A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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Somehow twixt September and now, he’s turned into a soccer player
Thursday, 10 Feb, 2011 – 11:36 | Comments Off
Somehow twixt September and now, he’s turned into a soccer player

I’ve always said that Boots would be better off in a dance class than on a sports team, because he’s turned every game he’s ever been involved in into a recital. If  I could find …

The soccer coach who’s trying to kill me
Tuesday, 7 Sep, 2010 – 11:20 | One Comment
The soccer coach who’s trying to kill me

Wear shoes that you can run in on Monday, Big Guy’s soccer coach told me late last week. The parents are going to play the kids during practice.
Me? I asked with mock shock. Oh, I …

Determination
Thursday, 26 Aug, 2010 – 13:04 | Comments Off
Determination

How can the kid who can’t find his shoes in the morning lock his eyes onto a soccer ball as if they were guided by a laser?
Why is it that the boy who routinely turns …

No hablo futbol
Monday, 14 Jun, 2010 – 11:48 | One Comment
No hablo futbol

Baseball is my native language, but I’m fluent in basketball, football and figure skating.
I can hold a conversation in NASCAR fake my way through several other sports, including hockey and golf. It’s the equivalent of …

It takes a village to coach a soccer team
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 12:51 | Comments Off
It takes a village to coach a soccer team

She had the same reaction I did when she went to the pre-season meeting for soccer parents and found out that her 4-year-old’s team didn’t have a coach: This will never work.
The director assured everyone …

Discovering a skill you’d rather not have
Friday, 26 Feb, 2010 – 13:11 | 2 Comments
Discovering a skill you’d rather not have

Have you ever had the bad luck to be good at something you don’t like doing?
It happened to me once, between my sophomore and junior years in college. I’d accepted a summer internship as a …

The up side of soccer snacks
Friday, 19 Feb, 2010 – 13:46 | Comments Off
The up side of soccer snacks

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
I cannot change soccer snacks. Well, technically speaking I suppose I could if I …

Do I get my trophy yet?
Friday, 12 Feb, 2010 – 11:59 | Comments Off
Do I get my trophy yet?

Other than spinning around MarioKart-style on the court every time he gets bumped, Boots is just not that into soccer. Which is fine with me, because his spins are kind of cute. They play on …

Learning to cope as part of a team
Thursday, 4 Feb, 2010 – 12:51 | Comments Off
Learning to cope as part of a team

Big Guy came off the court Saturday with a predictable grumble: “I didn’t score a single goal. Not one stinkin’ goal. I barely got to kick the ball.”
I’d warned him about that, telling him that …

Putting a price tag on procrastination
Tuesday, 2 Feb, 2010 – 12:00 | 2 Comments
Putting a price tag on procrastination

The occasional late fee aside, you rarely get to see the cost of procrastination other than in the price of the mental stress it creates.
Lucky for me, I now have a cash register tape that …

Boots learns how to play soccer – thanks to Big Guy
Friday, 29 Jan, 2010 – 12:00 | Comments Off
Boots learns how to play soccer – thanks to Big Guy

For years, Boots dreamed of joining Big Guy on that glorious place called the soccer field.
He ran onto the grass in the middle of practice. He threw  tantrums so horrific he was banned from going …

Flight of the Bumblebees Week 9
Sunday, 16 Nov, 2008 – 10:56 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees Week 9

What started in August under a blazing summer sun ended yesterday … well, under a blazing summer sun. I’m accepting that as compensation for the rainy, cold game earlier this season.
It was wonderful getting to …

Pay for play – innocent or evil?
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 17:40 | Comments Off
Pay for play – innocent or evil?

I was naive enough last season to be shocked the first time I saw it: A Dad reeling off dollar bills after a soccer game, one for each goal his son had scored.
I mentioned it …

Flight of the Bumblebees Week 8
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 16:02 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees Week 8

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh, wait! There’s a soccer game going on, too.
Note to Big Guy: Those things with nets at either end of the field — they’re not actually canopy beds. Maybe …

Flight of the Bumblebees Week 7
Saturday, 1 Nov, 2008 – 16:35 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees Week 7

Dodged the rain again! Didn’t dodge the Halloween hangover, though. Little Guy’s so sick of sweets he didn’t even want post-game Oreos. And this after spending all season trying to mooch the team’s snacks.
Play of …

Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 6
Saturday, 18 Oct, 2008 – 14:13 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 6

Week 6? When did that happen?
We’re headed toward bye week. I think I’ll send Big Guy to practice even if there is none. I like seeing him sack out on the couch, exhausted, and …

Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 5
Saturday, 11 Oct, 2008 – 14:42 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 5

A cold and windy Soccer Saturday.

