Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2nd season!!

Well, Soccer Season has started!! 

Dane had his first practice with his new team and coach last night.  Games don't start for another couple weeks, but we are getting off to a GREAT start.

We switched leagues this year, and so far I am not regretting that decision!!!  Even though Dane had a lot of fun with his 1st soccer season, it was a bit disappointing for us parents.  As most can remember it was very unorganized and chaotic.  I don't do well when I'm paying for a promised experience, and no one seems to know what is going on.  
But, things seem to be different with this league.  From the second I have registered Dane for this season I seemed to be so much more informed, and have less questions about what is going to happen.  It's still early, obviously but I just get a better vibe. 

So... to the practice.  
Dane had SOOOO much fun.  To say that he had a blast would be a total understatement.  As we all know Dane can be extremely stubborn and strong willed at times, and can't be coaxed into doing things he doesn't want to do. But, he cooperated the entire practice, listened to everything the coach had him do, and was the easy going Dane.  Yes, it was only the first practice,  but the coach really knew how to get the kids involved and make everything fun. He found out first thing what the kids like to play with at home and ran with it.  The kids were pretty much in unison when he mentioned transformers, so everything related to that.  Every drill he did somehow related to them pretending they were transformers rather it be protecting their ball from the bad transformer to running and kicking the ball as fast as they could so the transformer behind them wouldn't steal their ball etc.  Dane really had so much fun, and was giggling the entire time.  He really enjoyed racing and kicking the ball, and had a blast when they did a mock game.  To me that is what is most important.  Having fun...especially at this age.  I don't care if he is the best player. Or the best skilled player.  I have no idea if soccer will be something he wants to do when he is older.  But, in this moment it does make my heart happy to see him having a blast, running and kicking the soccer ball and learning to do things as a team.  

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