We signed my four-year-old son up for soccer this fall. The season consists of 4 practices and 4 games. (In case you’re keeping track at home, that’s 8 snack opportunities.) I didn’t play soccer growing up and I don’t know much about the game other than you score by kicking the ball in the goal, and you’re not supposed to touch the ball with your hands.
With my extensive background knowledge established… Here are some of my random thoughts from the first preschool soccer game I’ve ever watched:
There are three types of preschool soccer players:
- The enthusiasts, who run after the ball and try to kick it further in the direction that it’s already going, no matter which team’s goal they’re headed towards.
- The clumsies, who get the basic idea of what they’re supposed to be doing but are constantly tripping over the ball, another player, or their own feet.
- The clover pickers, totally oblivious that a soccer game is going on around them.
Is there always one kid that looks like he could be a professional soccer player? Seriously – I think that little dude is more coordinated than I am.
Are cookies and juice boxes really necessary after a 20 minute game? Or after wandering around the field haphazardly for a 30 minute practice? (I’m totally that mom who is bringing apples, cheese sticks, and water bottles to the game this week. Although I may have to redeem myself with hot chocolate if its going to be as cold as predicted.)
It is really awesome to see all the preschool dads try to help coach these kids.
Apparently I am a sidelines yeller. But I promise that I am encouraging, not mean! And I’m mostly concerned with making sure that our team is kicking the ball towards the correct goal!
You spend a kid’s whole life teaching him to share and not take other people’s toys, then all of a sudden it’s okay — encouraged even! — in sports. My son was SHOCKED when I told him it was okay to steal the ball!
Any tips on teaching soccer to a four-year-old? Am I a meanie for not bringing cookies and juice for snacks? Please tell me I’m not the only one who gives their kid lots of “vocal encouragement” during their games!