Our kids participated in various sports from 5 years old on into their college years. We always felt it was an important way in which the children could learn teamwork, respect, discipline and how to win and lose with grace. It was also a great venue for them to get to know kids from other schools. Our older two are now in their 20s and they often mention how they’ve connected with kids they played with from AYSO soccer days!
The coaches always stressed nutritious after-game snacks but potlucks were a free for all. With some teams, potlucks were a very serious endeavor. Some dads grilled meats on huge custom-made hibachi or fried something in enormous woks! The rest of us concentrated on dishes that could be made ahead of game time and big enough to feed 10 to 20 people because, local style, other family members always came to watch the kids play.
It was always interesting and fun to share recipes, taste a familiar dish that had an interesting twist to it, and exchange recipe ideas. Over the years we’ve all tried to incorporate healthier items, but in the end there’s nothing like a great potluck to relax the team after a hard week of practice and an intense game.