You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned. – Yoda

Hello RENEGADE!

I love walking out to the fields and watching the little kids…

The glimmer in their eyes…

The excitement they have to learn new things…

It is amazing how much progress you can make with a child who still has…

A child’s mind.

A Child’s Mind

This is the mind that still is open to learning…

It is empty…

Now, don’t get me wrong…

There are young children who show very interesting personality traits…

The child who immediately knows how to do what you demonstrate and announces it…

And then proceeds to not do what you asked, but has accomplished the goal of attention-seeking from the group…

Or the child who has issues trying new things and hasn’t developed the grit to struggle with new challenges…

Both of those types of athletes are still simple to bring along…

The Know It All

The only athletes that won’t work with are the athletes who already know it all…

They obviously don’t need me, because I am well below their level…

I learn something every day…

So, I CERTAINLY don’t know it all.

Shoot, I am excited to learn something every day…

I immediately come to my computer and say, how does this integrate in with what we are teaching..?

How can this enhance the learning progressions we use..?

As a general rule, these athletes generally are pretty solid at their roles, and have found some success…

But over time, have decided that they have heard the message before, so the message has lost interest…

I also see this when I ask an athlete of this type to do a drill that seems ‘simple’ to them…

What they fail to see is that the reason their level of play is capped, is because they cannot do the simple things at a high level…

And since they become ‘bored’…

And lose their ability to be ‘malleable’ to a coach…

They will experience progress that slows…

Unlearning

‘You must unlearn what you have learned’ – Yoda

The little green guy has that correct…

The biggest area I see this statement being more true than anywhere is in…

How athletes practice.

There is a time for lackadaisical, exploring a pattern or skill…

And then building that rhythm and coordination…

But, as soon as you have the gross motor patterns figured out…

From that moment you must decide that every time you are warm-up and asked to perform that skill, it will be:

Game Speed

Heightened Nervous System

Athletic Position

Full Awareness

Heightened Vocally (team communication crisp)

Now I challenge you…

Go out to the fields and take a peek at technical drills…

Do they look like they are performed at their best?

Or are the athletes lackadaisical..?

Real Skills Versus YouTube Skills

Now, if you don’t do technical work at speed, fully aware, and eventually with passive and full pressure…

Do you think hat you will be able to pull these off in games?

Now, you could pull off most things against YouTube defenders…

The dolts who pretend to get down into an athletic stance and then let some ‘superstar’ pull off a triple elastico – scissor – knick knack – paddy-whack – give your dog a bone move…

And the defender intentionally takes two steps forward and starts looking around as the ‘star’ goes past him…

I don’t mean those clowns…

That isn’t real…

It’s fun, but it isn’t even close to real…

I mean a real defender…

Low…

Strong…

Fast…

Watches your hips and not the ball…

Translation to the Pitch

Do you really wonder why things get out of control on the pitch in the heat of high pressure?

So, all of those habits of…

High hips…

Soft acceleration to create space…

Soft call for the ball…

No forming a shield with your arms…

No preparing for impact…

Just an easy jog through and touching the ball…

And being bored…

Because they know it all…

So, let’s return to our little green friend:

‘You must unlearn what you have learned’ – Yoda

The athletes who are truly coachable and continue to progress long tin their development…

After most other players have quit, or have reached a plateau…

Are the players who keep a child’s mind…

Still giggle at silly things that happen…

Looking to learn from the fancy trainer from some MLS academy…

But also looking to learn from the 70-year old coach who just hangs around the fields to help out…

There are amazing lessons to learn from everywhere and everyone…

Child’s Mind.

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