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Can the whole showcase/travel ball/pricing everybody but rich kids out of baseball trend just go the #### away?
Is this unique to baseball? It seems like these sorts of programs exist for basketball, soccer and hockey (especially hockey) as well. Not disagreeing with your point, just curious if people have a sense of how common the "elite" program is in other sports.
The most pressing question I have from this is, "What's a European closet?"
What's a European closet?
Baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and volleyball are the big players (I'd say hockey's just expensive any way you slice it, at least in this country). The primary result of the Youth Sports Industrial Complex has been a massive separating of a lot of foolish suburban parents from their money and a seriously watering down of the word elite. But I admit I'm kind of biased.
DC is not as nice as when I was a kid. The K street crowd runs the joint.
On the other hand, if I were rich and had a modestly athletic child I'd rather they do travel sports than sit around the house all day playing video games (or worse).
Those aren't your only two options.
You can play sports at the local level.
I wouldn't (didn't) put my kids in travel sports either, but it doesn't seem to me like a uniquely foolish way to spend your money if you have it. I've been through about 20-25 seasons of local sports now, and it's been perfectly fine, but I assume the coaching is more rigorous and knowledgable than that provided by parent volunteers in rec leagues.
I would guess the main motivation is not college scholarships, but status.
Well, some might claim Washington DC is a third-world city. But, then, it houses a third-world government.
Yes, and you can also drive a Toyota Corolla, plop your kid in front of a piano and let them figure it out themselves, shop at Marshall's, drink $4 bottles of wine from Trader Joe's, etc.
Elwood has a novel defense, which his lead attorney, J. Douglas Baldridge of Venable LLP, neatly summarized in a recent hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, a prominent jurist who has some recent experience with baseball cases, having presided over the perjury trial of former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens.
“If they’re going to say we stole, we’re going to say we’re an owner,” Baldridge said. “You can’t steal from yourself.”
Where was this hoity-toity little piece of preciousness last month when I asked in the Politics thread whether the heck anybody at BTF had ever had any sort of experience interacting with (or being) real people living in the real world?
And, for the record, a lot of these families don't have this money to fund this foolish pursuit.
I think this is dad living out some lost soccer dream
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