Why I quit hating soccer.....besides the soccer moms!

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Until a couple years ago I thought soccer was the most boring game ever. Then I had a couple grandkids start playing. One is now eight and on a 'traveling team'. Holy guacamole!! Those little girls play rough. Elbowing, tripping, shoving, whatever they can get away with. Looks more like hockey than what I thought soccer would be. Parents with multiple children playing say the coaches have trouble getting the boys to be aggressive and have trouble getting the girls to calm down and not start witch slapping each other. A few weeks ago the granddaughter's U8 team (under 8) played a boys U9 team and manhandled them the first half. Though smaller than the boys the girls pushed them around all over the field the first half with the score being 3-2 in the girls favor. Boy's coach pretty well dressed them down at halftime about letting the younger girls push them away from the ball and they came back and got rougher and won the game by a point. But it was funny to watch the boys back off when a girl a head shorter ran into them at full speed.

The trash talking is hilarious. Just imagine what an eight year old girl would say to another to intimidate.

Oldest daughter teaches at a middle school. She says the 'soccer kids' are the best of the athletic groups in both the schools she has taught. The fittest looking, best acting, with the highest grades of all the sports.

I have learned to wear dark glasses to watch the moms.

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Until a couple years ago I thought soccer was the most boring game ever. Then I had a couple grandkids start playing. One is now eight and on a 'traveling team'. Holy guacamole!! Those little girls play rough. Elbowing, tripping, shoving, whatever they can get away with. Looks more like hockey than what I thought soccer would be. Parents with multiple children playing say the coaches have trouble getting the boys to be aggressive and have trouble getting the girls to calm down and not start witch slapping each other. A few weeks ago the granddaughter's U8 team (under 8) played a boys U9 team and manhandled them the first half. Though smaller than the boys the girls pushed them around all over the field the first half with the score being 3-2 in the girls favor. Boy's coach pretty well dressed them down at halftime about letting the younger girls push them away from the ball and they came back and got rougher and won the game by a point. But it was funny to watch the boys back off when a girl a head shorter ran into them at full speed.

The trash talking is hilarious. Just imagine what an eight year old girl would say to another to intimidate.

Oldest daughter teaches at a middle school. She says the 'soccer kids' are the best of the athletic groups in both the schools she has taught. The fittest looking, best acting, with the highest grades of all the sports.

I have learned to wear dark glasses to watch the moms.

RSKY
we used to call the little kids games blanket soccer. you could throw a blanket and cover up both teams at one time, surrounding the ball.
 
  
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we used to call the little kids games blanket soccer. you could throw a blanket and cover up both teams at one time, surrounding the ball.
The younger grand plays in a 'recreational soccer' league and that is how they play. The older one plays on a 'traveling team' and it is not the same game. They have positions they specialize in and the games are as intense or more intense than high school play. I actually enjoy her games.

Saturday we watched a 3-on-3 game between some junior high age boys and girls. It was rough, the girls would not back down and the boys had to play hard to win against the smaller girls.

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Ahh, the beauty of youth soccer... the clock keeps ticking as they drag the casualties off the field and the game is over in an hour. (y)

Youth softball - 10 run per inning walk-fest takes 3 hours.

Youth basketball foul-fest; how can 4 six-minute quarters add up to an hour and a half?

Youth volley ball isn't too bad. Pretty exciting, actually. There's always 1 giant kid that can jump serve and spike. Terrifies the other team.

Worst of all - multi-school youth track meets. There's 64 kids on the team. Your kid runs one event in 4 hours - the 1600, which is usually the last event, and it's your turn to bring enough bananas and water bottles for the entire team this week, too. :ROFLMAO:
 
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I agree. My Grandaughter played soccer and although she was my princess, I have seen her flatten a couple girls who crossed her...but growing up with two older brothers, she can handle herself. I loved to see the grand kids play soccer, and watching the little boys play hockey was a real hoot!
 
