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A Drill Too Far

A Drill Too Far

Too far.

That is the distance between most trainings and a match.

Too far.

That is the gap between “fitness Wednesdays” and a game on Saturday.

Too far.

That is the space between lines, laps and lectures and learning.

Too far.

That is the void between running drills and relevancy.

I once asked myself why I dissected soccer into its technical parts. I then asked if that was the best way to nurture the intelligence, skill, and character required to play a match under pressure.

Too far.

That was how far down a winding road rationalization I ventured to justify my drills. I was convincing myself of myself. I was connecting disparate dots. I was following my federation too far from efficacy. I was far too far from sound pedagogical principles. I was a long way from where I needed to be for my players. 

So I stopped.

So I studied.

So I learned.

So I shortened the distance between rationalization and reality.

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. - Isaac Newton

And with a crazy thought and a bit of courage, I began anew.

I would build a bridge.

I would reduce those distances.

I would place stone upon stone, arching the river of complacency to connect my teaching with learning. I polished that bridge with professional guidance. I let learning lead.

I replaced too far with far better.

How far is a drill too far for you?

Reprinted with kind permission from Todd Beane
Founder of TOVO Training and TOVO Academy Barcelona. In TOVO Training, Beane has combined proven pedagogical practices of experts in the field of education with the visionary components of a total football legend into a dynamic and practical training methodology.
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