If you are a sports mom, you are not reading this on Saturday morning. You will maybe get to reading this early Sunday morning, or maybe even Monday, but probably not at all on Saturday. You woke up this morning with a full slate of games and errands and corresponding actions regarding uniforms, equipment bags, water bottles, and snacks.
Maybe you're not even waking up in your own bed? Maybe you're in a hotel with your child's teammates for an out-of-town tournament searching through the Yellow Pages for a pharmacy to buy allergy medicine or somewhere to eat that isn't McDonalds (not that I have anything against McDonalds :)
Saturdays feel like all the sections of a woman's magazine smashed together for four different people in a twelve hour time frame: "10 Reasons to Warm Up Before Exercising," "Recipes for On-the-Go Families," "Travel Tips," "Getting Out Grass Stains," "What Not to Wear," "Handling Credit Card Debt," "Cleaning Your House in 15 Minute Intervals," and a feature article: "Real Life Drama: I Never See My Husband Anymore."
No wonder moms love the internet...we need a place to learn and share. It's that simple.
Sports Moms have lots of sites to consult if they are coaches or managers, or scorekeepers, or looking for information on concussions. But there are not a lot of sites featuring experienced moms who have a wonderful perspective on the craziness that sports bring to the average family.
I want to tell you about "Dear Sports Mom" written by Laura Mooney. I have a permanent link on the right side of this blog. Laura's family is deeply involved in team sports, from youth to college and even the professional level. Her husband runs BioForce Baseball, a popular local baseball instruction facility. As parents, coaches, and fans, they have first-hand knowledge of what's going on in the typical sports family. Bookmark her site, and enjoy her wisdom.
Full Disclosure: Though I have never met Laura in person, our son worked out at BioForce this off-season. It was a time and financial commitment that we were lucky enough to be able to invest in. The confidence and skill development helped move him onto a team this spring that he only dreamed about...but I'm gonna write more about that later :)