I've learned many valuable things from my experiences with team sports; for example, that hard work always pays off, how to work with a team, that you have to give if you ever want to receive. It makes me very happy that Abbott and Cal have an early opportunity to learn some of these things.
Cal is playing soccer once a week in a class setting with friends from his preschool:
Alexi is coaching Abbott's team. Here's an excerpt from an email he wrote to the team parents before the first game:
"Hello Soccer fans,
Hooray, our first game is nearly here!...
The C family will be bringing a bag of lollipops and handing out a lollipop to any of us (coaches included!!) who instructs from the sidelines. Cheering (yeah! well done!, etc.) is encouraged. Instructing (go! run! shoot! pass! kick it!, etc.) is prohibited, for many reasons.
Kids two or more years older than our children will be refereeing. Needless to say, we'll go with the flow. Please direct any concerns about the officiating to me. Please remind your son that we will thank the referee after the game...
After the game, I hope your questions for your son will be along the lines of "Did you have fun?" and not "Did you win?" If your son says he did not have fun, please send me an email or give me a call. If anyone asks me the score, my answer will be something along the lines of, "435 to 7008." I hope your answers will be similar."