Post by Cesare Aronwen on Jan 10, 2018 12:13:19 GMT -7
Hello, for those who are not aware my name is Cesare Fransisco Aronwen. I am a Chaser and Captain of the world renown Tucany Titans. Over the course of my life I have spent years studying the in's and out's of the sport known as quidditch. As a result I have complied a list of some of things that would be beneficial to aspiring players around the globe. My dream is to leave a handbook which helps guide those to grow and evolve the sport in ways I never thought possible. As future revisions occur I shall add commentary of other professional players who which to contribute to this guide.
As well I reserve the right to be somewhat biased in my comments, this is meant as a guide to help you find your own conclusions, or even develop superior methods.
Post by Cesare Aronwen on Jan 10, 2018 13:46:44 GMT -7
Chapter One: Knowing Your Country
One of the most beautiful aspects of this game is it's ability to transcend borders. Not matter where you go you will find this game being played. Even if the Americans are yet to admit quadpot is the inferior sport and that they should be doing away with such a travesty of a game. Any way... Just as each country every country is different, so to is the style they favour. To gain insight into an opposing team you need to understand where they come from. For the sake of making this more direct I have broken this part of the guide into continents, only choosing to dive deeper into a handful of individual countries.
The self proclaimed kings of Europe. They have a couple of countries under there banner, but the play style between each country various little. Players and team from here tend to play a more direct style of quidditch, prefering to using a little less flair in favor of a more linear line of attack. Let's take a moment to break down one of the English signature plays;
The English team's Special Move is called the Rowntree Counter, and plays out as follows: the Chasers go into a dive and out of the back of their brooms the have charms that creates flows red, white, and blue, signifying the flag of the United Kingdom, and referencing the Red Arrows, a famous English flying squad. They knock two opposing players off their brooms and while distracting the opponent Beaters, one of the chasers passes the Quaffle to one of the others, who kicks it around before passing it back to to the initiator of the play. That player then does an overhead kick into the hoop on the far left.
As you can see it is a rather simple play that can be countered with the right preventative steps. While each method to stop the play is effective I shall leave that up to you the read. The point is knowing about this play, and understanding when it's being initiated can aide in creating a turn over. Now while in my opinion most of the UK plays a similar style, be awry of the Irish players. They aren't as selfish as their English counterparts, and while still direct in play style, tend to favor a more pass oriented game looking for an open shot on the hoops.
Ou as-tu été toute ma vie?
Ahh yes the French, you're women are the second most beautiful in the world and dare I say their style of play reflects it. What the french lack in brute strength, they more then make up for it with a subtly that make this Italians heart a flutter. When you face a french player you must be well prepared to know that they are two steps ahead of you. The also tend to read the game better then even the most seasoned Italian can. This is reflected in one of the more common french plays;
"Their Team Special Move, the Blitzen Ballet, involves a lot of spinning, and plays out as follows: Two Chasers pass the quaffle, then one swings across to the third Chaser's broom as they pass the Quaffle back to the second chaser, who scores while the opposing Keeper is distracted."
It's such a feat of acrobatics, and dare I say one of the most enjoyable countries to watch play, that when my own country isn't playing I find myself cheering for a the French. Even there stadium has a shed of brilliant as it resembles the Palace of Versailles, with opulent gardens covering the field. Très bien!
What is rather fascinating is how the two sides differ, while North America consist of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The US tends to do much more favorably compared to their other two counter parts, as well as produce more international caliber players. As a general rule the Canadians tend to adopt a few of there tactics while the Mexicans favor a more Latin style of play. The US tends to adopt a lot from the Muggle sport Basketball. So with that being said let's take a look at a play by play of there most famous move The Harlem Shuffle. The name is taken from the popular Muggle basketball team The Harlem Globetrotters, who are best known for their skillful and entertaining play involving a ball of similar size to the Quaffle, during games.
The Harlem Shuffle plays out as follows: First, Chaser Gianni Fedele spins it atop his finger, shouting to his fellow Chasers, "Get ready, guys!" He passes the Quaffle immediately on to Robert Green, who dribbles it back and forth on his broomstick for a few moments, then passes to Debbie Muntz. Muntz plays piggie-in-the-middle with the other team's Chaser(s), while sliding the Quaffle down her outstretched arms and behind her head. She throws it to Fedele, who throws it to Green, who scores by throwing the Quaffle in from behind the goal post after diving off of his broomstick, while falling. Muntz takes it and scores once again, the other team's Keeper diving off their broom, but failing to make the save.
