Monday, July 6, 2015

24 EMAILS THAT THE 99ERS SENT TO EACH OTHER AS THE USWNT WON THE WORLD CUP

24 EMAILS THAT THE 99ERS SENT TO EACH OTHER AS THE USWNT WON THE WORLD CUP

Julie Foudy of espnW and ESPN FC's Kate Markgraf discuss the United States' spectacular play in their 5-2 victory over Japan to win the 2015 Women's World Cup.
When you watched the U.S. romp to a historic 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, didn't you wonder what the 99ers were thinking? Well, it's your lucky day: Julie Foudy started an email chain yesterday leading up to the Women's World Cup finale and got permission from the group to share the conversation.
It provides an insight into the players who won the 1999 World Cup against China -- and the unbridled, exclamation-point-filled joy they felt when the USWNT's 16-year drought came to an end this past weekend. A warning: Some of the language is a bit, um, salty.
Julie Foudy
AP Images/Kevork Djansezian

7:13 a.m.

From: Julie Foudy
Hope you all are well. I have an idea. If the U.S. wins on Sunday, I have been charged with writing a piece for ESPN to sum it all up.
I, of course, want to do something on the joy we all have in seeing them do well because I am so tired of the narrative around us not wanting them to win. I'd like to just capture the emotions of you all to the moment if they win. I want it to be raw. As they win, soon after they win.
I just think that may be so cool to see... All I need is one to two sentences. Short and sweet summing up how you feel. If you would be so kind as to email me that reply (just to me so as not to kill all your inboxes) that would be great. I will try and wrap it into a neat piece. THANK YOU and hope everyone is well. Holler if anyone else going to be in Vancouver! We can have a little reunion...
Jules

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12:02 p.m.

From: Julie Foudy
Hi again everyone. I am actually hoping everyone can just reply all with responses as I think it will be fun to see the conversation unfold post game and for everyone to share in that. Plus, I added Coach DiCicco to the chain. Whoop whoop. Now, here's hoping the US can bring back that 3rd World Cup star dammit... I am feeling it. Get 'er done!
Jules

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4:40 p.m.

From: Saskia Webber
I have been in tears of joy since the Germany game, can't stop crying ... ok it could be early menopause lol. We haven't started the stream right lol? Go USA love u all.

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6:07 p.m.

From: Tony DiCicco
It is this team's time. They earned it and made us all proud and inspired a country. Soccer is alive and well in large part to these women! Three World Cup Championships to go along with 4 Gold Medals. Great Job '15ers!

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6:38 p.m.

From: Julie Foudy
Just reading these all and smiling from ear to ear. Love and miss u crazies so much.

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6:57 p.m.

From: Sara Hess
And away we go... LET'S DO THIS LADIES!!!

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7:00 p.m.

From: Lorrie Fair
Here we go!

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7:19 p.m.

From: Mia Hamm
Great idea, Jules. What a performance and statement by this team. You all left no doubt about who is the best in the world. Thank you for taking the game to a new level and inspiring so many of us. World Champions! Enjoy it because you have earned it. Mia

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7:21 p.m.

From: Carla Overbeck
HELL F--G YEAH!!!

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7:38 p.m.

From: Saskia Webber
Has anyone taken a breath yet? Just realized I haven't.

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7:46 p.m.

From: Carla Overbeck
Holy s---t, what a WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCE! They saved their best game for last and peaked at the right time! I am so proud of this team, they are amazing athletes, players, and people! CONGRATULATIONS WORLD CHAMPIONS, you totally deserve it!

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7:57 p.m.

From: Briana Scurry
Carli "They call me PRIMETIME" Lloyd!! Enuff said...

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8:00 p.m.

From: Tisha Hoch
Ok so I just started watching.... Holy s--t we are on fire!!!! We are so dominating!! No way we lose this game with the team we have! Go USA
Tish

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8:03 p.m.

From: Joy Fawcett
I love it !! Awesome sitting in a bar full of USA fans so fun to be a part of all the excitement!!! 1 more half, take no prisoners and make sure Japan never forgets the USA!

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8:09 p.m.

From: Tisha Hoch
S--t, it's 4-2. Sub me out quick!

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8:14 p.m.

From: Sara Hess
OMG, Tish. U are hilarious.

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8:15 p.m.

From: Joy Fawcett
Go USA!!! I love the teamwork it took to bring the Cup home! Love this game!!

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8:48 p.m.

From: Tisha Hoch
What an amazing game! That was so fun to watch! So proud of our entire U.S. Team and staff. World Champs... Rock Stars! Classy Japanese side too! Miss you freaks!!!
Tish

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8:57 p.m.

From: Shannon MacMillan
So beyond proud of this group of women! They have inspired a whole new generation of soccer players and no words can explain how excited I am for them! They fought through so much adversity and came together in the end to win big and erase all doubts! Welcome to the World Champion sorority ladies!!!

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9:03 p.m.

From: Kate Markgraf
It's hard to be what you can't see. There are young girls and boys who will forever remember your legacy and dream of greatness themselves. Thank you for continuing to grow the game and get ready for the '15ers comments (great number by the way).

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10:09 p.m.

From: Cindy Parlow Cone
Wow! What a statement to the world! I am so happy for this team! They deserve to be champions as it was well earned! Well done '15ers and thank you for inspiring the next generation! 

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10:15 p.m.

From: Joy Fawcett
Go USA!! I love the teamwork it took to bring the cup home! Love this game!!

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10:35 p.m.

