I’m A Soccer Mom

At the end of the school year, one of my local friends announced that she was going to coach soccer and that I NEED to sign Angry Kid up.  Angry Kid was excited because three of his friends were going to be on the team also. 

Well, I thought I had recovered from t-ball last Spring, but here we go again.  We had our first team meeting last week, and Angry Kid got to meet all of the other kids on his team.  We set-up our practices and discussed games, snacks, etc.  Of course, I was that sucker who signed up to be Team Mom.  Which is fine by me, because I’m a total control, ahem I mean organizing freak.

Chaos on the desk: email, calendars, soccer paperwork.

I spent about two hours last Wednesday night making spreadsheets for all of the team’s information.  I feel bad for those poor AYSO organizers, because I have already emailed them twice.  The official game schedule doesn’t come out till next Tuesday, which is driving me a bit insane, because I want to get the calendar all done.  Luckily, Shutterfly has a great set-up for teams and schools to have a share site where you can put the calendar, pictures, and other information for the team, all in one place.  We used Shutterfly for school and t-ball last time, and it made everything much easier.

The funniest moment that I’ve had with all of this soccer stuff was the team name. The kids voted on “The Thunderbolts” as the team name. Although, Angry Kid wanted “The Predators”, go figure. But while I was typing the newsletter, etc. out, I kept typing, “The Thundercats”. If you grew up in the 1980’s, you would totally understand why I kept writing, The Thundercats.  Oooops, my bad.

Since this was Angry Kid’s first time playing soccer, we had to go and get some new gear. Because of my Twitter influence, or whatever you want to call it, I received a $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.  We made a trip there last week to pick everything out.

And of course, I just realized yesterday, that we need a duffle bag for all of this crap, I mean stuff. I thought we had an extra one, but somebody (me) went all crazy and cleaned out the garage last year. Plus, we had a little mouse problem. Our pet mice (not really, more like annoying mice), ate a ton of stuff in our garage. We had to toss everything.

So off to the sporting goods store, I go, again…

Disclosure: Thanks to Klout and Klout Perks for the $50 Gift Card for Dick’s Sporting Goods. From now until September 12, 2001, Dick’s Sporting Goods will donate $1 to the PACE Program every time you buy a pair of Athletic Sporting Shoes instore or online. I used the Dick’s Gift Card to purchase most of the soccer gear for my son. 

11 comments
perla
perla

i have been looking for an ipad app to help me organize all these including the referee fee i have to collect from parrents. any suggestions?

Katie E.
Katie E.

My oldest girl is playing soccer for the first time this year. We had to do the Dick's shopping trip too (my Klout wasn't good enough for a gift card though - that's awesome!) We don't have a team mom, but I wish we did. Th first game is next Saturday, and it's driving me crazy that we haven't seen any kind of schedule!

Stephanie
Stephanie

Another soccer mom here. Just one kids playing soccer this fall, to my relief. I had my two oldest trying it in the spring, but only one decided to stick with it, and it has been really good for him. We have to be really careful about snacks for our team, as there's one kid with nut and dairy allergies, but a short list of suggestions was given with the snack schedule, so that shouldn't be too hard to deal with.

Kelly
Kelly

Ugh. I am also a first-time Soccer mom and Team mom! I'll be looking for ideas for snacks. I think we were a little overly excited because we also signed up to make the team banner and line the fields before every game. WTH did I get myself into?!

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

I love being a soccer Mom, it is one of my favorite things to watch the kids do. :) I hope he has an awesome time!

Cheryl @ Mommypants
Cheryl @ Mommypants

You have no idea how happy this makes me. Also, I'm the team mom and there will be no spreadsheets, Shutterfly pages or any such things. And be glad you don't have to come up with hair bows. Because I can't make those, either. BTW? THe socks w/ the built-in shin guards are really great for kids this age.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I have no suggestions on apps. I used Shutterfly to keep organized with things, and excel spreadsheets to track money, etc.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I was so lucky to get that Klout perk. I would go NUTS if we didn't have any type of schedule.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

In the email that I sent out, I asked the parents if there was allergies or anything else that we need to know about. I think sticking with fruit, waters, juice boxes, and/or crackers, Clif bars, etc. is great for snacks.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

LOL, we just need to pay and submit the kid's names to a local company for the team banner. I should do a post about snack ideas. Great idea. Ya, I whined the entire t-ball season. I'm not sure if I can survive soccer season.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Cheryl, I hope you got the scheduling figured out. Let me know if you need help, seriously...