My son had his second football game on Saturday. To give you a little back story with Dain and football, he didn't love it at first. Practicing five days a week for over two months was really hard on him. He'd never played before. He didn't understand all the plays. His coaches wanted him in the starting lineup, but he was hesitant. Then, after a kid broke his arm at practice, he was ready to quit. All of the experienced parents told us this was normal. We talked to Dain and encouraged him to keep giving it his all. We told him he didn't have to play next year if he didn't want to, but he couldn't quit when he hadn't even played his first game. The coaches talked to him. They gave him extra attention once they realized he needed it. The head coach told him he'd give him time to build up his confidence. He told him that eventually it would all fall into place. "One day, it'll just click for you, Dain."
Last Saturday, Dain was in for only three plays on defense. This Saturday, he played the entire second half. He played both offense and defense. And the very first time they handed the ball off to him, on his very first carry, my boy ran it in for a TWENTY-EIGHT YARD TOUCHDOWN! He actually read the defense, found a hole, avoided tackles, and RAN LIKE THE WIND!
Our entire family was there. We screamed. We jumped up and down. I nearly peed my pants. And yes, I totally cried a little bit. Obviously, I would never push my boy to do something he doesn't want to. If he really doesn't want to play football next year, he doesn't have to. Even though we'll all be a teeny bit disappointed, we'll move on. Thankfully, I think he's come around.
I do believe his coach was right. Everything finally clicked for Dain. The kid who didn't know a thing about football can tell you without hesitation that he scored on a Stack Right 47 Reverse. That's my boy!
He's been nicknamed Dain Train.
And he loves it.