The #AskASocerPro show is a Live video podcast where 11 year MLS vet and Mental Strength Coach Quincy Amarikwa dives into the mentalities of highly successful individuals both on and off the pitch. In this weeks episode Quincy goes over training session, how to become a pro and more.
0:00-3:03 Welcome to the #AASP Show #90
3:04-7:51 Tips on how to become a pro? The struggles that come with parenting a soccer player. @elijahmoreno41
8:02-9:33 Updates on a possible rebranding of BePro!
9:37-12:57 Importance of thinking long term for injury prevention. @_k.23.hampton_ How to handle messing up, and playing with older players? @rafaarzate35
12:59-15:33 How to switch mindset from fun to gameday mindset @lucasb_official123
15:42-18:06 What advice do you have on how to get back into soccer @eharren21
18:07-20:30 Life of a pro EP14
22:50-24:10 Training with 2 time Mexican national team player. @soccer_dad_4life
24:15-27:59 Thoughts on Jackson Yiell’s goal? @shannonmeier1136
28:50-33:50 Was Quincy a leader on the field at a young age @soccer_dad_4life
35:33-40:20 How to handle holding your teammates at the same standard as yourselves. @_k.23.hampton_
41:09-43:43 Is it wrong to ask for more minutes during a game? @tony_aliji
44:03-49:39 What do you think it takes to play on a MLS academy team @jsruizz4 How many sessions, and how long should I do in a day?
51:15-56:57 How much is the BePro weekly training program? @zacariya_yahya Is 6 hours too much training in a day? @jjusef10
56:58-58:20 Thank you for joining the #AASP Show ep 90!
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Quincy Amarikwa (00:00):
We're all here to ride the MSL waves and some strength I'd like to welcome you to another episode of the task tag, ask eight soccer pro Oh, live pool fan page. What's going on? Brooklyn. Welcome Connor Johnson, Katie. What's up. What's up? We'll Westin. What's going on? Real Western. McNasty welcome. Welcome. Let's see what we got Danny. What a drop in the arm and your head emojis. If you guys can hear me all right, spam at heart button, maybe drop me some I'm in your head of, Oh geez. So I know that I'm heard I'm coming through clear Rafa. You said your question came in any tips for sore muscles. And this was the image that I was just scrolling by when you did that. That is my tip for sore muscles, a foam roller, especially trigger point form roller. What, uh, what, uh, let's see, Elijah, uh, what's going on a larger I'll buzz you in here in just a moment as I do our intro.
Quincy Amarikwa (01:09):
Let me see, um, as I do our intro for those of you. So just getting set up. Great to see everybody. Thanks for everybody who's joining in, uh, New York city FC source just joined in as well as a soccer dad for life what's going on. Everybody I'd like to welcome everybody to another episode of be hashtag ask a soccer pros show episode 90. I believe we're on the big old nine zero, and I want to welcome everybody to a, another fun-filled philosophical, mentally stimulating episode of the Assa soccer pro show, where we break down and talk about the MSL, the mental strength league, as well as everything, anything soccer on the field, off the field, uh, related. I'm happy to see everybody join in and I'm more than happy to see everybody spamming that heart button, uh, showing love and joining in on the live as you may or may not know for those of you who are recent, uh, recently joined us in, um, on the show.
Quincy Amarikwa (02:21):
This is your chance to ask. And, uh, 12, I was going to say 11, I've been saying 11 for over, uh, over a year now, but at 12 years, professional soccer player, any and all questions that you may or may not have dropped those in the, uh, in the comment box there, I'll start to go through them as well as, um, have fun, engaging in the community. Love seeing everybody come in, join in regularly, participate, um, say what's up drop by and get their questions answered. So let's see, I guess we'll kick it off right away with Elijah. You let's get you in here and get question while the rest
Quincy Amarikwa (03:00):
Of you. If you've got any questions, drop them in the, in the chat box. Um, and, uh, let me know, Hey, what's going on, man? Hi, how you doing? Good. Good, good. You want to let us know? What's your name? How old are you and where are you calling from?
Quincy Amarikwa (03:17):
I'm Elijah and I'm 11 years old.
Quincy Amarikwa (03:21):
Okay. Elijah. And where, where are you calling
Quincy Amarikwa (03:23):
Quincy Amarikwa (03:26):
Okay, awesome. Elijah, what is your question? How can I help ma'am
Quincy Amarikwa (03:33):
Um, do you have any tips to become a pro
Quincy Amarikwa (03:37):
Any tips? I do have a lot of tips to becoming pro and I've spent a lot of time, effort and energy figuring out what's the best. What's the best resource that I could give you guys on that journey. And that resource would be heading over to perfect soccer skills.com/create account. So if you haven't created your account already, make sure you go to perfect cyber skills.com/create account and create yourself a free perfect soccer team membership account. And there you'll get access to the perfect soccer player blueprint, the ultimate goal, keeper blueprint, um, the ultimate college soccer recruiting blueprint you'll get access to our tactical. Tuesdays episodes are one skill, one drill, um, as well as access to, uh, webinars and talks that I've done in the past. That break down how to get to the professional level. Um, I did that with backyard soccer coach, as well as the three S's of self-awareness talk I did at bill Hamid's camp was that last year. I think that was last year. So, um, I'd say that would be your best tool and resource because I put everything all into one place and we're organizing it. So it's even more streamlined and, um, put together. So D were you aware of that before I shared it with you?
