At this time of the summer parents around the area are coming to an end of their kid’s very busy club ball summer league seasons. It might be volleyball, softball, soccer, or basketball, but parents everywhere are coming off the highs and lows of this very busy, sometimes stressful time and are considered survivors by most.
If your one of these worn out parents you’ll understand the incredible time and energy used in helping get your kiddos to and from practices, tournaments, and more practices. Feeding them fast food or stuffing a poptart from home while scrabbling to get them to these practices becomes more common practice. These summer sports seasons start often in late spring with numerous practices anticipating the summer tourney schedules in late May or early June. Once June hits, then the tournaments start, usually every weekend. If there is a weekend free of an event, you can usually hear both parent and child rejoice with a song and dance!
If your older high school kids are involved in these activities like basketball, July gets to be even more chaotic as the college recruiting open window period for college coaches to watch and evaluate players goes full throttle. The pressure is on, but for whom the parent or child? Sometimes it seems that parent is feeling the heat more, as the referee or umpire hears that complaining parent’s words or shouts every game they officiate.
Parents now are following their kid’s schedule, often following them to these tournaments that can be all across the country. Hotel stays, eating out all become a routine for many.
And now as that summer ritual comes to a close, the fall sports seasons are just around the corner. As the parents have survived this crazy time, their kids too have survived. So the question is was this crazy sports summer season more for the parents or their kid’s? What would your kid say?