Drills & Skills

November 6, 2018

Last year Cullen had a more hate, less love relationship with soccer. If I had to describe Cullen and his interest in sport right now, in this moment, I would say he’s not sports biggest fan. He has moments of interest and brief participation, but overall his interests lie elsewhere. This year a couple of kids from his class signed up for Fall soccer. I asked Cullen if he’d like to sign up too? Fully expecting him to say, “Hell. No!”. But to my surprise, he said “Yes!” Wow, ok then. So sign him up I did, albeit skeptically. But in a surprise twist of events, this year he was into it. Happily taking part in all of the drills and skills. Hustling in games. Showing his inner thug by dragging on the arms and shirts of players on the opposing team when they tried to take the ball. And displaying lots of emotion (tears) when the other team scored. The exact opposite of the Cullen that played soccer last Fall. Which was nice cos that saved me a mental battle of doubt and guilt with myself, for feeling like some kind of pushy mother, making him do something he had no interest doing.

Off to practice.

Dribbling and scoring skills.

Cullen’s friends and teammate, Ashton.

Ashton was excited to share his goal scoring excitement with our other friend, Zachary.

More skills work.

Game time and Cullen with the kick in.

There he goes!

Oops, some illegal handball action.

Doing his best to get between the red team player and the ball.

Yep, watching the other team score can be emotional.

End of game high-fives cos if nothing else, we’re good sports men.

Everyone wants a “Well Done” sticker from coach.

But look who got the “Player of the Game” medal, Cullen!!

So proud of himself.

Shot with his friends and teammates.

Now off to the playground for even more fun.

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