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Cross Training with beautiful game

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Well, Sunday was the first chance I had to get back on the soccer field. This is no competitive play here, just "the old guys" hacking away at a ball for a couple hours on a sunny spring evening.

But Geesh! you would think I had been laying around on the sofa all winter! I have stiff muscles where I didn't even know I had muscles! The field was bumpy, and my lower legs are destroyed. The torso a wreck and even my shoulders ache (going to ground will do that you know) gasp gasp run nun.

And I got about 40 days on the snow this year and worked hard at it. Shouldn't that leave a person in pretty good shape?

Just old age complaining I guess.

It's the "good sore", so I'll probly do it again tomorrow! (slow learner?)
Heck, Sunday and Wed. play, what's not to like about that?

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soccer and lacrosse are two games that are integrated into my person. both are sports that I love for their grace, fluidity and strength. I like to play them now and again, but in Zoola we don't have much lax and soccer sometimes happens.
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Heart ache!

Show up at a field with a friend Even a young friend, and a ball, kick it around, and make a little noise I bet you can get some kind of a game going! Maybe not the first time, but it doesn't take long. Be regular.

People will notice It's a magnet! Two on two IS the world game!

Did you see "Bend it Like Beckam"?

When I recently traveled to Hawaii, I took a walk from the hotel to Diamond Head park. There were kids team practices all over the place, but off in one area broken by trees, there were some "adults" playing just the way it is here at home. I went over, and the eyes and smiles said "come play", but I was in business clothes" and for sure would have torn up my shoes (or my knees). So I just watched and enjoyed from the sidelines.

My 15 year old daughter is playing LaX she is bold and can't say no, so now she is JV and Varsity goal keeper. She can cradle and runs with determination. If only she could catch!
The gals game is different, but it's still the simplicity of human movement.

My 13 year old son is a World Soccer subscriber, He spends atleast a half hour a day juggling or at the ball wall in the yard Thwump! Thwump! He likes LaX just fine as well. You should see him and his buddies scrambling around the woods with the sticks and balls, every tree a defender to be warded off. Stuff on the ground to be lept over and dodged around.

Great fun!

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you know I saw "Bend it like Beckham" and I think it was a great movie, touching, funny, and true to the spirit of soccer/football. and it shows young women feeling empowerment, something our culture seems to fail to do enough of!

I get my jones by playing lots of XBox soccer, FIFA 2005 and Winning Eleven 8. It's strange how I approach video games, deconstructing the activity in question... I've learned a lot more about soccer by playing FIFA 2003, '04 and '05. It's reinvigorated my interest in coaching. I haven't done any coaching of any sport formally since 1993 when I coached middle schoolers playing lax in Montgomery County MD.

I envy your son and his friends, playing baggataway in the woods just like the Iroquois.

I got the lax bug as an 8 year old, my divorced mother had a boyfriend who played for Mt Washington Club in Baltimore. at the time I loved soccer more than anything but lacrosse could've unseated it if it were possible to play lax as a young kid growing up in Beltsville MD (it wasn't).
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