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Kicking Off Another Attempt at Soccer

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On Saturday, community soccer kicked off and for the first time, both my kids played.

My husband Jamie and I enrolled 6-year-old Hadley a couple of years ago but she went on a two-year sabbatical after a disappointing season of general apathy and lack of killer instinct.

In her defense, her team name was the Butterflies. Not exactly cutthroat.

This time around, things were better.

Well, with the exception of the administration staff who somehow forgot to inform parents we didn’t have a coach until a few days prior.

It could have been the Lord of the Flies, soccer-style.

Oblivious to the pre-season drama, Hadley was excited to play and it showed. Not only did she actually attempt to touch the ball, she even scored.

This is a far cry from doing pull-ups on the goal post two year prior.

Though make no mistake, that was impressive.

Four-year-old Bode was the dark horse. Though he took to skiing, swimming and softball like a pro this past year, he is generally reluctant when attempting new activities. Coach Eric held a half-hour practice before the game and Bode was among the smallest and slowest on Team Dragon.

I held my breath as the game started. There were three players on the field and Bode was on the starting line-up with his best friend Seanie. The first half of the game was like a comedy show gone bad: running, tripping and general confusion.

A few preschoolers figured it out but Bode was not among them. When we took a break at halftime, he complained, “My dragon legs are hurting.”

At least he was getting into the spirit of it all.

My husband Jamie became his personal trainer. After massaging his hamstrings, he gave him a pep talk and promise of a candy bar if he scored.

Everyone has their own motivational strategies.

Something clicked with Bode that second half. He started dribbling. He didn’t give up. And dare I say there was a glimmer of that oh-so-coveted killer instinct.

He went on to score three goals, the second most on his team.

Not that I was keeping track.

What community sports are your children enrolled in this fall?

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Comments
  • comment avatar Karen Jones September 13, 2010

    Too funny. The “dragon legs” comment made me chuckle.

    We’re in our fourth season of soccer and my kids love it. There’s no other way I’d rather spend my Saturdays in the fall.!

  • comment avatar Jenna September 13, 2010

    Our premier soccer season starts next weekend… we are hoping for a lot of fun!

  • comment avatar Tami September 13, 2010

    Wow! Sounds like both of your kids made killer debuts on the soccer field. Congratulations on your many opportunities to force your arms in the air and proudly scream at the top of your lungs!

    My son has sported the same jersey as your kids for two seasons. Additionally, we are giving martial arts a shot this fall. Kee-yah!

  • comment avatar Lori Lavender Luz September 13, 2010

    Hey, I was on the fields on Saturday, too! I shoulda looked for you and your Killer Kids.

    Yay for the goals! And the teeth.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson September 13, 2010

    I’ll look for all of you next week. It’s much more fun this time around. 🙂

  • comment avatar Penny September 14, 2010

    Our 6 year old son wonders why the other boys won’t let him kick the ball.

  • comment avatar Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck September 14, 2010

    LOL–that was the problem with my daughter when she was 3, too. She’d get so ticked people wouldn’t “share!”

  • comment avatar Kassie B September 16, 2010

    We started soccer practice last week. The first day my son (4) started crying because they took the ball from him… after we explained to him that is how the game works he was ok with it. Now we just have to get the coach to not strangle him and his cousin who goof off the whole time and somehow convince the team to throw themselves on the ground for the fun of it… 1st scrimmage is on Saturday, we’ll see how it goes.

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