Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Day 2134 - When sport becomes so much more than sport.

Why soccer is so much more than just a game.


Back in May you will recall I chatted about my son and his passion for soccer.  If you haven't read that post then head on over and check it out.  His drive, his passion and his commitment is inspiring.

Since that post in May I wanted to report how that drive, passion and commitment has helped him score some major goals.



Before soccer he doubted himself.

Before soccer he was lost.  Constantly looking for something to "be good at".

It happens when kids have a learning challenge.  They feel inadequate in the classroom among their peers so they often strive even harder outside the classroom to create something great for themselves.

Anyway, you know all that already.

So since my post in May I just wanted to let you know our boy has not lost any of that drive, passion and commitment.  He's worked hard to achieve a few goals.

The first was trying out for the Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) rep team.  He was out on the front lawn every day running himself through skills drills.

He tried out.  He got in.

His next goal was to get into Premier League (or "Prem" for those in the know).

Now I didn't even know what Premier League was and every time he talked about it I felt I was actually losing IQ points because I couldn't get my head around it all.

Anyway, I learned that most clubs in the ACT have their standard "let's have fun on the weekend" teams which are your general kids soccer teams.  Then from there (once you hit a certain age) you can start getting graded and that puts you into levels like Division 1, 2 and 3.  After that you can be selected for your club's "Premier League" which means you are in the main team that represents your club in your age group.

But wait .... there's more ...

For some clubs, there's another team that sits between first division and Premier League.  There's a "development squad".

Our boy caught wind that the development squad coach needed another player mid way through the season and that he might be turning up to Division One to choose someone.

Extra effort was put in at home to train harder and longer (if that's possible).

Around six weeks ago a very excited son got in my car grinning from ear to ear.  A strange man had been at training that night and was watching him.  The man didn't say anything, he just stood there and watched. Maybe he was from Development Squad?

We were only home half an hour before the phone call came through from coach to say Darby had been selected for Development Squad.

Our boy just smiled and nodded.  He may have whooped, but I whooped louder.  He has a dream and he just got one step closer to making that dream a reality.

Since then he's been playing with his new team and already his skill level has improved ten fold.  He is now on a full field, with a full team and with full rules* (previously he'd been playing the kids version).

The games are amazing to watch and there is not an ounce of the old "world's worst soccer mum" in me.  Just awe.

It's been a confidence builder, a place to create friendships and has helped our young man to find himself.

The drive, the passion and the commitment continues.

Of course his next goal is to make Premier League plus he's also got his eye on securing a spot at the Coerver Academy.

No matter what happens, he's growing, he's confident, he's working hard and he's showing that he can achieve results.

For us, soccer is so much more than just a game.

Has sport been more than just a sport in your house? 





* When Darby moved from kids soccer to full field, full team and full rules I asked him how he learned the new rules so quickly.  He gave me a one word answer. "XBox".  It turns out that playing FIFA 15 is a great training tool! Who knew ... 

PS This is not a brag post.  Honest.  It's to prove that success principles can be applied at any age to achieve results. Plus there might be a small part of me that's more than just a little bit proud :P



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24 comments :

  1. Love team sports, not just for the exercise but the life lessons as well.

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    1. Agree, Team building, confidence, resilience ... all of it. Resilience is a very big part of it!

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  2. yes and no - the same works when you aren't good at it and the importance of sport seems demented (it's so damaging to self esteem at times). An 8 year old boy won't listen when you tell him it's not important and no one cares - it's all they see and they see failure in themselves....

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    1. Yeah, I completely understand that. That's the challenge we have in regards to the classroom due to the dyslexia. Every school day was a day of feeling inadequate. It's devastating to have your kids feel like that about anything.

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  3. We have a couple of soccer-holics and a basketballer- I think team sports do a lot for a kid. Confidence, ambition, drive and enjoyment. It's a great thing and the fitness side is also positive!

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    1. Yep. Particularly if they've got some sporting abilities. Then they can truly thrive in this environment.

