I saw this posted on Yahoo and had to copy it as I think it is so spot on. The writer is right that there are way to many clubs in Arizona and the ECNL teams fighting over players as that is revenue instead of doing hat is best for Arizona soccer and only having one team. Both of those teams mentioned below (I think) are watered down and should be one team, without a roster of 25 and only have the best players represent Arizona. This goes for the boys and girls teams, limit how many teams one club can have, maybe a total of 10-12 boys and girls teams through state level competition maximum. There are players on one of the ECNL teams who were marginal players on my kids club team the last few years. Heck one player who made the ODP team was a “last 3 on one of my kids teams, but if you want to pay the fees and do all of that travel to play 10 minutes so you can boast your kid plays on that team, more power to you. It isn’t all about talent, it is about handing over that check.
“If they want to make an impact in player development they need to cap the club teams based on population of players. In Arizona club teams have popped up everywhere for one purpose, making $$$. Thus players go to different teams as they perceive starting on a clubs top team is better than being a bench player on another team so what has happened is there is so much parody in general that all teams have similar records, no real standout teams are present and development stalls. Year to year these parents switch what teams their kid is on in the “grass is greener” mindset,then discover it is the desert- and they switch again.
There are 2 ECNL teams for the under 16 girls age group, they both lose or tie to state level teams and struggle out of state-thus the top talent is not on those teams. Consolidate these teams to half of what is out there and then they can compete against the California, Texas and Eastern teams.
If coached correctly headers are minimal impact to the head, players aren’t ready to head a ball coming in at 70+ miles per hour, shouldn’t be at that level.”
Headers, yeah good coaching can help that.
For the past few years I have been among the people aligned in the “anti-Hoka” running community. Just another fluky trendy shoe that will soon disappear. After recently talking with a few speedsters running in Northern Arizona, who are Hoka sponsored I decided to give them a shot. I picked up a pair of Odyssey’s and when first wearing them around my house I was impressed with the plus feel but stableness without trying to control motion. I initially thought maybe the new hardwood floors in my house had something to do with it-why?- so I went out for a run. My feet, calves and legs love the cushioned run. I now know why people can do multiple long hilly back to back runs in these shoes and not feel beat up. What was just as surprising was when I downloaded my GPS data to Strava I was only 10 seconds behind a local segment PR-one I hadn’t been able to get within 15 seconds of when trying. I was out for an easy trial run that day. Today after doing a hard 10.5 miles in the hills around here I wore the Hokas and ran through the segment area, pushing it. When I got home and logged on I saw that I captured the CR by over 20 seconds. I am sold now. I need to get a trail pair next.
They may not work for you, but that is what’s great with running, there are so many shoe and gear manufacturers out there you can find what works for you, despite what the voices of knowledge say.
Also today I also wore a pair of Stance golf socks. Why does that matter you ask? These socks have non slip strips on the bottom that keep the sock from moving while running. Thus no blisters. And they are comfy and made of wicking materials. A good deal for $5 at Marshalls.
The new breakfast of champions.
Table of energy expenditure for endurance athletes.
If you didn’t know running in humidity sucks. The gear sucks, but add in humidity and I wanted to give up yesterday. At the turn around point I took my shirt off and rung it out. I swear there was close to 250 ml of sweat on the ground (see picture below). Gross but true.
By circus I mean the competitor group and their carnival rock and roll races. They tried to get in the world of triathlons a few years back and for whatever reason that failed to catch on ( congrats tripeople) As there are only about 5 of them yearly, but recently I have seen more and more of their greasing up to the new breed of American trail and ultra runners pimping their movies, books and getting them to write articles about ultra running and training for competitors website. I have also heard in the past year + that competitor has been sending out their staff to pick the brains of trail race directors making it apparent that they are preparing to start their carnivals (and free labor from volunteers-another post for another time) on the dirt.
I know that in many areas my thinking and style are out of the norms but I think most people enjoy the small race feel of trail running and getting into nature away from the bustle and noise of road races.
Stick to what you have monopolized Competitor (and your hedge fund ownership group) and please leave the dirt trails alone.