Friday, September 18, 2015

6 Types of Youth Sports Moms

It's that time of the year again, when cute little kids wearing too big of uniforms try their darndest to impress their parents while having to choose between chasing the ball or chasing the butterfly. It's youth sports time people! And if you're like me, you both love it and hate it. I enjoy seeing my kids out on the field or court, trying their best and having a great time. But what I really don't like are all the practice times, the late night dinners {because practice goes late} and all that driving.
But I digress.

One aspect of youth sports I do enjoy is making new mommy friends, even if it's just for the season. Making friends is hard as an adult and once you have kids, you kind of just make mommy friends through school, sports, and other kid related activities. So when my kids start a new team, I'm like, bring on the adult interaction!
With that said, it's hard to navigate through the field of moms. Not all parents are open to making new friends {which is totally cool, too}. But as a dear friend of mine pointed out to me, a friend I would have never made if not for my daughter, there are 6 types of moms you see at youth sports games and practices.

Mom #1: "Don't talk to me, I don't like people" mom-
You see her, you know who her kid is and you might even know her name, but you would never strike up a convo with her because she frightens you a little. She keeps to herself, maybe she has her nose in a book or on a tablet during practice, and is totally fine not getting involved in anyone's business.

Mom #2: "I am friendly but you must approach me first" mom-
She is sweet, approachable and willing to help you out if you need it. She might even offer to carpool with you or bring snacks more than need be... but you would never know this unless you approach her and start the dialogue because there is no way this mom is outgoing enough to go up to you and start the conversation. But once those gates are open, you might have a friend for life.

Mom #3: "I must be productive during practice" mom-
You know you've seen her, that one mom who brings a huge reusable bag full of papers, and cuts, organizes and makes calls all through practice, effortlessly no doubt. She might be a sweetheart but you'll never know because she is a mom on a mission. Unless, of course, you offer to help her with one of her tasks.

Mom #4: "I am wayyyyyy too into my kid's sports" mom-
That mom who won't leave the dugout or screams from the sidelines during games. She has matching everything and you know you'll hear her giving the best pep talks to her kid, no less bribing her child so that they'll do well. She kind of makes you want to scream, "It's just youth sports!"

Mom #5: "Can my kids play with you?" mom-
You were prepared and you packed a nice sized bag full of crayons, coloring books and goodies to keep you other {none player} children happy during practice. For whatever reason, mom #5 hasn't gotten to this point and pretty much asks, during every single practice no less, if her young children can play with your children and all their toys. While this is a great ice breaker for making new mommy friends, it should not be abused and/or not reciprocated. Taking advantage of other mommies is never a good thing.

Mom #6: "I love to talk and talk about everyone and need to know everything" mom-
Ok, so those girls in high school that made your life a living Hell with all that gossip, well, they grew up, had babies and are now youth sport moms. And they still like to talk, talk and talk some more. Now, I have been known to talk a lot {just ask my poor mom} but talking about other people, especially those on the team is never a good idea. It's one thing to make a mommy friend and talk for what seems like days, this is actually a really good thing. But keeping it just about you two is the best approach. Gossip within sports teams just brings everyone down.

I'd love to know what mom you are! I know I'm a number 2 for sure, as I love to talk and make new friends, but hey, I will probably never make the first move. But once I get to talking, you might never shut me up lol!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend full of youth sports!


  1. Not a sports mom yet, but I bet I would be number 2 too. That's my personality.

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

    1. Me, too. But I think I'm both a 2 and a 4 type of mom. :)

  2. we were just talking about how someday our little baby is gonna be on a team and how fun it will be, never thought of the parent interaction! haha

  3. Or the mom that befriends and is your BFF because your kids are friends and then drops you like a lead balloon when their child moves on to a new friend...not that I'm bitter or am mom #2

  4. I'm soo #2, my daughter isn't quite old enough for sports but #2 nailed my personality!

  5. These are hilarious! I am totally going to be the mom who is super into the game!

  6. haha, love this! This brought me back with my mom took me to sport lessons. She's #2 :) I'm sure I'll be #2 when I have children in the future because it fits my personality haha

  7. Haha! Nice post. I am usually the "trying to keep my baby from eating all the dirt in the dugout while keeping an eye on my other daughter on the playground mom." Conversations with other baby chasers welcome :)

  8. I am for sure #2. All the way around.

  9. I don't think I fit any of these types of moms. I am a pretty out going person I talk to everyone first. I am nice, but I never gossip and walk away when people start gossiping. I also have been known to tell people when they start gossiping to me that I don't play that.

  10. I'm not a sports mom (yet!), but if I'm going to be honest, I'm somewhere between numbers 1 and 2 lol I think this is spot on though, I could immediately think of someone for every one of those personality types!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  11. The first few season I was #2 but now that our team has played together for a couple of years, I am just friendly.

    ps. Thank you for linking up to Family Fun Friday. I enjoyed this post!

  12. Too funny! I recognize a few of these moms (I think I am one of these moms... not telling which one!) Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

  13. This made me laugh. My best friend is #1 for sure. I love her antisocial nature though, it's weirdly endearing. I'm not there yet (still trying to conceive). I wish I could say I'd be a #2 but I suspect I might have a touch too much #3 in me for my own liking! Must multitask at all times. Ooops.... #ManicMondays