Is the cost of youth sports causing parents to go to extremes?

Lonnie 2012/06/21 17:52:58
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In youth sports, it's not about the game anymore. Parents are willing to go to any extreme too make sure that their child has the best coach and can attend to most exclusive camps. From quarterback coaches that cost $700 an hour to golf academies that run $55,000 dollars a year; all over the nation moms and dads are willing to mortgage their future, in hopes that their child becomes the next big star. Sadly statistics show that the chance of your child making it to the major leagues, doesn't look good. Yet parents are willing to spend top dollar, because their need to belong; supersedes the idea that it's just a fun game.Organized youth sports are the way our young people connect the dots between a passion and the construct of a support system, a team. It is widely noted that youth sports have their problems, from the obsession with results to premature specialization.

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  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/06/23 18:32:50
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
  • frank 2012/06/22 16:32:20
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
    Why can't the kids play sports for fun anymore? When I was growing up we played baseball every summer in a park league. It was all about playing the game and how to learn that sometimes you lose. Never did a parent run onto the field nor do anything else to interrupt the game. It was fun!
  • vdehl 2012/06/22 07:56:07
    No. I'll spend whatever it takes, my child is a star.
    Why not? What is talent? Does good quality, hard work become brilliant talent? If a parent and child share a passion for something... whatever it is, a sport, music, or anything else, and what to invest considerable resources in it, it's nobody's business. If charitable people like to give their money to certain causes or certain people... It's nobody's business. child sports star
  • Sue 2012/06/22 01:41:02
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
    Whatever happened to playing for fun?
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/06/22 01:24:13
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
    All these select teams and traveling teams play into parents' dreams of full ride scholarships. These programs are outrageously expensive. My son played soccer in high school. He played select for one year, but we couldn't afford a second year. Plus many of the teams don't really teach skills, but expect the students to go to other coaches for specific sport skill training. The big thing here are these sports training facilities for kids from age nine on up. It costs thousands of dollars, takes up a bulk of kids time and makes them focus on just one sport or skill at a very young age. What is worse, many of these coaches are not professionally trained and they can cause injuries. Then there are the coaches that are also scouts for teams. You see this alot in baseball and hockey. Pity the kid who gets his or her growth spurt at 15 rather than 13 because they are already shut out of any chance of competition because they are two years behind their peers. The colleges and pro sports are driving this and parents are ignorant on how it impacts their kids. Frankly I would like to see sports take a more balanced role in schools and children's lives. I know kids who have something scheduled from the time school gets out until ten or eleven at night every single night. And it's not just sports but band and dance and gymnastics and drill team and voice and theater. It's great to want your kids to excel, but for heaven's sake, let them have a childhood first.
  • Odinsown 2012/06/22 01:13:37
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
    The issue is all these patents want their kid to be the next tiger
  • tweet_tweet 2012/06/21 23:19:42
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
    The cost isn't causing parents to go to extremes. Obsession with stardom probably is.
  • TruBluT... tweet_t... 2012/06/22 01:27:22
    Watch Dance Moms. Dance is a very physical skill that requires long term training and practice. Parents try to push for early success and either the kid gets burned out or hurt. My daughter is a professional dance director and she sees it all the time-rich moms living out their dreams through their kids. As an instructor, it gets old because they want immediate success without putting in the work. And they will just move to the next studio until one tells them what they want to hear. But here's the truth, if you put a girl on point before her bones are ready, you could cripple a kid. Some studios don't care about that. Some parents don't either.
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/06/21 22:34:57
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
    Stan Kapusta
    It's not sports anymore, It's the parents obsession.
  • amy 2012/06/21 20:10:55
    Yes. It's RIDICULOUS!
  • CuppaT Child of God 2012/06/21 18:42:31
    No. I'll spend whatever it takes, my child is a star.
    CuppaT   Child of God
    I say no because nothing or no one can "cause" parents to go to extremes. If they do so, it's because they've chosen to.

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