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Soccer time is here

Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 2:17 PM

Soccer sign-ups were held in Manila recently and the season will soon begin. Several years ago when soccer started I have to admit I did not know much about it. My granddaughters have played for several years and I have to say I still do not know the rules and regulations. Ignorance of the rules has not kept me from enjoying the games. I know they have to kick, run and try to get it past the goalie into the net. They cannot use their hands.

Now you know as much as I do about the game.

Youth from all of the area join together for the soccer season. This year they have over 170 signed up. There are teams for children between the ages of 3 up to 12.

The season will begin Sept. 12 and they will play on Monday and Tuesday nights at the Manila ball park. The soccer, along with the summer baseball and softball, takes volunteers to keep it going. I want to commend the adults who give their time and energy to the youth of the area.

I coached softball during my daughter's growing up years and attended the baseball games with my son. I know it can get hectic and costly. I have no regrets. I enjoyed my children's growing up years.

As a matter of fact I have never heard one person (my age) say they would not do it all over again if they had the chance and the energy.

It takes time and energy to raise children. We were out most every night. During the summer it was baseball and softball and during the winter it was basketball. During the seasons our meals consisted of something we could eat in the car on the way or hot dogs after we got there. In addition to sports, we had Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, piano lessons, and other activities. We went to church three times a week and made an effort to take the children to visit both sets of their grandparents at least once a week.

I didn't think it was possible to get busier than we were but I think there is even more to do today. Parents have to have a calendar to keep up with all of the appointments, games, and activities of children today.

Sports or other extracurricular activities are good for young people. It keeps them from being bored. They learn how to "play nice" with others. Hopefully they learn about sportsmanship, doing their best, teamwork, and much more.

Our children grow up and now it is their turn to keep up with our grandchildren. Now we just get to go, sit on the sidelines and enjoy.

On that note: Sunday, Sept. 11, is Grandparents Day. If you still have your grandparents be sure and give them a visit or a call.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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