We are just hitting milestones left and right. Just the other day, Dominic had his first day of Kindergarten. Now, I’m officially a soccer mom since my big boy just joined the soccer team. This is our first team sport so to say we are learning as we go would definitely be an understatement. I love giving tips and advice to other moms from my experiences and these first soccer practice tips I’m about to give are no different. Keep reading to hear all the ways I went wrong for our first soccer practice and what you should know before it’s your turn.
First Soccer Practice Tips For Newbies
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A day in our life usually starts at 645am when we wake up to get Dominic ready for school. Today, I had a couple of meetings and some work to do on the accessory boutique (don’t be shy! stop by the site) and of course, the blog. I picked Dominic up from school at about 330pm today and headed home where this mama was pooped. In true Taty nature, I waited until the last minute to get Dominic’s soccer gear before the first practice today. I was definitely regretting this wishing that I could have at least squeezed in a nap. At about 5, we went to a Target to get him gear to then head to practice for 630pm. Now that you guys have an idea of how last-minute and tired I was today, these tips are going to make oh so much sense haha.
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Tip #1: Dress For the Occasion
Being in Georgia, we all know it’s far from Fall yet. It’s more like a Summer 2.0. So, you’ll typically find me in some fur slides to do my errands and run around town. That definitely was a rookie mistake today. The coach had both the parents and players out on the field and this mama was wishing that she would have worn some sneakers.
Make sure you’re wearing comfy clothes and sneakers for practice.
Tip #2: Bring A Chair
Growing up in NYC, team activities were usually played in our major parks or on school grounds. Anyone who has visited NYC knows we have way more concrete than fields. Naively, I assumed that there are always bleachers on every field. Another rookie mistake. I spent this practice sitting on the grass since I forgot to bring a foldable chair. Learn from me and always keep one in your trunk. Seating isn’t always guaranteed and you want to be comfortable.
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Tip #3: Bring A Change of Clothes For Younger Players
Dominic is a little over 5 years old. We tackled potty training so long ago that it wasn’t even a thought for me today. Unfortunately, I think all the excitement made Dominic wait until the last minute and he had an accident during practice. Thankfully, they had just handed out uniforms for us so we were able to change his clothes without leaving practice early. To avoid being lost in the sauce like me, keep a change of clothes in the car or your child’s team backpack to ensure you’re prepared.
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Tips #4: Bring Refreshments
I usually pride myself on being the prepared mom that packs whatever is needed. Ask Dominic. His snack box is always filled for school every day. I think today I packed him goldfish crackers, Doritos chips, a banana, blueberry muffins, and lemonade just for his hour after school before I pick him up. I make sure my baby has options especially with the level of pickiness kids his age are known for. So imagine my heartbreak when my baby kept asking for water during practice that his mom clearly forgot. This goes to show how athletic I am. #fail
Bring plenty of water and even a few snacks for after practice.
Tip # 5: Bring Insect Repellent
I don’t know where you guys are located but bugs in Georgia are no joke. Don’t be that mom that forgets insect repellent (me!) and your soccer player gets distracted by bug bites throughout practice. Bring insect repellent to spray on your little one right before practice.
Tip #6: Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
The first soccer practice is the perfect place to prep and learn everything you need to know for the upcoming season.
Are you unsure about practice dates?
Did you have questions about the uniforms or required soccer gear?
Unsure about who to contact if you have any questions?
This is especially important for the younger soccer players. Dominic is definitely not going to be worried about what time to get to practice and if we’ll ever need to travel for away games. I made sure to ask all of my lingering questions at the end of practice so I can be totally prepared for the season.
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Tip #6: Socialize
Anyone who knows me knows how socially awkward I am. I literally obsess over different things to say and how to say it and when I should say it each time I meet someone. Most assume I’m an extrovert because of how friendly I am. But, that’s soooo far from the truth. Whether you’re an introvert like myself or a natural-born extrovert, it’s important to socialize amongst other team moms. A great benefit of team sports is it enhances your child’s social life. For that to happen, you have to socialize with the moms of the team.
From our first soccer practice alone, I’ve already shared contact info with another mom and set up a playdate for Dominic. These connections help not only your soccer player but you as well. Be open to socialize and expand your child’s community
Tip #7: Help The Coach
I can’t speak for your child or their soccer team But, I can talk about my child’s adjustment and his peers. Dominic is super receptive and loves to participate. That’s not to say a few times I had to chime in to correct Dominic on the actual instructions from the coach or assist him with his mini problems. Dominic is super competitive and still learning to share attention. You can’t be a soccer mom from the car or away from the field. I had to tell my child to stop cheating ( like Dominic trying to be the fastest with the ball in his arms instead of kicking haha) or be there to support your child and tell them they did a good job.
BONUS TIP: Get Soccer Gear Extras
Dominic’s accident today made it clear how important it is to have extras of his soccer gear. Something as simple as a few pairs of soccer socks will help you a long way. For example, Dominic has practiced on Friday and games on Saturday. Do you really think I will always have the time to wash his soccer gear every night before his game? Let me answer that for you. Uhhh no?!! Purchase extras of his shin gear, socks, shorts, and more to ensure you’re always prepared despite any disaster.
“First Soccer Practice Tips..” Recap
I won’t pretend that being a soccer mom today didn’t kick my butt. I was tired and needed a Venti Caramel Macchiato( thanks Starbucks!) just to make it through practice. With that being said, Dominic hasn’t had this much fun in years. He was super receptive to soccer but also excited about being out there on the field. Do your future soccer player a favor by prepping and following these simple first soccer practice tips before the season starts. There’s nothing like seeing your child simple from pure happiness knowing you’re doing what’s best for them. Good luck!
Until Next Time….