Seasons of Soccer
In Alaska, the outdoor soccer season was short and swift. Practices often started indoors sometime in May, while teams waited for the snow to clear the fields in anticipation of playing actual outdoor games in June.
On the Kenai Peninsula it was a well-known tradition during the months of June and July, and sometimes August, every family would meet up on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the freezing fields in Kenai. We would brave the wind and battle the cold to clamor around our kids while they chased the black and white ball throughout the pitch. It was an event, a modern-day hoe down.
Here in Georgia things are a little different. They take their sports very seriously in this area. In fact football, American football, is a sacred and sworn passion to the residents of Camden County. If you don’t play you cheer, and if you don’t cheer you support, and if you don’t support, you surely don’t tell anyone. So this passion trickles down to other sports including soccer. Which, unlike Alaska, starts in February, at least the spring season does, and I know because we have been practicing and playing games since then.
The big difference here, we don’t have to worry about the snow melting, and most of the time we are battling the heat rather than the cold. There are also about 2 gazillion teams between Georgia and Florida, so you don’t really play the same team 33 times. The downside, when the weather is bad, say thunderstorms, the games get canceled. Conversely, In AK, I have watched games being played during blizzard.
Another huge difference, we actually play games in other states. Not tournaments, just regular old games. In Soldotna, unless you were on the comp team, every game was at the same field, always; Tuesday night, Thursday night. Here they are all over the place. But each venue has one thing in common, passionate loud parents, and heat. I am not sure that we have fully embraced the passion yet, but we are learning to love the heat. That southern charm kind of goes out the window during a 9-year-olds soccer game.I know this for sure, if I ever catch myself trying to buy a cow bell or megaphone, that is the day I need to think about cooling off and heading back to Alaska, where we are too cold to be obnoxious. Most of us anyway.
This entry was posted on April 17, 2013 by Glenn G. It was filed under Family, Kids playing, kids schedule activities, Outings, Photography, sports and was tagged with action shots, Camden County, Florida, Georgia, outdoor soccer, soccer, sports, sports photos, sports pictures, youth soccer.