The Difference Between Amateur And Professional Soccer Coaching

When we talk about professional soccer coaching, the first thing that springs to mind, is the subject of access. Access to the players, access to facilities and equipment, access to medical care, access to coaches.

Let’s look at these access points in greater detail.

Access to players

In professional soccer coaching you’re able to train everyday, at least 4 hours a day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. It could work out to around 24 hours per week. At amateur level 24 hours of coaching may take 3 months to achieve. So in terms of players development, they will see progress faster because of the frequency of the coaching.

Access to facilities and equipment

At amateur level things may be very tight financially, so coaches will be limited with what support equipment they can provide. The training park may have to double up as the home pitch for games. The surface of the pitch maybe poorly maintained adding a risk element for players, due to lack of funds. Which may also mean only one kit for both home games and away games. Indoor training pitches are unlikely too, and sometimes just having enough footballs can prove to be a struggle.

Access to medical care

The difference between the amateur and professional game where medicine is concerned is huge. With professional soccer coaching you get the very best medical backup. Players are closely monitored to ensure they are in peak physical condition. Constant telemetry tracks the miles they run in training and match days.

This helps doctors to calculate how much rest is needed between games. But it doesn’t end there, players are screened regularly for their heart function, they’re also tested for lung capacity and oxygen levels. Add into the mix sports psychologists who ensure players are mentally prepared, and you are light years away from the amateur game.

Access to coaches

At the professional level you are going to get better coaching. But is this because the coaches are better, or because the coaches have more time with the players? The truth is probably a bit of both. Not every coach at professional level is going to be better than an amateur coach, just more fortunate. Although not every coach at the amateur level is going to be good either, however they are at a disadvantage because of the time they get to spend with players.

So to sum it all up, amateur coaching and professional coaching are the same thing.

You are essentially teaching the same game. However, with professional soccer coaching you are open to a whole host of resources, that enable you to massively improve the players in your squad.…

Top 10 Freestyler Snowboard Tricks

If you are looking for a few nice snowboard tricks to achieve during this season, here is my favorite list.

The Rodeo 540

Travis Rice reviewed this trick, but the explanation can vary a little from different Freestyler such as in the amateur video (see the link below).

Basically you should get high enough from the ramp and flip your crunched body, head back looking in the direction you wish to take and spinning your legs and board in the mean time to finally reach the ground with a 540 rotation. I personally love this trick as it drives a real boost of adrenaline and having the head leading the whole body while down is a great feeling.


Two Full Spins which are easier to maneuver in half pipes (according to me). The tip is to point your chest starting with the Head, arms then the whole body, the board will turn once and do the same same second time before you hit the snow. See the link at the bottom for the video.


This trick combines a backside 540 with a front flip while grabbing Mute. It's not as hard as it looks but you need to be comfortable with front flips landing the 540. The link for the video is at the bottom of the article.


Once you are in the air, grab your deck with your rear hand onto the heel edge of the snowboard behind your back binding, make sure to bone your deck to add a little touch to your style and also take care of your front arm.


A simple grab every beginner wishes to make and they can do it easily. It consists on putting the front hand behind the front leg, grabbing the heel side between the bindings and to take it to the next level, bone the front leg and rotate the wrist inwards.


Once you master the melon and have confidence in air then put your front hand on the heel edge of your deck while bending knees and extending the back leg to lead the base facing the direction of the jump. When you do it right your body should make a nice arch and keep the position as long as possible for the photographers.

Slob Air

The next level grab trick as you better go for a long trip to get a good feeling while bending on your deck, grabbing mute and extending the rear leg.


Doing butters is also known as tail or nose press. It consists on putting the whole weight on the nose or the tail of the board and make it bend considerably such as a wheeling in bicycle.

BS Truck Driver

This trick is a good one which involves grabbing with the two hands while turning in the air smoothly backside. The grabs are respectfully Mute and StaleFish.

