Tracy Lee Curtis

Sports carpools – you do the math!

While driving all of my sports carpools this week, I wrote a math problem. Each of 13 boys in on at least one team. Five are on the soccer team. Eleven are on a lacrosse team and 13 moms are driving themselves crazy trying to get them everywhere. .
While driving all of my sports carpools this week, I wrote a math problem. Each of 13 boys in on at least one team. Five are on the soccer team. Eleven are on a lacrosse team and 13 moms are driving themselves crazy trying to get them everywhere. . SHAWN ROCCO

A couple years ago I wrote about how ridiculous second-grade math is when my son brought home this math problem that was more riddle than arithmetic:

“Each of three girls is on exactly one team. One is on the field hockey team, another is on the swimming team and the third is on the track team. Ann is not on the swimming team. The girl on the track team lives near Ann. The girl on the swimming team and Betty are in the same class. What team is Carol on?”

And so while driving all of my sports carpools this week, I wrote a math problem of my own:

Each of 13 boys is on at least one team. Five are on the soccer team. Eleven are on a lacrosse team and 13 moms are driving themselves crazy trying to get them everywhere. One boy is not on a lacrosse team. Eight boys live on the same street and three of them play on the 24/7 lacrosse team.

Two boys on the 24/7 team also play on the SouthPark lacrosse team. Three boys on the SouthPark team also play soccer. Five boys play lacrosse for their middle school Red team, but two of them also play for the Black team. One of those boys does not live on the same street as the other four.

The five boys on the Red team can carpool together – unless there is a game, in which the Red team and Black team have to split into two rides. Eight boys do not play soccer, but I think one of them swims. And speaking of swimming, I would love a sport that requires no equipment, just one article of clothing that fits into a wallet.

Soccer carpool is every Monday and Wednesday, and each of the five moms drives every fifth practice – unless it’s the month that they practice by age, in which case one mom drives the 2005 boys and a second mom drives the 2006 boys, wishing she had gotten pregnant three months sooner.

A boy on the soccer team and both the SouthPark and 24/7 lacrosse teams is brothers with the boy on the middle school Red and Black teams. So their mom is in five carpools a week, with all 12 moms. Two boys who play on the soccer, 24/7 and SouthPark lacrosse teams are spending the night at her house after Friday’s soccer game, if she can get both her Red and Black team carpools covered.

All the middle school lacrosse players go to the same school – and four of them live on the same street as one of the soccer players who doesn’t play lacrosse and two of the lacrosse players who don’t play soccer. So the question is …

Oh shoot, I forgot the question.

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