We are not really the sports oriented kind of family. Neither FW (my hubby) nor I were involved in any sports growing up, although FW did play little league baseball. What boy didn't? And I was more into Junior Achievement and the Newspaper Staff. Now, don't get me wrong. We do love to watch football and we are fans of Nascar. But other than a friendly game of volleyball or table tennis, we just aren't into competitive sports.
Our girls on the other hand, have played many sports from t-ball to basketball to gymnastics to soccer to track & field and even cheerleading (yes, cheerleading is a sport). Currently, Funny Face (my oldest daughter) is in Junior High Track & Field. This is her second year participating in the field events. She is a thrower - discus and shot put. She is not the best on her team, but she isn't the worst either. She refuses to run, even though the coach has told her that she would do well. For her, I think being part of a sports team is more of a social event. She has recently joined the Equestrian Club. Not sure why. She has never ridden a horse in her life, other than the guided pony ride at the carnival.
Nature Girl (my 7th grader) has gone through weeks of vigorous Track & Field training only to find out that she has Severs Disease in both feet and therefore has decided to quit the team because it may take up to two months for her ankles to heal. Nature Girl will now be going back to what she thinks she loves the most - - cheerleading beginning in the Fall.
Honestly, I don't think either of my girls are cut out to be athletic superstars. But, I can't stop them from trying. Wait. Who am I kidding. I think they both realize that they are not athletic superstars. They just want to be part of a team and they seem to be having fun exploring these "possibilities". I have learned that there is so much more to being part of a sports team other than winning, like sportsmanship, leadership, commitment and team spirit. Of course, striving to do your best and winning is good too! But don't take it from me - I can't even tell you how many innings are played in football!