My goodness, kids are expensive. Twin eight-year-olds who have a plethora of extra-curricular activities means mommy has to wear rags for another 3 months. Where does it end? I am not sure it does. And, since we are all blowing our wads on the extra-curriculars, why not blow a little more on some swag for our brats! If you are a soccer mom or dad and need a little guidance on what your budding lil’ kicker could use, look no further! I may not be TSP’s resident fashionista, but I happen to know a thing or two about this. I am particularly particular about my team looking like “players”, as I often tell them. I am sure some parents thinks it’s annoying but, then again, you wouldn’t send your swimmer to practice with a bikini now would ya? Home girl needs a proper suit. Same goes for soccer. I am not into gimmicks and useless crap. I am a practical and simple girl and I think you will find that within my gift guide. Some items are a necessity while others would make a great Christmas gift. If this list saves one mom’s car from smelling a little less less like ass or a third trip to the store to replace a lost shin guard, my job is done. Enjoy!
Soccer Sandals – From a mother’s perspective, the 2nd most vital shoe a soccer player should have is the soccer flip flop. Why? Because momma doesn’t want little Suzy wearing her cleats in the car after a game. On a bad weather day, those little rats will bring half the field in the car along with what seems like a 55-gallon drum worth of mud. Cleats are to be put on at the field and removed at the field. The flip flops slide right over the sock and everyone is happy. That brings me to the next most important item in a soccer players arsenal of crap.
Cleat Bag – You should procure this item immediately if you don’t want your car and your child’s bag to smell like the inside of a wooden leg. Sure, your child can put their cleats into their back pack or drawstring bag. But then what? The mud and grass and stank spread all over everything and that is just gross. Contain the filth and the smell. Do yourself a favor and get the cleat bag. You’re welcome.
Soccer Bag – Every athlete must have something in which to carry their gear. I am a mom and a coach and the team’s taxi. If I had a dime for every time one of my little kickers left a shin guard, water bottle or her head in my car, I would be rich. This bag has room for a soccer player’s every need and even space for their head!
The Book – The Kick’s Collection; Saving The Team – My daughter is almost 9 and her obsession with soccer reminds me of the same obsession our fit sister Andrea had at her age. IT IS ALL SHE TALKS ABOUT! If you have a little girl who loves the sport and also loves to read, this book is awesome! It’s written by a World Cup Soccer Champion and it is as inspiring as it is full of life lessons and stories about strength and courage. I smell a great stocking stuffer!
Soccer Ball Pump – Flat balls are the buzz-kill of the century. That is all.
Soccer Shorts – Football players don’t go to practice without a helmet and pads. Swimmers don’t go to practice without a swimsuit and cap. Soccer players should wear apparel made for wearing when playing soccer. Airy, comfortable shorts that cover the buttocks and leave room for turning on a dime and slide-tackling the shit out of your opponent.
Electrical Tape – This item will only help the coach. If I tie someone’s laces more than once a practice they are getting taped! When the young ones graduate from the ankle protection that is attached to their shin guard, this tape will come in handy when they need to keep their “barely there” shin guard from sliding down their leg.
Head Band – Here’s the deal: You gotta have the mop pulled back so you can see what the flip is going on.
Gazelles – These shoes are not for everyone. They are simply an alternative gym shoe that screams, “I play soccer!”
Water Bottle – As I have mentioned, I am a simple girl. This water bottle is the most basic thing out there and, when the cap is put on correctly and twisted, there is no leakage.
Love it. Live it. Shoot it!