Wednesday, June 20, 2012
He was very excited to get his own cleats, soccer ball and, most of all, shin guards. When we would play soccer in the back yard he kept yelling, "Dad! Kick the ball at my shins!" so he could test his new gear. The season was six Saturdays long and lasted an hour each time. They basically did various soccer activities for the whole time then, in the last three weeks, had scrimmages for the second half where the kids were on teams against each other. So, did he like it?
Yes and no.
After a few activities though Patrick really had fun. Once he felt like he knew what the rules were and what to expect from the games, he jumped right in. A couple of his favorites were Tunnel Soccer (where I would run then stop and he'd have to kick the ball through my legs) Belly Button Tag (I would dribble the soccer ball and he would come tag my belly button/punch me in the stomach then he'd dribble the ball and I'd tag him), red light/green light and kicking practice goals.
At the last session, each player got a medal. It didn't matter that every kid got one, they each felt very special and were glowing as they walked away from their coaches. Here's our little soccer player, very proud of his new neckwear followed by some more pictures from the season.
One thing Patrick's got going for him is the race cars in his bones. This picture is from a game of red light/green light where the coach had just said green light. All the rest of the kids are trying to figure out what exactly they're supposed to be doing and all the adults are trying to explain it to them. Meanwhile, Patrick is half way across the field. The kid is fast.
Patrick's biggest fan :)
Here's Patrick's professional shot. They took a really great one of him smiling but for some reason chose to send us this one. Also, we got him a haircut after this game. Probably should have done it before. But if this kid can kick like he can grow hair, he's got a big future in soccer ahead of him.
Here's the team shot. Patrick is back row, second in on the right sitting next to his friend from school, Avery.
And finally, here's a video of him kicking some practice goals. He would very carefully dribble the ball close to the net and then give it everything he had. He misses the first time in this video but it's still really cute. He also would get so excited every time he made a goal that he'd run over and hug me. I'm kind of hoping he goes pro, scores tons of goals and still sticks to that rule :)
Lastly, a big thanks to all the family members that came and watched Patrick play. I know it meant a lot to him and he loved having you there!
Posted by Toby at 6/20/2012