Flying squirrel

If you're not scared of going a bit …

Skateboard Accessories That Lighten Up Your Style

Skateboarding like many other sports has revolutionized over time. Nowadays, skateboarding looks to be more than a sport, the increased level of challenges and the trend of skateboarders to invent new tricks have made it, into a new form of art. Skateboarding culture has exploded in US – a hobby in 1950's for surfers has come a long way. Young kids idolize professional riders and are crazy about the products approved or used by them. Today, a skateboarder is recognized not by his skateboard alone, but its accessories play an important role too.

For a skateboard rider helmets, knee and elbow pads are the most important accessories to buy when riding. But to enjoy a fun and safe ride various skateboard accessories such as a skateboard wax, tools, bearing lube and rails are a few important accessories, we tend to forget about.

Skate tool is the most important and essential accessory you will need to invest in placing your personal safety as high priority. Continued riding routes to loosen the screws on the wheels and you need to make sure that all the nuts and bolts on your board are in place and everything is intact before you start riding. Otherwise, you might be in danger of getting hurt. Bearing lube is another one of our skateboard accessories that is used for cleaning and lubricating the skateboard bearings. As a skateboard rider you need to keep the wheels and bolts free of rust lube, since the bearings tightens and your wheel might not be able to move freely. Irrespective of which bearings you use, whether steel bearings or ceramic bearings, you would need regular upkeep of both. Regular maintenance delays damage and increases the life span of the skateboard bearings.

Skateboard wax is an essential product and is used for lubrication. It is essential to keep the board shining and clean and in good shape. Just as we keep our cars clean, it is necessary to keep our boards clean as well. There are different kinds of wax available to keep your board lubricated and in good riding shape. Skateboard rails though not an essential accessory is popular among trendy riders.

Skateboard accessories are essential and must be bought by all skateboarders. There are many good quality brands, that offer the best skateboard accessories but wise decision is not to get confused and make your purchase intelligently. …

What Happened During The Phil Mickelson Shot?

Phil Mickelson was in the fight of his life during the 2010 Masters. Lefty appears to be on the way to the top of the Masters 2010 leaderboard, but his entire tournament may have rested on a seed. Yes, a seed.

Phil Mickelson had one of his putts stray off course after a seed was blown into the ball’s path. Baseball has often been called a game of inches, but the Phil Mickelson seed shot is a pretty clear reminder of the fine line between victory and defeat in golf.

What Happened During the Phil Mickelson Shot?

Phil Mickelson was set up within a few feet of making birdie at the Par 5 second hole at the 2010 Masters Sunday. Just before Mickelson putted the ball, a small seed blew in the ball’s path. The ball bounced off the seed and away from the hole. Mickelson was likely so focused on the ball that he didn’t see the seed get in his way.

Mickelson has been known for his share of bad luck, having had many late-tournament collapses. Of course, many golf pundits would say that Mickelson is to blame for much of his misfortune, often choking at inopportune times.

In an ESPN poll asking readers to name the biggest choke artists in sports, Mickelson ranked third. Mickelson has five second-place finished at the US Open, more than any other golfer in history.

Still, Mickelson forged out a great career, including 37 PGA Tour wins prior to the 2010 Masters. Hopefully, the stray seed won’t be the determining factor in Mickelson’s 2010 Masters performance.

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Why is MMA Training the Best Way to Increase Your Fitness?

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) style workouts train your body like a real fighter and you will be in top shape, lean, muscular and really have a “hot” body on the beach.

I’m not talking about the typical gym classes like Boxercise or Tae Bo which is great for cardio but to really change your body shape you need to take it up a level.

If you were training as if for a fight event you need to do a lot of high repetition exercises with weights, this method will greatly increase your Power Endurance, an important component in MMA.

Doing super-sets (i.e 2 exercises straight after each other) or giant sets ( 3 exercises straight after each other) on multiple machines or free weights will challenge your body like no other type of exercise.

Super setting and Giant Setting will bring you to your knees – in a good bad way!

Split the days into an upper body day and lower body the next, your goal is to achieve an intensely progressive workout but don’t over-train.

You could do slow cardio five times a week, but better would be High Intensity Interval Training (Hiit) 2-3 times per week and the weight training 3 times a week and I will guarantee you will be lean and toned as you have ever been.

