Leto told us last year that he wanted to play soccer. I honestly don’t know much about the game at all, but I did play it in gym class in middle school and taught what I remembered from that. Thankfully Leto’s soccer coaches will be able to train him even more appropriately. Before he met his coaches, we went out to practice on a field. I did not know that shin guards were worn underneath the socks until Leto’s first practice day, but oh well. I’m learning from my mishaps all the time. I was trying to teach Leto how to volley/dribble the ball, how to kick with the inside of his foot, and how to get the ball from someone else. It was fun, and we both got to learn a bunch. Micah isn’t really fond of soccer and wants to play football down the road, but he had fun kicking around the ball too and we tried to show him how to play so he could practice with us.
Rob worked more with Leto on doing the goalie thing, but Leto has a hard enough time realizing he shouldn’t use his hands, so that probably wasn’t something we should have done on the first day of teaching him. He used to run really funny and slowly (more like a skip-run), but after training him a little to hustle and showing him how to run, he improved a lot! He ran very well with his other teammates when he had his first practice, so we were so glad about that. He is having a lot of fun, and that is what matters so much! Rob wasn’t ever really into sports, and I loved participating in things, but was always into the fun of it, while my family was more about being competitive. I never liked the pressure of sports, so we’re just training him the way to play it and to have fun. His soccer games don’t have winners, as they are all so young and just learning how to do it. I like that.