Years and years ago, I probably surprised my family by studying recreation in college. I hated sports. But to me, recreation was more about camping and being outdoors than sports. I had dreams of being a camp director, living and working in the forests and teaching kids how to cook on a 'buddy burner.'
So I got my degree in recreation and did some work along those lines, but not much. Instead I fell in love, got married and had kids.
Now the kids are older and I decided to look for a part time job. I got one with the local park and recreation department. I had come home to my degree.
I enjoy working at the parks, even when I'm emptying trash cans filled with baggies of dog poo. But last week, the parks and rec basketball season began. I don't like sports and I know very little of the games. I thought I would simply be monitoring the gyms, leaving the game to the players, coaches and refs But no, that is not quite what it turned out to be.
Come to find out, I have to make sure the scoreboard and clock are run correctly and that the official score book is kept. I don't have to work these things myself, the teams provide one parent to do these two jobs. However, guess who has to train the parents on how to run the clock and keep the book: ME! Yes, the girl who knows nothing about basketball has to keep track of the game, the clock, the possession arrow (don't even ask me to explain it, I'm still trying to understand the arrow), the points, and the fouls. In three days last week, I sat through 14 games.
I'm learning a lot about basketball. By the end of the season, I imagine I'll be quite the expert in parks and rec basketball. It is fun. I enjoy cheering for both teams since I'm on neither side. I love the 8 year olds who run the same court and shoot the same hoops as the 17 year olds. There are a lot fewer points in those 8 year old games. Their games run a little slower. It's good. It has given me the chance to learn the game. Saturday I watched a game where the players were 15-17 years old. That was a fast moving game with lots of points. I couldn't keep up. Thankfully, the two guys running the clock and the book were TOTALLY into basketball and knew exactly what was going on at all times. I quit trying to keep up and I just sat back and watched the game.
Who would have guess that I, of all people, would be working a job with sports. My mother is getting a good laugh over this one, I can tell you that.