As you can see they enjoy the theatrics of playing, while to the trained eye you will know where to place the bludger to interrupt the showboating. Now I wouldn't underestimate them by any means, they tend to make it to the knock out stages of just about every quidditch world cup! Which brings us to the Latin Americans.
The Latin Americans enjoy a free flowing style of play, in which they had a rhythm to their plays. Just like music they enjoy controlling the tempo of play creating a wonderful ebe and flow. It is important to try and dictate the tone early and force them to adapt to your tactics first. They are no push overs how ever, and have historically triumphed over there US counterparts many times over the years.
What a strong region! While the countries I could speak off are far to numerous for this guide I shall highlight the consistently strongest powerhouses in the region. I can speak from experience when I say I dread having to match up against their beaters. As history dictates they enjoy using the discipline for their beaters to pressure the opposing team. While some teams enjoy just smashing bludgers around, the Japanese know how and when to pick there shots, targeting any of the weak points they spot. If you aren't careful it will leave your Beaters playing on the defensive making things harder on your chaser to create openings. My recommendation for any aspiring beater is to study the like of the veteran Japanese Beaters Maskai Hongo and Shintaro Shingo. Now I wouldn't underestimate their chasers as they tend to play with a bit of a martial art influence;
"Their team signature play is known as The Tsunami, and involves a lot of spinning. A Chaser has the Quaffle flanked by the Japanese Beaters. He then does a spinning trick to avoid the opposing players, then passes to another Chaser, who passes to the third chaser. The third chaser then fakes a punch at one of the beaters and throws the Quaffle to chaser one who kicks it through the middle hoop. Then chaser two is quick to intercept. He then passes it to chaser three who is waiting to the side of the hoop, and kicks it to the left hoop where Chaser one kicks it in to score."
They tend to use deception to try and create easy shots going back door on your keeper. And with the pressure created by there beaters it can cause a game to get out of control rather quickly. A quick note is that the Aussie play a very similar style to the English. And while I may be biased towards Japan, I would also recommend studying China. Back in 2010 they played in the world cup final against Moldova, with Moldova winning 750 to 640. The match lasted three days, and it was widely held to have produced some of the finest Quidditch seen this century. The training regimes many of these countries employ but a lot of the western quidditch teams to shame.
Germany, The Nordic Teams and Russia
Ah yes the Germans. They are another team that likes to take inspiration from a muggle sport know as Football. With that being said, that means they tend to play viewing each possible action as a line. Straight, Linear, Diagonal, it all is very direct towards the hoops. Which also makes it rather easy to plan a defense around. But while you see direct plays, you also see a more brutal approach to the game. All there attacks are built around power, just use there preferred play as an example;
"The team move, called The Barrenheim Barrage, is played out like football. Chaser one kicks the Quaffle hard to Chaser two, who weaves in and out of the opponents, and then throws to Chaser one, who abruptly stops, causing the opposing team to fly past him. The opposing chasers then turn back to see Chaser one throwing the Quaffle to Chaser three who leaps into the air and smacks the Quaffle into the scoring zone. Chaser two, who was on the other side of the goals catches the quaffle then dropkicks it back towards Chaser one who gracefully leaps from his broom and brutally headbutts it in. Germany will then does a victory pose."
As you can see with the right preparation they can be anticipated and stopped. While an interesting trick the Nordic teams like to use is taking advantage of the weather in a way no one else really does. They will try to create fog, or force you to flying towards the rain, snow or sun if it means being able to throw you off their tail. Many of the games played at Durmstrang are like that. If you want to know how Beatrix got so good at catching the snitch, or how I learned how to make improbable shots? Well when you sometimes have to play with impaired vision having a clear line of snitch is rather simple.
