A grassy field, two nets, a soccer ball and some playful youth is ideal setting for a little league soccer game. You may have recalled yourself of a time when you observed these little league events. You enter a spacious field of green, housing numerous miniature soccer fields all lined up next to each other, and young athletes running after a ball. You may have been more overwhelmed by abundance of children playing, rather than actual soccer game itself. But what you can appreciate from this is sight of children utilizing their endless energy and their parents and relatives rooting for them from sidelines.
I attended my young nephew’s soccer game and was amused by organization of event. The parents of both teams were main figures of managing game as being referees, coaches, and fans. His teammates were not just boys, but girls, all of whom were same age. The young athletes played a first-time role of being on a team and practicing basic fundamentals of soccer; getting ball into opposing team’s net. Sporting same color jerseys, his teammates were easily identified as those he should ally. The view of game included a hoard of young athletes following ball back and forth, their fans cheering closely from sidelines, and coaches rotating players in and out of game. When game was over, players showed sportsmanship by slapping hands with other team. No matter who won or lost, young athletes seemed more interested in seeing what treats they would get afterwards. Overall, this condensed version of a game was more than just a scene of young children exhibiting their soccer skills. It demonstrated their experience of learning team development.