Well we are about halfway through the soccer season, and I can tell you it has definitely been interesting. Interesting and very entertaining! I have such a great time with every one of these kids. Here is an update of what has transpired throughout the season...
1. The kids decided to name the team the Sharks, after a drill we did with them in the first two practices called minnows and Sharks. (All kids start out as minnows with a ball and my sister and I are the sharks, you are supposed to learn control of your ball by dribbling around the sharks without it being stolen. When it is stolen you become a shark and try to also steal the balls from the minnows. Too bad the kids think sharks are the coolest and all wanted to become one, thus defeating the entire purpose of the drill.) Anyways, so far two other teams are also called the sharks because of said drill. Who knew 4 year olds though sharks were so cool?
2. Because of our team name, we play the song Shark in the Water by V.V. Brown to pump up my nephew before every game.
3. It does not matter what time we play, my nephew will have a meltdown and cry when the ball is stolen from him. It is inevitable- if anyone has any great suggestions on how we can teach him about sportsmanship, that would be great!
4. Don't make 4 year olds play in the rain! We had a game in the rain two weeks ago. It is hard enough to keep their attention during a sunny day, add rain into the equation and forget it! Two girls left the field to pick flowers, another kid cried every time he got his pants wet (you guessed it, that kid was my nephew and I love him for it.)
5. Heat doesn't work either. We played last night and I am still laughing about the scenario. It was 88 degrees and humid. The kids were literally just walking off the field when they got tired. One kid decided to just lay directly in the middle of the field, not caring that he was going to be trampled by the players (again that kid was my nephew, and again I couldn't be more proud.) At one point we only had three players from our side on the field, because no one wanted to play in the god awful heat.
6. It does not matter how many times you tell them which way they are supposed to be going, they will ALWAYS score on the wrong goal. The leading scorer on our team, has scored only for the other team.
Again, I am having such a blast with these kids, and I am still laughing about last nights scenario. It can only get better, right? :) Go Team Sharks!