Somewhat recently, we got a notice home in Colin's backpack about a town soccer league for 3-5 year olds on Saturday mornings. Chris and I hemmed and hawed for a bit about whether or not we should sign Colin up because we were worried about his attention span for participation. It didn't take long for us to decide to do it because we really feel that although we LOVE Colin's participation in the Special Olympics activities, we really wanted him to be involved in some activities with his typical peers as well.
This past Saturday was day 1 and it was interesting to say the least! We had been talking about soccer with Colin for a good amount of time leading up to Saturday so I *think* he was ready for the day.
He was really excited when we got there but as soon as we got on the fields he was wanting to do his "own thing".
We had a really hard time at first keeping him on his own field and following Coach Amanda's instructions. The way soccer is set up is the first half hour is practice and then the second half hour is the game.
When trying to get Colin involved, we got a lot of protests because he just wanted to do his own thing. I felt really frustrated because I just wanted him to join the other kids and do what he was supposed to do. There were glimmers of that when Chris or I would help him.
I started to ease up a bit when I realized that he was interested IN soccer, he just didn't necessarily want to do it the way he was being told to do. There were a few times he was actually "dribbling" and kicking the soccer ball on his own, following it up, and continuing to do this over and over so we didn't force him into the group, but let him do his own thing
At 12, the game started he got so excited to join the group and run around with the cluster following the soccer ball. I got so excited because he had the biggest smile on his face and he kept looking at us like "look at me!".
However, every once in awhile he would continue running right onto the next field so we'd have to go and get him and bring him back.
He protested this, of course, and we'd find him standing on the sideline just watching and observing what was going on.
He'd get back into it again but we'd always see Colin running in the opposite direction of the all of the action (which was really quite amusing). I think he was just enjoying running up and down the field!
I really think he just enjoyed running past us on the sideline and having all of us wave and say hi to him (his OT and another buddy from school was there).
He WAS having fun.
He looked really good doing it too....
In the first half hour, all of my thoughts in my head were of frustration because I was just expecting that he would run right out there and do what he was supposed to. Now, I know I wasn't the only parent who was frustrated because there were lots of kids who were crying and weren't really doing what they were supposed to either. I know, I know....it was day 1...
|His first ever touch on the ball in a game!|
It was also fun to find a buddy from Colin's school on his team as well! They were such cuties together!
And then just a few clips of the day...