Quincy Amarikwa (04:57):
No. Okay. So now that you know, what, uh, what do you plan to do? What do you plan to do? You don't know? Okay. Well, I would suggest that you, you go and sign up, so you click the link in the bio and you just create an account. And then from there, um, it's very straightforward. It'll send you all the videos and all the books, so you can get, you can read whatever it is that benefits you, or you want to know more, most first. That's cute. Is that your dad? They're awesome. Uh, has he been, has he been your coach or is he helping you with your training?
Quincy Amarikwa (05:46):
He just takes me to training.
Quincy Amarikwa (05:48):
He just takes you to training. What's your dad's name?
Quincy Amarikwa (05:53):
Quincy Amarikwa (05:56):
Carlos, I'm assuming hearing me there. Um, what's, uh, what's been the thing that's been most difficult for you as a parent. Uh, you know, so, you know, soccer is very time consuming, you know, so the practice and like, he, he works really hard he's so he lied us a 2009. He plays for a 2008 Academy in California DeAnza force. So pretty much like I'm saying it's, you know, just it's, it's very time consuming. So getting under training on the weekdays and, you know, I guess that's the only, only something about it. I understand. Uh that's uh, Ryan mash, saran masters club, right? You guys know coach Ryan? Uh, I think it was Jeff Jeff biker, so he played hook. Okay. Jeff, I interviewed Jeff, Oh, a couple months ago. He joined the show. So, um, I got a chance to talk to him a little bit.
Quincy Amarikwa (06:50):
That's great. Um, I don't know, also in the, so in the training center that I just shared, uh, with Elijah, so he's aware of it. Um, you'll be able to see our weekly training programs that Ryan Ryan mash. So he's a coach with deans of four. She's been working with us for over two years now. He creates a custom custom training program that you can do from home, um, every, every single day, uh, every week. So if time is kind of difficult and you're needing that, that gap, that filler to be able to know what to do, how to do, and it just done for you in one spot. That would be a great, that'd be great place for you guys to, to start. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. We'll definitely check it out. Of course. You guys, any other questions for me? Um, no, no, I'm good. You know, you got a question for him. Yeah. Good. Alrighty. Well, thank you for calling man. I appreciate the question and good luck with all your training, man. Thank you. Of course. Thanks. Bye guys.
Quincy Amarikwa (07:53):
Awesome. Thanks for calling in Elijah and father. Um, hopefully I know many players probably players and parents, uh, definitely run into the same, the same issue and problem, uh, that, uh, Elijah's father, I think you said Carlos was, uh, was, was mentioning. And that's a big reason why we created, uh, B pro weekly. I just talked with Ryan earlier today and we might be like rebranding and making the name and the stuff, uh, more streamlined. So it's a little bit easier. I think we've, we've started to realize that we've got a lot of products and services and tools and resources, and it can kind of get a little bit overwhelming. So we're wanting to do a great job of, of bringing everything down into one simple place. So you guys can get access to everything and kind of go from there and, uh, thanks to Jordan for, uh, dropping the link down there below.
Quincy Amarikwa (08:48):
So those of you who have yet to create your perfect soccer team membership account, make sure you go and register so you can get access to everything that I talked about, especially the weekly training programs that I think are, are massively valuable, especially with the, especially with the pandemic, the, the situation with, you know, no one's necessarily sure when they're getting back or it's, it's hit and miss. So seeing, uh, the spamming of the heart button. So appreciate those of you. Uh, if any of you have been doing the B pro weekly program, uh, let, let me know. What has your experience been? What have you liked about it? What have you not liked about it? Did you not? Did you even know it existed?
Quincy Amarikwa (09:35):
Quincy Amarikwa (09:35):
20 K twenty-three Hamptons that I saw you were on the Las Vegas lights, injured list, everything. All right. Yeah. So, um, I think whenever your approaching the game, you've come to a decision that it might be best to rest, to prevent injury. You'll still get added. So, uh, I'm not injured, I'm healthy and I'm feeling good. Uh, I think the, the goal and plan in talking with Frank was to make sure that we prevent any injury. And I think, you know, jumping in with the team and playing considerable minutes, these last several weeks, um, the smart thing to do was just to make sure that we're, we're, uh, we're being smart about how I was resting and my body and all that stuff. So, uh, I didn't participate in the game on Wednesday, but I'll be participating in the game this Saturday. So everything is good on the physical front.
Quincy Amarikwa (10:34):
I think we've talked about it a lot here on this account about making sure you are listening to your body, your you're learning your body, and you're, you're thinking long term and big picture. Um, there's always another game and you don't want your overexcitement to play today or tomorrow. Uh, ultimately prevents you for playing for multiple weeks and multiple games in the future. So like I told you guys gotta practice, uh, practice what I preach. And I, uh, I sometimes it can get hard cause you want to play and you love playing, but, um, that longterm winner's mindset, a soccer dad for life said, my son got to train with two time Mexican national team player tonight. So great experience for my son. That's great to hear, uh, what was the name, if you remember, would love to know who that was?
