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Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

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The new season is underway and Wyatt started back to training last week.  Started off with a conditioning and agility session at the local community college.  Wyatt was pretty excited to see his team mates again.  Unfortunately his coach had to head back to England for a emergency so they are training with various coaches until he returns.  Second session of the week they trained with the U16-19 coach.  Started with some passing drills, then scrimaged for the rest of the session.  Finally practice was conditioning with the club trainer.  Became very evident which boys stayed on top of their summer training schedules and which didn't as they drug themselves off the field.  Club keeper training started Thursday as well, so Wyatt went from conditioning to keeper training.  The keeper training focused on cutting angles, protecting the near post, and dealing with sight line interference from opposing players.  Despite soming right from conidtiioing, Wyatt did really well at the keeper training, with the coach commenting on the fact that he showed improvement since the end of the last season, which he liked.  Wyatt enjoyed it as well since this year he has moved to the oldest group for keeper training. 

Wyatt's club trainer returned as well for the beginning of the season, so Wyatt did foot skills and agility training.  He also did two private keeper sessions focusing on saving long shots, high shots, and distributions and punting.  Wyatt commented that with getting back to his training schedule, he was extremely happy and looking for to the season starting next month.

Wyatt tried some new gloves as well while he was at camp and into the start of this season.  We picked him up a pair of Addidas Predator Pros for him to take to camp, and then sent him a second pair when he tore the frist pair out at camp.  He started a pre-season warmup keeper camp yesterday and called it quites for them.  He likes the light weight backs in the heat and said the foam was relly nice and sticky for the first few uses, but after about 3 sessions they lost their grip, and then after about 6 or 7 sessions on steady work they have several areas where the latex is gone done to the base mesh layer on the main contact surfaces and he had trouble before that with keeping the ball even when he made a good catch. Came to a head yesterday at keeper camp, when he sent me home at their lunch brak to get his pair of gk-pros to wear and then last night asked him mom to order him some more of the Elites he has been using for the lat couple of years.  He likes the gk-pros, but says the straps are too short so he can't keep them tight on his wrists and constantly is fidgeting with them between saves or runs in training.

Wyatt also has gotten a better look at the teams new second keeper,  His comments so far are that he is pretty good with making sliding saves with his feet, but seems really reluctant to use his hands.  He also said the kid has a attitude problem.  Apparenlty doesn't like to practice or do training.  Starts every team practice showing up late or as close to start time as possible, complaining that he doesn't want to be there.  He aslo skipped the first keeper training session, which are mandatory for all club keepers.  The keeper coach wasn't to happy and asked Wyatt to remind the new keeper that attendance is required and absences affect playing time.  It's really funny in an odd way, because during tryouts Wyatt asked him why he wanted to change clubs and play in the DA and the kid told Wyatt because he wanted to try playing at a higher level to push himself.  So we will see if his attitude changes as the season moves along.

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Good to see the updates for Wyatt will be back for the 2018-2019 season.

In regards to Goalkeeper Gloves, there are many American glove brands that I can recommend, the main two being Gometta (LINK), and Aviata (LINK)

If those don't interest you, check out this list of over 100+ glove brands. 

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Great to see him still doing well, have you thought of him trying westcoast? Theyre an American based brand and they do some excellent gloves

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2 hours ago, fraserb said:

Great to see him still doing well, have you thought of him trying westcoast? Theyre an American based brand and they do some excellent gloves

He tried Westcoast a few years back, but didn't like the way the cut and shape of the fingers were.  There quality was really good and he did like the ones with the palm latex that went over the wrist strap, but his OCD kept him fidgeting with them the whole time so we had to change.  Several of the keepers we know and that he trains with have started to use them now though, so someone local must have "rediscovered" them.

Currently he wants to go back to his Elites, he likes them alot, they are pretty durable and he likes the cut and fit.  His mom has been working with him on understanding that its better to stick with things you know work and avoid flitting back and forth between all the cool new stuff the other boys are getting.  Especially with his OCD, since anything new or differient in his kit can become a distraction under stress.

 

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On 8/7/2018 at 6:26 PM, GKJacob said:

Good to see the updates for Wyatt will be back for the 2018-2019 season.

