Soccer!

The Triplets want to become Soccer Monsters!  The Triplets went to a soccer camp recently and we are signed up for another one this Summer.  They LOVED it!

We (I) have been avoiding the time suck that is sports.  Alas, I fear that time is coming to an end.  I can shelter them no more from the crazy competitiveness that is sports these days.  The REAL funny thing is that like much of life, sports if full of extremes.  OK, before the rant… the cute pics:)

  

It seems that there is either hypercompetiveness or hypocompetiveness.  I give you two examples.

  1. To make “All-Star” in baseball you must receive a certain number of “votes.”  Parents start lobbying for votes early.  If you “make it” you are rewarded with practice everyday.  If not… you probably will not be playing ball in High School.  Keep in mind I am talking about machine pitch baseball for second graders here:)
  2. At a local swim meet I asked what a neighbor’s kid (12 year old) what place they came in during a heat.  Their answer… “we just try to beat our best time”.

Where is the middle ground?  I want my kids to win, without having to start a PAC to get them on the “right” team.  I also want them to learn how t0 use defeats as motivation.  To do so they have to LOOSE!  Yes, there is a lot to be said for beating your best but there is also a HUGE advantage to using other people to motivate you.

One of the “rules” of life I want my kids to follow is to always try to be around people “better” than them.  The “best people” are rarely the “best people” they just surround themselves with the best people, if you follow me:)    Think George W. Bush:)  EQ beats IQ most days.  Personally, I am good with that:)  You “work smarter” people are just down-right un-american:)  LOL!  I am sure Congress will get around to limiting how much we can work soon too:)

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592)
Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?
J. Paul Getty

Al

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2 Responses to Soccer!

  1. My plan is to focus on learning more and more about each individual child & encouraging them to be on the all-star team for that one thing that really fits their natural strengths, passions, and future … then have them try other stuff that will have a verity of success and failure.

    For me, the specific activity (excluding illigal & imoral and such) is less imporant & the process of having a vision -> getting excited -> disipline actions -> taking calculated risks -> success/failure is much more important. If they can learn that they will be good to go … as long as they have learned enough about themselves & have a dream/vision.

    One lesson from my parents: Indvidual rules. I have multiple siblings. The rule for me was a max of 3 activities & one must be church (all must also be approved by parents as acceptable).

    At the same time, I had siblings who had a minimum number of activities (max 3, one church, etc).

  2. Da Young says:

    Wow! They look so concentrate. And the pink ball for the little girl is just too cute. 🙂

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