trip report of California Science Center in a moment.
we wanted to thank you for your positive feedback regarding
Museum Madness Tour - Summer 2002. Because of your encouragement,
and also because we had such a fun time, we're continuing Museum
Madness into the Fall/Winter months.
us a while to gear up again after summer. In September, along
with Megan turning 8, and starting the third grade, she also joined
a soccer team for the first time. Which means that Dianne and
I are now officially soccer parents. We didn't necessarily go
willingly, but we're starting to come around.
me be clear. Dianne and I are not sports fan. Neither of us watch
sports on the weekends, or participate in sports for our leisure
time. I played some Little League baseball, but would never consider
myself athletic. So being involved in soccer is an exercise for
both of us in being good supportive parents. And it's been surprisingly
fun so far.
in Pasadena, AYSO [American Youth Soccer Organization] is big-time
popular, with 300 teams, and over 4000 kids participating. The
fifth largest AYSO region in the country, it's very well run with
lots of volunteers and important looking guys in red polo shirts.
We recently had our opening day ceremonies at the Rose Bowl [see
1. The team
of 14 is split into two - everyone
2. One coach per team can be on the field to assist.
3. One referee is provided by each team.
4. No goalies.
5. No keeping score.
6. No explanation of the rules
they line up at the center, the ball is kicked and off they go.
Yes, there's out of bounds, and they try to kick into the goals,
and they do corner kicks and throw-in's, but man, the first few
games were a sight to behold. All these girls kicking and running,
coaches shouting instructions, and parents on the sidelines screaming,
it made baseball's Infield Fly Rule seem logical.
even with a couple of water breaks and a short halftime, it's over
in one hour. And overall, Megan and the other kids seem to be having
a good time. Her two coaches are really nice guys. And it's all
about good sportsmanship, teamwork, and coordination.
Megan is built
like an athlete, and she has no fear of jumping in, going after
the ball, and kicking the hell out of it.