A League Of Your Own

| October 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

At fields all over the county parents stand alongside soccer, football and field hockey games, cheering their children on.  Weekends are dedicated to running from one field to another in order to get out children to their games as much as an hour before kickoff.  We spend our weeknights juggling a schedule filled with homework, practices and dinners, usually in that order.  At least in our house, dinner can be served well after nine o’clock.

As a work at home mom, I can fit my workout in without being up at the crack of dawn or hoping to get in a couple of miles by running around and around our kid’s soccer field at practice.  Working moms are often catered to at the gym.  Classes ranging from Pilates to yoga to Clubbin’ Cardio are offered in the evenings but usually at the same time we find ourselves at practices.

Watching the fathers who stand alongside the field, itching to be out there themselves I often wonder how many of them have the time to be on teams of their own.  I have a few friends who have worked it into their schedules, playing futsal at the Maryland Sportsplex once a week or finding an adult soccer league for a few months of the year but for most, regularly scheduled games and practices is just too much.

What adults need is a once in a while opportunity.  A weekend here and there throughout the year when they can gather with a group of friends and play like kids again.  Apparently, I am not the only one who has thought about this.  Matt Reed, of the Severna Park Community Center, is organizing an event just for adults, a 3v3 Basketball Tournament.

Matt explained, “This is a great opportunity for dads to participate in a league of their own.  To come out for one day and be a part of a team.”  He suggested that people form teams based on neighborhoods – Chartwell vs. Shipley’s Choice, Chartridge vs. Hollywood. You might also want to form your teams based on your children’s teams -Green Hornets vs. Broadneck, Crofton vs. Bowie.  Or you might even want to make it more personal The Brennan’s vs. The Grace’s.

Our lives revolve around our children’s sports activities and every year their schedules intrude more and more on our own.  The Hoopin’ and Hollerin’ Basketball tournament is an opportunity to take a little time for yourself and do something good for the Community Center at the same time.  For more information visit The Severna Park Community Center’s Website.

Freelance writer, Ann lives in Severna Park with her husband and three children. When not at the gym or running outside, she spends every free minute chasing a four-year-old or running her older children to soccer fields all over two states. Read more by Ann at Ann’s Running Commentary and atPatch.com. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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