Son D. is in a U4 soccer league for the summer. Basically, all that means is that 6 kids get on a field, crowd around a ball, and attempt to kick it occasionally. They don't keep score. No one wins. No one loses. They are just there to have fun. And the kids do seem to have a lot of fun.
But the parents. They drive me crazy. Some seem to have great plans for their 3-4 year old offspring. They yell from the sidelines, "Kick it Johnny!" "Other direction, Janie" and so on and so on.
First of all, I don't think the kids can even hear their parents yelling. They are running around, having a good time. I'm not sure the parental voices carry.
Second, I suspect the kids already know to "kick it" - that's basically the whole point of soccer, isn't it? Do the parents think they are sharing a new cutting-edge strategic blueprint here?
And I'm supposed to report that son D. scored a "hat trick" in Sunday's game. (i.e. he scored all three of his team's goals--of course, in the game in which no score is technically kept.)
Three goals and NOT ONCE did either his father or I yell "Kick It, D!" Not once.