Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Soccer Mania

This fall the kids played soccer.  This was Emma and Shane's first soccer season.  Alexa felt like a pro and was more than willing to take her little brother and sister in the back yard for some soccer lessons before the season began.  I love the program the kids are a part of.  It is a soccer club that has "real" coaches that spends the majority of the time teaching them skills and help them understand the game.  The other thing that I love is that all the kids played on the same night at the same time.  So that meant we didn't spend multiple evenings or weekends running around to soccer games.  We had 6 weeks of soccer one night a week.  The other bonus was when the weather was cold or rainy they got to play in the dome.  

Alexa is in her element on the soccer field.  She is quick and aggressive.  She makes it look easy when she is on the field.  Her determination is going to be one of her strong attributes as she walks through life.  I can't wait to see what God does this little bundle of drive and determination.

Emma was excited to start soccer.  She was excited to have her sister take her out back and prepare her for the big season. 

Emma approached soccer in true Emma fashion.  She was first of all about the the hair and the outfit.  She loved having her bangs pulled back and thought her shorts, shoes and shin guards were pretty fashionable.  She also was all smiles and truly just enjoyed herself.  She was pretty proud of herself too when she scored her first goal.  

Shane was more than excited to start soccer too.  He felt like such a big boy now that he gets to play like his big sisters and doesn't have to sit on the sidelines.  He also thought his shoes were pretty cool.  

In Shane's program they really focused on the basic skills of soccer.  They also spent a lot of time working on coordination.  The program does a great job of making skill learning fun for the kids.  Shane learned some basic soccer skills but also learned a lot about listening to his coaches and following directions.  The first night of soccer all the kids were supposed to be by the coaches practicing dribbling.  Shane decided that he was ready to move on and get to what soccer is really about.  When we looked over he was over by the goal kicking it in the goal and yelling, "SCORE!"  Needless to say dad had to have a little chat with him about going back by his friends and coaches and work on dribbling.  

This was Shane working on bouncing the ball off his knee.  It isn't an easy task for 3 and 4 year olds.  

Shane taking a little break by the goal! 

Can't wait for more soccer fun in the years to come! 


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