Eric begins AYSO soccer

Eric had his 1st soccer practice and game this week.  He was dubious about attending since his buddy Trevor had already attended a practice and game and reported that the rest of the team was “all girls”.  However, he agreed to give it a try and enjoyed it.  He was especially enthused by receiving his uniform.  All teams have purple and gold jerseys so that players can be swapped around if a team is short players as well as carrying over from year to year.  Ed and Billie Jo started AYSO soccer playing on large teams, now Eric plays on a team of 3 and they don’t keep score.  Here Eric lines up with his team mates and gets some instruction from the coach.

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His coach focused on having him play defense and get in front of the ball.  He got pretty good at running to a position in front of the goal, but has not yet grasped the idea of kicking the ball away from an opponent.  I am sure that will come in time. Most of the running is accompanied by arm swinging and skipping as he is having a good time as demonstrated in the movie.  100_0696.MOV

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