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Page 6-- WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2011 , CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA Headers have become a big part ofthe game By Charlie Delfino "The header" has become a big part of the game of soccer at almost every level. It starts with the young- er players as timid attempts to pre- vent themselves from reaching up and catching a ball in flight as it comes towards their face. Studies show that younger players talk tough when asked about heading balls but most try to avoid it at all costs. As the soccer player gets more games under his or her belt they become more and more intrigued with the concept of hitting the ball with their head and yet still wonder why would they want to when they can simply let it hit the ground and can kick it from there. It's the more aggressive player entering the teen years, and usually the ones who have advanced coaches teaching the art, who become more convinced it's part of the game. The fact is, headers are indeed a huge part of the game and used properly can change an outcome of whether a team wins or loses. By the time you get to the high school lev- el of play you will see many head- ers throughout the contest and both teams, whether it's the boys or the girls, control the ball throughout the game using the header as part of their everyday soccer skills. There are many types of headers associated within the game of soc- cer. It's not just the simple see ball, bump ball with head, routine that goes on out on the field. There are many different types of headers with each one displaying a purpose. Here are examples of each one and what value it brings to the game. Standard Header: This will be the most used heading technique in a match, regardless of the position you play on. You'll be using the heading technique where you make sure to hit the ball before the ball hits you, keep your eyes open the entire time and try to hit the ball as close to its equator as possible: arch your back, hit the ball with the up- per forehead, etc. Standard headers can be used to push the ball in the back of the net, pass or redirect a BOSW01KTH & SON GENERAL MEIKCHANDISE SINCE 1911 ,.. .........  ;:w!i!,' =_. CELEBRATING 100 YEARS! STOP BY AND SEE OUR SELECTION OF: $" Panhandle Slim Clothing for Men and Women ' Straw Hats "" Jewelry "$" Animal Feed $" Horse Tack & Grooming Supplies '4" Vegetable Seeds " Work Boots "$" Moccasins '4" Garden Supplies IN DOWNTOWN GEYSERVILLE 857-3463 - Mon.-Sat. 9-5:30 (closed for lunch 12-1) bosworthandson.com flying ball or as a defensive clear- ance. Glancing Header: The glancing header is mostly used as a finish move, although you might also want to use this technique as a pass. It involves turning your head in the direction you want to pass on the ball to, without actually hitting the ball, but simply glancing it to give it a slight deflection. Glancing head- ers should usually be used in situa- tions where the cross has enough force to make a simple deflection dangerous enough. With rain or curly crosses, a standard header is probably better. Diving Header: Probably the hardest type of header in your arse- nal, but nevertheless a very efficient and spectacular one. You can try a diving header when the cross is too far out to be reached with your foot and usually closer to the goal than 11-12 yards, or else the diving head, er might be in vain. (Flick/Backpass Header - The flick header or the backpass is a sort of reversed stan- dard header. You'll be arching your body backwards, not forward like you would do in a standard header and you will have to hit the ball with the back of your head, instead of the upper part of your forehead. Heading soccer balls doesn't come without controversy. There are many people out there that have done research and studies on soccer players throughout the years who feel players who head the ball can develop neurological problems, concussions, and other head trauma concerns. It's been written that players under the age of 12 should be refrained from this part of the game and encouraged not to use their heads in any type of ball con- tact. Most studies that have shown major medical problems have been performed on players in the elite programs mostly involved in inter- national and professional ranks. These players may head a ball well over 1,000 times in a season includ- ing practice drills, game play, etc. The youth involved in soccer play won't succumb to anywhere near that many blows to the head. If taught properly where the athlete impacts the ball using their back, legs, and proper location on the skull, those numbers drop consider- ably as well. Bottom line, heading the ball is and will always be a huge part of the game of soccer. If done properly it can add a whole new dimension to a game. There's nothing more exciting than watching a local athlete like CHS girls player Jaclyn Richardson head a ball past a diving goalie to give her team a point on the board. Enjoy these pics of our CHS Boys and Girls soccer players as they "head" there way onto the sports pages. Richard Nich011s, DDS Crown & Bridge Root Canal Dentures Bleaching Emergency Appointments CEREC Computer Design for New Crowns 894-3986 114 N. Moin St. New Pofients Welcome www.mycloverdoledentist.com : Cloverdale's ONLY : :: Quick OilFuliChangeserviceService Plus 11 i : Auto Repair Shop! : 10 % OFF first oil change : European, As!an, Domestic, Cars &Trucks I1 : Gasoline & Diesel Engines : Local Shuffle Service : I :  Open Sat. 8am to 4pm .-= I | 60-B Commerce Ln. (Reuser Business Park) ?:"'' I Senior defender Diego Rodriguez heads the ball. ::+ Senior middle Sergio Dolores dives and heads the ball towards the goalie. Sophomore Striker Amy Mora heads the ball. Cross Country teams defeat Kelseyville at Willits meet runners from Kelseyville. The boys varsity team dominated the race by having five runners fin- ish in the first eight. Led by Joe Car- rillo's 1st place finish in a time of 15 minutes and 13 seconds; Roger Mar- tinez, (3rd) 18:08; Axay Patel (4th) 18:13; Darin Marcucci, (6th) 18:25; Matt Hetrick, (7th) 18:45; Martin Sanchez, (Sth) (19:10) and Jose Torres (20th) 21:14. The team contin- The Cloverdale High School Cross Country teams defeated Kelseyville recently in a dual meet in Willits. The boys and girls varsi- ty as well as the boys junior varsity team won at the Willits 2.87 mile cross country course. Running at the Willits course against Willits, Clear Lake and Kelseyville, the Eagles out ran all teams but only scored against the ues an undefeated season, coach Clint Kemp reports. The girls team continues to im- press as they also defeated all teams. The ladies are led by junior Yari Sanchez (2nd), 22:11; senior Alexis Hernandez, (5th) 23:18; freshman Ariana Fernandez, (8th) 24:04; jun- ior Angel-Mercedes Echols (12th) 25:54; and freshmen Liliana Ramos (18th) 29:04 and Alexandrea Lopez, (24th) 28:23. The girls have strung together a four win and one loss record this year. The junior varsity boys continued to lead all opponents as seven run- ners finished in the first eight plac- es. Freshman Matt Baker was second overall in a very good time of 18:45 led the way and was closely fol- lowed by Anthony Rink's third place finish in 18:58 with Jacob Torres (14th) 19:009; Ben Hennon, (6th) 20:49; Isiah Warren, (7th) 20:52; and Jake Lindelof, Travis Lewman and Scott Richardson completing the scoring. The team also ran at Sonoma Academy on Oct. 19. Joe Carrillo came in first with a time of 15 minutes and 13 seconds. ANIMAL H()SP1TAI, OF (,LO\\;' ERDAH:: Dental Cleaning Special Extended into October!!! Receive $40 OFF any Dental Cleaning for your pet in October. Go to our website and print out the coupon today. Look for other money saving offers every month at Take S. Cloverdale Blvd. exit over the overpass to Asti Rd. make a left on Asti Rd. Make a right on Santana Ln. and a right on Commerce Ln. Call for Appointment! 894-3951 CLOVERDALE 00MINI STORAGE 35 INDUSTRIAL DR. (707) 894-3682 OUR RATES ARE LOWERTHAN MOST. 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