Amelia played fall soccer this year. She didn’t make the date cutoff to play with kids her own age, as she had to be four by August 1st, so she played with the younger group of mainly 3 year olds. This worked out pretty well, since she was still one of the smallest. This group also didn’t play regular soccer games, but instead played games like Sharks and Minnows, Follow the Leader and Red Light, Green Light to build their coordination and basic skills. As the weeks went by, they’d play short 5-10 minute games at the end of their practices. They met on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings for 6 weeks and I honestly can’t believe how much she improved in that time period. Plus, she had so much fun!
Her first day:
Warming up with Grandma:
Wearing Dad’s favorite shirt:
Learning basic moves with Coach Shane:
Actually playing a “game”:
As soon as September turned into October, the temperature dropped.
She insisted she was too hot to wear her yellow undershirt, so we took it off. Then she spent the rest of the practice with her arms tucked into her shirt.
On the last day, they spent much of their time playing a longer game. At the end, Coach Shane presented each child with a ribbon and certificate. She’s very proud of both!