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  1. Hi, I'm relatively new to the hive and thought to seek out anybody who has BTDT. DD has been taking lessons with Coach for about 1.5 years. Our family is pretty relaxed about her sport/extra-curricular activities. We are in no way competitive at this (really any?) stage of life. DD chose this sport herself and is generally pretty happy at it. This is her fun "thing." Whatever her fun thing is, we support it and cheer her on. We do gently remind her that if she wants to learn and master any skill in life, not just sports, that it would require practice. If it ever got to a point where I had to "nag" her to practice then we would back off and either stop the activity or take a short break. This week during lessons, Coach grew impatient with DD's regression of skills. Coach started yelling at DD that she was doing it wrong, which made DD shut down emotionally and tune her out, which then further irritated Coach. The lesson ended with DD leaving and crying. I had a difficult time just watching all of this. I am still getting upset just typing this out. I know that practice and hard work are required to overcome any difficulty but I'm not so sure about all of the yelling and berating. I talked to DD immediately after the lesson, throughout the day after we returned home, and even this morning just to check in on her emotional well being. I let her know that if she ever wanted to stop or change coaches, that she could. She finally admitted after some prodding that she didn't like Coach yelling at her BUT that she didn't want to stop. We then took a little train field trip to clear our heads and hearts today (such is the beauty of homeschooling :) ). Have any parents had to witness coaches/teachers yelling at their child? What did you do to encourage your child afterwards? Did you stay with the same coach? I tried to talk to Coach afterwards for anything constructive to help and Coach simply said, "She doesn't listen." That left me at a loss of words to respond with. I agree that DD does need to practice in order to get better but I don't want to traumatize her youth either.
  2. I've gotten frustrated with suburbia. This is probably more of a vent than anything else, since I can't think of one constructive way to broach the issue and I can't even vent to my friends, since they are the offenders. I have 3 kids and we decided before they were old enough to participate in any "extras" that we would allow each child 2 days/nights of extracurriculars. If the chosen activity required a practice and a game schedule, that would count as their 2 day allotment. Each of my children are in scouts and gymnastics. These 3 scheduled events take up somewhere between 1.5 -2.5 hours of our Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays including drive time. Except for Monday nights, all the activities are scheduled before public school kids even get out. Our afternoon/evening schedule is clear on Tuesday-Sunday by design. I'm so thankful that we only have 3 time commitments a week for our 3 kids, as they participate together in gymnastics. I don't think I could handle another day of rushing to this or that. We don't participate in coops because it's too stressful to have another scheduled day. Every other Sunday evening we participate as a family with a church group. We adults have other, less frequent commitments, but mainly, we make time for family, friends, and my sanity. Recently, my sister-in-law called to say her kids really want to see their cousins and to ask when could we get together? (they live 40 minutes away). Her kids go to a university model school on MWF, have soccer practice 3 nights a week, karate another night, soccer games all day on Saturdays, and a church activity every Sunday evening. Well...it doesn't sound like they have much time for us. (Their Wednesday night soccer practice was rained out, so we saw them then because we were available.) My kids wanted to play with the next door public school friends, but they are only available on Mondays for 1 hour (dinner hour) between activities. Our homeschooling neighbors organize their day differently (school in the afternoon, while my kids are playing) and have activities every night too. Even some people in our church group are not participating on Sunday nights because they are playing chauffeur for their teens activities on Sunday evenings. These are just a few examples of recent interactions that prevent my kids from forming and maintaining relationships. Though we have made a point not to over-schedule ourselves, others have not and my kids are suffering. Friends met in scouts and gymnastics are too busy to be friends outside of that scheduled time. Even our own cousins are so over-booked that we can't find an evening or weekend to spend together. Unfortunately, we also school year round, so my kids aren't available for some summer events, though we do our best to be flexible. I bend over backwards in the summer to make my kids available for friends and still get our school work done. I live and grew up in the Bible Belt. Sundays have always been family days, church days, and days of rest. I just don't understand the scheduling of so many activities on Sunday and it adds to the hurt that I'm feeling for my kids. My kids have many acquaintances, but no deep friendships. Fortunately, they are close in age and love to play together, but I need my daughter to have a girl friend. Even her female cousins are 4 years younger and too busy. Are most children suffering from this lack of friends like mine? If their acquaintances are too busy going from one organized activity to another, are they even building actual friendships? How do we meet children who actually have time to be friends?
  3. I signed my kids up for soccer this spring. Both wear glasses and I'm wondering if that will be a problem. I can't afford to buy them the special sports glasses. Do I need to buy them one of those straps that keeps them tight on the head? They will be playing in a hs league that is not super competitive. Am I over thinking this? What has your experience been with soccer and kids who wear glasses?
