The family affair that is Calgary Minor Soccer
By April Cruz
Summer league has begun for under 8 Calgary minor soccer players. They’ve suited up and are happy to give it their all for sixty minutes, with the odd break for water, to talk with their coach or to adjust a sock or two.
Early Wednesday evening, CMCA Memorial United challenged the Villains U8 Strikers. All of the players appeared focused and comfortable, as though there was nowhere else they’d rather be than on the field playing.
The coaches of both teams, as well parents of players, walked alongside the field, supporting and guiding the boys. Encouragement goes a long way with this age group.
At this stage, when laying a technical foundation is a key for progression, any positive or negative feedback will make a huge impact.
Strikers #6, Samuel was happy to have his father and little brother at the game watching.
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“I feel good with my brother watching me, when he’s going to be a champion soccer player,” said Samuel.
Darren Heywood, his father, was thrilled to be there. He has four sons. Two of them are currently registered in Calgary minor soccer.
“It’s a wonderful team sport. It teaches them to play together well as a group and I think it’s good exercise,” he said.
“It’s a sport that I played growing up,” Darren added. “We just enrolled them when they were three and four, basically the first year they were allowed to play. We always ask them if they want to play again and they always say yes.”
One of the many benefits of having two of your four sons playing soccer, “on a soccer game night, they sleep much, much better,” he said.
The coaches of both teams share the approach of laying a solid, technical base for the kids and win or lose, as long as they are enjoying their time on the field; they’re doing their job.
“At the end, you just hope that they enjoyed coming out, kicking the ball and they get a little bit better every time they go out,” said Strikers coach, Shane Jaffer.
To learn more about the U8 Summer League, visit the CMSA website
For CMSA U8 games, a 0 – 0 score is reported.