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The problem was NOT Melia's team. Somehow Miss Melia's entrance into the athletic arena has been laced with a group of 7 kiddos that would each be the MVP if they were on separate teams. I'm pretty sure they have all played at least one season before, some indoor, some outdoor, but regardless of the location, they know what they are doing. Melia is working hard and I'm very proud of her. I think being on this team is definitely pushing her and her coach (and teammates) are very patient with her and are showing her the ropes!
Now, as for Camden's team, well, remember the movie "The Bad News Bears"? Different sport, smaller "athletes", same story (only without the successful ending). Luckily, I had very low expectations and really was just hoping that Camden would play. He did, but, how can I put this lightly? Well, here is the rundown (I am abbreviating names to protect the egos of the parents ;)).
- G is the kid that knows the most, scores the most, and is about the only one that is really aggressive. Coach Dad mentions to him at half-time that he needs to quit pushing and he goes into total melt-down mode. Let me just say that it was like Camden-caliber melt-down (which is SO not usual for this generally mellow child)!
- N is also pretty good...knows what he is doing and can keep up with the game. When he comes to sit down and take a break, his mom says "You're doing a great job, are you having fun?" to which he replies "No, I wanna be on the purple team...they're scoring goals!" (HA! Love it!)
- S is such a sweet little girl...does exactly what she's asked and tries her little heart out. I'm sure she is thinking "How did I get stuck on this team?!"
- K plays for 5 minutes, goes to sit down to watch Melia practice writing words and refuses to get back out there. (Disclaimer: she was with me and I was NOT pushing the envelope on this one...had her parents been there, it may have been a different story!)
- C REFUSES to play. When coerced, he gets out on the field and sort of walks around frowning and shaking his head as if to say "Leave me alone!" when his name is cheered.
- P sadly lays on the blanket basically the entire game, refusing to go in. At one point his mom walks out there to try to get him to play, but he was having none.of.it!!
- B is a little timid, but generally just sort of goes where he's supposed to. He's Camden's buddy in the picture where it looks like his is saying "Come on, let's go play. It's not that bad."
- And then there is Camden. Hmm...my little transition issue kid. He would do fine once he was
bribed with a cookietalked into getting on the field and then would wake up out there. However, at the beginning of the game when K was playing, he walked out onto the field to try to hand her DS to her to play. Guess he didn't realize there was a game going on!