Saturday, March 3, 2012

And So It Begins Again

Soccer season...time to don my Soccer Mom jersey and head for the fields.

First game of 2012 is a little different than the first game of 2011.  The tiny three year olds who wandered aimlessly around the field are no more.  In their place are four year olds who are both taller and tougher.  And bigger--Zane's gone up two whole shoe sizes since last season.  And definitely more confident.  Even the boy who cried just about every game last season is ready to play.  We have a new player, a girl, and she cried at the last practice.  Because it was over, and she didn't want to stop playing.

In the fall, my son was still working on running AND kicking the ball.  Now he doesn't even have to think about it.  Last season the concept of kicking the ball into the goal was strange and foreign. Now that is all Zane and his teammates want to do.  They have yet to learn about the concept of sharing the ball, so I expect that the game today will look very similar to rugby and not soccer.  Which is fine with me.  I want all of them to have a great time. 

What is new this time around is that my husband, who is more curmudgeonly than I am,  is now overseeing all of the coaches in the U4 league.  He has been in charge of setting up the teams, making sure that the coaches knew who their players were, handing out the uniforms, getting the schedule of games set up, etc.  Larry's never done anything like this before, and he's very intent on doing a good job.  I'm very proud of how he has organized everything and how much more smoothly everything has gone this time around. People know what is going on and where they are supposed to be. 

So I head out with my son to his first game of the season(Larry had to be at the fields early), expecting that everything will be wonderful.  Which is completely silly.  We are talking about four-year-olds

And their parents!  Eeek!


  1. It will be wonderful...just with a slightly different spin on the word!

  2. Gosh! I'm childless so I find the idea of structured sport for 3 & 4 year olds completely bizarre!!! Sadly, 'wonderful' isn't a word that springs to mind, but I hope like hell for your sake, I'm wrong!!!!


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