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Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

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Going to be a little different this year with Wyatt being in residency a few states away.  A lot of my information comes via instant messaging and it is like trying to fill a pool with a teaspoon.

We got Wyatt dropped off and started in school out at the Barca residency program last week in Arizona.  He has keeper training Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Team practice Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday.  He is assigned to there U16 team, but is also supposed to play up when he can with the U17 Developmental Academy and other teams as needed.  We will see how that works out for him, but he is really excited about it.

So far he is loving the program, basically living at a soccer club 24/7 so he can go play pick-up, screw around on the fields, train in the indoor center or work out in the gym whenever he has free time.  And he is surrounded by 80+ over young men and boys who are exactly as motivated as him.

They started training Monday this week. First keeper training session they worked just getting back into the swing of keeping since most the boys had been off for a month or more.  Wyatt was only out of training for about a week before we left to head out there and when he got there he went and trained with the summer camp keepers for the one day before he started school.  First session though got cut short by a dust storm (it is a desert), but the nice thing is they are not that common and they don't close the fields when it rains.

Already starting to get some of his tournament schedules and waiting on the league game schedule.  They do also have a video service for the games so we will get a chance to see him play most of his matches, but his mom is already planning to be out there for some of the tournaments and maybe a his season opener.

 

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Bloody hell sounds like quite an adventure, I look forward to hearing how he is getting on out there.

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So first full week in the books for Wyatt.  Got in two more club keeper sessions and 3 team practices to round out the week, before getting the weekend off to get caught up on laundry, physicals,  and getting some extra rest.  Keeper sessions they are still working on getting up to speed from the summer break and letting the keeper coach bench mark them.  Wyatt said they focused a lot on foot speed and movement, diving, and positioning.  Most of it is old hat for him, but how it fits into the club playing style is a lot different then at his last club.  So he is enjoying the review, but also liking how the keeper coach works in the reasoning behind things and how they work into the play style they use at team practice.

Team practices have been working on learning the system, the Barca way as they like to call it.  So far from what I can tell the big differences for Wyatt are that that want him to play it out of the back and no big booming punt.  He still gets a chance to play it long when the field opens up, but the first choice is always guaranteed possession and build form the back.  Since he has trained that way outside of the club last year it's not something completely new, but it is taking some adjustments.  Wyatt said the team coach really likes his skills, but commented that he needs to slow things down.  Wyatt will come in fast make the save, pop up and be distributing the ball out to the backs or wingers super fast, too fast at first.  The style of play has the keeper holding possession to give the players time to drop into the space and set up to build, and Wyatt was going to fast for that.  Coach called it "texas power ball attack".  So Wyatt spent the Wednesday and Thursday practices slowing things down and getting into the pace of the teams game.  By Friday's scrimmage he said he was getting into the grove and had a pretty nice game versus the U15 DA team.  He said he came up with a couple really big saves, on he described as a Terstegan save (sounds impressive over instant messaging), a nice jump to collecting a high ball coming in over the scrum in the box, and then a flying punch to clear a cross out of the box.  Seems to be keeping the coach happy and proving himself to his new teammates. His squad lost the scrimmage 1-2, but the two allowed goals were on the second keeper.  Wyatt says the kid is decent and his having played with the team last year helps him out some as he is already indoctrinated in the playing style, but enough of the team has turned over that he isn't entrenched with the players and coaches like when Wyatt has joined previous teams.

So for now he seems to be settling in, bonding with his teammates which is something that really didn't happen that much over the last couple of years, and enjoying the experience.  Still not sure when their league games start up, but hopefully my schedule will let me fly out to catch the opener or the tournament they play the start of next month.

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Oh to be young again! 😆 As long as he is enjoying it, and good that he is getting on with team mates. I couldn't think of anything worse than going all that way then not feeling part of the group.

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Second full week of training and he is still loving it.  Same general schedule as last week minus the dust storm on Monday.  Wyatt's biggest comment on the keeper training besides he likes it a lot is that the coach ties it into what they will be doing into practice really well.  They are working still on the learning to play as a team the "Barca" way so lots of focus on positioning, pace of distribution, and positioning before, during, and after the shot.   They did that at the Monday and Friday sessions, Wednesday was a classroom session focusing on self confidence and mental endurance during the game.  That was a first for Wyatt to have a GK coach focus a whole session on it.  Team practice focused a lot of all movement and then building to scrimmages using the skills at the end.  Wyatt was solo keeping the whole week as the other keeper hurt his shoulder doing some freetime training over the weekend with one of the older keepers.  He was out the for the week which meant Wyatt got some more work during practices as well as over the last weekend.  For last weekend they were having an ID camp for folks wanting to tryout for open spots or get on the clubs RADAR for the next season.  Mostly field players, but a few keepers.  They also use the preAcademy teams as opponents for scrimmages.  Friday night after keeper training and shooting drills he minded the net for his team as they shut-out the u16 ID campers.  Saturday they lent him to the u15 ID team who didn't have a keeper, not sure what that score was but he only got beat one time, while his team lost 4-2 with the U17 PA keepers minding the net.

He definitely is loving the the environment and access to facilities.  In his down time and off days he is working out in the performance center and bonding with his team.  We also got more of his fall schedule figured out.  They are doing 2 local tournaments, one as a preseason in two weeks, and another in October.  League play starts middle of next month, but he has two interclub scrimmages/games lined up for this weekend and next.  One this weekend is versus the local USL (2nd divison) teams academy.  He has 2 tournaments in November they announced yesterday, one in California and one in Florida that is a qualifier for a tournament in Spain.  He also got a release from the club to go to Germany for another week of trials in Germany in October, so busy fall season it looks like.

 

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