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Our kids went to a small Catholic school. The boys and girls basketball teams usually didn't have enough players for 5 on 5 practice, so the girls and boys would practice on one half of the court each for the first hour, then scrimmage game after. For a while, the boys didn't want to hurt the girls. Finally, they had enough of the farm girls beating the heck out of them and started pushing back. Those farm girls said if they can move a 1000 pound horse around, these boys are nothing. :ROFLMAO:

That group of kids was the biggest bunch of brothers and sisters we ever saw. Really worked as a group. Surprisingly, none of them ever ended up dating each other even thought they hung around with each other for 8 years. Even in high school and college they'd get together for pick-up games. Many of them are now married and scattered around the country, yet still come back for a weekend every summer. Great bunch of young adults now.
 
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Youth volley ball isn't too bad. Pretty exciting, actually. There's always 1 giant kid that can jump serve and spike. Terrifies the other team.

Worst of all - multi-school youth track meets. There's 64 kids on the team. Your kid runs one event in 4 hours - the 1600, which is usually the last event, and it's your turn to bring enough bananas and water bottles for the entire team this week, too. :ROFLMAO:
Sounds like a swim meet. Sit outside in 100+ degree weather for 8 hours waiting for your kid to swim 3 events that might last 40 seconds each with the obligatory relay at the end they have to stay for. And some of these go on for 2-3 days. Utterly brutal.

Volleyball is pretty good too once they get to 8th grade or so and can actually do it.

Soccer isn't bad because they're always moving and it's short. Makes me think how every World Cup the 3rd worlders trot out the "soccer is the most popular sport" and "people from the US just don't understand the game" mantra and soccer becomes relevant for a couple weeks. When you're in a country with no NFL, NBA or MLB I can see how soccer might be popular because that's all you have, but I grew up in the US playing soccer as did all my friends and the problem isn't that people in the US don't understand the game. It's fun to play but I always thought that if you really wanted to make soccer interesting for spectators you just need to get rid of goalies and introduce lane violations similar to basketball so somebody could maybe score once in a while. Otherwise it's just an hour or two of playing keepaway.
 
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Soccer, sport you are rewarded for playing bad defense. My daughter played through high school
 
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I can’t get into any sport that doesn’t let players use their hands.
 
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Why do they call football in the U.S. football? They mostly use their hands.
Because Handball was already taken. That doesn't explain Squash though.
 
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You know referees were introduced into the game long after the rules were laid down. There should be a place for integrity, and not a test to "see what you can get by with.

All three of my kids played ..I coached up to high school level.
The youngest went all the way through ODP and played in college.


The game is about skill. If you don't have it, force is second choice.

Work on the sklills, keep those elbows DOWN!

You might know that very few young people want to play the game after they turn about 13 years of age. Many high schools can't find numbers to field a team. The adults got involved and took the fun out of the game.
 
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Soccer didn't come to my town until about 1978 when my kid was in first grade. Only a handful of parents would show up for the game. We sat on blankets on the sideline to watch.

What I remember the most is the extraordinary amount of effort the kids put forth to get to the ball, swarm of kids around the ball, and mostly, 8 pair of little feet in a 6' circle pounding the ground when quickly coming to a dead stop to kick the ball.

The next year it got ruff. I needed to buy shin pads because some kids would kick at anything that moved. 😇
 
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I played both football and soccer. Soccer was brutal, football not so much. I had soccer injuries that took months to heal. Football was a bruise and an owie here and there. Soccer was painful. While we hit each other hard, it is nothing like the college and NFL.

I don't watch sports, it is boring if one is not playing as far as I am concerned. Why do I care if some team wins? And their win or loss, does not make the world a better or worse place. Watching men's soccer is usually pretty boring. Just watching them kick the ball from one end to the other is right up there with watching baseball or golf. However, woman soccer is more interesting since they do not have the strength to just boot the ball from one end of the field to the other.

Once upon a time I took game photos for an all woman football team. Those teams where the most foul mouthed, dirty and cheating players I have ever seen. On team had a ringer, he was a man and never took his helmet off, but you could still see his adam's apple and he had some biceps. :unsure: :eek: What those woman would say to each other would make a sailor blush. :ROFLMAO:

They scared me. :LOL:

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Soccer... Football to the rest of the world, is perhaps the most beautiful sport of all time; the flow, ball control, and athletic ability in it's purest form is what makes it the worlds best and most popular sport. I would give Rugby a close second.
 
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The game is called "top bar". try it sometime?
 
