Thursday, March 30, 2006

ON THE BIG FIELD

WELL,

I AM PLAYING SOCCER WITH A COMPETITVE TEAM FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE COLLEGE. LAST NIGHT WAS OUR FIRST PRACTICE GAME AGAINST ANOTHER TEAM.

I HAVE BEEN PLAYING SMALL SIDED GAMES WITH SMALL GOALS ON A SMALLER FIELD FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS AT LUNCH TIME.

I HAD FORGOTTEN HOW BIG A REAL FIELD IS AND HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON IT.
I FELT A BIT LOST BUT AM LOOKING FORWARD TO REGAINING A LARGER PERSPECTIVE.

I NEED TO START RUNNING.

2 comments:

JP said...

I feel ya. I just joined a softball team...Never played a game in my WHOLE LIFE...yes ever!
I suck
Now other word to describe it...Whew! I stink bad...I don't even know how to be supportive of my other players without soundong like Corky from Life goes on...
Nowhere to go but up!

Pablo said...

Glad to hear you are back on the big field. It is, as you said, a, um, whole nuther ball game.

As fun as small sides is, there is nothing like putting on the uniform and squaring up against another evil team from across the half-line...

Also, you can't really knock other players around as much in a friendly small sides game; on the full field during a match it is ok, even encouraged to safely tackle the crap out of someone.

It is difficult to make the transition from small sides to a big field. Endurance becomes a problem, of course. Also, tactics change tremendously! Also, it takes a while to get used to orienting the offense around a big goal; our squad, and myself in particular, have this problem- we simply are not used to shooting on a big goal, so we end up almost trying to dribble the ball into the net!!!