Quincy Amarikwa (11:32):
Oh, Louis Centerville. I'm not, I don't know him, like I don't personally know of him, but that's great to hear. What did, uh, what, what, what did he take away from, from that experience? Uh, what'd you, what'd you guys like about the training session? Uh, R a F a R Z said yesterday, I had a scrimmage and messed up a little. Is that okay? And also is playing with older kids. Good. Um, yeah. Uh, playing in a scrimmage, messing up and making a mistake is okay. Um, I think if your goal is to be pro or go to college, or just continue to move up the ranks of soccer, like you're playing for more than just for fun. Um, I think it's important to learn and understand where, how, where, and how you messed up and why you messed up. So you can, so you can practice those three S's of self awareness and come up with a plan to improve over time. And then on the second part, uh, is playing with older kids. Good. I believe so. I think the higher, the level you can play at and the longer you spend there, the better it is overall for you in terms of decision making, um, increasing your TA, your touch, your abilities, and overall. So playing up is always a good thing. Um, yeah.
Quincy Amarikwa (13:00):
Uh, L U C a S B underscore official one, two, three asked how do you switch your mindset from a, from just having fun to a game day game day mindset switch from just having fun to game day mindset. Okay. That's a good one. I tend to think that your game day mindset is a having fun mindset, right? So I'm here, I'm in business, but I'm enjoying what I do. And I think that's the place that you want to try to get, get to. And I would, I would, I understand that, you know, the question really is, Hey, how do I get focused is probably really what the question you're asking is and how do I get dialed in? And, and that for me comes down to practicing the three S's of self awareness. Um, and if you haven't listened to that talk, I think I just saw someone had posted it so I can pin it here at the bottom.
Quincy Amarikwa (14:10):
It's perfect. Soccer skills.com/s S Oh, didn't mean to do that pin comment. There you go. Uh, practicing self-awareness let me see where your question was. Cause I got sidetracked. Um, yeah, that would help you in learning how to switch from the playful mindset to the game day mindset and what it takes to really self reflect and understand where you are and where you want to go and create a plan of how to get there. So I think building that mindset takes time. It takes practice, it takes focus, it takes energy. And the talk that I, that I done and that I share here, perfect soccer skills.com/sss is me breaking down and walking you through how to develop that mindset and mentality. So we talked about questions. We talked on the show, we talked about answering specific questions to everybody's experience or where they're at, or what's going on, on or off the field. Um, the three S's of self awareness talk is something that you can listen to on repeat anytime, any place, uh, cause that's going to continue to help you reinforce the idea and the process for developing a developing that winner's mindset.
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H a R R E N 21 had asked, what advice do you have for someone getting back to playing soccer?
Quincy Amarikwa (15:54):
Quincy Amarikwa (15:55):
For someone who's just getting back into playing soccer. I, my advice is to have fun, enjoy it. Um, focus on the focus on the reasons why you love the game and why it's fun for you. Um, because I think that's most important and, and that's something that I'm spending a lot of time trying to be more focused on and getting back to like, uh, professional sports can, can make it very hard to love the game that you fell in love with when you're a kid, uh, because of just all the, you know, the, the politics and the, and the, uh, and the tactics and the strategy and the competition and all of that stuff. Um, all of that and the business, all of that's necessary. You have to understand that, especially at the professional level, cause money's involved in, you're paid to do it. It's a job at the professional level.
Quincy Amarikwa (16:44):
Soccer is now a job. So, you know, fun tends to take a backseat. Fun, tends to be the last thing that is focused on, um, because you're being paid to do what is now a job. And I think most people don't start out with soccer as soccer, being a job. They started out with soccer, being a passion. It's something that they enjoy, they love and, um, uh, motivates them and inspires them and encourages them to, to participate and be a part of it. So if you're getting back into the game, that would be my suggestion. Um, I think if you're focusing in on the fun and enjoying it, um, it's a win win. If, you know, if you happen to get to a point in time where pro are playing at a high level, uh, is the result of your effort, your, your commitment and the time you've invested in the game.
Quincy Amarikwa (17:31):
That's great. But if not, at least you enjoyed the game and, uh, you, you got a lot out of it. So like, like I speak about a lot there's ups and downs in the game. There's good times, there's bad. Uh, and that's one that I that's, that's a reminder and advice to you just as much as it's a reminder and advice to me. Cause sometimes especially at this professional level, seeing a lot of the things that I've seen, uh, it can be very difficult to remember that into, to do that. So that's a good question.
Quincy Amarikwa (18:09):
Mateus Anderson said, what's good. Quincy, what's going on? Welcome. Welcome prestigious football joined in Matt T a 1000 Mopar. What up? K 23 said, okay, good to hear. So it's just precautionary. Yes, it is just procrastinate per cautionary, Yosef what's up Yosef. I think I saw that you followed me over on Twitter. Shout out to you on that. Um, I know a lot of us participate in hanging out here over on, um, on Instagram, but we're having some fun over there on Twitter. So if you haven't, I'm trying to pull up and see the Twitter post. Yeah. If you guys haven't been over on Twitter, make sure you guys go join the conversation on Twitter, David, uh, David, uh, David and I had a little bit of fun with my, one of my more recent posts, um, on the Instagram account, I, I did a, what was it a Sunday fun day re posted episode 14 of the ASCA soccer pro?
