Practice for our two younger teams has begun in earnest. Much, methinks, to the chagrin of our coach Johnny. The kids have known fo quite some time that league play begins in March and between Johnny and myself we had decided we would begin practicing in the first week of February. The players had other plans though and at the beginning of last week they began showing up at Johnny's door in droves begging him to commence training. He reluctantly agreed and so we are off. It's fun to watch the way he organizes nearly 50 children into groups and is able to work with them over the course of 2 & 1/2 hours. It's no easy task, there are about 10-15 tiny children that aren't even eligible for Kindergarten let alone the 9-12 team, that show up to practice religously in the desire to be a part of the team, and Johnny works with them. The older kids from the two older teams have begun showing up too because their coach Leo only began practices yesterday...and Johnny worked with them too. Life is chaos, random and free like the wind here in Los Laureles and to see something so organized, so intricate and running so perfectly strikes me as incongruous and out-of-place; yet it puts a huge smile on my face. I feel like we're at the beginning of something huge and successful.
a dash for the ball
a dash for the ball
don't ask me the purpose of this drill
i like duke's hat?
he's riding towards treacherous terrain
duke and cristian running laps
late for practice
remember this used to be a green pace that they filled in with a mountain of garbage
it used to be level with the current field
they're supposed to me making it into a huge soccer field
that's open garbage there below that came uncovered during the recent rainstorms
he just cut his hair and didn't want to be seen
why he chose to cover his head with his shirt and traipse around the community like a fool instead of hidding under his bed is beyond me
neither juan nor lauro have any interest in playing soccer this year