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Control and the Independent Goalie

Do I miss hockey practices?


Do I miss games?


Do I ever just let my goalie go on trips with other parents?


Will I take off work rather than miss a tournament game?



Because I apparently have control issues.

Most of the parents I know pull up curbside at the rink, dump the bag and take off for an hour until practice is over.

I pull up curbside, dump the bag, park the car and spend the next hour alternating between reading, chatting with other parents there and wishing I could cut the cord a little. Never mind that I live 45 minutes from the rink so logistically it just isn't possible for me to go home without having to just turn around and come back when I get there.

It's more than that. It's fear.

Fear that I might miss something. What might I miss you ask?

- Injury (god forbid)

- The coach needing to speak with me (has happened maybe twice in 7 years)

- Some important parent news (not that we all don't use email)

- An amazing save in an amazing game that I have never seen before and will never see again (yes, really).

And now I am being informed that parents are somewhat discouraged from escorting their player on trips, that the team will fly, eat, sleep and basically breathe together, as a team, alone. To some this is freedom from having to make the trip and incur all that cost.

So, where does that leave me?

At home, wringing my hands and drooling in a corner because I shouldn't go? Help! I need some advice from you less scaredy cat parents out there who have been there (or not been there!) and who have been able wish their player bon voyage!

Control Should Be A Four Letter Word

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