Monday, October 27, 2008

Try Outs

Soccer season is almost over and basketball is about to begin. I love basketball! I have to say, the boys are very good at both sports. My little guy made 11 goals on Saturday. My middle guy, the coach says, is the power kicker on his team, and my oldest has emerged as really the star of the his team. Personally, soccer stresses me out. Not sure why, it just does. 

I love basketball. I understand basketball. OK, I spent much of last year involved in my oldest boys club club/traveling basketball team. He had no less than two, usually three or more games plus practices each week. So I really got into it. 

Today we had tryouts for two of the boys' CYO teams. My youngest guy still plays for YMCA as CYO begins in 3rd grade. CYO divides the teams up into A and B teams. In our school, in the third grade, we tend to divide them up more evenly and not really do A and B. But as it turned out, it looks like we have most of the "A" players on one team. They are calling it the "Apples" and "Oranges" team this year. This is new. Our Athletic Director is new this year, hence the teams being named after fruit. Actually, I like it because the kids, theoretically, will not feel badly about where they end up this first year. Uh, not so. There was HUGE drama with one of my friend's friend...well, my friend, too.
Her kid did not get on the "Oranges"team with our kids and he is soooo upset. So is she. She has a bunch of other kids at that school, he is not the first, good GOD she should be done with this sort of drama. But, he is upset, she is upset.
Turns out the really good players are all on the "Oranges" team and when we were leaving this kid, who is on that team remarked, "the orange team is the A team!" 

I think he may be right, but there are some decent players on the other team as well. It is just that the REALLY good ones happen to have been put on one team. The kids figured it out really fast. 

Here is the thing, though, the other schools will have A and B teams and will expect us to as well. We will be up against those teams and it is VERY competitive. I know it is supposed to be fun, and it is, but it is intense too, because at some point some of these kids want to play in high school and college. 

Anyone watch basketball? Rob Jones from the University of San Diego went to our school. We have had other athletes come out of here, but no one who is on T.V. presently. Oh, there was someone from this past olympics, but I have no idea who, it was before our time. Anyway, I don't know if it is as crazy everywhere, but it is here.

All I meant to tell you was that today was tryouts.

I was told that my oldest boy is also on the "A" team. I had no doubt about Christiaan as he has always been on the "A" team and is one of the best players in the class. 

As much as my kids love soccer, I will not be too sad to see it end. The only part that makes me sad is that my boys come home so proud after a game well-played. They just LOVE it!
I hope they have the same experience this year with basketball. I just prefer watching the game so much more. I prefer the pace. It does not frustrate me....as much and, like I said,  I understand it!

I also can't wait for the college and NBA games to start!


9 comments:

Tawnya said...

Congrats to them both!!! Parents in kids sports sometimes need to remember that it is a game. I understand that this child wanted to be with your kids, however, sometimes that is not realistic. It is okay for the kid to be upset because he is after all , a kid, but for the mom to be all dram queen, that is not cool....

garnett109 said...

I never got into sports but i sure did love to fish

lunarossa said...

WOW, Laura, it seems that you have a couple of David Beckhams in the making! What really matters is that they really enjoy playing. Drama queen mums are all over unfortunately and they stress the kids terribly. I like basketball but it is not popular here, whilst it is in Italy. When I was at Uni in Turin (many moons ago) I met a lovely US basketball player called Michael Gibson who played in Italy for several years. He was a friend of a volleyballer friend of mine so we used to get free tickets to the matches. Lucky days! All the best. Ciao. Antonella

Jeannette said...

Well I cannot comment on sport, we do not follow English sport and I know even less about American. Still, I wanted to wish you a good day.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I think it is a generational thing. We did not grow up with soccer, so just do not enjoy it as much. We do not follow NBA much anymore, but enjoy our local Notre Dame BB, and always watch my Alma Mater Illinois when I can :o)

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Beth said...

Honey, we're Hoosiers. It's a state law that we have to love basketball. ;)

Amy said...

My nephew made varisty as a freshman on his schools's soccer team this year. I was like 'uhhmm.....yay?' I have no idea what's going on when anyone talks sports. LOL I just hear that Charlie Brown teacher....

SHOOBIE HUNTER said...

NEVER GOT INTO SPORTS..BUT I DID LOVE TO WALK ALOT AND STILL DO...HUGS