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Old Mar 5, 2007, 9:53 PM   #1
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My 15 year old son who has been playing soccer for 10 years, refereeing for the last 3 years, now has decided instead of playing this season to coach a little kids team U5.



Here he is with some of the kids,





At this age it was a mob mentality with everone for themselves.





but theyappeared to be having fun, like this guy,








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Old Mar 6, 2007, 7:08 AM   #2
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Really cute pics! Especially #3 - nice capture!
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Old Mar 6, 2007, 8:02 AM   #3
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I enjoyed all three of these. What I like about #1 is that your son does not stand towering over the little players but got down on their level to hear and instruct them. This picture shows a great role model.

In #2 everyone is not too sure about rushing in on the ball and #3 would make a perfect year end photo for that family.
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This is great! The youth coach brings something to U-6 soccer that no adult can. He or she becomes a role model and an inspiration for those kids.

Good for him. It will bring a lot of good things to him, as well.




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Old Mar 7, 2007, 12:01 AM   #5
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I enjoyed all three of these. What I like about #1 is that your son does not stand towering over the little players but got down on their level to hear and instruct them. This picture shows a great role model.
I really couldn't agree more with spy, here. That's exactly what i thought when i saw that pic.
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I agree those are great shots. I like the first one for the same reason as mentioned above and yes the third shot is also a good capture. Congratulate your son for me for being willing to take the time and effort in coaching those kids. I know the feeling well, at 15 I started coaching pee wee basketball and 25 years later I finally "retired" after having a lot of fun.


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Great shots! The little guys are tremendous fun, and I think it's terrific that your son is getting involved as a coach. I liked all three pictures, but the one that caught the essense of soccer at that age level, to me, was #2. You have the mad rush for the ball, but there's one little guy to whom something else is more important at that moment. Is he wondering who brought snacks for halftime?
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I enjoyed all three of these. What I like about #1 is that your son does not stand towering over the little players but got down on their level to hear and instruct them. This picture shows a great role model.
I agree, one of my favorite quotes is "A man is never as tall as when he is bent over to help a child". He is certainly acting like a man here!
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 1:35 PM   #9
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How I enjoyed coaching that age. Great to see someone other than an overzealous parent teaching the "most beautiful game".

Too many times I have seen parents get wound up and over and above what is necessary to help the little set enjoy this great game. Much to do about ego and pride above all else.

Here is a shining example of how it gets done. Beautifully captured and coveyed.

Heartfelt congratulations to your son and your photography skills in this wonderful set of captures.
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awesome pictures! really catches the feelings!
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