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About "Peak Performance Under Stress" from Coach Chris Trevisan


I had one small comment to Dr. Alan Goldberg, clearly a knowledgeable Dr. of Sports Psychology and generally making intelligent insightful comments...

However, “practice doesn’t make perfect” is a comment that he and I agree on, but “perfect practice makes perfect” is equally inane and proves that he never played a sport at a high level.

Every time I step into a different soccer environment, where there are new players, fresh styles, diverse touches and moves, I am always impressed with what they can do and what I don’t know.

I learned from Bobby Howe (former English and NASL pro player and US Soccer head coach of the coaching schools, now head coach of the Seattle Sounders “A” League team) and I quote, “practice makes progress.”

This always works better for me. For example, 1. I can shoot the ball and score, striking it hard and the ball whistles past the g.k.’s left ear, or 2. I can shoot low and hard and place the ball in the side-netting, well out of reach of the g.k., or 3. I can stroke the ball and curl it or bend it around the diving outstretched reach of the diving g.k., because he sees the ball all of the way but just can’t get to it’s angle, or 4. I can strike the ball so that it ricochets off of both posts in the upper ninety for an unstoppable goal (I have never done the #4 in a meaningful game).

Each shot a goal and each one counts as one point. Which one is perfect?

I have met many great players and I was a very good player at one point, but perfect?

I wonder what Jesus Christ would look like in a pair of cleats...


Coach Chris Trevisan
Director, Kidz Love Soccer, Inc.

“Practice makes progress.”
Posted on 22 Mar 2007 by coachgianni
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