Busy D. had soccer tryouts this week.
(He's going to be in U11, can you believe that??)
Yes, we're the people with a little kid in travel sports.
We didn't really set out to be those people, it just happened.
While all our kids enjoy sports, Busy D. truly has a passion for soccer, and has some aptitude for it, and we're learning what to do with that.
He takes it very seriously, and recreational soccer really didn't have people like him, and even at a young age, that frustrated him, so he was excited and relieved to find his people in travel soccer.
I know there are a million arguments against young kids playing travel sports, but it's been a great experience for us both in volleyball and soccer (we have a great coach and team), and I think it gets a bum rap, sometimes.
Granted, there are some situations that are less than ideal, but the right club and coach can make all the difference in the world.
Despite the stereotype, it's not all insane travel and practice with screaming coaches and parents with unfulfilled dreams That part is played by the dads of the little girls in rec soccer. (I kid! I kid! Sorta).
For us, travel sports offers the chance for kids to work hard at something they love, meet friends who share their passion and develop skills when they have the drive to get better.
Sure, he may not want to do this forever, and it's true that it can take a lot of time some weeks, but, for now, we enjoy the games and the tournaments and spending time with the other families.
Besides, HOW ELSE is he supposed to get a full ride to college, become a famous soccer player and support us in style for the rest of our lives?
I can't blog forever, ya know, and we gotta maintain the standard of living to which we've become accustomed.
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