It’s that time of year again, well, it’s a lot of times of year again in my world…teacher appreciation week, allergy season, end of school year (17 days left of school), summer camp registration/planning, and the time I’m referring to with today’s post, soccer season tryouts. Yup, soccer tryouts begin for our club next week. Back in March of 2014, I wrote about being anxious for my then 7-year-old’s upcoming soccer tryouts. My son didn’t make the team and some of the coach’s comments at tryouts really left a bad taste in my mouth, I can still recall them three plus years later. Based on that experience, and thanks to our move from Connecticut to Florida, I found a new club that I loved the training philosophy of, coaching, and overall structure. And, as is the way with time, we have fast forwarded into the future, my former 7-year-old son is the ripe old age of 10-years-old now, ending his 11U Soccer Season and trying out for 12U Jr. NPL Travel or Select team.
I’m not as anxious as I was three years ago, but I must admit I am a bit nervous. Three years ago, I thought making 7-year-olds tryout was ridiculous and a bit cruel. Now, I’m thinking that while I want my #1 to compete at the highest level he can, I don’t want this level to be too much for him. Also, wow oh wow, do competition levels increase quickly. It seems only a blink of the eye ago he was playing recreational soccer and now he is playing on teams with state and national rankings. As many of my fellow mom conversations lately turn to soccer tryouts, I take comfort that I’m not alone in my sentiments. In fact, we parents, probably are more emotionally invested in the tryout process than our boys and girls.
These feelings we have as parents are part of the elusive “I never understood until I had kids” list. I didn’t realize that my mother and father might be more deeply affected by things such as tryouts than I was as the one “actually trying out”. Sometimes, I feel like I’m holding my breath to see the results, while my boys are just breathing deep from the exertion. Not that I ever try to project my jumbled emotions onto my children – I hope I succeed in this. Fingers crossed, I do my best. I love that my #1 isn’t nervous at all about his upcoming soccer tryouts. I’ll hold all those nerves myself. Oh, and please help me when both my boys are trying out, luckily at 9-years-old my #2 while participating in tryouts won’t experience any cuts at his 10U level, I have two more years before that stress. Happy Soccer Tryout Season!