Sport Season Cross Over…. Communication Chaos

I am not sure about the rest of society, but for the last two weeks, the juggling act which seems to be my life is a struggle more than ever!

The calendar on the fridge (although some would say “old school”) is our major communication tool. I have tried to train all family members to use it and refer to it. It indicates who in the family has what on, where and when. In between two full time working parents who travel, the summer sport season ending and the winter sport season creeping more and more into the traditional “summer season”, my world at the moment is a bit chaotic.

I liken the “sport season creep” to going into Woolworths or Coles in January and seeing hot cross buns and Easter eggs. Something just doesn’t seem quite right to me! When did we have two to three “pre-season” games a month prior to winter competitions starting? I remember as a kid we had a trial game to see what grade you should be in and MAYBE a couple of weeks of pre-season training. Last weekend I found myself running from swim club, to summer sport presentations to preseason soccer games. So much for a “week off” for family time between seasons.

The preseason training for AFL and NRL started in February about the same time we were preparing for the cricket season finals. Some say you are lucky if you have choices, but trying to decide which training to go to and how to get there, I call it more “stress” than “lucky”. Add to that to the fact that all my sons training for his sport has been scheduled for Tuesdays and all my daughters coaching and training sessions have been scheduled for Mondays, it makes it impossible to get to every training session for the sports they are doing.

Before you go saying “May be your kids are just doing too much sport?”. The majority of sports administrators out there will tell you there is a trend of more

popular training days (they seem to love Tuesdays and Thursdays),as well as preferred timeslots and venues.

Whilst we are on the topic of communication tools, what is it with each sport having different apps for their correspondence? Our family alone are on Teamer, Team Snap, Team App, WhatsApp and Messenger as well as emails. I seem to be getting alerts from apps several times. With an average of 14 people per team alerting me several times a day who can make training and who can’t, it is enough to drive you crazy.

Good luck to the rest of you who are having the same issues, I hope your lives are less chaotic. That timeslots for training fit in and there is a streamlined app where all correspondence regarding your child alone (not the rest of the team) is an efficient and effective communication tool. For the time being we will bunker down for the preseason chaos and work around training and games the best we can until we settle in to the next proper season of sport.

Happy winter sporting!

Yvette Audet

Yvette Audet

Sport has been an integral part of my life, both work and personal. I grew up with sport, met my husband through sport and now as a mother, am involved more than ever in sport!

As a trainer and consultant in the industry I work with sporting groups and councils to create community facilities and partnerships aimed to increase sport participation.

I have created a range of articles from the perspective of a SPORTING MUM. The articles relate life skills and messages that we can get from being involved in sport. It’s uncanny how Sport can mirror life.

BIO

Involved in gymnastics, netball and athletics from an early age, Yvette experienced being part of a team as well as the unrelentless discipline in individual sport – in particular her Heptathlon days.

First became a mum in 2005 and remembers having the inner debate of how long should I play netball while pregnant? Doing quick breastfeeds in between netball games and hoping her uterus wouldn’t feel like falling out when she jumped for the ball.

Funny anecdotes aside, she has worked in the sport and recreation industry for almost 30 years and holds several certificates and degrees around the management and training of sport, community recreation, aquatics and fitness.

Through her various roles in profit and non-profit sectors, she has helped plan for programs, events and facilities to help get communities active through sport and recreation.

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