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Post by UPSoccerFanatic on Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:14 pm

I've always been interested in the Pilots' conditioning program as they progress through the season, often observing that there appears to be a time in mid- to late-mid season when they seem tired but that when they get to playoffs they appear to be in peak physical condition. Their 2005 game against UCLA in the NCAA Finals, after their grueling double overtime game against Penn State two days earlier, is a great example of what I mean by "peak physical condition." Just to refresh myself, I went back a re-read part of Terry Favaro's article on the Pilots' conditioning program, to see where they are right now. Kelsey's blog reminded me of it. There's some technical language in it that is out of context, but here's what I read:

"From June through August, the movement development sessions are held twice a week, and progress from fundamental/rhythmic and power activities early on to advanced power movements after the first month or so. [The advanced power movements take a great deal of explosive effort.] For aerobic development, I typically use the acceleration interval workout once a week, and supplement it with another weekly aerobic workout. Early in the training season, we may complete only six or seven total cycles [of acceleration interval work], and advance to 10 cycles as the players' conditioning and aerobic capacity improve.

"During the season (from August to December), I incorporate the movement development activities into our extended warmups two or three times a week, emphasizing fundamental/rhythmic and power activities in the first two weeks of competition when we're developing "game fitness" by playing our schedule. Because of the high physical demands and stresses of the advanced power movements, we rarely perform those during the season.

"When the predictable mid-season fatigue sets in, I scale back the intensity of the aerobic-acceleration intervals. For instance, I might eliminate the most demanding 20-yard effort or allow the athletes to take a jogging start instead of having to accelerate from a standing position. But as we approach the end of the season and the playoffs loom, we return to our regular workouts to ensure that we're in optimal physical condition when the games matter most.

"All coaches want fast, agile athletes. At Portland, we want fast, agile athletes who can compete for 90 minutes -- or more -- with little or no deficit in their work rate. By focusing on aerobic development and fundamental movement activities, we're building soccer players with the power, quickness, skill, and stamina to become great -- and maybe even to become champions."

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Post by A_Fan on Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:42 pm

The Pilots conditioning has always seemed to be a big advantage for them come playoff time. They rarely seem to get worn down and it really shows in the early rounds against the weaker teams. They inevitably take over the second halves of those games not just because they have more skills but also because they are in better condition. It also helps against the more skilled teams as it allows the Pilots to keep their best players on the field longer without them standing on the field hunched over trying to catch their breath at any break in the action.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:50 pm

Another reason teams wear down against the Pilots is our style of play.

It's a lot easier to pass than to chase.

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Post by Trenchcoat Wally on Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:28 pm

I wonder what the average conditioning is for the average Pilot Nation Member? Trenchcoat is a fan of kettlecorn (betcha cant eat just one handfull). So I eat lots of that. I try to relax and do nothing all week and do as little as possible on game day. Sometimes I eat lots of Pizza before the game. I eat a lot during the week too. I am trying to pace myself and not over do it before this weekends game.

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Post by Auto Pilot on Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:28 pm

It's a lot easier to pass than to chase.

That statement really gets to the core of possession play doesn't it. That is why is is so important that we connect our passes. If we don't keep possession the chase/pass swings back and forth and both teams get worn down.

Another benefit of good possession is that it rewards a player who decides to make long runs off the wall from the back. If you are reasonably certain there will be a ball waiting for you at the end of the run its worth it. If you have to stop and turn around to back track on defense in the middle of a run repeadetly, you tend to want to stay at home in your position more.

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Post by purple haze on Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:05 pm

I subscribe to Trenchcoat's conditioning "regimen" and have developed an explosive first move toward the buffet line.

Back in the olden days before there were high school soccer championships in Oregon, we had no technical terms for our soccer fitness routines. The coach would just say, "See that hill? Run it!" It's more charming said with a Belfast accent.

Bravo to the trainers who keep the Pilots in fighting shape, and hats off to the players who thrive on it.

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Post by Trenchcoat Wally on Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:03 pm

When I became a senior in high school, we got a new soccer coach for our high school team. His name was Dave. In his life, he had never coached soccer before. He Played Football. At soccer practice he made us trade off wearing weight jackets. Great on the knees. His 'go to' soccer skills book was from the early 70's; a time when the now prized, 'brown soccer ball' was used.

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Post by PilotNut on Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:58 pm

Trenchcoat Wally wrote:I wonder what the average conditioning is for the average Pilot Nation Member?

I tend to condition harder for basketball season, with pre-game warm-ups including multiple laps to the bar and back at the T-Room, and many, many high intensity Imperial Pint 20 oz. curls...

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Post by UPSoccerFanatic on Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:49 pm

Trenchcoat Wally wrote:When I became a senior in high school, we got a new soccer coach for our high school team. His name was Dave. In his life, he had never coached soccer before. ... His 'go to' soccer skills book was from the early 70's; a time when the now prized, 'brown soccer ball' was used.

Ah, you bring back the old days. I remember playing college ball against Harvard or MIT in a sleet storm, with the wet ball carrying a certain amount of slush on it. Remember those leather balls that absorbed water? I still can feel the jolt from a header I had during that game. I didn't drive the ball, it drove me. Maybe that's why my head now is stuck saying "RPI ... RPI ... RPI ......"

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Post by Auto Pilot on Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:42 pm

I know some old Scottish guys who still play with that ball with the panels instead of pentagons. The thing is almost as heavy as a medicine ball. It is fun to watch old players playing with that old ball. Nobody really wants to head it except to score. Usually they let it drop in the midfield.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:12 pm

We played with a ball of rags. My brother is a few years older. They used to use a duck. I'm old!

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Post by Auto Pilot on Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:47 pm

Yeah Ducks or Beavers whatever you have hanging around.

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Post by Trenchcoat Wally on Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:15 pm

From what I understand; The great Pele' played soccer using a wound up ball of twine and tape. In 1976 (The NY Cosmos era) Pele gave the 'string soccer ball' to a fan (Frank Stoeber) from Cawker City Kansas. The string was used to add size to this twine link

Besides being a great soccer player Pele' was always a fan of great twine achievements.

Please note- in the picture from the link- That is my good friend Jack Clover in the picture.

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Post by A_Fan on Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:46 am

That's a pretty odd shaped ball.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:08 am

I was thinking the same thing... at what point does a twine ball become a twine mound??

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:12 am


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Post by A_Fan on Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:21 am

Point taken, reluctantly.

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Post by Stonehouse on Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:02 am

Ha ha... oh my gosh. That picture of Jack Clover, Trenchcoat Wally's close personal friend, might have to replace Darren Cooper... classic!

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Post by DaTruRochin on Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:16 pm

Hahhaa no kidding.... Is it too late for me to go as Jack Clover for Halloween?? I'm fairly sure that outfit would have the ladies swooning right and left....

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Post by Trenchcoat Wally on Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:18 pm

There was a time when I used to follow the twine ball world to see who could capture the title of 'the worlds largest ball of twine'. The 1974 passing of Frank Stoeber was an incredible loss to the twine world. Franks Link

When Frank Clover took over, LINK

he only enhanced Stoebers techniques by masterminding the diagonal cross spool method. The twine world was at peace.... until!

The mid 1950's when Finley Stephens unveiled this amazing string/ twine ball that shocked all twine wrappers world wide.

LINK

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Post by Auto Pilot on Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:44 pm

I wonder how they know it could stop a bazooka? Empirical evidence? That twine bunch is crazy.

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