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  4. Oh that's so wonderful! How exciting for him. We're a distinctly non sporty household. I just don't think it's in the genes:)

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    1. LOL. I'm not particularly good at it. I'm the brains of the house and my husband is the brawn! He's passed on the sporting genes. I think I've passed on the "drive" though :)

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  5. Sport has taught all three of my children so much, both to my elite level daughter and my sporty but not elite level sons. It's taught them about teamwork, dedication, perseverance, confidence, time management, respect, communication, how to deal with losing, and so much more. I'm so glad I decided to ensure they all participated in sport from an early age.

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    1. That's awesome. Yep, you nailed those points. How to deal with losing is a huge one too ... builds resilience and can help define their sensory acuity. Stop, take stock, adjust, move forward.

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  6. That's fantastic news, not only that he's made the squad, but to see him grow and develop and have such passion for something. Dancing is our main thing here, and the girls have such a love for it. It's so much more than dancing too. It's a love of music and movement, developing strength and flexibility, and creating beautiful friendship and camaraderie. It also teaches patience and manners.

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    1. Yes, my daughter was all about the dancing. It was calisthenics and then cheerleading for her. So good for their bodies!

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  7. That's such an awesome story Leanne, you have every reason to be proud - the occasional brag posts are great and let us all celebrate! ;)

    But no, sport has not been more than just sport in our house (yet). My eldest did AFL for about 6 years, but stopped this year. He joined Scouts instead and is LOVING it, and far more involved and committed than he ever was in AFL. My middley joined a mixed soccer team last year and enjoyed training - but by the time the season officially started she was the only girl left on the team, and she refused to actually get on the field and play that first day - or ever again! She's doing circus this year and MUCH happier. It's non-competitive, and while there's some team work, she can also just do her own thing much of the time, which suits her temperament. I'm hoping we'll be able to get her to stick at it long term.

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    1. Circus!!! That is so much fun!!! I have had a few circus kids join my cheerleading team over the years. They always come in with such enthusiasm, creativity and a real "anything is possible" attitude.

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  8. It's like you're talking about our family, only we have 3 boys who are all rugby league mad! I love it, love the confidence it brings, the friendships and respect. xx

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  9. Well done to your talented boy! We are not much for team sports in our house, but I agree that they are so much more than just the game. My kids are all really into 'individual' activities and that suits them well. We all find our 'thing'. I'm so glad Darby has found his. x

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    1. I think every kid has something special to offer the world. It's just about finding it. I am seriously glad Darby found his. He's a different person now. He feels like he "belongs" to something.

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  10. That is so good to hear and encouraging as well. My 8 year old has some slight learning difficulties and is still trying to find her thing, she plays and loves soccer and tennis but I think athletics might be what she excels at. Our youngest is just into dancing, lots of dancing! I think that team sports teaches them so much about life as well as the game.

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    1. It took us a long time for Darby to find his. He did a bit of soccer before, then switched to basketball, then it was BMX and then skateboarding .... scooter ... then back to soccer. Something just clicked when he returned to soccer. To be honest I think his confidence came from playing at recess and lunch time with the other soccer boys at school. He realised he could do it and was encouraged by the others to keep going.

      Dancing is a good thing!

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  11. Oh this makes me happy Leanne!
    We put our boy in footy this year, but he hasn't been enjoying it. We've just been trying to get to the end of the season. Then last week, Boatman took him out for a kick and he had fun. He played a hundred times better in his game on Friday, and even scored best on ground for his efforts. This week he's happy to play.
    I'm still being reserved on how long the excitement lasts, but it is SO GOOD to see them enjoy something, and do well at it.

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    1. Best on ground! Well done! You know what Jess, that actually happened here too. Sometimes they just need someone to work with them around the edges to give them the confidence to go out there on game day. And perhaps someone to remind them that it is all about "fun" after all ...

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  12. That is wonderful to hear he is coming along so well. I'm so glad he found his thing that he's good at and can feel good about. Well done :)

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