Were you at a soccer tournament (or baseball game) cheering on your son or daughter this weekend in the triple digit heat? I was in Hillsboro Saturday afternoon where the thermometer hit 101 degrees. My soon to be 10-year-old daughter is playing classic soccer for the first time this year and I volunteered to be co-equipment manager for the team. My job? Cart in lots of extra water for our tournament matches! Actually-- I must confess--- my husband rigged up the "hydration station." It was low tech but effective. It consisted of a multi-gallon cooler chock full of ice and H2O.. strapped to a hand truck so he could roll it from the car to the field and back : ) He made 8 trips between 4 games Friday through Sunday.
I was watching the weather forecast like a hawk but I don't think you can really be prepared to be outside in record breaking heat. We started hydrating the girls on Thursday pushing water, water, water. I know my daughter must have felt like she was about to pop! During the matches, we had parents on the sidelines with cups and bottled water coaxing the kids to grab a swig every time the action stopped or the coach made substitutions.
Now that I'm a full fledged "soccer mom" I'm learning the game goes on-- rain or shine. But I have to say after this weekend of scorching temperatures I'm seeing the upside of those cold, wet fall mornings spent shivering under a golf umbrella on a muddy field. Don't hold me to that, though. I'm sure my story will change come October!
Whatever sport your child plays-- here's to a great summer season! Who knows? Maybe I'll see you on the field.