My son is often very animated, but only in private. On and off the field, he feels that eyes are on him always.
When it comes to playing the game, he becomes quite self-conscious, afraid to make any mistakes in public.
Not that he runs and stands in the corner, but he acts more like a pylon than a player.
My wife took him took weeks ago, and as they love to talk, she found out about this match day concern. In short, he was told to “act” like a soccer player – challenge for every ball, cover the open man, dribble into space, or pass to a supporting player.
Lights, camera, ACTION! A Thespian hast entered unto thy field of play!