Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Our first foray into organized sports

We have signed Claire up to play soccer this coming fall. I'm not going to lie, she is very coordinated for her age and we thought maybe if we started young, we might have a soccer scholarship in her future. College isn't getting any cheaper!

Seriously, she has a lot of energy and loves to "play" soccer at home, so I thought we would just try it out and see. Since she has never actually played soccer with other kids, we decided to do a week-long soccer skills clinic just to sort of break the ice ... and get all of the CRYING out of her system. My word, I never knew that child could cry so much. The first day of camp, she probably ran over to the sidelines crying about 20 times. In her defense, she was one of two girls in the group of about 15-18 kids and clearly the youngest and smallest of the group.

After that first day, she did great. She always left talking about how much fun she had and couldn't wait to get back the next day. I will admit that on Tues-Friday, her "no crying" was rewarded with cookies for her morning snack. I am not above bribery.

Here are a few pictures from camp. And just know that I use the term "skills clinic" very loosely. There seemed to be a lot of running and kicking going on. I like to think of it as an hour of free entertainment.

Stretching is very important in soccer. I'm not sure Claire is getting much out of her own personal stretching technique (in the pink shirt, center).

Time for an end of the day team huddle. Her two high school coaches did not know what they were getting themselves into I'm sure.

An action shot.

More running and kicking.

Still more ...

Yeah! A t-shirt, certificate and soccer ball prize at the end of the week.

Claire with Coach Bryan and Coach Taylor. These boys were so sweet (and patient) with these kids. Claire talked poor Coach Taylor's ear off everyday, but he was always sweet to listen and give her special attention when she got upset.

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