Hank was a young new coach at his home town’s local high school. The blond 22 year old had grown up in a family of athletes and he had aspirations of becoming a professional soccer player. He had worked hard growing up but a knee accident in his teen years caused him to rethink his career.
Hank was now working towards being a professional soccer coach and he had decided to take up coaching at his local high school as a training ground for his career.
Hank’s students were a group of 17 and 18 year olds. The students were amazed by their young coach who was only a few years apart from them but seemed to have a wealth of knowledge that was helping them to sharpen their game.
Within a short span of time, Hank’s students had shown a strong improvement in their game and had begun respecting and admiring their new coach.
Although every member of Hank’s soccer team was enthusiastic about the sport, two students – Cody and Tanner – looked to be budding soccer superstars. The two 18 year olds were motivated to do a lot more.
Cody looked a lot like Hank with blond hair and boyish good looks. Tanner had dark brown hair and a handsome face. The two boys were the school’s eye-catching studs. They knew they looked their best in their red soccer shirts and black soccer shorts and always hung out in their uniforms long after practice was over.
Cody and Tanner wanted to get to the next level in soccer and knew that they would need to spend more time with Hank than just at their after school practice sessions. They pleaded with Hank to let them practice on weekends.
Hank was impressed with their enthusiasm and agreed to set a few hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings for the two boys. Hank was like an older brother to the two boys and they were excited about their extra sessions.
Every weekend, the boys met Hank at their empty high school yard wearing their soccer uniforms and spent time practicing soccer moves. Within no time, both had quickly mastered the skillful moves needed to make quick goals.
“It is time to make it harder for you two”, Hank said one Saturday morning. “Both of you are past the normal soccer player’s skill level”.
“Bring it on”, Tanner said smiling as he passed the soccer ball to Cody. “Yeah”, Cody echoed.
“Be careful what you wish for”, Hank said opening his bag and showing a sly smile. Hank pulled out two cords of rope. “Let us see how well you play with your hands tied behind”, Hank said.
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