Winning Youth Soccer Styles of Play

As you begin to assess your youth soccer team’s abilities, you should start to get a better feel for what style of play they are best suited to play. One of the more effective soccer tactics is to be able to adjust to your opponent, and to use different styles of play to keep them off balance.

As a youth soccer coach you need to be able to decide which style of play will work best for your team. There are different factors that will affect that decision. Everything from the abilities of your players, to the weather, to the condition of the soccer field will play into your decision.

Styles of play refers to the way your youth soccer team plays together during the game. It is your job as the youth soccer coach to determine which style to use.

Attacking Styles of Play

Direct Attack

Soccer teams will use a direct attack to try to beat the defense by playing long passes. This is not a dump-and-run offense. These are long, accurate passes to players making runs toward the goal, that penetrate the defense.

The objective is to push the ball forward with few passes, and only a few players touching the ball. By quickly passing the ball through the defense you can attack the goal before the defense has an opportunity to drop back to assist the goalkeeper.

Your job as the youth soccer coach is to include drills in your practices that teach your players to shield the ball, to make penetrating and overlapping runs, and most important, to make long, accurate passes.

Indirect Attack

The indirect style of play requires a lot of patience. It also requires a lot more technical ability than the direct style of attack. It is a style that emphasizes ball control. The objective of this style is to maintain possession of the ball through each third of the soccer field.

The key to success is patience. You need to make sure your players understand that it could take 10 to 15 passes to work the ball up the field. You should use a formation that allow you to play a wide offense that spreads the defense. You players should provide support from behind the ball, offering the ball handler multiple options for making short, controlled passes.

You will need to include drills in your practice that emphasize possession and movement that will create width and depth in your attacking formation.

Combined Attack

To be successful as a youth soccer coach you need to be able to mix your attacks. If your opponent is pushing their defense up, you can use a direct attack to break through the defense and get one-on-one opportunities against the keeper.

If the defense is playing back, you can use an indirect attack to work the ball forward. You need to be able to adjust your style of play according to what the defense is giving you.

Defending Styles of Play

Low Pressure Defending

A low pressure defense focuses on slowing the attack to allow your players to get into their defensive positions. By forcing the attackers to slow down it allows your team to get more players between the ball and the goal.

Teach your youth soccer players to play a zone defense rather than defending individual players.

It is important that your team falls back on defense as a unit. They should practice maintaining a compact shape as they fall back. This will prevent the attacking team to find gaps in the defense that they can pass through. The closer to the goal the attackers move, the more compact the defense becomes. As passing lanes close down your team will find opportunities to force the attacker to make a mistake and turn the ball over.

You need to emphasize the importance of patience. Delaying the attack is more important than winning the ball quickly. As more of your defender get into place the opportunities to win the ball will come.

High Pressure Defending

High pressure defense is designed to apply immediate and intense pressure on the ball handler. As soon as the opposing team wins possession of the ball they are immediately challenged. The defenders job is to win back possession of the ball as quickly as possible.

By applying high pressure, and marking the attacking team player to player you will make the ball handlers play the ball faster then their abilities allow. This will force mistakes in dribbling, or in making bad passes that can be intercepted by your players.

The more you can take what you learn as a youth soccer coach and apply bit to game situations, the quicker your youth soccer team will learn the skills they need to be successful.

6 Ways to Know If Your Hair Stylist is a Keeper

Truthfully if it’s not what you want in three visits with your stylist it’s not getting any better, there may be some miscommunication between you and your stylist. Here are some things to think about when explaining what kind of hairstyle and color you would like to obtain from them:

What do you want?

Is the style you want something that is feasible? Do you have the right thickness, texture and so on for the cut that you are thinking of getting done? If you are admiring a short style that is wavy and you have fine straight hair then the hair cut is not going to work on you, and we simply can’t cut straight hair wavy. Look for styles that have the same hair texture you do.

What kind of hair does your stylist do best?

Find a stylist that loves doing your hair! Some stylists may specialize in long hair, but you may need some one that is amazing at cutting short hair. Some stylists only do color and some are just cutters, we all have specialties and most of the time we specialize in what we as stylist like doing the most. I for example love blow drying wavy hair straight and flat ironing it among many other things, I know of quite a few stylist that hate providing that service, we all can’t be amazing at everything. Find out what your stylist loves to do and you will find her specialty.

I’ll have what the model is having!

If you want your hair to look like something out of the latest magazine then please remember that it takes lots of time and beauty professionals to get the latest star camera ready. Even if the photos look like the model has a wash and wear style, she doesn’t plain and simple.

1) There is a professional hairstylist and make up artist on set.

2) There is a lot of money involved for the image of the model and what the model is selling.

3) It takes them at least 2 hrs. to get her to look like that. Sorry but, you do have to style your hair if you want certain looks. This means with a blow dryer and a brush maybe some hair product, an iron whatever it was that the stylist used on you. If your stylist took 30 min (average blow dry time) it will more than likely take you 45 Min’s to an hour at home. Always ask if the style you want is a style you will have the time and patience to do at home. A good stylist will help to explain how you can achieve the look at home they should be teaching you how to maintain your look, if you look good we look great!

What is your version?

Are you being clear when you are speaking to your stylist? Make sure your version and your stylists version of what you want is the same. I had a client that wanted “that really bright red hair” I was thinking a fire engine is really bright and my client pointed to a vibrant and rich cinnamon color, we both had a laugh and she thanked me for asking her to point the color out for me. When you are describing a hair cut make sure you know what it is that you are describing, a client of mine once wanted the triangle thing’s on the sides (meaning layers) I got it right but it took some time to figure it out. Pictures are great to bring in and we can tell you if it will look good on you or not.