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<snip>You might know that very few young people want to play the game after they turn about 13 years of age. Many high schools can't find numbers to field a team. The adults got involved and took the fun out of the game.
Where and when I grew up very few high schools had football teams- it was mostly soccer.
Now my college was different. They have not lost a game since 1974. UVM Football-Undefeated since 1974
 
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Ahh, the beauty of youth soccer... the clock keeps ticking as they drag the casualties off the field and the game is over in an hour. (y)

Youth softball - 10 run per inning walk-fest takes 3 hours.

Youth basketball foul-fest; how can 4 six-minute quarters add up to an hour and a half?

Youth volley ball isn't too bad. Pretty exciting, actually. There's always 1 giant kid that can jump serve and spike. Terrifies the other team.

Worst of all - multi-school youth track meets. There's 64 kids on the team. Your kid runs one event in 4 hours - the 1600, which is usually the last event, and it's your turn to bring enough bananas and water bottles for the entire team this week, too. :ROFLMAO:
Gotta have them snacks! I don't know how we ever survived playing pick up baseball 6 hours a day...every day, with out an energy bar.

IMHO, swim meets are the worst. I've never been to a track meet but they sound about the same!
 
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Any sports with meet in their name are a bad time
Gotta have them snacks! I don't know how we ever survived playing pick up baseball 6 hours a day...every day, with out an energy bar.

IMHO, swim meets are the worst. I've never been to a track meet but they sound about the same!
 
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From what I've heard, swim meets ARE the worst. Fortunately, that and tennis seem to be the only sports our kids skipped.

Softball
Basketball
Volleyball
Track and Cross Country
Cheerleading
Golf
Soccer

We called them the 250 sports.

Every time a new sport started, it cost us about $250. Fees, equipment, gas, snacks, etc... $250.

5 sports per season = $1250

4th-8th grades = $6250

2 kids = $12,500.

High school was not as bad because they picked one sport and that was it.

One chose track/cross country, the other chose golf. The runner would wear out shoes every month or two, so that got to be $150 a month in shoes. She was putting in 70ish miles a week. The golfer outgrew her clubs twice. Fortunately, we got loaners from the coach as she grew.

Anyhow, youth and young adult sports can get a bit costly.

Heaven help you if your kid gets into private travel leagues. :eek:
 
  
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From what I've heard, swim meets ARE the worst. Fortunately, that and tennis seem to be the only sports our kids skipped.

Softball
Basketball
Volleyball
Track and Cross Country
Cheerleading
Golf
Soccer

We called them the 250 sports.

Every time a new sport started, it cost us about $250. Fees, equipment, gas, snacks, etc... $250.

5 sports per season = $1250

4th-8th grades = $6250

2 kids = $12,500.

High school was not as bad because they picked one sport and that was it.

One chose track/cross country, the other chose golf. The runner would wear out shoes every month or two, so that got to be $150 a month in shoes. She was putting in 70ish miles a week. The golfer outgrew her clubs twice. Fortunately, we got loaners from the coach as she grew.

Anyhow, youth and young adult sports can get a bit costly.

Heaven help you if your kid gets into private travel leagues. :eek:


And if you are the grandparent you end up buying chairs to sit in, umbrellas for sun protection, and a cooler to have something to drink while sitting in the sun with 90+ degree weather. Then you have another grand who lives 30 miles from the other who plays in a different league and you must leave one game and speed to the other.

The youngest grand is the only boy (of four) and all he is interested in is tractors and lawn mowers. Oh yeah, and at four and a half he is already interested in girls, especially his eleven year old cousin's friends who are 10, 11, or 12.

I have been told by parents that the most injury prone sport or activity is cheerleading. It seems that knees and ankles are the main body part injured.

The grand on the travel team has been taught to respond to trash talking by pretending to yawn and saying, "you bore me"!

RSKY
 
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Some schools just cheer, and dance. Some do full blast gymnastics. The gymnastics on hard floors or areas around bleachers are particularly hard on the kids' bodies. Not to mention, if your kid is the smallest, they are called "The Flyer". That's the one they toss up in the air. Once in a while they drop them. It can be devastating. Should have more regulation. Youth football has size rules so big kids get limited contact with small kids. Ball sports require cups, face shields, shin guards, batting helmets, sliding short, shoulder pads, etc. Cheerleading has no protective gear and very little rules as to anything.
 
