Sara Madalin's soccer club had a Jamboree this past Saturday. SM's team, the CATS, had two games scheduled - one at 10:00 a.m. and one at noon. The 10:00 game ended up not happening because too many of the players on the opposing team were sick. So, instead, the Cats practiced together for the first time.
The first thing her coach, Wes, did was toss their balls to various points on the field and have them kick it to the goal. SM did pretty good.
This is Coach Wes. Bless his heart. He does a great job with 8 little girls running all over the place. He definitely has more patience than me.
First team huddle. They all sat on their little balls and listened to Coach Wes telling them what they were going to do next.
It was pretty cold, but they sat and listened attentively.
Sara Madalin's cute little friend from school, William Wright, was on the opposing team for Game 1. Although most of his team was sick, he still came out to practice and play. Coach Wes let him play with the Cats as they scrimmaged.
At one point while they were playing their scrimmage game, the whole team ran off the field and almost into another game. They were so funny. One of them would start kicking the ball, and they'd all just follow that person where ever they went. I think Coach Wes was trying to talk to them all in the next picture about staying on their field.
At one point, when they were running around, Sara Madalin spotted a big mud puddle. It was standing water a few inches deep and about 4-5 feet in length. We saw her when she noticed it and started running toward it, but Reagan was too late to catch her. She started at one end and ran straight through it to the other end. Then, when he caught her, she said, "I'm wet Daddy." But she had to stay in those clothes until practice was over. Luckily, I had packed another outfit for the second game.
Snack time was her favorite part of the day.
A few more words from Coach Wes and a little more practice.
In the next picture Sara Madalin was trying to take the ball from the coach. She didn't quite grasp the fact that they were sharing balls and at this particular time he was using hers. But, she was laughing because she thought he was playing a game of keep-away with her. Again, he has much more patience than this momma.
Their little huddle at the end of the game/practice. 1-2-3 CATS!!!!
We went and had a little lunch (where we both saw that she was getting very tired and ready for a nap), then came back for a quick Game 2. They played against a boy team.
Each time it was their teams's turn to have the ball, Coach Wes would pick a different girl to kick it toward the goal. Most times, the boys got it from them before they got to the goal, or they would kick in the direction of the goal, but keep kicking on past the goal. A few times they made it in. SM actually made one of the goals. Well, after stealing it from one of her teammates. Not many of the girls actually have the concept that they are on a team yet. They all go after the ball, no matter who has it. SM was so happy she had scored and especially proud when Coach Wes asked her to give him some "skin."
And the final shot of the day - SM and her friend, Cloe.
These two girls are together for almost everything. They are in Sunday school together, in the Turtle class at school together, and now Cats together in soccer. Sara Madalin was so excited to see Cloe at the soccer field. She cheered for Cloe and asked if we could save a pack of crackers from our lunch to take back to Cloe. Then, right before we left, they posed for the picture above. This is going to be a sweet picture to look back on one day.
We learned three valuable lessons Saturday. 1) Shin guards are supposed to be worn UNDER your socks, not on top of them. 2) The cooler will be left in the car during games. SM was so distracted by the fact that I had brought her a banana and some blue Gatorade, that she kept running over to me every 3 minutes wanting her snack and "getter-ade." and 3) As my husband so sweetly said to me, "You either need to volunteer to coach or hush." In other words, I'm yelling too much and confusing and distracting Sara Madalin from what her coach is telling her to do. Guess I'll try to work on that.