If you have ever played soccer you know how strenuous a sport it can be… but when you play on a traveling team, it can be undoubtedly competitive. There was no off-season when it came to the league I was in. The two of us would play and practice outside as long as the weather permitted. And, when Winter time came along and the chilly bitter air blew in, every one of us would be in the gym practicing or on an indoor soccer field anywhere. I remember some of the grueling Summer weekend tournaments. They usually were a Sunday night to Sunday night affair, usually depending on how many games every one of us won. Most of these games are played in 95-degree weather, and you could be playing 3 games in 1 day! Between games, every one of us would all head to the cars and relax in the air conditioning. There would also be local diners every one of us would go to rest 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 every one of us 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 crucial traveling vans that could fit up to 7, or 14 if you tried strenuous enough… with air conditioning vents throughout the van, but our only saving grace was when the daylight went down and the cool night air would come in.