So as one of my chanukah presents the wifey decided to sign me up for Futsal through the JCC. You have no idea how stoked I was when I got this gift as in the past when I bring up playing soccer again she is always very anti. So you can either sign up as an individual (what I did) or as a team. The season was supposed to start on the 24th. I get a voicemail yesterday from the director of all programs saying she wanted to talk to me about some "details". So I give her a ring. At first she says the season has been pushed back a week (no reason why) but I was cool with that as I hopefully can try to get in some better shape. So she says "i'm trying to put you on a team what would you say your competitive level is?" now i'm really assuming she is asking for my skill level. And i say "well last time I touched a ball competitively was about 7 years ago, but during that time I was pretty much playing in some form everyday, I've played select, coached, did men's league, played co-ed, about 10 years ago I played futsal so I've played alot but I'm sure I'm rusty" then she goes "no I mean how competitive are you? would you say you are a competitive person? do you just want to have fun or do you want to win?" i was like
uuuuuuuuhhhhhhhh. I mean wtf do you say to that. I was like "well I want to have fun, but I always think that when you win you have fun, so I want to win" she goes OK I think I have a team for you i'll give the captain a call and see if she is OK with it.
So this is the email I get from this "Captain":
Vanessa Salasky at the JCC gave me your email address. I may need one more male player (I’m waiting on an answer from a “maybe”). Could you please let me know a little about yourself?
Level of experience? (Please indicate one of the following - College Varsity, College Club, Grade School Level Select/Travel/Club, High School Varsity, Recreational only)
Can you play goal? And to what degree of proficiency?
A little about our team – we’re comprised of 20-somethings (and one 32-year old). All of our players are experienced and have at minimum played high school varsity and most either did or could have played at the collegiate level. Everyone is nice and we get along great, however, we’re pretty competitive. We finished 3rd out of 12 teams last season and only lost to the eventual winner and the 2nd place team by 1 point each.
I’m only asking about your skill level because I know my team, and if they don’t feel as though a new player’s skill level is up to par they may get frustrated, sub him/her out without giving the new person ample time on the court, or simply not pass the ball to them because they don’t trust him/her to do something productive with it. I apologize if this comes off as us being a soccer snobs, that certainly isn’t my intent, but I don’t want to put anyone in a bad position. You’re welcome to give me a call if you prefer and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.
OK what the fuck is this shit? I mean seriously? Its fucking co-ed Futsal. Not the EPL. I call the head girl. She apologized and said you are probably better then most of them, I said well this being my first season back I guess I'd like to play on a more fun team if thats possible and she said yea that was fine. She really made it seem like the thing to do is to have a team as I guess most peeps don't sign up "rouge".
Some of this post was copy and pasted from email exchanges from myslef and Prime, who got a real kick out of the letter.