Goals and more goals: 50, to be exact; all from Messi
Friday, July 24, 2009
For the last 2 months, I've been coaching my son's under-9 soccer team. It's been a great season. We've had great weather, with a couple of rainy days, but we managed to play a lot of games.
From the beginning, my first goal was to get the kids playing soccer, as opposed to having then running around the ball at all times--like little bees around honey. My second goal was for the kids to have fun. Fun being the most important aspect of any activity at this age. Overall, I think everyone enjoyed playing and everyone learned some of the basics of the game. We lost more games than we won, but the ones we won we won with style. The games got intense, and real technique started to show up.
I'll continue coaching Gabe's teams for as long a he wants to play the game. It delays our summer vacation by a couple of weeks because I have to be there for every game, but it's not a big deal. I enjoy the coaching part. The whole experience brings me back to when I was kid and I was part of the soccer school in El Flor Blanca
(if you look closely, you can see pools where I first learned how to swim). Things were a bit more serious, with 3 different coaches at all times, but at that age is was great to just run around a real soccer stadium.
Now, back to Messi's goals. Perhaps I wrote too long of an introduction than these 2 videos require, but if I were a kid, I'd watch them over and over. Well, even now I still watch them over and over--we can all appreciate real talent at any age.Part 1Part 2