Last but certainly not least, and one of the times it will be impossible for me to be impartial towards. Our style is so brilliant even the Spain tend to mimic our methods. I bring to you the way we approach the game, and bear in mind it has been influenced and changed a lot over the centuries. The one thing you must know of when facing an Italian side is that we tend to put focus on playing defensive into a strong counter attack. These means we try to use a quick break style of play meant to expose the other teams from excreting so much effort in trying to score. While a draw back is if they team isn't playing in sync, we are susceptible to making misplays and turn overs. But while I can't speak to the other teams efforts, we spend a lot of time researching and adapting new plans before we face an opponent. For use it's all about preparation and adaptability. Another trick we use is bringing the entire team into our plays. For example:
"Beatrix doing the Wronski Feint; she then leands the opposing seeker in towards one of the Italian beaters. Doing so he is then knocked off their broom into there own chasers, depriving them of the Quaffle, and giving it to over to one of the Italian Chasers. We then swiftly move into a counter attack, with both beaters controlling a beater back and forth between them. The quickly force the other chaser to swarm, eventually using the bludger to clear them out. In anticipation Chaser two catches the quaffle before throwing it behind there back toward Chaser three, which in this case is me. I then have a wide open shot with the opposing keeper out of position and for the simple score."
While it is difficult to pull off, the end result is superbly rewarding. It requires trust, timing and excellent preparation and practice to pull off. It is also why the Italians prefer complex flying and passing partners designed to counter and out think our opponents. The secret of quidditch is that no matter what you decide to do as long as it ends with points and wins no will tell you it's wrong. But be weary dear reader, it is essential to understand the strengths and weaknesses of all the styles mentioned above.
And if you want to know the truth? I don’t really care about the stats or the cup or the trophy or anything like that. In fact even the games aren’t that important to me. While it is important for my job to win, and to allow the supporters opportunities to celebrate, I focus on what really matters to me when I play. And what matters to me is the perfect throw, making the perfect catch, the perfect dive and block. Perfection. That's what it's about. It's those moments. When you can feel the perfection of creation. The beauty the physics you know the wonder of mathematics. The elations of action and reaction and that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to. It helps me set aside all the stress and gives me a joy when I study the game. Everyone's own style and technique is beautiful in it's own way. As I learn and evolve as a player and someday coach, I feel more and more connected to the beatifies of the world...In a way feeling almost connected, as I understand how and why they do what they do. Brilliant isn't it?
Post by Cesare Aronwen on Jan 10, 2018 14:28:07 GMT -7
Chapter Two: Know Your Roles
I'm sure as you have now realized the first chapter was more about the importance of knowing an opponent, but it was also a method to create the differences in playing styles. The reason many of those play styles are what they are goes beyond the culture. To put it mildly...It is what the players on that team excel at. And while I suggest all Captains use this part of the Handbook to determine how to build a team, I can't stress how important it is as well to create team chemistry. You can have the most talented team assembled, with players filling the roles required and still lose. Let's take a moment to break it down. Team chemistry is the composition of a team and the relationships among team members. In essence, it is the dynamic that arises from the different qualities each team member contributes and the interactions of team members with each other.
Building Chemistry - Leaders must take responsibility for building team chemistry. Because team members typically cannot refuse to participate, the person assembling the team must manage its chemistry. If you find yourself tasked with putting together a team to run a change initiative, for example, you cannot simply put the most talented people you find into a room and expect results. Exceptional talent often carries a big ego in its wake. Sometimes, you must sacrifice talent to avoid power struggles and team fragmentation. When done properly a team with chemistry will do that extra step, make that unselfish play, and sacrifice the time and energy it takes to have a winning team. I've have sent more players packing with egos larger than the Vatican, then I have signed them to the Titans roster. Our manager Giuseppe Rossi works wonders at managing it. He has a way of having those tough conversations to make sure the team remains in harmony.
Now looks take a look at our puzzle pieces and break them down. Seeing as this is an advanced handbook I don't feel the need to explain what each role does.
Let us begin with what I consider to be the greatest and most exciting position in this game. With Chaser having good chemistry means the world, as I want to be able to communicate with my partners with only my eyes alone. If you can anticipate what each other wants to do, the move to make, the strategy to be employed...well it is easy points on the board. I also find it is the position most likely to struggle with egos and disharmony. I have been just as guilty on bad nights of ending up at the others throats. With that said though we make amends the next day and work harder to course correct what lead us to that moment. Now with that being said it is important to know your own strengths and weaknesses. As well as knowing what it is you want your Chasers to accomplish.
