My son had his first practice for Pre-K fall soccer last Saturday. He hasn't played soccer before but he is very enthusiastic and not shy at all. Most of the kids hold back and timidly kick the ball, kick the wrong direction, etc. (As you would expect for this age) As soon as my son makes contact with the ball he shoots straight down the field to the goal, running way ahead of all of the other kids. During practice he scored the only two goals. His coach ended up holding him back so the other kids had a chance to kick the ball, but after a few minutes of them not really going anwhere with it he let my son go and he ran into the pile of kids, flew out the other side and scored. The next half they made him goalie (which he hated-lol).
So here is my question: Would you tell him to hold back so other kids can play, or to play to the best of his ability, even if that means he takes over the ball all the time? If you were a parent of the other kids would it irritate you to have a kid on the team who monopolizes the ball like that? It's not like he refuses to pass, they just really haven't been taught that yet. When the coach held him back he was cheering for the other kids, and he is in no way show-boating or acting better than the other kids.
Should I tell him to back off sometimes? Or encourage him to always do the best he can to score?