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It also seems like many of them are spending more money on youth sports than they could save with a full ride scholarship.

This stuck out to me as well

The HBO "Real Sports" piece that is mentioned:

High School & Lower / Re: How Fat are High School Wrestlers?
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:13:37 am »
If an entire population is getting larger, I would assume that a subsection of that population is getting larger too.

Anecdotal from me:

I'm a coach.  I've been a coach as a volunteer, as part of my teaching responsibilities, and as a job.  I was never a jock. I don't watch sportscenter. I have no idea who won the last NBA finals or World Series. I just have enjoyed coaching and have seen sports as an extension of education (like art, music, etc.).

This weekend, we received the "Grade 4 & 5 travel soccer sign-ups" email from my kid's school.

I asked my son if he wanted to join. Now, this is a kid that plays tennis on a regular basis and has asked to sign up for the intramural soccer and basketball league at school since he was in kindergarten.  However, he said he didn't want to sign up for the travel team because he said "It's too stressful."

In essence, it's not fun any longer.  I wonder what kind of pressure was being put on 9 year olds.  I did not push the issue, but he was adamant that he does not want to be on the school's travel team.

The day after this conversation, he asked if we could drive to my work (I work at a sports academy) and if the two of us could run on the track together and play dodgeball against each other.

He clearly wants to be healthy and active, but also understands that you don't have to be on a youth league to do so.


I just wanted to highlight this part:  "And so they can make sure he gets a college scholarship." 

How many kids were pushed by parents into sports not to be a part of a team, be social, learn a skill, and get a sense of teamwork....but rather to invest in the hopes of lowering their children(s) college costs?

I skimmed the TIME article about the business side of youth sports. Then, came home to see if anything on google news accompanied the article. There were a handful of articles that state youth sports participation is on the decline across the board:

"Almost 45 percent of children ages 6 to 12 played a team sport regularly in 2008, according to Aspen data. Now only about 37 percent of children do."

Reasons given: skyrocketing costs, sport specialization and coaches needing training, and youth sports is in the midst of a crisis.

"Across the nation, kids of all skill levels, in virtually every team sport, are getting swept up by a youth-sports economy that increasingly resembles the pros at increasingly early ages. Neighborhood Little Leagues, town soccer associations and church basketball squads that bonded kids in a community--and didn't cost as much as a rent check--have largely lost their luster. Little League participation, for example, is down 20% from its turn-of-the-century peak. These local leagues have been nudged aside by private club teams, a loosely governed constellation that includes everything from development academies affiliated with professional sports franchises to regional squads run by moonlighting coaches with little experience."

"Changing The Game Project: The Adultification of Youth Sports — "Youth sports has become less a tool to educate children about sport and life, and more often a place where parents go to be entertained by their kids. They pay good money, add a great deal of chaos to their lives, and spend their valuable time travelling far and wide watching their kids play sports. When the product they see on the field does not live up to their perceived notion of the value of their investment, they get upset at the kids, the coaches, and at the schools and clubs. They want their moneys worth. They want to be entertained. But at what cost?"

"One parent said she and her husband spend 30 weekends a year on the road playing baseball. The reason? So their children can play against other elite athletes around the country — better than they could find locally. And so they can make sure he gets a college scholarship.

“It’s so competitive,” one Virginia-based parent said, “and if you don’t keep up with what someone else is doing, you’re going to fall behind.”

Mixed Martial Arts / Re: aaron pico
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:51:20 pm »
make that 145

Off-Topic / Re: Amazing is an Understatement
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:22:51 pm »
I was there last month! I didn't know it existed until your thread.


International / Re: how can I watch the world championships?
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:13:55 pm »
aguest, those videos are blocked in the USA.  It is looking like it is Track or no view.


Do you have a VPN?

Blocked because Track has the US distribution rights.  Thank god it wasn't Flo.

But, if you set  your VPN settings for the Netherlands, Canada, or Germany...could that allow you to grab onto the UWW feed?

International / Re: how can I watch the world championships?
« on: August 28, 2017, 02:16:00 pm »
aguest, those videos are blocked in the USA.  It is looking like it is Track or no view.


Do you have a VPN?

Mixed Martial Arts / Re: Conor vs Mayweather
« on: August 26, 2017, 01:53:19 am »
Mayweather 149.5
Conor 154

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