Soccer Season

Jack’s first soccer season has come and gone and I didn’t document it very well.  I think even the poor quality of the pictures I took is evident of my lack of excitement about it all.  Jack, on the other hand, had a great time.  
Jack loved putting on his shin pads and his cleats.  I can’t tell you how many times I had to tie his soccer shoes so he could go out back and practice or how many nights he waited for Daddy to get home to practice with him.  Casey would run out and be the cheerleader.  
He also loved his team practice before the game…especially when they got to play “Kick the Coach.”  He loved the games.  He ran around and had a great time.  He spent most of the first game getting comfortable and then the second game he figured it out and scored his first goal.  He is pretty good at figuring out where the ball is going to be and trying to get there, although when there is a gaggle of kids all chasing the ball, it’s not all that predictable.  
We missed one game a couple weeks ago when we went to Ocean City for the weekend.  We had planned to go to his game and then get on the road.  The forecast was for rain so they moved the game indoors and it wasn’t until 11am.  I told Jack his game was cancelled and that we would just go to Ocean City after breakfast.  This caused Jack a little concern. 
“What about the gym Mommy?  I thought they would have it in the gym if it was raining.  Remember when we had it in the gym that time?  I wonder if there is something wrong with the gym.  Maybe there’s a leak in the gym and the rain is getting in there.  Mommy, do you think there’s a leak in the gym?  Is that why we’re not playing the game?  They’ll have to get some workers to fix the roof.  I wonder if there’s another gym we can go to.”
Okay, okay, okay!  I had to tell the poor boy the truth and tell him that his game was in fact scheduled for the gym and that it was just too late for us to go to his game and Ocean City.  I didn’t want him having nightmares about the poor gym and it’s leaking roof.
Our last game was last week and Jack scored two goals.  He was very excited about it and did a great job in the game.  The kids all got medals at the end of the game.  Jack was sad to see it end but as I mentioned recently, he’s already moved on to roller blading and hockey!  

T-Ball

We’re already five weeks into it, but Jack is playing on his first sports team this summer.  We signed him up for T-ball through the YMCA and he is loving it.  He has practice one night a week and a game on Saturday morning.

I completely forgot my camera on his first game, but I’ve since remembered to bring my camera along.  My first impression of 3 to 5 year old T-ball was that it didn’t seem very organized but Pat made fun of me and told me this was just what we wanted for Jack’s first experience.  It was just a little bit like herding cats.  I didn’t play any sports until 5th grade so there weren’t any kids throwing tantrums then because they didn’t want to bat.

Jack has been very excited to play and he likes to practice every night in the backyard.  When he gets on the field during games, you can tell that he feels nervous.  He is uncomfortable when he doesn’t know exactly what he is supposed to be doing.  (It reminds me of when he first learned to talk – he didn’t want to say the word unless he was absolutely sure that he would say it correctly.)  I imagine with a bunch of people yelling on any given play that it is a little confusing to figure out what to do.  As the weeks go on, he is becoming more comfortable.  He has been playing first base and is starting to get the hang of what he needs to do every play.  He’s also got his Dad’s intensity so he’s gives it 100% and I think he tries to hit a home run every time.  You can see it in his face.

The team has come a long way in just 4 games and 4 practices.  I think they’ve realized that it is not rugby and there is no longer a scrum while everyone tries to get the ball after it is hit.  They’ve figured out the batting order and how the innings work and to throw the ball to first after every hit.  They’re learning to stand in line and shake hands at the end of the game.  And they definitely know to look for a good snack after the game!

What is amazing to me is that the coach’s older son is just a couple years older than Jack and he’s pretty much got baseball figured out.  He stands out there and plays catch with the kids and helps coach and it’s pretty amazing what a difference two years will make.

This has been a great experience for Jack.  Casey could have played too…I didn’t realize that 3 year olds could play, but for now she is Jack’s #1 cheerleader and she stays busy during the games by climbing all over Pat and I and moving her water bottle from cup holder to cup holder.

A little coaching before he the inning starts

I don’t know how I capture this but his face is weird…and hilarious!

Slugger

Show Week – Jack

Jack got to shine at Show Week at the Little Gym last week too.  He was in a Sports Skills class with 4-6 year olds.  Every few weeks they switched to a different sport – football, basketball, soccer, and a little bowling.  He loved going every week and was very excited for Little Gym night.  For his show, all the parents went into the gym and he got to show off for us.  He started at Little Gym a year and a half ago and it’s amazing how much he has grown and improved.  Next semester he is going to take a karate class.