EUSA Tigers U-12 Boys travel team of 7 wins over team of 14
Edison Travel U12 "Tigers" with 7 players wins vs 11 Players "South Brunswick "Lightning"
- On Sunday 5/8/11 @ 5:00 PM - "Mothers Day",
U12 Boys Edison "Tigers" team had a game vs South Brunswick " Lightning"
- It was unfortunate that only 7 players out of 12 players showed up to the game that day .
- While I (the coach) hesitated to have our 7 players play the game vs a team that had 14 players, our 7 players (Rohan Roy, Parth Narvekar, Sushanth Vulpala, Michael Fanik, David Formoso, Aris Agarwala, and the new player Parth Patel) without hesitation said "we want to play them".
- One of our players said before the game " The way they are kicking the ball, we can beat them", another kid said " My mom always says never give up", the balance asked me not to cancel the game.
- To try to help our team, I asked the referees if the game will be canceled due to low number of players, the refs said "NO" and the minimum is 6 players".
- Then I went to the other coaches asking to reduce their number of players by one or two, they would not.
- I had no other option but to have the kids play the game and told them to do their best and advised them to play smart and advised them of certain strategies to help maintain stamina and energy.
- These 7 "Tigers" played the game with courage, strength, and determination to the last minute to WIN the game (2-1).
- I have never seen these kids play so hard with such determination. While it is a game, these kids showed a lot of character and maturity to play their best and not be afraid of what the results could be.This was an awesome boost for their confidence and a great lesson for all of them.
Parents, let your sons know, that we are all proud of these "Tigers" who played that game, but more importantly be proud of your kids and encourage them along the way rather than ridicule them for small mistakes or setbacks, it goes along way to boost their confidence.
- Sadly, the other team’s coach and parents were ridiculing their kids, yelling at them, embarrassing them of their failure to score. It was upsetting to our kids and our parents who noted their harsh behavior toward their kids. believe that the kids of South Brunswick team were more harmed by the way their coach and their parents talked to them than from losing the game.
Hope you all share some thoughts with your kids reflecting on the challenges of life, the team work, never give up, and that everything is possible.
It was a proud moment for the coach, the parents, and this club to see our kids play with such courage.