Monthly Archives: July 2012

Baltimore Ravens provide SocMM with free tickets to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur Preseason Friendly

 
Coach Biko, Daniel Beasley and Coach Larry Take in the Match

Note: the following entry was written by SocMM Executive Director Nate Baker

This past Saturday (July 27, 2012), the Soccer Means More family was able to take in a pre-season friendly between English Premiership teams Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool Football Club at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. The experience was fantastic for all who were able to make it because it is not often that you get to see the world’s best play in person.

The experience for those who went would not have been possible without the Baltimore Ravens’ generosity and all the hard work the SocMM family has put in its first 18 months in existence.  Let me explain…

The Final Day of Camp: A Preview and a Review

 
Week 2 team pic resized

Note: This is a Series of Updates written by Executive Director Nate Baker

Week 2 Review:

Let’s start with the review.  In the end, it is true that the players and coaches learned a lot this week.

The players learned how to be more technical on the ball.  We practiced dribbling, 1v1 moves, 1v1 turns, combination play (give-go passing), passing & receiving, shooting, finishing and a bunch more technical skill-sets.

The coaches learned how the curriculum can be affected by the start time being delayed to three hours later than the previous week.  Training can be much more physically intensive at 9am as opposed to starting training at noon, so we had to make training less intensive and focus much more on drills that taught a skill but didn’t require tons of running.  We also had to have a lot more water breaks.

But both the coaches and the players learned that we always need to be flexible and open-minded.  Our numbers changed on a daily basis, so different drills and games had to be changed or substituted.

Weather was a hurdle we had to overcome as well.  Some days it was way too hot, so we had to manage that, but also the potential for thunder and rain storms was a constant throughout the week, but to the players’ credit, they were always up for plan B.

In the end, the week was a success because the kids improved and learned a lot, and it didn’t matter if the learning took place on a training pitch, in the classroom studying the game or in the multi-purpose room during a storm.

The entire group worked hard (players and coaches) this week. This was surely another week to be proud of.

Day 5 Preview:

To read my Day 5 preview, you must go to my blog “Coach Nate’s Corner.  You can do that by clicking here.

Day 1 & 2 Recap: A New Week, A New Start (Plus a discussion of the Do’s and the Be’s)

 
Day 2 Chalk Talk "The Do's and Be's"

Note: This is a Series of Updates written by Executive Director Nate Baker

Every day we will be documenting our SocMM Summer Camps through a number of different platforms.  Please follow us on Twitter (@soccermeansmore) and “like us” on Facebook to get the updates first!

Yesterday, I was unable to write a recap of Day 1, so I have combined Day 1 & 2 in this recap.

Specifics of Day 1 & 2:

Week 2 started yesterday and we had a lot of things to get used to…

First, we would be going from noon-6pm instead of 9am-4pm.  The time change does affect a lot of things for the camp because on average, we are training during the hottest parts of the day.  The 9am-4pm allowed for an earlier start, which meant cooler temperatures, which leads me to the next thing we are going to have to get used to.

The weather already has been much hotter than it was during week 1.  We were so fortunate to not have to deal with temperatures that met 90 degrees or higher.  Today, the temperature got up to 95 degrees.

Thirdly, the group of motivated players changed and in particular the number of players changed.  We went from 24 total campers last week to six this week.  This is better for the players because they will get even more individual attention, but it does affect our ability to play the ladder games, which have become a staple of the SocMM summer camps.

But this is no excuse. We have made proper adjustments to the curriculum to deal with the new conditions.  At the end of the day, we are going to do our best to educate, develop and possibly inspire every player that comes motivated to get better.

Day 5: A Final Recap of Summer Camp Week #1

 
day 5 team photo remixed 2

Note: This is a Series of Updates written by Executive Director Nate Baker

Every day we will be documenting our SocMM Summer Camps through a number of different platforms.  Please follow us on Twitter (@soccermeansmore) and “like us” on Facebook to get the updates first!

Specifics of Day 5:

Day 5 was extremely bittersweet.  The players worked hard the entire week and improved a great amount, so we were thrilled to see such a vast improvement, but we knew this was going to be the last time we were going to have to work with this collective group.

The group was fantastic.  The players’ ages ranged from 7-14, but all the kids got on well together, which made for an awesome atmosphere.  We love this group, and it makes us very sad that we can’t coach them again this week, but the good thing is we have another great group coming in tomorrow.

Day 4: The Most Complete Day

 
day 4

Note: This is a Series of Updates written by Executive Director Nate Baker

Every day we will be documenting our SocMM Summer Camps through a number of different platforms.  Please follow us on Twitter (@soccermeansmore) and “like us” on Facebook to get the updates first!

Specifics of Day 4:

Today was very solid overall.  I was impressed with how the kids bounced back from hump-day with a lot of energy in the morning and afternoon session.  It was probably our most complete day of training from beginning to end.  The kids learned new techniques and put into action some of the ones they learned earlier in the week.

The weather was pretty brilliant the entire day.  Partly cloudy with a breeze was a constant throughout the morning and afternoon sessions.  We definitely lucked out having the camp this week as opposed to the previous week.

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