We are strictly working on for muscle conditioning that is increasing your force out put over a long time which again is Power.

Fitness Adaptation

Varying your routine is must to stop adaptation. You’d be surprised on how good your body is adapting to exercise.

For instance: Ever try running on a treadmill and the first months you probably lose a lot of weight quickly!

Then the treadmill running starts to get easier as you get fitter but then your weight loss starts to plateau… hey you are adapting very well!

The answer is change the routine to sprinting, intervals, slow steep incline walking etc etc. i.e cycle your workouts.

For MMA fighting its all naturally inbuilt in the program: it incorporates everything Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Find that balance during the week to get everything in without burning your body out.

Leg Workouts

Exercise your legs with a lot of sprints, hill climbs or hill charges. Have a look at all the Olympic sprinters to see how their training makes them look!!

Do a lot of stretch kicks, which is swinging legs straight up some call it an Axe Kick.

Kicking techniques also include front kicks and roundhouse kicks.

Again superset you leg exercises like leg extensions, and as soon as you’ve done about 25-30 repetitions, get off and do some stretch kicks.

Do squats then stop to do side kicks — do things like that to try and confuse the muscle and get the best results that burns fat and increase muscles.…

Autographed Cam Newton Jersey

Searching for an autographed Cam Newton jersey? You are among the millions of Auburn fans wanting to be part of the Cam revolution. If you are like most of those fans you would love to find a good deal on your autographed jersey.

Why is Cam Newton's autograph in demand?

He not only led his team, the Auburn Tigers, to a BCS Championship but he also took home the very prestigious 2011 Heisman Trophy. One of the reasons this championship was so important was that Auburn had not won a national championship since 1957 under Ralph Jordan.

Cam came into this football season a virtual unknown but that soon changed. He blazed his way along with his teams to the highly watched after Number One position and a National Championship. Along with the coaching of Gene Chizik and the ever faithful "War Eagle" fans, Auburn completed a stellar year for the record books. Along with their national title, Cam also led his team to a 28-27 win over the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl, giving them bragging rights for years to come. So you can see there are many reasons this young man's autograph is in such demand.

Finding a "Number 2" jersey may not be that difficult but finding an autographed one may prove more challenging. You may also be interested in more than just a jersey. After all finding a good deal on just about any collectible with Cam Newton's autograph may turn out to be very valuable in the near future. You can look at this more like an investment and not just a frivolous purchase.

Here are three other options to consider if you want more than just a jersey or if you can not find an autographed Cam Newton jersey:

  • Autographed Football
  • Autographed Helmet
  • Autographed Mini-helmet

How do you find these popular autographed Cam collectibles?

There are several online stores that sell these jerseys, footballs, helmets and mini-helmets but finding a discount takes a little more work. There are even some online stores that offer free shipping which will save you even more money. Just knowing where to look could save you time and money.

Finding a good choice of autographed Cam Newton collectibles can be done as long as you find a good source. …

How to Find a Source for Golf Cart Parts

Whether you own a fleet of golf carts for professional use or are lucky enough to live on a course and own a golf cart for personal use, you'll likely need to order golf cart parts to eventually repair the cart. Finding a source for golf car parts may seem like a difficult task, especially if the cart breaks down at an inopportune time. It's best to find a company that sells golf car parts before you need them, so you're able to make the decision wisely.

Finding A Provider With Many Makes And Models
If you own a group of golf carts, chances are you have carts that are more than one make or model. Finding one source of parts that can support every golf cart you own means you will not have to search all over looking for a company that sells a specific brand of golf cart parts. Popular brands to look for are Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Hyundai and Columbia.

It's even more convenient if the company sells all types of parts like battery chargers, headlights, steering wheels, engines and engine parts and front and rear shock absorbers. If a source of golf cart parts can offer both brand name and generic parts for your carts, you may be able to save yourself some money if a generic part will work as well as the more expensive name brand.

Finding A Provider That Supports Older Golf Car Parts
Replacing an older golf cart can be expensive, but if you're unable to find golf car parts for older models, you may not have a choice. Some companies selling golf car parts offer generic parts specifically designed to work with older models of golf carts. Finding a company that supports golf cart models no longer made can be a great way to save yourself a lot of money in the long run.

