How I stopped complaining and learned to sort of like suburbia.

September 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm 1 comment

The first soccer game of the rec season was today, and it was quite the sight. Isaac belongs to team Kiwi…Yeah…BRIGHT green. Seriously, bright green.

See?

I think he almost blends in with the green of the turf...

We had the AFO’s that Rob had so awesomely rigged to hold the shin guards…

See? extra long top straps!

And yet I was totally afraid.

Of what?

Well, remember last time we tried to play soccer? Isaac ended up getting beaned in the face intentionally by another kid. He was tripped, made fun of and asked to do things that with AFOs, are impossible. It went so poorly, I didn’t know what to think. Those parents were out for blood, guts and total other team annihilation. NOT my idea of how beginning sports should be!

Plus, I remember when I played sports, it was the parents again who were horrid.

So, it was with huge trepidation that I stepped on to the soccer field in the E. Nowhere suburbia that I live in.

Turns out, my worries were for nothing.

The coach explained to the kids on team Kiwi that their objective was to play a bit and have fun, take turns and possibly get the ball into the net. Kindergarten-3rd grade teams don’t keep score or win-loss records. It’s all about coming out and having a good time in the fall air.

Coach Greg explaining soccer rules to the kids! HAVE FUN!

Coach Greg swapped the players out as much as he could, so everyone could play in their team dresses shirts.

Note-whoever ordered the shirts for the kindergarten division-YOUTH LARGE  (size 12-14) is a dress on 100% of kindergarteners!  Just sayin.

Isaac got to run and chase the ball

Running the RIGHT way down the field with 2 more members of the kiwi cleat patrol!

Play goalie

Trying to figure out where the ball went!

Hear the other parents cheer for him, tell him he did an awesome job, even though he missed the ball, and learn the basics of good sportsmanship.

Coach Greg got them all lined up at the end of the game (by this time it was drizzling rain. My camera went back to the car..) for the post game handshake.

He had them play follow the leader with their right hand out (and they had to switch to their other right!) and high five and tell the other team good game.

Ok, so suburban fall soccer at least for now isn’t so bad. I at least got to stop complaining and sort of like the E. Nowhere I live in. It’s got some decent things going for it!

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Entry filed under: fall soccer 2009, fun, Kindergarten!, parenting hell, shrimper.

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  • 1. Florida Girl In Sydney  |  September 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    What a timely post! I purposely skipped soccer today. It’s a soccer class for 3-5 year olds, and not only have the mothers been very unfriendly– but last week they were acting like complete idiots screaming their kids names for them to get a goal– THEY WERE PLAYING ONE ON ONE. So if I didn’t starting rooting for my kid then there would just be they crazy mothers cheering their boys on like freaks. I could understand this if they were playing on teams– but one on one with four and five year olds. Needless to say, I think we’re quitting. Maybe if we go on a different day next term we’ll have a nicer group of peoople??

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