Louise, volunteer, Parent Pals- "The mom's team was over here, and the moms were so into it. It was like they'd been with kids for so long that they needed to enjoy being moms among moms and kicking a ball really hard. It was really fun. I made a score, and all the moms, whenever there was a goal made, were just like throwing their hands in the air and screaming like you wouldn't believe."
Susanna, lead volunteer, Parent Pals- "And we took a team picture, and all of the moms wanted to give me their email addresses so that they can get the photo. I told one of them that now that I have their email addresses, we can form a league. And they were like YEAH!! So, it was really funny."
"Today we did 2 scrimmages. My team didn't win the semi finals, so they were really discouraged and running on empty. They were asking me when snack was. Then, we were playing for 3rd and 4th place, and we won for the first time. When we scored they were really excited and cheering and everything, but when the game was over and they realized they had won, they were like what?! We won WOOO!!! And like half the team lost it. They were rolling on the ground, high fiving eachother, putting their shirts on their heads, and it was really fun."
Tory, team coach, blue division- "So mine is also about scrimmage tonight. We tried to do a smaller scrimmage game, so we had 4 kids sitting out, which in the 7-8 year old range is a bit dicey. Kids were getting restless, etc. Coach Juan had the great idea of everyone coming up with a cheer, going along with the encouragement theme which we were learning tonight. So, it was great. They got really excited about cheering for team blue lightening, which is great except that that's not our team name. That was someone's team name from the first session. Fortunately, one of the kids said "No guys, we're going to switch it to our team name, The Wildfire Birds. So, everyone got excited about cheering for the right team and it was a great success."
Hannah, assistant coach, orange division- "The kids on our team got really into encouraging, and they were like we're the best team! But then they started saying that the other teams were bad. So, I told them that that's not really encouraging and we're supposed to be encouraging all the teams. Then, this little boy who was playing goalie said quietly, "All the teams at Soccer Nights are good teams." So, I gave him a gold metal for encouraging others.
David, assistant coach, green division- So, our team is the green bandeetas. It's an all girls team. So, we had a little time during the curriculum portion to come up with a cheer. And one of the girls got so excited about it that she was constantly cheering throughout the entire scrimmage. So much, that some of the others were like stop, that's enough! I think I should just do the cheer-- ONE, we are bandeetas! TWO, I still can't hear you! THREE, we've got girl power. more more more MORE BANDEETAS!!!!
Chelsea, volunteer, 3-5 year olds- "We got this giant circle of kids to play duck duck goose. It started out normally, then they were like, we don't want to do this anymore so there were 2 kids going around tagging people. And it got kind of crazy, and we were afraid they were going to collide. Then, it got out of control and there were 6 or 7 kids going around the circle doing duck dcuk goose and it was just not working. Then, it broke out and Beth was tackled because they got bored. They started ripping the grass out and putting it in her hair and all over her. And she was just like it's ok. But we were like, no they have to stop and someone 's mom came over and made them clean her off. So yeah, that was our highlight of the night."
Grant, lead volunteer, registration- "We don't really have a story, but everything went smoothly tonight..."
Jake, volunteer, logistics- "We were just kind of chilling over here by the blue division, and one of the 3-5 year olds showed us that he had put his name tag on the trash can. And he goes, "Look, it's my trash can!" Then there was another trash can that had a ball in it. So I was like, hey who put that in there? And I took it out. But then, he started putting more balls in the trash can and just would not stop. And that's pretty much the story"
Nancy, curriculum volunteer, orange division- "In the orange division, they were very much into the encouragement thing. They were excited about naming the little olympian. But then, all throughout the scrimmages and the drills, they were working on encouraging each other. They were like, "good drills, good coaching!" In the scrimmage, the other team scored, but they were like- that's ok. That was just practice. We'll do better next time." So that was great encouragement.
Tara, curriculum volunteer, red division- "For encouragement we decided to let the kids give gold medals to each other. So all night we heard them doing that. In Sarah and I's team we had a great moment. We were looking for someone to play goalie for the scrimmage. When one of the girls stepped up, one of her teammates said, "I'm going to give you a gold medal for being goalie." Then the girl who had volunteered to be goalie said, "I'm going to give you a gold medal for giving me a gold medal." And then all of the kids started giving each other gold medals. One kid came up to me and said, "I gave out 10 gold medals!" So, it was just great. All night they were giving each other gold medals."
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