Monday, August 31, 2015

This week (8/31/15)

One soccer game: Monday, August 31, 5:15 p.m., at home, vs, GlenOak.

Remember how we all had high hopes that high school soccer was going to be eminently more organized than club soccer?  Ha ha, we were so adorable.

Late last week I noticed a discrepancy in the team calendar(s).  One version had a game scheduled; one didn't.  I asked a parent who's been with the program for a few years now to clear it up, and she pointed me in the direction of still another calendar, which indicated that it had been rescheduled to the second week in September.  Bren also told us that at the end of practice on Wednesday, they were told that there was no game the next day and it would just be practice as usual.  So Thursday morning I sent out the bat signal, and told everyone not to come.

Fast forward to early Thursday evening, I was sitting at my desk, working late on a project, and I got a text from Mike saying that toward the end of practice the buses for the "away" team rolled up.  Apparently they didn't get the memo that the game was rescheduled.  So the boys, after having just run a full practice, rehydrated and hit the field.  Unfortunately, they suffered their first loss of the season.  Boo.

Shortly thereafter we got a message that the Saturday game in the Toledo area was also cancelled, but I kept looking at my phone all day Saturday, expecting any minute to see a text or email saying "Whoops! we were wrong!  Game starts in 2 hours - drive fast!"  Luckily that didn't happen.

This week's confusion largely centers around sartorial matters.  As it turns out, Bren has a game tonight.  It wasn't completely a surprise.  I just didn't have my act together this week to get out a schedule ahead of time (and frankly, given the scenario detailed above, I wasn't 100% sure there was a game). But it turns out there is.  Sorry. Tonight, at 5:15, at home, vs. Glenoak.  Two of Bren's old teammates from CU will be playing for the opposing team. It will be interesting to see them play against one another and nice to see their parents again.  We have seen some of these people almost daily for the past four years.  It feels so weird not to hang out with them during practice, laugh on the sidelines during games, and furiously text back and forth about uniform/schedule/field assignment changes.

Anyhoo, GlenOak is a Federal League team.  When they play against Federal League opponents, they're supposed to dress up for school that day - button-down shirt, tie, dress pants.  Late last night, after an emergency shopping trip, we got a text saying not to dress up for this game.

When they play non-Federal-League opponents, they generally get a text from the team captain about what to wear (usually the alternate jersey of what they're playing in that day, presumably so they don't get the Tuesday Meatloaf Surprise on their actual game jersey at lunch).  No text last night, so he went to school today in just regular clothes, but took his alternate jersey with him in case he had to change.

So, I apologize for the crazy late notice, but long story short, we have a home game tonight.  I believe it will be on the "back" fields behind the high school, and I have no idea if they will charge admission, so maybe bring a few dollars just in case.  One of us has to leave at the half because Nate's school is having a parent meeting at 6:30.  Also, Nate had tryouts last week for hockey, and practices start this week on Tuesday and Thursday.  No soccer this weekend, though, as far as I know.  I suppose that could change 12 times before Saturday, so check in with us.

If you don't want to be at the mercy of my addled brain, here is the link to the official school calendar.  I can see at least one error on it, but it's probably better than nothing:
Jackson Boys JV Purple Schedule

Friday, August 21, 2015

This Week (8/21/15)

Brendan's high school soccer career officially kicks off this Saturday!  He's been training with the team all summer and has played in a handful of scrimmages, but Saturday morning is their first official game.  In true youth sports fashion, they got their uniforms 15 minutes before the team photos were taken this week.  The OCD side of me wants to just barge in and take over all of the organizations the boys are involved in.

So, that brings us to the schedule!  I think I posted a soccer schedule a couple of months ago.  Ignore that.  Some things have changed since then, and I honestly don't have the time, energy, or attention span to go back and compare it line-by-line, so I'm going to just post an updated one . . . eventually.  In the meantime, I'll try to get back to posting weekly updates so that everyone who wants to come see him play can do so.

Saturday, August 21 - 10:00 am. -  away @ University School.  2785 SOM Center Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 5:00 p.m. - away @ Brunswick.  3581 Center Rd., Brunswick, OH 44212-3695 (I think this is the address for the football stadium, which might also double as the soccer stadium.  If you're planning to attend check in with us on the day of and we'll try to steer you in the right direction).

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. - @ home vs. Copley!  The calendar says "back field," which I think means the practice fields behind the high school.

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 4:00 p.m - away @ Anthony Wayne 6035 Finzel Rd, Whitehouse, OH 43571.  Unless there are multiple Anthony Wayne high schools in Ohio, this one is way, way the heck out in the middle of nowhere, past Toledo.  Also, that address is based on a highly scientific review of a google earth image of a soccer field behind the high school.   Since both of our JV teams are scheduled to play at the same time, we might be on a different field . . . somewhere else? Again, for anyone who is really into road trips, plan ahead and call us for details as the date approaches.

Go bears!

What else is going on, you ask?  Oh, not much, just the beginning of hockey season.  The pre-season "mini camp" is going on this week (Nate has practice Saturday morning right after we get back from Bren's game up in Cleveland).  Tryouts are next week, and practices will start shortly thereafter.  Last year the first game of the season was November 1.  I imagine this year will be about the same.  Also, the kids went back to school this week.  So far, things are going well.