Power Defensive Chasers - These are the more direct members of your group tending to favour using there size and strength to get the job done. It is more typical to see the stockier men fill this roll as they can manage to use there size to protect the quaffle or force turn overs. A power Chaser is in someways similar to a Pitbull who has latched his jaws shut. They will harass and bully the other teams chasers. A draw back is with the extra weight they carry they wont be as fast as the more Agile Chasers. At times they can even be a liability for quick break style teams as they struggle to catch up to opponents. They are also the ones who will work better working the quaffle into the scoring zone, and anchoring the development of a play.
Play Making Agile Chasers - These are more of your play makers, they also tend to be some of the more brilliant fliers and adept at acrobatic flair. When you deploy these kinds of chasers you are making a statement that you plan to fly as quick and nimble on the pitch. I personally find these chasers a joy to watch, and that is not because women tend to predominately fill this role. With the right protection and anticipation these kinds of chaser work well to transition between offense and defense. This requires a lot of thought, and a strong understanding of the game so they know how to distribute the quaffle. A down side is there size, and when kept properly contained they can struggle to impact the game.
Marksmen Chasers - Now my own personal category. While in my own case I use my natural length to create my own shots, we are the ones who are benefiting from the work of the other two roles. I would be remiss to say that without them I wouldn't look nearly as good as I do on the pitch. But the Marksmen is the one who thinks about finishing off the plays, getting the quaffle through the hoop, and above all else learning exactly where they are the most efficient on the pitch, what angles can they shoot from, and the tricks to do it. A real marksmen will desire spending hours on the pitch just shooting at the hoops, trying to master what a slight spin on the ball will do, how the wind affects it's flight. But the only issue can be how selfish we can play. With a shoot first mentality I have been guilty of not making a pass in time, or forcing myself to turning over the quaffle because of my desire to be the one who scores. As well I tend to see massive egos with such players believing they alone can make the plays.
Understanding Yourself - With those three styles in mind, I suggest looking at your own strengths and practicing them. It should be a combination of all three traits, with one standing out above all else. I would even say while adding flair and theatrics is tempting, don't do it just for the sake of it. Allow that natural flair to evolve on it's own. If you are good at play making and defense then study pro chasers who are as well. Learn habits and how to read the came. Are you a power marksmen? Then get used to using that size to get the qauffle in close, and how to shoot with other plays in your way. Agile Marksmen? Then learn how to shoot form distance, and how to make sure your other chasers follow up for you in the scoring zone. If you can begin to understand that, then you will really start to shine.
The secret to playing and building a team is finding complementary pieces. So one Chasers strength can help cover another weakness. And once you have a trio that show brilliant chemistry evolve your play style and game plan around it.
Ah yes Beaters. How I both loathe and love you at the same time... They are arguably the most essential players on your team acting as an anchor for everything. You can disrupt an attack or fortify your defense. At times with the proper flying you can even act as an extra body on the defensive. While it is usually men who excel in this position due to body design, I would be wise to mention that you should never underestimate the wrath of a female beater. Many of the girls play with a chip on their shoulder and will attack you with such an aggression you'd be sure an angry dragon was after you.
Precision Beaters - These are the often underestimated players of the types. They lack some of the stopping ability of a power beater, but they make up for it with accuracy. I've seen precision Beaters make bludgers go places I never thought possible. They are rather adept at anticipating plays and ending them in there tracks. They are also the ones to act as a shot caller for your pair on wither they need to be playing more aggressive or take on a more defensive role. I personally would rather have two precision beaters on my team over a set of power beaters any day. Although having a nice balance between the two is ideal as well. Think back to the previous topics on team compositions and what kind of style you have in mind for your team. Many Precision Beaters tend to be average size, allowing them a little bit of speed to their play.
Power Beaters - Now this is the money makers of your team. They hit the bludger with such a force they can incapacitate your opponents rather quickly. These tend to be the big burly players on the team, who you can use as decoys and blockers for the chasers. While slower than their counter parts, the Power beaters make up for it in strength. When utilized correctly they can create moments of fear in the other players. Now the downside to such power? They are slow and lack the same kind of accuracy. My advice would be learn the margin of error with their hit bludgers and try to teach them how to work around it. Many try to hit the targets square, or struggle with how much to lead the bludger. But I can't stress how devastating a power beater can be when there bludger shots are landing on the mark.
