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Postby gmattson » Sat May 09, 2009 11:56 pm

Sure can. . . I could use a little help writing the article though. . .

If you have any suggestions, please email them to me and I'll post them. Some pictures might help as well.
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Postby Van Canna » Sun May 10, 2009 3:35 am

Hi George,

Sure, this should not really be a problem. What we want to get across via the front page is that this year we have in mind a novel idea for the usual evening sporting event that would consist of an international soccer game between US Uechi and Canada Uechi, with all potential players subject to draft from all volunteers in attendance at camp with a soccer background so as to put together two good teams.

So the call would go out to any Martial art discipline students attending camp and to anyone else from anywhere who has a passion for soccer, to show up at camp and be drafted into one of the two teams.

The call should also go out to anyone who has some experience in being a Referee and linesman to complete the set up. We can make do with only the Ref if linesmen are not available. But we want the game to be organized just right in order to make it interesting.

We should also suggest that any prospective player should come equipped with proper shoes_ a cup and shin guards. The ones who believe their shins are conditioned enough to get into a soccer game unprotected will be in for a rude awakening and serious injury. We want to keep it safe on the field.

The game is 90 minutes long, made up of a first and second half of 45 minutes _ each separated by a rest period of about 15 minutes or so.

Since this will be a recreation team, what I have in mind is to set up a simple 3-2-2-3 formation and style of play, with three full backs in front of the goalie, four midfielders, and three strikers up front, made up of a center forward and two wingers. This is in addition to the goalkeeper.

We see this formation here:

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This is the best amateur "formation" to ensure "support", "depth", "width" & field coverage on both offense & defense and will give an idea and choice to some of the prospective players as to where they would fit best on the field.

The players would blend territories during attack and defense, but basically cover their assigned space.

I am sure we could motivate lots of ‘soccer minded’ guys to show up for this challenge.

Maybe next year we will have two teams of women soccer. :D
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Postby f.Channell » Sun May 10, 2009 4:04 am

Is there an age limit.

I might have a couple teenage students on soccer teams who would like to kick some butt.
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Postby Van Canna » Sun May 10, 2009 4:09 am

No age limit, Fred...the younger the better. Most of the 'well conditioned' Uechi people won't last long on the field :P
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Postby gmattson » Sun May 10, 2009 4:31 pm

Excellent article! I've posted it to the home page. Now lets promote the hell out of it so we get two fine teams and lots of spectators!
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Postby Van Canna » Mon May 11, 2009 2:20 pm

Thanks George,

Hopefully that will stimulate an interest in doing something different this year and very challenging to top it off.

Can you contact Al Wharton in Bermuda with a heads up on bringing some good players?

you may also wish to fire off a 'mass email' to all the contacts you have, eliciting a response.

There must be some decent soccer players around willing to join us at camp and get on an International team.

I will also contact Fedele to see if he has an interest. Being from England, there is a good chance he might have played soccer, and he certainly is in good shape to play the game.

Who can you contact in Canada to ask for soccer players to show up?

A good soccer game would draw lots of spectators.

As we move along, I will post the basic rules of the game so that people will have a good idea of what they will be seeing on the field.
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The Offside

Postby Van Canna » Mon May 11, 2009 2:28 pm

This rule is what befuddles most people, especially Americans not used to soccer rules.

This might help...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRPra3sH ... re=related
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The offside

Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 12:45 pm

http://www.offside-ref.co.uk/laws/11-of ... /detailed/



A player is in an offside position if:

•he is nearer to his opponents' goal line than both the ball and the second last opponent

A player is not in an offside position if:

•he is in his own half of the field of play
•he is level with the second last opponent
•he is level with the last two opponents


No Offence:

There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:

•a goal kick
•a throw-in
•a corner kick
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The trap

Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 12:47 pm

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This is offside because the red number 10 is in front of all of the defenders, leaving only the goalkeeper back which isn't enough players to play him onside.

This position may have been forced by the defenders moving forward in what is called the offside trap.
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Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 12:49 pm

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Here we can see that the blue number 3 defender has failed to move up the field with rest of his defence and played the red number 9 onside. This is a classic example of where the offside trap fails
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Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 12:51 pm

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The offside rule exists to stop goal hanging, where a player stands next to the opposing teams goal keeper in the hope that someone can get the ball to him (probably using a long ball), so he can get it past the goal keeper. Which would make for a very boring game.
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Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 12:53 pm

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The red number 9 isn't beyond the blue 4 defender but is offside because the goal keeper isn't back. This is one of those rare occasions where goal keeper is out of the goal (e.g. last minute of F.A. Cup final on a corner kick) and can't get back in time but if the attacking team play the ball as they normally would, then it would be offside because the offside rule requires two defenders to be in front the attacker and the goal keeper usually counts as a defender.
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Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 12:55 pm

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Why are linesmen (assistant referees) always calling offside when it isn't? Well believe it or not its not really their fault (unless the decision goes against you or your team), it's all to do with angles and line of sight.

In the picture the purple line represents the linesman's line of sight which as you can see is at a slight angle, this line should be parallel with the goal line.

So even though the red number 10 is being played onside by the blue defender it will be called offside. This is unfortunate but does happen from time to time.
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Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 1:21 pm

A goal kick is a method of restarting play in a game.

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A goal kick is awarded to the defending team when the ball leaves the field of play by crossing the goal line (either on the ground or in the air) without a goal having been scored, having been last touched by an attacking player.

The ball is initially placed anywhere within the defending goal area. All opposing players must be outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.

The ball becomes in play as soon as it is kicked and leaves the penalty area.

A player may not be penalized for being in an offside position direct from a goal kick.
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Postby Van Canna » Thu May 14, 2009 1:23 pm

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A team is awarded with a throw-in when an opposing player is the last one to touch the ball
before it leaves the field of play.

The whole ball must completely cross a side line (called a touch line), independent of whether the ball is on the ground or in the air.


You must take the throw-in from the point where the ball crossed the touch line.


When throwing the ball into play you must :

• Face the field of play
• Have both feet on the ground
• Be outside the field of play
• Use both of your hands to throw the ball
• Throw the ball from behind and over your head

There is no offside penalty in a throw in.
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