Originally Posted by George Anderson
I am curious what peoples opinions are on youth travel sports? Specifically is there an age that you would recommend starting a kid at a travel sport?
I am sure there are many people younger than me that did do travel sports because I am older and these things did not exist , but do you have any regrets spending so much free time traveling and giving up every weekend throughout the summer or winter depending on which sport you played?
Any advice, insight or regrets from parents that had a child do travel sports?
From my perspective having seen so many travel teams as an umpire it seems the better players do play travel ball as opposed to the local rec league. Am I right?
Is hiring a private instructor more beneficial or just as beneficial early on in a kids career as opposed to barnstorming around the midwest as a 9 year old?
Any info is appreciated.
I've heard travel teams are a mixed bag for younger kids. My friends who have done it with their 9 year olds say it's good if your kid is talented and loves the sport. But the schedule can burn a kid out if he or she isn't 100% committed. Sometimes the other parents can be a bit much too, thinking their kid is going to get a scholarship and working them to the bone. One friend saw a mom have her son run laps after soccer practice for lack of hustle when in reality the poor kid just wasn't a fast runner. Others were withholding tv and video games if their kid wasn't trying hard enough.