Rebuilt parts can also be an easy way to save money on golf cart parts. A rebuilt engine, for instance, will be drastically cheaper than a brand new engine. Oftentimes these rebuilt parts work as well as a brand new part for nearly half the price.

Finding A Provider Of Golf Cart Parts That Ships Quickly
It goes without saying that when your golf car breaks down, you need replacement golf car parts quickly. A company that stocks golf cart parts should be able to ship them quickly via a trackable source like UPS or FedEx. Some products may have to be special ordered and will require additional shipping time, but the company should be able to tell you up front if that's the case.

Like any other piece of equipment, golf carts will eventually need repair. If you're able to anticipate need golf car parts, you can find a source for parts before the need arises. Finding a company that provides many different brand name and generic parts, supports older models of golf carts and ships quickly means you will not need to scramble around when …

The History of Riddell Football Helmets – Protecting Your Noggin Since 1939

Back in 1929, John Tate Riddell started his company armed with a vision of providing better sporting equipment to athletes. And such idea has proven to be very beneficial, not only for J.T. Riddell but for the players as well, for from this concept of his came forth the country’s foremost manufacturer of football headgear.

Removable cleat— the history of Riddell football helmets all began with a removable cleat. Said design was prepared by Riddell back when he was still the Athletic Director and at the same time head of the football coaching staff for a certain high school located in Evanston, Illinois. The year was 1922 when head coach saw the need for developing the current leather-fitted footwear for his team. With the arrival of the rainy season, such condition dictates the necessity of changing cleats and installing a longer mud cleat to adapt with said variable. This process is time consuming, not to mention that the cobbler in-charged of doing such task was also hired by a university ergo not being able to finish all footgear by game time. The invention of removable cleats was openly welcomed and such flamed a string of innovations that led to the groundwork for the history of Riddell football helmets.

Ten years after the formation of the company, Riddell pioneered the fist plastic suspension headgear. This breakthrough caught the attention of the government for it will certainly be to the advantage of the brave men in WW II. This is one of the finest points in the history of Riddell football helmets.

With protection as the main goal, it is hard to believe that helmets, rather than pads, were the last to be accepted in pro football. The former is not even mandatory in football—that is until 1939 when NFL ordered that players wear such protective headgear. Before the dawn of plastic helmets, there was leather. The players may be protected against concussions but not the heat—air can barely circulate inside.

Evolution is inevitable; same applies in the history of Riddell football helmets. RT-2 was the first helmet engineered by the company and sold to the public. Said helmet model was manufactured in 1946, a year after J.T. Riddell’s death. RT-2 was a three-pieced shell using Tenite II with cotton web suspension for the head and neck. Said suspension presents a pocket of air in between the head and the shell of the helmet. Though Riddell wasn’t able to actually see the evolution and expansion of his company, he’ll always live in every noggin he has protected, whether it’s attached to an amateur or professional football player.

Following RT-2 was RK-4. The latter resembles the shape of RT-2, though it’s shell material differs. RK-4 was manufactured utilizing a chemical called Acrilonitrile Butadiene Styrene concocted by US Rubber. The cotton webbing that was present in the RT-2 was substituted by a combo of cotton and nylon. Both models showcased the 3-loop and 6-point regular suspension.

The history of Riddell football helmets includes the …

Coaching Youth Football – An Insight On How To Run A Successful Youth Football Program

I’ve been coaching youth football now for 24 years from age levels 7 to 14 years of age.and I’ve seen just about every imaginable scenario a coach can go through when coaching youth football. I was also a certified High School official for about 7 years or so. I have also seen many changes through the years not only through a coaches eyes but also through a parents eyes.

I’ve been on both sides of the ball. As a coach I had the opportunity to coach as a head coach and an assistant. As a parent I have 2 sons that played both youth and high school football. Both were average players. Knowing my place as a parent AND as a coach helped me get through some difficult parenting times.

