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ow. that was fun.
I did something today I haven't done in something like 21 years.

I played soccer at PT. I did good for about half the playing time, though there were like two or three people on my team with actual ball handling skills. The others had pseudo-skills. Me? My secret super power is getting in the way, and I WILL charge you if you have the ball. Go ahead, run into me. You will bounce off -- my XO did. I even made him grunt. I am a juggernaut when I get moving, and I'm not afraid to be aggressive. I played in a girl's league where the players were routinely called for being to aggressive. We broke each other legs for crying out loud.

Damn, I'd almost forgotten how much fun it is to be aggressive and hit people and get hit. I miss martial arts.

i feel: cheerful cheerful

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booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: December 21st, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I am glad you had fun! I have always liked soccer and played a lot as a child. My little guy likes to kick the ball around. Maybe someday he will want to play on a team. It would be fun to watch him. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
People are always shocked when I tell them how aggressive the players were when I was in high school, but three broken legs is somewhat telling. One was a teammate who got slide tackled; her leg broke because her foot was trapped under the other player. One was a guy who broke his leg in tryouts for varsity my senior year, and one was our star goalie, who slid to block the ball feet first instead of diving for it and shattered his leg against the goal post. I saw more serious injuries in two seasons of soccer than I did in five years of martial arts.

That being said, it's nothing like that in the younger leagues, and my town may have been an anomaly, given that we had no football team. It's super cute to watch the little ones play half-field with the size 3 ball... no one plays positions; they all school after the ball like fish.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: December 21st, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
We saw/heard a pretty spectacular break of a leg during the state championship when my brother was playing. Iirc it was one of those slide tackles by another player and the leg got caught.

I also love watching the little ones play. The clustering around the ball as it moves around the field is cute. :) I played up until we moved from VA to MA in 6th grade. After that I did a lot of Pony Club and Field hockey so I didn't really have time for soccer. But we would still play it at my parents house when they would have parties.
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