Luke’s last soccer game was last week. The league he played for had it so the kids had three practices and three games. This is what his games looked like:
Game 1: He probably spent as much time kicking and chasing the ball as he spent running to me to get a drink of water. Overall, not too bad of a game.
Game 2: I think he kicked the ball three times. The rest of the game was spent taking water breaks, bringing me flowers from the field or spinning in circles. Basically, it was a typical three year old game.
Game 3: I totally bribed Luke by saying that if he scored a goal, we would go out for ice cream afterwards. My intentions weren’t to necessarily get him to score a goal but to just get him involved in the game. That incentive did nothing and it was starting to look like it was going to be a repeat of game 2. Then my neighbor, Zac, offered to give Luke a stick after the game if he kept kicking the ball. Luke was all over it after that. He didn’t always kick it towards the right goal but he was a little superstar for that last part of the game. And yes, he did get that stick (and a medal) afterwards.
Some kids need to be bribed with ice cream, mine just needs a stick.