From: Lorrie Fair
It was a baaaaaaaaaad day to be Japan! Thanks for pulling us together for this little email pow wow. It's funny, I remember bits and pieces of our matches in 99...but more than anything I remember the awesome moments with teammates. And it was so great to feel that connection again through this World Cup. I miss and love you all! Fur

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10:42 p.m.

From: Brandi Chastain
As the 175 girls at Region IV ODP camp erupted in joy, chills went up my spine and tears rolled down my cheeks. 16 years since that joyous day in Pasadena and for the first time in the lives of these girls, they were witness to the U.S. Women winning a World Cup Championship. What an emotional roller coaster all ending in a crescendo of gold confetti. Today I am as PROUD to wear the U.S. crest as I was in 1999!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

USA


3x “Three-By” 3-on-3 Half-Field Practice Game

lacrosse short field practice game

3x “Three-By” 3-on-3 Half-Field Practice Game

3x ("Three-By") is the best practice game we've seen in years, no joke. We played a ton of 3x at camp this summer. It is great work for stick skills, quick ball movement, defensive help and rotations, everything! We saw tons of kids playing it at the World Championships last year. They love it, and it looks like it really benefits them.
It’s called 3x because the goals are 3’ x 3’, and the teams are 3-on-3. You can play it anywhere- inside, outside, in a gym, on a tennis court, driveway, etc.  Even high school and college coaches are using this game during the off-season and in practice.
3x lacrosse game banner

3x Lacrosse goals are pretty easy to find online. You can buy the Official 3x Lacrosse Goal here.
You could also turn your normal goal face down and use the bottom triangular side as your 3x goal. Maybe this will get some of your players to actually shoot some bounce shots. (Excellent!)
Even though this is a non-contact training game, we suggest your players still wear helmets and gloves. There is no stick checking or body checking. Control your sticks and play the ball.
Most importantly, you play with a tennis ball. Repeat that- tennis ball! Anybody can jump in the goal in this game, so you don't want to take shots with a regular lacrosse ball.
Tennis balls definitely encourage soft hands in any game or drill. Their light weight can highlight weaknesses in your players' scooping, catching or throwing technique. Even top coaches like Dave Pietremala (Johns Hopkins/Team USA) use tennis balls in practice.
Encourage your players to be in good body position on Defense. Just push on the hips with the gloved hands and turn the ball away from the goal. This is a man-up game, so the Offense should be moving the ball anyways, not driving to the goal. For loose balls, just get good body position here too and play the ball.

Here's THE GAME:

3 by 2 on 2 practice game basic set up
Figure 1. Make teams of three players and play Rock-Paper-Scissors for ball, just like when you were a kid.
Play games to 3 or 5 points. You play half-field, like half-court basketball.  Any time the Defense gets the ball, just take it out and bring it back in on Offense. Check the ball in after every point.
3 by 3 on 2 practice game basic setup
Figure 2. Here is the secret to what makes this game great. One of the Defenders (Red 3) must cover the goal, so your players are constantly working the 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 the whole time. The Defense is always man-down in this game. *The man in the goal can come out, but that leaves the goal open for easy shots.*
Teach your Defenders to work in an "I" formation. Red 1 must cover the man with the "Ball!" Red 2 must get his "Back!" and "Split!" the other two Blue Attackers. Be ready to cover the ball if it moves to either one of these two guys.
Figure 3. The Offense (Blue) should work mostly in a triangle. Teach your offense to move their feet and work this triangle shape. This is not really a dodging game. It's all about recognizing the numbers advantage and moving the ball to the open man. Draw the defense out to create space for your teammates and move the ball quickly.
Your Defenders should be communicating every time the ball moves to cover the man with the "Ball!" and "Back!"
Cover the "Hole"- the middle of the field in front of the goal. Play defense "from inside out".
3 by 3 on 3 half field practice game basic wheel play
Figure 4. Draw the Defense to one side of the field, then move the ball back to the other side. This simple Wheel Play is a good example.
Blue 1 draws Red 1 down the Goalie's left side. As the triangle turns, Blue 2 moves to top center for a better shooting position. Blue 3 comes around the back of the goal, overloading theGoalie's right side. Move the ball to the 2-on-1 (Blue 2 and 3 vs Red 2) faster than the Defense can recover.
3x really helps your players recognize when and where to move the ball. Let them play and figure out how to make it work. Tons of reps, tons of goals and tons of fun with this game.

PRACTICE TIPS:

  • This is not a game for outside shots. Throw pass and shot fakes to move the Defenders. Look to make "one more" pass. Place your shots and finish inside.
  • Keep time and keep score for each game to keep the intensity up. The losing team should do some full-field sprints, hill sprints, Up Downs, Push Ups, whatever.
  • Turn the Goal around facing the other way, or start the ball behind the goal after each point. This gets your players used to attacking from an "Invert" and moving in front of the goal to score, which is a very common game situation.

VARIATIONS:

  • You could play full-field 3-By, although we haven’t seen it done yet.
  • 3-on-2 West Genesee Drill ("West Gennies"): This classic drill is great for getting unsettled transition situations going end-to-end. Great work for stick skills, game situations, shooting and scoring with this one!
  • If your players really understand the 3-on-2 situation, you could play this same game with four on each team and call it 4x ("Four-By"). We think it would go a little something like this.
  • If you had enough goals, you could fit four 3x fields sideways on a regulation field and get a mini tournament going. Who wouldn't love to see that played in every school?
Wherever you play 3x, take some pictures of the game in front of something recognizable for your city or state so we know where you're from and send them to us!