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Todays soccer practice.

       We only have 3 games left in our spring season. This season has whipped by. From early season practices attempting to improve their passing and ball handling to now working on field awareness and defense bringing the ball up the field. They are following up their shots, moving without the ball and creating passing lanes. What is missing is execution and consistency.

Todays practice was more about putting the pieces together. I had the girls workingvon one touch passes to set up a one touch shot. The only twist was they had to call out where they were shooting the ball. Trying to break the habit of trying to shoot through the goalie. It was about field awareness, knowing where you, your teamate and the defense are. It was a 4 offense on 3 defense drill. The idea being where they moved towards the ball and attempt to open passing lanes.

The girls tend to watch a ball when it is in the air, then go after it when it lands. I did something unconventional, I threw the ball up in the air. They had to run under it and catch it, the first 2 times. Then there after they had to stop it with their legs or another body part, then get control and dribble it back. It worked a little better than I thought.I took the defense and set up a box with a much smaller box inside. The person in the box had to pass to the girls outside the bigger box. If the ball was intercepted the girl intercepting switched with the girls passing. Whenever a girl outside t hth e large box recieved the balk they had to pass to the girl in the smaller box. It was meant to help the defenders anticipation and their passing skills.

The defense against offense went really well, saw several give and goes on one possession. Had a couple of nice crosses and some incredible passing. The defense fought hard and stayed active. It was an all around good practice and the skills are there. Just a matter of execution in the game. I love the effort they are giving, there is no quit in them. I am going to lose some of them after this season and most likely all by next year. It has been my pleasure coaching these girls and I hope I get another chance to coach another sport in the future.

Radicalism and Terrorism, Why?

              What exactly is radicalization and what draws people to it? The process of radicalization often starts with some form of transgression by the other side. By breaking the rules the subject holds as very important. A common theme is mistreatment, typically by authorities or the military using methods that cause extreme pain or mental distress. More often then not it is not the subject being radicalized that is mistreated. It is most often other people are deemed martyrs and heroes. It can also be historical and go backs 100s of years.

In order to become radicalized, you need a movement or a cause. In order for the outrage to manifest it needs to be converted into an organization for action. Typically these groups seek vengeance that is outside the law. There needs to be a core organization to set up and drive actions. The core leaders generally preach or write their beliefs to firmly entrench them in the minds of their subjects. The key part to this is this is emphasizing the nessage, the message calls to those looking for similar thinking people.

There arw also a certain amount of radicalized terrorists who have a spiritual mentor. In 20% of cases it is a more experienced Muslim who gives specific instructions and directions during the radicalization process. The mentor may be accessed by a Mosque or the Internet. The mentor helps keep the radicalization process on track. They feed into the anger the subject feels to keep him coming back for more. These mentors twist the teachings of the Koran to make it fit their needs. One study said that 25% of terrorists had a percieved religious authority who provides specific theological approval for their activities, violent or not.

The ideology in much of the radicalization person meets the subject halfway. It gives them people with similar ideas and a safe outlet for their anger. Many teach the us versus them mindset, which appeals to the subject of the radicalization.The beliefs are regarded as absolute truth, dissuading critical thinking or questioning of the mentors teachings. In essence it eliminates dissent of any kind. It also adds a moral authority to the us versus them ideology. Core leaders consistently remind their subjects that the us is always under threat from the them. The need to join together with like minded individuals is intensified abd creates an illusion of safety. They keep building on the reasons why the subject searched them out, while expanding the subjects belief system. The mentor uses the hatred the subject feels to dehumanize their enemies, therefore making the idea of violence easier to understand.

The why of radicalization is like walking the pathway of insanity. To hurt people who had nothing to do with yout percieved wrong is a distorted version of reality. But in order to become radicalized your morality must have already been compromised. Terrorists bring the wrath of the rest of the world on their people, but blame the U.S. and the rest of the world for their problems. My answer, yes very opinionated it may be, stop being secular lunatics and deal with things like an adult. I did not have anything to do with what happened to your ancestors, just as an Italian neighbor had nothing to do with the treatment of my Irish ancestors a hundred years ago. Get over it, worship your god and realize life goes on. Attack those who personally attack you, not cowardly attacks on women and children.