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Run, whatever your name is...RUN!

October 11, 2010 - Erin O'Neill
If you have never seen a U-6 soccer game — where the teams are comprised mostly of preschoolers and kindergartners — I definitely recommend checking one out.

We recently got involved with the local Marietta Soccer League as a way for my kid to learn about teamwork and get in some good exercise. Little did I know it would be so entertaining.

The kids practice once a week and are taught the very basic fundamentals by some very courageous volunteers: how to pass, how to kick, how to dribble, which side of the field their goal is on and, most importantly, what their teammates names are.

Most of the children understand that each team is trying to score goals and whoever gets the most balls in the goal wins the game. So far, our team is 1 for 3. What seems to elude them is that they have to work together, they need to keep their eyes on the ball and the goal they are trying to kick the ball into is the one which is the furthest away.

It has to be one of the most entertaining spectacles I've seen in a while...and it is also very heartwarming because the kids haven't gotten into the whole competitive thing. For them, it's all about fun and treats afterward.

For me, it's about teaching the values of teamwork, being a good winner or loser and following directions.

I am so proud of our little guys and gals and I think it's fantastic that this organization exists.

I am, however, extremely disappointed to read police reports about the concession stand being broken into, the field and equipment being damaged, etc., etc.

To whomever would do these things, I would like to remind you: 1. These are children who are using these facilities and 2. This is a volunteer organization.

Sadly, a lot of damage is probably caused by youth who might have benefitted in some way from involvement in a group like this.

So I say again and again...and again. We, as a community, need to support our young people, support the schools, the teachers, the volunteers and the activities that serve to enrich the lives of our kids.

 
 

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