This is the fourth post in the series- The Adventures of a Newb Sport Parent
It’s a doubleheader!
That’s not a phrase you hear every day. Especially not in cross country and until a few weeks ago, I thought “doubleheaders” only existed in baseball. Then I saw my calendar…which reminded me that in high school there’s a small segment of kids who are Marching Band Member Student Athletes.
Translation – a student who participates in a fall sport AND is an active member of a competitive marching band.
I’m parent to one.
When I agreed to let my daughter partake in a sport and marching band, I knew it would be crazy hectic, but I didn’t realize that sleeping in on Saturday would become a thing of the past and every other week would be a doubleheader demanding even more. Each time I drop her off, I think – This is nuts! She looks as if she’s going off to boot camp!
Personally, I don’t see why anyone would willingly board a bus on a Saturday morning at approximately 7 am to travel up to 60 miles away (about 45 mins to an hour and a half) to run a 3 mile race. It’s not like she’s going on a field trip. She’s going to friggin’ work.
A typical doubleheader looks a lot like this:
Upon returning to school, immediately change (out of cross country uniform) and head directly to the football field for marching band practice (approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hrs). Explain to the band director the reason why you’re late – again (approximately 3 to 5 mins). I’ve been told they can be forgetful at times. Break for lunch (approximately 1 hr), change (in to marching band uniform), board another bus, this time headed towards a marching band competition (approximately 1 to 2 hrs away), participate and watch said competition (approximately 3 hrs), board bus for ride back to school (approximately 1 to 2 hrs).
Days start before dawn and end well after midnight.
As a parent of a Marching Band Student Athlete I want to let other newbs know, either you quit, roll with or get rolled over. I take pride in saying, “I roll with.” Yep. Roll with a scowl on my face. Then I think about the kids – the small segment of Marching Band Student Athletes.
Then I think about the kid. The only kid that can make me want to get up at 6 am on Saturday to sit in her school’s parking lot waiting for her to return some time after 12 am on Sunday and I say to myself, “Shit! If she can participate in a doubleheader, the least I can do is to have her back!”
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)
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