How To Balance School & Soccer Practice

School Is Back. We are now back to school in my house too so, I completely understand the challenge of the work-school-life balance. But for you parents that now need to juggle school with sports here is some help. Each Fall season I hear from at least one {fairly stressed} parent who suddenly cannot seem to make the training appointments and doesn’t know why or what to do. The issue is not usually one of incompatibility with the schedule but with an inability to balance the new schedule well. Everything has its own learning curve; however most people do really well on a schedule but it is the coordinating of your own schedule with everyone else’s schedule that presents the challenge.

As you adjust to the new schedule, changing of the hours {as days get shorter}, school requirements, sports schedules and coordination of parental duties, you may notice that your kid is also having trouble with the change. I have put together a list of how to balance school & soccer practice; supporting ideas that might help your transition this Fall season go a little smoother.

LOOK AT YOUR KID. Stop for a moment and really look at your kid after school, after training, after homework. You know your kid best and I have found that generally there are 2 types of kids in the early weeks of Fall transition.

Group 1 are high-energy and they NEED the soccer outlet after being in school all day for a physical release. Or they need the physical activity of soccer for an emotional release. For whatever the reason, they and their parents agree that the soccer training is ideal in helping with the transition.

Group 2 are low energy {usually}. This group needs more rest at the beginning of the school year as they adjust to the new schedule, learning, requirements, etc. For them {or their parents or both} soccer is an extra drain on time and emotion. For these families I recommend they take a 1-month break to adjust to their routine. There is no reason for the training to be a burden and a poor investment. So decide which scenario best fits you: is training an outlet or an extra duty?

EMPLOY TECHNOLOGY. I use the word ’employ’ because technology can be a tremendous asset to a new school year if used wisely. For starters it helps keep families in touch and coordinated. Second, technology can help safeguard kids as they learn new technologies at school. Technology and apps can keep your family organized AND there are great apps out there for organizing team moms, group activities, carpooling and more. Here are just a few:


PLAN FOR ROUTINE. As I said earlier, having a routine is usually a good thing for most of us. But having a routine is especially great for kids. However, this routine does not have to be limited to bedtime. You can also plan your meals to be in a routine for a month. Plan your meals for a week and plan to repeat those same meals over the next months with just a little variation. This will allow you to buy in bulk, buy less often, pre-fix and freeze {and only fix once}, and not spend time wondering what to feed your kids that is nutritious and fuel-worthy for both mind and body.

The most important item to remember is that school is a requirement but soccer should be fun, even when its a commitment. The balance comes in knowing when its okay to say no for a healthier long-term outcome


This Blog has been adapted from another Blog from @GFTskills