Soccer season has started! And while that may not be a miraculous event for most of the world, this season marks the FIRST round of soccer for Red. And I am really excited to see the clustered mob of five year olds orbiting around a soccer ball as they roll it from one side of the field to the other. Red is elated to wear his soccer shirt and be kicking the ball at all, regardless if he’s kicking it in the right direction, or doing anything more than running after the mob.
But I’m still so happy for him. Chase and I try desperately not to coach him from the sidelines, but just to make sure he’s paying attention and helping his team mates (thank goodness for colored shirts, because I’m not sure he knows a single one of their names yet!). But look at that little guy. He’s so excited.
And, of course, when you become a soccer parent, you then fall into the soccer routine. Practice, games, cleats and snacks!! I signed myself up for the first game of the season, and last Saturday brought snack and drinks for our team of eight. I actually had a few other parents ask me exactly what they were supposed to bring for snacks. “Am I supposed to bring a pizza, or something? I have no idea what I’m doing!” In that instant I took for granted what little team sports I played when I was young (I was more artistic than athletic). I knew exactly what to bring and how to switch it up, so I offered her some suggestions.
Of course, each player brings a water bottle with them to practice and games, so something like a juice box, kool-aid or other drinkable is a nice change for the end of the game. For a snack, replacing sugars and other nutrients while staying away from candy was important to me, so I brought fruit leather and little tangerines. I made sure to ask about any team allergies beforehand (gluten, nuts, dairy, etc) so I knew what was off limits.
What you might not see in the photo is a trash bag for all the rinds and trash (the girl scout in me in always prepared!) as well as wet diaper wipes for sticky/dirty hands. The table was one Chase and I had when we were tailgating at UGA, so it was an easy thing to bring along and set up – it made lining up for snack WAY easier than bombarding a cooler and tote bag! Need some more ideas for sports snacks?
Rice Krispie Treats
Halos, or any individual fruits like apples, bananas, pineapple slices, pears, etc.
Crackers: Cheddar Bunnies, Animal Crackers, etc. (either individual baggies or scooped into small paper cups)
End of the season soccer snack treats! Lollipops, mini cupcakes or cookies to celebrate the game.
Mini water bottles or juice boxes (don’t forget to recycle!)
*Bring a trash bag, wipes or napkins as well as stake out a little area for the kids to come and grab what they would like. I brought a little extra for teammate siblings; there were lots of little kids wanting to have a snack, too!