Soccer is back in season for both kids. It’s a great time of year but also a bad time of year. We love the game and the kids on the teams and the fun but we quickly get tired of non-stop running. I am the head coach for the middle school team on which Isaac plays. Especially now, in the time leading up to the start of games, practice makes us very busy. We try to practice 5 days a week for a couple hours each night. I have to contact other coaches to schedule games and there are always meetings to attend.
I really enjoy the boys and I have coached a large number of them in rec-league and middle school since they were 7 or so years old. I have a great group of boys and I look forward to watching them succeed. It’s really tough this year, however, since Isaac cannot play…at least not yet. It’s not clear whether he will play at all, honestly, but we are hopeful. It’s more than a little frustrating for both of us. I do like coaching the boys but the best part of it would have been the opportunity to coach my own son. His blood clot seems to be on the mend but he is still on blood thinners and cannot play because of the risk of a hard contact that would cause a dangerous bleed.
I am definitely committed to the boys on this team, but I just wish things could be a little different. Isaac still gets to come to practice to participate in the non-contact drills but he does not enjoy having to sit out for the majority of each practice. I figure it is good for him to be around friends though and also to see me follow through with a commitment. Our games start next week so I figure that the team spirit will carry us all once things get rolling along. Wish us luck dear friends!