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In watching my kids play, boys are more physical, girls are meaner and play dirty. Friends daughter put brace on good knee as many girls kick the brace in soccer. Girl said she would break daughters arm if she didn't move. Daughters reply was not if I break yours first.
 

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I deal with youth tennis.

We have not gotten to where girls play boys in singles.

Of all the troubles/issues, 8 of 10 are the parents.

MoKelly
I agree.

Many years ago, the YMCA in my home town in Ohio finally started a youth soccer program. It was a big football town. I was one of the only people in town who had actually played the game (and possibly even seen a game). I had also been certified as a referee back when I was in high school. Despite having no kids at the time, I volunteered to Ref some of the games for their league. A few weeks before the first game, I was asked if I would coach a team. I said "no, my work schedule will not permit me to guarantee that I can be at every game, let alone also run practices. Further, I'm not a coach." They begged me, and said they had a mother who had coached a lot of sports, but knew nothing about soccer. Perhaps I could assist and help her out with skills and drills. I agreed to assist her as well as ref.

BIG MISTAKE.
The first problem was that they combine K-3 grades in one league. Maybe that works in some other sports, but it's just too large a spread in soccer - particularly when not one kid had ever played before.

The second problem: over the entire season, I never did even see the mother who was supposed to be the head coach. As far as I know, she did not even show up to watch the games. I did see plenty of her kid, though.

Some of the coaches were a problem. We were supposed to give everyone equal playing time. Since we had such a wide spread of ages, I would meet with the opposing coach and say something like "I'm going to play my K-1 players in the 1st and 3rd quarters, and my 2nd & 3rd graders in the second and 4th. Does that work for you?" They would look at me like I was nuts and say something like "I'm going to play who I need to play." They would then play all of their 3rd graders and their 2nd graders the whole game, and sub the others in - many of the weaker players only getting a couple minutes of playing time the whole game. They would encourage their stronger player to intimidate and just flatten the smaller kids. (They learned better in the games that I ref'd: I would start handing out red cards and throw the bullies out of the game.)

The WORST were the parents: screaming at their kids to "smear that other kid". Screaming at me because I was not leaving their 3rd grader in more of the time and was not playing all of our best players full time to get the win. I had one parent holler at me in one of the games where I was both reffing and coaching that "I don't know what they are paying you, but it's too much." Since this particular dad had been a pain in the butt the whole season, I stopped the game, asked both teams to take a breather, and walked over to the parent. I quietly said to him (so the kids could not hear, but the other parents could): "You have taken the award for the most unsportsmanlike person at every game this year. We are supposed to be giving all the kids equal playing time. I do that since it's important if they are going to get better. This league is about learning, not stacking a team to just go for the win. Your behaviour has made this season far less fun for your own kid and for every other kid out there. Your insults about opposing players are completely out of line. For your information, I volunteered as a ref, not a coach. I ended up doing both, having to take time off from work to do so. I don't even have a kid out here. It would have been great if the person who said she would be head coach had bothered to show up at all this season. Its not what I signed up for, but depite the harrasment from you and others, I stuck with it so the kids can have a team. I dont see you or any of the other parents lifting a finger to help with the coaching, or even a simple thing like carrying the water jug out before the game or helping pick up after a practice. If you want the whistle to ref and would like to coach for the rest of the game, have at it. If not, sit down and SHUT UP, or I'm ending this game and your kid's team can find another coach."

Wow! I guess this subject hit a nerve. That was about 35 years ago, and I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I'm getting all wound up and pissed off just thinking about it
 

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Funny. I coached my kids base ball team, young teens. At the time I owned and ran 2 different businesses, one a restaurant, the other, a traveling salesman. I probably had less time than any other parent. I loved it.

At the beginning of the second season i sent a question to each parent. Do you want to see all the kids get equal time or do you want me to coach to win. Out of 20? questioners, I received 1 back that said equal time.

We never won another game.
 