What time is it?

This brings me to the topic of time: sometimes we run behind and sometimes you are late it is give and take (hopefully not anything ridiculous like an hour that is just disrespectful) but it does no good to huff and puff believe me when we are running behind, your appointment is all that is on our mind. An apology is always nice from either party. Your stylist should give you a realistic estimate on how behind they are.

Don’t be scared!

I have had many first time clients that were down right scared to have their hair done, because their last stylist had given them a bad cut, or fried their hair and they were traumatized. We all have a bad hair story even us stylists! However, try not to be overly nervous, mentioning that you are is fine, however biting your finger and toenails are not, now you are getting your stylist nervous and they have the scissors.

Wood Lathe Safety: Fit The Style Of Turning To The Wood

One of the changes in woodturning over the past few decades has been the increase in artistic turning, particularly in faceplate turning such as bowls and vases. This has occasioned the use of woods such as burls, spalted wood and cracked or otherwise injured wood. Many of these require extra caution on the lathe.

Many burls contain bark inclusions, extra knots and wild grain. There may be hidden splits and areas of half rotten wood. All of this means that the burl may give beautiful patterns that are found in no other kinds of woods, but also may deteriorate on the lathe. By its very nature, a burl tends to be unbalanced because the of the varying nature of the wood within it. Thus it will set up vibrations as it rotates on the lathe much as does an unbalanced tire on a car.

Prior to mounting on the lathe, burls should be checked for loose wood and bark. Any loose material should be pried off or glued down with cyanoacrylate glue. Burls should be started on a lathe at the lowest speed and turned until some semblance of balance is reached. Before turning on the lathe for the first time and at each subsequently higher speed, the woodturner should be standing out of the line of fire. Although the loose wood should have been secured, surprises happen especially under the vibration of unbalanced wood.

Spalted woods and cracked pieces as well as those of beautiful but wild grain such as crotch wood, may require special care when mounting. Be sure that screws are strong and well seated. Self tapping sheet metal screws have extra deep threads for a good hold. If using a four jaw chuck, not only should the chuck be well faced to a flat surface but special care is needed to ensure that the recess into which the jaws fit or the tenon that they grab is made of solid wood.

The greatest safety feature that the woodturner can bring to such lovely wood is experience. It is a good idea to practise on solid woods of good quality before attempting some of the more difficult ones. Beautiful woods are found in virtually every country of the world and make for great practise and for great keepers. Burls are the dessert we wait for. Turning piece after piece teaches the mounting skills, appreciation of turning speeds, and tool skills needed for these special woods.

As with all aspects of woodturning, turning special woods with safety is a matter of common sense, experimentation, and experience. Going through a lot of wood in practise is a measure of the enjoyment of the craft.

Book Review – My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper is the first I’ve read by Jodi Picoult. It is well written and the plot is very interesting. It is a different kind of drama that revolves mainly around the thirteen year old girl by the name of Anna Fitzgerald. Anna came into this world in a very unique manner. She was specifically designed to match the rare blood type of her sister Kate. Her parents thought this was the best solution to help Kate who is suffering from an acute type of leukemia. The day Anna was born, the doctors drew blood from her umbilical cord to donate to Kate. And as years passed, whenever Kate will be hospitalized, Anna would most likely be made to tag along too. In the course of treating her sister’s fatal illness, Anna was made to donate her bone marrow, stem cells, and blood.

Fast forward to the present and Anna is now thirteen. She is now being asked to donate one of her kidneys for Kate. This time she wants to refuse, and Anna resorts to legal counsel for help. She wants medical emancipation. And this is where the whole gripping drama starts to unfold. The legal battle is emotionally difficult for everyone because Anna is suing her mother, not to mention that Anna is a minor. The court proceedings are held in utmost care to avoid unnecessary trauma to all the parties involved.

I liked the story if only for the fact that it emphasized the importance of making your own decisions in life and relying on no one else other than yourself. At thirteen, even with trembling and cold feet, Anna stood up for what she thought was right. It was not a matter anymore of being selfish or loving a sister any less if she does not want to donate an organ. It’s just all about having enough and saying NO because she feels it so. It did not diminish the love she feels for the family as well. How many of us at such an early age could muster that kind of courage and actually get a lawyer to get what you want? It is no easy decision especially when faced with a dying sister. Although it is fictional, Anna is an inspiration to me because she has the spirit that I don’t have to get the kick I want to happen in my life.

However, the author wasted her efforts in building up the scenes to a very compelling climax and then afterwards settling for a very safe albeit highly improbable denouement. It could have been a very fitting end in the courtroom when the judge knocked his gavel down after deciding the fate of Anna. But the author went for a more sensationalized twist in the last few pages. Sure, the judge granted medical emancipation after all. But then, on her way back home, Anna figured in a car accident that left her brain dead. Her kidney was donated to Kate before the plug to her respirator machine was finally pulled. And miracle of miracles, the organ worked perfectly and Kate lives.

Other than the disappointing twist, this book is highly recommended. Picoult presented the story by shifting first person narratives from one character to the other. It allowed readers to peer through the minds of each of them rather than just being focused on Anna. This style of writing was very effective in conveying the fact that there is no clear delineation to morality. Judging what is right from wrong is never as simple as black and white because we are presented with different perspectives always. It is not easy to judge the parents who are just doing their best to save a dying daughter. It is neither Anna’s fault to refuse to give up her kidney. But as differences arise in a family, love is the only thing that emanates to respect differing opinions and keep them together.