If you’ve ever played soccer you know how tough a sport it can be… but when you play on a traveling team, it can be very competitive. There was no off-season when it came to the league I was in. We would play and practice outside as long as the weather permitted. And, when Winter came along and the cold bitter air blew in, we would be in the gym practicing or on an indoor soccer field somewhere. I remember some of the grueling Summer weekend tournaments. They usually were a Friday night to Sunday night affair, usually depending on how many games we won. Most of these games are played in 95-degree weather, and you could be playing 3 games in 1 day! Between games, we would all head to the cars and relax in the air conditioning. There would also be local restaurants we would go to sit down in the air conditioning to cool down, hydrate and energize for the next game. However, going to local eateries between games to cool down in the air conditioning was not always an option. Most times we would have maybe a half hour or so to get ourselves together and ready for the next game. So a lot of times the only way to cool down would be in the cars air conditioning. Luckily a few of the parents had big traveling vans that could fit up to 7, or 14 if you tried hard enough… with air conditioning vents throughout the van. Our only saving grace was when the sun went down and the cool night air would come in.