Talk

Fuel Soccer Talk: How to deal with a bad beat – just ask City; Parents need to set the example; Don’t pass on this awesome video lesson

Pep Guardiola talks about Manchester City’s “bad day”

Another shocker in the Premier League this past weekend as mighty Manchester City lost again – this time 2-0 to the Wolves. There are many ways to look at outcomes of a game – especially for a team that is heavily favored. It just goes to show that even the best teams have “bad days.”

It’s really more how you react big picture then focusing on the loss. Some losses, coaches say, are best left in the past – just move on and refocus on the next game. But there also are times to rewind the tape and see what went wrong.  Coaches, players, parents, supporters at all levels can look at the bad times with an eye on getting better. It’s not only a coping mechanism and helps deal with the stress that comes with a bad beat, but a learning tool.

By “rewinding the tape” on a bad loss, one can see tactical errors, lack of effort, poor chemistry and other in-game struggles. Fixing these can help prevent big losses down the road.

Here is how Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola summed up his team’s “bad day.”

Sam Snow on nutrition: “Adults around youth soccer players should set example”

As the former Director of Coaching for US Youth Soccer, Sam Snow made a significance impact in the youth soccer world after first joining the staff in 2003 and becoming the Director in 2004. Here are a few of his thoughts when it comes to nutrition – take note parents!

What role does nutrition play in soccer?
A balanced diet, which includes proper hydration, is vitally important to play well week in and week out over the course of a 6 to 10 month season – depending on the age group. The adults around youth soccer players should set the example by eating healthy foods. There is very good sports nutrition information on the US Youth Soccer website for players, their parents and coaches to download. Suffice it to say though that fast food shouldn’t be on the menu.

What are your tips for a healthy lifestyle?
In the end your lifestyle comes down to your personal choices. For most of us those choices are influenced by family and friends. Leading a healthy lifestyle will be easier if you hang out with people who want to lead a similar lifestyle, so hang out with other athletes from multiple sports.

Video Lesson: Watching the best is a great way to become the best

Here is a video players will not want to pass up! Oftentimes, the best way to learn is to watch the best players in the world. Here is a video of some incredible passes – and passing the soccer ball has become an art form over the years and just as eye-opening to see as a great goal. Take note not only of the pass, but the situation. See what the player sees and how they deliver the ball to their intended target.

 

We want to hear from you…what topics would you like covered right here in Fuel Talk. Send ideas, comments, suggestions to Terry Jacoby at tajacoby@comcast.net