Does anyone else feel they are simply not qualified to be a sports parent?
I have a child who, according to coaches and others familiar with the sport, is a gifted athlete. She loves the sport, loves to play around with it in the backyard, consistently makes the top teams, won the state championship, etc. She's 11.
Other sports parents are so much more gung ho about the sport than I am. Don't get me wrong. I love to watch her play, because she loves to play. She's always smiling on the field. But her teammates are doing all sorts of extra training - weight training, speed training, agility training. I'm sure some training would benefit my child, but I don't necessarily want to spend the extra money. Plus, we have another child who is not athletically gifted, so we're trying not to make one child the golden child and the other an afterthought.
The kids are in a prestigious tournament this weekend. The tournament is out of town and involves games during the day on Friday. I'm just not gung ho about taking her out of school for a tournament. I know, I know, it happens a lot, and I respect other parents' decisions to do just that. I personally don't love it. I personally don't give two bits about how prestigious this tournament is. I'm tired of hearing other parents talk about how prestigious this tournament is.
My daughter hopes to play ball in high school. She's not thinking beyond that. But she does look at the fields at the high school and sigh longingly when we drive by. I want to help her realize this dream, if it stays with her for the next three years. But I'm just not sure I'm ready to sell the family soul and checkbook to keep up with the other families who are so much more dedicated than we are.
Sigh. I'm taking it a season at a time. You never know whether the drive will go or a knee will be injured. I just wish I had a few other sports parents who understood where I'm coming from.