We decided to try out my daughter with soccer this year. She’s never played team sports and we really wanted to expose her to the idea.
Soccer runs for 2 months, 2 nights a week. It is definitely a commitment but since we live a block from the fields it’s not actually too bad getting to and from the games.
She’s 4 but being a year-end baby makes her fall into the U6 grouping. This means that she’s one of the youngest and smallest on the team. It’s a little tough for her since I’ve realized that she probably should have started last year. I am pretty sure she’s the only one on the team who hasn’t played before. But the coaches are all parent volunteers and are so great with her and encouraging. She doesn’t quite “get” the team idea or the concept that you need to so-called “steal” the ball from the other team but she’s out there with a smile on her face and I couldn’t ask for more!
We chose the Glamorgan soccer and found it to be very well organized. As a parent you let the team know what you are able to volunteer with and supply snacks for some games. Uniforms are included in the fee you pay for the program and so all we bought in addition was shin guards (just keep her confidence up if she got kicked) and some socks. We also went for the cleats but it definitely is not needed at the level that the kids play at this age. Again though for my timid daughter the pink laces on the cleats meant that she is that much more excited to head out every week!
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs over at fourdayshome.