- The Perfect Kick!™ Soccer Ball: Learn how to “practice perfection” every time you kick a ball. Poor practice leads to life-long bad habits. The patented Perfect Kick! Ball gives you “color fusion” real-time training feedback so you quickly break bad habits and start making perfect kicks. Free online QuickStart Training Guide has instructions to help players perfect their push passes, backspin passes, inside spin kicks, and outside spin kicks.
- Triple-Target™ Cleat Socks: Learn how to strike the ball with the right part of your foot (Slip on these cleat socks and you’re suddenly aware of what part of the foot you’re using to strike the ball. Start with a simple push pass and you’ll be amazed by how many times you’re striking the ball with your heel or your toe (why? you’re eye’s not on the ball or you’re lifting your head!), but a few sessions with the cleat sock on and you’ll start breaking these bad habits.
- Portable Net (6′): If you can afford it buy your favorite soccer player two of these. Why two? Because most players have a bad habit of shooting right at the goalie. Playing with one small portable net just strengthens this bad habit. How to break it? Place two 6′ (actually 6′ 6″) portable goals 12 feet apart. Make your goalie stand in the gap and your players shoot for the corners: soon they’ll be doing it in the games. Pop-up goals are best because they’re easy to carry so people don’t think twice about bringing them to play. But if your favorite soccer player plays in the street (or on a hard-surface where you can’t use pegs) the skip the pop-up and get this weighted goal.
- “Really Bend it Like Beckham” Training Video: Beckham was never the fastest player and never the best dribbler–he has always lived off his incredible skills. Learn how he developed them by watching this video (it turns out he’s a very good teacher).
A perfect Push Pass… Set up for the Outside Spin…
Here’s a newer (and better) video of the color fusion in action:
Below is a very rough cut (one of the first times we captured the color fusion on film) — filmed at night–but it does answer a Question we’ve had from visitors: What does it look like when you mis-kick a ball? Answer: You see a “Mixed Colors” ball…
Watch the Video! to see how Real-Time Training Feedback works:
See how the “Color Fusion” real-time feedback you get practicing with a PerfectKick! Ball helps you “Practice Perfection” every time! This video covers the Push Pass:
- A “Mixed Color” ball tells you you need to work on your form (head down, strike ball on PK! Target, follow-thru)
- A “Color Fusion” Pure Color Stripe means you made a perfect kick!
Look for other videos to learn how to make a perfect Inside Spin Kick, Backspin Kick, and Outside Spin Kick.
The PerfectKick!™ Ball
With Color Fusion real-time feedback for a perfect kick every time.
Passes Long & Short, Shots on Goals, Corner and Free Kicks where you need to “Bend it Like Beckham”!
If you make a Perfect Kick– (1) Hit the right target (2) Keep your head down, and (3) follow through–You, or your coach, will see a pure color stripe (Orange, Blue, or Green, depending on which target you hit) that means you are practicing perfection!
Your Perfect Kick is Our Goal!™
How to make a perfect kick, every time? Easy, with the PerfectKick™ Training Ball there are 3 Steps to a Perfect Kick:
- Keep your eye on the PK! Target;
- Keep your head down; and
- Follow through properly.
If their form is correct, player– and coach– will see a pure color stripe as the PK!™ Ball flies away. If the technique is not correct, they will see a “Mixed Colors” Ball.
Using this real-time training feedback–and the free training videos and QuickStart Training Guide— players soon learn to adjust their kicks to get it right, every time!
Falling in Love With Practice™
Kids of all ages are immediately attracted to the PerfectKick™ Ball (and will choose it out of a crowd of other balls). They soon get caught up in the game of trying to make a Perfect Kick so they can see the patented ‘color fusion” pure color stripe.
Every PK! Ball comes with one Triple-Target!™ Cleat Sleeve set….
Notice there are three targets on the cleats (a big improvement on the cleats or cleat sleeves with one-target–often in the wrong place!– for only one kind of kick). With the PerfectKick™ Cleat Sleeve players get:
- Inner Target: for Push Passes; for Inner Spin Kicks (Bending it around the wall on a Free Kick or into the goal on Corner Kicks).
- Center Target: for Power Shots on Goal, and lining up BackSpin Kicks (follow the dotted line!)
- Outer Target: for Outside Spin passes or shots.
