We had four playing soccer this fall. When you add it up, that's a lot of practices and games. We spent hours at the fields and my kids loved every single minute. When it was hot and humid, they beamed. When it was cold and rainy, they grinned. To say they have the soccer bug would be a gross understatement. I have a couple who would love to try out to play on a competitive team. We just haven't figured out how that would work and still maintain some semblance of family life. Those who have any wisdom to share, please do.
We switched soccer leagues this year after trying out the league with R and S last spring. They both stayed on the same teams for the fall season which left E and A up for grabs as to who their coach and team would be. This league forms "pure" teams, so 8 year old girls will only play 8 year old girls. No age or gender mixing, until they hit 10. Then it jumps to U12, which worked perfectly for us! :) E and A were able to play on the same team which allowed all 4 to play w/o too many conflicts. All their coaches also opted for only one practice a week! How lucky could we get. Definitely God's answer to my prayers on how I was going to make it all work, especially since the parks they were practicing at were pretty far apart. E and A's coach did end up adding on a second practice (it was needed ;) ) which put a little bit of a crunch on our Thursday's, but it all worked out in the end, as it always does.
All of them had great coaches and all their teammates were a great bunch of kids. We were more than happy with our switch.
Here are some random pictures taken throughout the fall season of my soccer players. :)
E & A's team meeting for the first time
R's team's first practice
S.'s first practice
Night Games! It was still blazing hot out there.
Warm up for Semi-finals.
Nothing's getting past!
E. made it onto the All Star Team
Very happy ending to a wonderful season!