It’s a Doubleheader! – The Adventures of a Newb Sport Parent

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.

It's a doubleheader!

It’s a doubleheader!

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!”


Oak Lawn Collage 2013,

I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)


Read other posts in series The Adventures of a Newb Sport Parent:

Nightmares on the Sideline
Go to the Bathroom First
Going the Distance

2 comments for “It’s a Doubleheader! – The Adventures of a Newb Sport Parent

  1. October 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Aww! You are a good momma! Mine are grown now but I remember the craziness. Now I sleep. A lot. lol! 🙂
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