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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-02-03 05:35
Subject: [child] Basketball, in which a parent on the sidelines sustains a game-related injury
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Tags:child, family, funny, personal
Yesterday afternoon, [info]the_child's basketball team won their game 38-22.


The teams were pretty evenly matched, and the game was a lot better than that somewhat lopsided score implies. And she slammed in two three point shots, for a 100% completion rate in this game. So good on my kiddo!


However, I sustained a game-related injury during the course of play. Go figure.

The gym at her school has regulation sized basketball court, but not much sideline. The bleachers are against the north wall, and if you're sitting on the bottom row, your feet are about twelve inches from the north boundary of the court. Our little group — me, Mother of the Child, Dad, (step)Mom and [info]tillyjane a/k/a my Mom — were seated almost perpendicular to the basketball goal at the east end of the court, in effect to the left of the backboard and just a few feet toward the center.

For whatever reason, play of game kept running right up into our faces. Dad caught several balls that had gone out of bounds. We all flinched back more than once when charged by a player from one team or the other. But the coup de grace came when a knot of defense and offense careened right toward me and I had to lean back avoid feet and elbows, and slid right off the bleacher bench and into the footwell of the row behind me.

I got stuck there and had to be pulled out. My back hurts, I'm pretty sure I bruised it right on one of my lower spinal knobs, and my left hip aches.

It's all part of the business of being a dad, and a price I'll cheerfully pay. But really, when did watching middle school girls play sports become so dangerous?

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2012-02-03 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ouch. I hope your back feels better soon.
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Twilight: Lwaxana Troi
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-02-03 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Lwaxana Troi
Heh - you're not alone - I caught more balls during middle school girls b-ball than I can count. A LOT of those courts have little room between the edge of the court and the beginning of the risers ;>.

Indoor soccer is even worse - often you're sitting *right* on the sideline and they play *right* up to your feet.

Being a sport parent can be dangerous! *G*
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2012-02-03 16:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My daughter's sport of choice was Tang Soo Do so I never had that problem watching her tournaments as even the fights were supposed to be just sparring and non-contact. I say supposed to be because my daughter got hit once in the nose by an opponent who misjudged and was very sorry he actually made contact. She didn't suffer any serious damage --probably because he wasn't using the force one normally would for a connecting blow.
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User: mlerules
Date: 2012-02-03 17:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, dear...ouch.

Yay for the 3-pointers though!
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User: fledgist
Date: 2012-02-03 17:10 (UTC)
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Clint Harris
User: wendigomountain
Date: 2012-02-03 17:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What's with all the unicycles?
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2012-02-03 18:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Also, Congrats to B for an awesome game! Sorry you are a casualty, though.
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Renegade Vagabond
User: khaybee
Date: 2012-02-03 18:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am sure you maintained dignity and grace throughout.
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Jay Lake: jay-sad_devil
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-02-03 18:54 (UTC)
When do I ever fail to be dignified and graceful...? :p
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2012-02-03 22:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Am I the only one who's going to comment on that window covering? **tsk**
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Grant Kruger
User: thirdworld
Date: 2012-02-04 07:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope you're somewhat recovered. The front row does seem to be a risky spot. On the bright side, it's not some giant 200+ guy landing on you, like we sometimes see at pro games.
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