Here's how soccer with Maggie works:
Step 1: Identify the person who got the ball rolling, and charm him with all of your might (the stare & swishy tail combination works every time!)
Step 2: Chase after the thrown ball
Step 3: Grab the ball and run as fast as you can - The Child will chase you, and this adds to the fun!
Make sure you don't run so fast and far that The Child gets discouraged and doesn't want to play any more, because what comes next?
Step 4: Have the ball thrown again, but this time recruit another player to the game
Another player can help build your prowess....
and another player adds to the fun - especially when the other player knows who has rights to pick up the ball....
The game is on!
No more "Bend it like Beckham" - perhaps "Move it like Maggie" (or "Maul it like Maggie" - the foam ball didn't look so happy at the end of the game)....