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    How Players Can Bounce Back After Mistakes

    How Players Can Bounce Back After Mistakes

    By Lisa Cohn and Patrick Cohn, Ph.D.  posted Aug 2009

    Kids like to succeed in football and other sports. It’s natural. For many young athletes, that means they more likely of losing composure and becoming frustrated when don’t play well or make mistakes.

    Recovering mentally after making mistakes is a challenge for football and other players, especially if they’re hard on themselves or have high expectations.

    Here’s how one parent describes this challenge:

    “My son is 10 years old and plays football. He has a tendency to cry and take his head out of the game if he makes a mistake, such as fumbling the football. He has these ?melt downs’ on the field.  At times it seems to get better and then all of a sudden he slips into a ?pity party’ and it’s not pretty.  He starts the tears, hangs his head, takes his head out of the game and plays badly.”

    All young athletes make mistakes or face adversity in some form. Some athletes instinctively bounce back quickly; others, like this young athlete, let the mistakes ruin their confidence and fun in football.

    For young athletes, their parents and coaches, there’s often no obvious path to “bouncing back” or recovering from mistakes.

    First of all, it’s important for both you and your football players to realize there’s a positive side to failing, facing adversity, or making mistakes. Defeat can sometimes motivate athletes to try harder, to look at what they’re doing, and think about what needs improving.

    If kids win all the time, they’re less likely to evaluate themselves. Adversity gives kids the opportunity to make a comeback–with more knowledge about their training, strategy and mental game.

    In addition to understanding the value of making mistakes, players need to learn to make two mental changes that will help them deal with them.

    First, they need to be more accepting of the fact that they will make some mistakes and understand this is part of playing football, and a part of being human. They also need to learn how to process the mistake so they don’t dwell on it, lose confidence, and/or become frustrated.

    To do this, kids need to let go of the need or desire to have a perfect performance. Even if they let go of their desire to play perfectly, they can still perform well, contribute to their team, and win the game!

    To process mistakes, young athletes need to understand and evaluate their high expectations. These are the demands they place on themselves about their performance. Expectations?such as not missing any blocks–can make kids frustrated and upset and cause them to dwell on their mistakes. This is especially true if they fail to meet their high expectations.

    Kids need to stop dwelling on their mistakes and stop telling themselves how awful it was to make the mistakes. They need to let go of the past (the mistakes) and focus on the present.

    Coaches and parents can also help players bounce back and turn a loss or failure into a positive:

    • Help players cool down after a game, especially a loss. Help them think about something other than their negative feelings. Complement them about what they did well.
    • Invite players to think about what they did well during their performance. Did they make an interception, or work hard at being team players?
    • Be sure to praise your players for what they did well, rather than focusing on the negatives.
    • Help kids separate who they are from how they perform in a game or competition. You don’t want them to link their self-esteem to their sports performance!
    • Before a game, tell your football players to give themselves three “out of jail” cards. This way, they can use the “cards” when they make mistakes and move on more easily.

    Finally, players need to ask themselves. “How can I use this experience to become a better player?” Once they begin thinking about how they can turn losses into gains, they’re well on their way to bouncing back from mistakes or failure.

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    One Essential Football Drill For Receivers and Running Backs

    Wide Receiver Techniques – Creating Space Off The Snap

    Getting a good jump off the line is an absolutely imperative skill for receivers to learn and understand. Against weak competition it won’t make that big a difference, but in an even matchup between corner and receiver, the battle at the line will often decide who gets the upper hand on that specific play.

    Think about Olympic sprinters. In a 9 second sprint, which is much longer than most football plays, the sprinter who gets the best jump on the gun will almost always finish top three, regardless of their top out sprint speed. And they spend hours upon hours practicing their stance and release from the start line.


    Having a strong, athletic stance is crucial – if you’re standing straight up and then you try to get the jump on a corner in a low, strong, athletic stance, you have no chance.

    In the ideal stance you’ll have your inside foot forward, on the line of scrimmage, with most of your weight on it. Your back foot is going to be slightly raised, much like a sprinter does. This is so that you can push off with the balls of your back foot and get your balance moving forward quickly.

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    Your upper body will be strong, but relaxed. Your hands should be up, underneath your chin, like a boxer ready to let his hands fly, and your abs should be slightly contracted.

