A gallery of love letters

In my volunteer role as a league administrator, I get a lot of email. In technical terms, I believe a shit ton of email better describes the volume. Most of it is pretty ordinary– operations, deadlines, information stuff. Until someone gets mad about something, and then they fire off a nasty gram that could blister paint. I have developed pretty thick skin over the years so it’s not really upsetting to me (well, the grammar and spelling is upsetting, but not the content). Lately, following the word art trend, I’ve been inspired to think of some this correspondence in a new way, and have picked a few of my favorites with which to explore my creative side. All are real, unedited emails from coaches, managers or refs of youth teams and may contain some salty language. Without further disclaimer, I present, for your enjoyment, the Email from Coaches Word Art Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

Put some eHarmony into your sports tryouts

Merry Go Round

Start the spinning! It's tryout time. Photo Creative Commons via Rob Grant

No part of sports is more stressful for players, coaches and parents than those few weeks each season when we try to figure out where we’ll spend endless hours and tons of money. The carpet baggers run from tryout to tryout. Youth coaches suddenly have a slew of new best friends. Deals are made. And unmade. Personally, I think everyone should just throw their shoes into a pile and pull them for random team assignments but no one has taken me up on that one yet. So how do you survive? Think Fiddler on the Roof here and allow me to play tryout Yenta. Because really, it’s just like dating. And that’s so much fun, right?

Matchmaker, matchmaker
First, stop worrying about getting your kid on the best team and just look for the right team. You should be looking for a good match for your player and your family, not plotting the total domination of the sports world. Read the rest of this entry »