Max is playing U6 Indoor Soccer this season with Calgary Northside Soccer (CNS) and I reluctantly agreed to coach after three emails begging for volunteers. I spent a week on Googling U6 Soccer and had to YouTube “how to run a soccer practice”. CNS assured me that it is all about fun at this age and that they would make sure I was equipped to run the practices. We had our first practice last Friday night and I came away feeling decently optimistic about the season, the kids, parents and my wonderfully helpful Assistant Coach and Team Manager.
I felt that optimism way too soon! Last night, CNS hosted a mini-training for new coaches of U6 and U8 teams and sent out Scott Irons of the Premier Academy of Soccer Skills to teach us some basics. I came prepared to learn technical terms, skills and games to play with the kids and even to go through a few of the exercises for demonstration purposes.
After three hours of Fast Feet, coordination drills, crab soccer, shuffles, sprints, and mind games, I was exhausted. Scott spoke about listening skills throughout the session and I was still one of the few who raced across the gym when he yelled “Gopher” instead of “Go”. He had us do the Grapevine back and forth a few times and I came close to face planting and instead just twisted my ankle with flair. I got schooled so hard! I couldn’t stop laughing at how unfit I am and how ridiculous it is that I am being trusted to instill some skills into these kids.
I am, however, always up for a challenge and I have a feeling that this is going to be a challenge that is both fun and rewarding. My team of bright-eyed and smiling kids are definitely going to have a good time and hopefully going to learn to be comfortable with the ball at their feet. Anything beyond that is going to feel like a major success since I am not even comfortable with the ball at my feet yet. Until then, this is how I will be moving around the house: