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Old 08-03-2020, 04:01 PM
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DD has been passionate about field hockey all through middle school. She said tonight she has decided not to try out for her high school team because she's "just not interested." She has not done any conditioning this summer. She doesn't like doing like doing it by herself. I suspect she knows she's out of shape and is anxious about try-outs and meeting all new people (she doesn't know anyone at her high school). There are so many important life skills and lessons you learn from sports. How much do I push? Do I just let it go?


This is dependent on if they even have a season this year. Start dates have already been pushed back twice. I just know she needs to do some conditioning to be ready IF they play. And if it doesn't look safe, she won't.


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Old 08-03-2020, 04:05 PM
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This year?! Not at all. No close contact team sport should even be an option this year.

PROFESSIONAL sports teams with all the precautions in place are shutting down because of COVID19 spread. Freshman year sports when you're ambivalent about it is a no-brainer "don't do it" to me.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:08 PM
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My son runs cross country and is starting his senior year.
He also didn’t run over summer and before mandatory practice said he was going to quit.

I said nope. Go to practice then tell me how you feel.
He is still running willingly lol

I would encourage your daughter to at least check it out.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:09 PM
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I wouldn't. Especially this year. If she really doesn't want to do it, she won't be motivated and she won't have fun, so what's the point? Maybe she can use that time for another sport or hobby.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:24 PM
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You can tell her if she’s worried she’s out of shape, most people probably are. And point out it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests since she won’t know anyone and leave it at that. I wouldn’t push too hard this year (or any year), but put the bug in her brain.


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Old 08-03-2020, 04:50 PM
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Maybe a nudge. “Go to first try out. You might change your mind. Most likely you aren’t the only one out of shape.”

Then let it go. And of course it’s dependent on if the sport will be played.

Alternatively, is this her way of not being disappointed if there is no season?
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Old 08-03-2020, 05:30 PM
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I wouldn't push. I'd encourage her (but not force her) to find something she's interested in to be involved in. I didn't do sports in high school for a few reasons. A, I didn't want the commitment, B, I wasn't all that into it, C, I wanted it to be more fun than competitive, D, I didn't like some of the girls who played (they were really mean) and the list goes on. I would have hated to be pressured or forced to join something. My parents let me pick. I'm glad they did.
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Old 08-03-2020, 05:42 PM
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Maybe she’s worried about Covid...
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Old 08-03-2020, 07:24 PM
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I wouldn’t push necessarily but I’d encourage/insist on some sort iOS activity depending on circumstances. If not field hockey, then something.
Javamomma, I’m kinda jealous. DD is also a senior and runs cross country and actually ran over the summer. They’d been hoping that cross country and golf would take place as planned. Nope. Pushed to mid February.
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