How do you tell a 4 year old there is no tackling in soccer?? Well let me tell you since we just found out!! Last night Jake had his first taste of soccer, which he has been dying to play since Emmah played last fall. He was so excited, a little bummed he couldn't wear the cleats, but he would get over that as long as he got to wear the shin guards!
They practice for 30 mins before the game and then play a 3 on 3 game that lasts about 30 mins. For practice they worked on learning to dribble, not touch the ball with your hands (which Jake isn't doing to well with either!), and shooting in the goal. Just some basics I mean they are only 4!
Jake did great for practice, had lots of fun and was really pumped for the game. When the game started he was all about it and headed for the ball. Well another player on his team is pretty good and ended up with the ball a lot. Jake would have non of that so instead of teamwork, he turned to tackling!! We were pretty sure we were going to have the first 4 year old to earn a red card! It was very funny to watch, but we know have had to remind him that there isn't tackling in soccer and that it isn't nice. Papa even had to step in to remind him of this. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season!!