  4. I got a question for the Americans (and really for anyone) Do you have State Games? I don't think I've ever heard of them. My daughter is just back from the Winter Quebec Games and I don't think there's anything comparable in the States. It's basically like mini-Olympics. All sports are represented (this year, they had 22 sports). The province is divided by regions. Each region has its own flag and compete against the other regions for the most medals. There's an opening ceremony, and a closing ceremony, an athlete village, etc... The only thing missing is a doping committee ;-) It's a pretty big thing here (we also have the Canada Games that are similar but country-wide) Just wondering if there's anything like that elsewhere? Opening Ceremonies
  5. I think this still has to go to the State Senate, but the Virginia State Bill to permit homeschoolers to try out for public school sports teams passed the House today. :hurray: It makes me so pleased to consider that we could make decisions about homeschooling based on academics, maturity, and opportunities for growth without having to factor in the ability to compete in sports too. (And it's funny how different my point of view is now, with a hard working club athlete than it was a decade ago with little kids. Glad life lets us change our minds.)
  6. I need help thinking this through... Our kids have been involved in competitive swimming for two years. The girls are good...really good! There are, at this point, no limits to what they might reach. Ds is a different story. He started later and has always been on the lower end of the group. Even though he is evolving fine, we (dh and I) would be surprised to suddenly find him anywhere in the "top-crowd". Ds enjoys swimming, he likes the group, the trainers, everything! I am feeling increasingly insecure about the "justification" for spending 12-15h per week (door to door, but without counting the competitions!) for an activity "that won't lead to anything"... I know this sounds harsh, particulary when considering that ds is happy about his life as a swimmer, but still, I am having a hard time with settling with this kind of time-investment, "just for fun"! Ds' swimming will have a more considerable impact on his life (and family life in general) than ever before, this coming year. Why do your kids participate in competitive sports? What if you can exclude the world-championship and the Olympics:tongue_smilie:? Thank you for thinking this through with me! I pretty much grew up without sports (which I regret!), so this is new...and I feel so "unsettled" with my opinion on this topic.
  7. Dd is on a volleyball team. Today they had a huge scrimmage game. They played a total of 6 games. Dd is new to the game but does well and tries extremely hard. She was put in the first game until the middle of the game. Next game she subbed for about 6 mins. That was it for her playing time. There were two girls on the team that would call the ball, stand there and just look at it as it hit the floor and then look around like "what just happened?" Really!?! These two played every game! Of course the "favorites" that played every game. There are only 15 girls on this team. Now Moving on to the last game..our team won that game by 25-1. Come on why weren't the inexperienced girls..even if they should be called that..,able to play in that game??? The coach..assistant coach actual..main coach wasn't there...asked to play the last team again to break the tie...only two games per team for this scrimmage, normally 3 in a real game. He was told no since they had to clean up the gym. Now this " assistant coach" is a father to one of the girls who played 5.5 games subbed for a half of game. The actual coach does not have kids on the team. I don't know his reason for not being there. We have been told by coach and this assistant that my dd is doing WONDERFUL and that she is an assets to the team I was furious when we left, I sat for 6 hrs..9:30-3:30..on very hard bleachers for nothing. We could have went home at 10:30, after the first game. Now my dd tells me on the way home that a parent asked the assistant coach why his dd was not getting more playing time and he told him that she needed more practice. Dd said that he told his dd what the coach said..this girl was heart broken, my dd very upset. Don't tell these girl that they are doing great and then crush them at a game! Also that one of the "what just happened" girls doesn't even want to play, that her mother is forcing her. WHAT!!! Now I am even more furious! My dd said she is going to talk to the main coach on Monday about the situation. I told her that was up to her and if she felt that I needed to say something that I would..which I feel like I should. There are 3 games that are over an hour drive for us, I am seriously thinking if we stay with this team that we won't go. I will be livid if she does play after an hours drive and then a longer drive home due to rush hour traffic. I really appreciate if you made it to the end of my rant!
  8. My ds8 broke his right arm last week, a buckle fracture. It didn't have to be set, but he does have a waterproof fiberglass cast. The PA who examined him made it sound like he should restrict ALL his activity, offered to write him an excuse for PE if he needed one, and when I asked about baseball, said "No way." He also told him that he shouldn't ride his brand new bike. All this my son has complied with, though it seems excessive to me. I can't see that there would be any harm in him playing baseball for his team, though I WOULDN'T let him bat or run the bases because of the chance that if he ran into another kid, he could hurt the other kid with his cast. Those of you who have had kids with broken arms, did your child continue with normal activity? Baseball?
  9. I've looked into sports for dd(6) and it can be quite expensive when you are on a tight budget. What are some of the less expensive sports to try? What do you usually pay for them? (If you don't mind my asking about $$) Thanks!
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