Author Archives: edehoratius

The Importance of Communication (Even at the Pro Level)

[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.


100 Drills to Do By Yourself

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Posted by on April 3, 2020 in Dribbling, No Partner Available


Coronavirus Hiatus Packet

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.


Ladders, Hurdles, and Cones

Some great movements, drills, and info here.

I especially like the blind-shadow-shuffling.

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Posted by on March 23, 2020 in Agility, Fitness, Footwork, Hurdles, Speed Ladder


PSG 1-2-1 Corridor


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Tryouts Evaluation Form

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:

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Here is the form itself in full.

Certainly welcome and feedback you might have.

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Posted by on December 30, 2019 in Statistics, Tryouts


Three Player Finishing

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