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Rylan's First Soccer Practice..

Written on October 29, 2007 by Kevin.

My wife and I had been looking forward to seeing Rylan at soccer practice for a while now. We could just picture Rylan running around with the other kids trying to kick the ball.

I woke Rylan up super early in the morning so that we could get dressed and out the door in a timely manner. As he woke up I asked him if he wanted to go play soccer. He let out a "No" and I'm pretty sure he then said "I'm tired". I definitely wasn't expecting that.

It took a bit for everyone to get up and ready to leave and I quickly noticed that we were running late already. Off we went, expecting to be there 10 minutes late. Soon after hitting the road I frustratingly said "We are out of gas". Now this is a pretty common phrase out of my mouth but I am pretty good about judging how much gas is in the tank regardless of where the needle says so we continued on not wanting to be any more late.

As we made our way to the park where his soccer practice would be at, I could feel the car starting to chug. I pulled into the parking lot and could feel it gasping for its last bit of fumes. There it was, the engine had cut off. I used the momentum of the car and a bit of manual power to coast it into the nearest spot. We rushed to Rylan's practice now 10 minutes late.

Rylan, as expected, was pretty crazy at his practice. He loved playing with the soccer balls but I'm not sure if he ever recognized that he was supposed to be doing what everyone else was. The class is for 2-3 year olds which made it a bit difficult. The coach was talking to the kids like they were a bit older and didn't seem to tailor it at all for the fresh 2 year olds. Rylan was more interested in throwing the ball rather than kicking it like he occasionally does at home.

He did however meet a girl. She was only 14 months old but they seemed to enjoy each other. Rylan got his own little soccer t-shirt to wear to practices.

Word of advice to anyone setting up a soccer event for little kids. Don't put it right next to a playground. The kids will be distracted by it and only want to play there.

We will be taking Rylan to soccer practice for the next 5 weeks and do a bit of comparison as the weeks go on. We'll see if he begins to pay attention a bit more.


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