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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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|from White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America|
|from Sport Facility & Event Management|
|from Youth Soccer: From Science to Performance|
|from The Power of Co-Creation: Build It with Them to Boost Growth, Productivity, and Profits|
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|from Tourism: A Modern Synthesis|
|from Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life|
|from SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, Second Edition|