Step 1 – Admit there is a problem

HELLO RENEGADE!

Hey I wanted to go over some quick numbers really quickly, so you realize the reality we all live in as athletes.

HS SOCCER -> COLLEGE SOCCER

In HS, there are around 450,000 males, and 390,000 females in the US.  This does not include HS ages athletes who don’t play in HS… just club or academy.

Great!  That is awesome participation!

Of those, almost 100% would love to play in college if they were good enough.

Let’s say you dream of being a big time player…

So let’s look at Division I schools… the big dogs of the college world.

(If I were being honest, most of these players will never be good at the international level, but let’s leave that simple reality alone for a bit.)

In Division I, there are around 6,000 males, and 9,400 females.

So, a HS male has about a 1/75 chance of playing Division I soccer.

A HS female has a 1/41 chance of playing Division I soccer.

YIKES!

And here’s a hint: often these players are clustered out of the same HS, because the local club and soccer culture is so strong.

Now, there are many other chances to play Divisions II, or III, or NAIA…

But, these are the big schools we all know.

And, it isn’t like these programs are sensing tons of players to the pros…

Hardly any go…

Why?

Because college coaches have their hands tied behind their backs by the NCAA on how much off-season work they can require and how many hours they can work with the players…

It’s sad really, but the focus is very strongly on the student aspect during college…

It certainly isn’t an optimal soccer training environment for sure.

OK, SO I NEED TO JOIN A GREAT CLUB

Well, yes and no…

The reason great clubs often have so many kids going to college, is because the best players from other clubs transfer to them…

The big clubs call this ‘providing a better opportunity’.

The smaller clubs call this ‘poaching’.

But, in either case, clubs provide very good sharpening of skills and teach you how to compete tactically.

American players are often referred to as robotic, because we are so ‘club heavy’ in our development.

If that doesn’t make sense, give me a second and it will.

Did I say develop skills?  No.

Did I say develop street smarts?  No.

Did I say develop mental toughness?  No.

Did I say develop athleticism?  No.

Did I say develop fitness?  No.

But, given the base level of any fo the above things you have, a club will teach you how to operate as a team, and if it is a club that goes to big tournaments, it will be a great way to showcase yourself at large tournaments.

Hint: this is where the VAST MAJORITY of the scouting is done for college coaches… more bang for your buck, like a 1-stop shop.

The truth is that there is NO WAY a club can develop this for you…

They simply don’t have the time, or the organization to do it.

Most club coaches are part time, good people, who get paid less per hour than a daycare…

To be ‘experts’, not change diapers and sing songs.

There is NO WAY you can do all of the above in 2 – 3 practices a week for 90-120 minutes.

  • Technical Dribbling
  • Technical Crossing
  • Technical Shooting
  • Technical 1st Touch
  • Technical Aerial Control
  • All both feet…

Develop Skills, then train them against passive defenders, then active defenders, then small groups, then bring to the big field…

Give players hours of small group work each day to develop street smarts, and get those 1000’s of 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 reps needed.

Spend time working with each player individually to develop mental toughness, persistence, grit…

Weight room, jump training, fully rested sprint work…

Fitness work running wind sprints, putting int he miles…

OK, I GET IT!

THERE ISN’T ENOUGH TIME AT PRACTICE!

Correct young RENEGADE.

What happens is you get the ‘lite’ version fo all of these…A little of this, a little of that, and…

You get a perfectly mediocre outcome.

It is easy to Google the hardest working professional soccer players…

They ALL work way beyond practice…

And they can already do every skill you can imagine, better than you can imagine…

They make millions playing soccer…

But they learned a lesson very early…

Practice is the smallest portion of the journey…

What?!

Let me repeat…

Practice is the smallest portion of you becoming a great player.

Tastes awful doesn’t it?

Pay thousands of dollars every year…

All the time spent in the car going to practice, coming from practice, going to privates, coming from privates, going to speed training, coming from speed training…

(‘I can’t understand why my child doesn’t want to play anymore’)

Here is your average club practice in terms of touches on the ball:

CLUB SOCCER PRACTICES

  1. Daily 350-450 Touches
  2. Weekly 2-3 Practices:  800 – 1,200 Touches
  3. Yearly 10-Month Schedule:  35 – 52,000 Touches
  4. Time spent in the car (burnout factor x 10):  You tell me!
  5. * Games develop situational awareness, as they provide less than 75 touches a game.
  6. 3v3 PICK-UP WITH YOUR BUDDIES

So, what if instead of spending an hour in the car, and two hours at practice, you just played pick-up with your friends?

