Did you know that many summer sports have an off-season? And that many city recreation programs have registration times that are due prior to official schedules being released by private sports organizations?
The mental aspect of sport parenting can quickly take a toll…but if you miss a registration, come summer things will feel disappointing. So, I tether myself to calendars and scheduling apps and try to stay on top of it. It goes something like this:
By early December I anxiously await the release of the kids’ schedules for the post-Christmas season. Hockey came out fairly quickly, but ringette didn’t.
When the swim registration came up in early December for a course beginning in January, I was working with an incomplete calendar.
She wants to begin certifying for lifeguard.
The lifeguard course begins in January.
Sundays looked nice and empty in January and beyond, so I booked her into lifeguard training mid-mornings.
I felt relief that she got a spot since these courses fill up very quickly usually.
We also knew there was a summer sport team she wanted to join which would begin an off-season training at a local gym sometime in January.
We did not know at the time that the baseball stuff would also get booked on Sunday nights.
Ringette schedules for post-Christmas time came out this weekend, well after the swim registration was due. The baseball stuff came out the week before this past weekend. And now, that girl has three activities every Sunday beginning in January.
The other kid also begins off-season baseball at a competitive level, with every Monday and Tuesday evening booked on that. Along with a fast approaching hockey playoff season for which we are well within the running. (Top 6 go to playoffs out of 13 teams, we typically hover around 2nd to 4th place.)
Plus, he also has school hockey early Tuesday mornings and games on Thursdays around lunch time. Which, coincidentally, conflicts with my dog walking at that time.
I’m not giving up my dog walking. Let someone else schlep the kid from the school to the rink and back in the middle of the day. I volunteered last year; this year I can’t help out.
I have a plan to visit Europe in early July but I’m not sure if it’s going to happen now. Partly, the funds aren’t there, and partly, neither is the time. And Switzerland isn’t the kind of place you visit for a few days…I’d like to connect with family for about two weeks, which doesn’t seem very doable right now.
I just don’t know.
Maybe I’ll google Groupon and see if we can get away for a few days someplace on this continent…or even further south, in the Caribbean. Because as things stand right now, January will be twice as busy as the last few months have been, and by March break, I’ll probably be dead and buried.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what it’s like to be a youth sports parent.