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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Guest Coaches: Soccer

Thanks goes out to Tammy Desjardin and Timur Ahkriev, our two guest coaches for Phys. Ed.! In a small community and a small school like ours, we don't always have the luxury of a trained P. E. teacher like most schools. Instead, we have to rely on our own skills. When it comes to soccer, these skills are few and far between. In fact, the only time I've ever played soccer in my life was in 7th grade when I got put in as a sub during a game. I wasn't on the team. They told me to play wing or something like that. I had no idea what they were talking about. Isn't it against the rule to use subs that aren't actually on the team?

Well, luckily we found out that Timur (who recently became an officially U. S. citizen! Wahooo!) plays in a league down south and THEN we found out what Tammy's been hiding from everyone for years...she was ATHLETE of the YEAR when she was a soccer star back in high school. After a little begging and pleading, she agreed to help as long as Timur was there as a co-coach.

So, yesterday during gym, we all went up to the ball field for an AWESOME soccer practice. We started with basics, like how to kick the ball properly (and avoid breaking all your toes). Then they moved on to more difficult things like passing to a team mate, 'heading' the ball, and faking in order to score. It was great!

I retrieved the soccer balls, therefore avoiding inevitable humiliation by competing with first graders more adept than myself.

We are so grateful that Tammy and Timur will be heading up this soccer unit for the next couple weeks. Our community may be small, but we got skills!

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