Tips for an All-Day Kids’ Sport Event
Today was my 9-year old’s opening ceremony for baseball season. The kids have been SO excited about this!! It’s an all-day event where they take their pictures, hang out with their teammates, and play against another team.
Since this is our first year as an organized sport’s family, I had no idea what to expect.
Logically, I knew I needed a cooler with drinks and snacks. Concession stands are open…but that’s a lot of money to shell out when we can just bring our own food.
Since my husband wasn’t about to come off our cooler (he had to work today), I asked my ex-husband if I could borrow his. He said he would bring it over Friday night…he forgot.
Fortunately, my husband had this teeny, tiny, itty, bitty little cooler that he doesn’t use…. for me and two kids…at an all-day sports event. This doesn’t look promising.
Lessons from Today
Find out ahead of time what color pants, belt, and socks the kids need to wear.
Otherwise your coach will text you the day before, and you have less than 24 hours (some of those where you are stuck at work) to find a store that has the items in stock. I got lucky…my friend didn’t.
When you are spraying down every inch of your kids’ bodies with sunscreen, don’t forget to spray yourself too…. especially the back of your neck and cleavage area. Otherwise you will be sitting here at night, burning up, with goofy tan lines.
Find a babysitter for your 6-year old that doesn’t understand (and therefore has a complete meltdown in front of the other parents that you are desperately trying to make friends with) that there will be times where you have to stand quietly (like, during the National Anthem), in the 90-degree blaring sun.
Trust me on this one, you’ll save an hour out of your time having to run him to your 15-year old son to watch (who was fast asleep and took ten minutes to understand that you are asking him to babysit.)
It is perfectly ok to leave your cooler in your car when you are walking back and forth between opening ceremonies, pictures, and warm-ups…however, when the game is ready to start, bring the cooler to the bleachers with you.
It’s amazing how much water a thirsty 9-year old can consume when he is playing baseball in 90-degree weather…in the blaring sun…at 1:30pm in the afternoon.
All of a sudden, you’re not so excited about all of the exercise you’re getting (especially since you’ve been getting that exercise since 9:00 am.
Definitely bring snacks…but bring money for the concession stands too. The players got tickets for a free hot dog and soda, and after walking from one side of the complex to the other (multiple times) …you start drooling and have the desire to bully your kid into handing over the goods.
Saves a lot of heartache, and future therapy fees, if you just get our own…especially if you picked up your 12-year old son when you dropped off your 6-year old, and he has the same desire in his eyes.
I have to say, despite the heat, and the “trial by fire”, we had an AWESOME time! Our team won 11-3, and Gage got two runs for his team.
Learn the baseball lingo before you post on Facebook that your son got two homeruns…apparently, it’s not the same thing.