Eric, Coach, Blue division- "I know we were focusing on passing tonight, but we must have taught our team some defensive skills because we were guarding both goals during our scrimmage. So, I'm glad we imbued them with some defensive skills."
Alex, Assistant Coach, Red division- "There was a kid named Amir. And we were having a drill, so we had to know people's names. And he didn't know the girl's name, so he said "Hey! What's your name?" And she told him her name, then he said "Hey (girl's name), I have to pass you the ball! Get open!" And he passed her the ball."
Gloria, Coach, Orange Division- "We assigned our kids positions regardless of their preferences. So one of our kids was assigned to be goalie, and he did not want to be goalie. He said "I'm not good at being goalie. I'm not going to be goalie." And he was making a big deal about it. And we just told him that he needed to be goalie, and he was still pouting. Then he said it one more time, "I'm so bad at goalie. I'm going to miss." Then one of the kids who had been kind of rambunctious said to him, "You just have to practice. The more you do it, the better you're going to be." And that turned out to be true during the game. The first ball came right by him, and he watched it roll by. Then the second ball came by and it was really difficult, but he stopped the ball."
Marvin, Coach, Green Division- "This is my first year at Soccer Nights, and I enjoyed it. We had this one kid named Andy. And as soon as I saw him running around I thought, Oh, I'm going to have my hands full with him. We got to the drills, and he paid attention and focused. He did a great job. But what impressed me most about Andy was when we did the scrimmage on the other side. We set up the teams. We had 15 kids, so we played 10 on 10 and had 5 kids subbing in and out. I had one kid that said "Hey, I have to leave early. You mind if I jump in?" So I go up to Andy and say, "Hey, can you do me a huge favor? He has to leave early. Can you let him play first?" And he goes, "Sure no problem." He takes off his jersey, sits on the bench and waits. I thought that was wonderful. I was telling my assistant coach Bryson that we love that our team has no super stars, so everyone is on the same level. And everyone was cheering eachother on. It was a great time. But Andy stuck out because he helped his teammate without being upset."
Jeff, Assistant Coach, Green Division- "This story is similar to the last one. It's a story of self sacrifice. So, I was trying to figure out positioning for kids on Terry's team. And everyone wanted to play forward. No one wanted to play defense. And no one wanted to play goalie. I had to figure out positions quickly, and this one kid who I had promised to play forward, I went to him and said, "I really need you to play goalie. Can you play goalie for me?" And he shook his head, so I said "Please, I'll get you forward next time." So he goes back and he plays goalie, and I'm showing him how to play goalie. And all of a sudden he's doing really well. We stopped to take a break, and I told him that the goalie is the most important person on the team. So, he started smiling then he comes off the field. And Terry says, "You know what, you get MVP for making a sacrifice for the team." And then his eyes just completely lit up."
Evadne, Lead volunteer, Registration- "Today is usually a really crazy day for registration because we take walk-ons. Last year there was a mob of people that we had to have the police hold back. So, this year we had a system. We had everyone who wanted to register to line up against that building over there. And they all listened and lined very peacefully. That was a huge improvement. One of the parents came up to us and said, "You guys are really organized." And I was like, "I know!" And all the registration people did an excellent job. I want to give a shout out to Sarah and Nick who came to the Vineyard with me and entered data for all the people who signed up today, so I don't have to spend 3 hours doing it tomorrow morning or tonight. Huge thank you to them!
Samantha, Volunteer, 3-5 year olds- "I was with teh 3-5 year olds, and we played duck duck goose for most of the night. And during one of the rounds, one of the little boys became very upset because he wasn't getting picked. The next round, a little girl was picked so he said, "Why do you only pick the pretty ones?! Excuse me!"
Louise, Volunteer, Parent Pals- "We didn't get to talk to all the parents tonight, but the ones we talked to were the best. There were a lot of discussions about the difficulties of immigrating to the US and the complexity of being of this culture and another culture. There was also a lot of guessing about my ethinicity. Some people thought I was Hindi. I am not Hindi, I am not Spanish, and I am not Italian. That's just FYI for you guys. So we had a lot of great conversations, and that's our recap."
Princess Michaiah, Lead volunteer, Parent Pals- "So last session, Susanna and I met a whole lot of parents, and it was awesome. And they were all waiting to see what the sexes of my babies would be. And so, cliff hanger...we got to talk to a lot of parents and I got advice from them. But one thing we didn't want to do was get a medal from them and put their names on them because we had already memorized their names. So, we had this great idea to have the parents that we knew to go around and meet other parents and fill out the medals, then come back to introduce us to those new parents."
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