Warren’s first soccer game was today. His team, the Sea Dragons (chosen to make the most of the salmon colored shirts) played against The Jedis. If you’ve never seen 4-year-olds playing soccer you’re missing out on some serious entertainment.
It seems that we have a “flower picker” — a player that spaces out until the ball comes his way– on our hands, just like Colin was as a kid. Warren was a hoot to watch. He had no clue what was going on most of the time. But he had a blast running around and purposefully falling down on the ground. He did score a goal, though it was on his own team. Good thing score doesn’t matter at this point! He had two headers that he didn’t realize were happening until the ball actually made contact with his head. The look on his face was priceless.
We asked him later if he enjoyed playing soccer. He said he did but admitted that running around all over the field felt a little crazy.
Family tradition stipulated that we get ice cream after the game. One of the highlights of the event, of course.
In case you didn’t know, we are a soccer family. Renny turned four in March and is now old enough to start AYSO here in Santa Barbara.
His first practice was today. Our good friend, Billy, graciously volunteered to coach his team. To add to the fun, Billy’s son and Warren’s buddy, Seth, is also a team member. Colin is assistant coach. The two made sure that the kids focused on having a great time, which they did. Warren and the four other little kids on his team kicked the ball around and ran until they were good and sweaty. I was surprised to see that some kids already had some mad soccer skills and others… well, let’s just say the learning curve varies greatly among players this age.
Ren really seemed to like it, though. He’s not very competitive, so getting him to move quickly was kind of tricky. He just liked casually kicking the ball and falling to the ground in the most dramatic fashion, vaguely reminiscent of many great Italian players. But his good attitude and willingness to give it a try were more than we could ask for at this point.
A good start to a fun and, we hope, life-long activity.