Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Jason had a scrimmage for soccer last week. Now, Jason has been a runner - track and cross country, baseball player, and hockey player for years. Soccer is something he has only done for fun on the playground. He took this year off of baseball (he misses it awfully) and is playing soccer. He's getting the hang of it . . . course now he's out for 2 weeks, no physical activity, due to a cleat to the face - they're calling it a "closed head injury." (#2)

1 comment:

Uncle Rob said...

Jason - both baseball and soccer are games of timing and direction. I played 7-8 years of each and the key seemed to me to be in baseball, you try to time the pitch, so you can hit it, by watching it the whole way, not by assuming it will be a fastball, or curve, or change up (slow speed which surprises you). This allowed me to hit the curves and slower pitches better than the fast balls, since I actually followed them and swung at the ball; no guessing. Good major league hitters actually watch the ball spin to see if it is going to curve... you should watch the ball to be able to hit it...otherwise it is luck.
As a pitcher (which I actually played better), you need to keep the batter off balance....not expecting what you will throw next. I loved high and inside (as a pitcher). Think how hard that is to hit well. Low and away.... also hard to hit well. A low and inside pitch was good unless the batter would back out of the box (batter's box) and swing, which gave the batter a good pitch to hit.
With soccer, you can't be fooled by the fakes and faints, much like in basketball, where the ball holder tries to make you go for his fake; rather you have to be intense in your coverage, where they feel the pressure and can't pass or shoot the ball the way they wanted to, because your defense kept them off balance. On offense, you must be able to fake and do tricky ball handling to shake the defender.
I hope this all helps with both sports and don't feel like you can't ask a question if you feel like