Monday, August 3, 2009

Sports

If you know my family at all you know we don't 'do' sports. We don't have a team we root for. We don't buy the NFL package in the fall. Honestly, half the time I can't even remember what season it is. I follow local sports just so I know if there will be some sort of parade that will affect traffic and our commute.

I have enrolled the kids in sports-type activities mostly to keep them active. Lainy Ann has taken swim, gymnastics and ballet. Connor has taken a sports class that teaches skills for lots of different sports in a non-competitive way. But now that William is part of our family and has an opinion on things, well, its been a big change.

William loves sports. I don't know where he got this love from since he wasn't really exposed to organized sports. Instead of sleeping with a stuffed animal he sleeps with a soccer ball or racquet. At the store he begs for a new ball. When the boys need a new shirt he begs for a 'soccer-shirt' which is defined as any shirt with numbers on it. He will spend 30 minutes in the kitchen kicking his foam soccer ball into a goal. With each goal he makes he yells, "score!" He has a cheap plastic tennis racquet that he will use to hit a ball over and over and over again. He has some good skills for a child so young.

So I set off to find a class for a 2 year old. I finally found one for 3-4 year olds and asked them to let William in the class even though he wasn't quite 3 yet. I was afraid he would be left behind since he was the youngest child there. But he sat with rapt attention and was on task each time. He is, admittedly, the slowest child in the group, which makes sense because his legs are the shortest, but he can really hold his own.

Connor will be starting AYSO this fall, so we set off to get him his very first pair of cleats. Well, apparently William needed a pair too. Oh, and a new ball. I guess he will be wearing cleats to his soccer classes.
[caption id="attachment_373" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="The ball is almost as big as him."]The ball is almost as big as him.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_372" align="alignnone" width="343" caption="Dribbling"]Dribbling[/caption]

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