Quincy Amarikwa (19:18):
No, no of the life of a pro. Sorry, not the ask for sure. Life of the pro blog. Um, if you guys have not seen that episode or watch that series, I highly recommend you guys go and subscribe over on YouTube and watch the, uh, watch all the episodes. Uh, I rewatched it and I just, it, it, it brought back a bunch of great memories, great peoples fun times, stupid times, uh, stupid conversations, fun conversations with [inaudible], uh, Francis, uh, France as our France law is called Francis. Uh, when I joke around with him captain for a SWAT asphalt or, uh, my little messy, uh, Jimmy [inaudible]. Yeah, Nick Lima, Tommy Thompson, Jackson you'll, uh, JT, uh, who, by the way, got his first start. I want to say against a LA AFC. And they won the game two, one, uh, and they scored that game winning goal very shortly after the life of the pro episode 14, uh, show was published. So another conspiracy in the, in the works just saying, uh, but have anybody watched the lack of control blog? Uh, what was your favorite episode or favorite moment?
Quincy Amarikwa (20:46):
Yeah, that was, that was fun. Post. That was a fun post. And then let me see, what else was I looking for? Oh, but I was also in I'm thinking about having some fun and joining in, um, Duncan, Kyle Duncan, uh, uh, New York, red bulls. He, he went live last week, uh, jumped in on his live, had a fun conversation. Uh, he, he shared a bit of his, uh, his original thoughts on his first experience, uh, plan, uh, playing against me when DC United played New York red bulls last year. Uh, he had some, he had some fun stuff to say, uh, which was, which was funny, but he's a, he's a good kid, a great young talent. And it's, it's been fun to watch him develop over time. I'm excited to see how his career develops and love the fact that he, he took my approach to the game as a learning moment and love, you know, I think, uh, I'm a, I'm a tough love type of teacher.
Quincy Amarikwa (21:58):
That's, that's how I feel. You get the best out of someone and out of yourself and not everybody can appreciate that can appreciate that, that approach, but those who do and who understand, uh, look out, cause they they've got a, they've got a little something extra that not a lot of people have, and it's a great indicator of future success. So was great to jump in his live and speak to him a little bit. And if you guys haven't been, make sure you guys go give him a follow and drop him and I'm in your head emoji on his account, uh, saying hello and
Quincy Amarikwa (22:40):
Quincy Amarikwa (22:40):
And welcome to the MSL. Um,
Quincy Amarikwa (22:48):
Let's see what we got here.
Quincy Amarikwa (22:52):
A soccer dad for life, with reference to, uh, his son training with the two time Mexican national team, a player had said his takeaways were that the intensity that he brought plus the drills were something new that he had not tried overall a great experience, but my boy has to learn Spanish because Lewis doesn't speak English. Okay. That's uh, that's great. It's like multiple levels of, of experience and trying to, to learn new culture, new language, new approach, new strategy tactics. Um, you can hopefully set, set the standards so you can understand like what the level is what's required to, uh, to get better into, to compete. Cause there's a lot of, there's a lot of talented players out there and it is not easy to, uh, to create a name for yourself and to stand out and to, to kind of get to being a cut above the rest. A lot of that comes down to adversity and how well you can adapt to difficult times and overcome it. So that's great to hear though, on the feedback side, um, I K H a N dot 16 set. I've got a game on Saturday. Well, good luck on your game. I also have became the Saturday, so we will be playing at the same time.
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Shannon Shannon, M E I E R one one three six had asked, what did you think about Jackson UL's goal on set on, on Sunday? And that's what we were just talking about. That goal came after we published the throwback throwback life of a pro episode 14. Um, I could, I could tell that that gold meant an awful lot to Jackson and, and the guys in that game, um, from, you know, outside looking in, it looks like things have been pretty difficult for the quakes and, uh, Almeda in terms of just figuring out how to make his system work in America. I think we have talked about it in the past. Um, something that I said then, uh, that I still, I still believe his, uh, his focus on building culture and like personal identity is great. And I think that that is an amazing foundational piece and, and necessary and something that the quakes were missing.
Quincy Amarikwa (25:11):
Uh, but I, but I also think his approach to the style of play for the guys that he has as well as just the guys he's brought in is one that will not work in MLS because of all the limitations, uh, in MLS that aren't the same everywhere else in the world. You know, that's, you know, salary, cap restrictions, no promotion relegation, um, uh, Tam dam and all the other, all the other, all the other mechanisms and DPS and non DPS and homegrown versus J next gen now versus all the, all the mechanisms, the league has used to create the system as it is today and get it to the point where it's at right now are the reasons why I believe there are too many variables that Almeda hasn't been able to learn or understand quickly enough to realize why his philosophy doesn't translate into
Quincy Amarikwa (26:18):
It'll result in sporadic success, but not the consistency that you need to make it to playoffs and eventually win a championship. I didn't even also didn't even mention just travel and how that works and that doesn't even include or count the difficulties and all the additional variables that have now been introduced because of, because of the pandemic. And COVID so before the pandemic had, COVID all the issues, problems, mechanisms, I think, were things that were already very, very difficult task for him to overcome, including the pandemic. Um, I think it just makes it near impossible as, as we've been able to see by like many of the results, um, and kind of an unwillingness to make tough decisions more quickly, I think has also played a role into that as well. Uh, but it was great to see, you know, JT get his start. Um, it was great to see the passion that guys still have to want to win and how much it hurts them when they, when they are losing. Um, it can be difficult as a fan to, to see it and experience it. It's, it's even more difficult as a player. Um, yeah, especially when, you know, there's things that you could do to maybe help that you're not getting the opportunity to, or, um, or vast number of other things that come into play. But yeah, Shannon, I know you are a huge quakes fan and have been for a while. So, um,
Quincy Amarikwa (27:52):
Got it, got to keep quakes quakes never say die. So we, we keep pushing forward. Um, let's see, uh, Brahim dropped diamond. You had emoji what's going on, brother. Good to see you. Uh, I think the alleged, I was giving me a wave goodbye. Uh, thanks for stopping by if you're taking off. Um, appreciate you joining in. Um, Tony had said, I think I was at the game DC versus in DC and New York is a rivalry rivalry, like no other. And that was an intense one. I think I had broken my nose in that game.
