A few months ago, fellow blogger Eli Pacheco of Coach Daddy asked if I would be interested in guest posting for his site. Given his passion for futbol – you know the real futbol – I had to say yes.
As some of you know, I grew up playing soccer and spent much of my youth playing competitive ball. Club soccer – and my parents’ dedication and sacrifices to drive me all over Southern California – created so many wonderful memories. I participated in the Olympic Development Program, played in several premier tournaments around the country, traveled and played in Europe, and ultimately earned a coveted college scholarship to play ball for Cal State Fullerton. I even met my husband on the pitch, so I guess you could say soccer truly shaped my life! Oh, and I also had three knee surgeries – so there was a dark side. 😉
These days, my soccer days entail schlepping my beach chair from field to field to watch my boys play. So far, they too love the game, and my daughter will likely give the sport a shot next year. As parents, we just want our kids to be passionate about what they do, and try their best. If soccer is their game, that’s cool, but we are committed to supporting them in whatever sport or hobby they choose.
This year, one of my sons made the transition to club soccer and as the season has come to an end, it has been interesting to reflect on this milestone as a parent. Check out my thoughts on Coach Daddy and feel free to share your experiences as a parent in the competitive sports world.