Know Yourself - The first thing to keep in mind as a Beater is to never lose your temper, while it might make you feel better, or feel better at the position, the simple fact is with a clear head and focused mind you make better plays. It is that confidence that you gain in those brief moments that make the difference. Focus on that confidence and training hitting the bludger from both directions. As well take the time to practice making single, and double hand hits from both directions as well. While I'll advisable, learning how to hit the bludger from various directions such as overhead, sweeping below the broom will only improve your overall game. While you may not allows get the credit you deserve, fear not, a proper till will recognize and celebrate your accomplishments. For you are the lynch pin of the team.
So how are you my old nemesis? Recovered from all the mind games, tricky, out right debauchery that is thrown your way? Or how many times have you gotten the corny, "I guess you're a real Keeper" jokes? Alas my dear Keeper, you aren't just the poor mans fourth Chaser. In fact you are the General of your team. For it is you who sees the entire pitch, and can coordinate your team far better than any of the others can. From your vantage point it's essential to call out things the Chasers and Beaters might miss. It is also up to you to control the tempo of the game. Quick pass outs, slightly holding the Quaffle to slow the pace down, calling out plays. And even then you can manage to snag the various highlight reels with dashing saves and impossible stops. Don't you dare let anyone tell you that this was all just luck!
Acrobatic Keepers - Wow! Brilliant! A Genius! Why was the keeper out of position for that last goal? Such is the life of the more acrobatic keepers of the world. They tend to be slightly smaller than there counter parts, and tend to be more agile. What this means is they need to use unorthodox methods to make saves to make up for poor positioning, or over confidence when challenge chasers one on one. While they are the most exciting to watch, they can also be the most frustrating to deal with. You'll find acrobatic keepers tend to have more streaks of good to bad periods that the positional keeper avoids. But with high risk, you can also achieve higher rewards as well. With the right acrobatic keeper on your side they can help facility quick plays to catch your opposition unaware.
Positional Keepers - These tend to be the ones most chasers enjoy on there team. They are big and lanky, they have phenomenal reach and can make it very difficult for chasers to score in one on one match ups. A positional Keeper is very good at angles, and will always know how to cut off the most ideal shooting options. While not as flashy as the acrobatic Keepers, a positional Keeper will provide you with a bit of consistency in the net. The draw back is they struggle to sometimes make those improbable saves when caught with poor positioning. They are also slower to adapt to some of the trickery plays as well.
Know Yourself - As a Keeper you need to remain vocal for the sake of your team, and help be that leader from the back. I also think, unlike the other positions, you need to be a little more flexible in your playing style. The best Keepers in the world are able to flex the two styles, but it's good to be master in one. Just know the limits of your body, and don't be afraid to get creative on the saves. And believe me, your chasers will appreciate all the attempts you make to make a save. We only get frustrated if you are lazy to recover from a miss play. As well be mentally strong, you will have good and bad teams. As well sometimes the team might let you down. But above all else know it is okay to be scored on, just learn from the mistakes and move on to the next play.
Some might fairly call it the Dues Ex Machina of the game. I wouldn't run away from that objective view, you get 150 points and finish the game don't you? Why wouldn't a team feel cheated if they dominated the game only to have it snatched away? But I hardly disagree. The subtle nature of the Seeker position go far beyond anything the uninformed might consider. One of the biggest things they can do is play mind games with not only the opposing seeker, but with the rest of the team as well. With the stakes so high it is in every-ones interest to do what they can to prevent the other side from getting the snitch. This is the one position the body type of your seeker plays a huge dynamic in the roles they play. Ideally you want you smallest and lightest players in this position to allow them the opportunity to fly faster, it is why more often then not you'll mind women in the role. Besides, who else can match a woman's ability at mind games. If you doubt that fact let me introduce you to a few of my Ex's.
