Sunday, August 29, 2010

Soccer Camp

August 28, 2010

A couple of weeks before school started, Danielle got to attend an AYSO soccer camp in Southern California with her cousins, Taylor and Devin. Although it's a U.K. camp, the young men running the camp for the kids were all Australian--go figure! Danielle really got to learn some skills and techniques that were new to her, and she really felt like she was well-prepared when she headed into soccer team clinics last week. She said she didn't learn anything new at the clinics that she hadn't already learned at the camp the previous week.
Some of the coaching was a little heavy on the technical terms, and in a thick accent at that, so I wondered how much Danielle was taking in. (She gave the camp an overall 9.5 rating on a scale of 1-10, deducting .5 because she 'couldn't understand anything they said.') That question was answered for me, though, after the third night when Aunt Lisa was driving the girls home from camp. "Today I got DOMs," she said.

"Really?" Aunt Lisa said. "What's DOMs?"

Without missing a beat, she replied, "Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, from when you get sore muscles a day or two after exercising or working out. I'm sore today."The camp was money well-spent, and Lisa and I already have plans for the girls to attend again next year. All of the girls had a great time. Both Danielle and Devin garnered "Player of the Day" awards, and Taylor's team won the big scrimmage on the final day of camp. I'm looking forward to seeing how Danielle uses the experience in the season ahead.

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