Soccer season has begun. Warren’s first game was against the Blue Dragons. Five- and six-year-olds are just as much of a hoot to watch as 4-year-olds. Except this time they seemed to be more aware of what was going on. At least enough to prevent an “own goal.”
Colin is the coach this year. Not exactly by choice because we feared Warren might not have the best attitude when he has to share his dad during practices and games (and sometimes those fears are realized), but overall it’s going well. He’s enjoying the role. Since AYSO requires enormous parent participation, it was hard to get out of the assignment. After all his soccer experience, Colin seemed like such an obvious choice. But really, no one else was stepping up to the plate so “Coach Colin” he became.
Here’s a great example of the “Coach Dad” effect. We’re pretty sure Warren wouldn’t have displayed such a surly moment such as this (head buried, belly-down on the ground) if another coach had told him he’d have to sit out the first quarter. Thankfully, it was a short-lived reaction.
Other than that, Renny did pretty well his first game. He is more a part of the action this season, but mostly just to hover around. He doesn’t often make contact with the ball. Still a little nervous to be hit, we suppose.
Mostly, he still prefers to be a casual observer. One who gets easily distracted by the miscellaneous.
Or who breaks into dance spontaneously.
But no matter what, Maddie and I were there to cheer him on. The game coincided perfectly with her nap time. Glorious. So perhaps her screams were less cheers for the team than were mine.
We’re proud of Warren for trying his best. He’s really grown a lot in the sport.
All kids were still having fun by the end of the game. What more could you ask for? The team huddle ended the game with three cheers for the Blue Dragons and snacks by the sidelines.
A great start to a new soccer season.
Note: The banner (pictured above) was a joint effort between yours truly, Colin, and another mom on the soccer team. Colin drew an outline of the scorpion, the other mom and I spray painted the fill-in colors, and then Colin outlined the final image with the fattest Sharpie pen I’ve ever seen. The title and soccer balls were iron on transfers I created on the computer. I think it turned out pretty cute, but let me tell you, creating it was a process. Wow.