a star is born

As the chill slowly began to release its grip on our area (and I do mean slowly) it was time for a new season of soccer to begin.  For the big boy starting a season was 'old hat'.

But for the little one?

Well, this was the day he had been waiting for...

ready to GO!
The big soccer league around here has a much different approach to teaching kids to play soccer than what I grew up with.

The 5 year olds are put on big teams and play for 1 1/2 hours a week.  The first 40 to 45 minutes is spent in team drills...think 20 kids running around with soccer balls playing soccer themed Red Light, Green Light and Sharks and Minnows.  Then they break into teams and spend the rest of the time in scrimmage against one another.

After he had watched his big brother play "real games" for a few seasons now, I wasn't sure what he'd think about just putting on a pinnie  and running around with his team.

I needn't have worried.

My boy put on his crazy oversized red scrimmage pinnie and he was IN THE GAME!  No thought to the fact that five minutes before they had been running side by side in white jerseys playing together...he was ALL ABOUT scoring a goal against the yellow team.

It's been an exciting season to watch him develop as a little soccer dude.  It's pretty rare these days to see him outside without some sort of ball in his hand or at his feet.  He loves to toss a baseball with anyone who will catch, but he also frequently skips riding his bike these days to dribble a soccer ball as we walk.  He also had the opportunity to attend a futsal clinic with Caleb on Friday nights for most of the spring.  The youngest attendee by nearly two years, he was called upon to demonstrate some footwork one night.  Makes a mama's heart proud...what a long way he's come from the chubby little guy who wouldn't walk more than 50 feet at a time when he first got home.  Watch out world, a new fierce competitor in the soccer world has been born!


Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

I love watching them get better over the season.

Laurie said...

So much cuteness, I can't take it! Glad to hear he's loving soccer, just like his big brother! :)

Grandma Shultz said...

You surely look fierce, Daniel. I can't wait to see you play. I'm so proud of you.