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A soccer dad for life had asked where you're a natural leader on the field at a young age or more quiet approach. My son is 12. And just now starting to take more leadership role. Um, I would say I was a leader on the field in terms of my play and my action. I wasn't necessarily someone who is, or I like to think or believe I'm sure other people who were there were watching my might say different, but I don't feel like I, I spoke as much when I was coming up. Um, I kind of just played the game and focused on goals and just, yeah, I focus was just on getting to the goal and creating opportunities and trying to score. And like, that was my focus. And that's what I, I dedicated my time and energy to, uh, mainly because coaches, coaches over the course of my career, haven't ever looked to me or asked for me to be the leader of the team, you know?
Quincy Amarikwa (29:50):
So like, uh, I've never really been thinking about it. I've never been like asked to be the captain or looked at as the captain. I do believe that players look to me as a leader in a president's in the locker room. And I do believe a lot of players, uh, like if we're playing five aside, uh, 11 V 11 and you're picking, I know guys pick me and want me to be on their team cause they know I'll work my buns off for them. And when I am sharing information and talking, I'm trying my best to share the most accurate information possible and um, figuring out ways that we can win. I'd say I've become more and more vocal over the course of my career. Um, especially as my understanding of the game has grown, but I think one thing that has made it difficult for me is as I've become more vocal, it hasn't necessarily been because coaches have been asking me to be so, um, that's something that I would caution, uh, your son as well as you to be mindful of and aware of, um, in my experience, if the coaches aren't asking you to be a leader and they're not asking you to speak, it's, it's better not to not because I think it's better not to, but because like I talked about earlier, politics does play a big role in soccer and how things work and how the coach views you is more important than your ability on the field.
Quincy Amarikwa (31:11):
And it's, it's tough to say that because I think you wish that that's not the case. You don't want that to be true. Um, but you know, it is what it is and what I tell you guys here. And I always say, I'm going to share my truth from my personal experience and hopefully share with you the things that I've learned from mistakes that I've made. And one of them is most people would say, Oh, you want a leader. You want someone who's vocal. You want someone who's cares and is passionate and is helping and trying to learn. But many coaches are not many coaches are not secure enough for themselves to have players who have personalities like that. And that is just the truth. And because of that, that can be calm, a negative reflection upon you that prevents you from getting opportunities. And we talk about maximizing opportunities here, understanding the business of the game, uh, understanding how to survive both on and off the field.
Quincy Amarikwa (32:07):
And that is something that I feel, um, isn't understood by individuals who are very passionate about the game and, and want to win, um, and want to give everything they can to club routine, um, players who have that kind of approach and mentality. They struggle to understand how that could ever be seen as a negative or bad. Um, and I was one of them and it took me a long time to realize and understand that, you know, if your coach, or if you're, you know, at the professional level, if you're general manager or if you're a technical director or whatever, if they're not someone who, if they're not someone who's secure with themselves, you know, your passion, your fight, your willingness, your wanting to acknowledge mistakes, be better and push yourself and your teammates to do more and to be better and to admit your mistakes and to try to talk through them and grow from them.
Quincy Amarikwa (33:03):
That scene has a negative thing from, by those who don't want to expose their mistakes, who are trying to cover them up or were trying to prevent others from catching them for what it is that they may or may not be doing. And you have to understand that you many people view it as if you do good. That means they do bad. If you're right, that means they're wrong. And that is a level of the game that you, and a level of understanding that takes time to, to come to, um, through it typically through a lot of experience and a lot of mistakes. So hopefully you guys are taking up what I'm putting down and that helps, that helps you in, in your specific, um, soccer journey. Um, has, has anybody here had to deal with, uh, the politics that come along with, uh, playing, playing the game, um, insecure coaches or general managers or, uh, club directors,
Quincy Amarikwa (34:11):
Quincy Amarikwa (34:16):
The screen-share everybody's spending the heartbeat. And so I sounds like a lot of you have similar experiences or, uh, yeah. Similar experiences or understanding what I'm talking about.
Quincy Amarikwa (34:35):
Quincy Amarikwa (34:36):
Okay. So let's see, K 23 said, right now I'm a second team player, but I'm on the brink of first team. I had to talk with my coach and he said, the two things holding me back is my touch and strengthen the ball, which I've been working on intensely since me and my coach have had that discussion. Okay. That's great. That's great to hear one that your coach was open to having dialogue with you and two, that he was willing to share with you, ways in which he thinks you can improve your game. But most importantly, you took that information as constructive criticism, and you've been putting in the work and effort to, to improve that. So, um, how long have you been working on that for and like what, what have you been utilizing to help you to improve at that?
Quincy Amarikwa (35:26):
Uh, and while I do that, I'm looking here, um, K twenty-three Hampton also asked a little bit earlier, so I'm scrolling up here and looking at the other questions as they're coming in. Um, how do you handle to hold your teammates to the same standards I have for myself? This is a tough question because, because I struggle with not liking the answer that I've come to and that I'm going to share with you here right now. And that is, um, do not spend any of your time, energy or focus on trying to hold your teammates to the standard that you have for yourself. Take all that energy and focus and directed on yourself and raising your standard to as high of level as you can be for yourself. And if your teammates see that and they, they see that as motivation to improve themselves and elevate their game.
