Why Get To Green?
The Green Armband is Level 3, also known as an Intermediate Player. Here are some reasons why you need to Get To Green:
- Level 3 is the Avila break-through level. It's a break-through level because being able to do 10 juggles (along with the other green prerequisites) almost always coincides with a major decrease in "unforced errors."
- The hardest part of "getting to green" is being able to do 10 juggles. Juggling improves touch and two-footedness. It makes the synapses in your brain fire faster, and therefore all your skills end up looking smoother.
- Players with a green armand (Level 3) are able to train with Level 4 (yellow armband) and Level 5 (black armband) players. These are our advanced and elite players.
- The most important reason to get to green is that it automatically qualifies you for the Scrimmage Program during the school year, and that is going to be fun!
- In Level 3, players start to regularly use Reverse Process Rhythm (RPR) drills.
What is RPR?
RPR stands for Reverse Process Rhythm and is a tactical awareness methodology trademarked by Coach Avila designed to raise the players "soccer IQ" so to speak.
Level 3 players start to regularly participate in our iconic RPR drills, pioneered by Coach Eryck when he was during his Masters in Sports Coaching at the United States Sports Academy.
Learn more about RPR.
Here's a video.
It's easy to spot that the drill never ends which doesn't allow the player "down time" and encourages mental endurance or what some people would refer to as assertiveness.
The players must maintain the "rhythm" of the drill immediately in "reverse" as the "process" of finding ones teammates starts all over again with no break to recalibrate. As you watch the video, you would have noticed that all the players involved must be ready to go again instantly all the while maintaining proper "spacing."
Spacing for coach Eryck is a word synonymous with the word "possession." Possession in the soccer world refers to a style of play where teams disturbute the ball amongst themeselves and "space it out" or hold the ball by shifting as a group with the goal of tiring the opponent out. Once lulled to sleep the idea is to strike where the other team has left holes or "spaces" open in the defense due to fatigue that goes with never having the ball, eg. chasing it.
Don't we all want our kids to shift with the play as it unfolds-maintaining the proper positioning to both receive and distribute the ball?
So in the end, RPR focuses on spacing. Spacing is a type of genius that merits training and is a missing link for many players who often have skill but don't seem to gel with the "unit" well.
It's an intangible aspect of the game that goes untrained. The more players engage in RPR drills at Avila, the sharper their performance will be.