We had a good soccer game Saturday.
The other team called wanting to reschedule since they had 2 kids call in sick, so would only be able to play with 3 kids (having no subs). I hate canceling and rescheduling games. Plus we would not be able to have a ref if we did since we didn't give the 2 days advanced notice that the refs require. For our age group, that isn't necessarily bad, but I wanted the other coach to know that.
So, he decided not to cancel. I was glad since my parents were coming down to watch my boy play.
My wife pointed out that I could let one of my kids play on his team to help them out. I thought that was a GREAT idea. So I offered and he took me up on it.
I ended up putting my boy on his team for a few reasons. The main reason was because I didn't mind and you never know how parents will react to that.
Well, my boy didn't like that. He played pretty miserably the first quarter. I went and talked to him at half time and what point he just cried and cried on my shoulder. I felt bad both for him and the other team.
I told him that if the team he was playing on won, so did he, and if his normal team won, he won too. Didn't work.
Tried explaining how he was being a good helper by playing with them. Didn't work either.
So, I resorted to bribery. Told him we'd get ice cream if he played good. That seemed to work. He played much better the last quarter. (Though he still wouldn't throw in the ball).
Plus, at the end of the game, he ended up with snack from both teams. I think he made out like a bandit. He still didn't like it.
What really upset him was he didn't get to play on daddies team.