Spending the holidays at a gym or soccer field?

I wouldn’t know what it’s like to be a parent, and I don’t know that I want to. But I can only wonder how most parents spend their holidays. I know I’ve spent most of my major holidays covering major sporting events (like the Rose Bowl) but for the first time this season I will have Christmas day off. While most families take vacations I will be covering holiday tournaments as I’m sure most of you will be attending (as if you had a choice) your son and/or daughter’s basketball or soccer tournaments. But unlike just about every high school varsity team in the area, the La Caada High School girls soccer team will not be taking part in a holiday tournament. La Caada coach Louie Bilowitz has had it that way since 1994 when he realized that his son’s senior year would probably be the last time they could all take a vacation. Since then, Bilowitz has opted to not play in holiday tournaments, realizing most families would rather take the holiday break to vacation as a family, perhaps for the last time before the kids head off to college. “I’ve coached the girls now for five years and coached the boys for 15 years,” Bilowitz said. “When my son was a senior in high school in 1994 I realized that he was going to be going to college and summer he’d be with friends and that was the last time we were going to be with him.” The parents were not only receptive to the idea but appreciative. So where will you be this holiday break?

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