Friday, January 14, 2011

Basketball coach

Since I don't have (and the way it looks like right now, I will never have) kids in Sweden, I don't know what kids do for after school activities over there. And when I think about what I did as a kid, it isn't really helping since it's been awhile.. and things do change... But I do know what American kids can choose when it comes to after school activities - and a lot of it is sports. Sports is a big deal here. And one thing that I will never (or who knows, give me a couple of years) get used to is is these seasonal sports. If you want to play soccer you have to play in fall. If you want to play basketball, you play in winter. If you want to play softball you play in spring. Even though where I live there really are no real seasons to stop you from playing soccer in winter and softball in spring. I don't get it? Why do you have to jam in a whole season in a couple of months and then - nothing? Is it because you want the kids to play all sports (and be crazily busy all through the year)? I remember playing soccer and we did that all year around - and when it was too much snow you played indoors. And when I got older and taller I switched to basketball, which you also played all around the school year.

Oh, well - that's the way you do sports here, I just have to get used to it.

My Daughter finally likes to play basketball - so she is signed up for the basketball league - that will go on between January and March. I like basketball. It's a social sport - you can play it and hang out. You can play it on your own. Or with 3 friends or a whole team. You don't need a field, one backboard is fine. And with her Swedish decent, she will be tall - which comes in handy when you play basketball.

And I'm not sure how it happens - but I'm the assistant basketball coach.... So every Saturday for 2,5 hours, I'm now helping coaching 8 little 2nd Graders figure out how to play basketball. It's a lot of fun - they are so enthusiastic and way too small for their team outfits no one won't be dunking any scores. If judging by the jamboree games last weekend, I'm going to be a rarity - a female assistant coach... Wish me luck!

15 comments:

cecilia said...

It seems to be slightly different in SF, we have a fall session and a spring session for soccer, but none in the winter because of the rain, and I think that is the same for all out door sports. The "inside sports" I know that kids are taking at our school run slightly longer sessions often coinciding with the school terms, including ice hockey. But I agree, there is a lot of sports, and parents make a big deal of it here.

Anonymous said...

Miranda:
I have found it all a little confusing as to what sport has to happen when too! In the Uk,we are similar to Sweden and just take things indoors if weather is bad, which is quite likely even in summer!
Gary can't stand it when adult soccer dissolves due to rain! He is ok with mud,why isn't everyone else?? lol

Good job for helping! You are going to be super fit this year!

Ms. Adventuress said...

I agree with you...so much squished in so tightly, keeping all very busy, year-round. Make your own rules, I say, and enjoy sports as you desire, wherever you are. Congratulationson the coaching!

Eva said...

Been following your blogg for about two years, happy to see you back again. Your blog is very amusing, and just plain intresting.... :)

Anna, Fair and True said...

Tycker också det är skumt att man inte spelar hela året, ifall inte förrän det blir mer på seriös nivå. Men visst, fördelen är ju att man hinner prova en del olika sporter.

Anonymous said...

I thought Swedes like smorgasbords! Aren't US sports more like a nice sampling of different things to try? :)

Anna - Swaussie said...

Ännu en utlandssvensks blogg. Härligt, jag samlar :)

Har lagt upp din fina blogg på min lilla lista: Svenskar på vift och återkommer snarast för att läsa mer.

http://swaussie.blogg.se/2010/october/svenskar-pa-vift.html

Anonymous said...

hey
i came back to your blog after a long time.
and...
the layout has changed... :)
this one is neat and more professional.
but i truly loved the previous one...

Anonymous said...

Make a final statement!

Indie said...

I never thought about the seasonal side of sports. I mean, I do understand that a winter sport might require snow, but there really is no logical correlation between the season and the sport in many cases.

Delishhh said...

Hittade din blogg idag och roligt att läsa. Själv bor jag i Seattle och bloggar också. Ska bil skoj att läsa lite om dig. .

William said...

Good luck. It's very rare to see a female assistant coach, but I find it better if there's a presence of a woman in a certain team.

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Anonymous said...

What the fuck happened to this alien?

matts jansson said...

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André said...

I really miss your blog. Please start posting again! It makes it easier to endure the cold harsh winters back here in Sweden!