T’s Soccer Season Winter 2013 (Sorry So Late!) and T-Ball Season (Which Just Began!)

I was going through my photo archives this week, and I realized that I never followed up on T’s soccer season this past winter! Oops, sorry about that! Well, here are a few photos for you to enjoy. And, yes, as some of the photos depict, it was a chilly season also (brrr!). Oh how I miss that weather already (says the blogger typing under a blustery a/c vent while it’s hot and breeze-less outside).

Week one of soccer for T! Here they are racing to the different colored posts on the edge around the field to practice kicking and running skills.

Week one of soccer for T! Here they are racing to the different colored posts on the edge around the field to practice kicking and running skills.

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Week three of winter soccer season 2013! We missed week two due to illness (boo!).

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Week three of winter soccer season was COLD! Yes, I am wearing a parka… or at least a parka by So Cal standards!

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Week three’s scrimmage at soccer class (February 2013).

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Week four was a bit warmer weather-wise (February 2013).

He looks so big here in week five.

He looks so big here in week five (February 2013).

Week five introduced the "Star Wars" game of kicking the ball at the Death Star soccer ball. The kids LOVED it!

Week five introduced the “Star Wars” game of kicking the ball at the Death Star soccer ball. The kids LOVED it!

T and C warming up before week six.

T and C warming up before week six.

Great action shot of T!

Great action shot of T! He had to jump and run through a gauntlet of other kids kicking soccer balls at him. I think he made it through at least once!

Week six scrimage!

Week six scrimmage!

Week seven they played a game where they had to kick the ball at cones (another favorite).

Week seven they played a game where they had to kick the ball at cones (another favorite).

T did the parks and rec class again here in Long Beach, which was another great experience for all of us. Developmentally, I found that these clinic-style, skills- and game-based classes were a much better fit for us at this younger age than shoving him into competitive team leagues starting at age three (you can see this post for how I really feel about that), which for whatever reason is a very popular thing to do in this area. However, having said that, and now with a few seasons of these classes under T’s cleats, I think that next fall we all will be ready to find a starter league to get involved in (he’ll be six-years-old by then also).

T's first t-ball practice of the summer 2013 season!

T’s first t-ball practice of the summer 2013 season!

T and C playing catch in the new front yard!

T and C playing catch in the new front yard!

T's ready...

T’s ready…

... and he catches it!

… And he catches it!

T sends one out during his second T-ball practice this season.

T sends one out during his second T-ball practice this season.

And it’s also fitting that I post these soccer updates from a few months ago just as T-ball summer season gets started for us! We were lucky to find another parks-and-rec sponsored program this summer, which is a free, skills-based, T-ball league that sets the focus on not just skills and learning the game but also on having fun. We are playing for Wardlow Park this summer, and T is having a ball so far! We’ve had a few practices so far, and the first game of the season was last Wednesday, or the week we were on vacation (whoops), but T’s first game that he attended was this week!

It's T on the T-ball field for his first game!

It’s T on the T-ball field for his first game!

BAM! T got two great at-bats at his first T-ball game!

BAM! T got two great at-bats at his first T-ball game!

T's showing true hustle so far this T-ball season.

T’s showing true hustle so far this T-ball season.

After the first game I asked T what his favorite part was. “The pitching,” he said. Please again note we’re playing T-ball here.

There are four more games to go, plus one practice per week. It’s a nice, short season with a laid-back enough of a schedule that will allow T to decide if he wants to commit to a longer season come next spring (or over fall in lieu of soccer… I guess we’ll see which sport wins out!). This small league really is also a great bridge between the t-ball class we did previously and a step-up in league play. We are grateful to have gotten one of the highly coveted spots!

Great game, everyone! No, they don't keep score (it's a bit too chaotic for all that), but the kids are having a great time learning about the game and having fun this summer!

Great game, everyone! No, they don’t keep score (it’s a bit too chaotic for all that), but the kids are having a great time learning about the game and having fun this summer!

I’ll post more T-ball photos (and more quickly next time) once our season gets into full-swing! Until then, hope your weekend is a grand-slam!

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