Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Soccer season

Alec and Charlie have been on soccer teams this fall. Charlie's team is incredible and dominates every game. Charlie is a good team player, and positions himself in a good positions (meaning he DOESN'T just follow the pack with the ball like most kids his age do). He is a good defender and even scores a couple goals every game. Needless to say, Charlie has been having a blast. They're doing the "Academy" style training for the 6 and unders which means he meets about once a week for soccer, sometimes during the week for a game or a practice and sometimes on Saturday for an Academy Session where all the kids in the division do drills together. I think its a great way to teach and practice skills but still have the fun of being on a team and playing games.

Chris has been Alec's coach and they have made MASSIVE amounts of improvement since the beginning of the season. His team is full of really nice kids and super appreciative and supportive parents/families. But, they were literally the worst team in the U8 division with an average of losing by 6 and having only scored 1 goal (by Alec) in the first 5 games. I'm just being honest. Alec is the best player. He has good focus, knows where to be on the field, kicks the ball the farthest, and the most accurately. Most of the other kids on his team don't seem like they've ever played soccer before and a few don't really pay attention on the field 90% of the time. It was pretty hard for Chris to enjoy the games and usually came home hoarse, but luckily Alec is young enough to not get too bent out of shape about always losing. He notices, for sure, and often asks, "why do we always have to play really hard teams?"  Coach Chris stuck with it and scheduled an additional practice.  He does a great job of staying positive with the boys and complimenting and sticking up for them. One time he even collectedly questioned the ref on an absurd mis-call and got the resulting goal discounted! Some of the other kids on their team also joined the Challenge Division (like the club team with additional practices and games on Sunday). And guess what? They started getting better! A bit more aggressive, a bit more defensive. They finally got to play some teams with similar skill levels and they won a few games!! Whew. Winning sure is more fun than losing and it is more fun to be married to a coach who wins, than a coach who doesn't win. :) 

The games were mostly at 5:45 on Tuesday or Thursdays, sometimes at 6:45 and sometimes at both or sometimes at the same time! They made for crazy-feeling evenings and Frederick gets pretty antsy on the sidelines, staying up hours past his bedtime. Blessedly, he's really a pretty good baby when he's being held or fed and I can usually manage to stave off the screams whilst keeping tabs on Gwen and/or Charlie and follow the game(s). 

Its been fun to get to know the other parents of the players and watch the kids improve and my boys do so well on the field, but I'm also looking forward to break. :) Spring season starts up in February. 


MandaMommy said...

Our spring season starts up in march for Ally and Bud, and December for Ella! Fun times! Although our kids are like crazy aggressive when they play with us at home but they turn into shy clueless people on the field with other people. It's so frustrating! Our practice/game schedule was insane, too!

dixie said...

Brings back so many memories! Fun times for your athletic boys!

Ann Hunter said...

Glad to hear that Chris has taken notice of Alec's hardwork and saw the improvement on his abilities. You're surrounded with three athletic boys, so it must really be an interesting and fulfilling life. Hahaha! Congratulations on the team's wins! All the best to the whole family! :)

Ann Hunter @ Placer United Soccer Club