Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Soccer Pink Card

My grandchildren are now playing soccer in beginner leagues.

The YMCA runs their program, and each game starts with an *oath to play fairly and respect all participants.

It’s a nice change from coaches who yell at six and seven year olds: “Are you guys dancing down here? This is soccer! We’re not dancing! Pay attention!” 

 Those coaches deserve yellow cards--caution for aggressive attitudes.  

getting ready for the oath
However, it’s not a problem for my granddaughter’s team. She’s part of the Pink Flamingos for 3 and 4 year olds. Their play wasn’t riveting, but their take on the game was a hoot. 

Two little girls wore the typical shorts, shin guards and knee socks, plus tutus. 

The youngest team member (left) was shuffled around the field by one of her parents. They took turns gently steering her in the direction of play, and telling her when to run or kick.

my go-getter on the far right

Most of the flamingos ran up and 
down the shortened field in a pack. Some understood they were to try to kick the ball into the goal. The only poor sportsmanship was when a couple of girls got frustrated and shouldered their teammates out of the way to get to the ball. Of course no referee gave yellow cards, and they never got rough enough to warrant a red card.

Occasionally they ignored the game altogether while one gave another a hug,   which should warrant an as-yet-unadopted good sportsmanship pink card. Better hugging than slugging! 

Go Flamingos!

*YMCA SPORTS PLEDGE: Win or lose, I promise to God to do the best I can, to be a team player and to respect my teammates, my opponents and officials, and to improve myself in spirit, mind, and body. 

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