This past fall, Lyra completed her second soccer season. Â While she enjoyed the excitement and her success in moments like in the pictures above, Â overall, it was not a great soccer season. Â It was more discouraging and depressing. Â And unfortunately, there were many more moments like in this next picture, than the ones above. Â 🙁
The soccer teams she played with this time were a lot more competitive compared to her first season. Â Lyra played on the team for kids ages 6 and under, but because of when her birthday is, she was one of the youngest ones on her team. Â Plus, she is tiny for her age. Â So from the very start, Â she struggled to keep up with her team mates. Â When she did manage to get up into the action, she was easily frustrated and seemed disoriented with all of the fast movement. Â She would often respond to that frustration by acting out. Â She would ignore her coach, walk off the field, and a few times, be mean to her teammates. Consequently, she wasn’t the most popular player on the team.
We are still unsure about what to do next. Â We don’t want her to get turned off of soccer or sportsÂ altogether! Â She really enjoys playing soccer with her big brother at home. Â One option we are considering, is seeing if they would allow Lyra to play on the 6 and under team for another year. Â She is small anyway, so most people wouldn’t even notice and because she doesn’t turn 7 until May, I doubt most of the kids would notice the age difference. Â I don’t think this is an unreasonable request and it might allow her to enjoy playing soccer and participate more fully?
I think what’s bothered me the most about this disappointing soccer season, was that of all the sports out there, soccer was the one sport that I’d heard about the most as being a sport that children with albinism could play successfully. Â It kind of makes me less hopeful that she could succeed at any other sport. Â 🙁
I have to keep one thing in mind though… Â Lyra’s big sister is 16 and has never had much interest in sports. Â She’s tried a few in the past, but never really got into it. Â She’s just not really the athletic type. Â I have to remember…not all kids play sports. Â So if Lyra isn’t good at or even interested in playing a particular sport, it could have nothing to do with her albinism or low vision. Â It just might not be her thing. Â 🙂