|outsized but not outplayed|
to put this in perspective, when we play against boys our own age they tower over us. we are coming into these “city leagues” from a small, poor, indegenous village. we’re already significantly out-sized. so to play up an age-bracket creates quite the size disadvantage.
the ref came over to us and explained the problem. finally, he said “its probably not a good idea. in fact, the coach of the other team said his boys feel bad playing against you guys because your boys are so small.”
like any good coach, we turned to the boys and said "lets do this."
we went for it, even though the academy agreed to give us an outomatic “W” if we chose not to.
about 5 minutes in the game their was a clear “oh crap” moment on the faces of the opposing team. it was like they realized all at the same time that the "little boys" came to play. it was beautiful.
the first half was tight, we were down 2-3. but we turned it around in the second, and beat them handedly, 8-5.
afterwards, a guy who was in the stands, who runs another league in the city, approached us and invited us to play in his tournament.
our boys are learning how to play ball.