Porter's first soccer game was... interesting.
I was a little disappointed in the program, the more I find out about it. Let me explain.
When I signed Porter up, for a 3/4 year old soccer program, I expected the games would be nothing more than a herd of 3 and 4 year old preschoolers who had no idea how to play the game of soccer... the only thing on their mind being "kick the ball".
When we arrived to the game, I began putting two and two together and realized the program had been condensed to include 3, 4 and 5 year olds.
At first it didn't seem like it'd be a problem, although you could definitely tell the 3 year olds from the 5 year olds... they were at least a head taller.
The game started and Porter was whiny. I finally got him excited to go out and play and immediately the ball was snagged by older kids and in the middle of the field was the straggling little kids, clueless as to what was going on. The older kids knew how to play and knew the objective of a game.
Porter lost interest QUICK. He wanted nothing to do with being out on the field. Why would he? He had no chance to get to the ball. He's not a competitive kid by nature and when he had zero chance of getting to the ball he really could have cared less about playing. He did have fun for a few minutes when he was put in the game and the older kids were pulled out. He ran after teh ball with the group of other little kids, laughing and giggling.
I hate to be one of those annoying parents who are all "My kid... blah blah"... but honestly? 3, 4 and 5 year olds? That's equivalent to putting Porter and Hudson on the same team. Essentially, they're putting kids getting ready to go into preschool on the same team, and against, kids who possibly are going into 1st grade in the fall.
I wrote a letter to the soccer director expressing my displeasure in the program. The parents meeting last week was so.... "Oh there's no score. Our goal is for all the kids to have fun and play and enjoy games. Every child will get equal playing time." But... how is it fair/equal when the littler kids, who have never played a sport, can't even get a fair chance to get to the ball?
I only wanted Porter to have a chance to play with other kids his age, to kick a ball around and run around a field. At this age I am not concerned at all with him learning much about skills or drills or plays. I wanted it to be a fun experience where he could get out some energy and have fun and run around with friends.
I wasn't the only parent concerned/surprised at the age/skill level differences. I wasn't the only one irritated or dissatisfied.
Anyhow... we're sucking it up and we'll stick it out for the next 6 weeks. I am hoping that maybe Porter will catch on, become a little more aggressive and jump in there. If not, well, I guess its a lesson learned. I'll just wait until he's old enough to play AYSO where the teams are run a little better.