Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Sports

This is Ashlyn's favorite soccer move. It's tiring running up and down the soccer field.
Lathaniel is happy watching, but can't wait to get in the game.
Ashlyn smiles a lot more when she's off the field.
From that pretty smile, you can't tell Emily whined for almost the whole game.
Darrien is #1 (yes, he got to pick his number).
Uncle Seth acts as Emily's jungle gym as we watch the game.
Logan came to watch, too. It was hot!
Did you know the offensive line was the best place to play? Darrien thinks so because he gets to push people.
Emily in action.

Ashlyn getting in the game.

I think Fall sports are more exhausting for me than for Ashlyn, Darrien, or Emily. Not physically, of course, I mean they're the ones running around and exerting effort, whereas I am sitting and watching, but I feel every emotion they are feeling and more. I'm elated when they try their best and things go well and heart-wrenched when things are tough, but Fall sports are in full swing and we are some very busy Lockards.

We have practice every night of the week. Darrien practices on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for two hours each night. Ashlyn practices for an hour on Wednesday and an hour and a half on Friday. Emily practices only once, on Thursday, but that is quite enough for a group of five six year olds.

Oddly, the boys seem to listen to their coaches better. During Darrien's practice I rarely see a boy goofing off or not doing exactly as the coach asked, of course, if I do he is sent to run immediately. The girls on Ashlyn's team are at that age, the tween years, and are easily distracted by one another. It is quite common to hear one of the coaches remind the girls they are not to talk while the coach is talking. Emily's practice is the most entertaining. Five little girls trying to climb trees, carry each other, and turn cartwheels instead of practicing soccer is adorable, and I have to chuckle when I hear the coach say, "New rule, while at practice there will be no climbing trees." Watching Emily's practice reminds me of why I decided that kindergarten and first grade were not where I would be teaching.

Fall sports will conclude at the end of October and I am both looking forward to the end and dreading it. I hate being so busy six days a week, but I love seeing the kids play sports.