This is the first year we have signed Emmett up for any sort of extra curricular activity. In fact, when I asked him if he'd be interested in playing a sport he flat out said "no." But, like any good mother, I decided to sign him up anyway! This child will say "no" to anything that isn't about getting a new toy, playing iPad or eating chocolate ice cream. Sometimes you've just gotta try something new! His buddy from school was going to be on the same team so I knew he'd have a familiar face to help calm his nerves.
His team had two practices before their first game and it looked like barely controlled chaos. Imagine cats running after balls of yarn. Emmett seemed to do fine in the "drills" - dribbling the soccer ball, passing back and forth, running a short lap - but I was not really sure what to expect at his first game.
He sure looked the part of a professional soccer player though. Their team, Juventus, is named after a professional Italian soccer team and is called "Juve" for short. When we parents received the jerseys at the first team meeting we were puzzled as to why our children were on a team named after a juvenile correction facility, but hey at least they went for it with the black and white stripes, right?
The rest of the uniform was up to us, so I got him some black Umbros (classic), black and white soccer socks, shin guards and cleats that I bought for $5.50 at Once Upon A Child (booyah!).
|This is raw, natural talent.|
|Theo, dressed in his Razorback track suit, was ready to show his support.|
I took a short video of the game to give you an idea of how it all went down. Keep your eyes peeled for Emmett who does his best never to touch the ball. He kinda just trails behind the action a good 20 feet or so. I also enjoy the little boy on the other team who decided to just stay in one place, even when the action came right to him.
So, yeah. We cheered for Emmett just being out on the field and having fun. I mean, I guess he had fun? It's hard to say. He would tell you he had fun, but half the time he was pouting out there because he "didn't score any goals." I'm not positive but I think he may have to touch the ball first? But maybe they didn't go over that in practice. Regardless, he was a sad sack for much of the game.
I like how everyone is blurry in this shot because they are all moving so fast to get to the ball, Well, everyone except Emmett! Haha! He's moving just enough to avoid the ball.
Unfortunately, Juventus did not win their season opener. The other team (the Goal Diggers!) had a tiny soccer phenom out there who scored like 12 times. It was unreal. However, the team rallied around the coach and gave a good cheer. Way to go, Juvey!
|Eric tries to cheer up the soccer star.|
|Well, at least he enjoyed the snacks!|
|Emmett and his buddy, Luke. Adorbs.|
The great news is that Emmett still has a good attitude about going to practice and games. Sure, I'll get the occasional, "Ugh...soccer again?!!?!" but that's just Emmett. Who knows, maybe he'll get motivated to get out there and touch the ball one of these days!