My U9 team won today. They won 18 goals for us and nothing for them. I think the other team had 6 shots around our goal.
At U9, it’s really hard to get the kids to play keep away and not try to score. I mean… they’re 9.
I once had a U10 girls team play 5 touch before they could shoot, but I thought them screaming out “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “We can shoot” was kinda of not sportsgirllike. (They made boys cry!)
Tomorrow’s team that my U12 team plays lost 8-1 to a U11 team.
I don’t like whomping games.
Us. Them. They are entertaining. Who will win? Will we tie? Both teams are in it to the end? Even 3-1 is good up until the end.
We played a game last year where we were up 3-0 after 4 minutes.
4 minutes gone, 26 more to play. 3-0 us…
As a parent, you want to see your kid score a goal. Parents, who have not played soccer, think scoring a goal is the ultimate validation for their kid’s overwhelming skill.
Yes, scoring goals is the point of soccer. But when the game is gone, as it was today at 8-0 at the half today, is another goal more important than teaching the entire opposite of what they have been taught since age 4?
What I mean, at 8-0, scoring is obvious. Yes, their goalie is a kid in a pinny. She is not a goalie. Their defense will collapse on one player leaving others to dribble and score. A shot at goal will more likely be a goal than anything else.
What does our player learn long term? Shooting. Yes, but in the grand scheme of things, what have they learned?
At U12, I can switch out the players from their normal positions. I can try to help the other team to get a goal.
The NFL guy inside me says it is up to them to play defense, not us.
The 12 year old in me, who once got beat 17-1, says they are little girls. Don’t spoil their growing love of the sport.
My 12 year old daughter wants to match her sister’s score. I want to play a half of keep away. But the parents want to see their kids score. It’s a good problem to have, but the reality is today’s 18-0 win will eventually end up being our 10-0 defeat. The kids, and parents, reaction on that day will be…