Tyler did not play football this year.
We spent the bulk of little league football season traveling around the country. As a result Tyler was not a Blackhawk Cougar during the 2016 season. That was definitely a downside of the trip for Tyler who lives and breathes football.
So you can imagine his thrill when midway through our journey west the coach texted Toby to invite Tyler to play in a special one time game in Erie called, “Blitz on the Bay.” This special game was scheduled for November and would be played against the McDowell Trojans. Playing in the “Blitz on the Bay” would allow Tyler to join up with his teammates for this one time game..
In preparation for the big game the boys had eight practices in the two weeks leading up to the game. Tyler loved these evening practices with his coaches and friends and they provided a great outlet for some of the anxious energy that came with Toby leaving.
Tyler is a different child during sports seasons when he can release his hard emotions through strenuous physical exercise.
This special game had added appeal when Tyler found out that following the game the team and their families would be going to Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark as a group.
Toby was able to come home for the game and Tyler could not be more thrilled!
The day was a needed distraction at the end of a hard week.
Jerseys were ordered for each of the boys on the team. Tyler’s team, made of boys from the Blackhawk and Chippewa leagues, had special jerseys with their combined team initials: BCCI (Blackhawk Cougars/Chippewa Indians)
Tyler was also thrilled that this new jersey boasted his name on his back, unlike the typical game jerseys.
It was a perfect day for football. And while the weather was a bit chilly for those sitting in the stands, it was perfect for the kids running up and down the field.
It was fun to see Tyler play again.
He is in his element when he is on the field, and we see a different side of our son when he is playing.
Both teams were incredibly talented but in the end the Trojans were the stronger team, beating the BCCI team.
After the game we headed with the team to Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark.
We arrived at 4:00pm and the kids had 5 hours to play until closing. Tyler spent most of his time playing with his teammates in the ball pool. The ball pool is a large pool lined with basketball hoops and filled with small, floating basketballs.
Tyler opted to ride most of the waterslides once and then spend the rest of the evening playing water basketball with his friends.
The older kids went off on their own and rode all the water slides Splash Lagoon had to offer.
In between riding the thrilling water slides they enjoyed soaking in the hot tub and floating in the lazy river.
Toby and I decided to save the extra admission fees and not swim. Instead we found a table in the corner that was within view of Tyler and enjoyed a “date night” and a little adult conversation before Toby had to drive back to Michigan for work.
The kids had a good time. It was nice to escape for the day and by the time we got home from our 90 minute drive from Erie, Tyler was fast asleep.
It was a good day.