Soccer Question: Equipment...m

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Soccer Question: Equipment...m
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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 10:19am
I just signed Santana up for soccer & they say he only needs shin guards, cleats & the uniform. Don't you think they need knee & elbow pads too, just in case...grass burns! Ouch!

DH thinks I go a wee bit over the top when it comes to safety...and in all honesty I do! So I can totally see where he might really not need the extra pads. And since he's only 4yo and has little arms & legs the pads might impare his movement and actually cause him to fall more often.

Nanc..thinking way too much about this. 4BOys

my older boys are already calling little Santana..Safety Boy!

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 11:48am
I don't think the extra pads are necessary. I would think the extra pads would get in the way. I have had two boys in soccer since they were 4 and can't recall seeing the extra padding.

I would ask your son if he wants to wear them. Or, bring them to the games, and if he falls down you would have them available for him to wear.

Carol

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 12:03pm
The shin guards are pretty BIG and did a good job of protecting my kids whole leg. It has been a while since Marvin & Mason played soccer, but I really don't remember them falling down much. The biggest danger is from being kicked by the other kids who are trying to get the ball & that is what the shin guards are for.

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Denise

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 12:26pm
Zak has played soccer for 3 years and we just use the shin guards. They protect him pretty well. Plus, at 4 there is not that much contact. They mainly pick grass and look at the sky. Zak has moved up to the 6-8 and I kinda of miss watching the little kids playing soccer. They are so cute!

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 12:30pm
OOOO! I hope Santana loves soccer as much as Trey does. Trey is 5 and the extra padding is really unnecessary. Shin guards are a must. My son has shin guards and cleats and really doesn't need the cleats most of the time. They are helpful when it is muddy out, but mostly they just save his nice tennis shoes from grass stains :) I did not want to put out a lot of money on soccer at first, I wanted to make sure he liked it before I bought a lot of stuff so I bought strap on shin guards (most are like this). Next year I will buy these shin guards that look like baseball socks. You pull them on like socks and they have the shin guards built in. They have stirrups on the bottom. they are about $20, which is why I went with the $6 ones. I think they will be worth the invest now that I know he likes soccer.

Have fun!

Amanda

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 10:01am
Thanks for the advice! I went out yesterday evening and got the cutest tiniest cleats! They are so cute...and I let him pick out a soccer ball...bright blue. I did just go with the shin quards.

DH is practicing with him and he seems like a natural. I'm really glad that we have all boys..I could see the look on DH's face yesterday as they practiced in the back yard...He totally *Loves* this part of parenting...& he's really good at it.

Nanc 4Boys 16, 13, 4 & 1

1st Game is on Saturday, April 26th in the morning..which happens to be in direct conflict of DH's Sat. morning Round of Golf..I'm hoping DH makes the right decision and chooses the Santana Soccer Game over Golf with the Guys!...I'm taking a wait & see attitude and not forcing anything.

OMGosh you guys they had the cutest Pink Soccer Balls at the store, I was So tempted to get one..but explaining the purchase to DH would have been tough. So I didn't.

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 12:41pm
Silly Mommy, he's not playing HOCKEY! But, uhm, I WOULD recommend a CUP, don't you think? Our league doesn't let boys of any age participate in sports without a protector. Pete was six when we got him his first cup, he put it over his face and ran around the house. He looked like Jason from the horror movies!
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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 6:06pm
Hey Justine...where have you been? Far too much partying going on in the Big Apple...we missed you...

Glad to see you're still around, & really, your words of wisdom are missed!

And you'll be glad to know that I didn't turn Santana into Safety Boy! LOL

Nanc 4Boys 16, 13, 4 & 1.