We had a parents meeting last night for the "competitive league" baseball team that my son is now on. The season doesn't begin until March, but never hurts to start early, I guess.
The coach is a very friendly, likable guy. Wants the kids to come out of this loving baseball--says that's more important than winning. He is also extremely organized, and distributed an information sheet that should become a template for campus memos and information packets, which are typically dense and not so informative. And he even blocked off a week and a half for spring break, so that we could all go on vacations (if that sounds routine to you, you either don't have a child on a sports team or you have an abnormally reasonable coach like us).
I'm already accustomed to getting him to practices 3x/wk. But I hadn't realized what "tournaments" involve. They are 3 day trips to other cities! And there will be 4 or 5 of them. How, exactly, does that fit into my already hectic life?
Actually, the more I think about it, all I have to do is drive some kids 2-4 hours away, watch a few games, make sure they don't burn down the hotel or something in their off-hours, and then drive them back. If spouse and I trade off rather than both go, I could get a lot of work done. My daughter is much more time-consuming than that!