I love watching my children play and learn and forge friendships, so the constant shuttling is worth the commitment in time, money and lack of sleep.
But … and you likely knew a “but” was coming, I’m growing frustrated with the parents and politics.
In baseball, we are facing a situation where we landed on a team with no coach and the two other league teams were hand-selected and stacked. I’ve come to see that in baseball especially, volunteer dads can definitely get in the way of fostering a fair and fun environment. There are certainly some amazing coaches, but others are already cultivating teams where it’s all about winning and making all-stars – and we’re talking about third and fourth-graders here.
In soccer, the challenges have been slightly different. My husband is coaching both of my boys, so he is responsible for running practices four days a week. He is wonderful about lugging out the equipment and our other kids and to get them to the field on time.
However, 75 percent of the rest of the players show up late. He has even had a few practices when parents don’t call at all to tell him they are going to miss. This just strikes me as rude.
At the end of the day, all of this scheduling and practicing and political parent mumbo jumbo makes me wonder if we might be better off just forgoing the organized sports and letting our kids play at the park.
Let’s hope the season improves, but so far I’m already counting down the weekends until Thanksgiving when we can close the books on Fall sports.
How do you feel about organized youth sports?
Has your experience been positive or negative?