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Sports Mom Lesson No. 6: Think Positive, Play Positive

Futbol Funatics' Summer Soccer Cup 2015Yesterday, my son participated in the 4th Futbol Funatics’ Belo SunExpert Summer Soccer Cup in Cuenca Field, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City. This was his first time to join a football tournament, and in the days before, he was getting very nervous. He had started learning football only three and a half months ago, and he joined Futbol Funatics for the very first time just last April for their summer soccer camp.

Several times, he said that maybe he shouldn’t go to the tournament anymore. He was very worried that he wouldn’t do well, that the pressure from the other teams or from his own teammates might be too much, that his team would lose. He was comparing his football skills as a complete beginner to his basketball skills as a player who has been training for more than two years.  He was thinking about the many Coach E basketball tournaments he had joined, and of the times his basketball team had won as champion or 1st runner up. He believed in himself in basketball, but doubted himself in football. And he was so afraid to fail, so afraid to disappoint and be disappointed. He was already thinking of quitting football.

I reminded him of the first time he joined a basketball tournament, and how he also wasn’t sure of himself and of how things would turn out. I reminded him that, unlike in basketball where he has had a fair amount of training and experience, in football he is only starting to learn and he should give himself a break.

I asked him to try to simply enjoy playing the game, to enjoy the experience of his first football tournament. He replied, “Mom, maybe I should stop being negative and start thinking positive.” Yes!

So we did go to yesterday’s tournament. His team played four 15-minute games during the elimination round. In every game, he played defender for about five to seven minutes. His team made it to the finals, and won the gold!

After the tournament, he told me, “Mom, I’m a bit surprised that we won the championship. But I’m happy. And now I think I want to continue football.” And I saw the dark cloud of doubt slowly disappear, and the bright spark of positive thinking shine again.

Coach E Basketball School’s Hoop Festival

Rookies GameLast Sunday, we were back Xavier School in San Juan City for Coach E Basketball School‘s Hoop Festival for the first module of this school year. The last time my son joined the Hoop Festival was about eight months ago, so he was very excited to be back.

Since 2012, my son has attended six modules with Coach E. For him (and I’m guessing for many other Coach E students too), the highlight of training with Coach E is the Hoop Festival which comes after every eight-session module. At the Hoop Festival, all of the students from the various Coach E locations or campuses come together for graduation. The All Heart Awards (players with the best effort and best attendance during training) and Excellence Awards (players with overall excellence in skills and effort) are given, with nice medals to boot. Finally, the most awaited part of the day comes as the games begin!

In his first Hoop Festival in 2012, my son was 7 years old and he played in the Little Ones Division (youngest division, for kids 7 years old and younger). Watching the Little Ones play in the tournament was so much fun, as they were just having fun too.

In 2013, he moved up to the Rookies Division. Training has stepped up and become more intense. During Hoop Festival, the games in the Rookies Division are naturally more competitive than in the Little Ones. That is what my son looks forward to – the chance to play the game and to compete in a big venue. For him, it’s serious, it’s exhausting and it’s fun. Sometimes his team wins; other times they don’t. Of course, he is happy when he goes home with a medal. But even when he doesn’t, he still enjoys going to the Hoop Festival.  After all, at the end of all that practice and training, what he really wants to do is play basketball.

Music, Perks and Football at Havaianas Cup

Last Sunday, my daughter played in the Havaianas Football Cup, held in Alabang Country Club, Muntinlupa City.

Havaianas BoothsThankfully, unlike during the earlier tournaments this summer, the heat last Sunday wasn’t too bad. The atmosphere was fun 🙂 Drummers played some fun beats during the opening ceremony. And throughout the day, beach or reggae music was blasting through the speakers. (I saw at least one footballer who couldn’t resist dancing to the beat!) Havaianas had caricature and face paint booths, game booths, and of course, a booth for selling their flip-flops.

My daughter was pretty happy with the little perks of this tournament.  From the sponsor, and along with the other players in the tournament, she received a bobble water bottle, a Gatorade drink and a Havaianas-branded twist fan. All for simply participating in the tournament.

Havaianas Football Cup 2014At the end of the day, having fun while playing football and winning third place in her team’s category were reward enough. Of course, the little perks did help make the event more memorable for my daughter. (Her only regret is not getting one of those adorable neon flip-floats – huge inflatable Havaianas-branded flip-flops!)

Fun way to end the summer football season for us 🙂


Coca-Cola Football Festival 2014

Coca-Cola Football Festival 2014Yesterday, 4 May 2014, was our second time to be at the Coca-Cola Football Festival in Alabang Country Club. In May 2013, my husband and I went for the first time to see our daughter play in her first football tournament.  It was that summer one year ago when she first tried football, one summer ago when she decided to join a friend who was training with Alabang Football School.

I can’t compare temperature readings, but I’d bet that the weather during this year’s tournament was much hotter than last year. Despite the punishing heat, everyone seemed excited for the tournament. With all twenty-two fields having simultaneous matches, thousands of children and adults playing hard and hundreds of parents and coaches cheering on, you need not be a football aficionado to know that this tournament is a pretty big deal.

The Coca-Cola Football Festival is usually the first tournament of the year for my daughter’s team, Makati Football Club Girls.  My daughter always looks forward to it because after months of training, she finally gets a chance to compete. Of course, she also really enjoys playing football with her friends. This year, thanks to having had more training and experience, she and her team not only get to play and have fun, but their efforts were rewarded too. They finished 2nd place in the Girls 14 category. (Last year, my daughter’s team finished 4th place.)

Coca-Cola Football Festival 2014The Coca-Cola Football Festival was a good way to start the summer tournaments.  Now, time to get ready for the next one 🙂