Quincy Amarikwa (36:18):
Great. And if not, that is not your problem. That is not your issue. That's your coach's job. Your coach's job is to look at you and see the standard that you are maintaining and the level you're getting to. And his job is to get your teammates on board with him or her to get the standard up to yours and past yours. Um, that ties into the last, you know, second question that I was just answering, um, because I want to win so bad and I'm so passionate about helping those around me. I wasn't able to see for a long time how that passion and willingness and, and I thought, I thought pointing out mistakes and bringing it to my teammate's attention. And in trying to talk through it and understand it was seen as a positive and one that we would all get better from in my mind, it's going like, well, Hey, if I made a mistake, I'm pointing it out.
Quincy Amarikwa (37:13):
I'm calling it out. If they make a mistake, I'm pointing that out. I'm calling it up. That gives us an opportunity to have a conversation. And if we through that conversation, we can figure out solutions and we can move forward together. Um, but not everybody has that mindset or approach and takes it that way. And that's why I say shout out to Duncan up there because Dunkin under Dunkin understands, uh, my approach and where I'm coming from. Many players don't naturally initially. Um, but it's through creating a lot of issues and problems for myself to solve and get through that. I've come to this conclusion where, where, why I share this message. And this specifically with you is saying, um, knowing what I know now and understanding how difficult it was, because I approached it that way. I was luckily able to come out the other side, stronger, having grown from that, and I can recognize and see how, um, you know, the role I played in making it difficult on myself.
Quincy Amarikwa (38:13):
Even, even though it was just a lack of understanding and, um, you know, a slight lack and understanding can still create a very massive issue and problem for yourself and those around you and, um, having the ability to self reflect and, and willingness to be honest with yourself, practice self honesty about the role that you played in the situation that you may find yourself in is, is necessary to figuring out solutions and understanding how best to navigate moving forward. And I'd say that was a very valuable, valuable lesson to learn it. It required a lot of effort, energy and time on my side to figure out. And I'm happy to share that with you. Um, but I think that the best approach is focusing in, on yourself, elevating yourself, getting yourself to the highest standard level possible, and then, um, accepting the fact that not everybody will meet your standard or be to your level.
Quincy Amarikwa (39:09):
And that's okay. That's okay. Um, and learning how to be okay with that is also a skill set and level of understanding that you need to develop so that you can continue to maintain the focus to maintain your level, because once you learn that and you understand that it can also become deflating and like not very motivating, like, well, what's the point if nobody else is doing it, and you're over here by yourself and you know, then you can get into the downward mental, mental spiral that basically pulls you from the level you're at all the way back down to the bottom. And if you're someone has to learn the hard way like me, you'll pull the way down, then you'll realize and understand what it was wrong. And then you can rebuild again and make your way back up. But what we try to do here is try to learn from the mistakes of others. And that's why I share the message with you. So, um, it's understanding that process and, and dialing in and focusing in on what you need to, uh, to be successful and to maintain that positive, uh, focus, mental, mental state, and your great questions. Everybody, um, feel like, uh, the audience is starting to get really dialed in. Everyone's starting to kind of get into some good space, some good space. I know it's been a difficult year for everybody. There's a lot of chaos and uncertainty in many aspects of life, but we continue on,
Quincy Amarikwa (40:49):
Quincy Amarikwa (40:55):
Soccer dad for life said, you're a captive. Thank you. Elijah said, captain, uh, appreciate the guys. Uh,
Quincy Amarikwa (41:05):
Quincy Amarikwa (41:09):
Tony had said, Hey, Quincy, is it wrong to ask your coach for more minutes in games? I think it's, I don't think it's wrong, but not our coaches agree with the way that I think about it. So I think it's understanding who your coach is and how they like to communicate. And when they like to communicate, I think knowing the right time to talk to your coach is, is, is most important. So chances are, it's not the best time to ask him for more minutes, right in the middle of the game, or right at a time when you're angry or he's angry or she's angry or, or whatever. I think I'm showcasing that you have the emotional control to kind of like accept the decision of what the coach has come to in the moment, and then maybe looking for an opportunity to engage with them after the fact, to better understand where they're coming from and how to best prepare or get those minutes in the future, I think is a, is a better approach.
Quincy Amarikwa (42:09):
Um, Brahim, uh, had asked what's your longterm goal between perfect soccer and youngest players? Uh, well, that's, uh, that's a big one. I'd say the longterm goal is really to share the most accurate information I possibly can to help players navigate the process here in America. And I think by, by doing that, we'll create many positive experiences and opportunities for players, parents, coaches, uh, here in the future and will just elevate the entire level and standard of soccer in America, which I think creates more opportunities for jobs, paths to the game, uh, pods within the game, more representation at every single level of the game. And just an overall, just elevation of, of the game here, um, in the longterm. So that's, that's kind of the, that's the focus and the goal with, with all of that. And in that vein, I think, you know, job opportunities, other opportunities to play with other teams, maybe management roles, general manager, uh, positions, um, you know, I think those will be consequences, positive consequences of, of focusing on that. And that's why I've been focusing on this for so long and, and trying my very best to over deliver value, leaving every exchange haven't given more than I've received. How do you guys feel? You feel like, do you guys feel like we do that here at perfect soccer that I'm doing a good enough job of that? Um, yeah. Do you guys feel I'm doing a good enough job with that?
