Posted tagged ‘youth sports’


June 28, 2014

futballWhen I was 30 years old (shortly after the extinction of the dinosaurs), I knew nothing about soccer.   Oh, I probably knew vaguely how it was played and I’m sure I’d noticed kid’s teams playing on the school fields on weekends, kicking and squealing in their colorful uniforms.  I probably knew of the World Cup but I can assure you, I had never watched a soccer game, on TV or in person.  When I was 35, we decided to enroll our son, Aaron, in the local youth soccer league.  I think that happened because his friend’s Mom was going to coach a team and wanted to know if Aaron would play.  She also asked if I would help her coach.  She actually played soccer, so I said, Yes, figuring I could learn as I go.   There wasn’t much to learn that year … Instructional League wasn’t known as beehive ball for nothing.  If you could teach one or two kids the idea of passing instead of ball-chasing, you’d had a good year.   Aaron took to the game like a natural, not so much because of superior coaching but because he emulated Steve, another player on his team who had older brothers and was very good.  Aaron was hooked.  So was his Dad.  Him on playing, me on coaching … and later, the game itself. (more…)

Monday Smiles – 2/18/2013

February 18, 2013

candles1You don’t have to hunt around Bud’s Blog very much to know that our last name is Reed (it’s right there on the home page in the copyright statement).   And if you’ve been coming by here for a while, you know, our oldest grandson’s name is Reed.  That’s not a coincidence, of course, but a choice of my daughter and her husband as a way to honor our family name.  On Thursday, we drove to Arizona to celebrate Reed’s eighth birthday, which just happens to be on Valentine’s Day.   His otherhot head grandparents were in from Utah, too.   We don’t get to see them very often and it was really special for the kids to have all four grandparents there.  Our daughter made barbequed ribs at Reed’s request, along with au gratin potatoes and salad, then we finished it off with birthday cake.   Reed’s favorite gift from us was Hot Head, a Skylander.  Skylanders are characters that are part of a Wii action game that he loves. (more…)

Friday Favorites 5/18/2012

May 18, 2012

Thinking back on growing up in the 1950s, I can think of only one organized activity before high school … and that one, Cub Scouts, was organized by my mother.   Some kids played on Junior Basketball or Little League Teams but for some reason, I didn’t.   However, living in a neighborhood with a dozen or so boys roughly my age, we organized our own activities, mostly in the hayfield behind my house.   We mowed it, marked out base paths and end zones.  We even made a a very rough four hole golf course.  We didn’t have Indian Guides but we built bows and arrows from branches and made our necklaces from acorns.  We invented songs and put on shows.  We also argued and fought out of the earshot of our parents, settling our own disputes our own way. (more…)

Monday Smiles – 5/14/2012

May 14, 2012

We are in Arizona for Mother’s Day.  We’re not even halfway through May and it’s 105° outside, but you know what  they say …

It’s a DRY heat !!

Heat or no heat, being here to attend our grandkids’ activities is one of the greatest benefits of having a second home in Arizona, so we dutifully left the house a nine am for Reed’s baseball game 45 minutes away in Gilbert.   Maddux had a flag football game at the same time but last time we missed Reed’s game to see Maddux, so fair is fair. (more…)

Running, Then and Now

December 1, 2011

You wouldn’t know it to look at me now but there was a time I was signing up at the Fullerton YMCA to run 1000 miles a year instead at WordPress to post every day in 2011.   But both are a reflection of something I told Terri of These Are Days in response to her comment yesterday – I am much more disciplined if I make a formal commitment to a measurable goal.   My diets work better if I commit to something like WeightWatchers or the South Beach Diet.   I’ve written more regularly since I committed to Postaday2011.   In 1981, struggling to keep my weight down, I began running and in 1982, I ran my first 10K.  The next year, a colleague at work talked me into training for the Long Beach Marathon.  Over the next ten years I’d run 13 marathons and be in the best shape of my life. (more…)

Psycho Sports Parents

January 25, 2011

When my son was five, we signed him up for Instructional League soccer, for four and five year olds.  The mother of one of his friends who played was going to coach, so I volunteered to be her assistant.  I knew nothing about soccer but learned enough to get by in the coaches clinic required by the league.  The next year, I took a team that we called the Lazers as head coach.  Thus began my nine-year career as a youth soccer coach. Watching my son-in-law coach my grandson Maddux’s touch football game Saturday brought back many fond memories of those years but it also reminded me of how crazy sports parents can be.   A parent of one of the boys on Maddux’s team video (more…)