I'm writing this just a few hours after my husband and middle son got home from East TN where his baseball team played in a tournament. This is a tournament that would have qualified them to play in a super big tournament in Disney World in early August. If you have followed the weather at all....then you know it has rained for 739 days straight here in Tennessee. Seriously.
Boats and snorkels are a hot commodity right now. Needless to say, their tournament was rained out. HUGE SURPRISE!!!
Rain....move along please. Sun....you may come out now.
Ok, back to my most frustrated thoughts that I truly just need to spit out when it comes to parenting and the decisions we are making for our kids.
What about these dads and coaches that are stacking teams with studded out players and play 12 months a year and work them 12 months a year and they can't play another sport and it's breathe breathe breath, eat eat eat, sleep sleep sleep that specific sport.
Let me clarify...that is NOT us. NOPE. NADA.
But, apparently some coaches and dads think it is perfectly fine to pick and choose their team so they can be all studded out. And, they pick and choose their team throughout the season. A team could change from tournament to tournament. Is that even fair?? Yes and no, but I can't explain rules.
Did you catch something I said above??? PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR TEAM TO STUD YOURSELF OUT!!!!
Did I tell you they are 11 years old??? Ok, let me tell you.....they are 11 years old.
Do we think we are going to make them into driven adults who can go after whatever they want??
Or....are we going to burn them out and cause them to possibly give up on something earlier in life than they should want to?
I'm just a little confused. Driven or burned out...driven or burned out???!!! Hmmmm....
What are we trying to teach our kids?? At the age of 11??? Can you remind me again??
When did this become ok??
Again, I'm confused and tad bit concerned for some kiddos.
What kind of coach do your kids have?? What are you hoping to get out of their sporting experience??? Would you let your kid move from team to team to be a stud?? Are you living out dreams through your kids???
Blah blah blah...I'm kind of sick of the new "elite" thing I've been exposed to at the age of 11.
Yuck. Sick. Gross.
I am definitely competitive, but I know where to do draw the line. I love sports. There is a world out there of million dollar backers and private jets and all expenses paid for 11 year old teams. Yes there are. GROSS.
Ok, I feel better now. Carry on.