Quincy Amarikwa (44:00):
Let's see, we've got about 10, 10 more minutes to kick this off. Let's see, uh, JS R U I Z force said, I'm going to try for LA galaxy Academy as it's been a dream to play under them. What do you think it takes? What do you think it takes in any other advice you can give? So it doesn't show the whole question there, but, um, but now it seems like Instagram allows you to see the whole question, whereas before it wasn't letting you, um, I think it takes a, a level of dedication and commitment to the game that most players aren't willing to give, but most players will say that they're willing to give. So like, I'll continue to say right there, that three S's of self-awareness you'll want to watch that, listen to it, read, listen to it and see if you, if you've got what it takes and you're committed to, to calling out your own BS. So you can, um, so you can maximize your opportunity to get there. Um, let's see.
Quincy Amarikwa (45:14):
Uh, 23 had said the practicing on my own has gotten a bit mundane, but I'm just trying to get tons of reps fall in love with the mundane things. Yes, they, I like that. I was just listening to next play capital podcast. The very first episode they interviewed the previous president of the NFL PA and he talked about a little long in love with the mundane things. Yo, what's going on, man? How you doing? I'm doing good. How you doing? I'm doing all right. You want to let me know your name and how old you are and where you're calling from? Um, I'm 15 year old and my name is Norman and I'm from India. Hey, nice to meet you brother. And shout out to India. Love that. Call it international. How, uh, how can I help? What, what, uh, what question you got from me?
Quincy Amarikwa (46:00):
I just want to ask that how many sessions should I do in a day? Like, and session duration. Okay. What is, what's your goal? What, what level do you want to play at? I want to play before Indian national team. Okay. And how, how often do you train right now? Uh, I do two sessions, usually in the morning and in the evening of three hours each. Okay. Okay. And how long have you been doing that for now? It's been four or five years. Okay. I like, Hey, I'm liking the answers and stuff that you share with me, man. Okay. So if you're, if that's what you're really doing and you're dedicated to that, I would say that that, that would be in alignment and on par with the type of work you need to put in to get to the level you want to get to.
Quincy Amarikwa (46:53):
Now, I don't know what you're spending your time doing. So just because you might be spending the time training doesn't mean you're necessarily doing the types of things you need to, to be successful. Right. So what I would recommend is creating yourself a perfect soccer team membership account. If you haven't already, the link is in the bio, right. And I would say sign up for the B pro weekly programs. So Ryan puts together a weekly program, a beginner, beginner, intermediate, and advance. And that will give you a breakdown as the types skills and drills and training and tactics and mentality stuff that you need to be doing, um, that you need to be doing to, to continue your, uh, yeah, no, but yeah, the two times, yeah, if you're saying you're committed to two, three hour sessions a day, um, and you've been doing that for four or five years. Yeah. I, yeah, I think you're, you're committed, you're putting in the time and, and that gives you a great advantage over your competition, but it doesn't mean that you're doing enough and it's going to guarantee that you get there. Right. And you, I hope you understand that.
Quincy Amarikwa (48:08):
Yeah. So, um, I should work harder,
Quincy Amarikwa (48:13):
I think. Yes. I think you should. I think you should get more dialed in on what you work on. Okay. So it makes sense. Yes. Yes. That's it. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. So I think the hours you're putting in is good, but I don't know where and how you're investing those hours. So I would say, yep, good.
Quincy Amarikwa (48:36):
In the morning I do my sprint session and in the evening I just do my ball ball work drills. That's it. I just do. I just practice, I practice individually daily.
Quincy Amarikwa (48:47):
Okay. And do you, are you getting any team training in or any group sessions?
Quincy Amarikwa (48:53):
I play for a club in India. It's called Assam rhinos.
Quincy Amarikwa (48:57):
Okay. Okay. So good, man. You gotta, you gotta keep doing it. You gotta keep doing that. I think you gotta keep being a student of the game. And I think reading the books and looking, going through the training materials that we've gotten, that training center will hopefully really help you dial in so you can make sure you're maximizing the time that you're spending in the game. Okay. Awesome, man. Uh, no, I, I appreciate you calling in and those are some great questions, man. Good luck with everything. And I'm looking forward to hearing from you, uh, several months and years from now, when you play for the, for the national team, that's going to show show. Thank you. Of course. Thanks for that. Thanks.
Quincy Amarikwa (49:40):
Awesome. Shout out India. Um, we're international. Everybody. Are we being international? I love seeing, um, our international followers, especially joining in and asking questions. And what, how does that make some of you guys feel he's he's training twice a day, three hour sessions twice a day. What are you doing? How are you investing your time to get better at the game? And what level do you want to eventually get to you? Soccer dad said got to run, but thanks for the feedback as always, of course. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it. Um, K 23, it's a great feedback. Quincy. That's amazing advice. Thank you. Of course. I'm seeing everyone's spamming that heart button right now, which is great, um, love and that love and that let's see.
