Spring and summer sports have been a little trickier. Usually, we put our kids in spring swimming lessons. They are timed well, beginning at the end of hockey season and finishing before school gets out. But what about summer? Should they be involved in summer sports too? My son started with soccer. Of course soccer. Soccer is the go-to summer sport. More kids play soccer than any other summer sport. It's so popular that our town offers two leagues, each league running multiple same aged teams at 3 fields each in different parts of the city. So soccer it was, the summer he was 4.
|My son's first experience with organized sports - 2008|
So we crossed soccer off the list. We did summer swimming instead. Then the summer after grade one he wanted to try softball. Softball! (Here's where the personal bias steps in). I love, love, love baseball. I was a big Seattle Mariners fan growing up. He has great hand-eye coordination. Softball would be fun.
|My son playing softball in the summer of 2011|
Lacrosse? I knew very little about lacrosse. But the posters were up at his hockey arenas with NHL players endorsing the sport. Anything to help his hockey he really, really wanted to give lacrosse a try. So we did. Lacrosse was nothing like I was expecting. It is a very fast, rough sport, but so much fun! I would be happy watching my kids play lacrosse anytime. We loved it.
|Lacrosse in 2012|
If I had any doubts about summer hockey they were erased the first night he came home from it. He was beaming, truly happy. He loved it. 4 on 4 is different than regular season hockey. There are no face-offs and the on ice players switch at the buzzer every 3 minutes so they get a lot of on-ice time in their hour.
|Summer 2013 - 4 on 4 Summer Hockey|
Incidentally, my other kids play a summer sport too, soccer. They love it.
|my 3 and 6 year old post-soccer|