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I coached grade school girls softball for a few years. Our rules stipulated everyone has to bat at least once before you can switch up the batting order. We had 3 schools that none had enough for 1 team, so we ended up with 19 girls on the team! If you go 3-up-3-down, it would take over 6 innings just to bat our team. Games were limited to 4 innings or 2 hours, whichever came first, due to afternoon early sunset in the fall. So we'd have games were some kids never batted. So every game, we'd move the bottom 3 players on the batting order to the top of the list. That way, your kid got to bat in the 1st inning a few times per season. Now doing that assured that your best batters might not ever get into a game, but all of this was discussed with the parents before the season started, and they all agreed they'd rather see their kid get to play VS going for the win. And surprisingly, we won more than half of our games, and did very well in the tournament at the end of the season, finishing in a tie for 1st, as the final round was rained out.
 

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We live very close to Washington State University and attend a LOT of college sporting events over the course of a year, both men's and women's. Our favorite sports are in this order: Women's volleyball, women's soccer, women's basketball, men's basketball, men's football, men's baseball.

Although women have less athletic skill, they try harder, play smarter, work as a team better, are better disciplined, and don't beat their chest as much as to say "Look at ME! Aren't I Great!"

Personally I don't find find trash talking hilarious. I find it disgusting, in any sport at any time, at any level. To see an 8 year old girl doing it, I would feel disheartened.
 

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Since it's "soccer hell story time"

Let me put in to the pot.

I coached k-8 at the local school over the years , following my kids.

We had a pretty fair number of players (co-ed) at the 3rd-4th grade level. A nearby school came to play. The other team's coach came to me right away and wanted to play 7 v 7. I looked at her and said "I've got 30 kids eager to play ".

When the 11 V 11 game started, I threw two more balls out on to the field. The kids had a riot, not a word of dissent or confusion from either side*. but it was hard on the goal keepers. \ I rotated in like a short order cook!

* kids at that age are still "I" centric. If it doesn't involve them, it doesn't effect them. ;-)
 

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We moved to a small acreage in the country, and anticipated that our kids would eventually get into at least some 4H programs, while they grew up. NOPE, all 3 were gifted athletes, and in demand at their school / community.

I probably spent 20 yrs watching, supporting, time / clock / score board, and bench coaching my 3 kids (two daughters, and a son) ... I loved it.

Soccer - all 3 kids ultimately played Rep Team Soccer, into their late teens
Volleyball - all 3 on school teams
Basketball - all 3 on school teams
Ringette - 1 daughter, highly skilled and focussed, played and excelled at this - played on Local Teams, Regional Rep Teams, Specialized Teams, ultimately played in numerous tournaments, BC Provincial championships (her team annually earned spots) The BC Winter Games (she was selected, several years), The Western Canadian Ringette Championships (she was selected twice, held every 4 yrs), She Coached younger girls, and was a Referee for several years also. Her coaches had her gearing for Women's Hockey in Olympics.
Badminton - son was partlicularly good at this, went to tounaments and BC Winter Games
Football - son played for three years
Track & Field - all 3 kids

In spite of all the busyness back then, I miss it now.
 
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I was coaching fourth grade girls basketball. Down by 2 going into fourth quarter. I announced the players. One of the girls ask me if another girl could go in for her because that girl is better and she wants to win the game
 

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I was coaching fourth grade girls basketball. Down by 2 going into fourth quarter. I announced the players. One of the girls ask me if another girl could go in for her because that girl is better and she wants to win the game
One of our kids was NOT a gifted athlete when it came to basketball, but was very team oriented. She knew her place on the team was to be as aggressive on defense as possible during practices to work her 1st string team mates really hard. Then in most games they'd go up by 20 points quickly, then she'd get to play and she loved it. They'd keep passing her the ball and make her take the shot. One year she made 4 points! :ROFLMAO: She switched to golf in high school. Ended up being a pretty good golfer, and made all conference team. She said, "Dad. No one tries to steal your ball in golf."
 

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Funny. I coached my kids base ball team, young teens. At the time I owned and ran 2 different businesses, one a restaurant, the other, a traveling salesman. I probably had less time than any other parent. I loved it.

At the beginning of the second season i sent a question to each parent. Do you want to see all the kids get equal time or do you want me to coach to win. Out of 20? questioners, I received 1 back that said equal time.

We never won another game.
For that K,1,2,3 soccer league, equal time was one of the ground rules laid down by the YMCA for that age group when they started the league. The aim was that this would be a learning, skill developing experience. At that age, and especially in a town that had never seen soccer before, I agreed with the strategy. In my opinion, one good reason for deviating from that strategy would be to pull someone who was not making an effort.
 

