For the past six months, I’d tried largely in vain to get the adults and teenagers at my school to throw with their left foot first, point their toes, point the left elbow, and throw from behind their head – not shot-put it.
But these kids had it all down perfect. We didn’t need to explain a thing (other than what the stitches were for).
Matt was the one who realized why: They were impersonating us.
I’ll admit, I got goosebumps. Watching it all click so quickly, each throw and catch markedly better than the previous. I got excited and look at Matt, “Wanna try some routes?”
Matt demonstrated a curl route. The boys did it.
Matt demonstrated an out route. The boys did it.
Matt demonstrated a corner route. The boys did it.
Matt then demonstrated cornerback play. The boys did it.
Sure we had to adapt some terminology along the way; Receiver became “Striker”, and touchdowns became “Goals”, but the kids got it.
Soon, we moved our game to the concrete court and started having them plan and run routes against each other. These kids were tracing imaginary lines on the ball before the snap to indicate what route they’d run. After each play, they’d rotate positions, trying new roles and combinations.
Great shots, and a real cultural exchange!
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