It’s soccer season, and that means Mom is going to be working overtime to get everyone to Saturday’s game—but wait! Mom just said she won’t be able to be there. So, you’re on your own, soccer dad! Here’s a checklist of what you need to bring to be the MVP of the sidelines.
Canopy or Tent
The weather during soccer season can be very unpredictable. No matter what time of day it is, it can get really hot, or since soccer season is in the late summer/early fall, it can get rainy or windy in a matter of seconds. So, it’s important to bring some kind of canopy or pop-up tent to keep yourself and any other kids out of the elements. You can even coordinate with other parents and share so you can alternate bringing a canopy or pop up tent.
Coats or Sweaters
Again, you never know when the weather is going to change. So, it’s always good to have a backup sweater or coat that you keep in the car for each family member. There’s nothing worse than not being able to leave and having freezing kids shivering or being upset.
Sun damage can happen in a matter of minutes, and sunburns can be awful to take care of. Especially on your soccer player or other kids. Though the effects won’t be immediate, you’ll thank me when your wife isn’t mad at you tomorrow for turning all of the kids into lobsters. So, make sure you lather up on the sunscreen and don’t forget to cover their ears, necks, and faces with sunscreen, as well.
Do you have a little one that is under the age of one? If so, you need to bring a baby holder and rock it the whole soccer game. There’s nothing worse than hawking around a giant heavy car seat or having your little guy or girl crawl off. Some parents have even had kids crawl onto the field during the game. So, strap that bad boy on, and keep your future MVP secure.
Folding Lawn Chair
Games can go for a while, and you don’t want to get stuck standing the whole time. Be sure to bring yourself, and any other spectators that are with you, some folding lawn chairs. This is completely essential to a pleasant watching experience. You may also want to bring an extra for your play to relax in while they’re waiting on the sideline before they’re in the game.
Be sure you have snacks and drinks for all of the kids you brought with you. There’s nothing worse than kids getting hungry and grumpy, and you not being able to do anything about it. Also, double-check with Mom to make sure you’re not in charge of the team snack and orange slices. It’d be even worse to forget that!
Do not worry too much, Dad. Once you have everyone seated with their snacks, hopefully, it’ll be smooth sailing. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!