Wednesday, October 9, 2013

They Are All Okay

I allow my son to play football. I allow him to do it because he wants to and he loves it. 


But he is small and not particularly fierce and every time he steps onto that field, I know I'm putting him at risk. 

Last weekend was particularly rough for his team. It was hot, not heat they haven't experienced before, but heat in which they hadn't played or practiced in several weeks. The teams were very evenly matched, but the coaches had anticipated and prepared for a much tougher competition and those boys played hard. 

There were several injuries, mostly on the other team and I remarked to Lawn Boy that the other team must not have kept their boys properly hydrated. Then, in the last quarter, several of our boys went down too. I could see in the huddle at the end of the game that they were exhausted...spent. 

I worried, because although my son was fine, I know how I'd feel if he wasn't. 

Later that night came an email from the coach in which he inquired after all the boys who'd been hurt, indicating that he hadn't heard from their parents. Slowly, each parent checked in and copied us all so we ALL knew. They were all fine. 

I'm so pleased that my son is a part of this team in which we all care and we all check in. I'm sure on other teams in which we've played, coaches checked in with each individual parent, but the other parents were never clued in. I was glad to know... glad to be a part of this team. 

For this time, this season, these boys are all "my boys" too and I want to know that they are okay.
 

14 comments:

The Dose of Reality said...

So glad everyone is okay...being a parent is so stressful!-Ashley

B. Jenkins said...

I can imagine how stressful it can be having a child playing a contact sport such as football. Especially in the heat! I am glad that all the team members are ok. I am specifically glad the coach is one that is concerned about the welfare of his players. That means a lot.

Angelwithatwist said...

Oh how I wish our organized sports had been like that when my boys were younger. Sadly it wasn't and we learned after one season we would not be back. I am glad they are all okay.

Shell said...

What a great team to be a part of!

Robbie K said...

Sounds like a great group of coaches and supportive parents. You are lucky indeed!

Stacey said...

It's really wonderful to be part of a team like that. I have really struggled this year because neither of my boys have a team like that. But in the past they both have had awesome coaches. I keep telling myself it's just an off year!

Leah said...

That is what being on a team should be - I'm so glad you have that support! Glad the boys are all ok!!

Maureen Hitipeuw said...

So so glad to hear your boy is ok and everyone seems to be so caring towards each other and that's lovely.

Mimi B said...

That is really cool that your son's team is melding well together! It makes the experience so much better for everyone. Those kinds of games can be extremely scary since heat can cause so many issues!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It is so cool that the coach checked in on the kids and let others on the team know that they are okay!

Ilene Evans said...

I've heard other "football moms' talk about the worry - but at the same time, they know it's what their son wants to do - it's part of them. I love how all of the boys are "your boys." That says a lot about you.

Aleta said...

That is so Nice that everyone was responded to! And I'm so glad all the boys on your team were ok. Whew...

bill lisleman said...

sounds like a good thoughtful coach. I can still remember a coach in high school - a real asshole.

JeanHasBeenShopping said...

I hope your son stays safe and has a fun season.