DATE: 08/21/2009 06:31:27 AM
*Que the ‘Sunday Night Football Intro Music’…*
Well, it’s August and you know what that means….pre-season football on TV and local football practices going on all around the country. This year is my first time being part of that local football family. We live in a great subdivision where there are many young kids near my kids’ age. Most of the boys will be playing Tykes football this fall for the “Little Panthers”, so you know that my son was right in there with them begging us to let him play. Next step….having his sister begging to be on the Little Panther cheeerleading squad.
Well, I have been the parent who has always had my kids involved in at least one activity (soccer, gymnastics, ice skating, t-ball) so of course I said yes. I didn’t realize exactly what I was getting myself, and them, into. Now, don’t get me wrong, we are VERY excited to have the twins involved in this, but talk about a commitment! This is the type of team where 5-6 year old boys practice 3 time a week for 2 hours each practice. Cheer squads practice twice a week. AND, it’s a “traveling team”. It’s been interesting getting into this schedule for us just as the twins started Kindergarten. But, we’re doing it.
The boys are doing extremely well for their age. The moms, well, we’re just trying not to jump up and run out on the field to grab our sons and hug them to pieces. It seems like at least several boys each practice take a hard hit, or decide they don’t want to play, or are not listening to the coaches. The coaches, who rival any NFL coach in terms of passion for this game, sometimes scare the moms to death! But, we’re learning to let go a little and have our little boys learn what it means to play the game. It’s football. There WILL be hard hits. There WILL be bruises. There also WILL be fun, great plays, and great memories made.
The girls are doing a FANTASTIC job learning cheers. They are SO cute and have such a good time. Last night was the first night practicing with pom poms and they cheered like it was a real game. The girls are a litte harder to keep focused because they are so excited about being on the sidelines…NEAR BOYS…that all they can do is giggle about which boys they like.
It sounds like we are in for a couple months of a hectic schedule. But, what a great feeling to see my kids so excited about a sport. WE LOVE FOOTBALL!!!