Sporting life

by , posted on January 20th, 2011 in Mama Kat's Writing Workshop

I want my kids to play sports.

Yes. I said it.

Sports teach teamwork and respect and competition and how to win and, almost more important, how to lose. Plus, you run around a lot.

It has not occurred to me to search out art classes. I haven’t looked for piano lessons.

Not because I don’t think these things have value. They absolutely do. It’s just not on my radar. Now, if one of them comes to me and specifically asks, then yes, I will explore those opportunities for them (and in full disclosure, Sawyer gets to go to a science camp in the summer).

Let me be clear: my kids play outside, they ride skateboards and Razors and bikes. They run around like maniacs with swords and nerf guns. Sage plays with Barbies and My Little Pony. Sawyer plays his DSi and with his Bey Blades.

They are even allowed to just veg. Because I believe in down time. I do.

But when it comes to extra stuff?

Summer is swimming. Fall is soccer. Winter is gymnastics for Sage and since Sawyer didn’t want to play basketball, he got a few months off. But spring? Little League.

For Sage, it’s her first year playing softball.

I heard it was cute. The girls get nicknames, learn cheers, run around, have snack.


So imagine my surprise when I got the email from her coach with the practice schedule.

Friday, 4 to dusk.

Saturday, game.

Sunday, 9:30-11 a.m.


What? WHA?

Hi! They’re FIVE! Two practices sandwiched around a game? Every day of the weekend?

And then.

We went to the Meet Your Team day to, you know, meet our team.

Eleven girls. And a coach who, thankfully, gets that sometimes the butterfly flitting about center field will be infinitely more fascinating than the game for these kids.

The day is also when I learned the kids all get their helmets airbrushed. With their nickname and a design of their choice.

Of course Sage had to have one. We drove to three different stores trying to find an XXS helmet to fit her little tiny head. During the ride we asked Sage what nickname she’d like.

“I like my name,” she said.

“What about Sweet Lou?” I asked. It IS one of our nicknames for her, and, back in the 70s, I was a Yankees fan.




“Speedy? Turbo?”



So amidst Boo Boo Bear and Bam-Bam and Ally Cat and Totster and Little Hitter we have a Sagey.

That’s my girl.

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This post was based on the prompt “It has been said that kids these days are pushed into too many extra-curricular activities and are not given the freedom to play and be bored and to use their imaginations. Is this true?” from Mama Kat’s writers workshop.

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51 Responses to “Sporting life”

  1. Nichole Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Goodness, that’s a ridiculously cute helmet!
    I will be thinking about how flippin’ cute she is on Saturday and Sunday mornings when I’m leisurely sipping coffee in my jammies (for now).
    Just sayin’.
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  2. June Freaking Cleaver Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:31 am

    When my girls were little (they’re in their 30s now), softball didn’t start until they were 9. So they both tried co-ed Tball first. And my younger daughter continued with baseball as the only girl on the team.

    Some of the boys were not nice…and there’d never be an airbrushed helmet there.

    In softball, they all had personalized canteens – it was all the rage back then.
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  3. Solace Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Awwww.. She looks cute in that helmet! :)

    I want my future kids to play sports too, because my future husband is very athletic and I’m such a spaz. :P

    Kids these days are pushed to do too many things. I guess it’s sort of okay, because they have all this energy to run around and stuff. But there has to be a balance, of course. :)

    Sagey’s going to be the spice (or the wisdom? :P) of the team.. :P


  4. Erin Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Awww she is so cute! And I like Sagey…at least she likes her name. I hate my 1st name, despite what my mom thinks, that’s why I go by my middle name, always have.

    And? It’s so nice to see a girl into softball!


  5. MarytheKay Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Wow, fancy helmet!! Makes me feel all lame now…just 4 years ago, I kind of be-grudged shelling out $5 for the matching red visors. I thought, “They’re only in Kindergarten! Do they NEED matching visors.”

    I know. I’m holding up the “L” with my fingers right now. :-)


    Cheryl Reply:

    Ha! You are right, though. I don’t want to tell you how much that airbrushing cost. I was trying to steer her to pick the cheapest design, but she IS her mother’s daughter, after all…


  6. mjrodriguez Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Sage-a-nator indeed! ROFL.

    I don’t think you want a nickname that scars her for life. Sagey should stand better with the test of time.

