My sons have been playing at Philadelphia Soccer Club for years. We were always happy there until last year, when it seemed like the entire organization went from “kids having fun” to “win at all costs.” So, Kyle’s team bailed and started playing at Academy Sabres.
Best move we ever made.
Sabres is a small organization and there is little to no pressure to win. It’s exactly what both Kyle and Erik needed at this stage in their playing careers.
Kyle, a goalie, is enjoying the fact that his team is firmly ensconced in second place, and that they are averaging four goals a game. The playoffs start in two weeks, and they have a legitimate shot at a championship.
Erik, a forward, is playing a year up. He should be playing U-9 (9 years old and under), but because there are a few older kids on the team, he is now playing U-10. Not that that matters, because Erik is a beast, offensively. The boy has three goals this season on a team that has probably scored less than ten goals all year.
Bottom line: They’re both playing well and both having fun. That’s the point.