Dynamic Seekers - These are your show stoppers, the risk takers, the ones who will cause the crowd to cry out at the dangerous maneuvers they like to pull. Does everyone remember the Wronski Feint? Of course you do, this is the advanced guide and everyone remembers it. This is the style that creates heros and legends, but it comes at a high risk as well. If you get distracted in the mind games you might miss the snitch. You'll look like a twit if you fake a dive only to have the snitch nicked away on the other side of the pitch. But if you can get the other team distracted at the right moments, keep the other seeker guessing, and manage to catch the snitch? You'll be considered one of the legends. The question is, do you have what it takes to play this style?
Steadfast Seekers - Welcome to the reliable Seeker of the bunch. While the Dynamic Seekers are like that super attractive person, who you would love nothing more than to enjoy in an more intimate setting... The steadfast seekers are that relaxed cool significant others. You can always count of them to get the job done. They lack the flair of the dynamic seekers, but they still get the job done. Rather than being focused on mind games, a Steadfast seeker just focuses on catching the snitch. It is ill advised to incorporate them into larger team plays due to their focus being dedicated to the one task. My advise would to have a beater keep tabs on them, but more often then not team forget to watch the steadfast seeker. Which is usually to their own determent. Flying under the radar is exactly where they thrive, when no one is paying attention they will swoop in and catch the snitch before anyone else realizes what happened.
Know Yourself - Neither style is right nor wrong. It all comes down to personal preference and knowing the limits you can push yourself and your broom. While it is ideal to play the smaller lighter plays, it is still possible to play with a heavier seeker as well. If they know how to work around the speed disadvantage they are some of the more sturdier seekers to play, being able to handle more punishment then their lighter counter parts. While each style of play should be decided at the discretion of the seeker. I've known some of the greats who could float between both roles with ease, adapting to what is required for that moments.
Please take this as a guide, the game is played at an even more nuanced level then this pages contain. My advise though is pick one, maybe two roles to know inside and out. Take the time to study and appreciate all the difficulty each position faces, and trust in yourself. When picking a position allow your heart to guide you. Above all else play with a sense of joy and wonder, allow yourself to explore the extent of your abilities. I truly believe you will find the position that best suits your personality, body type, and abilities. And once you set ego aside in favor of excelling...well nothing can hold you back from success. Now with all the fundamentals in place we can really learn how to build a team.
Post by Cesare Aronwen on Jan 10, 2018 22:15:33 GMT -7
Chapter 3: How to Build A Team
All that information and how do I use it? This chapter will appeal to those who are captains or aspiring team mangers. While this Chapter might seem brief, I did that on purpose. I can't tell you how to build your team. I'm not even sorry, that is something deeply personal and one of the joys of the game. Trying to decide who to keep and who to cut. The potential a players posses, and who is past there prime.
"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. For me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have seven acting as one. You become selfless." - Giuseppe Rossi
Here are the questions you should be asking yourself;
What styles of play do I wish to play?
This is the first step in selecting the players you want.
What are the strengths of my team?
Despite your own wishes, you may have to adapt to the abilities present in the tryouts. The worst thing you can do is force a style of play on a team. Allow it to show you what identity is present and build on it. Bring it out and nurture it.
How coachable are they?
If a player can't handle handle constructive feedback they don't belong on the pitch. While a healthy ego breeds confidence, a nasty one can poison a team.
Do they need to be replaced?
This is one of the hardest questions that need to be asked. But if team chemistry is affected, the results are lacking, or the team is shifting into a new direction, do what is best for the sake of the team and bring in a new player. Anyone who has played the game long enough will understand that while the choices hurts, at the end of the day you are doing right by your team.
Starter or Reservist?
Assess the talent and decide who is playing best that day and who deserves to be on the pitch. While some players need more time to mature and express their talents, it is also best to have players in your system who are ready in case of injuries or personal issues. Even at times it's nice to have a fresh face in your line up to catch an opponent by surprise. It also always a struggling player a chance away from the spotlight to try and regain form. If managed correctly you'll always be able to foster talent which you can use to improve your team.
What is their chemistry?
It is ill advised to allow players to date one another if they are on the same team. Nor should they be having intimate relations. The simple fact is players will be spending a lot of time together and they can't allow any fall outs to affect the teams dynamics. Those who desire to improve and wish to became professional need to learn how to handle mini fights among themselves. If they do, the team will grow as they push each other to play better. If it is ego driven? Do not hesitate to step in and remove the toxic player.