    Love the helmet designs!
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  7. Dominique Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:08 am

    That’s a really cool helmet.. Love the personalised design on it.


  8. gigi Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    She’s awfully cute.

    But…. I have some pretty strong opinions on how out of control sports have gotten for little kids. Too much practice, too much pressure and too much expense.

    The airbrushed helmet has me seriously wondering if we should just stay in Austin.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Well, we didn’t HAVE to get it airbrushed. But you know how we are out in The OC about keeping up with the Jones’. One thing, there isn’t pressure for the games. At least, there wasn’t in soccer.



  9. JDaniel4's Mom Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I love the special helmet. I hope she loves softball!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    She’d better! lol


  10. cristina Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    the helmet is super cute.

    I think kids should try different things, and sports do teach valuable lessons like you said. For our family we will wait until they are at least 5-6 to start any activities. I honestly can’t imagine being out there in the field at 7 on a saturday morning, lol


  11. Kim @ This Belle Rocks Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    LOVE the airbrushing on her helmet!

    My kids are teenagers now and have played sports since the ages of five and four. It was tough sometimes, as they got older. Football practice was every. single. night. for about three hours, and then there were the times when both boys played baseball, but were in different age divisions, so we were literally out of the house every night of the week. I loved it, but I’m not sure I could do it again!

    Just stopping by via Mama Kat :)


    Cheryl Reply:

    Yes, my son will start Little League soon so Saturdays will be a challenge because they’ll both have games. And who knows when his practices will be, AND he plays during the week.

    All this with a toddler in tow. Always adds a little something special to those long days!


  12. Mrs.Mayhem Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    What a cutie pie! That helmet is awesome! I actually don’t think the schedule is that bad. It’s a shame that it cuts into both weekend days, though.


    Cheryl Reply:

    It’s not bad if she was our only kid. But add my 1st grader in Little League and a toddler to tote around, and it can get hectic!


  13. Paula Kiger Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Go, Sagey! I did this prompt too, and kind of wondered “what else is there to be said?” but I do think it is an important one from the standpoint of dialogue.

    I do struggle with the “no one keeps score” idea in little kids’ sports. Ask any kid and/or parent, and THEY can tell you the score, even if there’s not one “officially” being recorded!

    Hope the has a great season.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    HA! That is SO true. They always know the score!!


  14. Sara Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Very cool helmet. Now I sorta want to go get one with my nickname airbrushed. You know…for doing dishes, folding laundry, all those intense contact activities.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    All mothers should be required to wear helmets. Think of the possibilities! You could even use it to catch barf!


  15. Nicole Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Love the helmet! And it’s nice to know that although there is a lot of practices and a game in a few short days a week, that the coach understands it’s not ALL about the game!


  16. Carrie Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The helmet? Awesome. The expectations for FIVE YEAR OLDS??? A little insane.

    I’m not sure what sports my girls will do (still a bit young) but I know they will do something. They BOTH have energy to burn!
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  17. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Ok, well we know that I’m all about the accessories.

    So if I get a cute hat?

    I’m so in.
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  18. D @ the undomestic housewife Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Aww..that’s so cute.
    I’ve already told my husband that when we have kids, I want them to learn how to skate, swim, snowboard – all the things I don’t do well. Probably be involved in a team or something – building good skills.. :)


  19. Kimberly Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I was hardcore into softball as a kid. Loved. LOVED it. I remember having practices a lot too. I won’t even begin to tell you about All-star team tryouts and adding those practices in mix.
    PS. I would have killed for a helmet like that.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I have no clue whether she’ll like it or not. And I had NO idea about the airbrushed helmets. Since she’s only 6U I don’t think they have the all star stuff or tournaments. Thankfully.


  20. Jill Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    We don’t do airbrushed helmets around here, but we do stay super busy with sports like you guys. It’s the prompt I choose as well.
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  21. mommylebron Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Aw, she looks so cute! I think you have a good balance. My kids aren’t into extra-curriculars. I have a brood a word nerds who rather hang out at home reading, writing, and drawing!
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  22. Jen Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Hayden doesn’t like sports, he is just not that into them which is sad because he needs to run.

    So he swims.
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  23. Crystal Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    OMGosh could she look any cute in that helmet??!! What a doll….and those helmets are so awesome!

