This weekend all 3 of my kids were in a tournament at the same location. It is nice when we can be in the same place for the whole weekend and see everyone play. It makes for a wee bit crazy weekend of me running from field to field to snap pictures and not miss any moments with my kids. It is the one that that is so very important to me. It is times like today that I am glad I am able to be there. My son has played in 3 shootouts at tournaments. He has never lost a shootout until today. It was heartbreaking that it came down to this. The game was 0-0 when it went to Shootout. No one understands what he goes through in these situations. He walked away in tears. And cried the whole way home. He leaves it all on the field EVERYTIME. It was heartbreaking for me as I approached him to have him just cry into my shoulder. Some will never get what it is like to be a keeper and have all of the pressure on them. If someone misses a goal it is no big deal. If Jack lets one in it is a totally different story. He is exhausted since last weekends tournament to 2 games this week to this weekend of tournament. He is definitely ready for a much needed break. I love this kid and the fact that he puts his heart into it 110%. I just wish that he did not feel like it is all on him....
"For a goalkeeper, there is no hiding place..." ~Brad Friedel
I think this often as I watch my son play soccer and since he was about 6 years old he had a desire to be a keeper. He was always drawn to that position for whatever reason. And today as he begins his journey into High School soccer (I can't even believe he is already in high school!) with his first contact day with the coaches I am excited, anxious and so proud of him. The thing is with a keeper there are not a lot of training opportunities. Whereas with every other position every practice revolves around practicing the foot skills. Jack's training comes from his games, scrimmages and attending Camp Shutout every summer. It is a camp that is only for goalkeepers. They spend almost a week in a hotel and on soccer fields working their keeper skills. It is a rigorous schedule that starts at 7am and goes late into the night. Now it is not all tough work they have fun times and even are able to get massages. What you don't realize is keepers bodies take a real beating. Whether it be by getting kicked as someone tries to snag the ball or diving for the balls. But this is the life our son has chosen and we support him 100% and then some. We are excited to see where this adventure leads into high school.
This year has been quite an adventure for our youngest. She started playing soccer with a new soccer club where she didn't really know anyone on the team. But at this point she looks at these girls as her friends, as her soccer family and she looks up to her soccer coaches who spend countless hours teaching them. We have been blessed to spend so much time with them on the soccer fields and off of the fields. We look forward to what the future may bring....
"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her.” ~Mia Hamm