Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The SWARM!!!!

Amazingly, I forgot to bring my camera to Henry's first soccer practice ever yesterday afternoon. BAD mama! It's a shame, too because they are quite a little bunch. Given that their uniform consists of a bright yellow jersey, black shorts and matching bright yellow socks and their tendency to travel in a large group around wherever the ball happens to be, I came up with the team name "The Swarm". Well, Coach Tommy is a big English football fan, so I think he'll be calling them "Swarm United". The amazingly huge language dork in me is secretly impressed that they have a name that doesn't end in 'S'. Did you know that there are only 3 NBA teams (and NO NFL teams) whose names do not end in 'S'? I told you that I'm a language dork...

The high point of the practice was when they all huddled up to try to pick a team name. Tommy has never worked with kids this young and wanted to let them pick their own name so they would feel ownership of the team. It was such a nice sentiment that I didn't have the heart to tell him what a disaster it would be. What followed:

Tommy: Let's think of some things that are yellow!
Henry: Our shirts! Let's be The Shirts!
Kid 2: Yeah-the shirts!
Kid 3: Shirts! Shirts!
Kid 4: Shirts are yellow!
Kid 5: I like yellow!

And thus they were dubbed "The Swarm".

Another highlight was when Tommy tried to explain the #1 rule in soccer.

Tommy: What part of the body do we NOT use in soccer?
Little cute-as-a-button Girl: DEAD bodies!
Tommy: Uhhhhhh...

Their first game is Saturday morning. Can't. Wait.

3 comments:

KL said...

My first soccer team had red and blue striped jerseys. Our coach also thought it would cool to let us name ourselves.

We were called The Green Dragons.

Our banner was a big green dragon wearing a red and blue striped shirt.

I totally forgot about that until just now.

Go Swarm!

anniebel said...

Please, please don't forget the camera on Saturday. Henry has fans that are waiting patiently!

Short Street Cakes said...

O my god, you are cracking me up.