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Children's sports should be fun

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 Soccer to a 4 or 5 year old should be fun. Coaches should remember their age when introducing the game to them. Parents should remember that it is only a game and a time of fun for their little ones.

My 5-year-old grandson is playing soccer for the first time this year. Unfortunately, the coach he had would show up late or not at all for practices.  

Wanting this to be a fun time for my grandson, my son took over the coaching job.  He looked online for various ways to teach the kids the sport and make it fun.  He would take money out of his own pocket to bring snacks for the kids. All of this he would do after working an all-night shift.

The parents expressed their happiness with the way he was handling things.

However, the coach did show up at some point, and my grandson came home in tears because this person was now going to be coaching again.

All of this is losing sight of what the kids were there for in the beginning: fun.

Parents at the last game were screaming at the kids to "take the other team down."  Come on, these are babies just out to have fun and learn something. I feel that what is best for the kids should come first.  The person who is over all this should remember that parents pay a lot of money for uniforms, cletes, shinguards and socks, plus the time they spend bringing their kids to practice and games.

Lets give these kids a good experience in sports so in later years they can look back and remember this experience with a smile on their face. Winning or losing to a 4 or 5 year old means nothing so it shouldn't to the parentseither.

Dorie Lantz

Chiefland