Do they love playing?
Do what you can to foster the joy of playing, and help those who may be feeling a little burned out. If they manage there levels and learn how to keep a balance they should have no problem. It is important to manage each player on an individual level as well, your job is to foster there development and allow them to succeed to great heights. While you need to look after the team as a whole, you also need to look after the individual as well. A happy player makes a successful team.
At the end of the day it comes down to the dynamics each team has. If managed correctly building a team is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences in the game. While if allowed to be, it can also be one of the most frustrating and toxic experiences one can face. Just know that while at times it can be challenging, the effort is worth it. Understand your own abilities and know when its time to being in new perspectives. Allow your managerial staff to have some input, and be open to it. One of the worst things you can do during this phase of things is to be close minded, and egotistical. I've witnessed some of the greatest teams ever assembled fall prey to narcissism and resentment.
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SHOW
NOW TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR THE NIGHT
Post by Cesare Aronwen on Jan 11, 2018 14:47:39 GMT -7
Chapter 4: Training Regimes
Why Ceasre how do I now get the best out of my team? Well making sure they are doing the proper work off the pitch is just as essential as the work on the pitch. This means monitoring diets, the simple fact is carrying extra fat on the body will only slow you or even your players down. This could effect their performance, and possibly be exposed as a weakness by those planning against you. As well having them keep their bodies healthy prompts a healthy mindset. While Quidditch isn't traditionally taxing on the body, aside from bumps and bruises, they still need to be mentally tough. Without that mental fortitude they might end up struggling when the chips are down.
This is something you can do when developing yourself or your players;
Just pick a goal, a goal you truly want to achieve, and take a clear-eyed look at your weaknesses -- not so you'll feel less confident, but so you can determine exactly what you need to work on. Then get to work. Celebrate small successes. Analyze your weaknesses. Keep going. As you gain skill, you'll also gain a feeling of genuine confidence, one that can never be taken away--because you've earned it. Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
Remember that low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered -- just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. Above all else trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
Now just know that failure has to be an option in the game and in exploration -- because it's a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to make that mistake. The most successful players have fear, successful players have doubts, and successful players have worries. They just don't let these feelings stop them. You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can't do it.
At the end of the day, I can promise you this, your highlights and successes will be what people remember. At some point we will all fail, or make an error. The true greats are humble enough to learn from that mistake and rise above it as a player.
As we grow as players, certain aspects will cross all potions. Improving hand eye coordination, the ability to think on the fly, and to improve there overall Quidditch IQ is one of the main goals all players share. As well they should develop strong cores, and senses of balance. The game can force them into weird positions and angles, while at times flying without hands on their brooms. With that right self awareness they can turn what should be a disadvantage into a trick to surprise the unaware.
Chasers - You should be keeping a play in your hands all the time. Grow comfortable with it in your hands, being able to pass it in a crowded room, knowing how it feels to keep it secure. You should also play around with small little objects and throw them at targets to practice accuracy and don't be afraid to get creative with trick shots. What you want is to develop a muscle memory that make shooting a quaffle automatic. You should just know and react in those split seconds when you are trying to score.
Beaters - Play with wood. Seriously, keep a small little bat with you and just get used to hitting small objects. As you develop the hand eye coordination start playing around with the angles of the bats, the different velocities you need to hit the bludger with. And above all else practice with a heavier bat, it will aide in developing power and endurance that is essential in long games. Get ambidextrous as well, if you can swing and hit the bludger from both sides of your body it opens up more options and makes you a lot more dangerous on the pitch. An advanced move the Titans use is to exploit an opposing beaters weaker side so they can't hit the bludger with the same force.
Keepers and Seekers - Have balls in your face. Play catch with the Chasers, bounce things off walls, have friends just throw random objects at you. Learning how to move and react in a millisecond is what separates the good keepers and the greats. The quaffle might move unexpected so you should be able to track it and adjust in a millisecond. While Seekers should train in a similar manner. Although a fun little game I play with Beatrix Aronwen is where i attack a small little golden locket to myself during a large gathering. Her job is to try and get it from me before our brother Angelo does. Neither will know if I place it on someone else as well, it's a challenge. As well my dear Seekers don't be afraid to play picture searches, get used to ignoring distractions and finding things as quick as you can.
