The Tipping List
Tips for Newbie Soccer Moms
What I learned from just one game
By: Julie Evans
I officially became a soccer mom this week, as my 4-year-old son started his first soccer season. While I still have a lot to learn, I gathered a lot from just one short game:
1. Bring Chairs. There are no bleachers or grandstands. You will stand the entire time if you don’t bring some folding chairs. The kind that compress and fit in little sling bags seem to be popular and convenient.
2. Don’t forget a water bottle. No one tells you this; you’re just supposed to know. Believe me, if you forget to bring water, you will later regret it when your sweaty, thirsty child runs to you and you have nothing.
3. Keep an umbrella in your car. They don’t cancel the game just because it’s pouring rain outside – they keep playing, even if the players are only 4! It can be cold and miserable sitting (or standing!) for an hour with raindrops running down your face.
4. Be prepared for disparity in skill levels. Even though your child is only 4, you will soon find out that some of these children have been honing their soccer skills since before they could walk. They will dribble like a pro, steal, shoot and bend it like Beckham while your virgin player spins in circles and wanders off the field in search of the playground.
5. Have a sense of humor. Some parents are already showing their colors as that mom or dad, playing the role of crazed fan, screaming like a crazy person and scowling every time your mediocre player hits the field. Just smile, take it all with a grain of salt and remember you’re doing it for your child, to expose him or her to a sport – and hopefully to have a little fun.