If your looking to get involved with, or currently coaching youth football, this article will give you an outline so your team can get the instruction needed to be competitive. If your reading this article as a parent I’ll let you know what’s expected of you in return for the coaches giving their voluntary time to not only coach your child but to help mold them into responsible young adults.

My philosophy on football is this. Dominate the clock and you have a better chance of success. By that I mean you need to take charge offensively. Move the ball down the field 10 yards at a time. eat up the clock. Get into the red zone and score! Defensively SHUT THEM DOWN!! It’s not new and it’s not rocket science. Coaches lose sight of this at the high school and youth football level. That’s why repetition is needed. It breeds success.

First things first. As a head coach, you have to have your whole practice, program and philosophy outlined. Usually a youth football practice is 2 hours long. It doesn’t matter how many nights or days you practice you can use the same principles as will be outlined in this article.

BEFORE you start ANY practice, as head coach, you should have a parent/coaches meeting WITH the children attending the meeting. During the meeting make sure you cover the following:

  • Overview of your program
  • Your Coaching Philosophy
  • Introduction of coaches and their responsibilities
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Team rules
  • Expectations for player conduct both on and off the field(including school)
  • Expectations for parent conduct on and off the field
  • Importance of following staff directions
  • Season goals and objectives
  • Training and practice routines
  • Player selection (for team and starting positions)
  • Contingency plans for bad weather for outdoor sports
  • Keeping hydrated during hot weather
  • Equipment
  • Pregame and pre-practice Meals. What and when to eat.

I also have my parents sign a form saying that they understand everything that was gone over in the meeting and they understand that their involvement is as a supporter for their child AND the team. I will give you what I use in an upcoming article.

I also have the children sign an agreement. Lots of good stuff …

A Bad Night in Vegas: A Boxing Story

His name was Javier Ayala and he was from Los Angeles by way of Tijuana. He had once gone ten rounds with the great Roberto Duran in 1973 in Los Angeles and also went the distance with Leroy Haley. But on this night at the Silver Slipper in Las Vegas, his main event opponent was Bruce Finch whose claim to fame would be that after his 3rd round TKO loss to Sugar Ray Leonard in1982 in Reno, Leonard would have surgery to repair a detached retina.

Coming into the Finch fight, Javier had lost six straight including ones to the very capable Jerry “Schoolboy” Cheatham and Dujuan Johnson as well as to rugged Lou Bizzarro. Arguably, he had become a gate through which prospects must get through before going to the next level.

I was visiting my brother at the time (I had been on assignment in nearby Phoenix and flew in for some R and R), but on this particular July night in 1980 I was alone. After several hours of Black Jack at Bally’s and dinner at Kathy’s Southern Cooking restaurant, I pursued my real interest of the evening which was to watch a young lightweight prospect out of Youngstown, Ohio by the name of Ray “Boom Boom” Manicini. He had won ten in a row and was on the undercard in a eight-rounder against one Leon Smith whom he blew away in the first round with several unanswered body shots to Smith’s liver that you could hear throughout the hall…………I was on the aisle near ringside and they sounded like muffled bombs. I was most impressed and anything else on this particular boxing night would simply be icing on the cake.

Chris Schwenke fought his first pro fight and won a four-round UD over Bill Fallow. He would then go on a 14 fight win streak. There was an uneventful 6-rounder before the Finch-Ayala bout between Danny Sanders and Irish Pat Coffey which Danny won by TKO in the last round. At that point, there was a brief intermission and I remember this young boy of about 9 or 10 years old who then appeared and was standing just to the rear of my seat. I asked him his name and he said he was Javier Ayala’s son. He was very shy and humble. We had a nice exchange and I said I hoped his father would do well. As the fighters walked to the ring, I noticed Javier reach over to pat his son on the shoulder and give him a smile and wink. The fighters were then introduced amidst the usual fanfare and the crowd readied for the main event.

Finch, from Milwaukee, had lost only three fights coming in and these were to the very capable Tommy Hearns, Larry Bonds, and Pete Ranzany. He had won 21 and was touted as having lot’s of pop in his punches. The much younger Finch looked to be in excellent welterweight shape, while Ayala, at age 37, …