Why We Don’t Play Soccer (or Any Saturday Sports)

My son enjoys sports. All of them.

When we adopted him at age 4, it was obvious no one ever spent time with him doing much of anything but particularly playing catch or throwing a football. Now that he has my husband and me to play with, he’s overjoyed. He plays Little League baseball and flag football. He wants to play soccer, but since most leagues play on Saturdays, the answer has always been no.

I was recently commenting to a co-worker that we just don’t do Saturday sports. I got a look as if I was speaking crazy talk.

Am I that selfish that I can’t commit a Saturday morning for my son to play a sport he thinks he loves?

Yes. Yes I am.

I work 50+ hours a week. My husband works pretty much the same, and his weeks often include traveling for work. Some of those hours are on Saturdays and Sundays. When I’m not working, I certainly do not want to spend two hours at a soccer field on a Saturday morning. We have very little family time during the week, so my Saturdays are better spent being able to go tailgating (where there’s something for all of us to enjoy together) or being able to pack up and head to New Orleans to visit family or just to spend a weekend, or even throwing our bikes in the truck and going for a trail ride.

Hopefully life changes, and our work schedules because less hectic. I’m a big fan of kids having exposure to a variety of sports.

But for now, Saturdays are for family. Playing sports will just have to wait.

Traci Pecot
NOLA born and raised, Traci moved to Lafayette in 2005 to pursue a career in corporate marketing. She married her husband Ryan in 2010 and adopted her son, now 8, in 2016. Today, along with being a full time mom, she owns and operates a dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility in Lafayette. She and her husband maintain a part-time residence in NOLA, spending weekends "home" visiting family and friends. Avid sports fan, dog obsessed, wanna be distance runner (finishing just one half-marathon), and adoption enthusiast, she looks forward to adding "blog contributor" to her lists of accomplishments. 

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