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My 13u team in south Florida takes the whole summer off while other teams play another 40 games, and has since we started travel. Most of my kids play other sports in middle school also. The problem is that because of travel, rec has become unplayable. Article on pros and cons of children’s traveling sports teams, particularly soccer; notes that tournaments have become more far-flung and elaborate.

Many lifelong friendships begin on travel sports teams. Between practice, games, and traveling, the sheer amount of time spent with teammates is virtually guaranteed to inspire camaraderie. The social benefits of being part of a travel sports team can be especially significant for children who tend to be quiet or shy. 3. Sharpens Time Management Skills.

Health benefits: There is a greater emphasis in travel leagues for young athletes to keep in shape and learn healthy habits. Daily exercise, following a more nutritious diet, and developing better sleeping habits can promote a healthier lifestyle. Travel Team Cons. A big red flag went up when the baseball mom told me the travel coach doesn’t allow players to play Little League. At the younger ages, kids get the most fun out of playing with their friends.

There’s plenty of time for travel ball and “driving six hours to play another team. Encourages character development: Because travel teams are more serious, there’s a greater emphasis put on things like being on time, demonstrating maximum effort, and having a good attitude. Cons. Cost: Travel baseball is expensive — sometimes absurdly so.

Families often spend around $2,500 per year, but the costs can be even higher. Youth travel baseball falls under moneymaking organizations like USSSA baseball and others to provide weekend tournaments for teams. Anyone can start a travel team and meet the requirements, pay the entry fees and sign up for the travel baseball tournaments usually play at least two travel tournaments per month.

Cons: 1. High cost. Highly competitive youth sports teams are much more likely to travel long distances and play in weekend-long tournaments. This means sports parents will have to pay for transportation (gas or airfare), hotels, food, tournament fees, backup equipment, home/away uniforms and much more. They shell out thousands of dollars for team fees, uniforms, equipment and travel expenses.

Youth sports nationwide now represent a $7 billion industry, according to the Sports Facilities Advisory, a business consulting firm based in Clearwater, Florida, that serves as a resource for amateur sports complexes. A typical travel team will spend many weekends in hotels together, and exploring new places. It’s one of the best ways for a young person to get to go to new places around their region and the country, and they can do it while having a blast with their teammates.

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There is increasing evidence that the behaviours of travelling fans may be influenced by the location (e.g. training bases) of teams in advance of and during competition.

“Sport Tourism Development” by Dr. James Higham
from Sport Tourism Development
by Dr. James Higham
Channel View Publications, 2011

Parents need to take a long look at the benefits of travel teams in the first three stages of LTAD.

“Long-Term Athlete Development” by Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, Colin Higgs
from Long-Term Athlete Development
by Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, Colin Higgs
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2013

In addition, parents talk to each other on the sidelines about the players, the kids interact with each other, and everyone interacts with new kids and adults from other places, especially when the team is a “traveling” team, which many are.

“White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America” by Margaret A. Hagerman
from White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America
by Margaret A. Hagerman
NYU Press, 2020

After some brief research, you learned that youth sport travel teams are on the rise.

“Sport Facility & Event Management” by Thomas J. Aicher, Brianna L. Newland, Amanda L. Paule-Koba
from Sport Facility & Event Management
by Thomas J. Aicher, Brianna L. Newland, Amanda L. Paule-Koba
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

With travel to foreign parts becoming cheaper and more accessible these are essential topics for coaches who may take players to soccer tournaments and tours in countries with other climatic conditions.

“Youth Soccer: From Science to Performance” by Gareth Stratton, Thomas Reilly, Dave Richardson, A. Mark Williams
from Youth Soccer: From Science to Performance
by Gareth Stratton, Thomas Reilly, et. al.
Routledge, 2004

Because Club Tourism attracts many elderly people who can travel off-season, the firm can take advantage of cheaper accommodations, which reduces the cost of the trip and allows Club Tourism to retain more margins, away from the bargaining power of tour operators during peak vacation periods.

“The Power of Co-Creation: Build It with Them to Boost Growth, Productivity, and Profits” by Venkat Ramaswamy, Francis J. Gouillart
from The Power of Co-Creation: Build It with Them to Boost Growth, Productivity, and Profits
by Venkat Ramaswamy, Francis J. Gouillart
Free Press, 2010

A national team performing in international competition may attract ‘home’ supporters from throughout the country that it represents, many of whom travel as domestic tourists.

“Sport Tourism Development” by Thomas Hinch, James E. S. Higham
from Sport Tourism Development
by Thomas Hinch, James E. S. Higham
Channel View Publications, 2004

Some tourism markets benefit substantially from the more mature population, such as the coach travel market (see Chapter 8).

“Tourism: A Modern Synthesis” by Stephen Page, Joanne Connell
from Tourism: A Modern Synthesis
by Stephen Page, Joanne Connell
Thomson Learning, 2006

The Intercounty soccer team travels to out-of-state tournaments; players stay in hotels and eat in restaurants; during the games, they compete against children they have never met before.

“Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life” by Annette Lareau
from Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
by Annette Lareau
University of California Press, 2011

In fact, travelling to country with a different climate and culture may also put the visiting team at a disadvantage (Pace and Carron, 1992).

from SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, Second Edition
PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd., 2019

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