Eric Fricke and I arrived in Longmont, CO, on Saturday, June 2. There we met Justin and Veronica Vilski (the main coordinators of the soccer camp) and Pastor Traudt. We began that Monday with the soccer camp. It consisted of two camp sessions a day, and many, many children. Did I mention the children? There were many. The kids were broken into three groups. I had 4 and 5 year olds, Eric had the 6 and 7 year olds, and Justin had the 8-10 year olds.
Thus the week started. In theory, the task of teaching the sport of soccer couldn't be that difficult. But, being in the pastoral ministry track at MLC, Eric and I weren't quite prepared for exactly how to go about teaching sports to this particular age group. For example, most of the 4 and 5 year olds had attention spans that could be measured in milliseconds. This proved challenging.
I tested many drills and games throughout the week. Unfortunately, many of them ended up being too complicated to be of any benefit to my kids. Eventually, we found a game that we could play for any amount of time and never seemed to grow old to the kids. This game was called "Busy Bees". The kids were the bees, and I was the target. The kids had to "sting" me with the ball. This was a fantastic combination of lots of running and constant laughter at coach's pain. The picture resulted when coach couldn't quite handle any more bee stings.
This was a good lesson for my future as a pastor. It really emphasized my need to recognize my audience (or team) and teach to that audience, speaking the Word of God how it is most appropriate and applicable for them.