Jan 09, 2014 • 3 min read
By Erica Salmon, TeamSnap user, team mom, writer and guest author
When my son first started trying out for select youth sports teams, I decided not to tell him he was attending tryouts. I was battling leaving our little town “rec” program as it was, and I didn’t think that at the age of 8 or 9, pointing out that a one-hour soccer workout was really a “make it or break it” performance went with his personality. He’s a very intense kid.
At his very first tryout, I told him he was already on the team, and the coaches were just getting everyone together to see how they would play as a team. My attempt to hide the nature of the workout failed. Luke figured out pretty quickly that he was on trial, and it invigorated him. To him, a tryout is just another chance to touch the ball and make some soccer friends. Life can be so simple when you’re 11!
As a Team Snap Mom, I have learned a lot since that first tryout. Here is what I have learned:
Now when we head to a tryout for any sport, Luke has his routine. He listens to certain pump-up songs on the way, makes sure he wears his lucky socks and begs us to be early. (We are always late!) Now I understand the truth about tryouts; they are just as important for us as they are for the teams for which we are trying out. It’s funny to me that at that first tryout Luke was ready. It was me who wasn’t!
Erica Salmon is a Team Snap Mom, often seen on the sidelines of youth soccer, baseball, field hockey and basketball games as well as at dance recitals, concerts and art shows. Erica is a book author, former fashion analyst for NBC10 (Philadelphia) and the founder of several Websites and blogs including Fantasy Fashion League and Red Carpet Mom. Erica lives in Mullica Hill, NJ, with her husband, three children and their enormous dog Elvis.