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?
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 »