‘Touch & technique are the recurring themes in Bergkamp’s brilliant autobiography… Every coach, manager, player or academy recruit should spend £20 on it and learn from one of the game’s greats. The answers to the ills in the English game are all there’ Daily Mail
‘Dennis ‘The Iceman’ Bergkamp. 400 appearances, three league titles and two doubles, and a key member of the ‘Invincibles’. What more really needs to be said to make you want to pick up a copy? Stillness and Speed offers an enthralling insight to Dennis’ footballing journey from his time served under the Dutch Master Johan Cryuff to the Premier league, and the path that led him to become an Arsenal and International legend. As an Arsenal fan and having witnessed many of the footballing feats Dennis was capable of, this book personally brought back fantastic memories and I couldn’t put it down. It is well written and captivating throughout; there isn’t much more you could ask for in a player’s autobiography. A thoroughly enjoyable read and viewpoint from Dennis’ perspective about his path that ultimately led to Arsène Wenger’s doorstep. I’d encourage anyone to give it a read, and then challenge you to put it down again before the final page is turned’ Twentyfour7Football
‘Bergkamp allows his story to be told in the words of David Winner, the author of a much-admired analysis of Dutch football. Winner interviews Bergkamp – who retired in 2006 and is now a senior coach with Ajax at length, but intersperses his narrative with his own observations and with material from conversations with friends and colleagues such as Wenger, Vieira and Thierry Henry’ The Guardian
‘The Dutchman’s long-awaited book is unique, jumping between a traditional biographical approach, to interviews with former team-mates and coaches, to A&As between him and author David Winner. A theoretical tome, it’s one for the cerebral fan, not a scandal junkie’ FourFourTwo Magazine
‘A characteristically intelligent, soulful memoir’ The Times
‘An unusually fun, honest and readable biography’ Giles Richards, Observer
‘David Winner, a peerless chronicler of Dutch football, helps Bergkamp construct an eccentric but ultimately beguiling story in Stillness And Speed’ –Sunday Herald
About the Author
Born in Amsterdam in 1969, Dennis Bergkamp began his hugely successful career at Ajax, before moving to Inter Milan and then on to Arsenal in 1995, where he was a central figure in the side that won three league titles and four FA Cups. He also won 79 caps for the Netherlands. He is currently assistant manager at Ajax.
I stand by my subjective judgment that soccer is a logarithmic sport while baseball is an exponential one — that is, you can take up soccer and play at a totally fun level right away but baseball has skills that are harder to master up front.
I say this having been an extremely mediocre but enthusiastic player in both sports, and I say this during these World Cup weeks, when each soccer match takes on a seeming historic importance that few baseball games ever achieve.
But I think it’s true. Baseball starts with two motions: a pitcher throwing a ball 45 or 60 feet into a box a few feet square. That is a very hard thing to do. Next, a batter with a stick has to hit that ball, which is coming with frightening inaccuracy. It takes years to perfect the techniques to perform those motions, which is why kiddie baseball starts out with coach pitch and machine pitch.
Soccer comes more easily, but as you improve it is harder and harder to become really good. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the greatest of all players, like Diego Maradona or Paul Gascoigne, seem a little mentally unusual. It is as if it takes a slightly off-kilter brain to be a really creative player. Baseball, at the upper reaches, does not reward minor madness; if anything it rewards the ability to not think.
five miles a day-backwards! Gene Tunney’s boxing gloves tell tale of friendship with George Bernard Shaw – The Washington Post
Gene Tunney wore these mitts to defeat Jack Dempsey and retain the heavyweight title in their controversial 1927 rematch. To this day, folks argue over the Long Count. Gentleman Gene was smashed to the canvas in Round Seven, but the Manassa Mauler delayed retreating to the neutral corner. Tunney got five precious seconds to stop seeing stars before the ref started the 10-count. Tunney popped up before “ten!” — dancing and jabbing like new — and soon Dempsey was done.“People say he couldn’t have gotten up. Well, he could have. His legs could have stood it. He ran five miles a day, backwards, for just that reason.”
The quartet also uses recordings to teach and to prepare for concerts. Musicians have listened to themselves since recording became possible, but the Borromeo players take it to an extreme. Before every concert they run through a program and immediately listen to it, “with the rule that nobody should talk while they’re listening,” just like an audience member, Mr. Kitchen said.
“Along the way you notice hundreds and hundreds of details that you want to fix,” he added. “Then next time you play it, it’s transformed.”
The quartet’s other pioneering work lies in its use of laptops as music readers. The technology has been around for a while. Several pianists, including Christopher O’Riley, the host of the public radio program “From the Top,” are regular practitioners. But the Borromeo is a rare ensemble that has adopted the laptop stands.
Kelly’s overarching philosophy owes to business texts, most directly, the writings of Jim Collins “Good to Great” and “Built to Last,” among others, who argues that successful organizations coalesce around a concise, easily communicated core mission. Kelly said: “If someone says to me, ‘What do you stand for?’ I should be able to invite them to practice and in five minutes, they’d say: ‘I see it. I get it.’ They stand for playing hard and playing fast.”
Trying to reach (or exceed) competition speed in training is a common goal across a range of sports. I once asked Bob Bowman, the longtime coach ofMichael Phelps, why Phelps did not swim the languorous distance sets that were part of some other competitors’ regimens. “We don’t want him to swim slow in meets,” he said, “so why would we have him practice swimming slow?” John Wooden, the legendary U.C.L.A. basketball coach, was known for fast-paced practices that reduced the need for aerobic training.
But in more traditional settings, what slows things down is the impulse of coaches to stop the action and be heard. To instruct and correct. Coaches , after all, get into the business because they love a sport and want to see it played right. They have limited control during a game. Practice is when they can stop time and choreograph perfection.
Imagine the following, which you would see at a typical football practice across nearly any level: An offensive-line coach wades in after a play, puts his hands on the shoulder pads of his big left tackle and tries to correct the angle on his block or some subtle aspect of his footwork. Another play is run, and the coach says, “Better,” but he wades back in to make another small adjustment. That’s how a crisp two-hour practice becomes a three-hour ordeal.
It starts with Messi because it is ingrained in the players who come through La Masia, the academy: Pass and move. Run for the ball. Run with the ball. Run into spaces where your colleagues can find you with the ball.