Today is the end of the fiscal year for many organizations, including US Squash, and it has made me take stock of this past season.
Let’s do the metrics:
—I played in two singles tournaments and three doubles tournaments.
—I played league in both sports, a singles league in the fall and a vets doubles league (40+) in the fall and a Super B doubles league in the winter.
—I played in my club’s championships in both singles and doubles.
—I played in two long singles & doubles invitational weekends, the Lapham-Grant and the Jesters.
—I attended eight tournaments, some for a few hours and some like the U.S. Open for ten days.
—Oh, and I played a lot of pickup matches just for fun.
(I also played three court tennis and two racquets tournaments, multiple club championships in both and attended a half dozen other tennis or racquets events, and even slipped in some paddle tennis, but that is my obscure winter sports accounting.)
It doesn’t seem that much in cold hard figures, especially when spread over the course of twelve months. I know a lot of people who play more friendly matches, more tournaments, more leagues. Yet when you are in the middle of it, calendaring out the next couple of weeks with your partner, your spouse, it seems like a lot.
Finding the right balance is always a struggle. “Next to love,” said John Wooden, “balance is the most important thing.”