If you have kids in sports you’ve probably heard the chatter before from either other parents or coaches that your kid or kids might not be good enough to to try out for certain teams or higher levels of competition. This usually involves talk like “He or she is first year”,they’re to small,too big,not fast enough,haven’t played long enough ,bla bla bla.
It’s up to the parents to block all that chatter out and encourage their children to try and if they fail to simply try again,and learn from the experience.Well such as the case in point here, we have two young Island athletes who have experienced this but their parents chose to do just that and let their kids try out for something new at a higher level.
Noah Shumann is an 11 year old first year Peewee A1 player from Sooke,he plays for the Juan De Fuca whalers and has played lacrosse for 6 years.He also plays midfield for the Victoria Titans field lacrosse association.Nicknamed “The Beast”, he’s a big boy who has lots of game and loves to play and play hard. As most 11 year old’s , he has a ton of energy with a passion for sports of all kinds.
Noah wanted to try out for Team BC who had tryouts for the National Box Lacrosse Championship in Coquitlam Aug 20-24th. Well, not only did he make it but he impressed the coaching staff and others immensely,also making his his family incredibly proud to say the least.
Not to be outdone we move onto young Tyler Williams .
Tyler Williams is an 11 year old Peewee B goalie from the Westshore.Tyler plays for the Juan De Fuca Whalers and has been a goalie for 4 years. He is also plays goal for the Victoria Titans field Lacrosse association.
Being a goalie is a very different mindset than other positions and not every kid can play in net,as a former goalie myself i know this all to well.First off there isn’t a lot of goalies to start with so the competition is harder from the get go, because you only have a couple spots needed so it’s tougher to make the team.
Tyler also wanted to to tryout for Team BC National Box Lacrosse Championship in Coquitlam.Although not ultimately selected to be on the roster for team BC,Tyler made it to the final cut which is impressive to say the least for a first year goalie. Did i mention it’s only his FOURTH YEAR in net?
From all of us here at ISN, Congrats lads and to your parents, we say thank you for allowing them to just try !