We have a winner!
Now, if only I could sell that concept to my beginning U-6 soccer players.
Karsen, in particular, insists that "winning" is when he gets the ball in the goal. The game score means nothing. If he didn't score, he didn't win.
What he doesn't appreciate is that, after three weeks of hugging the bench, he finally got into the game on Saturday. He ran as hard as his legs would carry him, moved the ball up the field and withstood tackles that knocked him clear to the ground. It was a huge developmental leap, and I tried to explan to him that this makes him a winner. I'm not sure if he heard me.
Karsen comes from a family of athletes. I shouldn't let this wig me out, but his dad works for a professional sports organization. It's clear that Karsen has speed, agility and intelligence. He gives me hugs, brings me crayon drawings, and shows more promise with each practice. It's great to think of the athlete he will be with a little more maturity. Best of all, his mother and I have talked, and we seem to be on the same page.
Go Karsen!Marlene Sokol, Times Coach