    We are a sports family…I mean, hubby and I met on our University’s track and field team! My boys play soccer, run XCountry, wrestle, and yes, baseball. THe 2 oldest are catchers complete with all their own gear! Nothing better than sitting at the ball field all day w/SPF80 slathered head to toe and chewin’ on some seeds!! Oh and watching my dudes!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I wanted to play sports SO BADLY when I was a kid but my mother didn’t want to drive me to all the practices, etc., so I didn’t get to do it. Now I’m probably overcompensating because if one of them expresses the slightest interest in something I sign them right up!


  24. Mad Woman Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    My children will play sports, if they love them. Maddy has had a batting T since she was 2, and she loves it.
    However, I too will be thinking of you as I sleep in this and every weekend until this boy is born.
    I’ve seen the outrageous schedules and have seen the melt down from doing too many activities. I’m pretty sure we’ll stick to one “scheduled” activity per child per season. But that day is yet to come, I could be eating my words.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I will toast you with my (spiked) coffee (I don’t even drink it, but for the sake of this comment, I’m going with it) in a few years, from across the soccer field.. ;)


  25. Rebecca Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    That helmet is insanely cute!

    I didn’t realize until after the fact that our little guy had gymnastics on Thursday, soccer on Friday and Swimming Saturday morning. But he was totally fine with it.

    He’s got energy for days….lucky kid.
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  26. KLZ Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I think sports can be artistic in their own way. It’s good to move.
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  27. Sherri Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Airbrushed helmets?? Good god, that’s cute….who knew?

    My kids have both been in one sport: soccer for my daughter (9th season coming up) and my son did about 5 of Little League. Music? Neither expressed an interest so I didn’t push it. If they seem to want to try something, I let them sign up, but usually only one thing at a time.

    She is so stinkin’ cute, Cheryl!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Thanks, Sherri! And I had NO idea about the helmets. Hers is SO big on her, though, even though it’s an xxs! Poor thing can’t see!


  28. Erin Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Rock on Sagey!!!

    Love the helmet – very cool!!

    I am a “Nathalete” – that is non-athlete to you sporty folks..

    My husband is an amazing athlete AND a fabulous coach…

    my kids do now, and I suspect always will play sports…

    and I dig it!! and this prompt and your post!!! Good stuff!
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  29. Shell Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Oh, how cute is she?

    When my oldest played t-ball when he was 4, they had 2 games a week for like 2 month. OMG, they were FOUR! He got tired of playing, got the ball when it came to him, and threw it over the fence and then asked if we could be done now.

    Damn, I wish I was blogging then.


    Cheryl Reply:

    That is HYSTERICAL! I love the way that boy thinks!!


  30. Renee(2old2tap) Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    That helmet is awesome. If they’d been doing that when my daughter was that age, she just might have played.
    She was/is a bookworm.
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  31. Veronica Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Wow, sweet helmet!

    Our kids do sports. Soccer, basketball, gymnastics, dance. Baseball will definitely be in our future.

    Never occurred to do music, we’ll see what happens around 5th grade.
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  32. blueviolet Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    That is seriously some sweet girlish bling! You are a fun mom and dad to do that for her!

    I’m thinking 5 nights a week is a bit excessive at that age, but not out of the norm unfortunately.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Well, only one night. But Friday, Saturday and Sunday! That is almost five nights a week!

    I’ve heard tell about softball necklaces. Speaking of bling. Sigh.


  33. joann Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    okay okay. As adorable and sweet as she is in that helmet, that practice schedule sounds like torture (for you at least). I mean, you might as well have put Derryl Strawberry on her head for all that work. And, no, I don’t know how to spell his name…so maybe I shouldn’t be having opinions over here at all.
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  34. Carri Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Wow, all that for five year olds?? Cute little helmet!


  35. Rudri Says:

    January 20th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    That is a bad ass helmet! Oh wait, can I say that? Seriously, it is cool.
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  36. Grams Says:

    January 21st, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I agree with you. My kids played baseball, kickball, basketball, and did gymnastics. Sports builds character. When I coached kickball, I sometimes had little girls doing cartwheels in the outfield. One of my favorite things.
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  37. Tonya Says:

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:33 am

    And so it begins, huh? I guess this is what I have to look forward to.

    Cool helmet, shitty schedule.
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  38. Amy @ Never-True Tales Says:

    January 24th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Yes, my kids are all into intense sports, but we found the tee-ball schedule to be worst of all! Love the helmets though! (Too bad you couldn’t talk her into Sweet Lou!)
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