Father and son enjoy the game, including the travel
By Sandy Landon, father
Keaton – # 5 Impact
We left Edmonton at 3:30 in the morning to make our 8 o’clock Calgary Minor Soccer game here at the Foothills Athletic. My wife was working, so just my son and I made the road trip. We were here at seven in the morning having a Timmy’s waiting for the game to start
He started playing soccer at age three – Tim Bits soccer that’s what it was – that was the first one. He wanted to start playing sports and he unfortunately didn’t have an interest in hockey – wanted to play something different so he started playing soccer.
It was a community team and we sponsored the team – our company sponsored the team – Wagging Tails Pet Resort.
He became a timbit and that was it.
He hasn’t taken a break since – he plays indoor, then he plays outdoor, then he plays indoor and even this year they’ve started a fall league. So they’ll play indoor, then outdoor, then a fall league for six games and then indoor starts right away after that, he’s moving up to U18 after this season.
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So he’ll be moving up. One of the major benefits is it keeps him shape plus he plays school soccer as well in between everything else. He really enjoys it.
They live a bit of a distance from st albert – tries out for that team – the school he goes to and plays soccer with are the majority of his social network – so soccer in general is his network (and Xbox unfortunately – he’s very into it – which is minimized). Just a matter of getting the priorities straight – as a U16 player, time management is a valuable lesson for life.
Like any other 16-year old, this lesson is difficult and definitely sporadic – but they do mature and you see different things like they get themselves ready for soccer opposed to Mom having to do it all the time.
Top three benefits of soccer: physical fitness – responsibility of team play, to know his position and know what his responsibility is within a team element – definitely the camaraderie of being in a team sport makes a huge difference, socialization makes a major difference, especially with kids being Xbox hermits the way they are a lot of them now.
A challenge he’s had to face: confidence – building confidence as he got progressively better up the tiers, it just comes in time, when they just get confident and then they start to play like the team is playing now
Most of these boys have been together, in and out for probably 10 years, for a lot of them, it’s probably going to be one of their last outdoors cause they’re at the transition age to U18 and they’re going to be the small guys next year. Some of them might take a break and wait until they’re a little bigger and move to U18 then. And some guys don’t like indoor – indoor’s a different game – some play other sports until outdoor comes around again.
I always tell him to play as hard as you can and see where it goes from there, but don’t bank on it – go to school – finish up what you got to do.
More than likely you’re not going to be a professional soccer player and not being paid much in Canada anyways, so you will have a second job.
Calgary is the furthest they’ve travelled for soccer. The benefits of playing for St Albert – you’re playing locally – no farther than 300 kilometres in any direction. During the breaks this weekend they went garage sale touring and bought a few things. Quality time together.
Keaton will sleep all the way home. That’s fine, he deserves to.