BECOME A SOCCER (PLAYER) MOM
Soccer Mom. Be honest, when you read that you pictured a woman who drives a minivan and shuttles her kids to practices and games. She cheers for her kids and sits on the sideline talking to the other Soccer Moms about parent teacher meetings and whether she should buy an Instant Pot or not.
These Moms are dedicated, and I love and respect them. I am one (minus the minivan).
How I might differ though is that I decided to become a Soccer Player Mom.
I grew up playing sports, but never soccer. My kids started to play when they were about 3 years old, and I was able to guide them at that age, but as they progressed in the sport and moved into competitive play, I found that not only is soccer an exciting game to watch - it looked like fun to play.
My husband, Greg, and I were invited to join a co-ed team and I was eager, but very reluctant. I didn't know how to play, I understood the rules but had no skill, no ball control, no experience. But I did it anyway.
That first year was fun, and I wasn't very good, and I loved it. Greg soon suggested I find a Women's team to join. I worried I wasn't good enough, but I joined the Wildcats FC, who at the time were new women's team (35+). Our coach had a tryout and I worked as hard as I could to make the team. They are an amazing group of women that I am so fortunate to have found, led by talented, patient and dedicated coaches.
I have been playing for about six years now. I'm still not very good, and I still love it. My kids cheer me on, they coach and guide me, and they always give me positive feedback and don't make me feel bad when I make a mistake. They've taught me to be a better player and spectator and to be more patient and positive in the feedback I give them. Greg and I still play coed soccer together and we go watch each other play when we can.
I am so happy that I decided to take a chance and learned to play. I can honestly say it has changed my life. I encourage any Soccer Mom who thinks it looks like fun to try it, you won't regret it. Check out our drop in and league pages and Play the Field.