Quincy Amarikwa (50:39):
Okay. Uh, Braheem said. Yeah. Yeah bro. Thank you. Hard emoji and ex who does it? Confetti. Ooh, Ooh. Mmm. Yeah. You also said, uh, three hours each session. So six hours. Yes. So you're saying two, one, three hour session in the morning, one, three hour session in the evening. Um, and then plays for his local club, things of the rhinos. Uh, Zachary said, how much is it? I'm assuming you're asking about be pro the B pro weekly training program. Uh, right now the first week is free and if you like it and you, you sign up there. I think it's, I think we've got the pricing is $4 a week for access to everything. So all the programs and all of that together, and I know I'm talking with Ryan to pull it together, to do complete a complete program. Maybe we'll even do it to where you can pay for a whole year subscription at one time or, or pay for a month at a time and do like discount.
Quincy Amarikwa (51:52):
But I think on a week to week, right now, the pricing is $4 a week, but we'll put together some, some other like discount pricing. Uh, you also said so six hours, don't you think it's a little too much? Uh, I think it's a little too much. If you, if your goal is only to play like rec soccer or maybe get, you know, play high school, let's say maybe a little bit too much, but he's saying he wants to play for his national team one day. And if he wants to play for his national team one day, I don't think, I don't think six hours of training every day is too much. Um, I don't think you do the same type of training every single day, but investing six hours of his time into his craft and what he wants to accomplish so he can get there one day, I don't think is too much.
Quincy Amarikwa (52:37):
And I think, I think it will require those who are willing to invest at least six hours a day who actually have an opportunity or a chance to get there. I wouldn't even say that six hours of spending his time is enough time, but I do believe that is much more time than the typical person is willing to invest. So I think it puts him in a, in a very advantageous position. Um, but I think it's important to not understate that it doesn't mean six hours straight of just, you know, touched drills in sprinting and training. No, um, no, but you know, uh, an hour of sprint drills and training an hour of ball work, uh, an hour of playing and then an, uh, an hour mentality training an hour of tactics and, and understanding the game and an hour of reading and writing and scribing and focusing or watching film or getting better, that's a six that's six hours.
Quincy Amarikwa (53:35):
That's a program you could do that almost every single day. Um, and maybe you have a day or two off a week and you can maintain that for four or five years. I guarantee you're going to be a much better player at the end of that four or five years. And you were at the beginning and compared to your competition, you'll probably be much better than your competition because they're just not people aren't investing anywhere near as much time as they say they are, or that you think they are because everybody's trying to find shortcuts. Everyone's trying to find the easy way out. Everyone's trying to find the way to do the least and get the most, rather than just doing it right from the beginning, putting the effort in from the beginning remaining committed from the beginning and remaining consistent. And, uh, I think it ties back around there to [inaudible] for saying, like learning to get used to the mundane things, learning to fall in love with the mundane things, because it is the mundane, it's the monotonous, it's the tedious day in day out stuff that results in success in the long run in the long term, everyone is conditioned to watch highlights and commercials and the best moments, but most people aren't conditioned or understanding that for that one minute commercial that's amazing, perfect shot, upper 90 speed, all, everything come together.
Quincy Amarikwa (55:04):
10 hours of work went into making that one minute commercial. And it's the 10 hours of work that most people just refuse to see. They don't see, they don't understand, which is why they can't make the commitment and they don't do the work necessary to create that one minute commercial to create that one minute, uh, highlight that, uh, can be seen around the world and put on replete, repeat and replay and, and shown over and over, over again and throw back Thursday and all that stuff. That'd be like the chip, right? The chip goal, or my time at San Jose, that was the culmination of 20 plus years. How old was I? Then 24 years of time, energy and commitment dedicated to the game of soccer and being prepared and getting dialed in and tuned in and approaching that game and being ready on that game day.
Quincy Amarikwa (56:01):
And then recognizing in that moment, what I needed to do and execute on and was able to execute it to perfection and complete it and score that goal to create that highlight, which is now something that I can refer back to, like in this conversation that I can use in my, in my commercial content in highlights, when people are introducing me on S on soccer, websites, outlets, and stuff like that, they refer back to that. And when people look at it, they only see, you know, 30 seconds, but I see the 24 years of time, effort, energy, blood, sweat, tears, ligaments, bones, everything that went in to me being there and executing on that and creating that moment in time. And, um, that's the stuff that I try. I try my best to share with you guys to be as honest as possible with you and hopefully get you to see and understand it.
Quincy Amarikwa (56:51):
So you can actually accomplish the goal that you want for yourself in the game. But with saying all that, we've got one minute here before Instagram totally kicks me off. I really appreciate everybody joining in on today's episode. I'm glad we were able to get caught up, see how everybody's doing, um, think about where, where we are, where we started and where we're, where we're going and where we're headed. And I'm very happy and appreciative to have you guys here, uh, joining in every Thursday, 6:00 PM, PST 9:00 PM EST, um, to, to just really work together, keep this community going. Uh, love, love the support. Love everybody joining in. I'm obsessed. I thank you, sir. Of course. Thank you. Live our pool FC fan page, uh, dropdown in your head emojis. Thank you guys very much. Um, I appreciate everybody joining in and uh, I'll see. I'll see everybody hopefully here next Thursday. Same place. Same time Joe Jackson said, uh, see you Quincy. Great week. Of course, the hue, uh, K 23. Thanks for your time. Quincy. I'm in your head. Emojis, Jackson. I'm in your head emojis. Yes. Thank you guys. Everybody. I'll see everybody next week. And um, yeah, come with your questions and let me know what you guys are thinking of the B pro weekly training program, so we can continue to improve that and help you guys get to the next level in the game. All right, everybody.