In regards to Goalkeeper Gloves, there are many American glove brands that I can recommend, the main two being Gometta (LINK), and Aviata (LINK)

If those don't interest you, check out this list of over 100+ glove brands. 

I sent him the links to look at.  He seems dead set on going back to his Elites.  His OCD drives his decision making sometimes when it comes to trying new stuff, which was why it was so surprising he hopped on the Addidas train for even a short ride.

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Week 2 and pre-season training continues.  The club seems to be wanting to spend more time gearing up in pre-season then last year, so Wyatt had a pretty busy week. Team had 5 practices this week.  First two were run by the Academy Director since the coach was still in England on Family business.  They focused a lot on passing drills and working on the concept of taking space and not passign into to pressure.  They also include a good sized dose of how to support the player on the ball when you aren't him.  Was the first time about a quarter of the team had trained with the AD, but the rest have had him as a coach for one to two yeares before last season.  For the new players it was a little intense, with the new keeper finding out that he expects the keepers to play with their feet as good as the field players, and that they have to do al lthe drills fast and accurate.  The reserve keeper wasn't quite ready for that and got himself in the doghouse a lot.  Once the keepers got their gloves on, it didn't change much with the coach riding the new keeper for not looking ahead or thinking about what would happen after the save.  Wyatt remembers his time in the doghouse from sevearal years back and talked with the reserve after practice, but the reserve basically said it wouldn't matter in a game, since keepers never really play with their feet and alls that matters is blocking shots.  Took Wyatt a little bit to get a straight face again after that one.

Second practice was very similar to the first one, except the reserve keeper saw the keeper coach working with the younger keepers and decided he would go over there instead of team practice.  The coach didn't even notice he was gone until they got to some striking and finishing drills and needed a second keeper so Wyatt wouldn't get worn out before they scrimmaged at the end of the practice.  Coach sent someone over to grab another keeper and wound up bringing back the reserve.  Coach didn't say much, but after practice told Wyatt to tell his reserve if he was going to skip practice, he should consider training with the younger teams who are doing mostly first touch and dribbling, rather then beginner keeper practice.  Wyatt for his part had a very good two practices with the AD.  The AD recognized him for his improvement in his footskills since last season, and used him as part of the drill demos, and also to goad on the field players who were being lazy/sloppy by pointing out the keeper was the best field player out there.  AD asked Wyatt to skip keeper training to work on some transition drills so no club keeper training for Wyatt Tuesday.

Third practice was conditioning training.  Boys spent the better part of 90 minutes running, jumping, sprinting, and just plain working harder.  Wyatt having kept busy over the summer was in better shape then most, but still was soaked by the end.

Fourth practice was back with the coach.  He focused a lot on passing drills dealing with keeping shape and finding space.  He ran some invovling starts from the keepers, before sending Wyatt and the reserve over to keeper training.  There they worked on punching balls out.  Wyatt rather enjoyed that and only had one akward moment where there was a mix up in the order the balls came in from.  The drill featured to goals sent about 10 yards apart and they had to clear the ball to the sides of the opposite goal, anything over it or into was consider a failure.  The servers had switched and one of the them served a ball to Wyatt when he was facing the opposite way where the service should have come from.  The coach warned him and Wyatt turned and punched it out into the opposing keepers face.  No harm was done, but the keeper coach did use it has a lesson in why everyone needed to be paying attention all the time.  They finished up with goal kicks and punts.

Final practice was a sunday session indoors.  Unlike the typical indoor session which basically turned into speed ball, the coach focused on using the tight spaces to really work on passing fast and under lots of pressure.  He intriduced a game/drill where the keepers didn't wear gloves, but the teams scored by instead of shooting passing the ball to the opposing keeper who would then restart the game with a pass as if he had received a back pass.  Wyatt relly liked that one a lot and didn't mind so much when they went to scrimmage 6v6 since the coach made it a foul to deliberately use the wall as part of a pass or to rebound a shot to set up a shot on goal.

Other the team practice Wyatt did 4 days of pre-season camp with his private goalkeeper coach.  The coach set-up the camps so they were invite only and grouped players together by skill level and play level.  He started off working on tuning up the basics, then as the week went by moved into more invovled drills that include backpassing and distributions as part of the drill.  Wyatt liked that and was one of the two senior students for camp so he worked a lot on his leadership skills as well.  It did make it a little harder getting up to speed in the evenings for practice, but after the first day he figured out that it was a good idea to go home, cleanup, eat and rest to get ready for the team practice in the evenings.