How cold was it? After much initial protest, Big Guy finally admitted he was glad he has his jacket. Little Guy hid out under the blanket the whole game. And turtle necks, long sleeves and gloves were everywhere.

It’s not supposed to be this chilly in early October.

9to5to9: When mom’s right to insist
Sunday, 5 Oct, 2008 – 1:26 | Comments Off
9to5to9: When mom’s right to insist

Last August, I didn’t give Reticent Kid’s soccer career more than a week, two max.

He cried through the first practice. Second practice there weren’t as many tears, but he pretty much was epoxied to his mom for the hour.

He cried through the first game. Even when he was playing goalie, which is the favorite position of reticent young’uns, because they get what to do. That and the goal makes a great pretend tent/fort/castle if you’re tired of watching everyone run away from you.

The second game, he protested a bit before standing gamely in at goalie. His mom stayed near him, offering reassurance.

And by the end of the game, he had a huge smile.

How’d you do that? I asked his mom.

Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 4
Saturday, 4 Oct, 2008 – 13:46 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees: Week 4

It was a dark and stormy morning.
Seriously, it was.
To which Big Guy said, “Soccer in the rain? All right!” To which Little Guy said, repeatedly. “Want it to be over. Wanna go home.” You just …

Bad soccer strategy — too far down the line on the snack sign-up list
Sunday, 28 Sep, 2008 – 14:33 | Comments Off

Serious strategic error in signing up for soccer snacks this season: I was too far away from the coach’s wife when the sheet went around and I’m stuck with a November game.
Tragically, that’s near the …

Battling it out but keeping it clean
Sunday, 28 Sep, 2008 – 0:21 | Comments Off
Battling it out but keeping it clean

There are two kinds of aggressive in life.
There’s the kind that’s hard-charging and relentless, but fair.
Then there’s the kind that plays dirty if someone gets in the way.
Big Guy and his teammates ran into the …

Flight of the Bumblebees, Weeks 1-3
Saturday, 27 Sep, 2008 – 2:05 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees, Weeks 1-3

Flight of the Bumblebees: Random thoughts as soccer season kicks off
Saturday, 20 Sep, 2008 – 14:33 | Comments Off
Flight of the Bumblebees: Random thoughts as soccer season kicks off

* The yellow and black uniforms do make them look like a swarm of bumblebees. And they’re about as organized, too.
* Big Guy did OK for himself — three goals on the day, including …

9to5to9: Falling in love with the tough girls
Monday, 15 Sep, 2008 – 14:33 | Comments Off
9to5to9: Falling in love with the tough girls

It’s early in Big Guy’s soccer season — only three practices so far and the first game’s not until Saturday — and I hate to rush to judgment, but I’m ready to declare my team …

Together again, with the best youth soccer coach on the planet
Monday, 1 Sep, 2008 – 14:33 | Comments Off
Together again, with the best youth soccer coach on the planet

Confession: I am butt over elbows in love with a married man. One with four kids, no less.
His wife knows, too. In fact, she called today to arrange a rendezvous.
“”Hey, Debra, this is Kim from …

Learning to fly in just two months
Friday, 29 Aug, 2008 – 14:33 | Comments Off
Learning to fly in just two months

They first gathered under a blazing August sun, eight kids new to soccer, plus one “experienced veteran”
That practice sank disorganization to a whole new level, as kids darted here and there, grasping many blades of …

Together again, with the best youth soccer coach on the planet
Tuesday, 26 Aug, 2008 – 5:16 | Comments Off

Confession: I am butt over elbows in love with a married man. One with four kids, no less.

His wife knows, too. In fact, she called today to arrange a rendezvous.

“”Hey, Debra, this is Kim from soccer. We just wanted to let you know that you’re going to be on our team again this year.”"

Yes, yes, YES!!!!

Oh, and Big Guy’s happy about it, too. He loves Coach Joey almost as much as I do. Though it’d been eight months since soccer season ended, Big Guy dang near knocked Coach Joey on his can when we ran into him and his family at a baseball game in July. Some folks you just never forget.

And someone like Coach Joey you remember for all the

He shoots! He scores! Or maybe not
Saturday, 28 Jun, 2008 – 14:33 | Comments Off

Big Guy might or might not have scored his first goal Saturday. It’s been a raging controversy in our house for the past 30-some hours.
The facts to which Big Guy Sr. and I agree:
Big Guy …