    Rip Release

    You’ve got two basic options for your wide receiver’s release off of the line. The first, and the one that I prefer to use personally, is the rip release.

    As you release from the line, you’ll use your inside arm to push the inside shoulder of the defender, getting him slightly off balance, and then bring the outside arm right up underneath the same arm, ripping up through to above shoulder level, and creating a moment of separation between you and the corner.

    Swim Release

    Here we’ll go to the outside shoulder, this time reaching put and grabbing it with our outside hand. As we do this we’ll start to bring up our inside arm for the swim over, when they’ll pull on the shoulder and bring the arm up and over the defender, getting that same moment of separation.

    Remember, whichever technique you go with, the key is to attack half of the defenders body and focus on creating separation from it.

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    Nike Soccer Cleats: What I have learned?

    Nike soccer cleats has many types of cleats that have a very wide size range. Personally I think that Nike is the most popular among soccer cleat manufacturers because they endorse huge soccer players.image

    Nike currently has 5 different types of soccer shoes. Four of which are outdoor cleats and one is an indoor shoe. The names of the cleats are Nike Mercurial, Nike Magista, Nike Tiempo, Nike Hypervenom and Nike Sccrx. Within these cleats there are many different types of the shoe that you can purchase to fit exactly what you are looking for.

    Nike Soccer Cleats

    The price of these shoes can vary a lot. Depending on which form of the show you will affect the cost of the cleats. For example if you want the top of the line shoe that professionals wear you better be ready to pay upwards of $250 to $300 U.S Dollars. Nike usually has around four different forms of each shoe, so you don’t have to buy the most expensive one. There are not many differences between the forms of the shoes, but some of the main differences are the weight of the shoe, the material they are made of and for the Magista, Superfly, and Hypervenom an ankle “sock”.

    Nike also provides a cool feature on their website where you can customize your very own soccer cleat. Although this is a very cool feature it will cost you a lot more money and there are certain colors you have to choose from so you can’t just pick any color that you want and put it on the shoe. Also on every regular Nike shoe you can buy a shoe and return it back in 30 days if you are not happy.


    Magista Nike Soccer Cleats

    The Magista features a dynamic fit collar around the ankle and flyknit all over the top part of the shoe. There are three different types of the shoe, they are the Obra which has the dynamic collar, the Opus which is the same as the Obra without the dynamic collar, and the MAGISTAX PROXIMO which is the indoor shoe with a flat bottom.

    Mercurial – The Mercurial also has the dynamic fit collar around the ankle. It all has All Conditions Control (ACC) which give the show more control with the ball in bad conditions. It also has a car in fiber sole which decreases the weight of the shoe vastly. The Superfly is the lightest shoe that Nike offers, a size 9.5 mens weigh 200 grams. So it feels like you are wearing nothing. This shoe also has three different types the the Superfly which has the dynamic collar, the Vapor X which does not have the collar, and the MERCURIALX PROXIMO which is the indoor version.


    Hypervenom Nike Soccer Cleats

    The Hypervenom has a dynamic fit collar and it has a split toe sole plate made out of PEBAX nylon. This is important because it allows for a lot of flexibility and traction. It also include the All Conditions Control (ACC) to help with ball control. The Hypervenom is unique because it has Nike Skin which helps out with touch on the ball. The Hypervenom also has three different versions of the cleat. They Hypervenom Phantom which had the dynamic collar. The Hypervenom Phinish which does not have the collar. The last one is the HYPERVENOMX PROXIMO which is the indoor shoe.


    Tiempo Nike Soccer Cleats

    The Tiempo is the only shoe that does not have he dynamic collar and is very popular amount professionals and a drug soccer player around the world. It has kangaroo leather on the top of the shoe and it will actually conform to the shape of your foot. It also has a hyper shield on the stop to block out moisture this is paired with the ACC to increase ball control during sloppy conditions. The Tiempo only has one shoe called the Tiempo.


    Sccrx Nike Soccer Cleats

    The Sccrx is not a unique shoe it is just the name of all of the indoor shoes that are grouped together.

    Pricing- Magista Obra- $275, Hypervenom Phantom-$275, Mercurial Superfly-$275, Tiempo-$210, Mercurial Vapor X-$200, Magista Opus-$200, Hypervenom Phinish-$200, MagistaX Proxmio-$150, MercurialX Proximo-$150, HypervenomX Proximo-$160

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