  1. Daily:  1,200 – 1,500 Touches
  2. Weekly 2-3 Days:  2,400 – 4,500 Touches
  3. Yearly 10-Month: 206,000 – 580,000
  4. Time Spent in Car: 0

So, just by staying at home playing pick-up, you get 4 – 11 times as many touches on the ball.

It is free.

And, no 5 o’clock traffic.

SO, NO CLUB SOCCER?

No, no, no!

It is just an example to show you that without true PLAY, without actually loving the game…

Not the fancy uniforms, not the super structure of club soccer…

But you want to juggle a ball ‘just because’…

You want to be able to double scissor and make your friends fall ‘just because’…

You want to get good ‘just because’…

Because somewhere inside of you…

You can’t stop…

YOU LOVE SOCCER….

Now, I could easily tell you that most kids doing RST programs are getting more touches in 2 weeks that club players get in a year…

Yeah, 5,000 touches, 6 days a week… 30,000 touches.

How long does that take?

Less than an hour.

No car.

Get 1,000,000 touches a year…

More touches every year than you will get in your whole soccer career in club…

Then you know what you can do with your time?

WHATEVER YOU WANT!

And yes, that mean homework and going to club practices when you have them…

But, trust me…

When you start getting that many touches and you go to practice…

Everything changes, and it changes fast…

Seriously…

If it didn’t bring tears to my eyes hearing from parents and players, it would be almost comical how simple it is…

We all know…

You know…

You don’t get good touching a ball a few hundred times three days a week…

C’mon…

YOU KNOW….

You just don’t want to admit it…

But…

THE FIRST STEP IN FIXING A PROBLEM IS ADMITTING YOU HAVE A PROBLEM!

And yes, what is marketed as soccer development is really a pretty decent across the board system that gets you ready to be pretty good, and play in fancy uniforms…

So, here is the question…

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Seriously…

I am asking a very serious question now.

What are you going to do now that you know?

Isn’t that the basic problem in society today…

That you can’t say you don’t know?

Google ended that excuse.

And what I am doing right now is ending yours…

You know.

STEP 1: Admit It to Yourself

Here is the thing…

Most cannot even admit that there is an issue…

But, now you know…

And here is the thing…

We know that relying on club has made us all soft…

We aren’t ready to get up every day and do the work we know needs to be done…

‘How do I get my kid to put down the controller and go practice soccer?’

BWAHAHAHAHA!

Ask them if they want to be good?

Ask that to yourself.

Do You?

Want to be good?

And here is the next question…

Wait for it…

Then if you want to be good, are you putting in the work every day that needs to be done?

I just talked about touches…

Think a coach can get you fit in a couple days a week?

Correct, no…

So, touches plus running.

Check.

Hey, don’t forget that you are really weak.

Be honest.

So, touches, plus running, plus lift a couple times a week.

Yep, to start.

How many times do you get to face off 1v1 or 2v2 at practice?

Think if you added a few hours of that with your buddies it would help make you a rockstar on the big field?

Mmmmhmmm.

OK, so touches, plus running, plus a little lifting, plus pick-up…

Yep, if you want to be good…

So, are you doing these things?

If not I have one thing to ask…

It is a big ask…

Stop lying.

What?!

Stop lying.

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE

I have tons of guys I play with who all say they want to be good…

But they don’t do the work they are supposed to…

They know.

But, when you ask them:  DO YOU WANT TO BE GOOD?

They answer: YES.

That isn’t true.

They want to be good… but only if it is easy.

They want to be good… but only if they can sit around and watch TV all day.

They want to be good… but only if it doesn’t interfere with Fortnite.

It simply isn’t true.

This is called a gut check.

And I am calling you out…

Want to be great at soccer..?

Then do what the greats did… the work.

Want to be a great student?

The do what great students do… the work.

But don’t keep saying one thing and doing another…

It is tiring…

And mostly it is tiring for you.

On the inside.

So here is a promise from me to you…

If you take STEP 1, and admit that you haven’t been honest with yourself…

RST will keep working on helping you to motivate yourself…

This begins with our biggest and best project to date…

A HUGE mental toughness system…

And want to know how much this means to me?

I literally dropped and destroyed hundreds of hours of work when I killed my hard drive three weeks ago…

So, I have redone it all in the past couple weeks…

WHY?

Because this is THE game-changer.

The Renegade Way…

RST’s Student-Athlete Optimization System.

But, none of what we make or do works unless you begin with STEP 1.

Do you want to be good?

If so…

Are you willing to do the work?

There are no secrets…

Just the work…

Are you ready?

As always, thank you for being a RENEGADE!!!

Your Biggest fan!

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