Thursday, May 14, 2020
There once was a boy who could happily sit at home all day watching Gilligan’s Island reruns (followed by the Brady Bunch, followed by M*A*S*H, etc.). That boy is dead now, and I miss him dearly. Somewhere along the line I lost the ability to just… chill. I don’t do well with unstructured time. My mind can’t idle. Too many ideas bouncing around. It’s always looking to create something… anything. Free time, you say? I must make something! So instead of relaxing, I’ve spent the pandemic in front of the computer cranking out projects. One after another after another. The upside is that I think you’ll enjoy them.
The most exciting thing I’ve done is launch Soccer iQTV. The digital age has given people the power to become their own broadcasting network, so why not me, yes? I’ll tell you more about this in a few paragraphs.
I also wrote a new book… an e-book actually: Visualization – See it. Be it. Win it. – A Visualization Script for Soccer Players. I mentioned visualization in In My Tribe and a lot of readers emailed asking to learn more. So in response to that demand, I wrote a book that recounts my journey into the world of visualization and details how I incorporated it into our championship teams, including my method for selling it to the players and nudging them to buy into the process. This book also includes the thirty-five minute visualization script I used with my Embry-Riddle teams, so that coaches can use it as a template for creating their own scripts. But wait, there’s more!
Because a book isn’t enough work, I also taught myself Garage Band and created three, turn-key, companion audio files that you can share with your players: one for boys’ teams, one for girls’ teams, and a gender-neutral audio specifically for goal-scorers (you know, those players that pay your bills). In these audio files, I walk players through a soccer visualization journey that is aimed at building confidence, concentration and poise. I couldn’t possibly be more excited about this, mainly because of the feedback it is bound to generate. I can’t wait to hear from the first coach who gets his team to buy in and participate in a visualization session, then emails me to say what a phenomenal impact it had on his or her team! I can’t explain how completely pumped I am about this!
Stick around for a couple of paragraphs and I’ll tell you how you can get your hands on the complete Visualization package, because it won’t be on Amazon for a while.
But like I said, I’m most excited about the launch of Soccer iQTV. I’ve got a lot of videos in the hard drive, and it’s time to do something with those suckers. For the first season of episodes, I’m launching the Shutout Pizza Files, where we’ll take a deep dive into defending lessons. We’ll break down the anatomy of goals, dissecting video clips, looking at them from the defending team’s point of view. We’ll go frame by frame to analyze what the defenders could have done differently to prevent those goals. There are so many little nuances to good defending, and there just aren’t a lot of players or coaches who understand them, largely because they’ve never really been taught. So I want to share some knowledge and help players and coaches get a better handle on the art of defensive organization.
The first several episodes will be available on YouTube:
All other episodes will be available on my Patreon page, and that’s what I’m really fired up about. It’s my personal stand against the pandemic! Take soccer away from us, will you? Not so fast. If I can’t visit a soccer community, I can sure as heck build one!
Patreon allows me to provide an interactive experience while building a community of coaches who value a strong team culture and have a keen interest in developing smarter players and coaches. In addition to Soccer iQTV videos, the Soccer iQ Patreon page offers a weekly Coaches Pub Zoom session where we sit around and talk soccer. Also, as a subscriber, you will have the opportunity to submit your own videos for breakdown and analysis by me, the opportunity to join us for Coaches Pub Game Day, where we tune into televised matches to second guess tactics, howl at officials, support our team and heckle our rivals, the opportunity to have me do LiveStream meetings with your team, and the opportunity to do one-on-one, coaching consultations with me.
Additionally, everyone who subscribes before June 1, 2020 will receive a FREE copy of Visualization. So basically, you get the book and access to the videos for five bucks. If you like what you see, stick around. If not, just unsubscribe.
I’ve spent my pandemic trying to create something of significant value to launch on Patreon. Since I began writing the opening words to Soccer iQ, my governing philosophy has been to under-promise and over-deliver. I believe that philosophy will shine through on Patreon.
One word of caution, the Patreon page is available to a limited number of subscribers, so if you want to subscribe, just visit www.patreon.com/socceriq
Thanks so much for your support. I can’t possibly express the gratitude I feel when I receive an email from someone who has found value in something I’ve created. Stay safe. Stay home. Stay sane.