Finally he spent part of his brithday sunday after tem practice working with his skills trainer.  The skills trainer started off with a big dose of strength and a gility, then moved onto first touch, skills moves, and then striking and finishing.  They ended with a little 4v4 game, which looked funny as Wyatt was paired up with the shorterst other player in a small with tall death match versus a pair of very aggressive girls who weren't afraid to take a hard hit to win the ball.

This week school starts back up so he will be back to his regular training schedule as they get ready for their first game in three weeks.  He did find out he was one of the small group who has already been picked to play the second weekend of the season in their double header in Colorado.  He is pretty excited about that, even more so since neither I, nor his mom are going to go.  So far sounds like not to many parents are going to travel with the team for those games, so good chance for some team building.

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Another week of pre-season training and Wyatt's coach is taking full advantage of most of the not having started school for the year yet.  Wyatt's team had 6 practices this week, his only non-team day being Friday.  Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday were conditioning days with them being up at the local community college.  Coach worked in some agility training as well, plus some passing and making/finding space work.  Both the U14 and Wyatt's teams practices overlapped on those days ans as frist keeper Wyatt would lead keeper skills while the field players focsused on stuff.  Then they would get mixed back in for games.  Wednesday and Thursday were standard team practices.  The coach is really focusing on speed of play and finding/making space.  Also working out where everyone will fit this year, the team picked up 6 new field players, 2 older boys playing down and 4 new field players plus the new reserve keeper.  Thursday night they worked on building out of the back with the theme of making/taking space.  I had to attend a team parents meeting Thursday night, so I missed most the field session where Wyatt had a really good evening both in the foot skills and the goal during drills and scrimmage.  He did well Wednesday night too, but their was little in the way of saves to be made, but lots of back passes and acting as a sweeper/center back to be done. Parents meeting was interesting because the club is rolling out some new policies and such, biggest impacts are in that there will be unified training patterns and topics across all the teams to establish internal consistancy for development as the players progress up the ages, and moving to a 4 day a week training schedule with the addition of a permanent weekly conditioning session with the clud trainer.

Now club keeper training this week due to him having some scheduling conflicts with the two teams he coaches, but Wyatt did get in a session with his private keeper coach.  He has started working more on drills that focus on what to do after making the first save.  Friday featured recovering from deflecting and parrying balls to recover it and then distribute it through rolls, punts, and throws.  Also some work with pass backs and goal kick distributions under various situation.  He ended the session with them having to apply various techniques based on how the "friendly" and "opposing" players (played by the other keepers not in the drill) were positioned so the keepers had to learn to be looking at the field before and after the save.  Part of that included having opposing players in the box area so the keeper could just clear the ball, but had to think more about where they were going to clear it.  Wyatt got into it really well both in the net and as an opposing player, lurking around the far post to try and pick off deflections where the keeper just pushed it into him.

Last bit of training for the week was skills and agility with conditioing with the club trainer.  They worked a whole lot on building core strength for the first half, then moved into first touch to control bad passes or loose balls (high to low).  Wyatt was pretty tired since he had conditioning with the team earlier in the day, but he put in a solid session and felt pretty good about his first touches by the end.

This week is more of the same with possibly a friendly on the weekend.  The coach is still trying to see where all the new pieces fit in the team and which current ones need to be moved.  With them having a big out of town double header the second weekend of the season and him having to set the roster by the end of the month, its making it very tough on some of the kids at practice.  Wyatt already has his spot, so no worries, but it looks like the reserve keeper is still has been given a slot yet.  On one hand Wyatt would be happy if he didn't go and Wyatt got all the minutes, but he also worries about what will happen if he goes out for some reason.  Odds are both keepers will go unless the other keeper's family can't afford the trip (the joys of pay to play soccer in the US).

Only other bit of news is the german travel team group that offered Wyatt a spot for a summer trip to Germany in June reached out to him last week wanting to take him to Munich at Thanksgiving.  He has two games that conflict at the moment, but if they get moved (somewhat likely) he may get to do to Germany for 10 days, play some games and attend a couple Budesliga games.

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