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Rest And Re-Lax Nation

By Wyatt Earp | March 23, 2010

Today is going to be a very good day. It is Kyle’s first day of lacrosse practice at Abington Lacrosse Club. This will be his third year playing the greatest game in the world, and his second year at ALC. We signed Kyle up at Abington because my niece Kaitlin (pictured with Kyle at left) plays there, and because it is the best youth program in the area. They have fun, but they also don’t mess around when it comes to instruction.

For example, tonight starts a three-day “Boot Camp,” where the coaches – I am an assistant there this year, while I am also coaching at North Catholic – evaluate the kids and place them into groups according to ability. Suffice to say, there will be a lot of running. No worries here, because Kyle is in soccer shape. On top of that, practices for the 9-10-year old league is Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm to 7:30pm. Saturdays are game days.

So, Kyle’s current sports schedule goes like this:

Tuesday, 6-7:30 – Lacrosse
Wednesday, 6-7:30 – Soccer
Thursday, 6-7:30 – Lacrosse
Saturday – Game Day – Lacrosse
Sunday – Game Day – Soccer

Monday and Friday are days of rest. He should be able to handle the work load – he certainly wants to handle it – but he knows that if his schoolwork suffers, we’ll yank him right off the field. This year, he will be playing with Billy, a friend of his from the soccer team. It should be a blast.

Here’s Kyle last year during the hardest shot competition:

It’s no secret that I love the game of lacrosse. It is my favorite sport – hockey is a close second. The fact that my son wants to play the game I love makes me so proud. He loves to play and it is a minor distraction from soccer. The wife and I think he needs to play other sports so he doesn’t get burned out. Besides, when he gets to high school, he can play all year round and stay in good physical shape.

I’ll let you know how Day 1 of Boot Camp goes.

UPDATE: Damned rain canceled tonight’s practice. Kyle goes tomorrow night with the missus, since I am working.

Topics: Lacrosse, The Boys | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “Rest And Re-Lax Nation”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I agree partly with your wife, other sports would be good, especially archery and shooting. Dad started me off in archery first which is a greater teacher of ballistics, more so than shooting is at first since you can watch your shot travel in a gravitational field.

  2. metoo Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Sounds to me like Kyle is doing exactly what 9-10 year olds should be doing. Learning the value of both hard work and team work. Here’s to a great season for both sports.

  3. Robbie Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I can’t find a league in my area for my boy – he’s 9. I should move back to PA – Jersey sucks ass !

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Jon – This keeps him plenty busy, and makes him run a lot. It’s win-win.

    MeToo – I want him to have fun, but it’s nice to win once in a while, too.

    Robbie – That’s surprising. Cherry Hill always had youth leagues if that’s not too far from you.

  5. Old NFO Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Sounds like a good spring is in the offing!!! :-) Hope Kyle plays well!

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Old NFO – Thanks. He was bummed at not playing today, but I think he was more bummed that he has to wait another day to get his jersey and find out what number he is.

  7. Mark Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Damn Wyatt, it sure is nice to see a real American family in action. You’d be my hero but I have a rule about my heros being older than me.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Mark – If I hooked up with Christina Hendricks would that rule be waived? Heh. Looks like we’re gonna go tonight, since it’s nice and sunny today. I’ll try to get our an update tomorrow.