quick-fire litmus test:
- If you think ‘diving’ is a problem, you’re not ready.
I’ve got hundreds of these ‘red flags’. But that one usually wipes out a whole bunch of you. Sorry, me and you … we should probably go our separate ways.
Now, as I’ve alluded to in many comments, I am developing our ‘practical’ curriculum.
I am going to ‘show’ you the drills, the sessions we run, the tactical, and all that good stuff.
But that stuff isn’t magic fairy dust!
If I can’t get you to buy into that, if I can’t get you to alter your mentality, nothing else will matter.
Might as well just buy yourself some Coerver Coaching DVD’s, a higher federation license, or whatever other education product is out there. FAIL, then rationalize the reasons for your failure like everyone else.
On a final note:
The last thing I want to do is discourage feedback.
I’ve been teaching Physics at a University for 6 years now. I am myself in the classroom, just as I am myself here. Yeah, I do drop occasional f-bombs in class too. And I try to create an environment of fearless participation. “Who cares if you’re wrong”, just speak up! Put yourself out there!
If a student has opinions on teaching methodology … no problem.
Here’s the thing.
If a student doesn’t think himself a student, but already a master of the material being taught, I shouldn’t be teaching him. And he shouldn’t be learning from me.