I think it is normal for players to be nervous before a big tournament but is it normal for parents to be too? I might be abnormal but mad was I stressed. It had nothing to do with how B and her fellow teammates would play. It had ever thing to do with the "unknown"! So I thought I would share with you some lessons learn on our first Disney Tournament.*
The first lesson that I learned was that while ESPN's Wide World of Sports is a Disney park, it is not easy to get to if you are using Disney's complimentary resort transportation. Especial if your child is playing in one of the first games of the day! I can not tell you how happy I was that I made the last minute decision to rent a car.
The second lesson I learned was the importance of water breaks for parents too. As a mother of three active kiddos I always am reminding my little athletes to drink plenty of water but I don't think about my need for water. Well all I can say is that water on a super hot July day in Florida is not just your friend but a totally necessity!!! I know understand why there are stories of parents being sent to the hospital from this tournament.
ESPN Wide World of Sports will let all who enter their park bring in a water bottle. All I can say is do it! If you don't take care of yourself, how can you take care of your child!?!
I already knew this but it is such a joy to watch your child play a sport that does nothing but make them smile. But when they play at Disney their personal joy is just over the top! B's team was treated like super-star athlete and they played like them too.
And the last lesson is kind of sad one....the only thing that is wrong with children's sports is the adults. I was heartbroken over the way some coaches yelled at their player. I have yet to find an example of when it is ok to belittle a child in public. My own daughter walked off the field more than once filled with worry for the opposing team due to the way their coach treated them; not the score of the game. I think that is saying something.
So the take away for me is that it does not matter what place B's team came in. What mattered the most is that B's coach did nothing but her best to help these girls play their best and have fun. If B stops playing field hockey tomorrow she will still have a love for the game thanks to her coach. And for that I am forever grateful!!!
***I am totally not a Disney Sports expert as this was our first time there but hopefully not the last!***