This past weekend, I was able to go to one of my cousin's soccer games. Since I haven't been to a game in 3 or 4 years, I'd like to share a few things I learned:
- Bring a chair
- It is very helpful to have an umbrella, if not, sunscreen is a necessity
- Drink lots of water
- In any game below the high school, cheering is permitted. My cousin did tell us she'd rather us be quiet though!
- You might want to bring ear plugs, because parents are very, very loud. When I mentioned that the parents might be distracting the players with their comments and that there were too many chiefs and not enough indians, one of the parents replied, "It takes a village to win a soccer game!" (ha, ha)
- Goalie's only look as good as the team makes them look (thanks, Rachel for that tip)
- Sitting in the shade, you will be soaked in sweat. I can't imagine running in 90 degree heat!
- The goalie is the only person who can touch the ball with their hands.
- If a player gets hurt, the whistle is blown and all the players are supposed to take a knee (get low) so the coaches can see who got hurt.
- Soccer moms are very selfless people. They drive far away, lug around chairs, snacks, go to the bathroom in Porto-potties, volunteer in snack shacks, cheer wildly, and endure crazy weather to support their kids. I learned my aunt is even more awesome than I had thought!
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