Mrs. Nurse Boy here.
This week officially marks the beginning of soccer season in our home. Dimples has been with the same coach since he was 4. I know what you are thinking...Who puts their 4 year old in a soccer league?! Please remember, he is our first born. Sweet Pea probably won't play a sport until the age of 13. (I kid, of course.)
Nurse Boy and I both played soccer and we just couldn't wait to watch our first born dominate the field. Or pick at the grass, as it were. Dimples is now 9 and takes after his talented soccer playing parents, if I do say so myself. Honestly, our talent was debatable. Dimple's talent is real.
We are pretty relaxed with the whole sports thing. We just want our kids to have fun, get some exercise, and learn about competition in a safe environment. If they discover a new talent or develop a life long passion for a sport, we consider that a bonus. We only let the boys play one sport at a time. Only once has Dimples challenged this thought and we stuck to our convictions. I mean, how many hours are there in a week? Not enough to play two sports during the same season, in my humble opinion.
This spring has brought on some challenges for Dimple's team regarding a consistent practice time. Apparently, many of the boys on his soccer team are also playing baseball. Baseball practice is already scheduled.
Last week we were sent multiple emails regarding possible practice nights and times. Poor Coach Dave. He is a talented soccer player in his own right and an uncle of one of the boys on the team. He volunteers to coach our little ones while his wife and infant daughter are at home. Each email he sent out seemed to uncover his growing frustration. Monday was no good for the baseball players. Tuesday was impossible for the baseball players. Wednesday is church night for many. No way could the baseball players make Thursday work. It slowly became clear what the baseball parents were thinking... Coach Dave, could you just sacrifice your Friday nights and schedule practice then?
Friday nights?! Really, parents?! This guys is a willing volunteer. Unlike us parents, he just might have a social life. Give this poor man a break! And, I can't help but to wonder if they think baseball is more important than soccer, since they are giving that sport their priority. So, why did they sign their kids up for soccer, anyway?
On Monday, we got the final email from Coach Dave. He finally settled on Tuesdays at 5PM. Take it, or leave it. (My words, not his. He was polite. I'm not feeling it.) This Saturday we will have our first practice at 9 AM and next week we will begin the Tuesday night practice schedule. He was checking to make sure this would work for everyone.
Nurse Boy immediately shot out this email to Coach Dave:
Saturday does not work for us. We like to watch TV on Saturday mornings. Dora the Explorer and Zach and Cody can't be missed. Plus, our DVR is not working. We would like to suggest Sunday morning at 3:00 AM. We could all park facing the field and turn on our brights.
See you Sunday,
OK, so I left out the part where Nurse Boy said he was joking. Coach Dave said he and his wife got a good laugh out of this email.
Poor coach. Here is hoping the season only gets better from here on out!
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