1145am-12am The coach split the group again, this time she chose the group to ensure they were not gender segregated and to split up the cliques and distracting pairs. The two boys were split up and one of the girls, wearing the light blue shirt, who was part of the clique was put in the group with the quieter shy girl. The boys continued to make faces and silly gestures to each other standing in their groups on opposite sides of the coach. The two girls of the clique that were put on the same team seemed unchanged but the girl in the light blue shirt that was put on the other team was visibly upset. The coach sent them to the side line of the field to get jerseys and the girl, immediately regrouped with her friends. But now it seemed like she wasn't included in whatever conversation they had started without her. Realizing this, she went and stood next to the quiet girl in her group. 12pm-1215pm The kids started a mini game. At this age, their motor skills are becoming more fine tuned and the children are able to play sports, like adults but with less strength. The kids all understood the rules and goals of the game and they played with purpose: to win. Perhaps to increase her peer status again, the girl who had just been excluded from the clique seemed determined to play her best. The boys also played with all their effort. The shy girl took direction from the girl in the light blue shirt and although she was on a lower status she looked more confident now having another girl directly interacting with her. Light blue shirt girl was also obviously more confident after realizing she had a follower. The team that I considered to be “underdogs” because neither group leader was on the team, ended up winning the scrimmage, 3:1.
1215pm-1230 pm The children’s’ parents were starting to arrive as the coach led the group in a cool down and a brief group chat. As soon as a child saw their parents there was an obvious change in behavior. The two boys who had now regrouped, were less showy with their actions. They continued to try to make each other laugh but with more subtle and quiet tactics. The ring leader of the girls clique sat quietly, and started adjusting her headband repeatedly. It seemed almost like a nervous tic. The shy girl brightened up at the sight of her dad and younger sister. She waved and looked more confident. She was now sitting with the blue shirt girl from the scrimmage, who was talking to her as she listened happily. The coach finished the clinic by passing out orange slices and releasing the kids to their parents. Unsurprisingly, the first thing the pair of boys did was put the entire orange slices in their mouths and smile. The red shirt boy ran to his mom and
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- Spring '16