A team that puts the in the work will always beat a team who tries to coast off of their talent a lone. Work on building up the bonds between your teammates and players. Develop that mental strength and always work on the little things. Your friends might choose to mock you for it, but if you want to be a professional you need to make all the movements be as familiar as breathing. And don't be afraid to get creative, everything helps you grow as a player if you desire.
Post by Cesare Aronwen on Jan 11, 2018 15:00:00 GMT -7
Chapter 5: Game Day
This will be a brief chapter as everyone has there own rituals. As a team that morning have a quick fly around, warm up hands, and do very light work to make sure everyone is focused. A proper breakfast is essential, the players performance will suffer if they don't. And allow each player to do what it takes to get ready. As a Captain or Manager you need to assess any player that has an injury or appears distracted. When a player is mentally unfocused it is advised to bring in one of your reserve players. At this stage if they can't be coached to focus on the game you need to put the needs of the team first. This is why I advice you to manage both your starters and reserve players. A proper captain and manager will be aware of the state of all his players. Despite it all, the main goal is still to win, and you can't do that with a distracted player.
Focus on what you can control. Play smart. Trust in your team, and above all else never hold anything back. If you follow that no matter what the result is you'll leave the pitch with your head held high.
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SHOW
NOW TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR THE NIGHT
Post by Cesare Aronwen on Jan 29, 2018 14:37:38 GMT -7
Chapter 6: Post Game
Brilliant! Amazing! You just might be the next greatest thing. Or possibly not, it all depends on the outcome of the game. As long as you kept your head high and battled to the end you should be leaving the pitch with pride. And while in the amateur ranks, they might mean a nice visit to the pub with the team, in the professional world you are only just beginning.
A yeah, the amazing break down of your performance. While I admit to these being tedious, and much easier to handle after a win. The media are there to report back to your clamoring fan base. They will analyze and critique every detail of your performance and depend answers to any perceived errors. My advice is to just give enough away, and own any mistakes you make. But don't give out right explains of how you plan to correct those mistakes. While at times generalities are fine, you still need to time analyze and potentially exploit something the other team did. As well at times safe the more malicious frustrations on your teams for the locker room. The media love to try and create stories, so issues within the locker room can be spun out of control. At the same time low key call outs might be useful in inspiring a struggling player. The secret is to decide if you want to be humble, or arrogant. You must keep in mind that both sides have pros and cons.
Humble - You accept defeat with grace, and Victory with a sincere gratefulness. This means you accept that things went your way, and that despite it all the other team is talented. You might even try to constantly present yourself as an underdog to keep expectations away from your squad. This is the type of team that gains a small loyal core group of supporters.
Arrogant - These are the loud mouth showman, who know what it takes to draw fans. People love the attitude and style, and as long as they keep winning will be on your side. But also keep in mind this will be the same group of become your loudest critics if you start losing. This path is a double edged sword, and one I personally believe needs to be balanced with the humble approach. Either way, use these extremes to help you find your teams identity.
A truly talented team will take the time to review the games performance, any mistakes that can be identified, and possibly things that worked rather well. This is the time to reflect as a team, and use whatever outcome to get stronger and better. A mistake I find is common is that teams settle. This means they refuse to grow and improve which eventually leads to a decline. We are fortunate to get to do this for a living which means we need to treat it as such. This is where the support team comes in handy. For players please take all the critiques with a grain of salt, we all could have done something different. And this phase is meant to help you improve, if it hurts for you to hear, retire or train and get better. It is the nature of the game.
This is the time to patch up any injuries, to rest any major muscles used and to over all destress. The experience of playing is grueling so you will need a good chance to recover, to keep your body at peak performance. Make sure to do whatever the mediwizards suggest, and eat a clean meal. The last thing your body needs after competing is absolute junk food, no matter how amazing it tastes.
Always be mindful when you address the media, and just know it is natural for your emotions to take over in interviews. Work with the support staff to facilitate your own recovery, and break down any part of the game that need to be corrected. A team should be improving from game to game. If you aren't then something is off with your situation and need to be corrected. Remember, it's the little intangibles that make all the difference.
FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SHOW
NOW TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR THE NIGHT