Chris' Corner: Pay it Forward at the Soccer field

Pay it Forward at the Soccer field

Our local soccer house league started on Monday with a resounding "thud" as thunderstorms and heavy rain washed out the initial practice.  My son's Coach, Tracy, called an impromptu practice last night at a soccer field in Tottenham to meet and familiarize herself with her new team.  Those of us that could make it found the evening cool (seasonally COLD) and damp. 

Alec and Iarrived at 6:45 pm, he was full of energy ready to start his third year.  As a seasoned parent, I come prepared, bringing water, lawn chairs, bug spray and an assorted pack of supplies.  The parents of one of the boys who were new to the league had arrived just after I did.  I noticed they did not bring lawn chairs and offered them chairs.  I walked back to my car and brought two lawn chairs for them.  They seemed appreciative of this small gesture as the grass was still wet from yesterday rainfall, and I am sure will be prepared for the rest of the season.

Alec was full of energy and had trouble, at times, focusing on the coach and her instructions.  This winter, for the first time, we enrolled him in an indoor winter league, and though it is highly unlikely that he will be the next Pele, I noticed that he dribbled and passed with more control and confidence.  Helen couldn't make this practice as she had a meeting after work, but Alec's soccer games have become quality family time where our attention is on Alec, and he really appreciates and relishes it. Alec's grandparents make every attempt to watch as many games as possible.

This year, in a league of seven and eight year olds, the field he plays on is much larger (about half a full-size field), he will play on a team with four forwards, two defenceman and a goalie and in a league with a referee and without girls for the first time.

My son is growing up =)

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Comment balloon 4 commentsChris Smith • May 25 2011 11:14AM

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Hi Chris, my granddaughter played soccer for several years and we loved going to the games.  She eventually focused on dance which is really her gift.  I hope Alec has a wonderful season!  Have fun!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 9 years ago

Chris, soccer is a great summer time activity for kids. I'm sure Alec is going to have many memories from his time on the field and will learn many essential lessons about sportsmanship and team play. As parents we get the benefit of watching our kids on the field and enjoying every minute. 

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Thank You Ann, He won his first game 6-2(scoring one goal on themselves)

Malcolm, you are a few years ahead of me in the parenthood game... I find myself learning as much or more than I am trying to teach him =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Hey! We are now back 'out there' at the soccer and hockey games too Chris!! Yes, we bet those lawn chairs were appreciated, even on a nice night they had to be more comfortable than the bleechers!  

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

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