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Ahh, the beauty of youth soccer... the clock keeps ticking as they drag the casualties off the field and the game is over in an hour. (y)
Not sure what kind of soccer they play up there but I have worked with our local youth soccer league - ages 4-14 and about 300 kids participating in each fall and spring - and i only know of one injury that required a doctor's care and that was where two somewhat non-athletic 13 year old girls collided an done fell backwards and popped her collarbone. Others have been taken to the doctor but no care was required. Considering all the hours of soccer and the number of players and coaches, etc I would say that is a great record.

We also are very strict on how rough they can play, having the right equipment, and focus on learning the game and having fun and not on winning the game. Of course the kids keep score but number one is for a kid to ahve fun at a sport because then they will play it when they are not at practice or a game and that is when they will get good.
 

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Soccer is a beautiful game once you understand it. It is one of the few games that once the game starts the coach is mostly out of it and the players have to think for themselves - they decide how to set it up and play the game. It is very tough for coach to be heard across a field that large and most of the good coaches aren't. It is also good training for a lot of general physical skills that all players develop such as balance, coordination, breathing, running, endurance, how to kick, positioning, etc. Things that are applicable to many other sports. Our local high school football coach who fought soccer coming twenty years later grudgingly admitted that the player she had that had played in our local rec soccer league were better athletes in general.

The other thing about soccer is that you can continue with it after organized sports as it takes virtually no equipment and any open grass area can be your field, play with as many players as you have, and push it to a high level or just have fun. The local indoor league has a non-competitive division where adults just come for exercise and to do something as team that is fun.

As far as the most boring spectator sport - precision air rifle. You wait all day for the thirty minutes that your child's team is shooting. You can watch them shoot but you really cannot see much even with binoculars. After they are done shooting they take the targets away to score them and you wait for the score. I find it even worse than cross country when you get to see them take off and then at the finish line.
 

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I like Cross Country as a sport. IN NW WI, they run in beautiful places, spectators cheer for gifted runners from opposing schools, and the last runner to cross the finish line gets rousing cheers. Seems to have the best sportsmanship of the fans.
 

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I never could get interested in soccer. Don't understand the rules.
 

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I like Cross Country as a sport. IN NW WI, they run in beautiful places, spectators cheer for gifted runners from opposing schools, and the last runner to cross the finish line gets rousing cheers. Seems to have the best sportsmanship of the fans.
One of our kids ran cross country. It was very fun to watch what you could. Some courses were so heavily wooded or hilly that you had to pick a spot where they might run past you once or twice, then hustle back to the finish line before they get there. Our kid was kinda strange in that she'd PR on the hardest, hilliest courses, and kinda fall off her game on the flat ones. Some kinda psychological thing. She ended up being city champ on the 2nd team her senior year.
 

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Not sure what kind of soccer they play up there but I have worked with our local youth soccer league - ages 4-14 and about 300 kids participating in each fall and spring - and i only know of one injury that required a doctor's care and that was where two somewhat non-athletic 13 year old girls collided an done fell backwards and popped her collarbone. Others have been taken to the doctor but no care was required. Considering all the hours of soccer and the number of players and coaches, etc I would say that is a great record.

We also are very strict on how rough they can play, having the right equipment, and focus on learning the game and having fun and not on winning the game. Of course the kids keep score but number one is for a kid to ahve fun at a sport because then they will play it when they are not at practice or a game and that is when they will get good.
When I got into the high school boys level, there was an "incident" that set me on edge. I went for medical training and ended up with the National Ski Patrol "Out Door Emergency Care" program.

I still use the the training as a full time active member of our mountain rescue group. But don't coach anymore.

eta

In perspective. At age 50, I was feeling "old", didn't want to jump in or out of pickup beds and that sort of thing.

I started playing soccer with a local "run what you brung" group Guys and gals, young and old (we did have to cut out the high schoolers, they were too fast!

Perked me right up, my agility improved 100% and a lot of fun was had.
 

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Offsides in Soccer; when the attacking team has control of the ball, once past the mid field line, that team can not have a player between the goal and a defensemen when the ball is played forward.
 
 
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