I remember spending many hours when I was a kid practicing throwing, fielding grounders and catching fly balls with my baseball rebounder. I learned early on what a little coaching could do, then take those lessons to the time I spent practicing on my own. I got to know the concept and fun of exploring the skills I had, to find cause and effect, to figure out what I could do (and what I needed to practice). I also found out I got a lot better, very quickly.
Santa brought a soccer rebounder for the girls on Wednesday. Obviously, the elves felt that assembly should be done by me. I’m happy to report the netting does provide a great rebound effect. I will also report that this is a difficult one person job, what with the stretching of the net, the tension you need to create, and the VERY sharp black metal hooks. I did shed a bit of blood, as well as a few choice words out in my driveway.
I now get to continue passing along the philosophy of curiosity with a sport, of exploring and developing skills and encouraging them to get great at the simple things in soccer: Passing and receiving the ball. After playing with Syd for a while this afternoon, I can see how this rebounder will be well worth the time, plus it’s a good deal of fun.
Much like chipping and putting in golf, these “little things” in the game are developed on your own…after a little bit of expert guidance.