Select Soccer Travel Rant
Here is my rant! why can’t we figure out a way to play some of these games at home?
Both of my kids play select soccer on a u15 select soccer team. They usually play 2 games on Sundays, but we travel 3 1/2 hrs to play in Arlington, TX in the APL.
Usually will have 4 to 6 trips a season and we will get up early on Sunday morning and drive there and return, the same day. Luckily for us they are on the same team this year! They have been on separate teams in the past and we have played games in two different locations in the DFW area, at various times. Every once in a while, we will go on Saturday, and stay over night, depending on hotel rates. And sometimes, they will play a few Sundays in a row and then we will get a break, like a bye week.
Sometime the weather can be an issue and extend the season longer! Like yesterday, we get there and the weather is rainy, play a half and then they canceled the rest of the game and the other for later that day. So we just wasted 3 1/2 hrs, to turn around and go back! Then we will have to make up the games!
Anyway! All the travel is really getting old and wears on us. Our schedules times this season are at 12pm and 4pm. So, while 12pm is good, 4pm is kind of late. We get back around 10:30 to 11, because we stop for a couple of breaks and sometimes stop and eat. So, it’s tiring and puts lots of miles on our car. And the next day, the kids are pretty tired, and they have school to go to.
Question? Why can’t we form a league where we play a couple of home games, and then next Sunday, we play a couple of away games. Make it more like a school sports schedule! We go to them, and then they come to us! Just makes sense to me!
Most of the teams we play, are a lot closer then we are. But we do play some from Waco, and Odessa TX area, so they have to travel as far as we do.
And unfortunately, my kids school doesn’t offer soccer, so to play, they have to play select or rec. But to play rec where we live would be a big step down. My kids aren’t soccer dynamo’s, but they are little higher skilled than rec. It would be a step back in their development. I guess we could just quit but I would hate to see them give it all up, after playing since they were 5 and 6 years old!
There has to be something better we can do!
Of course I am sure this is more about making money, then getting the kids to play the game of soccer!