[Köln v Düsseldorf, 5-24-20]
Yes, this is week 2 back from quarantine, so teams are rusty, but such a glaring (and juvenile) error on Köln’s part, and at a crucial point in the game. This goal would have tied the game. Instead, Düsseldorf score again a few minutes later to take a 2-0 lead, when the game should have been tied 1-1 and, arguably, the momentum should have shifted to Köln.
In any case, let this be a lesson on how crucial communication is at any level. You could make the argument (easily) that that lack of communication cost Köln the game.
Put together this packet for my team while we can’t practice. Not a ton of variety when you’re alone, but tried to focus on principles, conditioning, and basics.
Some great movements, drills, and info here.
I especially like the blind-shadow-shuffling.
I am an assistant coach for the Worcester Smiles, a semi-pro UWS team based in Worcester, MA. This is this staff’s first year coaching and so we wanted to revamp the tryouts process. I put a call out to Twitter to find out what other people do and did a little research on my own. I present here what I came up with.
Here is the rationale and some guiding principles behind this document:
- wanted everyone on the same sheet rather than an individual sheet per player
- wanted something dynamic rather than static
- the scales in each box are so that we could rate players repeatedly (and visually) in the same category rather than just assigning a number or ‘grade’
- wanted something that could yield a total (whether sum or average) against which each player could be compared
- wanted some space for comments or narrative
- I knew this space would be tight at best because of the scales but included it anyway
- actually just ended up often writing over other columns to expand on the hash marks / grades
- wanted some explanation or expansion of each category so included that on the next page of the form and then printed them double-sided
Here is a screen shot of the form and the explanations to give a sense:
Here is the form itself in full.
Certainly welcome and feedback you might have.