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Soccer Saturday

Well, Saturday was officially the last day of our Fall YMCA soccer season. It's been a season fraught with lots of rain, make-ups, and not much practice. But the kids had a great time and grew as players.
Our family loves this sport. Neither Tom nor I played growing up but it's such good exercise and all but Margaret have taken to it. Margaret has tried two different seasons but she loses interest quickly. We really enjoy watching them all play, and they all show talent too.
Thomas started when he was three and it just wasn't for him at the time so we didn't try again until we moved down here 3 1/2 years ago. We were looking to "jump right in" to some activities in the community and soccer registration was under way. We signed the older three up, Tom was called to coach and we haven't missed a season since! We also tried coach-pitch baseball that year and it was a disaster. Soccer has been "the" sport that has worked for the whole family.
Thomas has a tremendous kick.
When he was in U8 he could kick it from one end of the field and make a goal at the other end! He's been lucky to have mainly the same team (and same coach) for the last 4 seasons and I think that has helped all the boys to develop their playing skills together. Every once in awhile there will be a girl or two on the team but it's mainly been a core set of boys. We live in a different town from where we play so fall and spring soccer is mainly when he gets together with this group of friends. He loves soccer and wants to play for school when he's old enough. Our school doesn't have a team but I'm looking for other opportunities.

Marie has really developed as a player.
She has a drive for the game that her brothers don't. The first observation made of her when she first started was "she sees that ball, gets to it, and won't let it go". I like to see her aggressive like that on the field. . .I think it builds confidence. Until last season her dad was her coach but once she started having other dads as her coach she started to bloom in a different way. Sometimes it's like that. She scored the only goal of the game today!!!
Now Frederick is someone to contend with. He started on the U8 team last spring, when he was 5 1/2. When he was in micros he ran all over everyone. . .even those on his own team! Then he played on U6 for two seasons but by last fall he was mainly practicing with his dad and sister on the U8 field so he moved up this past spring. He is fast. He knows where the ball is going to go and is there for it. He has a solid kick. The last couple of games he would run to the moving ball, jump over it, spin around and start kicking it down the field the opposite direction!!! This kid is a natural and so fun to watch!Tom is his coach. . .and they had a winning season this fall. It's been awhile since Tom has had a winning season so this was good. Remember, YMCA soccer is "non-competitive" and we don't keep score. . .but we do. . .y'know what I mean???
And on Saturdays where we have long breaks between games but not long enough to make it worthwhile to head home. . .we eat out!
I love Saturday soccer with my family.

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